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The Turn Of A Friendly Card

The Turn Of A Friendly Card was Alan Parsons (The Alan Parsons Project) fifth studio album. The Alan Parsons Project made slick, progressive theme-base studio albums of rock music, and some times they would tour too. Alan Parson’s day job was as a EMI staff recording engineer and he is is famous for recording Pink Floyd’s critically acclaimed The Dark Side of the Moon. I had a MIDI sequence laying around for this Alan Parsons

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All by Myself

If the actor John Williams made another “Timeless Classics” commercial… “I’m sure you recognize this lovely melody as ‘All By Myself‘. But did you know that the original theme is from the 2nd movement of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2?” Heh. Musicians comping from other musicians is as old as music itself. The piano part here may look a little funky though. This is because it’s a conductor’s score and everything that can be condensed is

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I’m sure you’ll recognize this lovely melody as ‘Stranger in Paradise’. But did you know that the original theme is from the ‘Polovetsian Dance No. 2’ by Borodin?

Heh. How many gazillion times have you seen that commercial from the 70’s and 80’s; the one where the stuffy old Englishman hawks a collection of classical recordings. This is that ‘melody’. I wanted to render this song it in Dorico but found it a nightmare to work with as it has some sections in poly meter, particularly a meter of 6/8 working against a meter of 2/4. You can see what I mean on

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Big Bada Booming Bass (Fixed)

Flying blind? For the past couple of months, since I’ve upgraded my old 2016 PC to Windows 11, I’ve been flying blind with my studio monitors. The re-imaging of my PC meant I lost a few things, and my speaker correction files was one of those. Let me explain. Studio monitors are great in that they provide a stable, even audio reference for audio mixing and mastering work. What the problem is with monitors (in

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Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major

Go for Baroque! Something different here. Bach was certainly a prodigious composer, and this concerto piece shows something other than the usual organ work. The piece is played by three violins, a viola, a cello, and a violone. The violone is an early predecessor of the double bass. I don’t happen to have a sample library of one and they are rare to begin with, so I’ve substituted a double bass for it. Enjoy.

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Ach, was soll ich Sünder machen BVW 770

“Oh, what should I do, sinners” Here is the organ piece I promised in the previous post. It was an interesting short little project. It is a chorale church piece to accompany a choir, by J.S, Bach. The way the source originator put together the project in MuseScore was not what I expected. This was created as a multi-part composition where, in addition to an organ staff, there was a staff for each of the

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