22 August 2020 at 3:09 pm #2439euansmithmusicParticipant
Euan Smith here; a Scottish composer and sound dabbler – well relatively new to sound creation. I have been busy working on my website https://euansmithmusic.co.uk and a host of videos for my YouTube Channel (Subscribe here: https://youtube.com/euansmithmusic).
I’m looking to learn from you all as I journey towards making my first sampled instrument. Who knows what this will be yet, but I know this is the place to learn and to submit ideas. My first sampling was using cutlery outside a Cottage on Orkney, then using Music 2000 on a PS ONE mashing it up with quotes from Pulp Fiction (Random).
I love the music of the Prodigy, Look Mum No Computer, Danny Elfman and Aphex Twin probably because its subversive and I have zero idea how they make their music.
Anyhow, I’m now 40, a Father of one boy who is on the spectrum and so learning curves for music just got a whole lot steeper.
I compose when I can, create when I can and to keep me fed, clothed and watered, now edit for other YouTube creators, twice a week.
Catch you all soon and I’m excited to see what this site produces.
Euan.23 August 2020 at 8:35 am #2444Fabian SiethoffParticipant
my name is Fabian Siethoff and I’ve been part of the Pianobook Community since Christian Henson’s bagpipe sound design competition last year, where I won a runners up prize.
Since then I have quietly followed the development of the Pianobook project and discovered so many amazing instruments over the months.
Just wanted to say thank you to all the talented creators in this community and invite you to have a look at my very first contribution ‘Niue’.
Fabian1 October 2020 at 10:37 pm #2516John HarrisonParticipant
Hello, my name is John, I’m a photographer, musician and producer based in Sunny North Norfolk. I started out playing guitar and over the years I slowly gravitated towards synthesisers and pianos too. I used to play in bands, then started to build up a modest studio. I’ve got some credits under my belt but I’m really just interested in making my own music at the moment and experimenting with soundscapes and sound design.
I’ve recently become more interested in sound recording/field recordings too and I’ve been toying with the idea of making a Kontakt library for a while now. I was watching a video that Christian did a while ago about mixing synths and looked up Pianobook as a result. I was immediately impressed by the project. Bringing people together to share ideas and resources to help inspire each other is wonderful idea. I hope I will add something positive to the community.18 October 2020 at 3:55 pm #2532Gustav WocherParticipant
I am Gustav and I grew up playing the cello and the piano, but have been realizing my unstoppable interest in music production since 1-1/2 years now. I make film music and songs, I love synthesizers and orchestras, or in general: SOUND. I am fascinated by the principle of sampling and I am currently planning on sampling my cello – but in a very special way. For that I am now looking through the forum in order to find help regarding noise reduction when you can’t afford the 999€ version of iZotope’s RX – because the learn function with voice de-noise seems to not be working in my case. (I have RX7 elements.)
See you around here on the site!
P.S.: I’m a Kontakt user in combination with Reaper!2 November 2020 at 10:20 pm #2543JeromeCastleParticipant
I am Jérôme. I have been creating music since I am 11 (a long time ago)…. I love this community, I love all your instruments. You inspire me a lot.
Thx10 November 2020 at 11:19 pm #2558Tom SutherlandParticipant
My name is Tom and I have no idea what I’m doing…
I have been composing for piano for a few years and have only recently started getting into digital production. I have a lot to learn and find this website to be a fantastic resource.12 November 2020 at 10:44 am #2562Phil HansonParticipant
My name is Phil but you can call me Foggy! I’m English, from Yorkshire, now resident in SW France.
Been playing Cornet and Trumpet since the 70’s and stuck with this in British Brass Bands until the late 90’s when I had a 7 year stint with Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band. After quitting the brass band scene in 1999 I took a 10 year gap, eventually finding my own sound in 2009 when I discovered improvised free-jazz. I now mix classical, jazz and electronic sounds in my compositions and whilst music is very much my side hustle, I am on a continuing mission to make it my “day-gig”. To this end, I’m currently working with a bunch of producers across Europe and the US on samples packs, remote trumpet session work, and collaborative soundtrack projects.
