This month we’re taking a look at Strobe 2, a virtual instrument inspired by the early 1980’s monophonic synthesizers such as the Roland SH-101 or Juno-6. Due to the popularity of vintage synthesizers in pop and dance music, the company FXPansion has created a number of fairly basic sound modules for use in digital audio workstations that emulate the early synthesizers and drum machines quite nicely.
Time for another competition! This time it’s sponsored by Sonokinetics, a Dutch sound sample library that has carved a niche with their orchestral phrase libraries. I’ve always been a big fan of repeated riffs and was on the Sonokinetic bandwagon when they released their first phrase library in 2012. I composed the score for The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari using their Vivace during a three week timespan.
Steve Tidebeck has been very busy, for a person who doesn’t exist. As part of an experiment, he decided to see what would happen if he grabbed some vocals and then wrote songs around them. The usual way most musicians compose songs is to create a chord progression, then add bass, drums, and additional parts to get the sound and mood established. The vocals are usually added after.
Siebert Tenseven (a nom de plume) was a recent winner on Blend for the IMBAS Music One Hour Challenge. The idea was to use samples supplied by IMBAS and, in one hour or less, create an interesting composition between 1 minute and 1:30 in length. There were five winners chosen and they were used in a mash-up later on.
Online music collaboration services allow one to play music, exchange creative ideas, discover new music from other independent artists and experiment freely. A big plus is that you can collaborate with remotely connected like-minded people from around the world, which can be a big plus if one is involved in a niche music style such as glitch punk or dubstep for cats.