Atonoise II by HGF

I could play withk this for hours. A great synth which I have on my PC. Wonderful ambient sounds.

Propellerhead’s Reason

Propellerhead’s `Reason’ is software associated with commercial electronic music (trance, techno, dance music and ambient genres in particular). Reason 4 is my music sequencer of choice when it comes to my own compositions. My classical piano albums were all produced with Reason’s acoustic piano samples, not a `real’ piano. There is no acoustic or classical orchestral instrument that can not be sampled and played on Reason. It is also the most stable music software I have used.

In fact, almost all my ambient / new age / space music is produced on Reason 4. I have purchased a wide variety of special `Refills’ which are samples of aural atmospheres, textures, pads, sound effects and acoustic instruments. I also like to create my own musical textures and instruments within reason.


Sound Design with Sawcutter

In the mid-1960s, when I was about ten years old, I discovered an old reed organ in the vestry of our local chapel. These are magical machines; the equivalent of synthesizers today. The one I played could emulate orchestral instruments and with the aid of various stops I could combine different instruments to create some wonderful sounds and textures. hythe I still love to play with sound but these days I use computer software. I have created atmospheres, textures and backgrounds that have been used in virtual online worlds, computer games, relaxation and hypnosis CDs. I often create a beautiful noise without knowing what to do with it or where it will fit in. These `snippets’ of manufactured sound sometimes become building blocks for my own compositions or are picked up by other musicians to use in their own works.

One of my favorite software synthesizers is Sawcutter. The timbre of each created sound can be tweaked from mellow acoustic to harsh synthetic. Sounds can use one of eight wave-forms and eight sets of envelopes. Wave files can be imported and run through effects and envelopes and waveform harmonics.


I made the video below as a quick rough-and-ready example of how to create a creepy atmospheric organ-like sound.

This next video is an example of how a basic rythmic pattern can be decorated with this wonderful software.

Although the software is geared to creating short loops and `steps’ it is possible, with a bit of ingenuity, to create sustained sounds, like this:

Here is another example of the sounds possible with this fantastic software.

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