Archive for July, 2012

Navigating History: Egypt OST Available

Posted on July 12, 2012 at 5:19 pm, by Ben

This isn’t really news, but the music I wrote for Navigating History: Egypt is available for mp3 download! Go to the Navigating History site to learn more about the project! I’ve also written a few posts in the past about the creation of this music, and the instruments I used to do so (Part 1) (Part 2).

“The Navigating History: Egypt soundtrack, composed by Benjamin Botkin (Return of the Daughters, The Mysterious Islands, Ace Wonder), captures the wonder and mystery of ancient and modern Egypt. With authentic Middle Eastern instruments and voices, this haunting score transports you to the land of mummies, Pharaohs, jackal-headed gods, pyramids, and God’s mighty wonders.

Over half an hour of music in sixteen tracks. Each track is a 320kbps stereo MP3 file.”

Demos for new Sample Developer: Embertone

Posted on July 3, 2012 at 1:25 pm, by Ben


I love the sampled instrument industry. There’s so much vigorous competition, development of new techniques and technologies is happening all the time–it seems like “revolutionary” and “game-changing” new libraries come out every year. Well, there’s a new sample developer on the block: Embertone, the brainchild of composers Alex Davis and Jonathan Churchill. This last week I wrote up a couple instrument demos for some of their new instruments: “Jubal flute”, a simple reed flute, and “Ivory Wind”, a tenor recorder. Check it out!

Benjamin Botkin – “Gift of a Whistle” – Jubal Flute by Embertone

Benjamin Botkin – “Antique Dealer” – Ivory Wind by Embertone

Their instruments are very playable and incredibly low-priced. I’m very curious to see what comes out of this brand in the future, as I’ll probably be picking a lot of it up to use in my music.

Go ahead and follow them on Facebook and Soundcloud so you can keep in touch with news and future developments.