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Social Links

I have a few of the social networks I’m part of as ‘widgets’ on my page, but it doesn’t make sense to clutter up the blog with all those links. With the recommendation of several people, I’ve joined even more networks lately and thought I’d list them here for you. A few I’ve only just got started with, so bear with me if things are a bit bare on some of them.

Of course, where everything I do can be found in one place is my website: JamesGilbertMusic.com

YouTube – tutorial videos and music videos

SoundCloud – Audio tracks, some unique to soundcloud, others from my albums and more

Twitter – Where I’m probably most active. I duplicate some of my tweets on my Facebook artist page

Facebook – My artist page.

LinkedIn – I’ve only just started on there, but if you’re part of linkedin you can see some of my background

Tumblr – Just getting started. I won’t duplicate this blog there. I plan to focus on short snippets with pictures.

Pinterest – Why not? I’m just getting started here too.

Please feel free to follow, like, join, pin or whatever the term is you do for each one. I really don’t care if I have thousands of followers, but it would be nice to have some. What I’d really like is more comments, replies and interaction on any or all of these sites.

Introduction to Music, Conclusion

Introduction to Music

for those wanting to become musicans, or improve their musicianship

Conclusion

I hope this Introduction to Music series has been helpful. While it is obviously not a comprehensive look at all there is to music notation and music theory, if you know this stuff, you have a great amount of tools to help you as either a performer or composer, no matter the style of music.

I have a number of YouTube videos that cover a range of music topics, some duplicating what was in this series, but many that go beyond this series. Here are a few below for you to take a look at.

To see and hear how I’ve used my musical knowledge, you can download any of our sheet music for Free at the website. I also have six albums (as of January 2013) available on GooglePlay, Amazon, iTunes and CD Baby.

If you would care to make a donation to help in my efforts with free content – blogs, videos and sheet music – your Donation is most appreciated.

Introduction to Piano Lessons and general music theory
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRdYzYjxl5M]
Introduction to Chords
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmezVWK0Ex8?hl=en&fs=1&w=425&h=349]
A Review of iPad Apps of help for musicians
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7Ia92GaSrg]
12-tone, Dodecaphonic Composition Overview


[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMayH_p5GS0]
Scales and Modes


[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHhf7mB4180]
Some Sibelius (notation software) Tips
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OouCZ-Uz0zM?hl=en&fs=1]
Making another Arrangement using Sibelius
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yKV-GI-5KA?hl=en&fs=1]
Making an Organ arrangement in Sibelius
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B49i8EtmS-w?hl=en&fs=1]
I hope you enjoyed this. Your comments and questions are welcome here or via the contact page on the website.

 

New YouTube video – Fractal

Don’t forget, ALL of our sheet-music is now available at our website for FREE!

Fractals Geometric Pattern

I’ve uploaded a new video to YouTube. This is another with animated fractals. If anyone has questions about how I do the fractals, leave a comment and I’ll give the details.

The background music being used is my own composition. I wrote it specifically for this video. From other videos I’ve seen of similar content, I think what I did with the music is not what one would typically expect. I wanted something different. The music consists of a rhythm track that comes & goes in volume, two pad like tracks, one a bit eerie and finally a video game like lead/melody. I used Reaper DAW to do the mixing. I used the VST instruments Massive (2 different patches), Battery 3 and FM8. There is a lot of repetition. I welcome your comments on the music.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbRqnMi2QXo]

As a side note, if you’re looking for some music to listen to, please check out my albums on iTunes, GooglePlay, CD Baby and Amazon. These sites have all 5 albums I’ve released. GooglePlay also has singles not available elsewhere.

If you’d like to donate to help support the website and the free sheet-music available for download, please click here

Latest happenings

Latest happenings

I didn’t realize I haven’t posted in a while. The summer is a somewhat slow time of the year for posts. Here’s some of the things I’ve been up to.

YouTube Videos

I’ve been trying to post a music video of sorts every couple of days. These consist essentially of still images of my sheet music with an audio recording.

The funny thing is that ever since I started posting these videos, YouTube has been pulling the advertisement from the videos and demanding that I offer proof that I own the material in the video. They refuse to answer simple questions like ‘what element of the video do you object to’ and the like. I’m kinda like the guy who builds the best sand castle in the world when nobody (including no cameras) are around. Then someone else challenges them to prove it. How? Everything I post is 100% my material. It has been nearly two months since they’ve pulled the ads from some of my videos. I’ve offered more than enough proof on all the videos, but yet they still don’t put the videos back and they refuse to communicate with me at all – not even form letters.

Somebody said that they were going to click on every ad they saw on any YouTube video and any banner ad with graphics served by Google. BUT, under NO circumstance would they ever buy anything they clicked on. Never. They say that will force Google (which owns YouTube) to pay the people hosting the ads but the advertisers would not make a sale and eventually the advertisers would pull their ads. Maybe Google/YouTube would then get the point. Of course, I can’t recommend you do that, but it does sound like a plan.

Basically YouTube is interested in catering to the large Media Corporations and show how friendly YouTube is to bigname advertisers. Their latest nonsense is making anyone who doesn’t post videos or comment on videos using their real name feel guilty.  It’s too bad YouTube doesn’t care one bit about the users or about small independent artists. I don’t make much from the missing ads, but as a struggling musician, every single penny is important.

If you know anyone at YouTube, tell them to quit harassing uploaders and to monetize videos unless they have a compelling reason to believe the video shouldn’t be posted.

See my YouTube channel

Website News

I’ve made some major changes to my sheet-music catalog. EVERYTHING in the sheet music catalog is free! Just signup using the form on my home page or sheet music catalog page. I am asking for donations. You can donate here. I’d rather see this music used by people than just sit and go unused or hardly used. So, please spread the word and let people know about free sheet music.

