We have an exclusive interview with the composer whose song was nominated for an Oscar, only to be withdrawn by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences over allegations of inside baseball.


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Sam Butler named as new product manager for Sibelius

by Philip Rothman on January 6, 2014 · 6 comments

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A veteran Sibelius employee, former technical support specialist Sam Butler has been named senior product manager for Avid’s music notation and learning products.


In this exclusive interview with Avid’s principal software engineer, we learn about his background, the challenges and opportunities that Sibelius faces, and his thoughts on the competition.


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Michael Bacon’s “Good Fortune” with Sibelius

by Philip Rothman on December 9, 2013 · 1 comment

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Emmy-winning composer Michael Bacon talks to the blog about his film scoring process, technique, aesthetic, and use of Sibelius in his new score to the film profiling the legendary Morgenthau family.

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Joseph Trapanese scores “Oblivion” in Sibelius

by Philip Rothman on April 19, 2013 · 6 comments

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I recently caught up with “Oblivion” composer Joseph Trapanese and veteran music preparer Booker White to learn more about what went into making the score to this blockbuster Tom Cruise film.


Discovering Sibelius was eye-opening for Béla Fleck, who used the notation software for his concerto for banjo and orchestra.


Sibelius is a cog in The Listening Machine

by Daniel Spreadbury on June 25, 2012 · 0 comments

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The Listening Machine is an ambitious project to generate automatically a continuous stream of music based on the activities of 500 Twitter users in the UK, from May to September 2012. The work was commissioned by The Arts Council in the UK for The Space, a pioneering public service joint venture between the BBC and The […]


The New York Philharmonic has an education outreach program called Very Young Composers that connects elementary school students as young as eight years of age with the orchestra, and this past weekend Tri States Radio, which covers parts of Iowa, Missouri and Illinois as part of the National Public Radio network, ran a story highlighting the […]


Jay Vilnai’s Shakespeare Songs scored in Sibelius

by Daniel Spreadbury on May 30, 2012 · 0 comments

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Jay Vilnai is a New York-based guitarist, composer, teacher, and front man for the experimental chamber ensemble Vampire Suit. Of Russian-Romanian-Polish descent, he was raised in Jerusalem, and having started learning the guitar at the age of 14, he showed sufficient promise that he was able to move to the United States of America to […]


Celebrating a support success story

by Daniel Spreadbury on May 21, 2012 · 2 comments

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Mark H. Nichols recently had cause to contact Avid’s Sibelius support staff to help get his wife’s copy of Sibelius back up and running after a system reinstallation. He had such an excellent experience that he felt moved to write about it on his blog. He says: This morning I tried to install a fresh […]