= Folktek Arts =

= Folktek Arts = The works of Arius Blaze, Ben Houston and co.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Impressionist Drum Scape IX

One of the drum scape series by Arius Blaze - built on Commission. Nasty beautiful antique analog drum synthesis, notated delay and looping, brass keys, sweet drone.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Impressionist Drum Scape VIII

Another of the drum scape series by Arius Blaze - antique analog, huge bass, deep drone, brass and hints of bakelite. More on the drum scape series on the folktek site; http://folktek.com/instruments/quadrum

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Impressionist Drum Scape VII

A comissioned piece by Arius Blaze = one of the antique synth drum series. Huge bass, and sweet nasty drone. See it on the folktek site here;

Thursday, October 21, 2010

New Folktek.com is now live

After years of having a messy, pretty ugly and irretrievably scattered website, and after months of organizing and pounding out the details, we've now finally gone live with the fresh and clean folktek.com.

There you'll find the synth art and soon to be visual arts and odds and ends of the folktek artists. A solid percentage of the portfolio is now viewable(!). We'll be adding to and fancying up a bit but for now there is a good deal of functionality.
We've also added a players page for players of folktek works who want to post up videos, sounds, words or photos.
You're strongly encouraged to go have a look - if you know about folktek - there are likely things up you have never seen.
If you're new to folktek - welcome!


Friday, October 8, 2010

Midi Drum Scape

The Drum Scape by Arius Blaze. This version is expanded upon and has the ability to recieve simple on/off midi messages for proper synchronization. The jacks also allow for the midi to be connected to any other folktek work with trigger jacks. Expanded delay controls include tap tempo, notated tight and reverse delay styles. Very big drum sound and sweet synth drone. see other drum scape posts here; http://folktek.blogspot.com/search?q=drum+scape

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Harmonic Field version 2

Currently available via ebay. Feel free to hit us up direct with offers; folktek@gmail.com
ebay; http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260669695969&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT

Monday, September 27, 2010

Modified Omnichord om-84 available! On Ebay

Thursday, September 23, 2010

New track by Arcana Red= modified omnichord

"Bent Out Of Shape by Arcana Red is a track done almost exclusively on the modified Folktek Omnichord OM-250m with external patchbox. The OM-250m sounds are not altered except for some reverb on the right channel. This track emphasizes the potential for interesting glitch textures and rhythmic patterns on just one of the voices (strings), and just one patch configuration using five magnetic patch cables while pressing multiple magnetic keys.

Listen ((((Here))))) also check other ((omnichord posts))

Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Bug

New Bug works by Ben Houston. Available here on ebay For more info see all bug and insect works - link at bottom of post ; http://folktek.blogspot.com/search?q=bug.

Friday, September 10, 2010

First Free Demo VST and review

We have our first official review of the "Folktek Collection Vol. 1" from Richard Devine;
"The new Folktek Collection Volume by Big Pauper and Arius Blaze is one of the most unique sample collections I have ever heard. Each sample has been meticulously recorded with careful attention to detail and playability. I have longed for having many of their beautiful instruments and this collection now brings all of that into one environment. Highly recommend to all producers/sound designers looking for new sounds that are totally unique and out of this world!"

We also have a first in a series of free demo vst's designed with the intention of allowing kontakt players to have a look at how we do things by presenting a mix of samples from different instruments in the "Folktek Collection Vol One."

The intent of this sample kit is to let you check out a typical custom programmed Folktek GUI and to let you mess around with a few of the thousands of Folktek sounds included in the collection.

Go the the Folktek VST page to get the free demo or read more about the collection;

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Folktek Collection Vol. 1 (virtual instruments)

After a year of work "the Folktek Collection Volume 1" has finally been realized. A massive selection of virtual instruments designed and recorded by Arius Blaze and Big Pauper - to be played using Kontakt. We took over $30,000 worth of our favorite Folktek works and meticulously multi-sampled the sounds we love, then designed the interfaces within Kontakt to have the controls we liked and what's resulted is a massive 1.74gb of data and 64 virtual instruments of the highest quality.

Go to the full page to read more, listen to sounds or to purchase the collection (price; 149.79;

Friday, August 20, 2010

Impressionist Drum Scape VI

A drum scape work in the future antique style by Arius Blaze. The drum scape is a constant source of sonic pleasure - drone synth, beats and beauty.

For all other drum scape posts (images, videos and more details) check here; Drum Scape search

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Time Scape Wave Sequencer on ebay

sold...goodbye sweet TSWS, you will be missed.

I'm not a big fan of listing these larger works on ebay, but here it is;

TSWS on Ebay

See the full description on the blog here;
Unfortunately there are no proper videos of this work and I'm not sure I'll find time before the auction ends. But keep in mind, this work is capable of everything the "Time Scape", "Scape Sequencer" and "Time Machine" works are (and much more) - so if you're interested, do the search here on the blog and watch videos and listen to sound samples. And/or go through our youtube videos to see what those works do; folktek youtube
This piece is also capable of everything that the Feedback Wave is - which will let you know what the touch board is all about - feedback based synthesis. Although, with the sequencer being built in, there are a multitude of greater possibilities for the synth section as well.
If you decide to go for this work, you'll be thrilled - it is my masterpiece sampler synth to date and currently at the price of a Time Machine. If you want to get it straight from me and cut out the corporate evils of ebay, you're more than welcome to hit me up direct; folktek@gmail.com. good luck and take care.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Drone Scape

The Drone Scape by Arius Blaze - an ongoing series of works intended specifically for a broad range of drone - from lo-fi to extremely rich and lush, similar in nature to the Drum Scape series, though also quite different from any other folktek work. On the other hand, it's also capable of glitch, bleeps and blips, odd beats, shifting arpeggiation and all varieties of noise.

The Drone Scape X (one of four identical works) can be found here;
Drone Scape X
This piece is capable of all of the same sounds and has the same controls.

Based on step shifting oscillation run through a built in delay - capable of extremely tight notated repeats and up to about 1.5 seconds. The result in an enormous range of sound with great control over the sonic characteristics.
There are six sound samples presented here - unedited, eneffected, way too long, likely redundant and encoded at medium quality. After recording I performaed a modification which allows for further possibility and control - however, I currently have no intention of rerecording, so this is it;
= There is one Drone Scape finished and ready to ship, otherwise this is an ongoing series of work built to order.
Custom switches, keys, lamps and beautiful hardwood box.