Sep 222012
 

It may seem odd to feature the band King Crimson on an electronic music blog, but these guys have always thoroughly embraced technology, even though their input devices are *real* instruments!  ; )

After listening to the album version of this song for many years it was interesting to finally see it performed and figure out which instruments are playing which parts.  It was particularly awesome to see how many sound design accents are being played real time on Adrien Belew’s lead guitar.

Sep 192012
 

Robert Fripp is a guitarist but his signal passes through just as much (if not more) electronics than most electronic musicians.  He’s largely credited with developing live looping technique, known early on as ‘Frippertronics’.  Here he performs a solo soundscape to a live audience.

Sep 192012
 

Below is  a short video of a wicked modular patch using Metasonix and WMD modules.

 

It seems that most modular synth owners use their equipment primarily not in tonal music but rather as instruments of sound design.  Perhaps this is because of the experimental nature of the modular beast.  In my experience modular gear really lends itself to exploration, serendipity, and encourages a letting go of expectation of the results.  Hence, the stability of pitch and rhythm that tonal music necessitate are often quickly left by the wayside in the process.  In the end I’m sure most of the glorious sounds that come out of modular synths never get utilized beyond the enjoyment of their creation and a brief listening – until the next patch change.

At Studio Wormbone a modular session is just the first step in capturing incredible sounds – albeit the most fun step by far!  The entire session would be recorded using high end preamps, front end ‘safety net’ limiting to prevent errant clipping, and top of the line analog-to-digital conversion.  Next, about twice the amount of time of the original recording session is spent editing and mastering the sounds into discreet sound files.  At this step many of the sounds are also treated with additional effects processing to add additional variations to their finished flavoring.  Lastly another seemingly endless process takes place where the individual files are categorized, sorted, and eventually re-sorted again in a multi stage process of elimination to refine the final collections for future release.  This ensures only the best-of-the-best sounds make it into a completed product.  This intentionally lengthy final step allows some time to pass between the creative session of a sound’s origin and the final selection of individual files into sample libraries, so that they are judged as discreet files without prejudice from the creative session.

In other words, a ridiculous amount of work goes into this labor of love!  Read more about the behind-the-scenes drama of Studio Wormbone sound packs here.