The Unfinished has announced the launch of Zebra Nordsund, a collection of soundsets designed for the Zebra2 and ZebraHZ synthesizer instruments by u-he.

Matt Bowdler designed Nordsund to capture the atmosphere and the darkness of Nordic Noir. The patches were created during bespoke sound design sessions Matt was doing for the fourth season of Swedish/Danish detective drama, The Bridge.

Brooding detectives, cold nights, complex murders, achingly beautiful scenery and sophisticated urban design: Nordsund reflects the sonic landscape of one of the most cutting edge and thrilling European TV series.

Grinding basses, industrial textures, silky pads, unstable sequences, tense percussion; Nordsund blends uneasy, moody analogue with dark, taut organic vibes for an authentic slice of melancholy Scandinavian tones.

There are a number of time signatures represented in the basslines, synth sequences and drumloops to allow you to build up suspenseful, syncopated tracks. Plus, as always, care has been taken to provide extra dynamic tonal control via the modwheel and the X/Y pads.

Developed in conjunction with critically acclaimed composers, Uno Helmersson and Patrik Andren, Nordsund provides an essential palette for discovering that Nordic vibe.

Nordsund comprises two collections:

  • Gold provides more conventional, dramatic underscore synth sounds, useful in all contexts.
  • Blood is aimed at darker, more experimental, boundary pushing patches, with a more atonal, ominous feel.

Dark Editions of both collections take the original Zebra patches and modifies and enhances them for ZebraHZ, creating a darker, more insidious and analogue feel.

All four soundsets are included in the Zebra Nordsund Bundle (600 patches in total), which is available for £49.99 GBP.

Gold and Blood are also sold separately for £24.99 GBP each, while the Dark Editions are £34.99 GBP each. Prices ex. VAT.

More information: The Unfinished