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Orchestral Tools releases Grimm in Collaboration Bleeding Fingers

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Orchestral Tools has announced the release of Grimm with Bleeding Fingers, a collection of historic instrument ensembles created in collaboration with the Hans Zimmer-led composing collective.

Created in close collaboration with Bleeding Fingers Music composers Adam Lukas and Jacob Shea for an upcoming series, the collection is a medieval orchestra crafted for modern composers, filled with authentic sounds and timbres but designed specifically for contemporary melodic and textural expression. The modern approach takes the collection well beyond the stylistic cliches of these instruments making it a compelling toolkit for modern drama and horror scoring as well as historical fiction and fantasy.

The core of Grimm is six ensembles of traditional instruments that present the complete sonic palette of a dark, medieval-tinted world. Each ensemble features a main showcase instrument supported by two matching instruments and played together as a single sound. Featured instruments include familiar sounds such as lutes and baroque violins and violas, as well as the hurdy-gurdy, tagelharpa (bowed harp from Northern Europe), and the sackbut (predecessor of the modern trombone) among others. The characteristics of these instruments immediately set a historic mood, but use of contemporary and experimental playing techniques when recording them elevates the sounds into a modern context.

In addition to its primary ensembles Grimm also includes an array of processed pads and impacts sculpted from the raw instrumental sounds and combined with distortion, filtering, and other effects to create a wide variety of sonic moods.

Grimm was a fantastic opportunity to reimagine traditional instruments within a contemporary context, and expand the definitions of what sounds and textures fit within modern film and television scoring. It was great to collaborate with our friends at Bleeding Fingers Music on this collection, and we're looking forward to seeing how composers use it to create modern compositions with a medieval nuance.

Orchestral Tools CEO Hendrik Schwarzer.

Grimm with Bleeding Fingers is available now from Orchestral Tools for an intro offer price of €179 (€249 + VAT regularly) until May 22, 2024.



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