Ululation Clarinet

A wrangled woodwind that Growls, Cries & Squeaks – a project by the New York Arts Program students of Fall 2021

The story

Ul·u·late /ˈəlyəˌlāt, ˈyo͞o(l)yəˌlāt/
Verb, howl or wail as an expression of strong emotion, typically grief.

This sample pack focuses on a personified version of the clarinet. While curating sounds to include in this library, we took the clarinet’s emotive versatility and manipulated it to simulate something quasi-human. Three sounds evolved from this vocalized manipulation: cries, growls, and squeaks. Technical expectations were rejected while creating these sounds, and instead, distortion and anomalies were prioritized. We leaned into the unexpected and the uncomfortable. This distortion came to fruition from bending each pitch by drastically changing the embouchure (cries), overblowing to reach an overtone (squeak), and using a flutter tongue technique (growl).

Ululation Clarinet comes with:

Separate patches for longs, shorts, and special articulations (with bonus key click patch)
Reverse patches & keyswitch equipped multi patches for easy toggling
Two octave range of growl, cry, and squeak extended techniques (lower octave pitch shifted with darker timbre)

Three mic positions with included mix faders:
AKG C414 XLS (lower close)
Neumann U 87 Ai (upper close)
Audio-Technica AT825 (room)

3 dynamic layers sampled at 96khz

The Team:

Dani is a composer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who enjoys inventing strange sounds, which is exemplified in her clarinet performance on this project. She studied English and Music at Kenyon College, and enjoys blending her knowledge of storytelling and sound manipulation into an interdisciplinary compositional approach.
www.pianobook.co.uk/profile/danimartinez/

Owen Kaplan is a Maine-based sound designer and composer. He studied computer music and new media at Earlham College, and enjoys fusing the world of sound with other artistic mediums by means of technology and design.
www.pianobook.co.uk/profile/owenkaplan/

Gratitude for the New York Arts Project for bringing Sound / Music / Film focused interns/assistants to Brooklyn Based Multi-instrumental Composer, Songwriter and Sundance Fellow Christopher North. /www.pianobook.co.uk/profile/cnorth/

www.newyorkartsprogram.org

Interface

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  • tons of character

    This is one of the sample packs that does one thing, and it does it soooooo well. Well recorded enough and just loads of character allow it to be a top line. And it can really punch you in the gut. I'd think the release could be longer and some controller for expression/volume would be super helpful although if you have a minimal knowledge around kontakt those are easy fixes.

    ryan weeks05 August 2022