Now that I have finally graduated from high school (woohoo! ), I'd like to spend my summer making money for college and, of course, writing and studying music.
I'm not sure how often this subject comes up, but I'd like to study orchestration techniques and such, and now that I have GPO, I can put what I learn to good use. I have a bunch of midi's that I've made over the years, but I don't want to merely import them into Overture SE. Instead I'd like to work with them, and make them sound as good as I can. I've started one of them and just having the cello and the contrabass sections slowly playing low notes and the timpani softly pounding in the background sounds so good with GPO, there is certainly a level of realism that can never be achieved with midi files.
Can anybody recommend a good orchestration book I can study that could help me use the orchestration of GPO as effectively as possible? I don't have too much money after buying GPO itself and a new computer for college with a nice soundcard and 1 GB of RAM to run GPO, but I'd like to purchase a book that I can spend lots of time with over the summer and really put some work into creating some new pieces. It would be nice if I could have some pieces to submit to Garritan's orchestration contest in December.