Glass and Steel

Mystical Tuned Percussion

Described by Spitfire's team of composers as a 'secret weapon' created, morphed and sequenced from a collection of 'found' glass, metal and crockery including 'tuned' arrays played by percussion giant Paul Clarvis on our 'dry' stage. Worked into our uber-tweakable eDNA interface for out-of-the-box satisfaction, stimulation and inspiration. This is tuned percussion from another world...

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Overview

A selection of mystical percussion sounds created from found objects, hit, bowed and pinched virtuosically by a leading percussionist and recorded with meticulous and intimate intensity on our dry stage in London's Kings Cross.

Each sound has been exhaustively investigated, deep sampled, and played to its strengths (different beaters, flicks, bows and pinches) to give you the most musical and mystical results.

Whilst the materials have a raw beauty unto themselves we have also worked tirelessly to create the many presets, some simple and some warped beyond recognition, to demonstrate how these magical sounds can be used.

A highlight of the library is a selection of sequenced rhythms that interact with eDNA to create up-to-the-minute pulsing tension beds and mystical atmospheres.

Background

One of the many things we struggle with as composers is the sonic stereotype associated with certain recognisable instruments. The posh sounding harp, the meaningful piano, the sad cello. The nursery horror of a celeste, or the fact that you can't use a marimba without being accused of aping American Beauty or Badlands. We're always striving here at Spitfire to match the sonic characteristics of known instruments with those of lesser known (or indeed invented) so that the same effect can be achieved sans stereotype!

For many years Christian and the Spitfire team have been close sampling resonant glass, metal and china objects. Glass and Steel is a compilation of their efforts; a thesis if you will.

Whilst the idea of using non-tuned found sounds, items from the kitchen cupboards, objects found in thrift stores around London conjure up calamitous, catastrophic and fun compositions along the lines of the love trash act Stomp. Glass and Steel is actually an exemplary study on the power of instruments recorded under the microscope at minute levels, where the harmonics weave spells and the subtones throb. It is a truly beautiful and mystical affair that has found its ways onto scores as far reaching as emotional thrillers, detective procedurals, science fiction, fantasy, horrors right along to factual entertainment.

Composers and members of the Spitfire family who have these in their arsenal often claim they're a "get out of jail" card.

Features

45 different glass and steel objects struck, bowed and beaten in various ways

Contains over 235 hand curated presets, epic cinematic rhythms and systems, disturbed morphs, beautiful hand blown pads and tweaked raw sounds.

All housed in Spitfire’s own eDNA engine, providing further morphing options to adapt their sonic nature

GUIs

eDNA Engine

Over the last seven years Spitfire - in partnership with Blake Robinson - have been creating some of the most intuitive and ingenious scripts, simple to use GUIs and attractive front ends. A year ago, we wiped the script clean and set about creating a monster of a new script engine. This we call eDNA. Two sets of sounds can be used in conjunction with the eDNA engine to quickly, dramatically and awesomely create a new audio experience for the next generation of music makers.

Presets / Articulations / Mics / Mixes

Presets / Articulations

instruments:

