Electronic Music & Orchestras
Today I came back from a lecture of my composition teacher and someone I would like to call a dear friend, Professor Amnon Wolman. Wolman spoke about how electronics is are inseparable from composition today. He based his case on showing how today’s established orchestral composers use or are inspired by electronics in their world-renowned pieces. It’s quite amazing how in order to document sound, you need an electronic device when in order to document words or images you can use paint and a piece of rock. One is exploited for nearly a century, and the other for 40 millenniums. Orchestras are deeply integrated with electronics. From a “secretly” delicate amplification in new concert halls while performing classical repertoires, to paper scores replacing iPads, software to notate music, the use of computers as an instrument on stage, the use of a recording studio to record a symphony etc. When an orchestra records an album, there are two main options: record a live performance in a concert hall or record in a big studio. In both cases, the technician would probably spread several mics around the performance space, be it in the concert hall or in the studio. The person who mixes the album would most likely try to create a “see-through” homogenous picture, one that would imitate the acoustic experience of a live audience sitting right in front of the group in the center of the auditorium.
When recording an orchestra with close mics, trying to catch the details of each instrument separately, can be extremely hard let alone trying to then re-create a homogenous picture. I compare it to a graphic designer that receives separate files on her computer containing all of the human body parts in one same size (fingers, belly button, knees, hair, eyes) and then she needs to recreate a realistic-looking human being. Restoring these proportions is hard and just as is visually depicted in a Picasso painting, when the facial organs take different sizes, so too in an orchestra or even a small ensemble you can imagine what the distortion might sound like. This can be both frustrating and inspiring. It depends on what one is looking for.
Drums – Orchestra
We met Uri Mixmonster Wertheim. He said that a room full of instruments playing creates physically different overtones then when all instruments are recorded separately and artificially played together. These blending overtones are creating a new sound. The same occurs when mixing cucumber and olives in one bite, or an egg, tahini, amba, eggplant, coriander and pita in one bite. A new flavor is created that isn’t just the existing flavors one next to the other. Our orchestra is a combination between acoustic classical sections, a full rhythm