I’ve been fascinated with ambience for a while now, the longing drones that offer a calming serenity, the synthetic winds that can immerse you somewhere new.
I’ve been playing with various synths over the past few months, trying to find one that fits my workflow, and I’ve created a handful of various ambient patches that I’m going to experiment with in Kontakt.
I’ve just started the journey of Kontakt scripting, this is my first ever instrument and I’m proud of the result, as well as proud of the actual sound of it!
The sound itself is synthesised by myself, the source of synthesis is an old church organ that was sampled a while ago by a friend, I used this as the wavetable for the sound. It was synthesised in Serum, and I’ve added a cutoff, resonance and Tape Gain knob to the UI, as well as a dynamic slider (which is slightly defunct given I mapped volume to the mod wheel by default.)
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The Lost Organ led me somewhere I wasn't expecting to go
Inspired by Christian’s recent Cool Piano explorations – and his indirect inspiration by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – I rewatched an incredible NPR Tiny Desk performance by Daniel Lanois from 2015 that sparked a new emotion in me the first time around. And if you’ve never experienced this very special 15 minutes on You Tube, I heartily recommend it to you. For his performance with Brian Blade and Jim Wilson, Lanois played a Lexicon Prime Time as an instrument, so I decided to use the Lost Organ exclusively (apart from a drum track), employing multiple instances of Kontakt plugged into a variety of plugin delays. Automation stood in for the performance aspect and I found the richness of the samples, along with the flexibility offered by the tape gain and resonance effects, to provide a wide variety of sumptuous sounds. Thank you, Ethan; your Lost Organ helped me find something that didn’t exist before yesterday. I consider that to be something special and what I’m always searching for in my own musical explorations.