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Frans Absil Music - Background and Biography

About

This page will inform you about my background and experience.

Background

Photo of tenor saxophone Woodwind and saxophone player. Jazz arranging courses at the Royal Conservatory, the Hague, the Netherlands. Metropole Orkest Arrangers Workshop. Self-taught in classical music harmony, counterpoint, analysis and orchestration. Specialist in the Schillinger System of Musical Composition. MSc degree in Aerospace Engineering, PhD in Science.

Experience

Arranger for concert band, jazz big band and studio orchestra. Composer for bands, chamber groups, theatre, commercial and film music. Instructor for saxophone and flute. Big band, theatre music and symphonic wind band conductor.

Author of books and articles on Musical Analysis, Jazz and Popular Music Orchestra Arranging, Rhythm, Counterpoint and Composition Techniques. Musician, arranger and composer interviews. Lecturing and online teaching. Video tutorials on YouTube channel.

Tools and Skills

Music production with Apple MacOS, Logic Pro X, Native Instruments Komplete, Vienna Symphonic Library, Spitfire Audio, SWAM and Sample Modeling Instruments, Ample Sound Guitars, Arturia V Collection, FabFilter Pro, Audacity. Limited experience with PC Windows systems (Cubase, WaveLab). Scores and parts using the Makemusic Finale music notation software. PDF documents created with the public domain LaTeX computer typesetting tools, Inkscape and Affinity Designer graphics. Programming experience includes Matlab, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Perl, Liine Lemur, KSP Scripting, PHP and MySQL.

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