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Now Available!

dw057 - abre ojos - elements
http://www.darkwinter.com/dw057.html

Elements are a series of improvised audio-visual tracks based around the four alchemical elements of Earth, Air, Water & Fire. Drawing on the aesthetics of the Crowley Tarot painted by Lady Frieda Harris with imagery drawn from 50’s propaganda films these pieces combine long evolving drones from modular synths with sound reactive looping visuals and animated mandalas to create an immersive synaesthetic experience to give time for reflection and meditation.

Each week, for four weeks, a new element track will be released culminating in the fourth week with a limited edition DVD compiling all four tracks as well as an extra bonus fifth track, Spirit, which will only be available on the DVD. Purchase and ordering information will be found here on Dark Winter in the fourth week.

Enjoy!
Nathan
www.darkwinter.com
www.endlessascent.com
www.wanderingear.com

www.bunkdata.com

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Now Playing / Re: HELP: name this artist
« on: April 28, 2009, 11:52:08 AM »
Well this is a very nice album, worthy of a release  8)  I've been enjoying it this morning, but did anyone notice that the track "Lost in the Details" and "Once Again" are possibly one and the same?  It's a great track none the less... now I wonder what other Exuviae music to check out.

I was wondering if anyone would catch that!  ;)  "Once Again" is essentially the same track as "Lost in the Details" with some additional spatial treatments and the title is play on words.  The concept was to bring the listener back to the beginning before the final piece, "Wane and Flicker".

Hope this clears it up!

Best,
Nathan
www.endlessascent.com

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Now Playing / Re: HELP: name this artist
« on: April 28, 2009, 07:11:13 AM »
Hey Gang!

Sorry I missed this thread over the last few weeks, I probably could have shed some light on this one a while ago! 

I know Brooks (Exuviae) was shopping this excellent release around to several labels a while back but he never heard back from any of them.  When I started up the Endless Ascent net.label, it gave him an opportunity to make some of his back catalog available to the public and with these releases being as good as they are I snatched them up right away! ;-)  Glad you guys were digging on the release even before it was released and happy to see it now getting the props it deserves!

I hope you enjoy the new Exuviae release and the future releases from Endless Ascent!

Best,
Nathan
www.endlessascent.com

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ea007 - Exuviae - Intrinsic Luminance
http://endlessascent.com/ea007.html

Returning to the dreamy atmosphreric form of his earliest releases with this collection of pieces culled from studio archives spanning from 2003 - 2007, Exuviae has crafted a series of movements that transcend conventional deep space music through their focus on organics and layering.

Using only electric guitar and processing techniques, listeners that have longed for a progression of the ambiance first achieved on "Echoes In The Emptiness" can finally bask in the familiar glow of Exuviae's serene, yet intensely personal soundscapes.

Now available for FREE MP3 download at Endless Ascent - http://endlessascent.com/ea007.html

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Endless Ascent is also actively looking for new and established artists to release in 2009. Please send all inquires to info@endlessascent.com

We you hope you enjoy the release and stop by often!

Thanks for reading/listening!

Nathan
www.endlessascent.com

Endless Ascent is currently operating as a net.label dedicated to releasing light ambient, atmospheric and space music from around the world. Endless Ascent releases are free to download under a Creative Commons License for personal use.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Downloading Music and Rights
« on: April 22, 2009, 10:58:57 AM »

I think used CD's are in a grey area.  If I spent $10 on a cd, then didn't like it, I should be able to resell it to someone else who may appreciate it.  But what if I make a copy for myself, then resell it?  A strange aspect of all this is the experience of hearing the music.  It's like seeing a play; if it sucked, do I get my money back?  I can't "resell" my experience - I saw the play, and can't "unsee" it.  Isn't that part of my risk going into it?  Places like Soleilmoon have a money-back guarantee - if you buy a disk, then don't like it, they'll give you a refund.  But what if I like it, then get bored with it in two years?  If I paid for the music, didn't I get two years of enjoyment out of it?  Am I now entitled to sell the medium, because I'm bored with the content?

Did I buy the medium, or the music?  


I agree, the used media sales are in a grey area as well.  While I think it's safe to say that the internet and the wide availability of free, illegal media on the net has increased piracy in general, I still think that the people that will pay for music will continue to pay for it and those that want shit for free will continue to find ways to do so.  As stated in other posts, people who buy used CDs and books mostly likely will continue to do so due to the overall savings they can achieve.  While prices a lot of online media has become more reasonable, there will always be the cheap-asses who wouldn't even pay even $5 for a Steve Roach exclusive MP3 release!  Not much we can do about it I guess but make the media reasonable for those that WILL pay for the media, and THANK YOU to those that do!

