Tigris and Euphrates


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Sonokinetic’s very unique and one of a kind, richly sampled Middle Eastern vocal library. It captures both the mysterious beauty from the female voice and the impressive magic of the Mesopotamian male voice. Whether you need to create an authentic Middle Eastern composition, or just add some spice and originality to any production, Tigris & Euphrates provides the necessary elements to set your music apart. These intriguing melodies and phrase improvisations will give you a broad range of diversity in your composition.

We’ve gone all the way and recorded all Middle Eastern melodic styles. It is available in all western contemporary harmonies. These melodic phrases, words , melody lines and many  of vocal and Middle Estern  sfx can easily be triggered and comes with a dedicated scripted interferface for Konakt 4.2.4.

Sonokinetic pushes the limit to capture a generic soundscape with a wide selection of user-friendly, easy to use collection of Middle Eastern vocal samples.

We wish you the best inspiration and creativity

But enough talking, let the music speak.

Review: Computer Music Magazine Sept. 2010 – score: 9/10 Testimonial: “Very creative, inventive sounds and beautiful use of ambient space in the mix! This library would be perfect for scoring a sequel to “The Fifth Element” ” – Bill Brown

Responsibility disclosure; We have been touched by the generosity and warm felt friendship of the Muslim community. All the texts are about love, friendship and peace. We would like apply to the users respect for these texts and use them in a properly fashion. The proper use of this library is the sole responsibility of the user.

Disclaimer: Middle Eastern music theory and character is very different form western music.
Due to it’s many microtones used in these makams. But as a general reference we found that a lot of our minor and major keys go well with these samples. We specifically applied western tuning while recording these samples. For instance, the root key goes well with major as the 4th and 5th go well in minor. But all these harmonic references are interchangeable and can be combined to create thousands of original combinations. The full potential of this sample library is yet to be unleashed.


What’s in this volume:

  • Base samples: 2 Voices; 1 male , 1 female. Ottoman empire / Mesopotamian styled sound
    chanting, singing, whispering, talking; phrases and elements
  • 12 instruments , 1 Multi instruments for Kontakt 4.2.4 with up to 5 tab screens -
    Main View, Convolution, Envelope, Scale Indicator and a credits tab:
  • Convolution reverb applied to all patches. 3 rooms available
  • Envelope Editor: Attack, decay, sustain and release knobs
  • Scale indicator: key zone linked. Generic harmony view with tone distances
  • 2370+ samples. (about 1,8 GB sample content)
  • 7  recorded vocal styles. The most commonly used melodic styles:
    Hicaz, Huseyni, Kurdili Hicazkar, Nihavent, Rast, Saba and Segah. These are applied to songs and chants.
  • Male folder: Chants & Songs in all keys, voice effects; whispered and spoken texts (ancient Mesopothamiam poems). Perfromed by Gediz Coroglu
    Chants are wordless melody lines, Songs contain words.
  • Female folder: Chants  & Songs in all keys, voice effects; whispered and spoken texts (ancient Mesopothamiam poems) Performed by Guzin Degismez
    special folder with traditional Kurdish songs and shouted words & sentences.
  • Song and chant patches programmed key switches linked to the harmony root.
    With corresponding interface views. Root harmony and scales are presented for each key zone.
  • Zilgit”, another very exclusive one of kind original Middle Eastern recording. Female traditional celebration shouts / yelling / singing.
  • Time stretching patches. (NKI + _time); all male and female chants and songs are available with
    pitch bend function to slow down and speed up the phrases and melody lines.
  • 3 impulse responses: 24 bit wave format. Large Istanbul Dome Mosque, smaller dome mosque and Turkish empirical hall.
  • Royalty and copyright free content license.
  • License and Usage Agreement for Tigris and Euphrates
  • Artwork : “Tigris & Euphrates” dvd cover. Designed by Pavel Fuksa
  • Demos & Promos: Michal Cielecki, Lorenzo Pigicci, Bill Thompson, Till Sommer , Erik Ekholm, Verbal Vigilante and Sonokinetic.

