Spitfire Audio Goes To The Edge Of The World With FRACTURED STRINGS, Once again collaborating with the Hans Zimmer Team
Spitfire Audio - Fractured Strings

From AIR Studios to the edge of the world. We’ve collaborated with Hans Zimmer’s prestigious scoring collective Bleeding Fingers Music (Frozen Planet II, Planet Earth II, Blue Planet II) and London’s finest string players to create a new kind of small ensemble library — featured in BBC’s Frozen Planet II.

Spitfire Audio - Fractured Strings LogoFractured Strings introduces an innovative approach to articulations that delivers inspirational surprises through intervallic performances and new modal colors, with unparalleled depth and realism. With these sophisticated and emotive musical gestures and our new Scale Mode technology, this library lends itself perfectly to cellular, ambient, and neoclassical composing — reflecting the intricacies, patterns and contrasts found in natural phenomena.

Fractured Strings Recording Session AIR

This library’s journey has only just begun. Featuring an eight-piece string ensemble and two soloists, these sounds have been brought to life in the unparalleled acoustics of AIR Lyndhurst Hall, complete with 15 signal paths. With infinite intervallic possibilities, you can take these strings anywhere — to places of warmth, grit, darkness or light.

“Early on in the process of scoring Frozen Planet II, we looked at the patterns of splintering ice and the individuality of snowflakes. In creating Fractured Strings, we worked closely with the Spitfire team and London’s best players to represent these natural phenomena in musical performances — resulting in a toolkit that became the foundation of our score for the show.” 

– James Everingham & Adam Lukas — Composers, Frozen Planet II

REFRACT, BLOOM, SOAR

This is a new kind of chamber string library, designed to infuse warmth, color, and humanity into the gestures, leaps, and cellular motifs that you compose — as well as to inspire you with surprising intervallic and modal possibilities. These strings refract, bloom and soar across 100+ seventh-reaches, two-note statements, swelling rotations, pizzicato strums, and soaring chord extensions. 

ELEVATE YOUR SCORES WITH SCALE MODE 

Introducing our new Scale Mode technology — select from any of the seven diatonic modes or build your own scale by simply clicking the notes you want to be included. From there, it intelligently selects the right samples our players will follow your lead that conforms to the scale you’ve entered, split by velocity — developing their intervallic string techniques and triggering wider intervals at higher velocities for endless inspiration.

Fractured Strings - GUI

AIR STUDIOS AT ITS MOST SPELLBINDING

“The vast space of the hall really reflected the extremes that we were scoring in the natural world…”

— James Everingham, Bleeding Fingers Music

AIR Studios Mic position Fractured Strings

To capture tiny, intimate moments unfolding across a vast, uncaring landscape, we brought a small section of London’s finest string players to the mammoth AIR Lyndhurst Hall, home of blockbuster scores. Together, these eight players, the Bleeding Fingers Music team, and our own collective of composers, conductors, and engineers collaborated to create a vast suite of short leaps, gestures and swells. The resulting sound makes for a sublime companion to other libraries recorded at AIR Studios, including other small string section libraries such as Albion Neo, Chamber Strings, and Olafur Arnalds Chamber Evolutions. 

EXTREME SCORING

For Frozen Planet II, Bleeding Fingers Music and the show’s composers Hans Zimmer, James Everingham and Adam Lukas were looking for a library that could score not only scenes of frozen silence, but also scenes of action, tension, crisis and drama. Rather than imitate the whispering textures of glacial rivers, Fractured Strings offers a spectrum of sounds and textures that reflect the planet’s fuller-voiced, more melodic moments, from microscopic to grand gestures. The result is a library with potential far beyond the world’s end. 

BLEEDING FINGERS MUSIC: THE PRESTIGIOUS SCORING COLLECTIVE

“Creating these instruments in partnership with Spitfire Audio is what sets our scores apart on tentpole projects like those for the BBC Natural History Unit.”

Russell Emanuel, Co-Founder & CEO, Bleeding Fingers Music

Emmy-winning and BAFTA-nominated Bleeding Fingers Music is an exciting, diverse composer collective, hand-selected and mentored by Hans Zimmer. They were awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Music Composition for BBC’s Primates, Emmy nominations for BBC’s Planet Earth II and National Geographic’s Being the Queen, plus two Webby awards for the BBC’s groundbreaking 13 Minutes To The Moon.

Bleeding Fingers has created original music for productions including National Geographic’s Documentary Film Apollo: Missions to the Moon; Around the World in 80 Days (BBC); Blue Planet II (BBC); Planet Earth II (BBC); Seven Worlds; One Planet (BBC); The Simpsons (Fox); Superfly (Sony Pictures); Diana: In Her Own Words (Nat Geo); The Planets (Nat Geo); Savage Kingdom (Nat Geo); Intervention (A&E); Alien Christmas (Netflix)’ Earth At Night In Color (Apple TV); The Real Right Stuff (Nat Geo); Prehistoric Planet (Apple TV+); and more. In recent years they have found innovative ways to bring mainstream musicians into the scoring world, collaborating with artists such as Radiohead, Sia, Muse, Foals, Aurora, and X Ambassadors.

