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Instrument choices and making colors

After a year spent working on an album (which launches today), I went back and studied the instrument choices I made--the core of the album's mood and texture, its "sound". I remember doing detailed analyses like this of orchestral instrumentation during my college years--how composers assembled their color palettes. With today's explosion of instruments--thousands and thousands available to modern composers--it struck me that this kind of discipline is still very important and relevant.

So I thought this was an interesting diversion and figured maybe others here would think so too. A [partial] lineup of the instruments I used, with links out to the creators. (I could write a dictionary on each of these, so I leave it to you to explore further...)

For each of the tracks below I've referenced the instruments I used:


Instruments:

Tronsonic Cranberry: krunky deliciousness
10 My Friend Was Joe
11 Escarpment At Pella

Tronsonic Darkhorse: more krunk, sloppy sustains
01 Namaqua
03 Cannon Rock, '72
11 Escarpment At Pella

Tronsonic WAVEFORM 72: essential building blocks, all distressed
04 Redstone
09 Machine Learning

Tronsonic Rhodetron 73: thick and soupy
09 Machine Learning

TAL Noisemaker: one of my go-to music tools; incredibly expressive
01 Namaqua
02 Everything You See Is You
04 Redstone
05 Obsolete Advancements
06 Ciskei
09 Machine Learning
10 My Friend Was Joe
11 Escarpment At Pella

U-he's Zebralette: amazing, amazing range; thick choruses, fluctuating pads, beautiful legatos...
01 Namaqua
03 Cannon Rock, '72
04 Redstone
08 Prime Spiral
10 My Friend Was Joe
11 Escarpment At Pella
12 '(h)jumən

XILS 4: unique and an analog sound all its own; wonderfully expressive
03 Cannon Rock, '72
08 Prime Spiral
09 Machine Learning
11 Escarpment At Pella

Archetype Instruments’ Lokomotiv: way beyond bass lines/arps; a small wonder with a big sound
01 Namaqua
02 Everything You See Is You
03 Cannon Rock, '72
04 Redstone
05 Obsolete Advancements
06 Ciskei

Matt Tytel's Helm: deep, complex, organic; what an inspiring instrument
03 Cannon Rock, '72
06 Ciskei

Martinic's Combo Model F: what a joy this thing is
02 Everything You See Is You
06 Ciskei

Sonic Couture's Konkrete: used judiciously, an anchor
02 Everything You See Is You
03 Cannon Rock, '72
05 Obsolete Advancements
08 Prime Spiral

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