A bit late to the Pianobook party but very excited to get involved and will be making my own “Dirty Trumpet” virtual instrument in due course.
All the best
Foggy (Phil)6 December 2020 at 8:57 pm #2591flipperpitParticipant
(aka Lin Shukla) Hello! I’m … oh, I don’t know what I am anymore. lol But my passions are writing, acting, traveling, filmmaking, and being a marlinspike sailor. For the last couple of years I’ve been getting my head around the concept of MIDI, and, as of now, feel like my eyes, nose, and a bit of my mouth are finally above water. Not going to go into detail, but I’m not at all the ‘type’ you would expect to be in this MIDI world. But, I guess that’s what’s great about it, eh? Anyone can do it. One just has to start. 🙂 And I am ever-grateful for sites like this one. I’m a Californian by birth (still here, sadly), but have lots of roots in the UK. Visited many times, and my heart is always there. Cheers!7 December 2020 at 4:15 pm #2596Sage ReynoldsParticipant
My name is Sage Reynolds and I am a musician, producer, and composer (amongst other things) based in Montréal, Québec, Canada. I have been a professional musician for over twenty years performing/composing in many styles of music, but I am new to the world of virtual instruments and sampling.
Over the last eight months I’ve been doing research in this realm with the goals of finding new tools/inspiration for my projects and to help open-up the world of media composition, something I’d very much like to do. I have been following Pianobook as part of my research and have been very impressed by the creativity of the participants/organizers and their commitment to positive community building.
This winter I plan on sampling several of my acoustic instruments (possible including piano), as part of my composition process, and sharing some of the results here. Thank you for this excellent resource and for all of your hard work!11 December 2020 at 1:09 pm #2619Rob JacksonParticipant
Hello my name is Rob and I’m a failed media composer. I hope this intro isn’t too long and boring…
I’ve done lots of music for lots of things you’ve never heard of, although a “career” highlight was undoubtedly collaborating on the musical backdrop for (BAFTA awarded) Tricia Dingle’s exit from UK’s popular soap, Emmerdale. Afterwards, I was the go-to guy for a death scene, but perhaps ironically, this was short-lived.
I moved to Edinburgh in 2016 so I could clamber up Arthurs Seat and try come up with ideas for sampled instruments. I did actually see Mr Henson up there one day, returning from a video shoot and wanted to say “Hello – are you Christian?” but thought it might be a bit weird and too Deja Vu, so I bottled it.
I’m also an iOS developer and started developing my own generative music apps for iPad and iPhone about five years ago. All my apps to date are built around sampled instruments, initially created in Logic, then “ported” to iOS.
By far, the thing I like most about sampling is creating the “impossible instrument”, i.e. something that couldn’t really exist in the the physical world as we know it. My pianoscaper and guitarscaper apps are baby steps in that direction.
I’m also somewhat obsessed with the idea of enabling people who wouldn’t consider themselves musicians, to make music, and therefore becoming, by definition, a musician. I tried to do this with my touchscaper app by dispensing entirely with the piano keyboard (cries of Judas!) and having the concept of radar and ribbon performance surfaces based on pre-defined chords and scales. I used my touchscaper app entirely for my entry in the Westworld scoring competition, but sadly there wasn’t a category for “imaginative use of an Apple Pencil during a live scoring session”.
I discovered pianobook via Christian’s channel right around the time I think we were both trying to get our heads around “Dave”, aka the Logic Sampler. My latest app (moodunits) includes a very simple sample-based instrument called Waverley – spot the Edinburgh reference. My pet name for it is actually Daverley, who I like to think of as Dave’s under-achieving little brother for iPad and iPhone.
I’ve been wanting to share something with this community for ages now, but have been struggling to come up with an idea for something I wouldn’t immediately be utterly ashamed of, given the standard on show here. It would be too easy for me to simply re-package one of my moodunits instruments, but first of all, that would be totally boring, and secondly, there are compromises I have to make on the iOS platform that I could be free of on the desktop.
All this to say, I have an idea for a contribution and it isn’t a piano. I’m hoping to get that done this month sometime. It’s definitely one of those things where I’ve zero clue if it’s going to come out sounding useful, dare I say, even inspiring, or simply “meh”. I guess you folks know better than I do, that’s one of the many joys of sampling!
