QUANTUM PLEAS: Tea Room Orchestra, 'Big Band Era' Orchestra, Mantovani Strings, early synths..
It would be great to have Spitfire's take on:
(1) the sort of weary, muted, soft, almost lo-fi sound of classic Tea Room Orchestras (featuring cheesy expressions and swells, vamped orchestral chords, waltz, foxtrot and bossa nova (etcetera) orchestral loops/grids/evos, upbeat and downbeat band sections, and sort of band sections um... with everyone playing the same sweepy swirly notes in unison) -- as a kind of compositional tonal alternative to broaden the available sonic palette (recorded in a room full of white tablecloths, carpets, a polished dance floor, high ceilings and a mirror ball -- with maybe miking of the various surfaces / areas of a tea room: carpets and table cloths, polished floor, ceilings, band, and foyer/kitchen/bathrooms).
(2) for the same reason (broadening one's available palette), an orchestra/band from the Big Band Era -- recorded with late 1930s/1940s/early 50s microphones and technology -- featuring the kind of phrasing used by Glen Miller et al -- brass wahs, brahps, swells, etcetera created with various expressive / articulated mutes (tin mute, bowler hat, rubber mute) played by the players, along with various combinations / orchestrations of cornets, trumpets, trombones to create the various classical effects. Also the various sections and soloists (actually soloists not so necessary, saxophones (yup!), guitar vamps, banjo vamps, ratty drum kit (no close miking or anything fancy). Plus the extra menagerie of sound sources used in Spike Jones and His City Slickers. AND the kind of instrumentation found in Kurt Weill orchestras: banjo ensembles, euphonium, dududud-style brass playing, etcetera.
As with the Tea Room Orchestra, this library could be ripe for modernisation, for example 'The Big Band Era' library could have grids and evos suited for creating Steve Reich/Minimalist-style music, spacial pads, Doppler drones, John Adams nuttiness.
The Tea Room Collection could serve as a basis for creating lush pads, trap loops (or wherever that kind of music needs to go next), slow eerie creepy compositions, highly-processed lo-fi um... stuff, and sort of nostalgic reverb drenched 78rpm dystopia.
(3) Mantovani Strings. Kinda basically Mantovani Strings! Silky sweeping high pitched pad-like tones featuring various degrees of rosin, lushness and glittery icing. Featuring pure treacle, sugar-frosting, and saccharine OD versions. Plus Mellotron, Orchestron (as per Trans Europe Express), vinyl-pressing, two-track Super Stereo Sound tape-recording, and eDNA processing.
ANY OTHER THOUGHTS/TAKES ON THIS PATH OF THINKING? (OTHER THAN "YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING!")
Hammond-a-go-go, K-Tel Hawaiian Orchestras, Cinema Organs, Martenot and Musitron? etc...