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Downloading Music and Rights
« on: April 22, 2009, 08:18:38 AM »
Still at it, huh?  ;)

Well, if any one on this forum would like to dialogue off-line about this topic in a tangential way (or I can open a new topic), I am making a formal presentation at INATS (Intl New Age Trade Show) at the end of June with Suzanne Doucet, titled "How to Sell CDs in a Download Society." I'm starting to piece together my data and will also be contacting some folks via email asking if they want to participate in a survey monkey about sales of physical CDs versus digital, etc. My presentation will focus on what store owners (who make up the bulk of the audience) can do to compete with downloads, e.g. atmosphere, service, etc.

Anyway, if this is of interest to any of you, I'd welcome your opinions, feedback, including your thoughts as a CONSUMER of music (e.g. what would entice you to go to a store to buy music), I'd love to have some of your time between now and the early part of June.

Until then, carry on, chaps. This isn't the most entertaining reading in this topic (so many points repeated over and over) but I can't blame you all for your passion. At least you guys are worked up about something. :)

Very interesting Bill!  Speaking of the whole Store thing, what does everyone think about the used record store concept?  This has always intrigued me in regards to this topic.  So everyone is concerned with piracy and the record labels and artists losing money from the sales, but once these discs are sold to the Used Record Store, those profits cease to exist for them yet people make money off the sale of the disc!  Now days, you can even sell used MP3 online that were legally purchased!  I have had friends who were are real purists and always want to make sure that the artists get their fare share, but then turn around and buy all their discs at used record stores!  Make to sense to me!  Since Bill brought up the physical store into the topic, I thought I'd see what others had to say.  Do you buy used CDs?  Do you send money to the artists for their cut?  Probably not...  Again, as we have seen, there are so many dimensions to this issue!

Best,
Nathan

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Downloading Music and Rights
« on: April 21, 2009, 08:28:36 AM »
I love this topic!  Very current and appropriate for the times!  I agree that music in any medium is REAL and up to the artist to decide if money should be charged for the work.  If they decide this, and someone doesn't pay, then in short, it's stealing plain and simple.  With that said, I found this article online that I thought I would share as it seemed appropriate for this topic.  Flame on!

Study Finds Pirates Buy 10x More Music Online than Non-Pirates
http://i.gizmodo.com/5219587/study-finds-pirates-buy-10x-more-music-online-than-non+pirates

Best,
Nathan

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Childless couples
« on: February 04, 2009, 11:48:07 AM »
Interesting topic indeed!  My wife Heather and I have two kids.  Our son, Lennon (12) is from my wife's previous relationship (we met when he was 6).  We have a 2 1/2 year old girl together (Lena).  I was married previouslly for about 3 years and at that time we were just not ready to have kids.  After spending time with Lennon I was ready to have more children (paycheck permitting).  We would love to have another child but we are still unsure if we will.  The kids are growing up and it's a lot of work those first few years!  It's alwasys a matter of personal choice on having kids, but I say that the investment is well worth it.  It's amazing how fast they grow up and all the things you can learn just by hanging out with them everyday! 

With that said, I sure don't get the music done like I used to, but you find the time!

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Funny that this topic is still kicking up some dust!  ;D 

In the market/ecomony we are in right now there is no right/wrong way to 'make it' as an artist.  Everyone wants to be validated and of course receive income for services provided (in this case physical releases).  The real trick nowdays is to find a creative solution to making that happen. 

My suggestion would be to increase your promotional efforts and get more people interested in your music in other ways be it free downloads, live shows or something else if you want to seriously consider making a living (or decent profit) on music sales.

Just my 2 cents.

Best,
Nathan

Some great ideas Nathan.  I hadn't really considered the forum a place to kick around business ideas before.  But I'm glad I'm getting into it now.

Do you find that you get more interest in your music directly after live shows with a physical audience, or do you find you can generate more interest by increasing your web advertising?



I don't do a lot of live shows and the ones I do are mostly underground so the expsoure is pretty minimal there.  I spend most of my time focused on the web as it has an international scope and can reach the most people with the least amount of effort. 

