Boars Hill Gate Post

A gate from Boars Hill creates an organ pipe...

The story

On the Cumnor side of the picturesque Boars Hill between the market town of Abingdon and Oxford lies this gate in the middle of a field. On a blustery day, the wind blows over the open-topped gate post and a little opening half way down the post turns it into a massive organ pipe.

As luck would have it, the day I went back to record it, there wasn’t any wind in sight. Nary a fleeting gust or stiff breeze. Turns out, blowing over the top of the post produces a similar effect, so that’s what I did for about half an hour, much to the bemusement of passing ramblers.

Once back home, I found a section that sounded halfway decent, paulstretched it, and ran it through a host of Soundtoys plugins. What’s especially nice, is I’ve kept in my intake of breath for the next blowing session at the end of my chosen sample, so along with the airy nature of the sample itself, the whole thing sounds organic and elemental.

Reviews

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  • Amazing but limited ambience

    In short, this is a lovely sound that offers an amazing airy soundscape, but there is not much to do with it because there is a complete lack of control. With that said, I'm sure it can do very well on its own!

    Alex Raptakis17 October 2021
  • Nice drone sound!

    I really like this drone sound. It is like a windy, far distant voice. I think this can be useful for many projects. It would have been nicer if ADSR parameter was available to control sustain.

    Asuka Amane17 October 2021
  • Beautifully Dark

    Beautiful and menacing at the same time, perfect pad for dark dramas or subtle horror I'm still waiting for the right project to use this but it sounds superb.

    Jim Sanger15 October 2021
  • Needs a GUI and customizability...

    Overall, it's a standard sound for a synthesizer that has been well sampled and produced. This instrument would benefit from some attack and release controls that could help the user fine tune the sound and they should be fairly easy to implement. The lack of customizability is unfortunately what is holding this instrument back.

    christopher13 October 2021
  • Just awesome drone soundscape pad!

    Almost perfect , I would love some type of control with this one , maybe just and adsr will be awesome , thank you so much Ash!

    ARKAN13 October 2021