Water Triptych: Rain, Stream and Wave

Three instruments created from nature: rain, stream, and wave!...

The story

Hi. I’m a composer and pianist living in South East London. I call this three part instrument a ‘Water Triptych’: Rain, Stream and Wave.

1. Rain
This sample instrument includes two samples of rain: the first, the gentle but articulate patter of rain on a window; the second, an exhilarating downpour on the iron roof of a South London train station captured on my phone. The mod wheel transitions between these two extremes of intensity, and optionally controls ‘colour’.

2. Stream
The River Quaggy is a tributary of The Ravensbourne, which in turn feeds the Thames. Where I live the Quaggy is small stream, which nourishes not just the plants and wildlife in the surrounding water meadows, but also the mind of any passerby who hears its gentle trickle.
The sample was recorded with the stereo mic on a ZoomH5. The mod wheel controls intensity and optionally ‘colour’.

3. Wave
Last summer, some friends and I escaped to Mundesley — a quiet coastal village in North Norfolk with miles of beach tapering off into the calm North Sea. As we musicians and sound collectors are wont to do, I took out my recorder (an old ZoomQ2) and recorded the waves. During the Covid lockdown, us city-dwellers have been isolated from what Irish philosopher John O’Donohue calls the natural home of our body: outdoor landscape and nature. Immersing myself in the sounds from that Norfolk holiday has brought a little tranquility to an otherwise anxious time.
The mod wheel controls the intensity of the sound, and optionally ‘colour’ and ‘splash’. All sounds come from the single raw recording included in this download.

Alexander Edward

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  • This could be perfect!

    Ok first: For just three patches, I should be able to find all of them just by clicking the initial folder. It's an easy fix by the user but most people won't bother doing that. Also for some reason, the insturment refuses to remember the position of the samples, every single time, even if I select the option for it to remember it. It's just very inconvenient. Anyway. Similar to the Fire instrument which is featured in a different upload, the rain and Steam patches are amazing, perfect I'd dare to say. Be careful though because the Wave patch is very loud, especially compared to the other ones! The attack is also very harsh on the waves, and it sounds very unnatural to me, and the bad thing is that you can't even change it via the Kontakt instument settings either.

    Alex Raptakis17 October 2021