26th October 2020
New Zealand-based developer Empty Vessel has released a new pack for TAL Sampler.
Kenopsia is based around 1GB of original samples created with synthesis and diverse field recordings processed with a range of original FX chains, analogue tape and vintage hardware samplers. The result is 48 expressive, complex melancholic sounds suitable for soundtrack work, dark ambient or a range of genres like techno, D&B and IDM.
Description of the pack inspiration by Empty Vessel:
Kenopsia is a neologism coined by John Koenig for "the eerie, forlorn atmosphere of a place that's usually bustling with people but is now abandoned and quiet". The sample pack and the sounds within are a meditation on loss and impermanence.
Dedicated to my father who passed away a few years ago, he got me started with all this noise-making and music nonsense, bought me my first synth, taught me to read music and enough electronics to make some noisy boxes and fix things when they went wrong.
Dedicated to Finnegan's sister who was killed only a couple of months after they came to live with us and to 2020 and the imposed silence the virus has brought to many places.
Dedicated to absent voices, which leave behind something more than silence.
An emotional afterimage that makes it seem not just empty but hyper-empty, with a total population in the negative, who are so conspicuously absent they glow like neon signs.
Kenopsia is available now for $15 (or more if you choose).
A demo video can be viewed below. All sounds in the video are straight from TAL Sampler with no added fx or processing. Light transparent mastering in Studio1.
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