I'm currently working on a piece for strings, intending to employ an unusual method of orchestration, namely doubling technique.
Unfortunately, they didn't teach us this approach back when I was in college and university- it was all the usual SATB or V-V-C-B approach to string arranging.
It would probably help if I were an upper-string player, but I play only bass.
Being something of a Luddite, I still write using manuscript and pen, with a little assistance now and then from a programme called Anvil Studio. I have both Finale and Sibelius but never learned how to use them. So converting the score to PDF is going to be something of a nuisance.
In the meantime, here is a brief description of what I'm trying to accomplish: I'm doubling (tripling, actually) all or most of the voices, aiming for a machine-like sound. The bass line, for example, is comprised of basses, cellos and violas.
So far I've come up with a number of possibilities for orchestration. One of them (this is just a cursory example) is to have four sections of voices set up, such as Bass-Cello-Viola, Cello-Viola-Violin, Viola-Viola-Violin, Viola-Violin-Violin.
This works beautifully for two voices, even three or four individual voices. The problem is when chords or chord-like structures are introduced. The balance goes all haywire, and getting the chords to sound right has become a problem. The problem is that I want the doubling/tripling effect, but haven't the first clue how to approach adapting chord structure to this approach.
Any crack string arrangers out there have any idea how to solve this dilemma?
Here's what I have so far, a la synth via Anvil Studio (before you ask, yes, I'm aware of the limitations of working on orchestration using a synth):