Recording Session with the Northern Film Orchestra

November 14, 2021
Recording Session with the Northern Film Orchestra

On November 15, 2021 I recorded two of my compositions with the Northern Film Orchestra at The Stoller Hall in Manchester, England. We recorded my compositions Escape and Clear Sailing which were composed in 2002 and orchestrated in 2010. In this 1.5 hour session we had a 57-piece orchestra and an 9-voice choir.

The Orchestra

Picture with Full Orchestra
In the recording booth

Strings

  • 10 Violin I
  • 8 Violin II
  • 6 Viola
  • 6 Cello
  • 3 Bass

Woodwinds

  • 1 Piccolo
  • 1 Flute
  • 2 Oboe
  • 1 Clarinet
  • 1 Bass Clarinet
  • 1 Basson
  • 1 Contrabassoon

Brass

  • 4 Horn
  • 3 Trumpet
  • 2 Tenor Trombone
  • 1 Bass Trombone
  • 1 Tuba

Percussion

  • Timpani (Drum Sizes: 32" 29" 26" 23")
  • Snare Drum
  • Gran Cassa (aka Bass Drum)
  • Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Mark Tree (aka Wind Chimes)
  • Triangle

Harp

Choir

  • 1 Soprano Solo
  • 2 Soprano
  • 2 Alto
  • 2 Tenor
  • 2 Bass

Conductor Scores and Synth Mockups

I composed these pieces in 2002. All the sounds for the mockups are generated by a Roland XP-80 synthesizer.

Score Review with the Conductor

Prior to the recording session I met with the conductor and the orchestra manager to review the scores.

Comping Sessions

Comping is the process of editing audio recordings of multiple performances into a single performance, to create a “composite” audio recording, called a "composite track" or a "comp" for short. The following videos document highlights from the comping sessions for Escape and Clear Sailing.

Mixing & Mastering

TBD

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