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Off to the Printer and On to Other Things!

Updated: Dec 24, 2022

My orchestral piece, Transitions, is as finished as it is going to get. I cleaned up the score and sent the PDF to NYC Music Services to be printed and bound. Then I balanced the orchestral sections using Hindenburg audio software to the best of my ability. More can probably be done, but because I know the music so well, I am afraid that I hear the audio differently from those who don't know every note. I published the audio version is on Soundcloud. The music is "performed" by the London Symphony Orchestra. More precisely, by sampled sounds from the LSO. Notion, the music notation software I use, automagically stitches together each attack and sustain in such a way as to make the sound as close as possible to an orchestra.

The oddest thing though is the start of the piece, No live performance goes from total silence to full sound in an instant. There is usually hall ambience and microseconds of difference as the performers play the first note. Without these small nuances, the first note is a bit jarring. There is probably a way that I could fake the psychoacoustics of the initial note, but I decided that could be a time sink. I am ready to move on to other creative ventures. For me, finishing this piece is a great way to bring the year to a close. (The image is a photo I took of the ripped poster wall at the Seattle Pike Street Market.)

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