London Atmos

Part of the Spitfire Labs Range

With the success of our Tundra Atmos, and having just released London Contemporary Orchestra Strings, it felt like London Atmos was an obvious choice for our next Labs. Taking inspiration from the Musique concrète, ambient, noise and found-sound movements, as well as influence from the music of Luigi Russolo through to Jon Hopkins and Burial, Harry and Jess armed themselves with a Sennheiser MKH418 (MS) and began exploring the city. The result: recordings of ignored day-to-day events and organic structures that are available to be used as complete soundscapes, plus manipulated percussion and pads, derived from percussive and tonal found-sounds, which can be played as instruments.

London Atmos - Homay Schmitz (0:00 / 1:30)

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Presets / Articulations / Mics / Mixes

Presets / Articulations

Note Mapping:

  • C2 - KX Station Tunnel (Disco Tunnel)
  • D2 - Granary Square
  • E2 - Granary Square cont.
  • F2 - Hayward Gallery
  • G2 - Hayward Gallery pt 2
  • A2 - KX Station Lobby
  • B2 - On the tube
  • C3 - Tube journey
  • D3 - Southbank Books
  • E3 - Southbank Books pt 2
  • F3 - Southbank Skatepark
  • G3 - Southbank Skatepark pt 2
  • A3 - Walking to the platform
  • B3 - Tube arriving
  • C4 - Waterloo Underpass pt 1
  • D4 - Waterloo Underpass pt 2
  • E4 - Waterloo Underpass pt 3
  • F4 - Waterloo Underpass pt 4
  • G4 - York Way, under the bridge
  • A4 - York Way, under the bridge pt 2
  • B4 - York Way, under the bridge pt 3

Pads

  • 2 On The Platform
  • Break Emergency Glass
  • Hackney Angels
  • Hayward Crane
  • Home Borough
  • Night Tube
  • North Circular

Percussive Hits

  • Various percussive sounds from round London, mapped roughly to GM drum kit convention