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We love music notation software and related products and technology, so that’s what we cover here. You’ll find timely news, in-depth coverage about the field, and honest reviews about products you use every day. You’ll learn about the interesting people in our field and find out our opinions on ever-changing developments in the industry.
 
The San Francisco Symphony’s American Orchestra Forum brings together voices from diverse cultural perspectives and the general public to explore the 21st-century American orchestra. Topics include how orchestras connect with their communities; how orchestras balance creativity and innovation with artistic traditions and practices; and what orchestras can learn about changing audience patterns and engagement strategies from looking outside their own industry.
 
Each year, young artists from around the country converge at The Clarice to form the National Festival Orchestra — one this region’s most anticipated and treasured summer musical events. Our podcast series will feature short Q&A interviews with composers, performers, and arts administrators who come through the festival. We'll sit down and ask them about the state of music today!
 
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Dave Metzger joins Scoring Notes for the first of a two-part interview. Dave is one of Hollywood and Broadway’s most accomplished orchestrators and arrangers, having worked on hundreds of top projects that anyone will instantly recognize, including smash Disney hits like Frozen and The Lion King. Fortunately for us, Dave has always had a deep inter…
 
If you’re a longtime user of music notation software, perhaps you’ve waxed nostalgic for the old Finale manuals, which came as a set of three bound books, or maybe you have a soft spot for the legendary Sibelius Reference, with its inimitable mix of wit and wisdom. Whether you give it a fleeting glance or you’ve eagerly read every last word, docume…
 
Our old pal Sir Elton returns to the pod with another of his weird songs that no one remembers. Unless you're from Philadelphia, in which case you probably have the lyrics to this song tattooed on your back. Or maybe you're a tennis legend of the 1970s, in which case you might know more than any of us. Tune in to find out which one you are!…
 
Justin Tokke joins Philip Rothman and David MacDonald to introduce the Well-Tempered Consort, a fully flexible and customizable way of configuring Bach’s masterpiece for any ensemble. Justin arranged the entire project, edited all of the parts, and is the Technical Lead for Carl Fischer Music, which is publishing the entire collection for anyone to…
 
If you use Sibelius or Finale, you’ve likely encountered plug-ins, maybe without even realizing it. Plug-ins are small computer programs that run within the software that can look at the score and transform it nearly instantly. Plug-ins have access to a wide variety of settings, and they make it possible to automate tedious tasks correctly and cons…
 
Andrew and Dan have spent the majority of this podcast trying to outrun the Dorsey Brothers, but it seems the time of reckoning has finally come. This week, they discuss Big Band juggernaut Jimmy Dorsey and one of his many hits of the War Years. They also spend an inordinate amount of time talking about Zack Snyder's Justice League. Go figure!…
 
When you work with music notation software, sometimes the greatest challenge is knowing what a task is actually called and where to find it. Plus, if you use more than one program, the same item might be implemented in different ways. In this episode, Philip Rothman and David MacDonald go on a scavenger hunt to find useful features in Finale, Sibel…
 
In the midst of one of the best years in music, America decided to do a prank on everybody and buy a bunch of copies of a cover song. It was probably really funny at the time, but now Andrew and Dan have to do a whole episode about a fairly embarrassing dance track. Great job, America! Luckily, the Oscar Noms also came out this week so we've got pl…
 
On episode 32 of The Electronic Intifada Podcast, rapper, activist and all-round renaissance man Lowkey joins Asa and Nora to talk about: - The purge of anti-Zionist academics from UK institutions - Islamophobia and the Israel lobby’s role in promoting it - The role of artists in defending Palestinian rights - The state of the corporate music indus…
 
If you’ve ever needed to open a Finale file in Sibelius, or a scan music in SmartScore and bring it into Dorico, or write something in StaffPad and upload it to MuseScore.com, you’ve relied on MusicXML to make it happen. MusicXML is the standard interchange format for music notation applications, and it’s what makes such robust interoperability pos…
 
In this episode, Uptown Funk really gives it to us. Don't believe us? Just watch! Hey guys, all kidding aside, this song was insanely popular. It kind of broke the world. Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars dominated our lives for a calendar year and it's time to finally dig into how these pop-funk wizards did it. Join us!…
 
Millions of people sing from church hymnals each week, and that means millions of people are looking at music notation all the time. Getting those notes onto the page in a form that is both flexible enough to suit the needs of a particular congregation, and yet have lasting permanence for generations of churchgoers is the job of our guest, Dan Krei…
 
On episode 31 of The Electronic Intifada Podcast, Nora and Asa discuss Israel’s vaccine apartheid and are joined by physicians and writers Dr. Ghada Karmi and Dr. Osama Tanous.It was recently reported that Israel is giving thousands of “spare” vaccines to foreign countries in exchange for political support, while denying vaccines to 5 million Pales…
 
We nerd out about the latest updates to Dorico and Sibelius. On the Dorico side, we see support for M1 Apple Silicon Macs for the first time. On the Sibelius side, we get an improved task bar called Command Search, along with new scripting and plug-in features that make it easier to automate hundreds of items with a single keystroke. These updates …
 
This week, Andrew and Dan get taken on a journey that begins in 1982 and then stumbles back through another decade and half of party rock, all so they can get to the heart of this ode to dirty magazines. Do the sexual politics of this song suck? You bet they do! Do we dig into that too much? Hopefully not! Also, Peter Wolf is hot!…
 
When preparing music, you always make sure what goes on the page is pitch-perfect. How about what goes on the bill? Should you charge hourly? By the bar? Some other way? Philip Rothman and David MacDonald break down the all the elements of a successful music preparation gig, from the initial conversations with the client, how to formulate the best …
 
The legendary Broadway musical writing team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II produced their final show together, The Sound of Music , nine months before Hammerstein passed away of cancer. Yet throughout all the songs of the show, there’s a great sense of hope and optimism.By Debra Lew Harder
 
Nicole Jordan, the principal librarian of the Philadelphia Orchestra, makes sure that the right piece of music is with the right person at the right time, in the right place — a crucial function in the fast-paced world of concert production. Nicole tells David MacDonald and Philip Rothman about how she got started as an orchestral librarian, from h…
 
For video version and more background, go to: https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/nora-barrows-friedman/podcast-ep-30-israels-war-labour-and-democratsIn our pilot video episode of The Electronic Intifada Podcast, Ali Abunimah joins Asa and Nora for an in-depth look at the new US president. What does the Joe Biden administration and the return of t…
 
Stephen Taylor is here to talk all about his adventure entering the entire score of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring into Dorico. Steve is a professor of composition and theory at University of Illinois School of Music and co-director of its modern ensemble. He’s had a long and varied history composing music and studying scores, and an almost equall…
 
It's Black History Month, and on WRTI we're looking closely at bandleader, composer, and pianist Duke Ellington , who wrote over 1,700 songs, as well as longer orchestral suites and film scores. In this interview from 2013, WRTI's Susan Lewis speaks with biographer and blogger Terry Teachout , author of Duke, A Life of Duke Ellington.…
 
It's a little early to celebrate Father's Day, but the Fisher King don't care! This week, Andrew and Dan (sort of) discuss this long forgotten hit from Princess Leia's dad while trying not to get to distracting by discussions of the Alien franchise, the Golden Globe nominations, and the smell of burned fish. They mostly fail at this!…
 
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