I just discovered these Northernsounds forums earlier this week while searching for reviews of Garritan Personal Orchestra. I’m amazed by the great amount information posted here and how knowledgeable and musical many of the users are (I’ve noticed a definite leaning towards orchestral composition). I’ve followed links from here to product demos, contest winning pieces and several composers personal websites where I’ve heard wonderful sounding orchestrations created with sampled instruments. I’ve been blown away by the many of compositions created by people on this forum which (to me at least) sound totally believable, as if played by a live orchestra.
I plan to get GPO within the next month and I would love to get some suggestions (or a link to some suggestions) on how I can start learning the art of writing orchestral music. I’ve spent many years doing electronica, dance music, pop and even some jazz but other than playing clarinet in the youth orchestra 20 years ago and a few unsatisfactory attempts using Sonic Synth I don’t know much about orchestral writing. Would buying some scores and programming them with GPO be a good starting place? Which ones? I know it will probably take many years to get good at this, but I’d like to start learning.