Flume, the alias of Harley Streten, burst onto the electronic music scene in 2012 and swiftly rose in popularity with his darkly textured yet soulful electronica. His debut albumFlumeperfectly showcases his penchant for chopped-up sound design and guest vocals. One of the key elements to Flume's sound is the marriage of experimental sounds with poppy chord progression, melodies and hooks, which gives his music an accessible yet interesting character.
"Music essentially boils down to two main elements, rhythm and melody. I feel tones and textures often get overlooked, so I like to take my time finding the right sounds." - Flume
Most of Flume's sound design is done with powerful digital synthesizers that allow him to take advantage of unison / voice detune and interesting sounding wavetable oscillators. Some great digital synths are Native Instruments Massive, XFer Serum and LennarDigital Sylenth1, but there are plenty of options to chose from. Most of the sounds fromFlumewere likely created with Sylenth1,of which Flume said"I know Sylenth1 back to front so I can make any sound on that now... it’s the one synth Ireally know well."