Oboe Choir

This instrument began as one of those slightly strange ideas in the middle of the night. I was thinking about how pads, synths and these choral voices that we all use are generally preferred if they are born from natural, organic sounds; and as an oboist why is it that wind instruments are not used […]...

The story

This instrument began as one of those slightly strange ideas in the middle of the night. I was thinking about how pads, synths and these choral voices that we all use are generally preferred if they are born from natural, organic sounds; and as an oboist why is it that wind instruments are not used more for this purpose?

At 3am in a student halls of residence it is generally considered unacceptable to start recording music, so I formed this pad out of some leftover scraps of audio from a previous session.

The choir is made up of purely two sounds: the oboe, and the cor anglais which have been combined to double the octave.

The instrument is almost self evolving, and although there is only one sample stretched across the whole keyboard, it evolves from organ-like in the bass, to very choral in the mid register, to very fragile and dirty at the top.

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  • An interesting concept which maybe still needs some work

    Creating evolving pads from woodwinds is a great idea, and it's one I hope this samplist and others will continue to explore. Where this seems to fall down a bit is the high harmonics which seem not to fall entirely into the overtone series. They make playing chords less attractive as they pile up. I think this sound has potential uses, and I think the concept is great. Maybe this is just a first experiment towards something really outstanding?

    Sam Ecoff17 October 2021
  • A good go!

    When I was looking a little while ago at the sample libraries available, I came across this interesting sample instrument and I was wondering how it would obviously sound. I started to play it and read the story behind it and it totally get the fact that wind instruments are not readily used enough. However, when I played this on my computer I found it didn't make sense to me personally, I can't fault the recording of it, which I think is fab but for future instalments of this I think you should separate the Cor Englais and Oboe as separate instruments personally. Great first effort though! so keep going!

    Npavely112 October 2021