The Mysteries fo the Outpost
On November 24th, 2010, the SETI research wing of Modulate This received an evelope marked "Souds from a Distant Outpost" with no return address. In the envelope was a CD containing audio files and a handwritten letter. The letter simply read:
I’ve teleported back from “The Outpost”. It was alive with sound. I managed smuggle some audio recordings out and also recreate what I heard using machines I brought back with me. I sent you these files in the hopes that you will fashion these sounds into instruments so others can play and control these sounds. Share the library so people around the world can create original soundscapes and songs and in turn share with others on the internet. Time is of the essence. If we work together we can unlock the mysteries of The Outpost.
About the Live Pack
Sounds From a Distant Outpost is more than a sample sound library. Over 30 hours in the making, it is a set of 12 deep and expressive instrument racks that will transport you to a dark and distant outpost. From here you will be able to explore the sounds, machines, and creatures of this world. These instruments will help spark your imagination and I hope inspire you to create your own soundtrack for this world. Of course, the instruments will also help add an interesting "edge" to any sound or music project.
The source audio is made up of some of my field recordings as well as original synthesized and re-synthesis harmonic content. The concept for the instruments was based on a back-story I created as the project progressed. Fueled by the story and setting, I translated these these source samples into Ableton Live racks and meticulously programmed them to create playable dynamic instruments which are placed under your command via macro parameters, velocity, after touch, and modulation wheel mappings.I've also provided the original source samples for the project so those who don't have Ableton Live will be able to use these samples as oscillator sources in synths like Absynth, Alchemy, ElectraX and Blofeld.
This project is also a social experiment. Rather than just provide a Live Pack, I've created this social microsite so you can share your notes and work with the library. Here is the concept:
- Download the Live Pack (License info is here as well. I've licensed in such a way to encourage you to use these instruments in sound and music compositions and to remix)
- Read the Usage Notes.
- Share notes. Below is a separate post for each instrument. I've given you just enough information to get going. Explore and leave notes as comments on each post.
- If you come up with some cool original sound, music, or visual compositions using some of these instruments drop me an email with a link. You can also upload audio via the SoundCloud box in the right column.
- Register so you can receive updates relating to the Live Pack. I may also send out an occasional email with links to some submissions and for announcements of similar projects. Don't worry, I won't share your information and I won't email more than once a month (unless there is some sort of repair needed for the Live Pack).
I've had a great time creating - to coin a phrase - this "story-based sound design with social remix" experiment.
I hope you enjoy this FREE live pack. It's my gift to you this holiday season. I'm looking forward to your notes and creations. Please share this with others.