Olafur Arnalds Evolutions

Haunting frozen strings

BAFTA-winning composer, multi-instrumentalist and electronic artist Ólafur Arnalds creates and curates a select quartet of unique string players performing to his very individualistic, inspiring and haunting aesthetic. As part of our Evo Grid series offering composers, producers and songwriters instant inspiration and that ever elusive creative edge.

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Soft Entrance - Biggi Hilmars (0:00 / 3:18)

O. Weder - Evolutionary Trail (0:00 / 3:54)

Melancholy - P. Lawler (0:00 / 2:18)

Tundra - Contextual - O. P. Weder (0:00 / 3:12)

Tundra - Naked - O. P. Weder (0:00 / 3:12)

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Overview

A truly original and inspiring set of tools, conceived in Reykjavík, Iceland, recorded in Berlin, Germany and realised in London, England that draws on the talents on some true independent thinkers who are shining a new light on classical European instruments, how to play them, use them, abuse them and record and process them with a totally fresh approach.

Recorded in the ultra cool surrounds of Voxton studios Berlin, Ólafur's hand picked quartet features the talents of multi instrumentalist, composer, and oft co-collaborator Viktor Orri Árnason alongside the searing talents of cellist Sebastian Selke.

Each evolution was exhaustingly curated and produced by Ólafur Arnalds who also prescribed his strict and original approach to how Voxton's very cool selection of microphones, pre-amps and outboard should best be utilised for this project.

The net result is a deeply beautiful, if not haunting selection of tools that spring out of the box with delightful and refreshing unpredictability. If you're looking for something cerebral, honest and unique then you'll need go no further.

Background

The BAFTA-winning, multi-instrumentalist and producer Ólafur Arnalds mixes strings and piano with loops and edgy beats crossing over from ambient/electronic to pop. In 2009, Ólafur came together with another Icelandic native, Janus Rasmussen to form an experimental techno project, called Kiasmos. And in 2014 Ólafur announced his electronic debut album under the Kiasmos project.

Ólafur gained huge notoriety with a new audience for his BAFTA-winning score featuring haunting strings, pianos and electronics for the British crime drama, Broadchurch. He has drawn heavily on the techniques he explored for that project for this selection of evolutions.

Features

Ólafur Arnald's evolutions use Spitfire's revolutionary Evo Grid system to provide you with an almost infinite number of outcomes. Days were spent creating and discussing ways in which the players could take a note and change it over long periods of time. These notes were then replayed across a number of different pitch centres. These were then placed on a peg board grid system based on the 'Putney' synth. Pitch centres down the x axis, the different evolutions or 'evos' down the right. Simply peg which Evo you want where or conversely hit our random dice function to automatically select a unique preset from over 30 trillion possible outcomes!

This product also features a variety of different mics and perspectives and custom built plate IRs from which to tweak your sound from intimate and cerebral to haunting and cool.

GUIs

The Evo Grid

Based on the EMS VCS3 synth, this extraordinary and unique interface allows for instant gratification and customisation. With 1 or 2 clicks you will be armed with something totally unique and inspiring. Scroll the Evo Grid to discover and activate all 48 Evos. Pan and tweak each Evo for perfect blending punch in or out 3 useful modulators and effects, mix your mic positions all from the front panel.

The Overview Panel

Gives you a quick and easy way to access, view and load the different articulations, mic mixes and essential controller functions which you can then re-assign to suit your workflow.

