SampleScience releases Today’s Harvest sample pack

SampleScience Today's Harvest

SampleScience has announced the release of Today’s Harvest, a Boards of Canada inspired sample pack.

Today’s Harvest is a small sample pack featuring loops and sounds inspired by Boards of Canada new album.

The pack includes: 5 loop kits, 27 miscellaneous loops, 3 one shots and a bonus techno trance loop kits (including WAV loops, one shots and MIDI files) You have a total of 70 WAV samples, 108 megs of content for the very low price of 1.99£.

The sample pack is available at Sampleism, priced at £1.99 GBP.

More information: Today’s Harvest


MassiveSynth intros Hexagon – Boards Of Canada inspired Massive soundset

MassiveSynth Hexagon

MassiveSynth has launched Hexagon, a collection of 50 Native Instruments Massive presets inspired by the sound of Boards of Canada.

Are you looking for beautiful soundscapes and drifting chords in a Boards of Canada style sound?

Various older analogs have inaccuracies. Massive out the box has a clean/digital sound to it. We’ve built these sounds from the ground up to include inaccuracies and defects inherent in older analog synths. The sounds themselves have been inspired by countless hours of listening to BoC’s albums to give you a rich bank of beautiful sounds.

Hexagon features

  • 50 presets for NI Massive:
    • 10 Arps.
    • 8 Bass.
    • 4 FX.
    • 6 Keys.
    • 3 Plucks.
    • 9 Sequenced Pads.
    • 10 Sustained Pads.

The soundset is available from MassiveSynth for $17 USD.

More information: MassiveSynth / Hexagon


Short links for August 15th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on August 15th, 2008:

Kaossilator by verybadlady @ Flickr

# Korg Kaossilator 4-Bar Loop Hack

David Battino writes:

My favorite electronic instrument so far this year is the Korg Kaossilator, a pocket-size, touchpad-controlled synthesizer with built-in loop recorder. I liked it so much I bought one after reviewing it for Electronic Musician magazine.

What loosened my credit card was a secret hack Korg revealed during fact-check: If you power up the Kaossilator while holding down the Tap and Loop Rec buttons, the loop memory doubles from two bars to four. That may not sound like much, but it gives you time to set up tension and release; I find four-bar loops just breathe better.

Check David’s post for detailed info on the bootup technique.

# Vector Surgeon 1.0 Read Me – Hello, good evening, and welcome to Vector Surgeon, the Prophet VS editor/librarian. This document explains some of the design principles surrounding the program, how to get started, and how to use it effectively.

# Music is Math animation: The ‘Mandela’ Variation

Glenn Marshall's Processing art

Glenn Marshall recently did his first Processing animation, set to the Boards of Canada track ‘Music is Math’. The Mandela Variation is the same animation with a small but significant difference.

Glenn writes:

I changed the random seed number. This number is basically the starting point for all random numbers throughout the code used to create the branches, particle motion etc.

I thought it would be interesting to see and compare the difference between the first and second videos, with only changing one number. The original seed value was 1973, the year I was born, and I was thinking of what other numbers I could use for a second video, and Nelson Mandela’s prison number came to mind – 46664, which is what is used here.

Glenn’s blog is a nice read, so check it out! He just posted some cool images from his Iris Generator done in Processing.

# mnk::GarageRemote – GarageRemote allows the control of GarageBand's transport functions from any MIDI controller that has programmable buttons.


Short links for March 21st, 2008

Some interesting things I bookmarked on on March 21st, 2008:

  • FS3M18 – Consists out of 3 modules that can be patched together in any way imaginable. These modules are a Digital Delay (DD) a Graphic Equalizer (GEQ) and a Distortion modeller (DM).

Onzekerheid and Boards of Hollandia

I’ve added two new tracks to the KVR contest entries page.


The theme for the August contest was Form. The idea was to compose a piece that falls into one of the following musical forms:

  1. ABA
  2. ABAC
  3. AABA

See if you can figure out which one I chose! This is my first entry with vocals (I recently bought a cheap Akai mic at a junkyard sale for a few bucks), and they’re in Dutch in case you don’t know what you’re listening to. I wasn’t too impressed with my vocal performance myself, but it’s common knowledge that poppy songs with vocals tend to do better than instrumentals, so I ended up in 4th place out of 40+ entries anyway.

core - onzekerheid Downloads: 529 times

Boards of Hollandia

Boards of Hollandia

The September theme was YRUme (why-are-you-me), in which we were supposed to emulate a band or artist. Covers weren’t allowed so the difficulty was in creating something that sounded like someone without actually doing one of their songs.

At first I though I’d do Dinosaur Jr. or Sonic Youth, but as I was on the beach in Tunisia most of September I decided to do something less time consuming.

I started out with some pads in Oatmeal, put some LFO on it and figured I should have a go at a BoC type piece. In the end it didn’t quite come out gritty enough, but I’m pleased with the overall result. It didn’t rate well at all with the peeps at KVR, getting just a few votes and placing somewhere in the middle of the results list. There were a few amazing entries though, so I’m not disappointed with my score.

core - boards of hollandia Downloads: 712 times


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