Arovane kreiert ein Soundpack für Ableton

Ich entdeckte Arovane erst 2005, also bereits nach der Veröffentlichung der beiden wegweisenden Alben «Tides» (2000) und «Lilies» (2004). Seine Musik eröffnete mir eine klangliche und rhythmische Welt, voller Dichte und Klarheit. 2013 meldete er sich zurück mit dem Album «Ve Palor’» und begeisterte aufs Neue! Nicht nur als Musiker, aber auch als Sound Designer für namenhafte Firmen der Musikindustrie.

Nach dem Soundpack für Twisted Tools kreiert Arovane ein Soundpack unter dem Namen «Spectral Textures» für Ableton. Zur Hälfte Field Recording, zur Hälfte additive Synthese: Spectral Textures ist ein einzigartiges Instrument, das zwei eigenständige Klangwelten vereint, um pulsierende Atmosphären, Texturen und Verläufe zu schaffen.

Konzipiert und realisiert wurde Spectral Textures von dem Musiker und Sound Designer Uwe Zahn aka Arovane. Das Pack enthält eine Fülle perfekt auf den Einsatz in Film- und Gamemusik oder Radio-Jingles zugeschnittener Presets. Natürlich kann und soll Spectral Textures auch ein inspirierender Ausgangspunkt für Ihre eigenen Kompositionen sein.

Im Kern bestehen die Presets in Spectral Textures aus zwei Sound-Elementen – spektrale Samples aus einem digitalen additiven Synthesizer und Feldaufnahmen, die mit Effekten kombiniert wurden. Lives Ping Pong Delay und Reverb verleihen den Sounds Räumlichkeit und Weite. Lives Vocoder hingegen betont in Verbindung mit den Frequenzmodulationsmöglichkeiten von Sampler die spektralen Komponenten der Samples. Einige der Presets besitzen ein “Wavescan”-Feature, mit dem Sie sich per Modulationsrad dynamisch durch die spektralen Samples bewegen können.

Eine Zusammenstellung einzigartiger Feldaufnahmen aus einer stillgelegten Gärtnerei verleiht vielen der Instrumente in Spectral Textures lebendige Klangfarben aus der realen Welt. Verfallene Treibhäuser und etliche herumliegende Gegenstände aus Metall, Holz und Glas wurden hier zu faszinierenden Klangquellen. Um nur einige zu nennen: Verrostete Automotoren und Schrotthaufen werden zu beeindruckenden Klangskulpturen. Alte Dachziegel und Mauersteine geben tonale Sounds wieder, und ein an einer Holztür entlanggezogener Besen sorgt für dichte harmonische Strukturen. Wie so oft kann auch hier das Erforschen natürlicher Sounds ein Katalysator für eigene Kreationen sein.

Weitere Informationen zum Pack: https://www.ableton.com/de/packs/spectral-textures/
Weitere Informationen über Arovane: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arovane

AROVANE’s Loop Expansion pack for Twisted Tools

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The AROVANE Loop Expansion pack features 128 loops by the legendary AROVANE. At a tempo of 125BPM, these loops are just what you need to jumpstart your experimental electronic, IDM and glitch productions. In addition to the WAV files, this expansion comes with an optional expansion bank for Twisted Tools ULTRALOOP, featuring 128 hand-crafted presets to instantly get you started generating new grooves, variations and song ideas. With the ULTRALOOP expansion bank, 128 loops become hundreds more in no-time.

  • 128 Loops drums, percussion and fx loops by AROVANE
  • 125BPM
  • 16bit/44.1khz .WAV Files
  • Works with any Mac, PC or tablet device that supports .WAV files
  • 504MB
  • Includes optional ULTRALOOP EXPANSION snapshots with 128 presets for ULTRALOOP

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Buy it here: http://twistedtools.com/shop/loops/arovane-loop-expansion/

Shibuya – Mecca for music equipment lovers

During my stay in Tokyo’s Shibuya a few days ago, I made a walk in the area around the Cerulean Tower looking for interesting spots. I knew this area already, but never checked it out. This time I could manage and found six shops of interest: Two huge shops with wide range of music equipment, one with used instruments only, two with guitars and a special tiny one :-) I took pictures of the shops only and have no names or webpages (sorry for that). So this quick review is recommended for guys who are going to visit Shibuya and do not have much time (I made my walk within 1.5h). Tokyo has hundreds of such nice spots full of music stuff such as the one in Harajuku called Floor G, but I did not find an area like that one before. Here you get such a range of shops in the surroundings. If I am wrong – let me know.

