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Arranging again

It's been quite a long break since the last arrangements were made and published.

So it was nice to get back to the music again and see what new work can be produced.

I use a fairly basic Cubase software package with a Creamware sound card and standard monitor speakers in my office come studio at the bottom of the garden. We have been there for 8 years and it was overdue a tidyup which has improved the acoustics somewhat.

As my Beethoven recordings are so popular and the music responds so nicely to my percussion treatment this is where I am concentrating. A sonata, concerto and symphony so far are at the first cut stage - I will leave them to mature for a while before coming back to listen again and make further adjustments and final recordings. I am making more use of the gamelan in some of these arrangements and I have also aquired a nice "Steel Magic" preset instrument to augment my Purity  steel drums.

I have had a look at doing some work with jazz to follow on the ragtime but so far I have not found suitable material in the public domain. I got some cool but unpublishable results with a Count Bassie piece over the weekend so I am encouraged to persist down this line.

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