Helenko
1930s celesta
quirkyness

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the celesta



if there’s a rule of thumb that could be applied to most instruments, it’s that the smaller they are, the more character they have. instead of going for a posh concert sound, helenko captures a rare tabletop celesta made by jenco in the 1930s.
sampled humanly and processed with unobtanium analogue kit created between the 1940s and 1960s, it’s ready to become a highlight of your sonic palette. that is, unless you feel like a celesta should be played only with a serious face and white gloves.
simply put - if you’re looking for that trentemøller / mogwai / tom waits / björk / radiohead kind of vibe, look no further.

Multiple round robins and mechanical noises add to a hyper-real feel.


the afterglow



the acoustic part is complimented by a collection of bespoke afterglow patches, created by processing the recordings with rare vintage hardware and tape.
the standout pieces used include filter famously used by stockhausen, an emt 224 reverb and an early digital pitch shifter made by publison somewhere between frace and the 7th gate of hell.
to keep it short - there’s no need to add a pile of analogue emulating plugins. the vibe is already there.