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March 2008 Blog Posts (16)

Bottom Up or Top Down?

One of the joys of my home studio is having the opportunity to create virtual orchestral scores. This really is a pleasure and something that would not have been available to many people as recently as 5 years ago!

Anyway, given that I don't have any formal orchestration training, I have been learning how to orchestrate with virtual mockups and lots of books on the subject (and a lot of scores!)

During this time (and I'm still learning, I have no illusions there) I have… Continue

Added by James Semple on March 31, 2008 at 4:38am — 3 Comments

Onward and upward...

Another track added - called, rather facetiously, "Groove Where Indicated". I've been pushing myself outside of my comfort zone recently, so I decided to return to my roots and do a funky blues. It's unfinished, so it lacks structure etc. but I liked the sound, so whilst I don't want it on my main web site yet, I thought I'd put it here in case people want a listen. I hope to get live sax on it soon, courtesy of a mate of mine, and I may also get a guitarist in.

Actually, I'm playing… Continue

Added by Mike Torr on March 25, 2008 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

Adagio Lamentoso

This is my latest work, an Adagio for string orchestra dedicated to Gustav Mahler. It's the first piece in the player.
Feedback will be appreciated.

Added by Bruno Miranda on March 25, 2008 at 7:30am — No Comments

Live Orchestral Session!

Last Wednesday, I had a cue recorded to picture at CBC studios, on the wonderful sounding Glenn Gould stage. It was captured by a number of hall and surround mics, as well as close mics, and it was multitracked through a NEVE 'VR' Legend Console to Protools. The ca. 25 piece orchestra was made up of the advanced students of the Royal Conservatory's Glenn Gould program, and they played beautifully. Seeing musicians expressively play through music they've only just seen for the first time 5… Continue

Added by Adrian Ellis on March 24, 2008 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Sheet music of "Um Samba Assim", the first track

Hi guys, below is the link to take the original sheet music of "Um Samba Assim", the first track of my compositions at this forum.Feel free to download and play it in your gigs. I would love read your comments about this my samba.

Added by Luciano Fleming on March 21, 2008 at 12:00pm — No Comments

New samples

Just added some music (and deleted some too).


Shallow Purple (Library Music but it goes up to 11).

Tut: (various) - cues from a recent assignment scoring five minutes of animation. This was for the Music For The Media course seminars, MFTM Live 2008, which was an awesome experience: I attended all four days, and watching Guy Michelmore score 40 seconds of footage in 30 minutes was quite an experience. Like watching a master chef at work...… Continue

Added by Mike Torr on March 20, 2008 at 9:00pm — No Comments

BFD 2 and Bulgarian Radio National Anthem

Hi there! I'm new to this forum, and haven't had much time yet to look around at all your profiles yet and listen to your music, but I'm very much looking forward to it. :-)

In the mean time, I've been busy working on some test projects to work out the kinks with various components in my system. For those of you who are into reading about gear and how people use it, this is going to be the main focus of my blog.

About a month ago I purchased BFD 2, which was a new release… Continue

Added by Robert Throckmorton on March 19, 2008 at 10:51pm — No Comments

WIVI Rolls!!

Well, it's a few months down the line from my first WIVI post and I thought it was worth writing a sequel.

A few things have happened since that first post: -

- Wallander released WIVI woodwinds!

- I bought a breath controller

- I wrote a few more pieces using WIVI I thought it was time for an update.

Using WIVI

Firstly, I'm going to talk about using WIVI for the last few months. Like every piece of software or tool you… Continue

Added by James Semple on March 12, 2008 at 12:42pm — No Comments

Filmic Musical Devices #1 : Polytonal chromatic mediants

Given that my 'Film Music Chord Change' proved to be quite popular, I decided to write another post in a similar vein. I may even get the chance to expand this into a vague series of sorts.

This post is about certain kinds of techniques, harmonies or whatever that have been used in specific scenes and as a result they have become an important part of the 'language' of film music. Very often film music has to fall back upon existing music to meet audience expectations and therefore I… Continue

Added by James Semple on March 11, 2008 at 9:44am — 1 Comment

tiny little tutorial on "Herophobia"

Since I had quite a few requests concerning the MIDI files of the Stormdrum 2 samples I used on "Herophobia", I did a little movie which shows the session while playing, focused on the SD2 parts of the demo.

You can either watch the small YouTube version:

... or check out the same video with higher resolution and overall better quality:…


Added by Alex Pfeffer on March 9, 2008 at 8:00pm — No Comments


Preview of AGZ-X - a sci-fi channel action adventure film in the vein of Stargate opens in Los Angeles July 28th at the Sunset 5 theater/ Hollywood, ca

Added by Terry Michael Huud on March 8, 2008 at 6:00pm — No Comments


wrapped on "Plaguers" with Steve Railsback for sci-fi channel. LOts of synths and stuff. Sci-fis great - the skies the limit. Cheers ! Screening at Culver Studios end of March.

Added by Terry Michael Huud on March 8, 2008 at 5:57pm — No Comments

"Blood Scarab"

Wrapped on "Blood Scarab" - Horror flick - Frontline Entertainment. Big opening in Chicago. Screens at Culver Studios end of March.

Added by Terry Michael Huud on March 8, 2008 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Stormdrum 2 demo "Herophobia"

Hi all,

my official demo for Quantum Leap's "Stormdrum 2" has been finished.
I added the track to the flash player to the right. Enjoy!

Added by Alex Pfeffer on March 7, 2008 at 6:20pm — No Comments

a tiny little workshop about mood developing ...

... made it on my website recently. Drop by if you like to know more.

Added by Alex Pfeffer on March 5, 2008 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Hercules' 13th Task

A couple of weeks ago I bought a new Mac Pro. Great, a really amazing machine. Since then, nearly every waking moment has been consumed with the momentous task of moving my Cubase setup from my PC to the Mac.

Now, I'm a complete Mac OS newb so this has been quite the learning curve. Also I'm aware that I'm trying to get a lot of software working together.

So Cubase 4.1 should be my first install but it isn't really because before I can do that I need to install the… Continue

Added by James Semple on March 3, 2008 at 10:59am — 1 Comment

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