Long-form sample player for adding atmosphere and texture – ocean waves, bird chirps, spoken word, stuff you don’t want to repeat in your 4 bar loop
Adding a bit of ambience – bird chirps, street noise, airport chatter, ocean waves – is a rather underrated and effective method for adding interest to sparse music without having to add additional parts or unnecessary variation. It’s just tedious enough to set up an independently pitched and stretched looping long sample in Live to not even bother, but that’s not the case anymore: Scenery is purpose-built for playing “background sound” in your Live project as quickly as possible, transporting yourself and your music to new inspirational environments with a mouse click.
What it is : A simple sampler for playing “non-musical” background/atmospheric sounds.
Why it is : I loved the Radio Music in my Eurorack case. It made sparse patterns and sound more intriguing, setting them in a context and drawing the ear towards the setting the evoke. I found this hard to achieve in Live – you don’t want a 4 bar of ambience to loop with the 4 bars of your arrangement you’re working on. You don’t want your ambience to warp to Live’s clock. You don’t to click through settings and play a clip in Session while your Arrangement plays. Or, at least, I didn’t… And so we have this little player for ambience.
I also recorded several videos to show off the use of the device: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLT5-JwL1v4YJRk3aKKCLRffRWyVA9BUbs.
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