Disclaimer alert! I hope this doesn’t sound like a shameless plug for my apps. If I was into that sort of thing (which I’m not) this isn’t the kind of community that I would be shamelessly plugging at anyway.
To round off my rambling “bio”, I also play guitar and tried to do it for a living for a few years. My two dubious claims to fame in that regard are sharing the bill with Kate Tunstall when I was using a looping pedal and she was not… and playing a solo gig to 5000 bemused Paul Carrack fans at the Royal Albert Hall, where I was described in a review as “having the onstage demeanour of an affable supply teacher”.
So, that’s me. Hello! 🙂11 December 2020 at 1:09 pm #2620Rob JacksonParticipant
Apologies for the double-post – got a weird error!16 December 2020 at 7:45 am #2640Zachary MillerParticipant
I’m Zach. I am a composer based in Dallas, Texas. I am currently in college for audio engineering and I am writing music for the fun of it. I would love to write music for film at some point, however I am primarily concerned with writing interesting music that I have fun making.
I started piano lessons when I was seven, but stopped when I was thirteen when I moved to Dallas with my family. My education then shifted online when I found the joy of DAWs, “accidentally” clicking the purchase button on Logic Pro. I have been hooked ever since. Fast forward seven or so years, I recently finished writing a symphony based on Halloween, which is my favorite time of the year. Spitfire and Pianobook instruments make up the majority of the sounds.
After writing my symphony to get my head around orchestration, I transitioned to creating sounds from the stuff around me. I have a tendency to play any object I’m holding and as a result know what objects sound the coolest (vacuum mugs, coffee cans, and Nalgene bottles are my favorites). I am in the middle of creating a massive sample library to submit here. The goal is to make a collection of get-out-of-jail-free sounds and write an album based around those sounds.
I’m looking forward to sharing my sounds and music with y’all, as well as hearing everyone else’s sounds and music!16 December 2020 at 8:26 pm #2648Zachary MillerParticipant
I am not the same Zach M., unfortunately! And yes, welcome to the world of indestructible (and strangely musical) drinkware! Thank you for the warm welcome.27 December 2020 at 1:56 am #2675Ron SteeleParticipant
Hi, not really sure where to start, but I want all to know this is one of the best sites I’ve ever come across. Pure creativity and experimentation. As a result, cool things will happen here.
About me: produced and composed National US TV and Radio ads for 30 years. Owned and/or built recording studios. Started out as a recording engineer. Worked on Neves and SSl’s daily with incredible union musicians and singers. Used any great mic you can think of. Point is I’m Age 57, I go back real far and know some stuff. I even use to sample directly into a Linn drum machine and Emulator. I thought is was really cool that you could buy 1 chip with one drum sound on it for $100 and put into a Linn drum 2.The two things I am extremely grateful for is, I never bought a synclavier or fairlight. I work in gaming now and hope to get into custom trailer work as 330sound.com Point is, there is way too much “about me” and that’s not what this site is about so we will leave it there.
With that, hello. The samples here are great and inspiring in more ways then one. I’m glad I know about piano book.
Thx to all those who contribute here. Keep up the great work.27 December 2020 at 2:04 am #2676Ron SteeleParticipant
About me: produced and composed National US TV and Radio ads for 30 years. Owned and/or built recording studios. Started out as a recording engineer. Worked on Neves and SSl’s daily with incredible union musicians and singers. Used any great mic you can think of. Point is I’m Age 57, I go back real far and know some stuff. I even use to sample directly into a Linn drum machine and Emulator. I thought is was really cool that you could buy 1 chip with one drum sound on it for $100 and put into a Linn drum 2.The two things I am extremely grateful for is, I never bought a synclavier or fairlight. I work in gaming now and hope to get into custom trailer work as 330sound.com. Point is, there is way too much “about me” and that’s not what this site is about so we will leave it there.
With that, hello. The samples here are great and inspiring in more ways then one. I’m glad I know about piano book.
Thx to all those who contribute here. Keep up the great work.
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