More Granularity — Christopher Hipgrave’s Ambient Software

Christopher Hipgrave’s Ambient is a piece of software distributed by Audiobulb.

Ambient is based around granular synthesis of any audio file. It’s pitch shifted, delayed and filtered, and there are several controls you can tweak to control the sound, though ‘explore’ probably makes more sense in this context than ‘control.’

But it’s definitely worth 10 Eu especially if you aren’t a musician, but want to play with a cool audio toy — load anything and then fiddle with knobs, or just hit the random button for hours of crazy sounding fun.

It’s not perfect — there isn’t any way to map the knobs to midi, and the design of the user interface encourages exploration over purposeful control. It also has a tendency to turn any input into 100 buskers playing at the same time in the Berlin Hauptbahnhof. But it is a lot of fun — something you could turn a 5 year old loose on and they’d have a blast.

Quarry Process

This is Amibient chewing up a version of Meredith Monk’s Quarry Weave, as arranged by me using ImageLine Harmless as a sound source. It sounds like part of a the soundtrack for a Wim Wenders movie to me:
[audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/Chaircrusher-QuarryProcess.mp3|titles=Quarry Process|artists=Chaircrusher]http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/Chaircrusher-QuarryProcess.mp3

Quarry Weave

The source audio fed into Ambient:
[audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/MeredithMonk-QuarryWeave-ChaircrusherInstrmntl.mp3|titles=Quarry Weave (arr. Chaircrusher)|artists=Meredith Monk]
http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/MeredithMonk-QuarryWeave-ChaircrusherInstrmntl.mp3

One thought on “More Granularity — Christopher Hipgrave’s Ambient Software”

  1. great example – the very beginning is soo beautiful – i definitely prefer the ambient version. Just the harmonics you have radiating out are lovely!

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