It is time for the first soundset release since I revamped the website. And we’re gliding into this new era with some, lovely dark analogue vibes.
Diva Praxis will be my fourth soundset for Diva, and certainly won’t be the last as I already have two more completed and the ideas for two more after that.
Praxis is targeting a bleak but beautiful synth vibe, full of wandering tuning, evolving filters and the charm of circuits and tubes. Warm distortion, drifting pitch and lush lush tones. Lots of modulation, both subtle and devastating. Crazy cross modulation and fat filters are the key. Also there’s a leaning towards the sounds of classic synths from ARP, such as the 2600, Quadra and Odyssey.
Possibly my two favourite film scores of 2015 were Ex Machina by Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury, and Gone Girl by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. Both employ a large amount of analogue synthiness, which is great. Reznor and Ross obviously had form with their groundbreaking scores to The Social Network and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, but Gone Girl is even synthier than those two and has some real moments of beauty in amongst the darkness.
Ex Machina on the other hand was a bit of a surprise. I was already very familiar with Geoff Barrow’s name, as one third of the mighty Portishead. But I had been unaware of his collaboration with Salisbury on what turned out to be a rejected score for the Dredd film. They released the music anyway under the title of Drokk: Music inspired by Mega-City One and it’s quite a dirty, hard-hitting, minimalist synth score. Lots of high tempo sequences and very little in the way atmospheric effects, like reverbs and delays.
Both scores continue to inspire both my sound design and my composing, and I’m sure they’ll have their influence on future releases. Not least, future Diva soundsets!
Diva Praxis will be available on 7th May, for £19.99 +VAT.