Monthly Archives: June 2011

Modular Strings

Creating live string recordings can be a costly process but one way to approach it (and save time and money) is with modular writing.  This is similar to working with loops, in that you create a series of phrases for a composition that you can layer and assemble like building blocks.  Here’s an example, made from 3 minutes of violins and cellos recordings, each recorded separately.

And here’s the score that was used for the sessions.  Everything is written to work harmonically with everything else, pretty much!

Technology itself  has become part of the composition process. Or at least the workflow you make for yourself is integral to your creative practice. This approach to writing for live strings brings the same sort of flexibility you have with midi and samples to real instrument recordings.

Marli Harwood

There are quite a few releases of tracks we’ve worked on coming up; Olly Murs, Beverley Knight, King Jack (Holland) Yasmin, Fron Choir, Rhydian, and 1st of the batch is Marli Harwood’s album Clock and Fullstops.  We did arrangements and recordings for 6 of the songs on the album, expertly produced by Michael Harwood.  The 1st single is Billy and it’s getting plenty of airplay.