Garritan Personal Orchestra Add-On Request: Avant-Garde Collection
I have a suggestion for a new add-on package for once the Jazz add-on is complete. This package would suit all avant-garde and some mainstream musicians.
Instrument #1: A Virtual Turntable. BURKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC is now offering a turntable techniques class which teaches the art of the turntable as a musical instrument. (in fact, this class has the longest waiting list of any class offered at BURKLEE) There is even a turntable concerto being performed along side orchestras across the country. The VST would work like this: (patent-pending) The pitch-bend wheel would control the direction and speed of the scratching much like putting your finger on the album would. The mod wheel would work like the volume slider between the two sound sources you are scratching. The sound sources could be any .wav file contained on your PC, from a violin sample to a stereo wav mixdown of a full track.
Instrument #2: A Prepared Piano. I love the sounds of Cage and other prepared piano composers, most important (to me) the sound of the internal piano strings plucked with something like a guitar pick, including the ability to play glisses much like on the GPO harp. A prepared piano provides a very cool sound that can be useful in many dramatic circumstances.
Instrument #3: Human Whistle Soloist. Everyone loves to “whistle while they work”, but there are some who are VERY talented whistlers and they can produce some very cool sounds (listen to Rammstein’s “Engel” for a prime example of a lead whistling line). There is even a whistling competition for the best in the world.
Instrument #4: PVC Tubing Percussion. Much like what is used by the BLUE MAN GROUP and STOMP some less traditional percussive instruments would be fun. Trash cans, trash can lids, the PVC, plumbing pipes, lots of fun stuff.
Instrument #5: E-Bow\'ed Electric Guitar. The E-Bow is just a fancy magnet that makes the guitar string vibrate harder as its moved closer. Creates some very cool pad effects with the endless sustain of the guitar.
Instrument #6: Electric Violin. Has a very different tone from acoustic violins and to my knowledge really hasn\'t been sampled yet. Plus, it also plays nicer with guitar amps than the traditional violin.
Instrument #7: Brush Drum Kit. Only because I haven\'t seen this discussed in relation to the Jazz Expansion Pack, so I\'d like to see it here. Brush\'ed drums are my favorite.
Adding these instruments to my Personal Orchestra would be exciting. I know they sound a little off-the-wall, but might prove to be more useful and expanding in compositions than you may have originally thought. I hope my suggestions are taken seriously.
Do you guys have any modifications or additions to the list?