Trash Music (With Samples)

note: the terms for using the samples and music in this page (entirely royalty free) are laid out in this document.

I sampled one of the “standard” litter bins around town.

litter binLitter Bin Sounds – 725 k in the iPod / iTunes MPEG 4 format, opens in a new window. There are short gaps between the sounds to facilitate cutting them apart and using them in a sample player.

The file starts with two octaves of pitched sounds at semitone intervals. Now we can play tunes on the Cork City Gamelan, in any key – well, the sounds are extremely complex and rich in harmonics which don’t belong to the natural harmonic overtones series, so, the root of the scale is difficult to determine. I tried to tune it to C, but it appears that D sharp seems to sound more like it… and Metasynth, my “electroacoustic microscope”, tells me it is G sharp. Which key works best may depend on the context – I’ll find out soon enough – but I am also going to try and manipulate the harmonics to yield more definitive pitches, and perhaps to stretch the notes a little.

There is also something resembling Castanets – GIANT Castanets, by the sound of it, and some long “Gongs” and swells,  made by stretching single beats to between 5 and 25 times the original length.

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One Response to Trash Music (With Samples)

  1. Andre says:

    Vous avez de bons points il, c’est pourquoi j’aime toujours verifier votre blog, Il semble que vous etes un expert dans ce domaine. maintenir le bon travail, Mon ami recommander votre site.

    Mon francais n’est pas tres bon, je suis de l’Allemagne.

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