A quick post to let everyone know what’s new. A few new titles on the website, some new mp3 files and sheet music to one of those recordings. See this link for more information. A reminder, if you are a composer/arranger or a recording artist who would like another opportunity to sell your music, we are accepting submissions for publication. See the website for details.
See our other posts for the latest YouTube videos. I am soliciting suggestions for future videos. What would you like to see? Some categories I have in mind are: Music theory; Native Instruments Komplete 8; Reaper DAW; Sibelius 7; Slide shows with my original music as background music; All about scales; piano lesson related. What do you think?
In addition to the recordings and sheet music at the website, I play organ for and direct a choir at a local small church. See the 1611 KJV blog entry for more. That is keeping me busy with our involvement in the christmas music program that a number of churches put on for the community. It is little more than 5 or 6 churches getting together and singing some Christmas music for one another. I’ve heard some people say it is the greatest community music event they’ve heard (they don’t get out much) and even one person, a professional musician from the Netherlands comment that she had never imagined choirs could sound so bad. But, whether it’s the greatest thing since sliced toast or the worse things since ?, it and all the special music that goes into the Advent & Christmas keeps me busy and away from doing YouTube videos or getting new material on the website.
I welcome feedback as to what you’d like to see in the way of new sheet music, new recordings, YouTube videos, piano lessons, etc. Please leave a comment.
I’ve uploaded a new tutorial video to YouTube. This one is about some tips I’ve found that help my workflow when using Sibelius. Geared toward Sibelius 7, it can be adapted to use with earlier versions.
Have you discovered the power of advanced filtering? An example is shown.
There are many preferences to choose from. This video shows how to turn off the startup sound, ease the strain on your system of the playback configurations (which seem to be more system demanding in version 7 than before). A discussion of keyboard shortcuts. Almost every task you can do in Sibelius can have a keyboard shortcut assigned to it and more.
Voices and editing music in different voices
Do you know how to take an existing part and copy it into voice 2 in another staff that already has voice 1 notes? You can’t just cut and paste. See how.
There are many wildcards that can be used when working with text. See how to incorporate them into your titles/composers and how you might use them in footnotes.
Making the layout of your parts look consistent among parts, including editing text styles to change the position in the parts, but leave it where it was in the score. Hiding text in the parts but keeping it in the score.
You either love it, hate it or tolerate it, but the Ribbon is here to stay. How to gain back some screen real estate and some different ways to view your music.
Take a look at it:
Please leave some feedback on the YouTube site or here.
Two new mp3 audio recordings have been added to the music catalog.
The first, Chord Flavors, is a recording of the original composition Chord Flavors. It is a flowing, rhythmic transition between various chords. This transition and interplay of chords ends up making for a nice melody as well. If you’ve followed any of the chord tutorial series on YouTube, this is a good example of what you can do with little more than a progression of chords.
For the recording, the G-flat Group used software based synthesizers to do the recording. The piece used only 3 instruments, a patch in Massive, a patch in Absynth and an instrument in Reaktor that was created by feeding the audio of the first two instruments into Reaktor.
Read more and listen to an audio sample.
Run Away From The Island
The second piece, Run Away From The Island is a recording by The Emotive Players. It was made from a piece written specifically for the recording. The sheet music to this title will soon be in the catalog, and may be by the time you read this. It is a high-paced, percussive piece implying action and movement. Instruments used include Massive, Evolve Mutations 2 and Studio Strings Pro. A fun little piece. See our YouTube channel where this music is used as the soundtrack to a short slideshow video.
The piece is based on a 12-tone row. The row is formed in such a way that it is not too atonal. The piece is melodic, but it is more percussive than melodic. The use of the animator feature in Studio Strings Pro gives the piece some real sense of motion. The Evolve Mutations patches add a depth to the percussive nature of the piece.
Listen to an audio sample
The recordings were mixed in Reaper. The sheet music used to generate MIDI files for some tracks was done in Sibelius 7.
We hope you enjoy these and please let your friends know about them.
After considerable difficulty with video cap and editing software, I’ve finally gotten two new videos done.
I decided to make an arrangement. I did it in Sibelius 7 and Reaper. The first video shows the process of making the arrangement. This arrangement was for violin, cello, piano, guitar, bass and drums.
The 2nd video shows taking the MIDI from Sibelius and putting it into Reaper DAW and making a recording.
I welcome your comments and questions, either here or on Youtube.