Music Composers Unite!
OK ... I HAVE to tackle this subject because I've found that it so often comes up in musical conversation and is massively misunderstood. The usage and avoidance of parallel fifths and parallel octaves.
My idea is to try and get the basic understanding across of when we do and don't use these devices and most of the reasoning why. As it can be a bit of a touchy subject I had the article double-checked by two musicologists: Maria Antal and Yaiza Varona.…
I know I know it's been ages but I thought I'd quickly throw out a blog on how I set up my reverb for orchestral mixes. I used to use a really, really complicated method but of late I've settled on something fairly simple and straightforward that I feel works and gives a realistic result and uses fairly modest CPU.
I'm literally only going to use QL Spaces for this and we're going to set up some sends.
So as a starting point we might as…Continue
Yes! It's the return of my blog posts and their awful puns for titles... I can never resist them! Recently I'd been investigating some orchestral scores from favourite composers and realised that some of my favourite sounds and devices were achieved by using the harmonic minor scale as a resource but in a non-traditional way. Eventually I felt I had enough material to dedicate an entire blog post to it. Hopefully this will be…Continue
This is just an incredibly brief blog post to say thank you so much to everyone who came along to the Composium this last weekend.
I was especially pleased to see all the new people who turned up this time and fit right into the group. Lots of excellent discussions on a variety of subjects (occasionally music even came up) ... lots of laughs, lots of drinks and some excellent, excellent food at a beautiful restaurant.
My feeling is that the next one will be in…Continue
As many people here know, film scores are subject to the whims of fashion. One thing I've noticed of late has been a scary comeback of an instrument that had long been absent from 'big' film scores since the late 80s.
I speak of ... the electric guitar!
Yes, once common in every score from Top Gun to The Rock this byword for 'instant cool' in movie scores has long been away.
I first noticed the return with (another Bruckheimer…Continue
Hi everyone, I've been using a technique that I heard Jerry Goldsmith used to use. Basically he would take two chords that he was using in a progression but were from different keys. Often they would be chromatic mediants. He would then build a scale using just the notes from the chords.
So I've done this now using three chords ... Bm Cm and Ebm.
My final scale (using enharmonics) is B C D Eb F# G A#
Now I've tried to fit this to several scales…Continue
If someone asked me what was important about 2010 for digital samples I'd really only have one reply: polyphonic legato.
You are probably going to see this couplet bandied around a lot in advertising and marketing this year and I thought it might be useful to explain what it means to us as composers working with virtual instruments.
Firstly a quick recap ... what does it mean to have legato samples? It means that we can create…Continue
Yeah ... I really apologise for these awful blog titles. I simply can't resist.
This post is an informal follow-up to my posts on legato strings and creating my template. Given that my legato strings post was so popular and that the strings are usually the backbone of people's orchestral templates I felt it natural to go in this direction. In a future article I'll discuss work with VSL woodwind, EW brass and various Kontakt…Continue
Hi ... James here again with another blog about digital orchestration and what we can get out of the tools available. I'm going to start blogging about my current template and the process I've been through to get it all working. I'm hoping that I can share what I've learned and help other people to avoid the pains I've been through. This specific blog post discusses the rationale behind building templates and what I was aiming to achieve. I'll…Continue
We're planning another get-together in London. This one is going to be on Saturday, June 12th. Again it will be an informal drink, meal and chat kind of thing.
The idea is we meet up for drinks and then trundle along to some restaurant in the middle of London. Last time we spent the whole night swapping war stories and chattering along about music. Huge amount of fun and not an ego in sight!
If you are able to get along and are…Continue
Creating Realistic Legato Strings With Samples
I get a lot of requests from people asking about how to get good legato strings whether they need to buy LASS, what reverbs they need, etc. In the end I thought it would be a good idea to simply write a blog about the principles behind getting good legato strings and let people try out the the techniques and see for themselves. I'm really focusing on slower…Continue
Well I've realised that my LASS demos have received a lot of attention so I thought I'd post up something new with them.
Although this new piece is scored with just LASS (and a tiny dash of Cinesamples' Cineharp glissandi) it is also really demonstrating the strength of a new library of Impulse Responses called FORTI.
Added by James Semple on June 15, 2009 at 4:30am — No Comments