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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

Featured, Music
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...
What is Chamber Music

What is Chamber Music

Music
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...
How to Choose the Right Background Music for Your Video

How to Choose the Right Background Music for Your Video

Music, Technology
If you didn’t know it already, background music has a crucial role in whatever video you would like to create. With the proper background music, your video can get the attention it needs and you can encourage a greater reaction from your audience as well. Background music can help you transmit the right message about your video in ways that visuals cannot. But choosing the right background music is easier said than done. Here’s how to choose the right background music as a complement to your video. The value of feelings Ask yourself the following questions: how would you want the viewers to feel as soon as they view your video? Do you want viewers to feel excited about a new service or product, or an event? Do you want them to feel warm and cosy because of a testimonial from a cu
The Best Wii Music Games of All Times

The Best Wii Music Games of All Times

Music, Technology
Who doesn’t love a good song or tapping to the beat once in a while? It gets a funky mood going either when alone or to spice up a party. Check out these rockin’ Wii video games to challenge musical genes. Wii Music Wii Music is great for those who want to try out different musical instruments. It is different from other types of online games. Players can make music using the Wii Remote and the Wii Balance Board and start a band with up to six different band members. Musicians in a band jam by playing their instruments to the beat of a song or simply by improvising to the melody. There is no need to press specific buttons as players just need to mimic the actions associated to the specific instrument. Unlike other music games that correct players if they don't play the tun
How to Become a great Party Host

How to Become a great Party Host

Lifestyle
You’re attending a dinner party. The host provided a superb meal and now he’s floating around with a charming smile on his face, replenishing everyone’s drinks, casually chatting with the various guests. Chances are you think, I want to throw a party too. How hard can it be? If he can do it, I can do it. Little do you know that to throw a successful party there are a few things to keep in mind. Shopping For your meal and drinks, shop with time to spare. If you leave it to the last minute and you realize that you’ve forgotten something, you’re in a pickle. If you shop ahead of time and you see that you’ve forgotten lemons or olives, you can just go and pick some up. Cooking Unless you’re an experienced cook, you might want to steer clear of complicated dishes such as cordon
True Story of Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock”

True Story of Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock”

Music
While many have spoken about, filmed, and interview about Woodstock, only one song truly captures the essence of the festival, Joni Mitchell‘s Woodstock. What many people don’t know is that Joni Mitchell never even attended the epic festival. The Woodstock Festival Becomes a Generational Icon In the Summer of 1969, what is often considered the apex of the hippie counter-culture took place in Bethel, NY. From Aug. 15-17 (and spilling over into the 18th) The Woodstock Music Festival rocked the country from Max Yasgur’s now famous dairy farm. Dozens of now famous acts performed for the near half-million audience members (enough people drove up from nearby New York City that traffic backed up almost all the way to the NYS Thruway). Among the acts that performed were: Richie