I'm in the same boat as Modulator, for me, it's a labor of love and I like to have fun with music first and foremost.  It all depends on how much you are willing to invest and how much you are expecting in return.  Now days, the music industry is a hard business everywhere you go!  That doesn't mean there isn't money to be made, it just means you  might have to work harder for it.  For me, I'm just looking to have some fun making and releasing tunes - be it free or for purchase.  If I make a few dollars, kick ass!  If I don't, who cares! 

So, in the end as an artist, I'm going to continue to make music regardless so I'd rather see my music get released 'somewhere' rather than 'nowhere' simply because I require money before I will make it publically available.  That's where I don't get some artists who won't release a few albums for free....

Best,
Nathan


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Funny that this topic is still kicking up some dust!  ;D 

Not too much to add that I've haven't said here before, but personally, I think it's still worthwhile to release a combination of free/paid releases.  This allows the listener (especailly new ones) to take a chance on your works by downloading free releases and if they enjoy your works, they are more inclined to make a purchase on other releases.

In the market/ecomony we are in right now there is no right/wrong way to 'make it' as an artist.  Everyone wants to be validated and of course receive income for services provided (in this case physical releases).  The real trick nowdays is to find a creative solution to making that happen.  If you are looking for monetary gains to prove your worth as an artist, you are in the wrong genre, SnappingTurtle...  Personally, I'd rather have 500 people download my release than 20 people pay $10 for a release that I will only see $40 profit on (at $2 a release which is good from an artist perspective).  At least I 'know' people have listened to my music that way!  Don't get me wrong, I'd love to change those 500 downloads into full paying listeners, but I'm not going to hold my breath.  I'm just going to continue releasing a mixture of both free and paid releases and see what happens.

My suggestion would be to increase your promotional efforts and get more people interested in your music in other ways be it free downloads, live shows or something else if you want to seriously consider making a living (or decent profit) on music sales.

Just my 2 cents.

Best,
Nathan

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Thanks for the downloads and feedback guys!  Things are off to a good start with Endless Ascent and I should be able to continue the monthly release schedule as I have in place for Dark Winter. 

There is so much great stuff out there and just not enough places to release it all, so hopefully the label will provide an outlet for the artists with material sitting on the shlef and a resource to the listeners looking for great ambient releases. 

Stay tuned for more!

Best,
Nathan

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ea005 - Stephen Philips - Lightness of Being
http://endlessascent.com/ea005.html

Lightness of Being is the lighter, kinder, and friendlier cousin of the Hypnos CD "Into The Dark." Sit back and let the soft and gentle waves of sound float over and around you. Like oceans of sound that carry you to heights of ecstasy, this music will lift your spirits and carry you beyond yourself and into other worlds of calm and bliss.

Where "Into The Dark" explored the dark worlds of loneliness and isolation, the music presented here is warm and inviting and easily integrates into whatever use you may have for it. Use it for meditation, relaxation, sleep, or listen at low levels and let the subtle environments paint the walls with peacefull washes of sound. This music makes for a vast departure of the "normal" air of darkness that Stephen's music usually embodies. Is this a rare departure into the heavenly realm or an all new direction?

Now available for FREE MP3 download at Endless Ascent - http://endlessascent.com/ea005.html

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Endless Ascent is also actively looking for new and established artists to release in 2009. Please send all inquires to info@endlessascent.com

We you hope you enjoy the release and stop by often!

Thanks for reading/listening!

Nathan
www.endlessascent.com

Endless Ascent is currently operating as a net.label dedicated to releasing light ambient, atmospheric and space music from around the world. Endless Ascent releases are free to download under a Creative Commons License for personal use.
 


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambient music and Mastering
« on: January 29, 2009, 11:06:27 AM »
I agree, mastering ambient music is a complex task indeed!  While I don't have any specific tools/tricks I use for mastering wav files, I do have a trick for mastering or at least normalizing mixes for MP3 releases.  Check out MP3Gain - http://mp3gain.sourceforge.net/  it's open source (free - legal) and non-destructive!  It's a very simple normalizing program for MP3s and I have used it countless times on my mp3 converted releases with great success.  Per the web page:

"MP3Gain does not just do peak normalization, as many normalizers do. Instead, it does some statistical analysis to determine how loud the file actually sounds to the human ear.
Also, the changes MP3Gain makes are completely lossless. There is no quality lost in the change because the program adjusts the mp3 file directly, without decoding and re-encoding."

If you are doing MP3 releases, this is a great way to go without having to mess around with fancy compressors and limiters. 

Enjoy!