Our recordings are now sold on iTunes, CDBaby, Rhapsody, Spotify, Amazon and of course GooglePlay.

 

GooglePlay and iTunes

Our recordings are now sold on iTunes, CDBaby, Rhapsody, Spotify, Amazon and of course GooglePlay. I’m no longer selling mp3 files on the website.

Although the bulk of my music is available at all the above sites, GooglePlay has titles that are not available anywhere else, so check it out first if  you’re looking for our latest. I’ve added several singles this month. Basically GooglePlay will have everything plus singles. The other sites will not have any of the singles.

There are now 5 albums available on iTunes and the other sites.

Piano lessons

I’m still teaching piano lessons in the Micanopy area. I’m easily accessible and not too far from Gainesville, Ocala and the surrounding areas, like Citra and Williston. If you’re looking for a piano teacher and live in the area, consider the short drive to Micanopy for lessons.

 

New video: Importing XML files into Sibelius 7

Importing XML files into Sibelius 7

I’ve posted a new video on YouTube about importing and editing XML files in Sibelius 7.

One can take MusicXML files exported from such programs as Finale and import into Sibelius. Some tips on doing that and editing them once they are in Sibelius.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5gC_aH4pIc]
In addition to the tips on the video, there is also a plug-in available to batch convert a whole folder of XML files. Once one does that, it sometimes is good to run another plug-in. That being the import house style into a folder. Both plugins can help speed up the editing of the music once it is in Sibelius.

 

Enjoy.

O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing

Our latest additions to the catalog at our website consists of the title: O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing.

There are two titles available. They are both upbeat, rock/pop adaptations of this classic hymn tune also known as AZMON.

One is an MP3 recording and the other is a sheet music transcription for solo instrument. The sheet music version is for solo instrument with piano and optional rhythm section and keyboards. The keyboard part is also made available in parts that could allow you to perform this piece with a full orchestra (with a piano and instrumental soloist).

We try to be versatile with our music and allow for it to be performed with a variety of possible instrument combinations. Much of our instrumental solos, orchestra, instrumental, brass, woodwind and string music can be played by instruments other than indicated in the descriptions. Most, but not all titles include parts for C, Bb, Eb, F and alto clef instruments. (The catalog description specifies which parts are provided).

As with all our music in the past 3 years, it was typeset using the Sibelius notation software program. For recordings, we use the excellent Reaper DAW.

Check out a short YouTube video where you can listen to this title:

 
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaoX950jl2c]

New videos

New Videos

I’ve posted several new videos on YouTube. You can view all of them  at My YouTube Channel

Here’s a look at a few of them.

First, another music video with fractal art I created. I have some rendered 3-d artwork and fractal images. The background music is a new piece “How Perfect Love Is” from our website (http://jamesgilbertmusic.com).
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZCY5jqO1RI?hl=en&fs=1]

The next one I’ll feature here is one of several similar videos that illustrates the various sheet music offerings available at the website. This one features Handbell and Handchime music. It shows samples from the website along with sample recordings.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B38KKLJ3Sts]
In addition to the Handbell video, there are videos featuring our Orchestra & Instrumental Ensemble titles; Choral titles and Brass selections. I plan to add more videos with our other categories.

 

Fractal Art – New video

Fractal Art

New video on YouTube

I’ve always liked fractal art and the seemingly infinite possibilities that one can make with them. Now with faster computers and some free software, one can make 3D animation fairly quickly and easily. So, I found some still 2-D images I liked from various formulas I tried and I rendered out some 3D animations and put them together as a video.

The music is an original composition I’ve been working on. It makes for a good background to the video.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbNprcjSXGQ?hl=en&fs=1]

I used a number of free fractal software programs to create the content. After evaluating a number of them, I’m going to stick with XaoS for 2D and Mandelbulb 3D. The 3D animation does take a very long time to do. One of the clips, I think it was the first one, took about 12 hours of rendering to create.

For the music I used several different synths and of course different sounds. These included Absynth, Reaktor (using Skanner), Table Synth and FM8. I also used some drum loops I had laying around on my computer. I’m not sure if you can tell it from listening, but the simplicity of this piece is that the original source material is an old hymn as I arranged for bells. I made few changes to the original arrangement, but the synths and various processing makes it come out the way it did.

I’m looking at a program that creates midi tracks from fractal math formulas and may use one of them for background music to another fractal video. The fractal music sounds a bit too random so I’m going to have to tweak it quite a bit if I do use it.

Please spread the word and let others know about the YouTube channel, this blog and of course the website. Check out all the links at the top and bottom of our website.

What Wondrous Love Is This

I’ve uploaded a new video to YouTube. This is a recording of the piece What Wondrous Love Is This that I arranged for orchestra. The hymn tune is from the early 1800’s in Appalachia and is found in Southern Harmony, 1835. It is still used today in many churches and instrumental versions, like this, are also used in secular schools for its historical aspect.

This recording is done via software instruments (although most of you would have thought they were real if I hadn’t said anything). I used instruments from the Native Instruments Kontakt 5 factory library as well as Session Strings Pro. I layered the string sounds so each instrument in the string section had 3 to 5 different instruments. They were mixed together to get the final sound. For the reverb I used two instances of Guitar Rig 5, one for the strings and their reverb and all other instruments.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6U-7E3cjY9A?hl=en&fs=1]

The orchestra sheet music is available for purchase at my website. The instrumentation is for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Triangle, Violins, Violas, Cellos, Double Bass and Guitar (or Harp). See the catalog description for details about substitute instruments and keyboard reductions.

If you have any questions or comments, you can leave them on the YouTube page or here.