Dan Morrissey is originally from the UK and has toured extensively as a guitarist in rock bands throughout Britain and the USA. He now spends his time composing and recording music for media production.
2015 had an unexpected start this January when I was honoured to be included in a mural in Stevenage (Hertfordshire) recognising people working in the arts, who grew up in the town.
Arts personalities from the worlds of theatre, film, sculpture and literature joined the guest list for the event at Stevenage Leisure Centre.
The life size photo murals were unveiled by Stevenage Mayor and Gordon Craig Theatre patron, actress Vikki Michelle.
An earlier set of panels saluting some of the town’s sporting stars, including Lewis Hamilton, was unveiled last year.
The unveiling event was a lovely, relaxed affair attended by most of the artists in the mural, including author Ken Follet and fellow Spice Fusion Big Band member Giles Terera!
The photo used (taken by the wonderful composer Lester Barnes) was from a recent album launch concert where I was playing a Steinway D concert grand, my Roland 700NX and Korg x50.
I’ve been concentrating on piano playing throughout 2014 (I’m back working on the smartassmusic.com again now!) and for a look at the kind of thing I’ve been doing over the past year here’s a great video featuring fellow Stevenage mural artists 🙂 myself (James Treweek) on piano and Giles Terera on vocals.
Passion of Love is a stunning composition. Beautiful romantic orchestral music perfect for any Valentines promo or romantic film. “Beautiful, romantic, uplifting orchestral music recorded by a live orchestra. Sophisticated, rich, warm, beauty, Hollywood, soundtrack” Cinematic Romantic is a collection of 7 full length tracks by composer James Bennett. “A collection beautiful, emotional, romantic tracks with piano and strings. Modern romantic film music. Perfect background track for video or film use.” Romeo And Juliet Excerpt speaks for itself! A beautiful arrangement by David Hamilton of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet from the ballet.
Ok, it may be a bad pun but I just came across this really good site and video with advice on sound recording in your films.
There’s some great advice here on audio perspective and mic placement.
It’s surprising what a huge difference audio can make in your films. It can have the effect of making your video captivating and slick or off-putting and cheap!
There’s some great resources here at lights online film school blog with some more audio tutorials including advice on noise reduction and removing background hiss.
If you need an arranger we’ll work with you and make the process as simple and smooth as possible until you receive your completed arrangement. We don’t require up front fees and we keep you updated as to progress, with guaranteed deadlines.
In house arranger James Treweek has been a busy music arranger since 2000 and has arranged music for high profile chart acts, TV, theatre, live shows, studio sessions, cruise ships shows and function bands. If you need a music arranger for your latest musical, your touring show, next hit single or just for fun, get in touch and ask anything you like. We’ll be happy to help. We pride ourselves on clear, intelligent scores that are easy to read and sound great.
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“What a superb piece of work!!.. I am very impressed with the totally professional, skillful way you have executed this job. Please send your bill….it will be a pleasure to pay for such high quality work.”
“Checked it and all looks good – very good. We are all very pleased Great job “Colin, UK, (Playwright)
“James has arranged several numbers for us superbly. We love playing his arrangements. They really are wonderful. I can’t recommend him highly enough.” – Lynette, UK (professional musician)
To celebrate the new year we’re giving away HALF-PRICE tracks and packages…..but only until January 16th.
You can license and download full length tracks for £4.99 ($8), packages, which include multiple loops and edits, for £9.99 ($15) and even Compilations.
I’ve just updated the site with a new menu category – “Free Music“
You can now simply add these free loops, stings and tracks to your basket, as normal and whizz straight through the checkout without adding any payment information. Our Standard license is automatically added and the free music, license and invoice are added to your account along with any other purchased tracks you may have. Here you can convert the audio into various formats (Aiff, Wav and 5 types of MP3) and download anytime.
I’ll be changing and adding to this category quite often so be sure to check by every so often to download your free music.
A while back, I heard this solo piano backing track through a great stereo system at a gig and it caught my attention. When I asked the singer about it he said “you did it”.
That really is embarrassing. I’d never heard the track in a live environment and I thought I was listening to a real piano. It was actually a virtual piano and I’ll let you into a few secrets about why this sounded so authentic.
I’d transcribed the original performance note for note, from the original Frank Sinatra performance:
I also recorded the new piano part in sync with the original so that the singer could phrase very naturally, having rehearsed the original Sinatra version. This is quite a complex thing to do, technically and musically and does require some experience to make it work.
We’ll take it for granted that now we have the notes written down, we can play them properly, sensitively without having to program them in.
When most people use a virtual piano, they tend to just export to audio and maybe use some compression, EQ, and reverb. I like to treat a virtual piano just like real grand piano recorded with several microphone positions. I export several stereo tracks, adding different amounts of reverb and send them all to a group channel. I can then mix this much denser, more complicated sound which gives the piano more of a realistic timbre.
Yes, all this takes far more time than most people like to spend.