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Notation

Multitrack sequencer software typically uses a multi-track recorder metaphor as the main interface, consisting of multiple tracks and track segments in the form of a piano-roll guided input for the control of MIDI-based software instruments. In order to translate a composition to real players, a engraving quality program such as Sibelius must be used to accurately print out the master score as well as individual parts for each player.

With my background in graphic design and typography, I have been fascinated with the use of notation software, and have become quite good at translating sequencer MIDI code for performance by live instrumentalists. Granted, the opportunities to assemble and conduct an orchestra are limited by major financial constraints, but simply knowing how music notation is used adds a lot to the realism of a work.

Cabras Mágicos

For Small Orchestra

Cabras Mágicos

Something Coplandesque with a similar use of odd time signatures and open tonality. The wood blocks provide a hokey barnyard effect and help the other players with timing. I used an orchestral template of Berlin Woodwinds and Cine Brass along with Spitfire Percussion and Loegria Strings. This seemed to provide a nice small orchestra sound.

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Happy Birthday

For Strings, Brass and Percussion

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday in the style of David Arnold, specifically the heroic style from the Roland Emmerich films. I used CineSample Brass and Spitfire Loegria Strings along with the standard Kontakt Percussion samples.

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Romcomulus

For Woodwinds and Strings

Romcomulus

I used Orchestral Tools' Berlin Woodwinds for most of the woodwind samples, along with Miroslav Philharmonik for the bass clarinet. Spitfire Logeria was used for the strings, which provides a smaller-sized string section with lots of articulations.

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Chimeric

For Harp and Strings

Chimeric

Something atmospheric in the style of Impressionist composers using whole tone scales and seventh ninth thirteenth chords. I referenced Gunnhildur Einarsdóttir's excellent Harp Notation website at http://sites.siba.fi/en/web/harpnotation

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Three Brass Episodes

For Brass Quintet

Three Brass Episodes

The brass quintets of Victor Ewald provided a lot of inspiration for this. I used CineSamples Pro for the solo brass samples which provided a large number of articulations.

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Fantasia

For Strings

Fantasia for Strings

This composition got me working with fretboard fingering, unusual techniques, irregular timing, and playing styles on string instruments. It was my first Sibelius project and a great way to get my feet wet with a powerful notation program.

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Clair de Lune

Arrangement for Woodwinds

Clair de Lune

An arrangement of Claude Debussy's piano piece Clair de Lune for woodwind sextet consisting of 2 flutes, oboe, 2 clarinets and bassoon.

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You can also investigate my entire back catalogue of wonky techno stuff from the Studio1057 BandCamp page at http://studio1057.bandcamp.com which includes full free downloads.

There is also an experimental project called Magnets that I have been working on and off for a few years at http://soundcloud.com/siebert-tenseven which is the Siebert Tenseven SoundCloud page, le nom de plume de l'oiseau avec une ambiance scandinave allemand!

Trouble?

This is a download-heavy website that is hosted on a shared server, so there are times when it will not function perfectly. Each file download can be viewed in the horizontal bar included in the media player. Be patient and the files should load correctly. Sometimes it's a good idea to reload the page.

All of the music files are duplicated and available at the Studio1057 SoundCloud page, and all of the videos can be viewed at the Studio1057 YouTube page, however the commentary is not quite as cohesive.