Tuned percussion from another universe
Discover Spitfire's secret weapon — a collection of tuned percussion sounds, created from 'found' glass, metal and crockery, morphed, warped and sequenced into metallic hits, rhythmic tension beds, distorted sub basses and epic, shimmering pads. Recorded on our dry stage at Spitfire HQ, 45 instruments and objects ranging from metal bowls to wine glasses were played by world renowned percussionist Paul Clarvis in innovative ways to achieve a variety of unidentifiable sounds and glistening overtones. Presented in our versatile eDNA interface for instant playability and stimulation, we also give you 235 presets, designed to inspire and take your compositions to new places.
The Alchemist - Oliver Patrice Weder (0:00 / 2:00)
Glass Nebula - Christian Henson (0:00 / 1:45)
Midnight Bustle - Homay Schmitz (0:00 / 1:44)
Mystery Of The Crystals - Oliver Patrice Weder (0:00 / 1:11)
The Alchemist (extended version) - Oliver Patrice Weder (0:00 / 3:18)
Glass and Steel is a selection of mystical, shimmering sounds — from short, metallic hits to sub basses and long shimmering pads — created from found objects, hit, bowed and plucked virtuosically by leading experimental percussionist Paul Clarvis. Recorded with meticulous and intimate intensity on our dry stage at Spitfire Studios in London, each sound has been exhaustively investigated and played to its strengths — using different beaters, flicks, bows and pinches — to give you the most exciting results. Some objects were filled with water, rotating them as they were struck to capture a sense of motion.
As well as capturing the rare beauty of each instrument, we have also created over 235 presets — some simple, some warped beyond recognition — to demonstrate how these magical, otherworldly sounds can be used. Included in this is a selection of sequenced rhythms that interact with our sophisticated eDNA engine to create pulsing tension beds and mystical atmospheres.
One of the things we struggle with as composers is the sonic stereotype associated with certain recognisable instruments. At Spitfire, we strive to match the sonic characteristics of known instruments with those of lesser known or invented instruments, so that the same effect can be achieved without falling into stereotypes. Over four years, Christian and the Spitfire team experimented with close sampling resonant glass, metal and china objects. Glass and Steel is the result of this sonic exploration.
Whilst the idea of using non-tuned found sounds conjures up calamitous, catastrophic and fun compositions, Glass and Steel is exemplary in displaying the power and versatility of instruments recorded at minute levels, from throbbing subtones to glistening harmonics. This beautiful and mystical selection has found its way onto scores as far reaching as psychological thrillers, science fiction, fantasy and horror, through to nature and space documentaries.