Best,
Nathan
www.darkwinter.com
www.endlessascent.com
www.wanderingear.com
www.rottencrab.com
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ea002 - Kendall Station - Nebulae and Gridlock

http://www.endlessascent.com/ea002.html

Kendall Station's Nebulae and Gridlock constitutes an amalgam of two separately conceived works spanning the past five years, each proposing somewhat different approaches with the same topics. Each track serves as a vignette to various phases of interstellar travel such as cryosleep, spacewalking (see 'Tether'), and docking your ship at a space station that ancient cultures viewed as a mythical afterlife ("Xibalba"). This album, above all, explores a continuous experience of nostalgia and isolation one might feel when arriving at an interstellar destination.

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Endless Ascent is also actively looking for new and established artists to release in 2009. Please send all inquires to info@endlessascent.com

We you hope you enjoy the release and stop by often!

Thanks for reading/listening!

Nathan
www.endlessascent.com

Endless Ascent is currently operating as a net.label dedicated to releasing light ambient, atmospheric and space music from around the world. Endless Ascent releases are free to download under a Creative Commons License for personal use.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: kenji siratori
« on: October 01, 2008, 07:42:43 AM »
Had to chime in on this one as well!

I was not familiar with the work of Kenji Siratori prior to his work with Exuviae, but I did do my research on him prior to releasing The Drug Embryo on Dark Winter.  It was obvious he was very prolific to the point of insanity but I kind of found it interesting that so many labels decided to release his works.  While many may not agree with his methods and approach, he seems to be very up front and direct, and it's not like he's pretending to be something/someone he's not (I love the post about him being a virus!).  His text works were very intriguing to me both from the stream of consciousness standpoint and from the layout and design side.  When Brooks matched this up with his soundscapes, treatments and imagery, I was very impressed with the package as a whole and very proud to release it as my 50th release on Dark Winter.  For me, it's not always about how many proverbial notches an artist has on their bedpost, but rather how the music/project sounds.  While I can't speak to the other Kenji related works out there (and there is MANY) I feel that the Exuviae/Kenji release is a most enjoyable listening experience and with that I would be interested in hearing more of his material based on this initial excursion...

Best,
Nathan

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Endless Ascent (www.endlessascent.com) is the new sister label of the Dark Winter (www.darkwinter.com) net.label.  Endless Ascent is geared towards more light ambient (vs. dark), atmospheric and space music from around the world.  This label will operate just as Dark Winter has by releasing the majority of its music in FREE mp3 format under a Creative Commons license.  Our first release is now available for download:

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ea001 - Exuviae - Jamais Vu
http://www.endlessascent.com/ea001.html

Jamais Vu: French- the opposite of Déjà vu; meaning "never seen". Describes any familiar situation not recognized by the observer.

This album is a collection of out-takes, reworks, and previously unreleased tracks recorded by Exuviae between 2002 and 2006. Complied exclusively for the Endless Ascent label.
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Endless Ascent is also actively looking for new and established artists to release in 2008 and 2009. Please send all inquires to info@endlessascent.com

We you hope you enjoy the Exuviae release and stop by often, we have many more releases already planned for the upcoming months!

Thanks for reading/listening!

Nathan
www.endlessascent.com

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On the car note, I drive a VW Passat Wagon (gasser) which does about 450 miles per tank.  I used to have a VW Jetta Sedan TDI (Diesel) which would do 600 miles per tank.  We got rid of it a few years back when the price od Diesel started to rise.

My wife and I bought our first home last year and made sure it has good access to public transportation.  I can walk to the corner and catch the bus if I want, but I usually just drive to the park and ride which is only two miles away.  From there I take the Light Rail (train) into downtown Minneapolis.  It takes the same amount of time to take the train as it does to drive downtown so there's no loss there.  I save on parking (it's free to park in the ramp) and I never have to worry about traffic or weather!  The only problem is the number of people taking the train continues to climb which makes for a very uncomfortable riding experience.  It's still worth it to save a few $$$!

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Everything and Nothing / Re: wanted
« on: June 30, 2008, 01:04:09 PM »
Nice thread!  I'll have to show this one to the wife when I get home from work tonight!  To be honest, I have to agree with Joe on this one and my wife always says I'm crazy!  It's nice to know I'm not the only one in the looney bin!   ;D


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Everything and Nothing / Re: Darth Vader feels blue
« on: May 14, 2008, 10:09:07 AM »
Check out this one regarding Darth Vader send to my by Exuviae:

Darth Vader' spared jail in Jedi church attacks

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24604338/?GT1=43001


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So did anyone go to the show?  How was it?  If anyone has pictures they could post, that would rock!


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