Community Roundup: A Tale of Two (Multi-)Instruments

The Community Roundup is your go-to monthly recap featuring the best creations from Artiphon players around the world. Keep scrolling for some of our favorite projects in June including spacey sample packs, in-depth interviews, custom controllers, and more! You can find previous Community Roundups on the Artiphon blog here.


 
 

Earlier this month, hip-hop afficionado and Raleigh-based beatmaker Sarah the !llstrumentalist gave us a behind-the-scenes look at her newly-released sound pack. Black-hole enveloped bass lines, stargazing synths, and fuzzed-out guitar loops transmitted from far off galaxies abound in Lo-fi Spaceship Sounds Volume 1. Beaming out celestial chords with Smart Strum, see how Sarah sculpts her sonic explorations using the INSTRUMENT 1 beginning at 3:34. Sarah's debut beat tape, Conversations, is currently streaming on all major platforms, and don't forget to follow her over on Soundcloud, Instagram, and Facebook for more.


 
 

Brooklyn-based producer The Phronetic recently sat down with Flocabulary, as part of their Extra Credit web series, to talk about his creative process and topics ranging from Aristotle to Amy Winehouse. In addition to the illuminating discussion, be sure to listen for his track "Move" at 1:05 which was produced using only the Artiphon INSTRUMENT 1 and his own voice (Check out the Artiphon Session for "Move" here). Check out Phro's new album, Early Joints, on Spotify & Apple Music and be sure to keep up with all of his projects on Instagram, Facebook, and Soundcloud.


 
 

The enigmatic electronic duo Black Beluga appeared on our radar earlier this month with a live rendition of Jay Hardway's "Wake Up." The original track is an upbeat EDM smash hit complete with punchy synth stabs, chopped vocal samples, and, of course, hella drops. Black Beluga manage to capture the record's vibrant essence while incorporating their own unique flair using the INSTRUMENT 1 to trigger samples alongside violin and electric guitar. Like what you hear? Follow Black Beluga on YouTube and Twitter for more.


 
 

Also in June, ukulelist Rex Lee recorded a lovely INSTRUMENT 1 cover of Youmi Kimura's iconic "Always With Me," from Hayo Miazaki's Spirited Away. The Studio Ghibli classic continues to inspire with its stunning hand-drawn visuals & unparalleled sense of wonder, and we were equally heartened by Rex's own sunny tribute which features a breathy flute and custom fretted ukulele tuning. You can see more of Rex's musical musings on Instagram here.


 
 

A mashup for the ages! Modern Renaissance man Adolfo Zilli recently set out to make a true multi-instrument in the fullest sense of the term, combining a traditional guitar with its 21st century counterpart, the INSTRUMENT 1. In the video above, Adolfo walks you through his design process step-by-step and even includes a parts list, should you wish to try your own hand at such an undertaking. Jump to 21:50 for a delightful duet between two cleverly-named "Partyphons," with airy piano improv and ethereal flutes summoned from the INSTRUMENT 1's expressive, pressure-sensitive fingerboard.


Head on over to our Community Performances playlist on YouTube for more inspiring INSTRUMENT 1 submissions from Artiphon players across the globe, and join the conversation on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter as well. Be sure to tag @Artiphon and the #INSTRUMENT1 in your own posts on socials, and you may even see yourself featured in a future Community Roundup. Happy music-making!

Luke Graves