Uncover the dark side of dance
Trash 2 can also be deployed for more experimental dance tracks—the type of sounds you might hear in an Autechre song or a track by Burial, whose music is influenced by UK garage, dubstep, jungle’s spacier sounds, and ambient music.
Keep in mind that Burial’s music is incredibly singular. He uses creative sampling (of YouTube videos), rhythmic idiosyncrasies in the Soundforge DAW (most notably on Untrue), and his own rhythmic and tonal sensibilities, so it’s a bit of a fool’s errand to try to replicate it wholesale. But, if you’ve laid down tracks full of various samples, and want to add some Burial-esque atmosphere to the overall sound, try experimenting with Trash 2.
We mentioned Convolve’s animal sound bank above. This is a good opportunity to experiment with it. Navigate to MechAnimals, then see which of the nine options strikes your fancy. Toad, for instance, has a really interesting reverb with a dark, almost metallic timbre; as does Snake, which also applies a sort of hiss to the mix. Tortoise is another interesting option—it sounds as if one is hearing the music play inside a shell, as it were, or inside a building with unique reverb qualities. Combine this with the Garage setting in the Fuzz menu of Trash, and mess around with the Filter and Delay buttons, and you will quickly be exploring the darker, more experimental side of dance music.