Monday, June 27, 2016

Separating vocals from a song

A video on how to extract vocals from a recording using Logic - if you're interested in remixes.

Radiohead remix files

If you're interested, you can download a remixable version of Radiohead's song "Nude" from In Rainbows, here:

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Bach, A Musical Offering

ISYM Composition 2016 Daily Schedule

Welcome to ISYM Composition 2016! Here is our schedule for the week - this may change depending on what you are all interested in.

Saturday: Final Concert, 1 pm, Smith Recital Hall

8:15 - 9:15 amComposition Studio ClassMB CAMIL I - 4033
Monday: Variations and passacaglia - Notating by hand
Tuesday: Modes - Sibelius and jazz chord notation
Wednesday: Rhythms - more Sibelius
Thursday: Popular music and arranging - Sibelius, making parts
Friday: Final proofreading - going over parts - OR student presentations

9:30 - 10:30 amIndividual Composing/LessonsMB CAMIL I - 4033
MB 2nd floor practice rooms (2083, 2084, 2085, 2086, 2087, 2093, 2094)

10:45 - 11:45 pmTechnology TopicsMB CAMIL I - 4033
Monday: Logic (or Garageband) - using built-in sounds
Tuesday: Logic - editing sound files
Wednesday: Logic - effects
Thursday: Working with microphones
Friday: Pre-Concert Preparation


1:15 - 2:15 pmIndividual Composing/LessonsMB CAMIL I - 4033
MB 2nd floor practice rooms

2:30 - 3:30 pmPerformance/Orchestration SessionsKCPA ORR
Monday: Read through pieces in progress
Tuesday: Percussion Master Class with Dan Benson
Wednesday: Violin/Cello Master Class with Erika Zelada and Beth Feely
Thursday: Flute/Clarinet Master Class with Kathleen Winters and Jiyeon Choi
Friday: Rehearsal for Concert

3:45 4:45 pmMusic Technology ElectiveMB CAMIL II - 0324

2:30 pm Saturday, July 2Final ConcertSmith Recital Hall

Monday, July 7, 2014

Quick Sibelius shortcuts

  • Click in an empty part of the bar to select the whole bar
  • For note entry, click on a rest
  • Option-click anything to copy it
  • R = repeat (either for notes or whole bars)
  • K = key signature
  • Q = clef
  • T = time signature
  • S = slur; use space or shift-space to make the slur longer or shorter
  • H = hairpin; use space or shift-space to make the hairpin longer or shorter
  • L = line; brings up a dialog with lots of different lines (trill, 8va, etc. etc.)
  • Command-B = add bars
  • Command-shift-N = reset note spacing (to make your layout look better)
  • Unofficial rules for handwritten notation

    My unofficial rules for writing music by hand:
    1. Always use a straight edge for stems and beams. Beams should be thicker than stems.
    2. Stems should extend an octave above or below their notehead. For the middle line and higher, stems go down; below the middle line, stems go up (for ledger lines and beamed notes, these rules can be relaxed so the beaming looks good).
    3. Accidentals extend above or below their notehead by a perfect fourth.
    4. Plan how many measures you'll have on each staff system, so you don't run out of space.

    Music notation links

    Links on musical notation: