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  1. On 11/13/2018 at 5:37 AM, John Chambers said:

    I’m really enjoying this, it sounds absolutely terrific and such a great to get so much new music froths period! That said I unfortunately have a glitch at 3:31 on the first track of disc one, do I just have a bad disc or is anyone else hearing this? Just want to know if I need to order a replacement disc, many thanks.




    On 11/13/2018 at 11:12 AM, John Chambers said:


    So it appears that this is an issue inherent to the original recording, it appears quietly on the right channel on both disc 2 and on the original album release. it's just much more prominent and on both channels in the main film score presentation. It sounds like a recording error to me or is it something heard on the stage? Really satisfied and enjoying this release but just curious as to what this is.


    I also noticed this during my first listen today. Like you said, it's also noticeable, but quieter, on the disc 2 version of the track, so it seems to be a recording artefact (?). It certainly looks strange on the spectrogram (top track, directly before 3:32):


    dracula 1-1 spectrogram.png


    I tried to edit it out, which seems to work rather well (the cut time not really noticeable because there's a slight rall.):

    Original: https://picosong.com/wXa4N/

    Fixed: https://picosong.com/wXa4x/


    Other than this minor nitpick, awesome set so far - this score's a completely new discovery for me (apart from the End Credits, which blew me away when I heard it for the first time in London, and maybe even prefer to the original recording - I liked the slower, more freeflowing interpretation :))

  2. Great concert! I think I watched about half of the movie, as when the orchestra was playing, I was too occupied watching them to pay much attention to e proceedings on the screen... I'm still fascinated by the inner workings of these things, how the conductor navigates the sync, how the players react and phrase the music... They really did give it their all and played with a lot of heart and enthusiusm, so much so that it was hard at times not to forget that this was not the OST recording, performance-wise.

    The after-concert drinks where a nice way to wind down the evening!

  3. Vienna instruments are a great library (using it myself), but if you just want better-sounding playback in Sibelius without a lot of manual setup (as in the video Marc linked), I've heard good things about NotePerformer (though I haven't tried it personally yet), which as far as I know works out of the box (and is a bit cheaper, too).

  4. As far as I remember, the Elfman concert in Dec. 2014 was slightly amplified, at least - We sat in the choir seats, and out of the speakers pointing our way (no idea about the other direction towards the general auditorium), apart from the obvious synth overlays, came part of the orchestra - a bit disorienting since this created a kind of echo effect with the strings. I'm sure a Williams concert won't be aplified, though.

  5. 1 hour ago, Tigreg said:

    When you've missed London and you're desperate, compared to the prices and risks at viagogo and so on, that is worth going for!


    But let's be honest, when you know RAH that is an outstanding hall and you compare the original prices, something is definitely wrong....


    Obviously (from 3D perspective) you get stuck between the organ pipes and walls. It looks like the visibility (and I guess the sound) will be highly limited.


    Not saying those tickets aren't very expensive (I did a double-take myself), but the Musikverein is an outstanding hall, too, and has far fewer seats than the RAH, which might impact the average cost per seat. And there's always standing-room tickets for 8€ ;)

  6. Great story! He really did go to some lengths to get a shot and gave it all - the balls to just book an orchestra for the next day, thinking "so, now I have no choice but to write this until tomorrow!". Great demos also. And awesome that he could share the story at all - I'd imagine he had to get an ok first as he had signed an NDA beforehand.

  7. Other venues are trying out more scalper-proof ticketing systems... I've read that Hamilton London only sells electronic tickets, limited number per person, and the one who bought it must be present for anyone in his group to get in. I'd be interested to read how that is working out - I can image there being difficulties if the buyer gets sick or something, but I guess they have procedures for edge cases...

  8. I was also confused by the waiting queue process, luckily I tried logging into my account first thing 15min before the advertised time and got sent to the queue immediately. Managed to grab two seats in the back half of the arena, should be a reasonable view.

    This will be an expensive year, but I'm excited :)

    Bummer for those who didn't get ticket - let's hope for returns, choir seats (or gallery? standing room gets sold later?), or a second date...

  9. 48 minutes ago, crocodile said:


    It looks like we'll be having quite a few drinks together this year! Is @ChrisAfonso also attending all three?




    I'll try to get a ticket for this concert on Friday, even though my London travel schedule for this year is already quite packed :) I hope nothing else comes along that's a must-see... but what could top this concerted trifecta, right? (luckily I've already seen JP live, or I'd have a problem)

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