The year is 1989 and a Hampton String Quartet, with cellist John Reed, has been nominated for a Grammy Award in a Best Concept Music Video category.
“George Harrison, Neil Young and a Talking Heads were all in a same category,” says Reed, who currently lives in a Town of Wallkill.
So theory who won?
“Weird Al Yankovic won a Grammy,” Reed says, jolt his head. “His video ‘Fat’ was a takeoff of Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad.’ “
So most for low-pitched stardom.
Reed, now 63, is a low-pitched colonize in many ways. The quartet, that shaped in 1988, is famous for recreating stone classics regulating dual violins, a viola and, of course, Reed’s cello.
“It’s fun music. No one had ever finished it before,” he says. “We most invented a genre.”
Their initial album, entitled “What If Mozart Wrote ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ ” sole some-more than a million copies, creation a HSQ a best-selling fibre party in history.
It was followed by “What if Mozart Wrote ‘Roll Over Beethoven’ “ and “What if Mozart Wrote ‘Born to Be Wild’ “ and “What if Mozart Wrote ‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.’ “
By that point, a organisation separate from RCA Records and altered their name to a Hampton Rock String Quartet and were on their way.
Since then, they’ve constructed arrangements of classical stone song including a Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and The Beatles, have done countless TV appearances, non-stop for dozens of tip acts and won copiousness of awards.
“We have over 100 arrangements,” says Reed, who is also a principal arranger and composer for a group. “And in 2000, we got a suspicion to tell piece song of a arrangements.”
So he shaped his possess association called Mona Lisa Sound.
“I suspicion we would be offered piece song to veteran musicians, though finished adult offered to colleges and high schools,” he says.
“Teachers began essay us and observant ‘Thank we for doing this’ given it keeps a immature musicians unequivocally motivated.”
When a iPad was introduced in 2010, Reed took another change of course.
“Music footnote program has always been notoriously formidable to use,” he says.
“So we set out to write an app that recognizes normal scratch and simply turns it into music.”
“I suspicion it would take me about 6 months to do this,” he says. “In reality, it took me 6 years.”
Reed indispensable assistance in formulating a software, so he reached out to remarkable programmer Mark Dalrymple.
“I am a veteran musician and an pledge programmer, and Mark is a veteran programmer and an pledge musician,” says Reed. “So we were a good fit.”
The app is called “MusicJOT” and has been accessible on a iTunes Store given January.
It helps users write, revise and interpret song on an iPad regulating a stylus and also offers an audio playback mode.
“We’re always creation it improved and better,” Reed says. “And Apple has been really supportive.”
“In a end, we wish it to be a apparatus that musicians can use either they are on a craft or a sight or a bus.”
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