1. rlundv

    The Use of Variation in John Williams's Film Music Themes (Midi included)

    This is a walkthrough and deep-dive into John Williams use of variation in this film music themes. It's based upon a paper written by Mark Richards, and various tutorials found on the internet. It's main focus is the various techniques and approches John Williams uses to create and vary his...
  2. ChrisSiuMusic

    1 Idea, 3 Orchestrations!

    Had a ton of fun with this one - orchestrating 1 idea 3 different ways! I hope this is helpful, and shares some of my personal arranging insights along the way. Enjoy!
  3. J

    Seeking Feedback on Battle Theme I'm Writing

    I'm about halfway through this battle/boss theme I'm composing for a friend. Not too sure about the progression towards the end of this. I plan to add a break halfway through, but I'm worried that this is a little rushed. Would love another set of ears. Thanks :)
  4. JJP

    Jason Poss - Symbols of Sound - Music Preparation & Consulting

    For all those who wonder, "What the heck do you do other than post on this forum?" I've finally launched a website. Symbols of Sound is our new site. For roughly 20 years we have provided music preparation and consulting services to composers and producers for projects large and small --...
  5. nuyo

    Am I doomed to write sad and unusual chord progression?

    I'm not able to write a heroic or happy melodie + chord progression. Is it harder to write something that sounds more "mainstream" or could it be that I'm just more attached to the dark haunting side of things? How could I practice and is it normal that a Composer has a specific palette of...
  6. ChrisSiuMusic

    Love's Rapture (an original theme)

    Hi friends! It's been almost a year since I last released any original music, but I'm so excited to share this newest piece with you, Love's Rapture. Inspired by classic Disney and pop ballads, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did putting it together. Thanks in advance! :)
  7. ChrisSiuMusic

    The Love Themes System - Free Live Workshop!

    Hi friends, I'm so excited to be hosting a free live workshop on Wednesday, May 18th, all about how to write and orchestrate classic love themes! It's going to be jam packed, and we'll cover topics such as: - How to write memorable melodies that stay with your listener - How to write beautiful...
  8. ChrisSiuMusic

    Disney Orchestral Medley - A Blast from the Past.

    Hey friends! I'm so happy to share this Disney medley with you, containing many of my favourites. Please enjoy, and thanks in advance for watching! :)
  9. Hannes

    STELLA - orchestra session video

    Last year a fellow composer friend asked me to help out with a project, because it was fitting well to my writing skills. It was a short animated advertisement for an "asthma awareness campaign". They had quite a good budget, so I decided to book a 30 min orchestral recording session slot to...
  10. ChrisSiuMusic

    MIDI Mockup Secrets - Officially Live! (Available This Week)

    Hi everyone, I'm very excited to share MIDI Mockup Secrets with you! This course is designed to take your orchestral mockups up a big notch, uncovering the core techniques used by professional MIDI orchestrators every day to achieve full, realistic, and rich mockups. By the end of MIDI...
  11. rlundv

    Tutorial 1/3: Writing adventurous music for videogames

    This is the first of 3 short movies about how to write adventurous music for videogames. The music is made for a client, but he was ok with me sharing the process here. In this video, I showcase the pianosketch and share the themes and motifs for the full piece. Part 2 will feature a...
  12. gamersensual14

    New ways of using brass other than the typical epic arrangement!!

    Hi everyone! It feels good to be back at the forum :2thumbs:. I'm a composer that mainly focuses on epic music, and because of that I tend to use the brass this way: * Trumpets: Melodies or stacatto kind of rhythmic / harmonic accompaniment. * Horns: BIG melodies or very soft harmonies, mainly...
  13. R

    Calling experts in reading sheet music & Hans Zimmer fans - what instruments are on this sheet music ??

    EQUIPMENT FL Studio Metropolis Ark One Jaeger Nucleus Hello all, Ok, so I am new to all things DAW, reading music and orchestra - six months in on all, and I have already learned a lot. One of the things I thought would help me learn arrangement was to actually do a complete cover of...
  14. ChrisSiuMusic

    Why CineHarps is my Favourite Harp Library.

    What's your favourite harp library? Usually I'm dancing between CineHarps and Berlin Symphonic Harps, but if you held me at gunpoint, I'd blurt out CineHarps. Why? Allow me to disclose in this video. Enjoy :)
  15. A

    Extended Techniques VST

    Hi Everyone, I've founded a new VST company focused exclusively around extended techniques. We are in the early stages of prototyping and development, and would like to better understand what techniques you all would be excited about. If you'd like to know more and be involved, please email me...
  16. ChrisSiuMusic

    Let's Compare Romantic LEGATO String Libraries!

    Hey friends! In today's video, let's cover and compare a few string libraries that have beautiful soaring legato, so you can choose for yourself if you're on the market for a new library. Enjoy! Quick note: I recorded this before Spitfire Appassionata came out, so I may do a follow-up including...
  17. leslieq

    NotePerformer 4 Expectations or Wishes

    Loving the active discussions about sound libraries in notation programs! Some definite tranches emerge and it's really interesting hearing the pros/cons of different setups and ways of working. For me, NP still holds huge value during my creative workflow / score preparation — mainly due to its...
  18. J


  19. ChrisSiuMusic

    A SIMPLE Way To Think About Orchestration.

