Dark stage, a Roland TR-808 drum machine sitting upon a small table, washed in the spotlight.
A man approaches, presses the start button. While the simple beat goes, the man sets the 808 on fire.
Another man approaches, figths with the flames a bit, but finally manages to record the last sounds of the slowly melting machine.
After spending the last year trapped in an elevator I am finally free. Luckily, I had my mobile recorder with me so at least this serious collection of elevator sounds is now a fact. It will hopefully be a nicely fitting spice for any true-to-the-dictionary urban track.
Please note that riding an elevator multiple times in a row stops being fun after the 836-th ride.
Further down the thick line of my experiments in pushing FabFilter One to extreme limits, here is a new set based on this wonderful little synth. A huge pack of 55 samples, born in two sessions, full of grit, dirt, punch, subdued menace and curious spectral properties.
Could do well in a serving of some hard electro or evil dub, perhaps in some obscure glitch affair, or in a folk tune about a heartbroken robot.
The root for this sample set is my latest VST purchase - FabFilter One. Simple as it is, I just can't recommend this little synth enough. It seems to be able to go places no other one oscillator synth can.
And the sample pack itself turned to be a somewhat rude and distorted take on the classic Kraftwerk sound. Vile electro, indeed.
If I was music I would sound like this