Sibelius, apart from being the name of a steroidally self-critical composer, is a music engraving/notation computer software product. Itâ€™s used by over a jillion people every day and is an extra-vital part of my particular music-creating process (or, say, Alphabet Song transcribing).
While there are some bummers to every program, the main issue I have with Sibelius is the start-up sound — a sophisticated, soaring snippet from Sibelius-the-composerâ€™s Symphony No. 7 Op. 105. My problem isn’t with the actual music. The music is great — itâ€™s Sibelius-the-composer! My problem is that the selection is twenty-four seconds long and utterly distracting/disruptive.
Here’s the stock Sibelius start-up music:
(For the heads out there, here it is in context (if you’re late for something and just want to “listen and go,” skip to 5:32).)
Iâ€™m not sure what the equivalent situation would be for non-musicians — maybe, like, if you thought of the perfect ending for the story you’ve been writing and wanted to get it onto your hard drive as fast as possible. Imagine opening your computerâ€™s text editor in anticipation of preserving your idea and being forced to listen to a famous author reading the dialogue from the end of one of THEIR stories for twenty-four-seconds.
Over the years, Iâ€™ve half-heartedly tried to get rid of or change the start-up music, but never found a solid fix. A few days ago, however, I discovered this 2011 video (created by a person so English that they pronounce â€œ.wavâ€ in a way that rhymes with â€œsalveâ€*) which explains how to change the Sibelius start-up music. Interestingly, the person who made the video replaced Symphony No. 7 Op. 105 with his own original composition, which, itself, clocks in at eighteen-seconds-long; it takes all types, I guess.
If you watched the video, you know what to do. If you didn’t watch the video because you just canâ€™t click another click to watch the video, hereâ€™s what you do (on a Mac):
Go to: Applications > Right click on Sibelius > Show Package Contents > Contents > Components > Resources
and replace “Startup Sound.wav” with whatever you want your new, special start-up thing to be. Itâ€™s important to note here that whatever you decide on needs to be called “Startup Sound.wav”.
I changed the filename of the original soaring snippet to â€œOriginal Startup Sound.wavâ€ — that way Sibelius would ignore it, but Iâ€™d have it on hand in the off chance I freak out and end up wanting to change it back.
In the meantime, I recorded myself creepily whispering â€œSibeliusâ€ and added some effects to it to create what I think of as a “haunting invitation to notate.”
Here’s what I now hear when I start up Sibelius:
*That is, it rhymes with how Americans pronounce “salve” (Chicago and upstate New York excluded). (back)