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Music brief: Paul Henry Smith, his digital orchestra in the making

Music brief: Paul Henry Smith, his digital orchestra in the making

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Imagine a composer who has just polished off the score for a major orchestral work. It looks good on paper, but where can this composer rustle up a string section, a couple of horns, winds and the timpani in order to bring his creation to life? This is where Paul Henry Smith and his Fauxharmonic Orchestra step in to the rescue. Using a digital orchestra, Smith turns a score or MIDI file into a full recording. Once the recording is drafted, a composer is offered the opportunity to review and request changes. And since each score is kept on file forever, the composer can come back and rewrite or add any part to the recording, even years after the original recording was made. The Fauxharmonic Orchestra: Digital Technology Making It Easy to Record Orchestral Compositions Smith not...
Biography of Singer and Actor Bobby Sherman

Biography of Singer and Actor Bobby Sherman

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Bobby Sherman was a star in the late sixties and early seventies when his shaggy hair and big smile captivated girls across the United States. Early Life Bobby Sherman was born on July 22, 1943 in California. His full name is Robert Cabot Sherman, Jr. When he was nine, his family moved from Santa Monica to Van Nuys in the San Fernando Valley. At eleven, Bobby took up the trumpet and discovered he loved music. At thirteen, he built the first of three scale models of Disneyland. Bobby attended high school at Birmingham High School, where he played football, was a member of the dance band, and realized he loved singing. Bobby's Big Break In 1964, Bobby joined with his old band to play at a Hollywood party. Natalie Wood was among the attendees that praised his singing, and h...
Beach Boys in the 1980s and ’90s

Beach Boys in the 1980s and ’90s

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Dennis Wilson's Death The death, by drowning, of drummer, Dennis Wilson, in December, 1983 temporarily cast doubt over the band's future at the start of the decade, but they soldiered on, employing Dennis's friend and co-drummer, Mike Kowalski as his full-time replacement. Did Mike ever think that The Beach Boys would cease to exist after Dennis's untimely demise? "It was Carl, Mike, Bruce, and Al – they made the decisions and we were the players," replies Mike, "and if they did decide not to tour, then so be it, but it seemed that back then, there was a market - people still wanted to hear it. The nostalgia thing was going on in ’84, ’85, ’86, and The Beach Boys had too many hits, you know what I mean? Too many hits that people wanted to hear, that was part of their growin
What is Chamber Music

What is Chamber Music

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Chamber music is the oldest and most diverse genre of performance music. Encompassing a vast variety of sizes and instrumentations, chamber music has been around in one form or another since the dawn of modern man. Unlike large group ensembles such as concert bands or symphony orchestras, chamber music groups are much smaller, often with only 4 or 5 members, and most often utilizing only strings, woodwind instruments, or brass instruments. While percussion instruments can be, and are used in many small chamber music pieces, they are much less common. The Origins of Chamber Music Chamber music has evolved over the thousands of years of human existence, but in general the term refers to music played for smaller, more intimate gatherings of friends, family, or respected guests begin...
Tin Can Instruments – Ramkie

Tin Can Instruments – Ramkie

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When the British took South Africa from the Dutch in 1815, they imported technologies brand new to the Africans who lived there. The tin can, first patented in 1810, was especially well received – not only as a readily recycled container for food and water, but as a newer, louder, and more brilliant resonator for stringed instruments. The most noteworthy outcome of that revelation was the ramkie, a plucked or strummed instrument related to lutes, guitars, and ukeleles. The traditional ramkie is based on an oil can. Cooking oil? Motor oil? Who cares! If it has a pleasant "ping," it will do very nicely. Cookie tins, round or rectangular, are less traditional – but often produce a superior sound. Once the can has been selected, the builder must create a workable neck for the instrument.
Are You a Banjo Beginner? How to Choose a Proper Banjo for Your Needs

Are You a Banjo Beginner? How to Choose a Proper Banjo for Your Needs

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Blues music wouldn’t be complete without the banjo. That being said, there are actually a number of different musical styles which wouldn’t sound the same if the banjo weren’t played. The banjo has been around for a long time, and there’s a new appreciation for this humble little instrument which it didn’t have before. The sound of a banjo is very distinct, and more people have learnt to love this unique and easily distinguishable sound. Are you a banjo beginner? Then you may be having some difficulty choosing the right banjo for your needs. Here, then, are some top tips on choosing the proper banjo. Consider the strings You should know, first of all, that banjos can be incredibly versatile, and its versatility includes the fact that it comes with different strings. For instance