Hello everyone. It has been a long time hasnt it.
I am in a difficult situation and hoped one of yuo would have thoughts pn it!
I recewntly hired a musician to record a piece of my music. It was the first time my music would have been played by someone else and I was excited. The piece is for two violins viola and cello and I found a musician with good "demos" of himself playing all these instruments. I got in touch ad we agreed a price although no contract. I gave him as much information as possible and he confirmed my notation was accurate. At no point did he anticipate any problems.
Unfortunatly the recordings he sent back had many problems. His intonation was sometimes almost semitone sharp whilst some notes were missed entirely. The timing was very sloppy. And I think worst of all was this. He outsourced the cello part to a friend as he could not play it himself but did not tell me this until after recording was done. If he had said sooner I would likely have ended things there! I had hired HIM on the basis of his recordings andf wanted all parts played by him in the same space and with the same "gear". The cello part he outsourced had many problems as well including some wrong and missed notes and very loose timing. As he was respomsible for the cello part he either didnt notice these mistakes or felt they were acceptalbe.
I told there were too many problems with the recordings and he offered to record any parts ahain. At that point I had lst faith that he would be able to given the poor quality of what he originally produced as well as him having to hire another cellist without telling me. I no longer trusted him.
He has asked for 50% the agrreed rate "for his time". Now I am not happy to share the recording but I assure you I have not exagerated the mistakes and playing issues. Should I have to pay him for his time when what I received was of to poor quality to use? The only point on which I have doubt is that I did not give him a second chance when he offered but his deportment in hiring another cellist and overall poor playing convinced me ther was no point.
There isno contract so I dont know where to go from here. On a personal note it was horrible to hearmy music played badly and has made me question my abilitys however he did assure me the score was acurate and playable.