I always wished Imagine would have been more like Louis Armstrongs "What a wonderful world" in its tone. There is something I want to like about it, but it seems somehow a bit air-headed. Either that, or I am :-)
Heh, suppose so. Just wanted it to be more positive, instead of a laying down. A poet / writer should help with that and not necessarily take the easy path. I figure that is one of my biggest gripes about religion in general, but I will continue that discussion in the more appropriate room when the conversation turns that way.
Oh, I rather like the notion of Imagine as a dark, gritty tune with overtones of the apocalypse.
Rather "high end" - I'm going to be using it for composing original orchestral music, so the device has to be capable of handling sound-fonts imported from sound-font libraries (commercial and freeware).
Obviously I am looking for a low-latency device where you attach speakers/amplifiers/etc to the device and not to the computer.
Pro quality. And within reason, cost is not an issue.
Without a doubt, you want to look at M-Audio's line of products which do exactly what you're describing. I've never heard a musician dissatisfied with them.
They make them in two, four, and eight channel versions.
I am looking for a "gadget" that will take my orchestral score (on screen) and play it back with the sounds of (as close as a computer can get) a live symphonic orchestra (as in Vienna soundfonts, or the Garritan orchestra, etc.).
Learn to play all instruments?
Also, most woodwins[2ds and even a bit of brass.
Percussion? I'm Italian - give me a rigid object and place someone within range that needs an "attitude adjustment" and... that's about as close to a percussion instrument that I care to get.
Mandatory Drummer Joke:
How do you tell the drum platform is level?
The drummer is drooling equally out of both sides of his mouth.
Next Mandatory Drummer Joke:
A drummer and a sax player are walking down the street.
The drummer asks the sax player "where are you going?"
The sax player casually responds "to a gig."
To which the drummers asks... "What's a gig?"
Q: What do you call people who hang out with musicians?
Q: Why do guitar players put drumsticks on the dash of their car?
A: So they can park in the handicapped spot.
When my son picked an instrument, he classified them as follows:
Percussion, string, and "spit" instruments.
Given that the natural inclination would be to choose percussion in a boy of that age, my wife had the infinite wisdom to steer him to stringed.
And so he plays the cello instead of the inferior "spit" instruments :-) He still respects them, but somewhat reviles them. I would only hope to be so differentiated and knowledgeable as he is at 12.
I am ascribing my opinions on him a bit as well, as he does not even describe something as "he hates it", but more of an opinion that "it is not his favorite". I like that, and wish I was more like him. Strange how your kids can change your opinion of the world sometimes.
Heh... 'spit' instruments... the kind of instruments I've mostly played.
I can't blame him for giving them that characterization. There does seem to be a lot of spit involved in most of those instruments.
But along with those, what glorious heroic sounds!
**Nothing** in orchestration beats the thrill you can evoke by writing a passage for eight Horns in F, at fortissimo, and indicate "bells open and up" in the horn parts!!
Example: Siegfried's Climb Through The Magic Fire - Siegfried, Act III Scene Transition - absolutely stunning, thrilling, and quite possibly the most "stirring" horn work in all classical music.
Certainly, some of the horns work I've heard evokes strong emotions.
I'm assuming he also refers to woodwinds when he describes 'spit' instruments, as they also generate spit (if in the reeds primarily).
Heh... wind instruments, if you obsess over all the spit, are a tad gross, even if they can sound quite nice.