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How I compose orchestral music with Symphobia 1 and 2 - Behind the score
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0:22-2:41 playing the song
2:41-6:13 talking about all the individual instruments [flute at 2:49, strings at 3:22, horns at 4:26 and layering different string patches for a realistic sound at 5:08]
6:13-7:13 structuring your music
7:13-7:59 choosing chords and transposing
7:59-9:23 bring life to the orchestra by changing volume and tempo
9:23-10:10 a few final tips for increasing your composition skills
The only mixing I did in this composition is adding some reverb. This shows how much you can do with MIDI data. So ignore all those holy mixing talk and work on improving your MIDI-sequencing skills first before starting to worry about mixing and mastering your music
The biggest challenge in writing for orchestra is to let all different instruments play different melodies. Most beginner composers create melodies with simple stacked string chords or spiccato patterns as accompaniment. This 'behind the score' video will show how you can go beyond this way of composing and treat the strings as an individual instrument. Each instrument has its own unique melody that sometimes melts with the other melodies and occasionally takes over the role of the main melody. This way the music will become closer to live orchestra performances of composers like John Williams, Bernhard Herrmann and Howard Shore.
For this composition I actually used a theme from Howard Shore's soundtrack from the Lord of the Rings - "In Dreams". In this tutorial I will explain how I created this song using ProjectSAM's Symphobia 1 and 2 and give some general tips for composition. I'll also cover techniques I use to create a more realistic sound and to bring more life to the midi instruments.
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