The story

CONCRETA is basically a library of sound objects that comes from my passion for electroacoustic music, indeed it’s quite common in this context to manufacture acoustic laptops amplified with piezoelectric microphones at home, in order to expand, through processes of sound manipulation in real time, the purely acoustic characteristics of the instrument.

CONCRETA is also a sound library that, at least conceptually, is inspired by the founding principles of musique concrète: a music made up of “sound objects”, which starts from the experience of acousmatic listening and comes to define a new way of listening , investigate and use the sound matter. Through a process of analysis that we call reduced listening, the sound object is in fact stripped of all those causal and semantic references, considered irrelevant in this context, and reduced to the more purely morphological and structural aspects of its nature. The result is the discovery of a new sound objectivity, no longer based on the sources but on the perception that one has of the sound itself.

Similarly this library arises from the sampling of musical instruments assembled using commonly used objects (nails, screws, brushes, sponges, springs, metal objects of various types and many others), which have been chosen solely on the basis of their sound characteristics, independently what their original functions were. We can say that in a certain sense we are dealing with “found objects” which have been given a second life, exactly like the “found sounds” which in concrete music are elevated to the role of sound actors in a musical composition.

From a more practical point of view, in this library there are three instruments whose sounds obviously come from different acoustic laptops. The first instrument “Acoustic Elements” contains very natural acoustic sounds, which can be used percussively to create rhythms and loops. The second instrument “Acoustic impacts” is a collection of acoustic sounds processed with a stronger impact, such as Hits and Booms. The third instrument “Bowed Metals” instead contains the sound effects obtained by playing with the bow the metal parts of the laptops in a very aggressive way.

When I put these three instruments together I tried above all to enhance their rhythmic aspect, in fact I suggest you try to use the sequencer to create rhythmic patterns and try combinations using all three instruments, you can find some examples in the Multi Instruments folder. Have fun!

Note: the acoustic laptop in the picture is actually the laptop that was used in most of the recordings. I deeply thank Gianluca Cabras who, in addition to having built this laptop himself, was also so kind to lend it to me for this project.


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  • Unbelievable!

    amazing sounds, totally unique, usable, creative plus nice and noisy

    twangtastic16 October 2022
  • Creative Rhythm Machine

    This is a really unique collection of percussive sounds split into three categories: Acoustic Elements, Acoustic Impacts and Bowed Metals. Acoustic Elements contains all kinds of cool acoustic sounds that you can quickly turn into looping rhythms with the build in sequencer. There are also six sequencer presets to get you started. Acoustic Impacts is a more processed and hard-hitting version that would be really useful for something like trailers. Finally the Bowed Metals have a very raw and aggressive sound. This library really clicked for me when I explored the 10 multi presets. All of these give you a combination of all three categories with different sequencer settings. Holding down some keys and listening to these amazing percussion sounds is a lot of fun and shows you what is possible with this library. I definitely recommend to check this one out!

    AndromedaX828 September 2022
  • Amazing

    I loved the Acoustic Impacts patch, some super cool impact sounds with very cinematic/trailer sounding booms and hits.
    I'll be using this for sure.

  • Stunning SFX sounds, and more!

    This was an unexpected hit to the guts, in a good way! With stunning sound quality, incredible character, tons of variety and an amazing implementation, this is by far one of the most interesting percussive/sfx instruments I have seen in Pianobook!

    It is simply an incredible library that features tons of quality-made and recorded files that I'd compare to something premium-like, such as Damage from Heavyocity. It is THAT good, and highly recommended to everyone, no matter the genre or style!

    Alex Raptakis29 September 2022
  • Little Hands Of Concrete Grooviness

    This is quite simply a wonder machine. The sounds are fantastic and the playability or rather usability once you get the hang of the basics is off the scale. Simply set one of 6 patterns going in the sequencer, press the keys across the keyboard and really thumping rhythms jump out at you thanks to the changing emphasis achieved by altering the samples being played. It's actually very difficult to stop messing about with it once you start. And did I mention the sounds are great. Bravo

    TheButlerDeclines29 September 2022
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