Al­ter­na­tive or­ches­tral ar­tic­u­la­tions

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One of the most mu­si­cally in­spir­ing things to have hap­pened in re­cent years is that ‘or­ches­tral sam­ple li­braries’ have evolved to the point where the ar­tic­u­la­tions they of­fer go sev­eral steps be­yond stan­dard legato, stac­cato and pizzi­cato ar­tic­u­la­tions. For those look­ing to place some of the tech­niques ex­plored here in the con­text of film mu­sic and/or sound de­sign for pic­ture, it’s well worth seek­ing out those li­braries which of­fer a more tex­tu­ral ap­proach to scor­ing, as al­ter­na­tive ar­tic­u­la­tions of­fer a way to use or layer more ex­per­i­men­tal and less stri­dent or­ches­tral sec­tions. Of par­tic­u­lar note are li­braries such as Spit­fire Au­dio’s Al­bion V Tun­dra and Óla­fur Ar­nalds Cham­ber Evo­lu­tions. The for­mer of­fers a num­ber of su­per-frag­ile, glassy and haunt­ing patches, from gen­tle ric­o­chets, to sul tasto and flau­tando record­ings which float into a mix with calm author­ity. The lat­ter con­tains Cham­ber Waves patches, which of­fer a se­ries of looped phases in nar­row key ranges al­low­ing you to build sub­tle un­du­lat­ing move­ment.

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