    Cinematic Rhythms:
  • Alien Distortions 2 Metal MW Cool Filter
  • Alien Distortions 2 MW Cool Filter
  • Alien Distortions Metal MW Cool Filter
  • Alien Distortions MW Cool Filter
  • Awesome Metal Chime Pad and Pad MW Sweeping Filter
  • Awesome Tension Arp IN C 2 MW Sweeping Filter
  • Awesome Tension Arp IN C 3 MW Sweeping Filter
  • Awesome Tension Arp IN C 4 MW Stammer Gate
  • Awesome Tension Arp IN C 4b MW Stammer Gate
  • Awesome Tension Arp IN C 5 MW Stammer Gate
  • Awesome Tension Arp IN C 5a MW Stammer Gate
  • Awesome Tension Arp IN C MW Sweeping Filter
  • Awesome Tension Arp IN Ca MW Sweeping Filter
  • Bass Distortions Metal MW Cool Filter
  • Bass Distortions MW Cool Filter
  • Cool Distort 1 Metal MW Cool Filter
  • Cool Distort 1 MW Cool Filter
  • Cool Distort 2 Metal MW Cool Filter
  • Cool Distort 2 MW Cool Filter
  • Cool One Noters Metal MW Cool Filter
  • Cool One Noters MW Cool Filter
  • Deep Drone Metal MW Gate
  • Deep Drone Metal MW Sweeping Filter
  • Deep Drone MW Sweeping Filter
  • Glass Chime Pad and Pad MW Sweeping Filter
  • Glassarp MW Gate
  • Great Tension Arp IN C 2 MW Sweeping Filter
  • Great Tension Arp IN C 3 MW Sweeping Filter
  • Great Tension Arp IN C 4 MW Stammer Gate
  • Great Tension Arp IN C 5 MW Stammer Gate
  • Great Tension Arp IN C MW Sweeping Filter
  • Loud Glass and Pad MW Sweeping Filter
  • Mellow Gamelan 2 MW Interesting Gate
  • Mellow Gamelan MW Interesting Gate
  • Mellow Gamelan Pad MW Interesting Gate
  • Mellower Gamelan 2 MW Interesting Gate
  • Mellower Gamelan MW Interesting Gate
  • Mellower Gamelan Pad MW Interesting Gate
  • Metalarp MW Gate
  • Nice Distortion Metal MW Cool Filter
  • Nice Distortion MW Cool Filter
  • Play Quiet Arp Metal MW Gate
  • Play Quiet Arp MW Gate
  • Slow Filtrations 1 Metal MW LPF
  • Slow Filtrations 1 MW LPF
  • Slow Filtrations 2 Metal MW LPF
  • Slow Filtrations 2 MW LPF
  • Slow Filtrations 3 Metal MW LPF
  • Slow Filtrations 3 MW LPF
  • Slow Filtrations 4 Distorted MW LPF
  • Slow Filtrations 4 Metal Distorted MW LPF
  • Stammer Chords Metal MW Cool Filter
  • Stammer Chords MW Cool Filter
  • Tense Metal and Pad MW Sweeping Filter
  • Tense Poking Arp Metal MW Sweeping Filter
  • Tense Poking Arp MW Sweeping Filter
  • The Doctor 2 Metal MW Stammer Gate
  • The Doctor 2 MW Stammer Gate
  • The Doctor Metal MW Stammer Gate
  • The Doctor MW Stammer Gate
  • Trashy Chimes Metal MW Cool Filter Gate
  • Trashy Chimes MW Cool Filter Gate
  • Where That Bass Come From 1 Metal MW Cool Filter
  • Where That Bass Come From 1 MW Cool Filter
  • Where That Bass Come From 2 Metal MW Cool Filter
  • Where That Bass Come From 2 MW Cool Filter
Cinematic Systems:
  • Amazing Rubs MW Stammer
  • Amazing Rubs w Metal Sub Tones MW Stammer
  • Amazing Rubs w Metal Sub Tones Saturated MW Stammer
  • Bowed Glass Organ Fatter Metal Sub Bass 2 MW Stammer
  • Bowed Glass Organ Fatter Metal Sub Bass MW Stammer
  • Bowed Glass Organ Fatter MW Stammer
  • Bowed Glass Organ MW Stammer
  • Chimes n Bows MW Stammer
  • Clarvis' Gamelan MW Stammer
  • Clarvis' Soft Gamelan 2 MW Stammer
  • Clarvis' Soft Gamelan MW Stammer
  • Confused Harmonics Metal MW Stammer
  • Confused Harmonics MW Stammer
  • Dark to Bright MW Stammer
  • Deep Glass MW Stammer
  • Deep Glass n Metal MW Stammer
  • Deep Pretty Glass MW Stammer
  • Fat Bells MW Stammer
  • Filtering Glass MW Stammer
  • Goblet Ostinato MW Stammer
  • Goblet Ostinato Soft MW Stammer
  • Great Metal Bass 2 MW Stammer
  • Great Metal Bass MW Stammer
  • Lovely Ostinato MW Stammer
  • Mellow Bells MW Stammer
  • Metal Sub Bass Distorted MW Stammer
  • Metal Sub Bass Distorted n Rubs MW Stammer
  • Metal Sub Bass MW Stammer
  • Metal Sub Bass n Bows MW Stammer
  • Mixed Bows MW Stammer
  • Nolan Ostinato MW Stammer
  • Play Really Softly For Best Osts MW Stammer
  • Play Softly For Best Osts MW Stammer
  • Shimmering Harmonics MW Stammer
  • Shimmering Metal Hits 2 MW Stammer
  • Shimmering Metal Hits 3 MW Stammer
  • Shimmering Metal Hits 4 MW Stammer
  • Shimmering Metal Thumps MW Stammer
  • Simple for Simple Ostinati 2 MW Stammer
  • Simple for Simple Ostinati MW Stammer
  • Simple Ostinato MW Stammer
  • Super Sub MW Stammer
