Ambient Music On A Korg Electribe Music Production Station

Sunday Synth Jam: There’s a long tradition in the world of electronic music of using gear in ways that the instrument’s designers did not expect.

Here’s an interesting synth jam, that features a musician taking an electronic and bending it to to his will. 

Korg markets their Electribe Music Production Station for creating ‘House and Techno as well as cutting-edge dance music genres such as Trap and EDM’.

In this video,though,  r beny demonstrates the new Electribe can also be a powerful tool for creating ambient music.

“I’ve been trying to show the Electribe 2 in a different context than Korg probably intended, he notes. “My 6th ambient jam which was recorded live in the woods to the iPad.”

Check out this unexpected use of the Electribe and then let us know what you think of it in the comments!

16 thoughts on “Ambient Music On A Korg Electribe Music Production Station

  1. Stop the presses: This person totally turned the tables, he didn’t use “Electribe Music Station” as intented (as it says on the box how it should be used) but made this woozy reverb drenched bland milk porridge sound instead. I just love it how on the internet i’m completely blown away by all these sudden bursts of completely new, unheard things, like transmissions from different planet!

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    1. True! But it’s still a little bland, no? What this Electribe really needs is some software hack for microtonal madness, then this porridge would at least have some salt, which is the vital ingredient all bland porridge lacks. 🙂

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  2. I like the concept of taking just one device into the forest and making music with it (granted it took two devices to make this video but you know what I mean…). I look for “desert island” opportunities to compose with a singular piece of gear – that’s true zen.

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  3. You might as well say that every single drum machine/groove box out there is for “EDM”, or “Dance”. I love my ‘tribe and am constantly surprised at how much sound I can get out of it. Personally, I think it’s everything that the OP-1 is, minus the premium price and a great deal more option.

    This is a bit vanilla, but still it’s really quite lovely and kudo’s to him for making it!

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    1. I didn’t realize the Electribe 2 had a sampler like the OP-1. Nor did I realize it had so many different synth engines and the ability to record to virtual 4-track tape. I came across none of that when reading about this device. Glad to know there’s a cheaper version of the OP-1 out there with “a great deal more option”. I think if more people realized that, they would sell their OP-1 and get this instead.

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      1. I’d rather have either of the new electribes than an OP-1. (I have a hacked e2 that samples)

        You could read up on the specs and features, compare them to the OP-1, and you might come away impressed.

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        1. I have both and greatly prefer the OP-1.

          To keep it simple: the OP-1 is something I will have for the rest of my life, and I will do whatever it takes to make statement true. If my OP-1 broke tonight, and couldn’t be fixed, I’d buy a new one tomorrow.

          The Electribe 2 is, most likely, going on Craigslist this week.

          The OP-1 encourages immediate and intimate use, like all great instruments do. For me, the E2 seems to be constantly pushing me away, and interrupting my creative work flow with too many menus and too many button presses.

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          1. I think there is a place for both in a studio. Personally, I find that the E2’s workflow suits me pretty well. I find it very intuitive. The thing about the OP-1 that turns me off is that it doesn’t play well with others. I guess there is the Op-lab, but out of the box, I can sync the E2 with my MIDI gear and modular stuff.

            I do love how the OP-1 sounds though.

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  4. I don’t own one, but the elektribes seem a great value for what they cost. Inexpensive enough that I actually would allow it to leave the safety of the studio, yet powerful enough to keep one interested.

    I love the highly potable studio idea. Electronic musicians now have tools that allows them to be spontaneously creative – like pulling a guitar or harnpminica out and playing around on the spot. It’s a great time for music gear, but a terrible time for humanity.

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  5. First, I enjoyed the track, and I appreciate that it was made.
    Next, I have an ‘electribe 2’ and enjoy working with it though I don’t really do “EDM” with it.
    Third, it’s not remarkable that a musician used a piece of gear to make something the gear was not marketed to produce, that’s called creativity, and if you’re not using electronic gear in unintended ways you’re not really trying (and I think this was intended usage, just not really marketed as such much;).

    I will now go use my electribe to prepare a salad.
    -WotP

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