The Web site of Richard and Joan Osborne. You are here!
Go to the Words tab to learn about Joan's work.
This is the name of both the software and the company that makes it possible to hear the music .
The website on which the music and scores reside.
A small software program you download (free from this page) from Sibelius that allows you to View, Play, and Print scores at SibeliusMusic. You do not have to repeat this download on the same computer.
If you have NOT been to OsborneMusic.com before, a few minutes of your time in downloading this program will open the world of not only my work but that of hundreds of composers who write music with Sibelius.
Sibelius certifies that anything you view or download from their site is safe and virus free.
What to do:
Strange Behavior from the Instruments
First and foremost: The sounds of the compositions at SibeliusMusic site are NOT a true performance. Only the score you view is as the composer intended. If the music acts strange, please be aware that the sound of each instrument is dependent upon your own computer's "sound card" and its speakers. The volume of some instruments may be erratic or even non-existent. Even the dynamics of the music are not always as originally written when heard on some computers.
Your computer: Speed, Memory, and System Resources
Note: This section is meant to be only a guide. There are a number of books and magazines that address the following issues that affect computers with Microsoft Windows. Simple fixes, such as "defragmentation" of your hard drive or removing unnecessary programs from your startup tray may solve your own quirks. Be sure to get information for your version of Windows (Windows 98, ME, XP etc). If you are not experienced with computer diagnosis, though, please consult someone who is.
Everything your computer does is affected by its processor speed and its the amount of memory. With a deficiency of either, the music may become "jumpy", boot up time may be very slow, other programs you run may be"sluggish and/or your computer may "lock up" regularly. Here are some clues.
The speed of your computer is measured in megahertz (Mhz). A larger number means a faster computer. If not higher than 166 Mhz, it may be time for a new computer. Check the specifications in your user manual to find this number.
Low memory: One sign that your computer is short of RAM (random access memory), is an exceptionally large amount of "clicking" of your hard drive (there is usually an indicator light on the front of your computer that follows the clicks) while beginning a new task (booting up, opening a program, opening a file, etc). You will have to determine what's normal for your's.
When sufficient RAM (a very fast memory) is installed, the computer uses this to process data. Without enough RAM, your computer must move data to and from the hard drive (very slow when used as memory). For most comtemporary computer programs, 128 Meg (Megabytes) of RAM is a recommended minimum. 256 Meg of RAM is much better. Adding RAM is usually the least expensive way to "speed up" a sluggish computer. You can't have too much!
Improving Poor Sound Quality from Your Computer
Upgrade your speakers: This produces a most satisfying musical experience and can be accomplished in several ways:
Upgrade your sound card: If you use a desktop computer and the music does not sound quite right even with better speakers: Investment in a higher quality sound card than comes with most computers can remedy this. An adequate quality card can be purchased for usually less than $100.
Moving up to MIDI: If you want absolutely the best sound possible: A sound card connected to a MIDI digital piano (MIDI keyboard) does this. The MIDI "Data" goes directly to your MIDI keyboard and the sound is generated by the keyboard's speakers. Your computer's speakers are not involved.
Enhancing the sound of your MIDI keyboard. If you connect your MIDI keyboard to your sound card, you can further enhance the sound by plugging the keyboard into your stereo system.
This last configuration is the environment in which I write. It truly sounds as though live musicians were in the room with me. Ah, what a Bach or Mozart could have accomplished with computer assistance!