Presets / Articulations / Mics / Mixes

Presets / Articulations

Instruments main mics:

    Curated Presets:
  • 1-12 Step Down Diagonal
  • 1-12 Step Up Diagonal
  • A Soft Entrance
  • Blurred Episodic
  • Breidavik Waves
  • Ebb and Flow
  • Eeiree Ponticello
  • Iced Trems
  • Octave Jumps
  • Pronounced Attack
  • Shrill Pitches Soft Pedal
  • Tasto Movements
Individual Evolutions:
  • 01 Cello - Subtle - Sul Tasto
  • 01 Ensemble - Subtle - Sul Tasto
  • 01 Viola - Subtle - Sul Tasto
  • 01 Violin 1 - Subtle - Sul Tasto
  • 01 Violin 2 - Subtle - Sul Tasto
  • 02 Cello - Subtle - Long Wave
  • 02 Ensemble - Subtle - Long Wave
  • 02 Viola - Subtle - Long Wave
  • 02 Violin 1 - Subtle - Long Wave
  • 02 Violin 2 - Subtle - Long Wave
  • 03 Cello - Subtle - Multi Waves
  • 03 Ensemble - Subtle - Multi Waves
  • 03 Viola - Subtle - Multi Waves
  • 03 Violin 1 - Subtle - Multi Waves
  • 03 Violin 2 - Subtle - Multi Waves
  • 04 Cello - Subtle - Tasto to Ord
  • 04 Ensemble - Subtle - Tasto to Ord
  • 04 Viola - Subtle - Tasto to Ord
  • 04 Violin 1 - Subtle - Tasto to Ord
  • 04 Violin 2 - Subtle - Tasto to Ord
  • 05 Cello - Subtle - Tasto to Pont
  • 05 Ensemble - Subtle - Tasto to Pont
  • 05 Viola - Subtle - Tasto to Pont
  • 05 Violin 1 - Subtle - Tasto to Pont
  • 05 Violin 2 - Subtle - Tasto to Pont
  • 06 Cello - Thrills - Tasto Trem
  • 06 Ensemble - Thrills - Tasto Trem
  • 06 Viola - Thrills - Tasto Trem
  • 06 Violin 1 - Thrills - Tasto Trem
  • 06 Violin 2 - Thrills - Tasto Trem
  • 07 Cello - Thrills - Tasto Trem Varispeed
  • 07 Ensemble - Thrills - Tasto Trem Varispeed
  • 07 Viola - Thrills - Tasto Trem Varispeed
  • 07 Violin 1 - Thrills - Tasto Trem Varispeed
  • 07 Violin 2 - Thrills - Tasto Trem Varispeed
  • 08 Cello - Thrills - Med to Fast Trem
  • 08 Ensemble - Thrills - Med to Fast Trem
  • 08 Viola - Thrills - Med to Fast Trem
  • 08 Violin 1 - Thrills - Med to Fast Trem
  • 08 Violin 2 - Thrills - Med to Fast Trem
  • 09 Cello - Thrills - Hectic 8ve Trills
  • 09 Ensemble - Thrills - Hectic 8ve Trills
  • 09 Viola - Thrills - Hectic 8ve Trills
  • 09 Violin 1 - Thrills - Hectic 8ve Trills
  • 09 Violin 2 - Thrills - Hectic 8ve Trills
  • 10 Cello - Episodic - Vibrato
  • 10 Ensemble - Episodic - Vibrato
  • 10 Viola - Episodic - Vibrato
  • 10 Violin 1 - Episodic - Vibrato
  • 10 Violin 2 - Episodic - Vibrato
  • 11 Cello - Episodic - Sul Pont
  • 11 Ensemble - Episodic - Sul Pont
  • 11 Viola - Episodic - Sul Pont
  • 11 Violin 1 - Episodic - Sul Pont
  • 11 Violin 2 - Episodic - Sul Pont
  • 12 Cello - Episodic - Trem
  • 12 Ensemble - Episodic - Trem
  • 12 Viola - Episodic - Trem
  • 12 Violin 1 - Episodic - Trem
  • 12 Violin 2 - Episodic - Trem
  • 13 Cello - Dissonants - Slow Pitch Bend
  • 13 Ensemble - Dissonants - Slow Pitch Bend
  • 13 Viola - Dissonants - Slow Pitch Bend
  • 13 Violin 1 - Dissonants - Slow Pitch Bend
  • 13 Violin 2 - Dissonants - Slow Pitch Bend
  • 14 Cello - Dissonants - Pitching Episodic
  • 14 Ensemble - Dissonants - Pitching Episodic
  • 14 Viola - Dissonants - Pitching Episodic
  • 14 Violin 1 - Dissonants - Pitching Episodic
  • 14 Violin 2 - Dissonants - Pitching Episodic
  • 15 Cello - Dissonants - Wow Effect
  • 15 Ensemble - Dissonants - Wow Effect
  • 15 Viola - Dissonants - Wow Effect
  • 15 Violin 1 - Dissonants - Wow Effect
  • 15 Violin 2 - Dissonants - Wow Effect
  • 16 Cello - Dissonants - Pont 8ve Harms
  • 16 Ensemble - Dissonants - Pont 8ve Harms
  • 16 Viola - Dissonants - Pont 8ve Harms
  • 16 Violin 1 - Dissonants - Pont 8ve Harms
  • 16 Violin 2 - Dissonants - Pont 8ve Harms
Individual Instruments:
  • Olafur Arnalds Evo Grid - Cello
  • Olafur Arnalds Evo Grid - Viola
  • Olafur Arnalds Evo Grid - Violin 1
  • Olafur Arnalds Evo Grid - Violin 2
  • Olafur Arnalds Evolutions

