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Title: Orbiting the Earth with an Audio System
Post by: Earth_Orbit on August 25, 2013, 10:16:59 AM
Greetings,

Long-time lurker, first time poster. 

Here is the last project:

http://earthorbitaudiosystem.bandcamp.com/album/magnetic (http://earthorbitaudiosystem.bandcamp.com/album/magnetic)

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.  My goal is to refine my sound/aesthetic and I'm thirsty for the feedback of this community.

Peace and Light.
Title: Re: Orbiting the Earth with an Audio System
Post by: Castleview on August 27, 2013, 06:46:51 PM
I've actually come across your music before while looking around on Bandcamp.

Pretty good drone music.
Title: Re: Orbiting the Earth with an Audio System
Post by: Earth_Orbit on August 27, 2013, 08:01:44 PM
Thanks, I'm still trying to find my sound but I'm having fun and I think I'm making some progress.

I've followed you on Bandcamp, I'll be giving your work a listen over the next few days.
Title: Re: Orbiting the Earth with an Audio System
Post by: Castleview on August 27, 2013, 08:55:57 PM
Thanks. I appreciate that.

I'm still trying to improve my music too. I feel like I'm grown a lot as a musician since I first started late last year but I feel like there's still a lot of room for improvement.
Title: Re: Orbiting the Earth with an Audio System
Post by: hdibrell on August 28, 2013, 01:14:11 PM
Nice work, Earth_Orbit. I have to admit that I'm a sucker for drone music. I also have been desiring a MOTM Cloud Generator for quite some time. Nice to hear it in action. BTW, welcome to the forum. There is a section for introductions on the forum and I would recommend using it. It helps us get to know you a little bit better. It's not required, but you'll find that people will tend to pay more attention to your music and are more likely to comment if they know a little more about you as a forum member.  :)
Title: Re: Orbiting the Earth with an Audio System
Post by: Earth_Orbit on August 29, 2013, 06:33:37 PM
Thanks for giving it a listen and for your warm welcome!

I'll be sure to fill out a brief intro, that certainly makes sense that it would likely help me to collect more feedback.

Also, I really like your signature.  I have a 12 year old Red Heeler mix recovering from a $3k leg surgery.  I'm still paying it off, but worth every penny...


Title: Re: Orbiting the Earth with an Audio System
Post by: Earth_Orbit on August 29, 2013, 06:54:51 PM
I'm likely just missing it, but I didn't see a section for introductions.

There isn't that much to say, really.  My older brothers introduced me to ambient and IDM music at a young age. We used to hang out and play Master of Orion and Xcom UFO Defense while rotating ambient records.

The first two CD's I bought were Aphex Twin Saw 1 and 2.  I grew up in Happy Valley Salt Lake City and it was difficult for me to find other people who were into the same sound which was sort of a feedback loop to get me more into it.

There was a brief testosterone dominated period of my youth where I was determined to be a successful DJ, but thankfully that didn't last very long.

I started listening to ambient music more in my late teens and I used to play a table-top RPG called GURPS, where we would always have textures on for atmosphere.  That was a big part of the reason I became so fascinated with the sound, in how in helped facilitate imaginative landscapes and other-wordly experiences.  This was right about the time that I started exploring altered states, and I've been gravitating towards this sound ever since. 

My favorite artist of all-time is Oophoi, his music changed my life.  I'm also a big fan of Steve Roach, Sleep Research Facility, Tomas Koner, Tomas Weiss, Mathias Grassow and Tetsu Inoue.  There are many other artists I enjoy, but these are my biggest influences.

I have a degree in "Sound Arts", whatever that means, and I now work as a sound designer and audio engineer in the Pacific NW, Seattle metro area.  I'd love to meet other folks in the area for friendship and collaboration if anyone else is out here.


Title: Re: Orbiting the Earth with an Audio System
Post by: chris23 on August 29, 2013, 08:03:19 PM
Welcome. Interesting background. Enjoyed your sounds.
Title: Re: Orbiting the Earth with an Audio System
Post by: hdibrell on August 29, 2013, 09:07:27 PM
The introduction section is in the Everything And Nothing section, but what you wrote is a pretty good intro. I plan to download and listen to more of your music this weekend when I have more time. As I said earlier , I'm a sucker for drones, especially analog drones. We all came to this music through different paths which makes it interesting to read how others found it. Good luck with your music and I look forward to hearing more.
Title: Re: Orbiting the Earth with an Audio System
Post by: Earth_Orbit on August 29, 2013, 09:45:45 PM
Thanks, Chris23, I think I should have started posting here a long time ago. 

