At Paxman’s to pick up a New Double French Horn

Last week I injured my left index finger during the DofE Bronze expedition. I decided to continue with the exam, although I had difficulties in practising. I passed Grade 4 which was a huge achievement for me considering my left index finger is vital for playing the French Horn.

This weekend, I went with my Dad to Paxman’s in central London, to swap my French Horn with a brand new Double French Horn. Before, I had a French Horn in the key of F whereas now I have a Double Horn that can switch between F and B flat.

I’m looking forward to achieving higher grades and participating in the orchestra’s at school. In September I’m going to start having lessons with a specialist in French Horn.

K-Hop – by Orlandicus July 2020

Best heard with headphones

SOFTWARE: Sound-trap (online music software)

EXPERIENCE: I have been working on this piece for roughly a month during the lock-down. This piece of music uses instruments such as electric drum machines and piano synthesisers. During these hard times I have been working extra hard to get this piece completed. Listen and reflect.

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Electroscape – by Orlandicus April 2020

Best heard with headphones

SOFTWARE: Garageband and Audacity.

EXPERIENCE: I worked on this piece for roughly a month. Recently I watched a few movies with lots of good synthesiser music which gave me a few ideas – for example Terminator 1 & 2 (Brad Fiedel) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (John Williams).

My Dad has also been playing me 80’s music from Depeche Mode, Human League and OMD.

After tough work I have an outcome, I hope you enjoy!

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Patience – by Orlandicus March 2020

Best heard with headphones

SOFTWARE: Garage Band & Audacity

EXPERIENCE: I composed this piece of music over a couple of days. I had some trouble with the bass but I got there in the end. I changed the texture and softened the piano. During mastering we compressed the bass because it was a little overpowering.

PIANO SCORE: Click here for the piano score (PDF, opens a new window, (c) Orlandicus 2020)

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End Titles – by Orlandicus March 2020

A one-man orchestra is a person who is capable of programming all instruments in the orchestra.

SOFTWARE: Logic Pro X and Audacity

EXPERIENCE: I have been working on this for roughly a month, tuning into different instruments and working out a good pattern. Finally after lots of hard work I have an outcome. One of my best pieces on Logic Pro X.

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Printer Party – by Orlandicus March 2020

If you are in the car or in the mood for some upbeat music, this is the piece of music for you!

SOFTWARE: Logic Pro X and Audacity

EXPERIENCE: This piece is important to me because it was the first time using Audacity and I didn’t really know how to use it, but with some help I have created an upbeat piece that you will enjoy.

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Night Time – by Orlandicus Jan 2020

With great music software comes great composition

SOFTWARE: Garageband

EXPERIENCE: I have been working on this piece for roughly a week, attempting to put different ideas together until I fit the last piece of the puzzle together and voila! I have composed a piece of music that will be stuck in my head for a number of weeks.

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