Andrew Hugill/Philharmonia Orchestra:

Sound Exchange/Sound Ideas



The central element of the Sound Exchange is an enormous online sample library, comprising as many notes, articulations and effects as could be crammed into a series of recording sessions on on every single orchestral instrument. The sample library can be accessed today at http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/thesoundexchange/sound_samples/

In addition, the SOUND IDEAS project, funded by 'connexions', ran throughout August 2002. The idea was to create a collection of original and distinctive orchestral sounds that were created by untutored ears. These would become the 'Philharmonia samples'. Young people were invited to De Montfort University Studios to create an idea for orchestra, which was then recorded by the Philharmonia at Air Studios, London, on August 24th.

Postproduction and effects were applied later, at De Montfort University Recording Studio. The resulting Sound Ideas are now available for internet download from this page. These include all the original sounds and some postproduced sounds. The mp3 versions are a good 'thumbnail' of each idea, but the full sample should be downloaded in .wav (PC) or .aif (Mac) format to get best quality.

Amit Chandra Singh
mp3 (0.65MB)
aif (5.5MB)
wav (5.5MB)

Edward Monk - original sound
mp3 (0.5MB)
aif (4.1MB)
wav (4.1MB)

Edward Monk - with postproduction
mp3 (0.5MB)
aif (4.1MB)
wav (4.1MB)

James Page - original sound
mp3 (0.5MB)
aif (4.4MB)
wav (4.4MB)

James Page - with postproduction
mp3 (0.5MB)
aif (4.4MB)
wav (4.4MB)

James Skevington
mp3 (0.7MB)
aif (6MB)
wav (6MB)

Kimberley Price - original sound
mp3 (0.3MB)
aif (2.6MB)
wav (2.6MB)

Kimberley Price - with postproduction
mp3 (0.3MB)
aif (2.6MB)
wav (2.6MB)

Charlotte McDonald
mp3 (0.2MB)
aif (1.8MB)
wav (1.8MB)

Matthew Molloy - original sound
mp3 (0.6MB)
aif (5.1MB)
wav (5.1MB)

Matthew Molloy - with postproduction
mp3 (0.6MB)
aif (5.1MB)
wav (5.1MB)

Irsaad Lia and Shahid Makkad
mp3 (0.55MB)
aif (4.7MB)
wav (4.7MB)

Nick Raynor
mp3 (0.75MB)
aif (6.3MB)
wav (6.3MB)

Rob Weale
mp3 (0.2MB)
aif (1.8MB)
wav (1.8MB)

Valerie Molloy
mp3 (0.25MB)
aif (2MB)
wav (2MB)

There are also sound files from a preliminary session with five Phiharmonia musicians, recorded at DMU studios on 14.08.02:

(Click Ideas to hear them in mp3 format)

Idea 1

Everyone plays the highest possible note on their instrument and holds it for 10 secs. Ends with loud blast of sound.

Idea 2

(This was explained by the creator in person - he was clearly happy!)

Idea 3

Remove few notes on vibraphone and marimba and hum a C down pipes, then bend down to A. Bassoon and Horn play A, real quiet...crescendo. Double bass - tap dance! loud clacky noises.

Idea 4

Horn and bassoon starting as low as possible, work their way up as high as possible. Double bass, marimba starting as high as possible, work their way down to as low as possible. Everyone together - lasting 10 seconds.

Idea 5

Bass trem sul pont. Bassoon 'slap tongues' repetitively over the top Vibes roll High 'wailing' horn

Idea 6

Tam-tam. Play the frame for 5 seconds. Rhythm of your choice.

Idea 7

Get the bassoon player to make the baby sound or the 2-person effect. Get the percussion to play the big cymbal- a roll, with the horn playing notes to make an elephant sound

Idea 8

Double Bass and Bassoon play dark mysterious, quiet, melancholy noise. Think of this scene while playing - London, early 1900s, dark and foggy - Jack the Ripper-esque atmosphere. THINK GOTHIC!

Idea 9

Japanese Blue

Idea 10

Drums: Bass drum, long long short short. Toms 1234. Bassoon (diagram shows slow climb up steps)

Idea 11

All instruments to do quick notes getting higher each note!

Idea 12

Double bass one string (diagram indicates direction of slide). Cowbell beats: 1,2,3.