Since submitting my Water Triptych, I decided to turn my attention to another of the classical elements: fire.

Using the stereo capsule on a Zoom H5, I made two field recordings of a small garden bonfire, one from about two metres away and the other as close as I could stand without burning myself. The gentle cracking of the fire became this instrument’s sustain and the snaps and pops became the attack. Try turning ‘length’ right down and ‘intensity’ all the way up for little explosions at your fingertips!

The modwheel controls intensity and optionally colour.


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Field recordings of a small garden bonfire become a playable instrument

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