Format:

  • All files in 48 kHz
  • 24 Bit NCW
  • Programmed for Kontakt 4.2.4 and higher



Kontakt interface features:

Main view: keyswitches, key zones for makam styles, harmonic root and style labels

  • Red zones: Keys witches. All patches start at B0 when loaded. So the root harmony when loaded is tuned in western well tempered root key “B”. Green zones: Breathing sfx samples
  • Blue & cyan zones: All makam styles are mapped alphabetically in groups as follows:
  1. Hicaz (sample abbreviation: H)
  2. Huseyni (sample abbreviation:  HS)
  3. Kurdili Hicazkar (sample abbreviation: KH)
  4. Nihavent (sample abbreviation: N)
  5. Rast (sample abbreviation: R)
  6. Saba (sample abbreviation: S)
  7. Segah (sample abbreviation: SG)
  • Labels: When a blue or cyan colored key is pressed, a label appears above the wood carved emblem at the bottom right of the interface to show which Makam style is applied. For a detailed scale view refer to the “Scale indicator tab”. Notice: When there is no style available in the chosen root key it starts with the first in line. The same is applied when one is missing in between. It jumps to the next in line.

 

Convolution view: three Ottoman empire halls (Mosques and imperial hall)

  • Impulse Response: by pressing the wooden buttons above the IR picture another of the three available rooms is activated.
  • Available IR’s
  1. Suleyman Ye Mosque: Largest dome marble mosque (cathedral-like)
  2. Hagia Sophia Mosque: Mid size dome stone mosque
  3. Royal Hall: Mid size stone/granite imperial Ottoman hall

  • Envelope view: full A-D-S-R modulation (attack, decay, sustain & release)
  • With this tab models the full sample set ADSR. So all groups are affected by changing these setting. To keep the your custom setting please resave the patch. Next time when loaded it load the custom settings. (Consider renaming to have a backup when needed)

 

Scale indicator: linked to the style key zones. Presented with individual note intervals.

  • The scale indicator is linked to the key zones colored blue and cyan. When pressed the corresponding makam style and its harmonic translation is displayed and stays displayed until another makam style is activated.

Note: Middle Eastern music theory and character is very different form western music.
Due to it’s many microtones used in these makams. But as a general reference we found that a lot of our minor and major keys go well with these samples. We specifically applied western tuning while recording these samples. For instance, the root key goes well with major as the 4th and 5th go well in minor. But all these harmonic references are interchangeable and can be combined to create thousands of original combinations. The full potential of this sample library is yet to be unleashed.

The female voice for Tigris and Euphrates is sung by the fabulous singer Güzin Değişmez.

Born in Bursa in 1962. After her graduation from Bursa High School for Girls, started her music studies at Bursa Music Society with Erdinç Çelikkol.
Made solo tape records at TRT (Turkish Radio and Television Corporation) Ankara and Istanbul radios under work agreement. In 1984 began her education at Bursa Municipality Conservatory, where she started teaching after her second year, and graduated ranking the first in the school as the first graduate.

Her professional music career started in 1989 at Ministry of Culture Istanbul State Turkish Music Ensemble with Tambour Artist Necdet Yaşar as the art director. She took part in numerous stage, television performances, domestic and foreign activities of the ensemble as soloist and chorister; involved in international music festivals with İstanbul Fasıl Ensemble.

She contributed to CD and tape records realized by İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality Department of Cultural Affairs. Vocalized the album “Bursa Şarkıları” (Songs from Bursa) with Münip Utandı prepared by Bursa Osmangazi Municipality. Participated in several concerts as soloist with the band İncesaz.

In addition to her personal studies, also reaped the benefits of her studies with Prof. Dr. Alâeddin Yavaşça. Expanded her repertoire by practicing several pieces, which faded into oblivion due to rare performances, despite being exceptional examples of Turkish music, with Mr. Yavaşça as well as Nurettin Çelik as the last chief-singer of the same ensemble.

