Learn Your Tools

Learn Your Tools Working as a composer for commercial media requires you to stay up to date regarding technical and stylistic developments. This means, it is part of the job to more or less regularly get accustomed to a new piece of soft- or hardware. This could be...

Orchestral Intransparency

Orchestral Intransparency It is in the nature of orchestral music to not be able to hear every instrument clearly in the mix. Some instruments like woodwinds even regularly “drown” in tuttis and their only purpose is to add to the ensemble sound. This is actually a...

Loops, Prerecorded Phrases and Presets

Loops, Prerecorded Phrases and Presets The use of loops, presets and prerecorded phrases is seen very controversial among the community of composers with some people using only their own individually programmed presets and loops. There are of course two sides to this:...

Natural Phrasing of Brass Sustains

Natural Phrasing of Brass Sustains Orchestral Brass players will always execute a natural decrescendo on sustained notes unless otherwise indicated by special dynamics. Many sample libraries come with absolutely flat sustains on the brass (in order to be loopable) and...