Alternative String Seating

Alternative String Seating The standard orchestral seating for string instruments from the conductor’s point of view would be from left to right: Violins 1, Violins 2, Violas, Celli and Basses behind the Celli on the far right. This seating has established as...

Low Interval Limits

Low Interval Limits The reason why some chord voicings sound muddy and unfocussed often lies in the fact that they violate the so-called low interval limits. These limits are guidelines for every interval structure and the lowest possible position they can be played...

Quasi-Authentic References

Quasi-Authentic References Particularly with geographic references in film music, there often is a glaring difference between the music that is traditionally being played at that location and the music the general (western) audience THINKS is being played at that...

Film Premiere Nights

Film Premiere Nights Premiere nights are not everybody’s cup of tea. It’s usually a loud, crowded night with lots of meaningless small talk. However, as a composer you should try to be present on such occasions. Even though, the film composer is one of the key members...

Mix Automations in Orchestral Music

Mix Automations in Orchestral Music Mix Automations are pretty common in music productions. It basically means that you program parameters of the mix (like fader levels, pan, reverbs etc.) to change automatically during the course of the track, e.g. raising the levels...