Serendipity “The occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way”.
It’s probably my favorite word, and it was the inspiration for this instrument. I recorded a lot of things, and processed them all in different ways. I used my old farmhouse Wurlitzer piano from 1930, Tibetan bowls, a toy Glockenspiel, Fender Rhodes,Guitar harmonics, a Kalimba, Bass, and ran them through pedals, amps, a 4 track, Tremolo, Ring Mod and other things I’m probably forgetting! I then used a random no repeat script, so that every instrument was triggered individually. I wanted an instrument that spontaneously orchestrated the different parts, and always changed randomly, to keep it fresh, unpredictable and hopefully inspiring.
I also included “Serendipity Clusters”, a swarm like pad.
A special thanks to Dave Hilowitz for providing the script for me to accomplish what I was wanting to do! He’s a Kontakt Ninja, and was super helpful!
Note: When recording this instrument, you may want to aux out to an audio track to capture the performance you recorded. Obviously being random, the next midi performance will be different than one you heard while recording the last time. If you want other takes on it you can always track commit to audio and hear other versions of what you played, and or comp one together!
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When I first tried this, I wasn’t too sure… But then I used it in a higher register to double another part and found that it adds this wonderful shifting layer of sparkle and interest. It can really lift the section of a piece with very little effort!
These are the kind of instruments I intend to build – thanks for creating and sharing this one, fantastic work!
This may be my favorite pianobook instrument! Sublime, beautiful and a bit mad.. haha. Definitely full of surprises and lives up to the name!
This is gorgeous
this instrument does an amazing job of embodying the word it is inspired by.
what a wonderful collection of little delicate and unpredictable sounds collaborating towards an effort of simple joy.
cluster is great for sustaining and held murmur
normal is great for little blossoms and interjections
Unique keyboard experience
There are two instruments in the package; Serendipity and Serendiity Clusters.
I will try to avoid judgement and just describe the instruments.
In reverse order. Serendipity Clusters. This is actually the
more predicable sound. Holding key or chord results in a pleasant randomised tinkling sort of sound. I can see uses for this. Serendipity itself, on the other hand, is organised, essentially, as a broadly if not exactly set of similar sounds, arranged in a set of round-robins that are scripted to sound in a random order. This is note by note randomness, not per session. So, in operation, the first note may be a piano sound, the next a glassy bowl, then a guitar based sound, etc. 25 variations in all that sound, per note, in a random order. This is not, necessarily, suited to fast chromatic runs, but to slower maybe also random playing via a key based app, etc.
It certainly is a unique experience. I can safely say I have never heard my playing the Moonlight sonata with the same result before.
The key mapping only extends from C1 to C5, so 88-note keyboards will run out of sounds before running out of keys. But it wouldn’t take much effort to extend range in Kontakt, if you are that way inclined.
I would recommend giving it a try.