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B rokenSyn fony

by Matt Rogalsky

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Something I made as a quick entry in the Feb 2018 "Broken Orchestra Remix Contest", which I couldn't resist joining in on as the samples provided were so enjoyable.

This contribution uses all the hundreds of samples of broken instruments, on each of 16 tracks. The length of the piece is the total duration of all the samples. The order of the samples is randomized on each track, to make an orchestra that at times rivals the glorious chaos of a good improv ensemble. The stereo movement of each sample is done automatically based on transient triggers. There is additional mastering processing enhancing the band with harmonic distortion and EQ.


released February 16, 2018
Image used for this track was borrowed from the remix contest website.

Info from the site:

There are over 1,000 musical instruments owned by The School District of Philadelphia. that cannot be played because they are broken and there is no available budget to fix them.

Found Sound Nation, in collaboration with Temple Contemporary, has meticulously recorded the sounds of over 800 of broken instruments in an effort to inspire the public to ‘adopt’ these instruments and raise funds to repair and return them to public schools throughout Philadelphia. For these recording sessions, we invited great musicians from around Philadelphia to improvise on damaged horns, flattened fiddles, splintered double bases, padless saxophones, leaky clarinets, and busted-up snares and created a sample library of hundreds of ‘wounded’ but magnificently unique instruments. Now, we are inviting you to creatively remix these samples and produce new original works in any style and by any means you wish.


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Matt Rogalsky Kingston, Ontario

Matt Rogalsky is a sound-based artist who teaches at Queen's University.

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