How do we craft it?
We input every paper score into the computer with clever OMR (Optical Music Recognition) software. But sometimes, if there is no other way, we write note by note manually. This OMR software does not work perfectly, by the way; it always requires manual work.
This way, we get a digital version of the score.
Then we orchestrate, instrument by instrument. Here we are actually doing what the conductor does during orchestral rehearsals.
A monk's work, in other words.
To give you an idea: Three years ago, it took us three months to digitise Tchaikovsky's first piano concerto, starting from the 1892 edition and the 1876 manuscript. And orchestrating is also a long patient process.
Yet we do it.
Because we are passionate about music. We are inspired and enthousiastic. And perhaps also a little crazy, yes.
And because we have a dream.
We dream of having as many musical works as possible in our app, so that musicians from all over the world can play the works of their choice with a real orchestra.
We are working hard to speed up the scoring and orchestration processes: for example, today that Tchaikovsky score would take a month instead of three.
We dream of a Community of passionate music lovers, of freaks like us who love to digitise paper scores. And who enjoy spending days orchestrating them. Purely out of love for music.
We dream of a Community of musicians - students, professional musicians, music teachers, choir members, conductors, ... - who are willing to pay a democratic price for a piece of music from our app. So that we can continue this work and pay out a small sum to those fanatics who spend months lonely in their attic room digitising and orchestrating scores.
Read here how we want to make that dream come true.
Read here about the music works.