Instruments warped:

    Curated Presets:
  • Warped 1-12 Step Down Diagonal
  • Warped 1-12 Step Up Diagonal
  • Warped A Soft Entrance
  • Warped Blurred Episodic
  • Warped Breidavik Waves
  • Warped Ebb and Flow
  • Warped Eeiree Ponticello
  • Warped Iced Trems
  • Warped Octave Jumps
  • Warped Pronounced Attack
  • Warped Shrill Pitches Soft Pedal
  • Warped Tasto Movements
Individual Evolutions:
  • Warped 01 Cello - Subtle - Sul Tasto
  • Warped 01 Ensemble - Subtle - Sul Tasto
  • Warped 01 Viola - Subtle - Sul Tasto
  • Warped 01 Violin 1 - Subtle - Sul Tasto
  • Warped 01 Violin 2 - Subtle - Sul Tasto
  • Warped 02 Cello - Subtle - Long Wave
  • Warped 02 Ensemble - Subtle - Long Wave
  • Warped 02 Viola - Subtle - Long Wave
  • Warped 02 Violin 1 - Subtle - Long Wave
  • Warped 02 Violin 2 - Subtle - Long Wave
  • Warped 03 Cello - Subtle - Multi Waves
  • Warped 03 Ensemble - Subtle - Multi Waves
  • Warped 03 Viola - Subtle - Multi Waves
  • Warped 03 Violin 1 - Subtle - Multi Waves
  • Warped 03 Violin 2 - Subtle - Multi Waves
  • Warped 04 Cello - Subtle - Tasto to Ord
  • Warped 04 Ensemble - Subtle - Tasto to Ord
  • Warped 04 Viola - Subtle - Tasto to Ord
  • Warped 04 Violin 1 - Subtle - Tasto to Ord
  • Warped 04 Violin 2 - Subtle - Tasto to Ord
  • Warped 05 Cello - Subtle - Tasto to Pont
  • Warped 05 Ensemble - Subtle - Tasto to Pont
  • Warped 05 Viola - Subtle - Tasto to Pont
  • Warped 05 Violin 1 - Subtle - Tasto to Pont
  • Warped 05 Violin 2 - Subtle - Tasto to Pont
  • Warped 06 Cello - Thrills - Tasto Trem
  • Warped 06 Ensemble - Thrills - Tasto Trem
  • Warped 06 Viola - Thrills - Tasto Trem
  • Warped 06 Violin 1 - Thrills - Tasto Trem
  • Warped 06 Violin 2 - Thrills - Tasto Trem
  • Warped 07 Cello - Thrills - Tasto Trem Varispeed
  • Warped 07 Ensemble - Thrills - Tasto Trem Varispeed
  • Warped 07 Viola - Thrills - Tasto Trem Varispeed
  • Warped 07 Violin 1 - Thrills - Tasto Trem Varispeed
  • Warped 07 Violin 2 - Thrills - Tasto Trem Varispeed
  • Warped 08 Cello - Thrills - Med to Fast Trem
  • Warped 08 Ensemble - Thrills - Med to Fast Trem
  • Warped 08 Viola - Thrills - Med to Fast Trem
  • Warped 08 Violin 1 - Thrills - Med to Fast Trem
  • Warped 08 Violin 2 - Thrills - Med to Fast Trem
