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Production Notes for Stephen Malinowski's A Little Ranch Music

Here's what I did to produce the iPod-playable Music Animation Machine video of this piece:

1  Composition

I wrote this piece (probably in the early 1980s?) to play at Alan Hooker's restaurant in Ojai, California, The Ranch House.  I think I played it there with Tony Lolov and Fred Kasper.  

2  Score Entry

The score of the piece was entered into Sibelius.  The score and parts (for violin, violoncello and harpsichord) can be found on this page.

3  Instrument

The instrument used in this rendition is the Post Fortepiano (reproduced with GigaStudio).

4  Performance

The performance was done using the conductor program features of the M.A.M. software.  (Before doing the final take, I practiced with the conductor program, too.)

5  Frame Rendering

I used my RenderMAM software to render 30 fps frames (from the original M.A.M. data) in PNG format.

6  Assembly

The PNG frames and the original soundtrack were combined with titles using Adobe Premiere; the output was a high-resolution AVI file.

7  Conversion to MP4

The AVI file was converted to MP4 (.m4v) using the export function of QuickTime Pro.

8  Upload

I used Ipswitch WS_FT to upload the movie (in .m4v format where possible and .mov version otherwise) to YouTube, vimeo, Google and Revver.

9  Documentation

I wrote this description and added it to the Production Notes Table of Contents.