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Last post Wed, Jun 14 2017 by Paul McGraw, 7 replies.
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Posted on Tue, Jun 13 2017 19:08
by belkina
Joined on Sun, Jun 13 2004, Montreal, Posts 447

Does anybody know what happened to him? He did some of the best work I ever heard with VSL, really outstanding.

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Posted on Tue, Jun 13 2017 21:32
by JBacal
Joined on Sat, Mar 27 2004, Posts 1206
Originally Posted by: belkina Go to Quoted Post
Does anybody know what happened to him? He did some of the best work I ever heard with VSL, really outstanding.


As Mark Twain once said, "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”

I'm still here and still doing some demos. Although I did take a multi-year hiatus.

Best,
Jay


Posted on Tue, Jun 13 2017 21:44
by belkina
Joined on Sun, Jun 13 2004, Montreal, Posts 447

Oh, I'm really glad to see you are here again. :-)  You said some kind words about my Adagio Symphonique some years ago.  Now that I am retired, I also have gotten back into the simulations, after a break. And of course the tools are better than ever. :-)

Can I hear any of your new work anywhere? 

Best,

Alan

Posted on Wed, Jun 14 2017 00:34
by William
Joined on Sun, Nov 24 2002, USA, Posts 5561

I heard that Bacal had been abducted by aliens and experienced some unfortunate events involving a probe. 

I am relieved to hear otherwise. 

Posted on Wed, Jun 14 2017 01:18
by William
Joined on Sun, Nov 24 2002, USA, Posts 5561

By the way, one of the more recent things he did was "Memoirs of a Geisha" by John Williams  - that is one of the best all-time MIDI performances in history.  Mind-boggling!  

Posted on Wed, Jun 14 2017 01:31
by William
Joined on Sun, Nov 24 2002, USA, Posts 5561

Sorry, I veered off into surrealism.  The "Memoirs" is amazingly expressive in the use of swells and dynamics,  one of the most expressive I've heard.  

Posted on Wed, Jun 14 2017 17:18
by Paul McGraw
Joined on Mon, Feb 29 2016, Georgia, USA, Posts 422

Originally Posted by: belkina Go to Quoted Post

Oh, I'm really glad to see you are here again. :-)  You said some kind words about my Adagio Symphonique some years ago.  Now that I am retired, I also have gotten back into the simulations, after a break. And of course the tools are better than ever. :-)

Can I hear any of your new work anywhere? 

Best,

Alan

Jay has done several things recently. The Harlequin by Phillip Sparke, emulating a British Brass Band with Euphonium solo was an amazing accomplishment. I think most recently Jay did a demo of the new MIR Pro venue, John Williams "Star Wars - The Force Awakens" which most folks will probably find even more impressive than Harlequin. 

One of the things I admire about Jay is his humility and musicianship. I am listening to "Force Awakens" right now, and every phrase for every instrument is just wonderful. Thank you Jay for all of your performances.

Paul

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