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Homogenous (String) Voicings

When you want to create a homogenous sound for example in the string section, take care that adjacent voices don’t exceed an octave. This is just a rule…

Music Mix for “Smartphone” Use

In current times, you can not expect that your music will be listened to under ideal conditions (e.g. in a cinema or good speaker systems) but many…

The End of Daily Film Scoring Bits?

2020 marks the tenth anniversary of Daily Film Scoring Bits. What started out as a small idea has quickly developed into a very popular resource for…

Writing for Mallets

When writing parts for mallet instruments that need the player to hold two mallets per hand (like marimba/vibraphone chords) it is very tricky for the…

Close Mic Sound Characteristics

The sound of orchestral instruments is heavily influenced by the room it plays in. With some instruments, the interaction with the room is essential…

Cluster Voicings

Cluster voicings are another possibility to add interesting harmonic structures to your music. As opposed to “normal” clusters that stack minor OR major…

De-Emphasizing

Apart from emphasizing certain scenes/actions/lines etc., music can also do the complete opposite and de-emphasize. This might be needed especially when…

Package Deals

There are basically two different ways of how the music budget of a production is being coordinated.1.) The composer gets a fee for writing the music…

Exotic Scale Runs

When writing runs for any instrument that is capable of playing runs, you should stick to plausible scales.Instrumentalists practice their whole life to…

Mixing Dialogue Underscore

Scoring dialogue scenes comes with a few specific requirements, all of which put emphasize on the necessity to keep the speaking voices understandable…

Trombone Glissando

Seamless glissandi are one of the things that due to the unique construction of the Trombones can be executed very easily on them. However, their…

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