There are lots of different ways in which a composer or orchestrator puts their mark on their work. Sometimes, its a particular phrasing, combination of instruments, or choice of melodic instrument where the listener can hear the signature of the mind at work in the music
Instrumentalists can also have a signature sound or style. As a bass player, thanks to 25 years of playing and studying, I can tell almost instantly whether I’m listening to Jaco Pastorius , James Jamerson, Geddy Lee, Sting, and others, even without the vocal line. There are also dozens of great session players who leave their mark on the music they create without ever taking a solo or being the main artist for a song. This is the typical realm of a bass player; when you play well, all anyone notices is the groove and keeps dancing. Its largely a supportive role, helping the other instruments work together, finding places where the bass can add a little extra color to the overall sonic pallet of a song.
In a very similar fashion, my work here at Engraver’s Mark Music mimics the role of a bass player. I come in to support the music, help refine it as needed, create a foundation and structure for the music and, at the end of the day, ensure that the artist or composer is the one getting all the credit. I was speaking with someone from another music prep company after a recording session about a week ago and we both came to the same conclusion, when we do a great job and the session is over without any hiccups, our reward it a quick thank you from the client and then moving onto the next project. There’s no applause, except the applause that’s for the music and the composer or orchestrator. That’s as it should be.
Now, don’t get me wrong, people do notice our work; it's just not in the same way as you would follow the work of a composer or artist. Much like the work of a bass player in a dance band, you only notice them when the groove isn’t right, or something feels strange. Otherwise, you just keep dancing and having a great time. A similar atmosphere goes around well executed music preparation; the players and conductor are fully focused on the sound of the music, not worrying about whether they can read it or if the correct transpositions are used for each instrument. After the session is through, they’ll say a few kind words about how clear and readable everything was, pack up and move on.
So, how does Engraver’s Mark Music make its mark (pardon the pun)? Quite simply, by making it possible for our client’s signature on their music or project to shine through. This is part of the genesis of the name, Engraver’s Mark Music. An engraver’s mark is a very small symbol or initials of the engraver put on their work; showing the signature of their craftsmanship without distracting from the larger work. At Engraver’s Mark Music, we align with this ethos, showing the excellence of our work by being almost invisible; by making the music stand out. It can be a bit of a strange ideal; the better we do our job, the less people may notice it. However, the opposite situation where music isn’t prepared or printed with the highest standards, can stick out like a minor 6th in a Major 7 chord (sorry, couldn’t resist a bit of music theory geekiness). Let Engraver’s Mark Music help put your signature on all your music, by making the engraving, part preparation, printing and assembly of the highest quality. That way, your signature is clear as day throughout the music; enhanced by our work.