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RE: Re: Gyorgy Ligeti choir sounds

Title: RE: Re: Gyorgy Ligeti choir sounds

>>the link to your Ligeti-choir sounds doesn't work for me - too bad.  Since I am a big fan of his work and these kinds of soundsheets in particular I was really eager to listen to that. I have tried to copy that with guita&loop before with mixed result using slide, ebow, pitch bends etc. It's hard to get that really haunting type of feel though. Any recommendations?<<

I have an alesis s4+ synth module which came with an "instant ligeti" patch called, surprise surprise, "monolith". it comprises of layered choir sounds towards the dark end of the vocalists' registers, & the layers have been set up to pitch-bend away from each other very slowly & gracefully. it thus evokes terror, being quite literally the sound of humans going off in different directions whilst vocalising their tension/apprehension.

of course, we've used this noise very sparingly indeed, as it is instantly recognisable as having been inspired by that space movie with the big black thing in it. as I recall, the composer david bedford was fond of this kind of thing too.

I should think (& I really ought to try this out) that a version of this patch with mellotron choir as the basis would be truly scary.

I did something similar with the mellotron strings (the one that's multiple violins but hardly any cello) & a sampler, to evoke a storm-tossed sailing ship encountering edgar allan poe's "maelstrom" for our album of the same name. you know that feeling you get after too many drinks/spliffs/whatevers, when the room starts to spin? the seasick mellotron can bring this feeling on by itself.



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