Orchestration

SEIN composers regularly collaborate with established orchestras to perform or record new compositions.

SEIN is fully able and equipped to orchestrate or expand any existing project for use in performance, recording, or digital sampling. Our orchestration team is led by Antoni Schonken (PhD in orchestration, lecturer in orchestration at Stellenbosch University) and Arthur Feder (specialist in jazz and symphonic genres), and assisted by junior postgraduate composers working at Stellenbosch University. SEIN employs classical orchestration together with samples in order to maximise flexibility and versatility.

Working models

Orchestration at SEIN will usually follow one of the following routes, as a combination of traditional and digital (MIDI) orchestration:

  • The classical model of writing and producing sheet music for symphony orchestra or acoustic ensemble;
  • Arranging and producing sheet music of an existing track for live performance;
  • Producing digital orchestration to enhance or sweeten an existing track;
  • Arranging and/or expanding an existing film score for orchestra, in preparation of a recording session;
  • Proofing, editing, and quality assurance of an existing orchestration for ease of recording or to enhance the use of available instruments;
  • Proofing, editing, and quality assurance of existing digital orchestration to extract the maximum musical potential of the samples employed;
  • Production of score and parts, as well as session building for film score recordings.
Project outcomes

SEIN orchestrators are fully trained in the use of all major music notation platforms and digital audio workstations. In the case of film sound tracks, sheet music can be produced from project files and edited to include performance instructions, synced to SMPTE timecode with adherence to international copyist standards:

Orchestration at SEIN, especially when film scores are involved, often takes place in music notation software as well as in a DAW.

After the orchestration, scoring, and recording processes are completed, the project is evaluated to determine where calibrations could lead to further improvement. In the case of animation projects, like the example below, a cyclical approach to orchestration and scoring ensures that flexibility, quality, and adherence to schedule are maintained at all times.