All the sheet music arrangements finished! It was a long and often tedious process, but in the long run, it will be very fulfilling work. I’m currently trying to schedule a time to bring in the string players for a long recording session. We should be able to get a good start in late February. I keep going back and combing through the parts, finding little things I want to change. I think I’ll keep finding things I want to change all the way up until I send it off to mastering.
It’s a really good feeling to know that all my parts are laid out. There’s a sort of concreteness and peace of mind in knowing that it won’t be a scramble to find the right notes to play on recording day. All in all, I have 104 pages of sheet music for the string, brass, and woodwind players. I’m more concerned about my printer at this point.
My next step is making a promo video so that I can pay my musicians through the whole project. I really don’t want to do this. I don’t like promoting myself, and I don’t like asking for money. I’m also not a camera/film guy, but I know how to do the basics. I’d rather just be layering in more instruments into the mix right now, but I have to write out a script and find ways to make the promo video interesting. Blah.
It seems like I’m still running on schedule for an October release though. I think the only hold up at this point would be not having the funds in place when they need to be there.
OH! And Ashley Kopp-Wenzel has sent me some updates on her progress on the album artwork. I’ve included a VERY SMALL sample of it.
The artwork stretches across the front and back of the cover, so 24″x12″. This sample is zoomed in, and will account for about 3″x2″ (about 2%) when it’s printed on the cover. Bear in mind, there is a lot more processing for her to do. Her detail work is incredible. I spent a good 2 hours combing through the whole thing and kept finding more and more hidden images.
So, promo video is next. And then from there it’s going to be recording, recording, recording!!