Etherealwinds Harp and Voice II – Out Now!

► Etherealwinds Harp and Voice II available for purchase *here* for only $59!

► Etherealwinds Harp II: Community Edition is available for free *here*!

Back in 2013, I collaborated with Versilian Studios to create the Etherealwinds Harp, a freeware sample Celtic Harp library for composers, sampling my first harp. Following the success of this sample library, we decided to work together on the inception of the Etherealwinds Harp II. This sample library features my latest Celtic Harp, the 34 string Iona, and this time, also includes my voice.

The Etherealwinds Harp II includes a full range of articulations including standard and stopped plucks, pres de la table, muted plucks, glisses, and tons of extended techniques, all sampled chromatically at up to 4 round robins and 3 velocity layers in full 48/24 quality. The voice is sampled fully chromatically with two octaves of common syllables and 240 individual phrases! A grand total of 3,200 samples. This could quite possibly be the most complete lever harp library in existence.

Website Redesign & Newgrounds Audio Deathmatch 2017 – Third Place!

First things first, welcome to my new website! The old website design had some really nice features, but we wanted to modernise it a bit. Also, we’ve now implemented a blog so that I can keep you guys up to date with the latest and greatest, which I’m super stoked with. Let me know what you guys think of the new design!

And now onto the main bit of news – I placed third in this year’s Newgrounds Audio Deathmatch. For those of you that aren’t aware, Newgrounds is a website that features a large community of creators of all different backgrounds, and from different corners of the globe. There are animators, video game creators, artists, and musicians. I’ve enjoyed engaging in the audio portal over the past few years; that place is rife with hidden talent and I find it very inspiring. The Newgrounds Audio Deathmatch is a contest that sees many members of the audio portal audition to take part in rounds of head-to-heads against one another, judged by six talented musicians in their own right. Out of hundreds that auditioned, only 64 auditionees actually made it into the competition.

Contestants are tasked with creating a completely original song from scratch in two weeks and submitting it to be judged over the following week. Each contestant’s audition tracked was scored on many different aspects including composition, structure, uniqueness, mixing, cohesion and much more. The scores are then averaged out of ten between the six judges to reach a final score. The highest scoring tracks saw contestants fill the higher brackets, all the way down to the more modest scores down at the lower ends. Those 64 contestants faced off until there were 32. 32 then became 16, 16 became 8, 8 became 4, 4 became 2, until there was one final winner.

I had a very good run this year and out of all the contestants, I got the second highest average out of everybody, only behind this year’s winner. I got beaten out marginally in the semi-finals, scoring an average of 9.42, while my competitor scored an average of 9.47; only a 0.05 difference! Nonetheless, I had great fun participating over the course of five months and even collaborated in three other tracks, on top of my own submissions.

I even bagged myself a pretty cute forum signature!

You can track my progress and the rest of the contestants’ progress throughout the competition by clicking right here!

Congratulations to this year’s winner, FinnMK! 🙂