Orchestration Journey 2 – Score Reading

After doing a lot of deep listening, the next step to familiarizing yourself with the orchestral instrumental palette is to read. Find scores of works you can listen to and read along with. I’ve found a wealth of free digital scores at these two sites: IMSLP , free-scores IMSLP has a ton of public domainContinue reading “Orchestration Journey 2 – Score Reading”

Orchestration Journey – 1 Listen to the Instruments

Learn from listening, that’s the most basic principle in a musical education: listen. Knowing how each instrument sounds is imperative to orchestration. As you listen to recordings, start identifying what instruments you hear. On a basic level get the sounds split into the major instrument families, is it a wind? is it a string? FromContinue reading “Orchestration Journey – 1 Listen to the Instruments”

Orchestration Journey – 0 Introduction

The word orchestration typically makes people think of a symphonic orchestra setting; strings, winds, brass, percussion in a large scale way. The skill to orchestrate for this kind of group is an awesome skill to develop; I also think that we can use the term to apply to ensembles of all different varieties. You canContinue reading “Orchestration Journey – 0 Introduction”

Just Mickey Mousing Around Here

A reddit post caught my attention this week, about film music and the phrase “Mickey Mouse” as a way to describe a composition style. I’ve been thinking about this post for a few days now and on some projects I’ve done a true Mickey Mouse job at scoring, admitting that with no shame. What IContinue reading “Just Mickey Mousing Around Here”

Sampling Autoharp and Pan Pipe

Listen to the clip to hear my new sampled instruments in action: This week I recorded 2 instruments and created digital sample instruments from them. This is the first I’ve done with sampling instruments to be reused with midi. The motivation for this was my coming across an Autoharp in a second hand store. IContinue reading “Sampling Autoharp and Pan Pipe”

Para Marisa – an orchestral work for film

In an earlier post I allude to a piece I wrote to submit to the Gil Family Estates Soundtrack Contest. I was holding off from sharing my composition until the contest played out and now that the 12 finalists are announced I can share my piece, I’m not a finalist; in fact I don’t knowContinue reading “Para Marisa – an orchestral work for film”