is a UK based composer, sound designer and lover of funny noises who has written, produced and performed soundtracks for every major UK TV station. He has devised large scale public art projects and written chart-topping dance music. However, what I find most interesting, he is also one of relatively few musicians within the UK who owns a dulcitone. Poucher claims that his Dulcitone 1884
is the world's first multi-sampled dulcitone.
A dulcitone is a keyboard instrument
in which sound is produced by a range of tuning forks, which vibrate when struck by felt-covered hammers activated by the keyboard. The instrument was designed and manufactured by the firm of Thomas Machell & Sons in Scotland during the late nineteenth century.
A significant feature of the dulcitone was its portability, a product of its lightweight and compact construction and the fact that the tuning forks (unlike, for instance, the strings of a piano) were not prone to going out of tune. However, the volume produced is extremely limited, and the dulcitone's part is frequently substituted by a glockenspiel or other celesta type instruments
For those electronic musicians out there, Pendle Poucher is selling his sampled libraries. What is offered at Dulcitone 1884
is sampled instruments, built from many megabytes of stereo samples, and split over three velocity layers. It is offered in Kontakt2/3, Ableton Sampler, EXS24, Soundfont, Shortcircuit, SFZ, NN-XT/Reason Combinator, Wusik, and Giga formats.
Poucher's site on Virb.com
also has sample libraries for a grand thrift autoharp, a ships piano, a tiny binaural harpsichord, and steel drum percussion. Each library is only £15.00.