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Everything and Nothing / Re: 1001 Post on the Hypnos Forum.
« on: October 13, 2016, 10:10:46 AM »
A 1000 eh,

I've not reached that elusive figure and I've been here for 9 years and Mike still hasn't banned me yet :)

Well, then, maybe we should start a discussion about whether or not ambient is "new age."  ;)

Hi Pete,

I've been slammed with work lately, so I haven't had the chance to burn your album to CDR for home stereo listening, but will do so soon.  I've liked what I've heard so far via streaming.

Great to hear, Loren.  Nice to see it's been expanded, too.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Exponential Audio's new Nimbus Reverb
« on: September 30, 2016, 09:13:25 PM »
A limited time freebie--an EQ from SoundToys (Sie-Q):


Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum Inactivity
« on: September 29, 2016, 09:14:40 PM »
But I think it can cut both ways, Julio, and it sure has in this forum in the recent past.  No need for folks go Trump on anyone to get their point across.  We can't all agree on erevything, and it's probably better that we don't.  Sometimes discretion really is the better part of valor.


Thanks, Scott.  If there were such a thing as "richly fragranced writing," Richard would have it, hands down!  :)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Exponential Audio's new Nimbus Reverb
« on: September 28, 2016, 03:17:31 PM »
I do have a iLok license manager, but that is software-based.  I don't get why they can't just use that instead of a hardware dongle.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Exponential Audio's new Nimbus Reverb
« on: September 27, 2016, 09:02:24 PM »
Uh-oh.  This might be a deal breaker:

"All Exponential Audio plugins require the iLok2 software protection key. This USB dongle is available from any music retailer."


Sounds interesting. Pete.  I'll have to check it out.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Exponential Audio's new Nimbus Reverb
« on: September 27, 2016, 07:54:17 PM »
Thanks for the heads-up, Julio.  I think I may pick Nimbus up based on the recommendation from Bob Olhsson alone.  He did the mastering work on a lot of the Hearts of Space releases and did a great job mastering my Gongland album.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Metric Halo plugin Sale
« on: September 22, 2016, 08:01:51 PM »
Oops.  And so it is.  Thanks, Julio.  I'll be even more thankful once I can get it to make nice with my Reaper.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 21, 2016, 10:04:21 PM »
A couple of nice releases I've been listening to lately:

Jaja - Milky Way

Both of these releases are very meditative and calm.  Performed live.  Nice for late-night contemplation, especially Milky Way, which has long-form pieces spread over two discs.

Phobos - An October Evening

Also a live recording.  Hard to describe this one.  Moody and dark in places, bordering on dark ambient, with ebbs and flows, and occasional suggestions of melody.  Well done.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Metric Halo plugin Sale
« on: September 21, 2016, 09:58:26 PM »
Thanks for the heads up on Halo Reverb, Anthony.  Unfortunately, I couldn't get Reaper to recognize it, though for reason AudioMulch does.  The installation process is pretty nonintuitive.  iLok is pretty annoying.  I'm pretty satisfied with Lexicon and Eventide's Blackhole reverb, though it would nice to find a good chamber-style reverb.


That's nice to hear.  It's an excellent album.  Does this mean that Tetsu is still around?

Unlikely. It appears to just be a re-release. Tetsu's last record was "Inland" released on Fax in 2007. If there's been anything since then, I'm unaware of it.

I'm hoping that the label secured Inoue's permission before releasing it.  Though FAX might have licensed it, the royalties need to be going somewhere, hopefully mostly to Tetsu and Vivanco.  It would be pretty cheesy not to secure his consent before releasing it, unless he somehow signed away his rights.

That's nice to hear.  It's an excellent album.  Does this mean that Tetsu is still around?

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: August 29, 2016, 09:21:11 PM »
the modular synth, at least me with mine does not like being forced to do something or put another way, it will not bend to my will.

Hi Julio,

Maybe your modular output could be used in a different way.  I like to keep my unused material in a subdirectory as "odds and sods" material that might find its way into a future project if I want to depart from my existing musical palette.  I've been doing this for the past 15 years, and have found it an especially interesting way to work when I'm exploring new ways to process sounds.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 13, 2016, 01:52:45 PM »
Thanks for the Eternell recommendation, Chris.  I have two of his releases as Purl that are pretty good.

Currently enjoying some experimental ambient--Monos' "Above The Sky."


Welcome to the forum, Jon.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Nobody Cares about your Photography!
« on: August 06, 2016, 09:58:26 PM »

But, outside of commerce, the goal should never be to create art that others will care about. It should always be about creating art that you care about. And one of the joys in life is finding those connections--meeting people who resonate with your art--whether it is visual, aural, or writing--in the way that you do. But that is a bonus; it isn't the endgame.

I agree, Chris.  I would go a step further, and say that, at least for me, the more I am immersed in the process of creation, and less preoccupied with how it will sound to others, the more likely I am to create something that is more pure and to my liking.  I think the narrator's view is a little too binary; he seems to suggest that you either cater to someone else's tastes or you try to create something "meaningful."  I think there is a whole other middle ground--a process of trial and error that requires both an interest in the creative process itself and a baseline of technical knowledge that will help control or facilitate the conditions under which you create your music.  That is the part of the process of creating music that I enjoy the most.  Considering what is most "meaningful" for me comes much later during the editing process and in deciding which pieces should not only be finished but also be included in a release I would make publicly available.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 31, 2016, 10:30:37 AM »
Picked this up recently via a Facebook recommendation.  Pretty nice:

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