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...

What is an A Orchestra?

What is an A Orchestra? When you’re on a tight music budget and still want to record an orchestra, it is a good plan to set up orchestral sessions with a so-called A-, B- and sometimes even C-orchestra, meaning that you specifically write certain cues for a smaller...

Bow Tremolo Stamina

Bow Tremolo Stamina While bow tremolos on the strings create a great shimmering or a very climactic effect, make sure to not write too long passages in tremolo. Especially on loud dynamics, this technique becomes quite exhausting and eventually the muscles of your...

The Role of the Triangle

The Role of the Triangle While there are many jokes about the triangle and its players, it can have a fantastic effect in an orchestration. Apart from the single hits that are very often used as comedy moments or for pointillistic highlights, especially the roll on...