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I recently had a 66 piece orchestral session and decided to produce all scores and parts with StaffPad alone. This is stretching the pu...

Sunday, May 29, 2005

No peace for the wicked!!!

Well, I was hoping for a bit of a rest after the last job, but I got a call from a director I've worked with many times before who needed some music for the show he's working on. I had to make a flying visit to the edit suite in the city to see some clips. The idea of the show is that they train up celebs SAS style and have them do 'missions.' Looks like a really funny show actually!!! I'm not complaining about the work, though...I know I'm lucky to have it!!!

So, I've been busy over the weekend (And I'll be working on the Bank Holiday tomorrow too) to get as much finished before our visit to France on Thursday. There was also a couple of tracks to finish off for the DIY show I've been working on.

We also had to dispatch our latest disk to France and w had a call from someone who is starting a production music distribution company in Israel. He has a library of his own, so we may be able to distribute him in the UK. For those who don't know, production music is where CDs are produced and sent free of charge to producers/directors and if they use a piece of music on their show, the library gets a royalty.

We have distribution all around the world...In fact I called our French, Danish and South African distributors last week and I hope to catch up with our Spanish company next week.

I'm looking forwrd to the French trip...I've been practising the language for months, but still find it a bit daunting. We were lucky on our trip to Copenhagen in march, because our distributors spoke superb English...In fact English was spoken very well by all of the Danes that we met. I'll write more about the Copenhagen trip when I get time...Jane and I had a fantastic time and we really enjoyed the company of our new friends, our Scandinavian distributors.

Anyway, back to making noises!!!

Thursday, May 19, 2005

On the fiddle.

The violin session went very well...Fantastic musician!!! I thought I'd have to spend a lot of time editing one of the pieces in particular as it included some very repetitive and intricate patterns, but she played it first time!!! This meant that I could deliver a CD to the dubbing suite in Shepherd's Bush at Tuesday lunchtime. I took my laptop and Oxygen 8 keyboard just in case there were any tweaks that I could do on the spot, but the dub had been moved to Friday, so there was no rush. Tx date is 18th July at 9pm on Channel 4.

I treated myself to a fine lunch at Aroma in Shepherd's Bush Green and popped into the BAFTA bar to read the FT before coming home. I also got Le Figaro to practise my French for our visit to meet our production music distributors in Paris at the beginning of June.

Today, I had a call from the director who needed a couple of tweaks due to script changes, so I'll upload them tonight for the editor to take into the dub tomorrow.

I've just got three more tracks to finish off New Homes DIY which will be on Discovery soon.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

The first post!!!

Well, I thought it was about time that I started one of these things!!! I'll be posting about what I'm working on and how things are going at The Artful Corporation Ltd. which is the company I run.
I'm working on a Channel 4 documentary called 'The Middle Classes' at the moment...Delivery day is tomorrow, although I have an extra couple of days to record a violin session which should be fun!!!

Anyway, I'd better get composing as I've one more piece to record and then three more to compose and write the dots out for the session tomorrow, so I'll be back soon.