Soundiron has released version 2.0 of Laundronium, an experimental SFX, percussion and sound-design virtual instrument Native Instruments Kontakt.

Built with composers and sound designers in mind, Laundronium lets you craft unorthodox cinematic soundscapes, percussive rhythms, and ambient textures, all creatively sourced from a washing machine.

The idea of the washing machine as a piece of musical equipment, while not unheard of, has been fairly limited in its scope. Generally you’ll see the white cube playing a rudimentary spin cycle beat behind a mediocre guitarist who is only vaguely aware of the naturally occurring music which is constantly present in our modern human environment. The washing machine will play this beat dutifully, knowing that it isn’t respected for musical talent like its ancestor the washboard. We spend so much less time with the modern washing machine, than the folks of previous generations did with the washboard, that we’ve become coldly detached from it. The washing machine happily does all the work, never complaining, and still we complain about laundry day. If we just took a little time to talk to our washing machines we may find out that they are treasure troves of musical potential.

The broad variety of percussion instruments we’ve given you represent a fair cross-section of the breadth of its acoustic capabilities, with everything from soft, gong-like, harsh, warbly, trashy, tight, muted, dreamy, bassy, to warm and sweet tones.

Laundronium 2.0 for Kontakt 5.5 or higher (full version) is on sale for $19 USD until July 30th, 2019. The regular price is $29 USD. Owners of Laundronium are eligible for a special upgrade.

More information: Soundiron