Shure has teamed up with German record producer Marten Berger, whose next project is to tour Europe in a mobile recording studio, capturing performances by street musicians for a CD and double vinyl album.
Shure has provided microphones and headphones for use in Berger’s studio, a converted Volkswagen ice-cream van, with the year-long project beginning in May 2017.
Berger attributes the idea for his project to an experience he had two years ago, when he encountered a gifted street musician, Christiaan Mauer, in the Dutch city of Groningen, and was inspired to record him. He began thinking about all the musicians living on the streets throughout Europe, and how he could help the world to hear some of their musical talent, or, as he describes it, "secret beauty, hidden in the streets of our cities".
He hatched a plan to create a crowdfunded, portable recording studio and travel through 30 countries in Europe, recording all the street musicians he could find and releasing the best on an album at the end of the project. He is also shooting footage of the performers he meets and the music they create, and releasing it as a series of vlogs on his website and via social media as his journey unfolds.
His route will take him north to Scandinavia in summer 2017, and then south and into Eastern Europe as the year goes on. He plans to finish in summer 2018, depending on how his funding lasts. "I feel like a European citizen," he comments. "I want to bring all these cultures and countries into this tiny van."
Following five trial runs in his van to different parts of Europe to test out his idea, Marten has raised over €7000 for his journey.