Dynamic Beats and Drones

Of the latest batch of Sony Sound Series collection of loops and samples, Richard Devine’s The Electronic Music Manuscript really stands out. Despite the title, the impressive collection includes not only electronic instruments, but also ethnic instruments, which makes it specially attractive to global electronica musicians, who want to add fabulous loops to their sampling collections. The ethnic instruments include didjeridu, bells, drums, flutes and congas.

Of course, most of the sounds in this two-CD set are electronic in nature. The set features a wide range of inspiring sounds such as prepared piano, strange ambiences, EVP Shortwave recordings, drum loops, strings and pads pads,  and lots more.

Richard Devine is renowned musicians, sound researcher and experimentalist, who has remixed artists such as Aphex Twin. He has also made scores for film, TV and video games. "The basis for the sound library itself was to create a wide variety of unique sounds that would be useful for many different applications,’ says Devine. "Say you wanted a full electronic composition, or maybe you just wanted to sprinkle certain elements in, whether they’re dynamic or textured or droney. I’m really about doing gestural things for sound, where you have these cool LEGO pieces that you can assemble together to make something new."


The outstanding collection comes with two videos where you can see what Devine’s remarkable studio looks like.

More about the sound library: The Electronic Music Manuscript: A Richard Devine Collection

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for TelevisiĆ³n EspaƱola (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.