Music networking sites make it really easy to find new music these days. I would like to search around for a lot of sad string music. The strings can be either synthesized or sampled, or recorded live for all I care. Anybody have some suggestions on where to start?
I think you just replied to your own question - either buy some commercial library (Eastwest, Vienna Symphonic Library, Sonivox, IK Multimedia Miroslav, etc etc), synthesize your own (or use "string synths", sample classical music (like Venetian Snares, etc), or record your own strings.
Yeah, I've listened to plenty of post-rock. I tend to continue to like most of it even if it's boring. The thing is, I want some stuff that's more stripped down, without percussion even. Just a cello, some violins, and maybe a piano. I guess I should probably start checking some soundtracks maybe...
If you're ready to give something a good listen, don't miss Black Tape For a Blue Girl's 'Remnants of a Deeper Purity'. Given the chance, it's a life changing experience, in terms of music life of course. A real masterpiece.