Metal Sails

Metal Sails


For better or worse I’m a drummer, we play on just about anything that makes a sound.
When I lived in Grand Haven, Michigan, I would often walk down the boardwalk leading to Lake Michigan. Roughly 4 meters tall towering just off the boardwalk are two metal sails. Obviously the drummer in me could not resist, what do these massive objects sound like?! From a subtle tick-tock they could grow to the roar of a violent sea, their character amplified even through a natural reverb plate decay.

Sometime in 2016 I was asked to field record samples with a pair of contact mics for use in a BBC drama series and I knew immediately the Metal Sails would be the star of the sounds. January, 2020, (when we were still allow to go outside) I recently went back to the metal sails to capture all of their quirky and powerful textures and map them into a Kontakt instrument. I hope you can find some use for them in your projects. Please let me know if you do, I would love to hear how you used them.


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A percussive instrument created from giant metal sails.

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