There is nothing sadder than the death of a musical instrument, but this broken old piano was deceased long before I got it. So my mission was to immortalise its final sounds as it was struck, scraped, twanged, hit and slowly deconstructed to a pile of kindling and broken wires. And then a wake was held….

The resulting library is an incredibly diverse collection of disturbing and unsettling sounds, perfect for evocative sound design but also useful for many practical applications: some of the wood creaks, shrieks, hits & splits are particularly resonant, while many of the metal-on-wood scrapes are prime source material for woosh creation.

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24bit 192kHz • stereo • 1,143 sounds in 45 .WAV files • 3.7GB download • 7.3GB unrar’d

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TORTURED PIANO preview 01 by timprebble


TORTURED PIANO preview 02 FX by timprebble


Along with deconstructing the upright piano, I also did two recording sessions with my old Collard & Collard baby grand piano, which was “prepared” for sound effects rather than music. Recorded using dual contact microphones, the subtle interactions bely the aggressive nature of the resultant sounds.



TORTURED PIANO preview 03 contact mic by timprebble