    Hey friends! In today's livestream, we'll cover a simple way think about orchestration, and 3 practical tips we can use to arrange music with confidence. Please enjoy! :)
  20. jpb007.uk

    Thank you Anne-Kathrin Dern: Orchestration Quick Tips

    Hey fellow VI'ers, Happy New Year!! :shocked: So, I don't often post here, but as I came across this little gem - quick tips guide today, I thought that this was worth a mention. Anne-Kathrin Dern, an upcoming composer, with some great projects under her belt, has a stream of really useful and...
  21. J


  22. rlundv

    Narnia-inspired piece using Project Colossal + OPUS (Midi included)

    Here is the full orchestrated version of my last sketch, written initially for piano, with choir and woodwinds in mind. Link to high-quality audio: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1mzZn... Piano-reduction: https://youtu.be/6XsPl4cr4MI https://cinematicstudioseries.com Recorded using...
  23. Norman

    Film Music and Orchestration books [email protected] Off!

    Hello again to all! We are having a 20% sale on all film music and orchestration books, including the collections: (11 book collection only $192 or $17 per book!) Please check it out: https://www.musicnewapproach.com/ ~Norman
  24. ChrisSiuMusic

    Chatting with: Cody Fry! (Singer/songwriter, arranger, composer, artist)

    Hey friends! In today's interview, I'm very excited to chat with Cody Fry, a wonderfully talented singer/songwriter, composer, and artist. I discovered him from his viral song 'I Hear a Symphony', and wanted to learn more about his origins, where he draws his influences from, and any advice he...
  25. ChrisSiuMusic

    How to Arrange Lush Broadway Orchestrations! (Using 1 Simple Rule)

    Hi friends! Fewer things excite us more than the strength and beauty of a full sweeping orchestra. But how do we approach arranging for a full and lush texture? What instruments tend to go first? In this video, I'll share my personal approach on how you can get moving Broadway orchestrations...
  26. nuyo

    Orchestrating Trombones and Horns

    After experimenting a lot with Brass orchestration in hybrid arrangements, I have the feeling that the brass section fits more with the rest of the other instruments if I let the Bones and the Horns play every 2nd note. If you have a simple A Minor Triade The Horns get the E and A and the Bones...
  27. S

    Brass played 'into stand'

    Is anyone able to direct me to an example of brass being played 'into stand'? I'm considering using it in my orchestration but I want to make sure that it's the sound I want.
  28. S

    Horn Glissandi?

    In a composition of mine, I'd like the French horns to play a descending glissando spanning a major 2nd. I know some glissandi on horn are achieved by adjusting the position of the hand in the bell, but the passage is to be hand-stopped the whole way through, so that method wouldn't be possible...
  29. nuyo

    Melodies above C3 ?

    I was always unhappy with my mixes. For the last week I tried to only play bass parts under C3 (C5 for FL Users) and everything else above C5. My mixes sound much cleaner. I'm also analysing the music played on the radio and I would say that they aren't doing anything below C3 aswell. Could this...
  30. P

    Staffpad on iPad for left handlers and other useful tips / accessories for a new buyer ?

    Hey all, Seriously looking in to getting a iPad Pro 12.9 , with a view to start using Staffpad, or any other hand writing apps that work well. I have read a lot of posts on here about people using Staffpad, and most seem to rave about it , while a few others struggle to get to grips with it...
  31. ChrisSiuMusic

    This arrangement and harmony are beautiful. Analyzing Josh Groban's 'She'!

    Hey friends! In today's video, let's take a look at Josh Groban's rendition of 'She', a beautiful song from his newest album 'Harmony'. Please enjoy!
  32. ChrisSiuMusic

    Disney Style Orchestration - Livestream!

    Hey everyone, I just wrapped up a livestream on Disney style orchestration on my YouTube channel! So much fun!! Feel free to check it out here, all timestamps included! Thanks.
  33. ChrisSiuMusic

    How to Write Beautiful Intros!

    Hey friends! In today's video, let's discuss the importance of the first impression, and how to take your listener on a journey right from the onset of your piece. Enjoy!
  34. ChrisSiuMusic

    Songwriting For Animation - Available This Week!

    Hey friends, I'm so proud to share with you that my newest online course Songwriting for Animation is now available! This course will take you into the world of the classic Disney hits, such as Beauty and the Beast, A Whole New World, Part of Your World, etc, and help you to elevate your...
  35. ChrisSiuMusic

    Something that's been on my mind.

