This is the second issue of Future Music we’ve made under lockdown conditions, and this month we thought we’d take the opportunity to do something a little different. With musicians and producers the world over confined to their homes (and, in many cases, home studios), we figured it could be the perfect time to throw down the gauntlet with our Sample Challenge.
The concept behind the challenge is simple – we gave a selection of artists from across a range of electronic genres the same, very basic sample pack, plus a few restrictions, and challenged them to make us a track. As we suspected would happen, the results were great, inspiring real creativity and unique sound design ideas.
In this month’s cover feature, and the accompanying videos at filesilo.co.uk, you can watch each artist break down their creation and peak behind the curtain to see how the pros work at their most creative.
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Jaga Jazzist – The Norwegian experimental jazz ensemble tell us about the making of new album Pyramid
Lorenzo Senni – Deconstructing trance with the Italian experimenter
Avision – The NYC Drumcode affiliate on his formative influences
The Track: Pythius – Learn more about the Dutch drum & bass artist’s granular approach on his track Auxiliary from the Upheaval EP
Classic Album – Blame on his DnB classic Into The Void
Sample Challenge – We gave a plethora of diverse and far-ranging artists one basic sample pack, and told them to do what they will with them… then marvelled at the results
Retrospective – Exploring that influential but much-maligned tag, intelligent dance music
Sound Design – Take a deep dive into the working of resonator effects
Akai MPC One & MPC Live II
PreSonus Studiolive AR8c
Universal Audio LUNA
Roundup: Multiband Compressors
Tonsturm FRQ Shift
‘80s Pop Synths – Take a trip back 40 years to the heyday of synth pop with this pack of classic riffs, smooth basses and iconic lead sounds
Stereo FX – Add instant width and stereo interest to your tracks with this pack of enhanced and processed FX hits and loops
Access the FM sample archive: Download the ‘Archive’ packs, newly updated and expanded for 2020 with over 18GB of loops, hits and instruments from our back catalogue of high-quality and royalty-free samples. From vintage synths and drum machines to esoteric instruments and FX – think of it as our best of. All the samples you need to create great music!