I got new software instruments recently and celebrated (as I always do) by composing something that incorporates the new stuff - no matter what random combination that turns out to be. Think "Chopped!" where they have to make a dish from cumquats, veal, marscapone and 6 oz. of Root Beer.
My mystery ingredients this time were:
Choral ensembles in a virtual midi instrument - I chose boy-choir. (The choir starts up at about 1:40)
Algorythmic midi drums - you dial around a bunch of X/Y parameters and the midi drum patterns change mysteriously.
Another virtual box full of hundreds of virtual drum set samples- to connect to the Algorythmic thing.
A bass synthesizer specializing in 80's sounds.
A thing that stretches and distorts any sound recordings (granular synthesis) - I didn't think of much use for this one but it provides those orchestra tuning up bits in a couple places.
The choir sample set is quite good but I worked to try and make it even better. EQ, some expression work, and a "secret sauce" of my own. How convincingly real, or not was the sound to you?
Thanks for listening!