"Mystery Series Volume I"
309 samples, 19 multi-samples, 19 construction kits 1 booklet with artful pictures (75 pages). All after motives from Tolkien´s World (Lord of the Rings, Silmarillion, Hobbit and other texts). The samples are divided in "Mystical Notes" (multi-samples of tonal sounds, rather cinematic), "Mystical Scapes" (sound scapes some more and some less tonal, some cinematic, some painting sonic pictures) and "Mystical Sounds" (sound FX and short dramatic sonic developments).
These multi-samples of atmospheric sounds are pitched or “pseudo”-pitched. Anyway they go well with certain notes and certain scales, and they can even be used to build up melodies.
Let me describe an example. The multi-sample “Helm´s Horn” contains individual samples reaching from B1-flat to E3. The sample “4_HH_magic G2” can take the role and function of any “normal” ordinary instrumental note G2. It can be used as the dominant of C in a C scale (major or minor) etc. But the sound isn´t really constantly and clearly pitched to G2. How is that?
Well, when we look at the movement of the partials in the spectrum of (all) “Helm´s Horn” samples we see, that there isn´t a dominating fundamental all the time. The sound “dances” around a pitch, but does it in a way, that the whole sample can be treated like it were a “simple key on the piano”.
This behaviour is stronger with some samples of the chapter “Mystical Notes”, whereas others behave a bit more like ordinary instrumental notes.
Well, just try them out!
The sounds in this chapter cover the whole range from extensively layered pitched playable landscapes of sound of different lengths, over cinematic sounds (playable as well) to cinematic non-pitched longer “sound videos” that tell a story.
Some of the pitched layered sounds go best with certain scales, some others are more “flexible” concerning their tonality.
The samples in this chapter paint sonic pictures of certain situations. Close your eyes, listen, and you will see what I saw when I made these samples.
They are not tonal, even if it seems that there´s a whiff of an instrument to be faintly heard here and there.