  • Theres A Special E In There MW Stammer
  • Thriller Bells MW Stammer
  • Un-Filtering Glass MW Stammer
Construction kits:
  • Creator patch - By hz (MotorFX - Notch, Distortion and EQ)
  • Creator patch - By hz (MotorFX - Phaser, LO-FI, Saturator)
  • Creator patch - By hz (MotorFX - Skreamer, Stereo and Vowel)
  • Creator patch - Tempo Synced (MotorFX - Notch, Distortion and EQ)
  • Creator patch - Tempo Synced (MotorFX - Phaser, LO-FI, Saturator)
  • Creator patch - Tempo Synced (MotorFX - Skreamer, Stereo and Vowel)
Disturbed Morphs:
  • A Matter of Glass MW is stutter
  • Alien Distortions Metal MW Cool Filter
  • Alien Distortions MW Cool Filter
  • Amongst the Planets
  • Awesome Stammer Chords Metal Subs MW Cool Filter
  • Awesome Stammer Chords MW Cool Filter
  • Bass Distortions Mental Version MW Cool Filter
  • Bass Distortions MW Cool Filter
  • Chinese Dulcimer MW Stammer Gate
  • Chinese Dulcimer n Metal MW Stammer Gate
  • Chinese Radiohead Metalised MW Cool Filter
  • Chinese Radiohead MW Cool Filter
  • Deep Church Chime Metal Play Quiet MW Sweeping Filter
  • Deep Church Chime MW Sweeping Filter
  • Distorium - MW Cool Filter
  • Distorium Metal - MW Cool Filter
  • Distorted Harmonic Series MW Cool Filter
  • Distorted Me in C MW Sweeping Filter
  • Flutter Bass 2 MW Cool Filter
  • Icy Infinity
  • Light Shimmer
  • Lovely Phasing Chimes Metal MW Cool Filter
  • Lovely Phasing Chimes MW Cool Filter
  • Low Hits MW LPF
  • Mellow Gamelan 2 Metal MW Interesting Gate
  • Mellow Gamelan 2 MW Interesting Gate
  • Mellow Gamelan MW Interesting Gate
  • Metal Kick Drum Plucks MW Cool Filter
  • Metal Timps MW Sweeping Filter
  • Metallic Atmos
  • Ostinato Me in C MW Sweeping Filter
  • Ostinato Me MW Stammer Gate
  • Out of Space
  • Out Of Tune Mellow Bells MW LPF
  • Phat Kiss MW LPF
  • Phatt Laser MW Laser-ness
  • Pluck Bass MW LPF n Verb
  • Pounding Beauty
  • Respiro - press 3 notes MW is Filter
  • Rubbed Deep Chime MW Sweeping Filter
  • Sizzling Gamelan MW Interesting Gate
  • Slow Metal Hit MW Sweeping Filter
  • Stammer Bells Distorted MW Gate
  • Stammer Bells MW Gate
  • The Confused Phaser MW
  • The Sweet Spot
  • Too Much Filth MW Filtration
  • Trashy Chimes MW Cool Filter Gate
  • Yorke's Absolute Fave MW Sweeping Filter
  • Yorke's Fave MW Sweeping Filter
Hand Blown Pads:
  • Abandoned Factory
  • Absolute Epic Pad - hit hard for distortion
  • Aurora Polaris
  • Broken Glass
  • Completely Flanged
  • Distant Silence MW is Stutter
  • Headless Ghosts
  • Hot Steel
  • Ice Storm MW is intensity
  • Infinity
  • Magic Glassphere
  • Metal Mess MW insane
  • Nerveous Breakdown MW is res
  • Rising Pad
  • Serenity Pad
  • Simple Pad
  • Steam Glass MW is Chorus
  • Steelful Beauty MW is woah
  • Subtle Sparkle
  • The Ice Organ
  • Underwater World
  • Uneasy Weeping
  • Watery Comfort
Raw Glass and Steel:
  • Ceramic - Ceramic - Water
  • Ceramic - Ceramic Mug - Water
  • Ceramic - Enameled Mug - Water
  • Glass - Alsace - Water
  • Glass - Alsace
  • Glass - Brandy
  • Glass - Cafetiere 8cup - Water
  • Glass - Cafetiere 8cup
  • Glass - Cafetiere 12cup - Water
  • Glass - Cafetiere 12cup
  • Glass - Ceramic Mug
  • Glass - Ceramic
  • Glass - Clarvis Beater
  • Glass - Clarvis Bowed Long
  • Glass - Clarvis Bowed Ring Combo
  • Glass - Clarvis Bowed Short
  • Glass - Clarvis Hand
  • Glass - Clarvis Nail
  • Glass - Clarvis Pinched
  • Glass - Clarvis Ring Long
  • Glass - Clarvis Ring Short
  • Glass - Cordial - Water
  • Glass - Cordial
  • Glass - Enameled Mug
  • Glass - FaceCooler - Water
  • Glass - FaceCooler
  • Glass - Goblet - Water
  • Glass - Goblet
  • Glass - Sherry - Water
  • Glass - Sherry
  • Glass - Small Fishbowl - Water
  • Glass - Small Fishbowl
  • Glass - Stemless - Water
  • Glass - Stemless
  • Glass - Tumbler - Water
  • Glass - Tumbler
  • Glass - Wine Standard - Water
  • Glass - Wine Standard
  • Glass - Wine Toka - Water
  • Glass - Wine Toka
  • Steel - Hat Bowl
  • Steel - Heavy Bowl L
  • Steel - Heavy Bowl M
  • Steel - Measuring Cup L
  • Steel - Measuring Cup M
  • Steel - Measuring Cup S
  • Steel - Shallow Bowl L
  • Steel - Shallow Bowl M
  • Steel - Shallow Bowl S
  • Steel - Square Jug
  • Steel - Tall Bowl
  • Steel - Thin Jug