One of our main areas of specialty here at the Playroom, Arundel is orchestration for shows or soundtracks and for pop tunes and tv themes. Most often we work from a piano/vocal score or midi-file prepared by the client and develop the sound of the piece from discussions with the writer(s), including ideas for particular instruments, band sizes and styles.
‘What’s The Meaning Of This? from Guido – Orchestration Progress’
Here is a short example of a track taken from ‘Guido – The Gunpowder Plot’ which shows the progress of orchestration from the original midi/piano score (produced in Sibelious or a DAW or just on paper), through to adding basic orchestration using computer instruments/samplers and on to the full score/recording with live instruments and voices.
Please contact us for further information or to discuss a project you may be planning. We have professional singers and musicians available to us that we use regularly to record soundtracks should you need it.
Below are some excerpts from work that we have completed over the last few years:-
Guido – The Gunpowder Plot – Music by Ben Durkin and Lyrics by David Rolleston
As The Knight Falls
In Our Hands – Guido
Old Palace Yard – Guido
What’s The Meaning Of This? – Guido
The Torture Chamber – Guido
The Final Battle – Guido
Orchestrated for: Trumpet / Reed (Flute, Alto Sax, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet) / Trombone / 3 Keyboards (One mainly Strings) / 2 Guitars (1 Acoustic and Electric, 1 Electric) / Bass Guitar / Drum kit / Percussion (inc 2 Timpani, Glockenspiel, Marching Snare, Tam-tam (beater, metal scrapes), Bass Drum, Suspended Cymbal, Chimes, Shakers, Tambourine)
Clippings – by Ian White and Trevor Harvey
So Near And Yet So Far
Is This The Guy?
It Breaks My Heart
It’s What He Signed
Life Is Empty
Tell Me Why
Should Have Know Better
Orchestrated for: Reed (Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax) / 2 Keyboards (1 Piano, Electric Piano, 1 Strings, Hammond, Clav) / 1 Guitar (Acoustic and Electric) / Bass Guitar / Drum Kit / Percussion (Vibraphone (beaters and bowed), Glockenspiel, 2 Timpani, Suspended Cymbal, Shakers, Tambourines, Chimes, Vibraslap, Castanets).
There Was An Old Woman by Jane Haines
Agree To Disagree
Heart Of Gold
Little Boy Blues
On The Edge
Orchestrated for: Reed (Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax) / Trumpet (and Flugel) / 2 Keyboards (1 Piano, 1 Strings, Hammond and others), Guitar (Acoustic and Electric), Bass Guitar, Drum Kit / Percussion (2 Timpani, Suspended Cymbal, Glock, Tambourine, Triangle, Car Horn, Shaker, Chimes).
Please note: ‘There Was An Old Woman’, is a midi-instruments recording (with live guitar) of the orchestration made for the cast of the show to learn from. The performances at the theatre were full cast and full live band.