LABS by Spitfire Audio: Making an Instrument using Field Recordings

16:00 & 00:00 Casablanca (UTC)

Studio Session | 1 hour

Field recordings can be a rich compositional tool. Whether you're in the heart of a city, the middle of the countryside, or even your own home, there are a number of techniques to turn the sounds around you into distinctive elements to use in your music.

This session, hosted by Lyra Pramuk, features Dan Keen and Leo Wyatt from Spitfire Audio, who will reveal how a playable LABS instrument can be created by manipulating field recordings. Streaming live from Spitfire’s state-of-the-art studio in London, Dan and Leo will share ways to record, organize and process sounds, while retaining their organic quality and ability to capture a specific place, time or atmosphere.

As the process is demystified, you might be inspired to try it out for yourself using whatever microphones you have access to. At the end of the session, there’ll be a Q&A with Dan and Leo, and the opportunity to download the raw samples so you can experiment with them at home.

LABS by Spitfire Audio

LABS is a series of free software instruments presented in an easy-to-use plugin made by British music technology company, Spitfire Audio. Each month, LABS releases a new patch featuring high-quality instruments that are compatible with any DAW.

Since its founding in 2007 by composers Christian Henson and Paul Thomson, Spitfire has worked with globally acclaimed composers, musicians, engineers and studios to create inspiring sounds and scoring tools for film and media.

In this session for Loop Create, Spitfire Audio will bring their vast expertise to reveal the process of transforming field recordings into a playable instrument.

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Leo Wyatt & Dan Keen

Dan Keen is a London-based producer and musician, and a composer for Spitfire Audio. He holds a degree in Music and a master’s in Composition for Screen, and runs a popular YouTube channel about composition and music production. His musical interests are diverse, and his compositions are driven by sampling bespoke sounds.

Leo Wyatt is a London-based songwriter and producer, and product manager for Spitfire Audio, where he oversees the LABS and SA Recordings range. A classically trained pianist, he discovered music technology through synthesizers and sampling while working with artists such as Paige Bea, Stella Talpo, Kinkajous, James Bright and his own project KINDER.

Dan and Leo will share their combined knowledge about field recordings, and reveal how to turn raw sounds into instruments using a range of techniques and approaches.

Lyra Pramuk

Lyra Pramuk is an American operatically-trained vocalist, electronic musician and activist who creates futuristic folk music. In March 2020, she released her critically-acclaimed debut album, Fountain, via Iceland’s Bedroom Community label. She is also known for her work with musical collaborators such as Holly Herndon and Colin Self.

Following her degree at the Eastman School of Music in New York, Lyra moved to Berlin in 2013 as a DAAD postgraduate study scholarship recipient. Since then, she has been awarded residencies at international clubs, festivals and music initiatives.

Lyra will use her experience as a music maker and moderator to guide the conversation, and facilitate a Q&A at the end of the session.