Hailing from eight countries, the Bleeding Fingers composers embrace and nurture their wide-ranging musical identities to deliver a sonic depth that is second to none. Housed in state-of-the-art studios on Hans Zimmer’s world-renowned Santa Monica campus and supported by a best-in-class creative production team, Bleeding Fingers produces music at the very highest standard.

KEY FEATURES

  • 4 Violin
  • 4 Celli
  • Solo Violin
  • Solo Cello
  • NEW — Scale Mode: Select from any of the seven diatonic modes or build your own scale by simply clicking the notes you want to be included
  • Evo Grid:  Allowing the user to map multiple instrument articulations and sounds across the keyboard for ease of use. Use classic evo grid features like ‘randomize’ to find beautiful special accidents
  • 42 Violin Fractures:
    • Orchestral flourishes, covering 10 varieties of chords
  • 54 Violin Articulations:
    • 15 Statements (Up/Down/Same note)
    • 10 Splinters (Up/Down)
    • 14 Rotations (Up/Down)
    • 7 Dispersals
    • 3 Declamatory Shorts
    • 2 Pizzicato Strums
    • 3 7th Reaches
  • 51 Cello Articulations:
    • 15 Statements (Up/Down/Same note)
    • 10 Splinters (Up/Down)
    • 14 Rotations (Up/Down)
    • 7 Dispersals
    • 3 Declamatory Shorts
    • 2 Pizzicato Strums
  • 9 Solo Violin Articulations:
    • Arpeggios across a range of chords
  • 9 Solo Cello Articulations:
    • Arpeggios across a range of chords
  • 15 signal paths: 
    • Big Mix 
    • Medium Mix
    • Small Mix 
    • Tree 
    • Outriggers
    • Ambient 
    • Stereo Mix 
    • Stereo Ribbon Mix
    • Gallery 
    • Close Valve 
    • Close Ribbon
    • Close Ultra 
    • Close Valve Wide Pan
    • Close Ribbon Wide Pan 
    • Close Ultra Wide Pan 
  • 88.1 GB disk space required during install 

 

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

Available – September 22nd, 2022 at 5pm BST

Link – http://www.spitfireaudio.com/fractured-strings

RRP Price: £249 / $299 / 299€

Pre-order / Promo Period: £199 / $229 / 229€

Owners of Orchestral Swarm eligible for crossgrade price – will save 30% off RRP (automatically calculated once logged in)

 

About Bleeding Fingers Music (https://www.bleedingfingersmusic.com/)

Emmy-winning and BAFTA-nominated Bleeding Fingers is an exciting, diverse composer collective, hand-selected and mentored by Hans Zimmer. They were awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Music Composition for BBC’s Primates, Emmy nominations for BBC’s Planet Earth II and National Geographic’s Being the Queen, plus two Webby awards for the BBC’s groundbreaking 13 Minutes To The Moon.

Bleeding Fingers has created original music for productions including National Geographic’s Documentary Film Apollo: Missions to the Moon; Around the World in 80 Days (BBC); Blue Planet II (BBC); Planet Earth II (BBC); Seven Worlds; One Planet (BBC); The Simpsons (Fox); Superfly (Sony Pictures); Diana: In Her Own Words (Nat Geo); The Planets (Nat Geo); Savage Kingdom (Nat Geo); Intervention (A&E); Alien Christmas (Netflix)’ Earth At Night In Color (Apple TV); The Real Right Stuff (Nat Geo); Prehistoric Planet (Apple TV+); and more. In recent years they have found innovative ways to bring mainstream musicians into the scoring world, collaborating with artists such as Radiohead, Sia, Muse, Foals, Aurora, and X Ambassadors.

Hailing from eight countries, the Bleeding Fingers composers embrace and nurture their wide-ranging musical identities to deliver a sonic depth that is second to none. Housed in state-of-the-art studios on Hans Zimmer’s world-renowned Santa Monica campus and supported by a best-in-class creative production team, Bleeding Fingers produces music at the very highest standard.

About Spitfire Audio (www.spitfireaudio.com)

 

Spitfire Audio is a British music technology company that specializes in sounds — sample libraries, virtual instruments, and other useful software devices. It collaborates with the best composers, artists, and engineers in the world to build musical tools that sound great and are exciting to use.

Spitfire Audio was founded by two award-winning composers: Christian Henson and Paul Thomson. Born out of their shared dissatisfaction with string sample libraries, they pooled their resources and decided to record their own string samples at the legendary Air Studios in London. Initially, they invited a limited number of friends and associates to own copies of their samples, but whispers of this private sample club soon started to echo across the Atlantic Ocean throughout the composer community. Within a year, some of the most renowned composers in film and television signed up, so Paul and Christian decided to take their samples public. 

To date, Spitfire Audio has recorded and released over 100 sample libraries, collaborating with some of the biggest names in media composition, including Hans Zimmer, Eric Whitacre, Ólafur Arnalds & the London Contemporary Orchestra. Spitfire Audio’s sounds are heard in everything, from major Hollywood film scores to recordings by Radiohead and U2. Paul and Christian’s initial side project is now a thriving international music technology enterprise, with a uniquely experienced and diverse workforce, all focused on a shared mission: to inspire a generation of composers. The composer team remains at the center of the business, drawing on their own experience as obsessive music makers to explore the needs and wants of their fellow composers. 

 

 

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