Orchestral Tools has pulled together recordings and textures from Dominik Eulberg to create the interacting soundworlds of Habitat.
This blend of natural soundscapes, synths, and orchestral sounds worked into an instrument that can generate some extraordinary sonic atmospheres.
Dominik Eulberg is an Electronic music producer and conservationist and he created a library of sounds from his collection of boutique analog synthesizers inspired by the sights and sounds of nature. The synths include the Roland Jupiter-8, Moog One, MacBeth Elements, Oberheim OB-Xa, Sequential Prophet-5, Deckard’s Dream MK2, GRP A4, and Omega 8.
Orchestral Tools got to work on the acoustic side taking recordings of small string and woodwind ensembles and other instruments to complement and augment the synths. All were recorded by the Orchestral Tools team on the famed Teldex Scoring Stage in Berlin.
Meanwhile, out in the sticks, filmmaker Jan Haft was up to his eyes in natural environments doing field recordings to represent the 10 atmospheric elements that were going to underpin the instrument.
Habit runs in SINE, the Orchestral Tools instrument player. It’s a relatively simple environment where you can load instruments, switch between articulations, mix and manage mic placement. The SINE player is free and there’s a small range of free instruments that you can download and use within it.
Without being able to have a go yourself it’s difficult to appreciate how well this library can be used within your own musical context. Although, in the walkthrough video below, you do get a good sense of what it’s about. You can see how you’re able to mix all the sources within each articulation and the potential cinematic quality. Very interesting.
Habitat is available now for macOS and Windows via the SINE standalone and plugin player for an introductory price of €139.
- Orchestral Tools website.