You came up indirectly on a thread today in the Listening Room. Jim Snyder posted a rendition of the original Star Trek theme, so I posted the link to the website I still maintain that has all the Star Trek: The Next Generation orchestral shootout entries - the contest you won a prize in:
Star Trek thread
As qccowboy has nicely pointed out, you have indeed missed the point - I think maybe you haven't read through all the posts here on this Listening Room Festival thread. Naturally people have different opinions on what it means to "use Garritan instruments in your posted music" - Some people do seem think music should be close to 100% Garritan, while I go by Gary Garritan's request which is, "... We ask that if you post music here that at it uses some of the sounds of our libraries. This makes sense since it is a Garritan Forum and we want to focus on our user's music..."
In all my "Tom Sawyer" posts I've been currently posting, I use a lot of instruments from different Libraries. The majority of what I use is Garritan, but I'm not a percentage cop.
Most of us are saying PLEASE post music, AND, something new on this thread, brought up by DPDAN, is that if something uses non-Garritan instruments, it would be much appreciated if the post can start out with a list of what those specific non-Garritan instruments are in the music, so listeners aren't confused.
That's all! I don't think anyone's "offended" when someone uses different strings - When there's offense taken, it's when someone totally ignores our host's simple request that we keep on topic with our music posts by using "some" of his instruments. And now, we're also saying that since the Forum is so slow, let's invite even totally non-Garritan pieces to go up as long as the poster clearly labels his posts accordingly and is thorough in his listing of what instruments he used.
The whole idea is to ENCOURAGE posting, not to discourage it.
EDIT already - you've written a new post:
--You're worrying far too much. POST YOUR MUSIC - Yes, you ARE misunderstanding. This thread is asking that you and everyone please post your music. Nobody's counting percentages - And I'm using myself as an example, I've had non-Garritan instruments play a significant role in some of my posts, but haven't worried in the least that I've gone against Gary's wishes, because I know I haven't. If someone else disagrees with me, and doesn't like my interpretation of the old guidelines - that's not my problem.
... and tomorrow I will march with a demonstration against bad weather (Amsterdam)....... can you imagine, this old grey dude marching along with all sorts of people, NON Garritan users for sure..... haha, though he has a windmachine in his library!
Just clearing up this cloudy discussion a bit.......
I was probably looking into it too much, but I was getting the feeling from some of the posters that our entries to the listening forum should be almost "demos" for Garritan, using almost only Garritan instruments. I didn't wish to rub anyone the wrong way by posting something different. I'll be posting some early sketch work for some stuff I've been working on shortly, and perhaps a few non garritan pieces I would like to share.
I'm really enjoying all the music that's being posted, and re posted. Great idea!
General Motors of the USA is offering it's testing grounds track (Listening Room) to sponsor a "GM Race"
involving all General Motors cars, and is open to the public. GM (Garritan Music/Garritan Libraries).
Sign up today and bring your Corvette, Camaro, Chevelle, Trans Am or any GM car to the track (Listening Room).
Our main goal at the GM Race is to show spectators (soon to be GM owners) how well GM cars run and drive.
Anyone who disguises a Lamborghini with a Corvette body will be disqualified. This would be a dishonest
presentation to the crowd and the driver would be BOOed once his secret is unveiled.
We realize that some of the GM cars entering the race might have air cleaners, spark plugs and other
parts manufactured by companies other than GM, like Ford and even Mercedes, but as long as the body, engine and drivetrain are all GM, your car will pass tech, and your car will be entered.
And speaking of Varooooom! - Since last night, six new pieces have gone up in The Listening Room. We haven't seen that kind of action in ages - So Great!--the Listening Room Festival has officially commenced! Varooooooooom!
In case people will get auto-email alerts about a new posts on these two "Summer Festival" threads (one in General Discussion, one in The Listening Room) I'm adding a new message 10 months after the threads started.
It's great that these threads became "sticky posts" last year. Now it would be nice if the subject line could be edited, because what was originally agreed upon as a "Summer Festival" has never ended, and is actually an open-ended event. The purpose of the festival was/is about a re-working of the guidelines for posting music.
Some people are still catching up to the concept that the primary purpose of The Listening Room now is simply to share our music with each other, regardless of the sound sources used in the recordings. The "guidelines" are now even more all-encompassing than originally outlined in these festival posts.
The posting rate has slowed down again, and that's what inspired me to freshen up these old threads with this new post. I want to spell a few things out, hoping it will encourage more activity:
--Ideally, the majority of posts in The Listening Room will still use "...some of the sounds of our libraries..." as Gary Garritan originally requested. I listen to everything posted and can attest to how the majority of posts still do use at least some Garritan instruments.
--BUT, if someone has music they'd like to post which doesn't include ANY Garritan instruments, they can still do that rather than miss out on getting feedback from their fellow Forum members.
--If a piece uses any non-Garritan sound sources, either in part or in totality, the one simple request is, as DPDAN suggested, that those instruments/sounds be listed in the initial starting post of a thread. That way there's no confusion as to what we're listening to. If a piece, for instance, features a violin soloist from a different company, it shouldn't be up to the listeners to post the question, "What violin did you use?" - That should be clearly listed in the first place.
--The other simple request is that if we post music in The Listening Room, we also listen and respond to other people's music. Reciprocating like that helps keep the traffic flowing on the Forum, and helps maintain the community spirit Gary G. originally intended for this Forum. I've observed that I'm not the only member who becomes less inclined to post responses to music posted by members who consistently post music, but don't listen to other people's music.
THE MAIN POINT - What was called a "Summer Festival" last year should be thought of as a party that never stops, a concert with infinite movements, as a "Garritan Renaissance Festival" which is maintained year round regardless of the season.