Triple Dynamics

Triple Dynamics The dynamic range of orchestra musicians spans more or less between pp and ff. Triple dynamics, even though used quite regularly especially by inexperienced orchestrators will mostly result in not sounding any different than the double dynamics. Only...

Mood Killers in Scoring Sessions

Mood Killers in Scoring Sessions An orchestra is not only an ensemble of different instruments but also a group of human beings. Psychological factors can influence the performance quite heavily, not only whether it is a rainy day or things like that but also by the...

Real Musicians and Rhythmic Complexity

Real Musicians and Rhythmic Complexity One of the most common reasons for slowdowns in recording sessions with real musicians are (unnecessarily) tricky rhythms. As a composer/orchestrator you should always be sure that real musicians are not sequencers that can play...

Ethnic Instruments

Ethnic Instruments Ethnic and more rare instruments are still pretty popular in film/game/trailer music and are of course a great tool to locate a scene or character or to simply add unusual textures. However these instruments pretty often come with technical...