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She has never really played traditional instruments very much, “which is why I was so excited about the laptop in 1999. I learned to use Sibelius in that year, and most of Vespertine was done on Sibelius — all the music boxes, harps, glockenspiels, and so on. It was the same with ‘Ambergris March’ [from Drawing Restraint 9, a soundtrack album she made in 2005 with Matthew Barney]."more
Sibelius has always been pushing the boundaries of notation software. In the early days, it was revolutionary by being more like a word processor rather than the drag-and-drop graphic art approach of Finalé. With every version they have added new, amazing features that has kept all their competitors rushing to catch up or flat out copy. One of my favorite features are the ability to import video and sync barlines with actual timecodes. Many people don't realize how prevalent Sibelius is within the professional music industry. Many major Hollywood films are scored on Sibelius, and because it is now owned by Avid, it flows seamlessly into ProTools.