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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 18, 2018, 08:11:08 PM »
I'm really enjoying the two new Eternell/Purl releases:

Still Light

and The Kindness of Clouds

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 23, 2018, 07:58:59 AM »
Variant - thru the cosmos [eta​/​aquariids]
New release from Hitchell of echospace fame. Two long-form tracks of deep space meditations. There is less groove in here than there is in some of his work, which really makes this stand out.

I really appreciate your responses thus far. I'll probably ask you some more specific questions based on what you've written, just because I'm super curious and inquisitive. But I want to fully digest these ideas first.

I've recently invested in some basic gear so that I can try my hand at making ambient music. Let me blunt: You all make it look (sound) so easy.

How do you do it?

I've read a bit about some of your workflows in various places in the Hypnos forums, but, if you're in the mood, I invite you to say a bit more here about how you work. I realize that is an open-ended question, so I'll toss out a few specific questions if those are helpful for inspiring a response. I also realize we have a range of experience on the forums, including others who recently starting messing about and those who have been at it for several decades. I'm curious to hear from people at all phases of their development.

1. Do you typically just experiment until something "clicks" and you feel inspired? Or do you typically have a aural version of a vision that you're trying to bring to life?

2. If you use synths, do you typically start with a preset and then modify it? Do you start from scratch (e.g., with basic oscillators) and build from there? I assume there isn't a "one way" you do things, but what are some of the common roads you follow?

3. Building on the last question: If you work with synths, do you typically stay within that local synth environment? Or does your final sound emerge as a result of chaining a source through multiple plugins/effects? (If the later, do you "futureproof" it by saving those sounds separately and banking them? Or is that typically not necessary?)

4. I assume there are some things in your arsenal that are "must haves." For example, I've read about the way many of you revere certain reverb plugins, like Valhalla. What are some of your essentials--hardware or software?\

5. Sometimes people say things that imply that the quality of your gear is less important that what you can do with it. The implication is that, with the right mindset, knowledge, and talent, it is possible to produce some amazing soundscapes. But, I must confess, some of the more pricey tools out there would seem to give users a huge advantage. Is that perception the result of being new to this? Or is it, in fact, worthwhile to drop a few dollars on some strong "bang for your buck" style synths/modules?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 13, 2018, 10:35:35 AM »
Robert Davies - Mercurial
More mysterious soundscapes, with interesting unsettling moments.

Indigo Egg - Aten
A recent Matt Hillier project that combines Egyptian mythology and history with ambient and techno influences. Interesting.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 29, 2018, 03:17:45 PM »
Parallelism - Hier Matin
Loopy, grainy, and dreamy ambient on Tehnofonika. Not much in the way of melody, but full of interesting textures.

Some related sounds, released as a Various Artists compilation from the same label, Tehnofonika:

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 20, 2018, 07:27:06 AM »
Luis Miehlich - Silences
New artist on Archives. Diverse set of ambient tracks that blend together soft electronics and field recordings.

Sonmi451 - Angel EP
A single, 17-min track featuring a slow-moving, beautiful melody with layers of additional treatments. I enjoy putting this on repeat and having it on in the background for hours.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 08, 2018, 02:07:09 PM »
Waveform Transmission - V 2​.​0​-​2​.​9
A Rod Modell project that I only recently discovered. This is fantastic! Layered, textured drone spaces. No  beats, and a nice variety of frequencies.

Deepchord - Immersions
More Modell, but with beats. Frentic beats. Kind of interesting, but maybe a bit too busy.

Both releases on the very interesting Astral Industries label.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Blood moon 2018
« on: July 29, 2018, 07:40:31 PM »
Great photos!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 18, 2018, 01:48:31 PM »
Ataxy - When the Lightning Falls
New artist on the Archives/Faint label. Pretty good soundscapes, with deep and rich textures.

Variant - thru the cosmos [pallas​/​perseids]
Slow-moving, spacious ambient dub from Hitchell. Mesmerizing.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 04, 2018, 07:34:00 AM »
Simon Lomax - A Strange Light
Got this tip from Richard. Beautiful slow-moving ambience, mostly guitar based, as far as I can discern. If you get a chance, check out the first track in particular (Watching the Vapour Form). It is especially enchanting.

Steve Roach - Molecules of Motion
This, and other Projekt titles, are on sale today on Bandcamp, so I picked it up. I like it okay, but I'm less partial to the sequenced work that Roach releases. I much prefer the drift-based soundscapes.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: C: Drive crash
« on: June 28, 2018, 07:59:34 AM »
 :) :)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 23, 2018, 08:35:23 PM »
Some recent non-ambient:

oOoOO & Islamiq Grrrls - Faminine Mystique
Hazed out, admixture of a variety of styles, ranging from dream pop to jazz to rock. Very David Lynch-like at times.

Ringo Deathstarr - Mauve
Best name for a band. MBV-inspired, with rich, dense layers and catchy melodies.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 14, 2018, 12:24:02 PM »
cv313 - analogue oceans
A recent release from Steven Hitchell of Echospace. Beautiful dubby ambience. The third track is a real treat. For me, at least, it is an auditory illusion: Depending on which set of rhythmic pulses I attend to, I hear one song or a completely different one. Fascinating. The fourth track (the second disc) is super chill and worthy of all-day repeat listening.

Robert Rich - Sleep Concert at Gray Area
A digital-only release of a Bay Area sleep concert from Feb 2018. This is fantastic. The "middle section" is an amazing tapestry of drones with a rich assortment of insect-like samples. The frequencies tickle my ears--in good ways.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: C: Drive crash
« on: June 12, 2018, 02:17:49 PM »
I'm sorry to hear that, Anthony. I hope something works out.

Just out of curiosity: What do most musicians do to manage downloads, plugins, and licenses? Are most of them easily transferable across machines? Or do some of them breakdown across OS updates and create a huge pain?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 06, 2018, 01:56:47 PM »
Oophoi - Athlit +
Oophoi & Tau Ceti - Subterranea

Some of my favorite Oophoi releases.  It is weird to think of these as old, but I guess they are now.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 06, 2018, 09:57:18 AM »
Nice tip on Foghorn / The Afterglow. That was pretty neat.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 02, 2018, 07:50:53 AM »
Eternell - Elysia
New ethereal ambient from Ludvig Cimbrelius/Purl. A perfect soundtrack for drifting through clouds. This has been on repeat day and night.

Gas - Rausch
This is okay. Some of the reviews I've read make it sound like the best of the batch. I enjoyed it, but it had the ironic effect of making me want to listen to some of the older Gas releases instead rather than re-spinning Rasuch in particular. I think there is too much dissonance and not enough mystery in this release.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 30, 2018, 07:16:37 AM »
I'm listening to Microstoria's SnD via the youtube footage linked on Discogs. It is interesting. Sometimes I'm amazed that there are these pockets of music from over 20 years ago (!!!) that are still new to me. The world is such a big place.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 24, 2018, 06:41:27 PM »
Hotel Neon - Means of Knowing
This group is interesting. Technically, I don't sense that they're doing anything innovative; most of the sounds are guitar based, with a surprising amount of distortion. But somehow they manage to pull of really interesting soundscapes that are nearly impossible to mistake as anything other than Hotel Neon. This latest release is a double CDr from Spain's Archives label.

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