In preparation for scoring the upcoming film/TV-series “The Record Keeper” I decided to create a virtual electronic instrument based on an antique French clock.  This clock was built ca. late 1800’s and most likely came from the region near the French border with Germany and Switzerland.

By sampling the clock’s various chimes, ticks and other sounds, I was able to create a clock that’s “playable” across the keyboard.

In Clip 1, you can hear what the clock sounds like when it strikes quarter of the hour.

After mapping multiple layers and velocities of clock chimes across the keyboard, Clip 2 demonstrates what it sounds like when transformed into a playable musical instrument. All sounds (except the duduk) are from the clock…

  • Clip 1 - Full Chime Sequence - Geoff Koch
  • Clip 2 - Clock Instrument Demonstration - Geoff Koch
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