New Atlantis Audio launches Forest for Alchemy + $5 off for rekkerd.org readers

New Altantis Audio has announced the release of Forest, a sound library for Camel Audio Alchemy.

New Atlantis Audio Forest

Set a distinct organic tone in your music and scoring projects with this focused collection of gorgeous playable instruments for Camel Audio Alchemy.

Layered mallets, plucked strings, rich pads, and ambient nature soundscapes weave a rich, expressive sonic tapestry, blurring the line between the real world and sonic fiction.

Morph and mix your way through the wilderness with hands-on remix variations to take them into uncharted territory of your own.

Forest for Alchemy costs $19 USD. This week only, Rekkerd readers can get $5 USD off instantly by entering the code REKKERDFRST at checkout. This offer ends Sunday March 16th, 2014.

More information: New Atlantis Audio / Forest

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Rabbit Ears Audio releases Winter Atmospheres sample library

Rabbit Ears Audio Winter Atmospheres

Rabbit Ears Audio has released Winter Atmospheres, a sample library featuring winter ambiances.

This Library is all about cold! The temperatures of these files range from a low of −20°F up to a balmy 35°F. Our Rabbit Ears froze so your ears would not have to.

Winter Atmospheres was culled from some of the coldest forests and wilderness areas in North America. Our frozen locations include: Nemadji State Forest and Superior National Forest in Minnesota, Crex Meadows Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin, and Algonquin Park in Canada.

This library is Rabbit Ears Audio’s first quad (L/R/Ls/Rs) ambience collection. We dragged, hiked, skied, and snowshoed a double ORTF rig into the woods. The collection features airs, winds, tree creaks, ice cracks, and even a few winter birds. Each ambience is between two and nine minutes long, with interesting variations.

The sound library is on sale for $99 USD (regular $115 USD).

More information: Rabbit Ears Audio / Winter Atmospheres

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Score for a Hole in the Ground

The music of sound has an interesting post about some of the works of Jem Finer, one of the founding members of the Pogues.

Tim writes:

Since leaving the band in 1996 he has gone on to develop some inspired sound art & installations, including a piece of music, appropriately called Longplayer which is designed to play for 1,000 years without repetition.

One of his more recent projects is Score for a Hole in the Ground, an environmental sound installation in a forest in Ashford, Kent, UK.

Score for a Hole in the Ground
Score for a Hole in the Ground. Photograph by Andy McGowan (click image to enlarge)

Jem won the PRS Foundation New Music Award back in 2005. The prize was a sum of money with which to realise the project proposed as an entry to the competition.

You can read Jem’s original proposal here. It reads:

In the temple gardens of Kyoto, suikinkutsu, water chimes, provide a meditive focus for the ambient sounds of the surroundings. Water, overflowing stone bowls, trickles down through a layer of loose packed stones until it drips into a buried bowl. The resonance of these drips is listened to through a bamboo tube or with the “naked ear”. It is this attention to the subtle and beautiful timbres of the drips within the resonant chamber that hones the concentration of the listener.

This was the starting point for the Score for a Hole in the Ground project, a water driven musical instrument buried beneath the ground & amplified via a 7 meter high steel horn. As water slowly trickles into its sounding chamber, the drips hit metal splines creating percussive tones.

Check the Sound for a hole in the ground blog for more info, images and sound clips.

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Short links for August 22nd, 2007

Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on August 22nd, 2007:

  • USB Powered Mini Greenhouse – Features an adjustable growth light and an easy view window that offers maximum plant protection.
  • Amazon forest carved up in resettlement scam – Rather than moving communities onto land that has already been deforested Incra has been allocating tracts of land that are still part of the rainforest.
  • reddit media: intelligent fun online – Monitors reddit?s front page, collects picture & video links, and builds an archive of them over time.
  • Monster attack steals user data – US job website Monster.com has suffered an online attack with the personal data of hundreds of thousands of users stolen, says a security firm.
  • Robots Can Be Friendly, Groovin?: Max-Powered Keepon and Beatbots – The Keepon is a cute, yellow robot that dances to music you may have seen bopping on YouTube. It shows how subtle changes could make robotics friendlier in the near future.
  • Deezer – The first global website for music on demand with no restrictions: listening to all kinds of music is now free, unlimited, legal and accessible to all Internet users via a Web browser.
  • Google Earth Shows Real-Time Traffic – This has been achieved by adding a Traffic layer in Google Earth. Once you?ve enabled this feature, you?ll see a real-time picture of traffic and conditions.
  • SimpleTEXT: a cellphone enabled performance – SimpleTEXT is a collaborative audio/visual public performance that relies on audience participation through input from mobile devices such as phones, PDAs or laptops.
  • Lee Broom – The application of neon elements to the outlines of the six hand-carved Mahogany pieces “haloes the delicate lines of the traditional furniture whilst casting deep reflections in their richly lacquered surfaces.”
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