And, hdibrell, I'd be very interested to hear your feedback.  It's been a busy week for me too and I plan to listen to Castleview's work this weekend.  Do you have music online that I could listen to as well?

Title: Re: Orbiting the Earth with an Audio System
Post by: Earth_Orbit on September 08, 2013, 10:34:52 AM
I dig your aesthetic Castleview.  Especially liking "dronefest" and losing myself in the background image, a very nice juxtaposition.  The guitars and choirs gives it a real-world anchor that I really like, makes it sound organic.  Nice work, looking forward to the upcoming release.
Title: Re: Orbiting the Earth with an Audio System
Post by: Earth_Orbit on September 08, 2013, 10:37:29 AM
Here is the latest release:

https://earthorbitaudiosystem.bandcamp.com/album/threshold-guardian

I'm still learning how to tame the beast that is the DPO but the textured low freq from the A4 and the XS with m/s dynamics in the mix, came out pretty well.  Short of that, it was fun to make!

free download, sub or headphones recommended.
Title: Re: Orbiting the Earth with an Audio System
Post by: hdibrell on September 08, 2013, 01:28:17 PM
Just downloaded and am listening to Threshold Guardian. Sounds good so far. I just noticed your earlier post. No, I don't have anything up available for listening. I hope to remedy that soon. I'm getting a little more comfortable with digital recording and I have a much younger friend who is not like me and intimidated by computers who said he would help me. Now if I can just find the record button and figure out how to rewind the tape on my computer I will be okay.  ::)
Title: Re: Orbiting the Earth with an Audio System
Post by: Earth_Orbit on September 09, 2013, 07:57:56 PM
Thanks again for checking out The last effort, hdibrell.

I'm happy to put some of my fancy plugins to work on any two-track you record, just let me know =]
Title: Re: Orbiting the Earth with an Audio System
Post by: Castleview on September 10, 2013, 04:09:05 PM
I really like the new track. It's a really neat drone piece with a nice industrial touch that doesn't become too abrasive. The subtle changes over time work really well.

Thanks for listening to my music too. I'm aiming to release my new album before the end of the month.
Title: Re: Orbiting the Earth with an Audio System
Post by: Earth_Orbit on September 10, 2013, 06:26:17 PM
Thank you for your feedback and for giving it a listen.

Looking forward to the new release, I'm happy to master it free-of-charge, if you like.
Title: Re: Orbiting the Earth with an Audio System
Post by: Earth_Orbit on September 29, 2013, 02:12:33 PM
Excited to announce the completion of the latest project:

https://earthorbitaudiosystem.bandcamp.com/album/true-night-sky

A collaboration with a friend located in Norway.  I think it came out really well, please have a listen.
Title: Re: Orbiting the Earth with an Audio System
Post by: Castleview on September 30, 2013, 06:55:01 PM
I need to give that new release a full listen. I had listened to part of it yesterday and I thought it was really good, but then I distracted by other things. I'll listen to the rest of it soon.
Title: Re: Orbiting the Earth with an Audio System
Post by: Castleview on September 30, 2013, 08:21:52 PM
True Night Sky is great. You did a great job controlling the frequencies (nice low to mid range), and there are subtle textures here and there that help it to make it more than just a big drone. I wonder how much your collaborator contributed because it does feel a bit different from your other stuff. Whatever he did, it seems like he contributed a good bit.
Title: Re: Orbiting the Earth with an Audio System
Post by: Earth_Orbit on October 18, 2013, 03:56:36 PM
Just saw this comment, thank you for listening and for your feedback, Castleview!

I think the release landed in a good place and it was really fun to do the long-distance collabo with Theta. I agree that the result has a unique character contrasted with my previous efforts. Theta's contributions were numerous and can be hear throughout the entire listen.

Looking forward to your upcoming release, Castleview, and best regards!
Title: Re: Orbiting the Earth with an Audio System
Post by: Castleview on October 18, 2013, 05:15:49 PM
My new album is already out now. I released it a week or two ago. You should check it out.
Title: Re: Orbiting the Earth with an Audio System
Post by: Earth_Orbit on October 18, 2013, 10:21:01 PM
holy shit.  I've been sleeping on this, Castle... 

You have some really nice work on your Bandcamp.  I think I was in a hurry when I last visited and didn't let it sit in the background long enough.  This evening i listened to Droneworlds, Hortus Conclusus and Chamber Music and I was really impressed with your narratives and emotional dynamics.  Each record had  a unique feel and you do a great job of balancing the listen with different vibes and timbers.  I also really appreciate the organic feel your music has, which I sometimes struggle to find in my own.

Would you like to collaborate on a project?  It was really fun to do so with Theta and I still enjoy listening to the result.

