Welcome to Subtle Clarinet, my first ever sample instrument.
During my time at Falmouth University, it came as a bit of a surprise to me as to just how many of my course mates were interested in, and wanted the sound of a clarinet as part of their projects in some form or another.
Instead of using my clarinet to only play classical pieces which I had done prior, I was able to experiment with it in ways I had never considered before. As I learnt more about DAW and filtering live instruments through software, the idea of using a clarinet’s warm, rustic sound to create interesting soundscapes, experimenting with multiphonic notes, breathing techniques and improvisation really appealed to me. Since graduating, it has left me wanting to continue to utilise this beautiful instrument for everything that it is and has potential to be.
Here, I have created a soft, subtle clarinet sample with an ebb-and-flow dynamic texture. I tried to really highlight its natural, woody sound to add a new and interesting layer to a musician’s work. I recorded this very simply, in my living room, with the only microphone I currently possess: An M-Audio Luna.
I also hope that, from stretching myself creatively and stepping out of my comfort zone, it may encourage more female composers and musicians to explore and utilise this fantastic platform!
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