HighC samples

A panorama of possibilities, along various themes:

A new kind of music - Classical, with a twist - Fun Loops - Weird Effects - Audio Synthesis

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A new kind of music

HighC's inspirer, UPIC, was designed to explore new musical vocabularies, based on novel music theories. The following short pieces illustrate this approach:

classical, with a twist

Of course, music of all genres can still be created with HighC. Rather than reproducing classical instruments, the following interpretations use novel timbres and effects to renew the listening experience.

These pieces were made using two key features: first, MIDI import allows importing a track played on a conventional instrument: this is needed to give a more natural expression to the piece, that most electronically-generated music tends to miss. Next, rich and specifically chosen timbres and envelopes were designed to replace the original instrument, and turned into patterns. The notes of the initial score were then selectively replaced with those patterns to produce a novel interpretation.

This is a delicate exercise in taste. The point of this page is to illustrate the capabilities of the software, not to create ground breaking interpretations. Thus, I apologize to Bach and Schubert for any mistreatment of their music you might perceive.

Fun Loops

In regular music production, you'll probably want to use HighC for two particular tasks where it excels: weird sound effects, and loops or short motifs to create a novel and distinctive signature.

These are short loops that should be played repeatedly to form a base line. They are stored as patterns in the base library and so you can reuse them or create your own using the same principles.

Weird effects, strange instruments

HighC is also useful in regular music production, to create many effects that require a complex program or unintuitive settings on soft synths. Because of its graphical rendition, editing weird sounding effects is much easier than in music-programming systems.

Teaching Audio Synthesis

Because of its graphical nature, HighC is a very good tool to teach the acoustic part of music theory and sound synthesis.

Finally, you will find many other contributed samples in HighC's dedicated forum section.