Let's do this.  I'm happy to mix/master as well.
Title: Re: Orbiting the Earth with an Audio System
Post by: Earth_Orbit on October 18, 2013, 10:21:57 PM
and reddit seems to agree =]

http://www.reddit.com/r/ambientmusic/comments/1orcmt/droneworlds_castleview/ (http://www.reddit.com/r/ambientmusic/comments/1orcmt/droneworlds_castleview/)


Nice work, Castle.
Title: Re: Orbiting the Earth with an Audio System
Post by: Castleview on October 19, 2013, 09:54:01 AM
holy shit.  I've been sleeping on this, Castle... 

You have some really nice work on your Bandcamp.  I think I was in a hurry when I last visited and didn't let it sit in the background long enough.  This evening i listened to Droneworlds, Hortus Conclusus and Chamber Music and I was really impressed with your narratives and emotional dynamics.  Each record had  a unique feel and you do a great job of balancing the listen with different vibes and timbers.  I also really appreciate the organic feel your music has, which I sometimes struggle to find in my own.

Would you like to collaborate on a project?  It was really fun to do so with Theta and I still enjoy listening to the result.

Let's do this.  I'm happy to mix/master as well.

I'm open to collaborating on something. I don't know if I have the time right now though. I barely have enough time to work on any music right now because of grad school but maybe things will be less busy in a month or two.

Thanks for the compliments! I really do try hard to make every album sound unique, with not a lot of good equipment.

I really appreciate you posting Droneworlds on Reddit too. I didn't realize that there was an ambient section there but I don't go on Reddit much. I might have to go there more.
Title: Re: Orbiting the Earth with an Audio System
Post by: Earth_Orbit on October 27, 2013, 03:22:49 PM
Anytime, Castle.  Still enjoying your catalog, particularly Chamber Music, hit me up for a project whenever you're free.

Here is the latest effort:


http://earthorbitaudiosystem.bandcamp.com/album/the-bridge (http://earthorbitaudiosystem.bandcamp.com/album/the-bridge)

I'm pretty happy with the sonics.  The new Uhe Satin plugin is really fun.


Title: Re: Orbiting the Earth with an Audio System
Post by: BigLooper on October 27, 2013, 03:51:39 PM
Sounds cool! A powerful sound. Reminds me of Menche's take on waterfalls (I think it was called "Cataract").
Title: Re: Orbiting the Earth with an Audio System
Post by: Earth_Orbit on October 27, 2013, 05:48:10 PM
thank you for taking the time to listen and comment.  I haven't heard of the artist or the record you mention, I'll be seeking it out.

That Uhe tape simulation is the best bang for buck software I've ever bought.  It's super flexible with powerful dynamics and also fllange/delay effects.  Sounds great with minimal tweaking and really shines when you start to learn the additional parameters. 
Title: Re: Orbiting the Earth with an Audio System
Post by: Castleview on October 27, 2013, 08:23:54 PM
Daniel Menche is pretty good. His style leans toward noise more than ambient IMO but still a lot more accessible than let's say Merzbow. I like Static Burn and Field Of Skin. He does have a Bandcamp page:

http://danielmenche.bandcamp.com/ (http://danielmenche.bandcamp.com/)

I'm almost done playing The Bridge and it's really good stuff. I'm digging the subtle changes toward the end.

Speaking of recording and equipment, how do you like the Moogerfooger? I noticed you used one on at least one of your releases. Also, if you're looking for a cheap reverb plugin that's awesome, check out ValhallaRoom. Just got it recently and I love it.
Title: Re: Orbiting the Earth with an Audio System
Post by: Earth_Orbit on October 28, 2013, 07:10:27 PM
Interesting.  Thanks for the recommendation, Castle.  Strangely enough his last name is phonetically identical to mi Madre's maiden name.  Cosmic.

I'll be checking this out.

Thank you for listening to the latest effort and for your feedback!

I love the Foogers.  Quite frankly, i think with the combination of CV, they helped me find the direction of my sound.  I use the ClusterFlux on everything, mono synth in, stereo out to Eventide stompboxes.  My favorites are the ringmod, filter, clusterflux and delay.  They really shine when you combine them with a CP-251 and start playing with voltage.

They just released those MiniFoogers, which, as far as i can tell, have the same sonic character but with limited CV.

Title: Re: Orbiting the Earth with an Audio System
Post by: Castleview on October 29, 2013, 09:08:14 AM
I might look into getting one of those Minifoogers, since I'm cheap.
Title: Re: Orbiting the Earth with an Audio System
Post by: Earth_Orbit on October 29, 2013, 08:07:53 PM
The sonics won't be cheap, if they're anything like their big-brothers, definitely recommended.  The delay pedals are especially interesting to me.