Steven Drozd Top Five

 

The Flaming Lips

Biography

Steven Drozd started out as a drummer in his fathers polka band at the age of ten. Little did he know that he merely ten years later would sign a deal with Warner Brothers as part of the multiple grammy winning band Flaming Lips, play with Beck and have his music featured in the Spiderman movies.

Logical Progress Flute (Factory Sound Bank / Combinator Patches / Reed and Pipe)

If you listen to the Flaming Lips' last LP, At War With The Mystics you'll hear the haunting flute sound on "Pompeii Am Gotterdammerung". The best thing about the patch is that you need add nothing to it. It's a creepy M Tron Flute running through mellow reverb and delay. I have to say that discovering this sound kind of inspired me to write that melody that the flute plays. Definitely one of my choicest finds.

Trinity Voices (Factory Sound Bank / NN-XT Sampler Patches / Voice)

The Flaming Lips have just finished and released Wayne Coyne's bizarre film, Christmas On Mars, and I composed a lot of the soundtrack using Reason. The ease of setting up sounds made it possible for me to quickly try to harmonize strings, horns and choir for the cinematic score. There are many things I used but here are a couple that were very effective. You'll hear this in a bunch of spots throughout the score.

HarpGliss Dwn (Orkester Sound Bank / Harp)

A sound that fans ask me about is the harp glissandos that The Lips use so much, especially in the movie. I love it so much because it will play major, minor, major 7th and even diminished harp glissandos at different speeds. Can't get enough of this. Try it with a delay and some reverb and magic will occur!

Raw_MM_Sqr1 (Factory Sound Bank / NN19 Sampler Patches / Synth Raw Elements)

Right now I'm finishing the score for a documentary called "The Heart is a Drum Machine". It is by the guys who did the documentary about Bob Moog a few years ago. The new film should be out in 2009. Again, I used Reason to sketch out ideas and then I ended up liking the sounds. Speaking of Moog, I must've had Bob Moog on the brain because I used this patch so much. For bass, melodies and arpeggios... This sound is all over the soundtrack. The best thing about this patch is its versatility. I like to tweak the filter for different types of brightness and you can really psych it out by messing with the pan destination on the LFO.

Church Organ (Factory Sound Bank / Combinator Patches / Organ)

Something I'm always on the lookout for is organ sounds. The thing is that it's easy to find decent organ sounds. But, it is difficult to find really believable analog sounding organs, at least to my ear. Here's one I use with The Lips and on my own stuff. It reminds me of some Pink Floyd sounds from the Meddle era. Very psychedelic and hymnal sounding.

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