November 21

More recent orchestral music

Port rhombus Squarepusher :

London Sinf.

Goldie’s Timeless, Live With An Orchestra

Drum and Bass: Goldie

Inner city life Roni Size

Jeff Mills

Steve Reich City Life

November 15 – project 2 workflow

1 . Note entry –

In Logic: open your orchestral template (that you made for the Beethoven). Add a piano track. (or two or three).

  • Live play/record in the material. – make the tempo as slow as you need. I would also suggest make a couple more piano tracks and be already dividing up material– at least separate left hand/right hand. Also put in all performance indications now– dynamics, expression etc. Go to Layout (score menu) choose Midi meaning  to assign midi properties to staccatos, accents etc. Also fix enharmonics, accidentals etc.
  • you can also do step entry – go to main menu Window– Open step input keyboard. This method incredibly tedious, and only to be used if you really can’t play the material.

In Sibelius, Finale, MuseScore etc. : You may find note entry easier in one of these programs. do the note entry as prescribed– then import to Logic by exporting a MIDI file then importing that file to Logic.

2. Do the orchestration

in other words copy and paste from your piano version to instruments of the orchestra. Transposition, moving notes by any number of octaves, doubling (sometimes with many instruments– all good.)

3. Making the sounding demo (as in the Beethoven)

  1. Enter the keyswitches – either in score mode or piano roll mode
  2. Do velocity programming – piano roll mode
  3. Set a good volume relationship between the 2 Kontakt multis (the winds are by default mixed lower than the strings)
  4. Remove all the reverbs from the Kontakt multis.
  5. Set panning for each instrument on the Kontakt multis– imagine an orchestral layout
  6. Set up a send for each multi on the Logic channel strip “send”- choose Bus1 . Add level to Bus 1. (probably somewhere in the middle)The Aux 1 channel will appear. Insert a Space Designer where it says Audio FX. Choose a reverb preset for some kind of orchestral hall.
  7. After you’re satisfied with your velocity programming, you will most likely need some volume programming to help with your interpretation. Hit the letter “a” to open automation. Underneath each instrument name you’ll see “Read” and “Volume”. Where it says “volume” click hold – then click on “Kontakt 5”, and scroll down the huge list of numbers until you arrive at “Level-Flute”. Choose that, then you’ll see a line has appeared on the flute 1 sequence. This is what you use to shape the volume.

4. Preparing the score 

Recommend doing this in Logic, but could also be done in Sibelius, MuseScore etc by opening the complete Logic score (command 5) and doing export either MIDI files or MusicXml.

If working in Logic , open the full score by selecting all, then do command 5.

Logic Notation stuff:

Once your score is open, go to Layout>show score sets. Here you can scale the size of your score – about 60-65 % probably, and enter short names for the instruments, so that the names appear in all staves of the score.

Select individual parts, then under Region on the left hand menu you will see Style – treble (or whatever) Set this to whatever is right for the part .

In the full score , you can then start entering score indications that might be missing– dynamics etc.

At this point, you have a full score. You are now trying to make it look good. I will be talking a lot about Logic scoring in class, but you can also look at the Logic User Guide (notation starts at p. 607)– it does explain quite clearly how the various functions work.

November 14


Classical music is music without Africa. It represents old-fashioned hierarchical structures, ranking, all the levels of control. Orchestral music represents everything I don’t want from the Renaissance: extremely slow feedback loops.— Brian Eno

New orchestra / alternatives

Stockhausen Mixtur

Stockhausen instructions



with score

Berio Sinfonia

Andriessen de Staat

Steve Reich City Life

Mos def BPO

Coming together

with Beethoven

November 7

Film scoring

Bernard Hermann


Goodall on Psych score

Psycho shower scene analysed

NxNW opening

Vertigo soundtrack

Vertigo opening scene

Psycho suite


(with score )

Morricone documentary

Good, bad….

scoring Pirates

VSL artist

Hans Zimmer

dark knight


Zimmer on Inception

Lord of the rings Howard Shore

Howard Shore conducting

Life of Pi

Crouching Tiger

Hurt locker composers


Music for strings, percussion and celesta

Glass Low Symphony

October 25

Rite of Spring

with score

with dance

Hilda Munnings

Varese Ameriques

Cage Construction

Third Construction

Ruckert Lieder

Complete piano

Ich atmet … :30 score p5

Blicke mir… 11:04 score p1

Um mitternacht  5:20        score p12

Complete orchestra (von Otter)

Ich atmet… :09 score p11

Blicke mir… 2:24 score p 3

Um mitternacht    6:14        score p 24


Mahler 4



Ich bin der welt…




October 17


Original piano version

Pletnev (9 + 10 21:30) score p 24


Ravel orchestration

(9 + 10 25:30) score p 78


Henry Wood orchestration (9 starts 21:36)






Il pleure

Art of Noise

Debussy La Mer