There are few things that put me to sleep faster than a track with an unchanging beat and boring ass sounds. I’m sure Debussy, Coltrane and the like would be rolling in their graves if they knew how we make such soulless sounding, over produced, perfectly quantized music despite having all of this incredible tech right at our fingertips. We have a chance to do these composers and musicians proud, and that chance comes now.
During the last few beat battles I found myself quite busy, with a vacation among other things, and was a bit worried that if i were to win one, I would not be able to provide samples and rules in a timely matter. Because of this I spent some of my off time during the last month creating some samples that I thought were interesting. Some are atmospheric and drone and others are more like sound design FX. One is even me just practicing piano. I hope it is an eclectic and inspiring pack.
Your piece must have at least 2 “movements”, each sounding relatively distinct from one another. They can use the same sounds but once again they need to feel distinct in some way.
You may use ONE instrument in this BB, but the instrument must be something you would find in an orchestra (violin, flute, chimes, harp, etc). The exception here being piano, You may NOT use a piano sound/library. This instrument must be sampled, such as a Kontakt instrument or other sample player, you may not use synthesized instrument sounds. If you choose to use an instrument like this, tell us what instrument (example: flute) and what sampler (example: Kontakt) you used along with your submission.
(A quick clarification, I have included a piano snippet in the sample pack. You may use this in any way you wish as usual. You can throw it in a sampler if you want, you just cant use a sample library of a piano as your instrument.)
- Try and have at least some part of your piece be free played and not quantized. I want to hear the sweat you put into the playing and performance of that instrument. It doesn’t need to be a specific length or anything but it should be there.
The only vague suggestion I have for you is to try and give it life. Take us on a journey, try and make us feel something, whatever that may be and whatever that may mean to you.
Submissions are due by 11:59 PM American Pacific Time on October 24. (about two weeks)