    I don't have hundreds of songs and tracks licensed for TV, movies, or games. Heck, I don't even have a single major placement. However, I'm blessed to be able to write the music I truly enjoy writing, and help others with their musical endeavours in any capacity. I grew up listening to Disney...
  36. ChrisSiuMusic

    Writing for Percussion: An In-Depth Look (with Joshua Sohn)

    Hey friends! In today's video, I'm pleased to bring on fellow composer and YouTuber Joshua Sohn! As many of you have asked questions about percussion writing, arranging, and orchestration, I thought it only appropriate that we do a dedicated video on percussion by someone who specializes in...
  37. Doorak94

    How To | Improved String Writing - Without Presuming Theory Knowledge

    Hi, I hope everyone is doing well :) I've got another video here for you. I've had a few requests lately to create a video that focuses on string writing/ arranging, without presuming any knowledge of music theory from the viewer. It was tough, but I think I've got something together that may...
  38. P

    Does anyone else think there could be a better Solution than Key switches ?

    Hey, Maybe I am in the minority here, but I find the more Keyswitches an orchestral patch has, the more it takes me out of the moment - requires more editting. I wish I was able to whizz over the Keyswitches as I play in parts, but at best I can usually learn 2 or 3 and end up doing the...
  39. ChrisSiuMusic

    🎄 5 Ways To Make Your Song Christmassy!!

    Hi friends! In today's video, let's take a look at 5 unique ways that you can use the orchestra to create the feel of Christmas. This is one of my favourite Christmas arrangements, so I hope these devices give you an insight into how this particular arrangement was put together. Enjoy!
  40. Kubler

    Score video – My Westworld Scoring Competition entry

    Hey everyone ! I thought about bumping the entry discussions topic, but starting a new thread in this section seems cleaner. I wanted to give a try to making a score video, something I rather enjoy and might keep doing on a regular basis with past and future work ! I decided to start off with...
  41. P

    VSL Synchron Strings Pro Tutti/ combo's Poly Legato -How good is it ?

    Hey, I see a lot of praise for the VSL Synchron Strings Pro on here, but not much talk - about the Polyphonic legato feature in the tutti patch - Which would be of great interest to me, as there are few Ensemble String Libraries that do this, even less convincing. So those with VSL , can you...
  42. rmak

    Orchestral vst recommendations for hybrid/experimental modern orchestral/film score

    Greetings everyone, I am new to this forum and posted in the wrong discussion channel. I thank you for taking the time to read this post and appreciate any input you may have. I like Ludwig Göransson music in Mandalorian and new movie Tenet; I also like scores like Bear McCreary in the show...
  43. rmak

    New to orchestration and looking for ideas/directions

    Greetings, I am new to orchestration and this forum. Thank you for taking the time to read this. I like the sound of modern/hybrid orchestration similar to style of Ludwig Gorannson in Mandalorian and Tenet movie which to my understanding is orchestral composition combined with synthesizers...
  44. rmak

    Orchestral vst recommendations for hybrid/experimental modern orchestral/film score

    Greetings everyone, I thank you for taking the time to read this post and appreciate any input you may have. I like Ludwig Göransson music in Mandalorian () and new movie Tenet; I also like scores like Bear McCreary in the show "See" on Apple TV . If I am going for these hybrid/experiemental...
  45. PhilipJohnston

    Orchestration Recipes Discussion Thread

    Launch sale: 40% off Get your recipes at orchestrationrecipes.com 2 hours of fully narrated videos Walkthroughs, illustrations and loads of fresh musical examples to explore, in a new, brisk, fully narrated format. Packed with orchestrated examples & ideas to try Start with the videos...
  46. Kubler

    Trills – Using accidentals or step indication ?

    Hi everyone, My musical education, like most people I imagine, has taught me to put accidentals symbols beside trills to indicate whether the player has to play a whole step or a half-step. But I've always sort of struggled with this as key signatures, transpositions and transposing instruments...
  47. Lea1229

    What music by women composers should orchestration students study?

    So I'm in an orchestration class, and so far, no women composers have appeared in our repertoire study. Surely in this collection of knowledgeable folk some of you have some suggestions? Although it's an orchestration class, we also listen to works for small ensembles as a way to learn about...
  48. P

    Limited to a modest 16GB Ram Laptop ; your must have core libraries for Music Production ?

    Hi, Firstly , I realise that a lot of extremely talented composers only use 16GB or less Ram on a modest system and produce incredible results. Those lucky enough to have a much more powerful setup , what would be the core libraries you would have to use for production music if you only had a...
  49. P

    Best Woodwind Library(ies) for WW Quartet + Quintet writing / mock up ?

    Hi , I know there is a lot of post about best WW library overall etc , but I wanted some input from people that have used VST Woodwind libraries for smaller, chamber sized Quartets or Quintets (ignoring the French horn for now). Most libraries do come with Soloists , which will obviously make...
  50. ChrisSiuMusic

    Inside The Score - Tranquility (Theory, Orchestration, Mixing)

    Hi friends! I’m so excited today to begin a new iteration of my breakdown series, broken down into 3 parts (music theory and composition, orchestration, and mixing). We’ll be taking a look into my newest Disney-style piece Tranquility. Today’s video is the 1st part, where we’ll explore the...
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