I vaguely remember a couple of years ago doing a Google search to find a way of creating better demos.
I don't remember the details but GPO kept coming up as "the best thing since canned beer" and then I manage to convince Mrs N. that it was a suitable christmas present for 2003 - through playing her the many demos that were available.
Since then I have discovered a unique community of musicians who have a wealth of knowledge that they are all willing to share.
To my pleasant surprise, a lot are accomplished jazz musicians - something that I did not expect to find on what I considered to be a classical music (whatever that is) forum.
Another surprise to me has been the type of music that I have been creating and listening to since getting GPO. Whilst i have a background in "classical music", jazz has been "my bag" for the last decade or so, but I find myself now composing and arranging for typically orchestral instruments - albeit with "jazzy" harmonisation and approach.
The orchestration challenges that were initiated by Sean have in particular stimulated my creativity - and I have found working on these a pleasure and an inspiration.
I know that once JABB arrives, I will be hell bent on posting some impressive () jazz mock-ups, but I will always appreciate and incorporate what i have learned from GPO.
To sum up, I feel that GPO has given me:
1. A real feeling of community within an international mix of professional musicians and really great people
2. A challenge to create the best music possible
3. The desire to travel around the world to meet as many people off this forum as I can to share a beer, a chat, and to create some new music.
So, beware ! in 2006 Mr and Mrs N. will be globetrotting - no-one will be safe.
That includes you, Gary !