Killzone 2 soundtrack scored in Sibelius

With video games now as big business as the music and film industries, and the latest computers and consoles accommodating even the highest of production values, it’s no surprise that many video games now have fully-realised soundtracks written by big name composers (e.g. Garry Schyman’s soundtrack for Bioshock, and Michael Giacchino’s soundtracks for the Call […]

Plucked From Nowhere composition competition

I was recently contacted by conductor and composer Geoffrey Alvarez about a composition competition that his ensemble, the Alvarez Chamber Orchestra, is running. From his web site: The Alvarez Chamber Orchestra is holding a competition for composers of any age and nationality to submit works for Harp and Chamber Orchestra. There is no specification as […]

Meet drummer Billy Cobham this week at WOMAD Summer School

Legendary jazz/fusion drummer Billy Cobham will be leading a Drum Academy strand at this week’s WOMAD Summer School, which takes place from July 27th through July 31st, at Bath Spa University, in the beautiful city of Bath in the south-west of England. The WOMAD web site says: Bill Cobham, one of the world’s greatest drummers […]

Sibelius 6 gets perfect score from Music Tech magazine

The August 2009 issue of Music Tech magazine includes a glowing review of Sibelius 6 from writer Keith Gemmell, who also wrote the reviews of Sibelius 4 and Sibelius 5 for the same publication. I’m delighted that Sibelius 6 has gone one better than Sibelius 5, and has been awarded a perfect score of 10/10, […]

Export MusicXML from Sibelius 6 with Dolet 5

Recordare LLC have today announced the release of Dolet 5 for Sibelius, the latest version of their plug-in for MusicXML export. Dolet 5 works with Sibelius 5.1 or later, but is especially useful for Sibelius 6 users, as the improvements in Sibelius’s built-in ManuScript language have allowed the folks at Recordare to improve the quality […]

Musical performance and the machine

If you’ve got a bit of time to spare, this paper by Mark Marrington, delivered at the Coventry University National Music Performance Symposium on 10 June, is a fascinating read on the role that technology can play in musical performance. Marrington’s paper takes as its jumping off point the legal spat between the New York […]

Score for Wesley biopic composed on Sibelius

The forthcoming biopic of John and Charles Wesley from Foundery Pictures, titled simply Wesley, features a score by conductor and composer Bruce Kriesling, composed on Sibelius. Kriesling was profiled by the News & Record newspaper in Greensboro, North Carolina: Bruce Kiesling has waited months to hear this music live. He had composed it on computer, […]

Students start music publishing business using Sibelius

A group of students in the Music Business programme at Indiana State University have started a music publishing business to publish a teaching method for five-string banjo by Louie Popejoy, a well-known local musician. They’ve been using Sibelius to create the notation for the book, and were profiled by the local newspaper, the Tribune Star. […]

Kirk Hamilton: “Magnetic Layout will save untold hours of my life”

Back in January I posted about San Francisco-based composer/singer/songwriter/all-round-talented musician Kirk Hamilton’s new album, The Exited Door, for which Kirk used Sibelius to score many of the songs. Kirk kindly sent me a copy of the album, which I would thoroughly recommend you pick up from CD Baby. Kirk recently posted on his blog, Murfins […]