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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:|titles=Quarry Process|artists=Chaircrusher]

Quarry Weave

The source audio fed into Ambient:
[audio:|titles=Quarry Weave (arr. Chaircrusher)|artists=Meredith Monk]

3 replies on “More Granularity — Christopher Hipgrave’s Ambient Software”

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

AMBIENT v4.1 – updated!

Descriptor: Unique standalone audio processing software capable of producing radically transformed audio, sound sculpting and design. Paint with sound …

Platform: Mac Osx & PC Windows

AMBIENT – v4 is a unique ambient soundscape generator capable of producing a vast array of ambient textures, from the bizarre to the beautiful. The module has already featured on numerous professional recordings demonstrating its versatility in bring inspiration to the creative process. AMBIENT processes any WAV or AIFF sound you care to load into it. The possibilities are endless.

Once the artist has achieved the sculpted sound they desire they simply press record to output the new sound WAV – with the option of live recording any tweaks of changes they choose to make. Often the output WAV will be then imported into a DAW of the artists choice.

AMBIENT 4.1 – next version enhancements

Thank you for your support of the new software update. The response has been incredible! We’ve been listening to your feedback and have a version 4.1 for you.

Enhancements in 4.1 include improved GUI:

? Hover over dials causes dial name to appear and also value to show
? File name shows in bottom left when file is selected
? Dial colour changes to black and white when mapped to a midi controller, goes back to normal when mapping is removed.

We hope you enjoy!

GRAINSCAPE opens up a multiverse of sound – making infinite variations from single sound. Implant your stems to unlock variations that can be harvested and employed within your track. Reimagine your audio world.

Functionally, GRAINSCAPE is a four channel granular synth and multi-effect with midi controlled random and preset function. Each channel has separate effects per channel. There are 4 effect/channel called reverser, delay, reverb, filter.

Platform: Standalone module & Ableton M4L
OS: Compatible with Windows and Mac

GRAINSCAPE offers a versatile granular sound design and composition tool via:
+ Playheads and Modulation
+ Grains
+ Effects
+ Random and Preset Options
+ Position Midi
+ Create and Record

Tags: IDM, glitch, granular, ambient, experimental, avant-garde, deconstruction

GRAINSCAPE has been developed by the wonderfully talent Ferenc Vincze in partnership with AUDIOBULB.

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