UK: Sample libraries, musical firsts and more feature in PSN-e's second batch of winter warmers, writes David Davies. This week's selection includes a new series of downloadable sample libraries from UK sound designer Ian Boddy, the recording debut of a well-known pro-audio marketing executive, and a raft of album recommendations from the PSN-e team.
From renowned sound designer Ian Boddy (pictured) comes a new series of downloadable sample libraries entitled 'Waveforms'. After playing a fundamental role in numerous successful sample libraries, including Outer Limits for Zero-G and Transmission-X for Sample Magic, and releasing more than 30 solo and collaborative CDs, Boddy has created the first two volumes in the 'Waveforms' series - Airwaves and Radiophonica - both of which are available now at the Time+Space Download store.
Boddy tells PSN-e: "After almost 30 years in electronic music I still get inspired by weird and wonderful sounds. The Waveforms series of downloadable libraries enables me to deliver this kind of sound design to customers in an efficient, cost-effective way."
Radiophonica contains sounds produced and recorded directly from analogue hardware synthesizers, the intention being to provide a library of sounds synonymous with the name of the celebrated Radiophonic Workshop. Meanwhile, all of the samples in Airwaves were recorded using a high quality and powerful radio transceiver. This generated a wealth of raw data - garbled voices, buzzing interference patterns and hidden Morse Code signals - that Boddy subsequently moulded into the new sample pack.
A familiar name in pro-audio and video circles through her role as a senior account executive at D. Pagan Communications, Allison Gayne is also an increasingly successful singer. After teaming up with independent label Jay St. Records, she has just released her first single, 'Crazy Mixed Up' on iTunes, Rhapsody and Amazon.com. Gayne - who also performs in covers band The TurnUps - is currently working on a mini-album, with a full long-player set to follow later in 2009.
"I am very excited about the new mini-album that we are working on," says Gayne. "In this case, I am not only singing on the album, but am also writing some of the music and lyrics. This gives me the opportunity to hone in on my creative juices. In writing my own music, I am able to capture the ultimate form of creativity and expression."
Album recommendations are a traditional staple of end-of-year retail round-ups, and PSN-e's is no exception. The following titles - drawn from the PSN-e team - are presented in no particular order but, suffice to say, you won't go far wrong with any of them: Portishead's Third, Fleet Foxes' eponymous debut, Randy Newman's Harps & Angels, Elbow's The Seldom Seen Kid, Soulwax's Most of the Remixes_, Kanye West's 808s & Heartbreak, Wire's Object 47, David Gilmour's Live In Gdansk, and Phil Manzanera's The Music: 1972-2008 compilation.
Top reissue honours are awarded to Graham Nash's Songs For Beginners, Dennis Wilson's Pacific Ocean Blue, and Domino's re-introduction of the extraordinary Robert Wyatt back catalogue.
That should be more than enough to be getting on with!