UK-developed music-notation software Sibelius 4 enabled Sir George Martin and his son Giles to share ideas and collaborate on the production of a new Beatles album.
The two used the software to work remotely when producing Love, a 26-track album of reinterpretations of Beatles classics, and the soundtrack to a stunning new Cirque du Soleil show.
"For most of the project, Giles and I were either on different sides of the Atlantic or different coasts of America," said Martin, legendary Beatles producer. "Sibelius let us bounce ideas off one another and knock things into shape."
One of the standout songs from the album is a new string arrangement of an early version of 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' by George Harrison. Sir George explains how Sibelius 4 helped: "When we were happy with the arrangement we'd come up with in Sibelius, we just emailed our files to Vic in the UK to create the final parts. Using Sibelius meant that the recording of this arrangement at AIR Studios in London went very smoothly, despite our demanding schedule."
Vic Fraser has worked on the soundtracks for countless blockbuster films and shows. A long-time Sibelius user, he was able to quickly produce and revise instrumental parts from Sir George and Giles.
Sibelius is used in 60 per cent of schools in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.