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Spectrotone Charts? Thread starter schatzus Start date Feb 15, Does anyone have any experience or thoughts on these charts?
Just curious and thanks in advance for any feedback. I have it. I want to learn how to use it better, it seems like a good tool. I haven't gone through all of the exercises. It's not just a poster, there are at least 50 pages of exercises that come with it 44 PDF files. I printed mine on 13x19 paper Epson inkjet and it looked great. The chart doesn't have markings for octaves, just notes at the bottom, so I added my own scale with pencil and ruler.
I also found that there is a bit of overlap in the description chart -- 7 out of 10 of them are described as "resonant. Yes, low trumpets may an interesting sound but it's usually weak and inappropriate. Maybe I haven't found this section yet. There is a page "Working with SC" document that you should read through when you get it. It shows how to use the chart to select complementary tone colors.
I haven't tried this yet but it seems interesting. I recently orchestrated a piece with a violin melody that seemed thin to me. I looked at the chart to see what the recommended accompaniment would be. My violin line was in the green zone E5 and higher , and the complimentary color is orange. Instruments with orange in their range would be high trombones, mid trumpets, mid saxophone, xylophone.
I'm not sure if this is recommended blending for a double of the melody or for an accompaniment. I did have brass in this section, I could try transposing some of the parts to see if it makes a difference. Does that answer your question at all? Not much of a review good or bad but maybe explains the chart a bit better. Maybe Peter can chime in and answer some of my questions and add suggestions on how to use this resource. Peter Alexander Senior Member.
I got a pre-release copy of the product. It looks like a version of the product for teaching in a classroom. The main piece you need is "Starting Work with the Spec Chart. I purchased the spectrotone chart and i printed it at 18x It looks great. I started orchestrating a song today to learn how to use the chart. I cannot understand some basic things. If for example i have a melody in the orange area of the oboe, i cannot use french horn at its purple or brown area?
Is the main thought that in every part of the composition, the instruments that sound together must be perfect or close combinations? I know that there is the spectrotone course, but i can't buy it right now. I have also read the pdf files that came with the chart. The Darris Senior Member.
The spectrotone chart works best if you use it along side their Visual Orchestra series. It is a great learning tool to get you started with orchestrating via instrument timbres and ranges. Again, just having it isn't going to make you better, you need to take the time and study how to use it. Again, this works really well with the Visual Orchestra series that I highly recommend if you are knew to virtual orchestras or just want to learn some new techniques that are proven to work.
Thank you for the answers. Peter, if i decide to buy one of your packages, would you also suggest to choose visual orchestration 1? The green is money spent on sample libraries. JimmyPoppa Member. I have the Spectrotone chart posted on my studio wall. Peter, didn't you sell poster sized versions of this back in the day? That's the one I have and I'm pretty sure I got from you that way.
It looks to be about 18x24? I didn't get any of the exercise pages though, just the 28 page pdf booklet that explains how the chart is used. IMO, the more different ways you can have of looking at things the better. You might want to keep in mind that all of these approaches are based on how live instruments and how they sound together, mostly in the concert environment.
And even that is different from how sampled instruments sound in combination for a whole bunch of reasons that have been discussed before.
Anyway, hope this helps. Be Well, Jimmy. Hi Jimmy, We have a newly designed Spectrotone Chart compared to the original that's designed in standard poster format, 18 x I've always had separate PDFs that come with it, not a single booklet. And I've never had exercises with it. Also - many of the combinations listed in A Thesaurus of Orchestral Devices are illustrated in Professional Orchestration v1. Someone going through Spectratone Chart training will pick up on Brant's book more easily.
I have that book, and it's great. I also have the other two books you listed, Rogers and Prout. The Rogers book is only available used and Prout is a Dover book.
There's great information in both works. I don't know I would say that they are old school, but some of the information is old re: instrument ranges, improved musicianship, but the concepts are solid. Prout is the hardest to read because it's more academically written and therefore has a few unnecessary multi-syllabic words in their for this American's skill in reading British academic writing!
Hey Peter, Yes, I agree with your assessment of the books. Good material in all, each in a different style. I have all your Pro Orchestration books so far as well as a bunch of your other courses including even your older version of Practical Orchestration which is fantastic. A lot of the others don't. They sort of assume you will have a full sized orchestra available.
Anyway, hope this is helping the O. Thanks for your observation on my books. I learned this the hard way - post school as always! Once you have that experience, looking at Mozart takes on a whole new meaning!
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Alexander Publishing Releases The Spectrotone Chart
By Weca , September 17, in Composers' Headquarters. Instruments don't sound the same throughout their ranges. Tone color is a product not only of the instrument's timbre but also the specific pitch it's playing. Many orchestration texts show instruments, and especially the woodwinds, divided into tonecolor ranges.
The instrumentation notes in Volume 1 were edited by leading film session players. Spectrotone Chart Background Arthur Lange was a highly successful self-taught composer. Besides songwriting for Tin Pan Alley, Lange fronted a very successful jazz band, and recorded extensively for Cameo Records in the s. Lange was so successful with his band that he sold it to another bandleader, Roger Wolfe Kahn. Lange wrote many stock orchestrations during this period and in , wrote Arranging For the Modern Dance Orchestra. The chart is organized by woodwinds, saxes, horns, brass, percussion, harp and chimes, and strings. At the bottom of the chart is a piano keyboard with keys numbered 1 to
Alexander Publishing, a leading publisher of professional music training and production tools that have been endorsed by winners of the Academy, Grammy and Emmy Awards, has released The Spectrotone Chart, created by four-time Academy Award nominee Arthur Lange, the former head of the MGM Music Department. They described each range break using adjectives. Combinations are presented in four categories: Perfect, Close, Complimentary, and Remote. The Spectrotone Chart is organized by the 88 keys of the piano with each key numbered, from the bottom A being 1 to the highest C being Because of its application to mixing and EQ, Alexander Publishing added below each piano key its Hz frequency. Instruments represented include the string section with tone colors for each individual string, brass with mutes, brass without mutes, woodwinds, all the saxes including soprano sax, piano, harp, celesta bells, timpani, vibes, marimba and xylophone. Name required.
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