Spitfire’s Speculative Memories is cinematic library made with sound artist Yair Elazar Glotman

Expect double bass, vocal and guitar, tape loops and a Buchla 200e modular synth sounds.

Experimental double bass playing, vocal and guitar performances, tape loops and the sounds of a Buchla 200e modular synth – these elements make up the bulk of Spitfire Audio and Yair Elazar Glotman’s new sample library, Speculative Memory.

The library has a cinematic focus, with a lens trained on creating “instant suspense, tension and atmosphere”. It’s also directly related to Glotman’s album of the same name, which Spitfire has released as a 12-inch and digital streaming album.

Its sounds were recorded at MONOM Studio at Funkhaus in Berlin with a unique “4D Sound System” that involves 48 omni speakers and nine subs “submerged beneath an acoustically transparent floor.”

As mentioned, there’s a rich variety of sounds to access – but what’s more, is that these have been put through further granular processing and layered for a truly unique sound.

Categorically the library’s instruments break down to…

  • 9 Vocals performed by Sara Fors
  • 2 Guitar performed by Mats Erlandsson
  • 11 Modular Synthesiser (Buchla E200)
  • 12 Textures
  • 7 Double Bass

You’ll be able to adjust the sounds of these instruments with a set of eight controls, including a Re-Amp knob to introduce a spatial signal recorded at MONOM; time-based effects that include a convolution reverb and delay, and more.

According to Glotman, the library and album draw from the malleable and dynamic nature of memories: “Memories are elastic forms that change over time and with perspective. The memory’s essence shifts when you revisit them, with endless opportunities for interpretation,” he explained in a statement.

Yair Elazar Glotman is a Berlin-based composer and sound artist, with training in classical double bass and electroacoustic composition.

In recent years, he’s gained recognition for co-composing with the late Jóhann Jóhannsonn on films such as Mandy (2018) and Last and First Men (2019). He also performed the double bass heard in the soundtrack for the Joaquin Phoenix-led Joker (2019).

Speculative Memory is available now for $29. Learn more on the Spitfire website.

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