Bild 22.05.14 um 20.35 I started with a cup of Sunday Coffee’s black coffee (just in case you love coffee: Japan is not famous for coffee, so you have to search for tasty coffee spots). Sunday Coffee is nearby spot no.1: Hoockie’s Musician Farm is your dealer No.1 if you go for guitars. A small shop in the basement. Friendly stuff (nerds) as usual. Ask them, they get it for you done.

Having a nice walk away from the main road I arrived at spot no. 2, a store with seven levels. You get everything thee! Honestly. This is definitely the shop of my choice. Synths, recording equipment, DJ equipment, drums, guitars, pedals etc. and even a small recording studio. The prices are a little bit cheaper compared to Music Land Key (spot no. 3). Music Land Key is the biggest shop/store I have seen so far. So what to say, just check them out and get amazed.

Alright, if you do not have enough of all these impressions by now just follow the street and find a tiny shop (sorry, no picture) full of stuff you do not find in stores anymore, because you do not need them at all. Ha! I found there blank audio cassettes. 5min, 10min, 20min, 30min etc. Very cheap. If you are running a record company or are a sound artist using analog equipment and need audio cassettes per chance? – Do not forget to bring a huge bag with you! Spot no. 5 is the place to be for buying an acoustic guitar. Two floors. Did not check the basement (third floor). Amazing. And finally the last shop no. 6 with a huge advertisement on the front of the building. All used instruments: guitars, bass guitars, brass etc.

Wow, now had to leave. I had to return to the hotel or staying there would mean a heart attack for me. Far too many impressions. I could buy so many things… The result of my Shibuya walk: I bought new strings for my old ukulele at Music Land Key and three blank audio cassettes at the tiny shop. Shibuya seems to me as a kind of Mecca for music equipment lovers, musicians, street artists and and and. You pass recording studios, record companies, Jazz bars, nice restaurants… A great area away from the mainstream on the other side of Shibuya station. If you consider to buy equipment in Japan and do not have much time at all – do it there. Highly recommended!

Aguirre EP by Virlyn

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If I, Aguirre, want the birds to drop dead from the trees… then the birds will drop dead from the trees. I am the wrath of god. The earth I pass will see me and tremble. Whoever follows me and the river, will win untold riches. But whoever deserts…

~Don Lope de Aguirre
from Herzog’s “Aguirre, the Wrath of God”

Also known as “Aguirre, Wrath of God”, it is (according to Wikipedia) a West German New Wave adventure art film written and directed by Werner Herzog. It was shot in 1972, two years before I was born, and looks like it is a tremendous film … in part because it has inspired Virlyn to create the “Aguirre EP” for the Subterranean Tide netlabel.

The Aguirre EP features four exquisitely detailed instrumental tracks from Virlyn that sit somewhere in the intersection of ambient & neo-classical music. Their use of drones, synths, field recordings, strings, acoustic guitar, and even what sounds like a harp to create the vibrantly dense and overwhelmingly immersive tracks that populate this EP is simply inspired.

In addition to having not seen the film, I have not heard the Popol Vuh soundtrack. Whilst I mean no disrespect to Popol Vuh, I could easily imagine Virlyn’s EP, and music in a similar vein, easily and succinctly replacing their original backing. Virlyn’s expression paints pictures in my head of oppressive natural environments … places and spaces that could easily overwhelm. Fitting, therefore, for a journey down the Orinoco and Amazon River trudging on foot through the lush but unforgiving Amazonian jungle.

There is an eeriness to the music … an unfamiliarity that comes from the unknown … an unfamiliarity that ensures the listener pays attention, it keeps them on edge. I found this eeriness utterly fascinating and intriguing … the EP caught & held my attention through numerous plays on repeat.

In fact, I found the whole EP fascinating. It is a wonderfully vibrant & expressive ambient piece that is right at home with Subterranean Tide, a netlabel whose output to date has been flawless.

I hope you will enjoy this EP as much as I have. I intend to catch “Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes” soon and will put to the test my idea that this EP could replace the soundtrack … however, until I do, I will hold onto this EP with the mental images I have and treasure it for the marvel it is.

~Thomas Mathie, Founder of weareallghosts

Credits:

Music by Frédéric Vanderlynden
Photography by Kris Germann (kgephotography.com)
Thanks to Cristiane Silva Corten, Joannes Truyens, Gilmard Monte and Emily Ferrell

Get it here:

Free Download from Archive here
Available from Bandcamp here