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Acoustic and MIDI Orchestration for the Contemporary Composer

A Practical Guide to Writing and Sequencing for the Studio Orchestra

By Andrea Pejrolo, Richard DeRosa

  1. ISBN: 9780240520216
  2. Publication Date: September 2007
  3. Format: Paperback
  4. Pages: 292
  5. Price:
    • $47.95 (USD)
    • £28.99 (GBP)
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Get complete guidance on both traditional orchestration and modern production techniques with this unique book. With effective explanations and clear illustrations, you will learn how to integrate the traditional approach to orchestration with the modern sequencing techniques and tools available. You will discover how to bridge the two approaches in order to enhance your final production.

The accompanying CD includes a comprehensive and wide selection of examples, templates and sounds to allow you to hear the techniques within the book.

By covering both approaches, this book provides a comprehensive and solid learning experience that will develop your skills and prove extremely competitive in the music production business.

Author Bio

Andrea Pejrolo is a music technology professor at Berklee College of Music, MIDI programmer, sound designer, composer/ arranger, and jazz acoustic and electric bassist. He is also the author of Acoustic and MIDI Orchestration for the Contemporary Composer (Focal Press, 2007) and has written several articles for music magazines in the US and abroad. Andrea created the iAcousticA Studio drum library available in Kontakt, EXS-24, iDrum, Giga Studio, and Reason NN-XT formats. He has collaborated on many varied projects with US and UK production companies, theaters, music festivals, websites, and international organizations


Chapter 1- Basic Concepts for the MIDI Composer, Arranger and Orchestrator
Chapter 2- Writing and Sequencing for the Rhythm Section
Chapter 3- Writing and Sequencing for the String Orchestra
Chapter 4- Writing and Sequencing for the Woodwind Section
Chapter 5- Writing and Sequencing for the Brass Section
Appendix A- Music Scores
DVD Audio Examples List