L.A. Noire “Main Theme” Andrew Hale by RockstarGames L.A. Noire, the latest open-world video game from Rockstar Games, has become the fastest-selling new video games property ever in the UK, and despite its development team being based in Sydney, Australia, the game’s period-inspired soundtrack was created and recorded in the UK, with a little help […]
Bob James is a jazz pianist, composer and arranger whose career has spanned five decades. Having been discovered by Quincy Jones in 1963, he has recorded 37 solo albums to date and played on countless more by other artists. Perhaps best known for Angela, the theme tune to 1970s US sitcom Taxi, an example of […]
A couple of months ago, I was contacted by Helen Vallaud of Audio Impressions, who are the developers of DVZ (say it out loud, and if you’re British, pronounce the Z as “zee”), a sample library with unique divisi string capabilities, about a new tool they had been working on called Notation Switchblade.
My friend Jenny Amaya has been hard at work for the past several months designing and creating a training program for Sibelius 6 through Lynda.com, and the course is now live! The course includes more than five hours of instructional material, and goes from the basics to advanced features. The course description is as follows: […]
Béla Fleck, world-renowned banjo player, Grammy winner and composer, is using Sibelius software to create his Concerto For Banjo, a work commissioned by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra (also a 2011 Grammy winner!). The piece will premiere this September in Nashville with acclaimed conductor Giancarlo Guerrero, and will later be featured with several major orchestras as […]
The latest edition of Acoustic Guitar magazine features an interview with fingerstyle guitarist Peppino d’Agostino about his approach to composing and the use of percussive techniques on the guitar. He uses Sibelius to transpose his works into new keys and to determine the best fingering for each piece: How did you use the computer? D’AGOSTINO: […]
This past weekend I had the privilege of delivering a session on Sibelius to the delegates of the Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association’s 2011 Conference, which was held at Henry Wood Hall in south London. Attended not only by the librarians of the world’s top professional orchestras, ballet companies and opera houses, but also by music […]
A week ago, web analytics firm Net Marketshare released their latest monthly report on browser and operating system market share. Looking across the whole of the web, Windows users make up 89% of all web users, while Mac OS X users represent nearly 6%, iOS devices (iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad) represent 2%, and then […]