So i set myself a goal.
This project has gone through numerous changes throughout its lifetime. And every time the feel of the game changed, this brought with it a change in style for the soundtrack. At some point there were even some attempts to sneak some chiptune elements into the music, a style I must admit i’m not too proficient with, having never really attempted it.
In any case, the project eventually got back to its Qbeh roots, but as we’ve been going through some of these redesigns I noticed I was using fewer and fewer instruments and synthesizers. Instead, I was using my own samples, manipulating them with software samplers and effects until they turned into instruments. Using software instruments made me more and more uncomfortable. What if someone recognized the instruments I was using?
I realize it’s slightly ridiculous. I recognize software instruments in music all the time, and it doesn’t make me think any less of the song or the artist. Still, using ‘home-made’ instruments felt nice in some ways: I knew no one else could get the sounds i’m getting, simply because no one else has the samples i have. For better or worse.
Now, i’ve liked the idea of using samples to create instruments for a long time now, especially when it concerns recordings of things that don’t really want to be instruments, such as beer bottles, kitchen drawers, or my voice. One of my inspirations for this is the album Lover, The Lord Has Left Us by The Sound of Animals Fighting. If you don’t know them, check out this song in particular:
I just loved the way they used what sounds like kitchen appliances to create a weird, otherwordly rythm. So, for pretty much as long as i’ve been making music as Launchable Socks, I’ve attempted to use my own samples. I’ve only once before, however, succeeded at making a song purely out of self-recorded samples.
Most of the samples in this song are guitar, with some additional samples such as icecubes in water
Suddenly though, while working on the Qbeh-1 soundtrack, this feeling caught up with me, and I found myself with numerous songs containing only my own samples. There’s just nothing like taking some mundane objects and using the sounds they make in music. It gives those objects new life that I usually couldn’t have imagined myself. Sometimes the strangest objects or sounds end up providing the most useful samples in my samplebank.
The “synth” in this song is actually an old sample of an electric guitar
The way things are now, almost all the songs I intend to use for the soundtrack of Qbeh-1 use only my own samples. There are some exceptions in a song or two, but I’m pretty confident that in the end, i’ll be able to write the entire soundtrack using only my own samples. If nothing else, it makes for interesting stories when people try to guess which sound comes from what.