  • Warped 09 Cello - Thrills - Hectic 8ve Trills
  • Warped 09 Ensemble - Thrills - Hectic 8ve Trills
  • Warped 09 Viola - Thrills - Hectic 8ve Trills
  • Warped 09 Violin 1 - Thrills - Hectic 8ve Trills
  • Warped 09 Violin 2 - Thrills - Hectic 8ve Trills
  • Warped 10 Cello - Episodic - Vibrato
  • Warped 10 Ensemble - Episodic - Vibrato
  • Warped 10 Viola - Episodic - Vibrato
  • Warped 10 Violin 1 - Episodic - Vibrato
  • Warped 10 Violin 2 - Episodic - Vibrato
  • Warped 11 Cello - Episodic - Sul Pont
  • Warped 11 Ensemble - Episodic - Sul Pont
  • Warped 11 Viola - Episodic - Sul Pont
  • Warped 11 Violin 1 - Episodic - Sul Pont
  • Warped 11 Violin 2 - Episodic - Sul Pont
  • Warped 12 Cello - Episodic - Trem
  • Warped 12 Ensemble - Episodic - Trem
  • Warped 12 Viola - Episodic - Trem
  • Warped 12 Violin 1 - Episodic - Trem
  • Warped 12 Violin 2 - Episodic - Trem
  • Warped 13 Cello - Dissonants - Slow Pitch Bend
  • Warped 13 Ensemble - Dissonants - Slow Pitch Bend
  • Warped 13 Viola - Dissonants - Slow Pitch Bend
  • Warped 13 Violin 1 - Dissonants - Slow Pitch Bend
  • Warped 13 Violin 2 - Dissonants - Slow Pitch Bend
  • Warped 14 Cello - Dissonants - Pitching Episodic
  • Warped 14 Ensemble - Dissonants - Pitching Episodic
  • Warped 14 Viola - Dissonants - Pitching Episodic
  • Warped 14 Violin 1 - Dissonants - Pitching Episodic
  • Warped 14 Violin 2 - Dissonants - Pitching Episodic
  • Warped 15 Cello - Dissonants - Wow Effect
  • Warped 15 Ensemble - Dissonants - Wow Effect
  • Warped 15 Viola - Dissonants - Wow Effect
  • Warped 15 Violin 1 - Dissonants - Wow Effect
  • Warped 15 Violin 2 - Dissonants - Wow Effect
  • Warped 16 Cello - Dissonants - Pont 8ve Harms
  • Warped 16 Ensemble - Dissonants - Pont 8ve Harms
  • Warped 16 Viola - Dissonants - Pont 8ve Harms
  • Warped 16 Violin 1 - Dissonants - Pont 8ve Harms
  • Warped 16 Violin 2 - Dissonants - Pont 8ve Harms
Individual Instruments:
  • Warped Olafur Arnalds Evo Grid - Cello
  • Warped Olafur Arnalds Evo Grid - Viola
  • Warped Olafur Arnalds Evo Grid - Violin 1
  • Warped Olafur Arnalds Evo Grid - Violin 2
  • Warped Olafur Arnalds Evolutions

Mics & Mixes

Mics:

  • M - Mix
  • C - Close
  • V - Valve
  • R - Ribbon
  • X - Warped
  • XXX - Even More Warped!