Güzin gave solo concerts at Uludağ University Cultural Center, Bursa State Fine Arts Gallery, Bursa Tayyare Cultural Center, Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall and Boğaziçi University.
Currently works with Istanbul State Turkish Music Research and Performance Ensemble.
Released an album titled “Güz’ün Şarkıları/Meftunun Oldum”.

It’s also nice to note that pianist/composer Fahir Atakoglu used her performances in Tigris and Euphrates in the very succesfull television show “Magnificent Century-Muhtesem Yuzyil” about the Ottoman Empire.

The male voice that graces this project belongs to Gediz Çoroğlu.
Born in Sakarya, Turkey, in 1986, he belongs to the newer generation of classically trained Turkish traditional singers. He studied at Istanbul Conservatory, where he graduated top of his class with outstanding success.

Amongst many TV and radio appearances, he is also attending as a contractual voice artist to İstanbul Government Turkish Music Association of Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism. For them he has taken part as a solist in 2 albums.

It’s nice to note that his vocal performance for Tigris and Euphrates appears in Magnificent Century (Muhtesem Yuzyil) which is a prime time historical Turkish soap opera television series and is currentlybroadcasted on Star Tv Channel in Turkey and based on the life of Suleiman the Magnificent, the longest reigning Sultan of the Ottoman Empire.
He has also worked with various very famous and internationally acclaimed Turkish artists such as Tarkan and pianist/composer Fahir Atakoglu.

The meticulous recording took place at Sonokinetic Studios – JW productions Istanbul with our trusted recording engineer and composer Ceyda Pirali. We are blessed to have her professional attitude and attention to detail on projects like this one. As well as her knowledge of Middle Eastern music theory and instrument specific details that are invaluable to a project like this.

Composed and performed with dedicated care and ear by professional musicians and composers.

Promo “Mesopothamia – Short teaster”: scored by Lorenzo Pigicci

Sonokinetic dedicates its formats to a select few formats. We take high standards in selecting what sampling software engines to program for and base these investments on usability , flexibility , stability and effective use of computing power. We are constant looking to evolve and ways to invest in more users friendly ways to make our libraries accessible for production and performing.
  • MAC & PC
  • Compatible with Kontakt 4 – Full version of Kontakt is required. ( This library is NOT compatible with Free Kontakt Player )
  • All files in 48 kHz, 24 Bit NCW format
  • For more information or support please check our FAQ or support service
  • Available as DOWNLOAD ONLY also available on USB stick (express shipping)

Responsibility disclosure

We have gone a long way to record these samples, another very exclusive one of kind original Middle Eastern recording. Very recognizable and beautifully and artistically performed. With that said, Sonokinetic is not responsible for any mistreatment of any of these samples in any context and we distance ourselves from any misinterpretations. The responsibility lays fully with the user.

Sonokinetic | Tigris & Euphrates: Voices Of The Ottoman Empire

Sample Library

Reviews : Sample / Sound / Song Library

Simon Langford

There are relatively few sample collections released these days that focus specifically on vocals, and even fewer that deal with Middle Eastern vocals in the same depth as this library from Sonokinetic. Indeed, with a size of over 3GB there is plenty to play with… so play with it I did!

The samples themselves are grouped into folders of Male, Female and ‘Specials’, and there are also Kontakt 4 presets and multis. For both sets of samples, there are further groups of Chants, Makam and SFX, with both the Chants and Makam groups being further subdivided by musical key. Within the Kontakt patches are key-switches that quickly allow you to choose different root notes, and which will alter the samples played accordingly. There’s also a handful of patches with various background noises and sound effects, for added atmosphere. First impressions were that they definitely invoked images of sand dunes and noisy bazaars.

this is a valuable addition to the sound library of anybody working in film, TV or games, and even those working with more esoteric music.

October 2010 – Reviewed Tigris & Euphrates (DUTCH!)


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