My Brightest Diamond’s new orchestral album, with a little help from Sibelius

The cover for My Brightest Diamond's new album, All Things Will Unwind

My Brightest Diamond, also known as singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Shara Worden, has developed quite a following in the alternative music scene over the past several years, with two studio album releases to her name. This October, My Brightest Diamond’s third album, All Things Will Unwind, arrives, and in a departure from the previous two  albums, the music eschews her trademark electric guitar-driven sound in favour of an ensemble of strings and woodwinds.

Glide Magazine has an interview with Shara Worden, in which she reveals that she used Sibelius to compose the arrangements for the album. She says:

yMusic is this supergroup made by Rob Moose (who works with My Brightest Diamond) and the trumpet player CJ Camerieri, and they decided to create this mixed ensemble of strings and woodwinds. They approached me, and several other artists, to write instrumental pieces for them, and in doing so they bought me a computer program called Sibelius (music composition/notation software). I had hand-written all of the arrangements for the first two My Brightest Diamond records, and it was so excruciating. I thought I was really hardcore by using my calligraphy pen and everything, but it was so tedious and took so long to work through that stuff that I decided that I was finished writing out the arrangements. They bought me this program, though, so I chose to seize the opportunity to write for them. They’re some of the most amazing musicians I have ever heard, and I thought I’d be missing out if I didn’t take advantage of their desire to work with me.

Read the complete interview here, get more details about the album here, and hear Shara’s music at MySpace.

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