Creating music through transcription and assigning instruments in a DAW
About a year ago, u/Mathonius
wrote a compelling post on musicians transcribing existing works into notation software such as Sibelius or Musescore (I use the latter). Musescore will actually play back that music reasonably well... well enough to get an idea, anyway.
Before I go on, I need to emphasise I'm not a performer at all. I have a keyboard, but it's to study chord progressions, certainly not to perform anything. To be honest, I'm not at all interested in learning how to play - that's not where my head is. What I do want to do is this
: create background music for my videos.
I am HUGE on classical music. I have discovered a goldmine of almost-never-heard music of my taste on YouTube. People whose names most folks wouldn't even recognise, such as Reinecke and Raff, have created some incredible pieces, some I've grown quite fond of. I've even discovered pieces by composers with more familiar names, such as Antonin Dvorak.
So, I wanted these pieces in my videos. It's okay: most folk would never be exposed to these... they're more for family. Still, just getting a recording of that piece to insert into your videos brings up copyright issues. Whilst the composition itself might be out of copyright legal range, the performance is almost certainly not.
So, I need to create my own performance of that composition.
This is no trivial undertaking. First, to find a copy of the score... less difficult because of the internet. There truly is a lot available in score form on IMSLP as PDFs. I paid my subscription to the site, and happily download entire scores.
The next bit - transcription - is a very time-consuming task but such an amazing exposure to "How The Greats Did It" for anyone wanting to have a go composing
, which I've done. Nothing crash-hot, just a bit of fun, but learned a lot doing it.
But end-of-the-day, I really am more focused on creating a "performance" of a composition I thoroughly like. Musescore does an okay job, but it's not its primary purpose. That's the job of a DAW.
So, my question: given all the posts one sees on the use of DAWs to create music are all written by - or FOR - people who wish to record themselves and create music (a preponderance of which appears to be pop / rap / rock / variations-thereof), it seems almost impossible to even ask anywhere about this use-case: transcribing music to create a performance.
Are there any others who do this?
Are there sites / blogs / software support pages that discuss this?
submitted by robynsveil
Need Baroque/Contemporary/Film Piece suggestions for a recital programme to counter balance my Sibelius/Debussy/Haydn I have so far!
I need a 20-25 minute programme of post-grade 8 standard material, currently I have:
Sibelius - Romance in Db
Haydn - Sonata in Eb, Hob.XVI No. 49 (first movement)
Debussy - Sarabande (Pour le Piano, L 95)
So, preferabbly I need something non-classical/Romantic/Impressionistic to provide contrast. I'm not a big fan of Bach, find him very hard to connect to. Absolutely love film music especially John Williams, so if anybody knows of any difficult film music repertoire I could run it by my teacher.
Currently, thinking of doing Shostakvocih Prelude and Fugue no. 7, but I amn't too keen on it.
Any help/recommendations would be much appreicated. You will receive the eternal gratitude of a stranger on the internet.
submitted by conpower