Fire

Field recordings of a small garden bonfire become a playable instrument...

The story

Since submitting my Water Triptych, I decided to turn my attention to another of the classical elements: fire.

Using the stereo capsule on a Zoom H5, I made two field recordings of a small garden bonfire, one from about two metres away and the other as close as I could stand without burning myself. The gentle cracking of the fire became this instrument’s sustain and the snaps and pops became the attack. Try turning ‘length’ right down and ‘intensity’ all the way up for little explosions at your fingertips!

The modwheel controls intensity and optionally colour.

Reviews for Fire

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  • Such amazing Character

    This is one of my favorite sounds on the site. Its so interesting and there's so much going on within the sound. It is tonal like a pad but the percussive sound takes more of a leading role than the tonal. I love the sound of fire crackling in music. It can be a more organic substitution to vinyl noise. This instrument is so fun to use to accent the beginning of a measure. Its awesome to be able to control the overall brightness of the noise if you dont want it to pop out of the mix so much and the length is also great. The GUI is also really simple and well done. i wish there was a release separate from length because while length extends the release it also seems to raise the attack so you don't get that initial transient as much and it kind of fades in. I wish i could extend the release while still keeping the attack sharp

    septemberwalk27 October 2021
  • The song of fire

    It's perfect for background texture. All those sparkles, the birds song and the main note like a soft flute or organ make it very inspiring. It sounds very woody and could be taken from the amazonian Forest. Gui is beautiful and there is a lot of control on the different layers.

    Oathr12 October 2021
  • Sounds like a wind instrument!

    This very unique instrument is very well sampled and the character of it is not easy to be described. I have to say though that it sometimes sounds more like water droplets than fire cracks. There are some options for you to play around though. Unfortunately there are no proper dynamics so it lakcs playability. I'd also change the the background a bit to make it more... fiery!

    Alex Raptakis17 October 2021
  • A lovely pad that's on fire

    Alex's GUIs are always colorful and tasteful! Very nice! This library has a somewhat nondescript pad, and then the sound of logs burning. There's a lowpass filter "intensity" if you'd like to tone down some of the high end of the crackles, but the fire is really present in this regardless of how you set it. Playing multiple notes gives you really really present fire and a little bit of pad. So, if you're someone who likes to have a lot of foley type sounds in your pieces, this may be the library for you. I'm not opposed to that sort of thing, but I don't think this will be a library I use a whole lot because of how present the foley is.

    Sam Ecoff04 November 2021