I am curious about something…
When I was younger, before we had all these very realistic sample libraries, I used synths to emulate real instruments (Strings etc.). I composed with drum machines, hardware sequencers and such, but whatever I came up with was mostly an idea meant to be played by a rock band or some sort of ensemble, saving only some of the synth pad tracks for the final recordings.
Today, I find myself with a wealth of realistic instruments at my disposal (full orchestras, choirs, pianos, guitars, and even ethnic instruments). So now that I have all this realism, I find myself having endless fun doing unrealistic things.
My question is, have any of you ever had reason to do something similar to the following?
1 Using 2 or more piano libraries in a track (not for mixing reasons but for musical ones)
2 Using unconventional section sizes
3 Using unconventional phrase lengths (for example, a flute motif that does not allow for the player to breath – and on purpose)
Now obviously, if the piece is meant to be performed by an ensemble then one would not do these things (normally, although a red faced flute player passing out is sometimes a desired effect ). But for the sake of just a recording or experimenting, do any of you find that any of your music calls for this type of un-realistic approach?
Samples now allow us to do unrealistic things with realistic sounds and I’m having a blast. And you?