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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: AMBIcon 2013 Update
« on: May 15, 2013, 12:03:42 AM »
Our videographer DAN DRASIN has been working on preparing the videos of AMBIcon for YouTube. He recorded everything in 1080p HD with three fixed cameras and one operated camera, and we will use all these as well as the 24 track digital audio recordings to make the final edits of the concerts and any highlight reels we create.

But this will take some time. So in the interest of getting them out much sooner and keeping the interest high, we're doing an initial release of a simple fixed camera version with stereo sound — similar to the live stream but with higher video quality (720p HiDef instead of 480p Standard Def).

We will be releasing them in order of performance over the next two weeks or so. Up now are the opening artists panel discussion and Jeff Pearce's concert:

   ARTISTS PANEL DISCUSSION : http://youtu.be/T5LC5Y6boTU

   JEFF PEARCE CONCERT : http://youtu.be/jbgZ9n1PToo

Search YouTube for "ambicon 2013" to find the rest of the concert videos as they are released.

Every one of these performances was stellar, and though the videos can't compare to the experience of being there with full surround sound and lighting, they are all documents of great Ambient musicians at their best.

:: SH

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: AMBIcon 2013 Update
« on: April 24, 2013, 09:01:06 PM »
Yes, tickets to the individual concerts will still be sold at the door.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: AMBIcon 2013 Update
« on: April 21, 2013, 07:29:52 PM »
WITH LESS THAN 2 WEEKS TO GO before the event, we're busy tying down all the many details of the production, and focussing on selling the rest of the tickets.

SINGLE CONCERT SALES : Most of the people who will be attending the full conference have already registered and made their travel arrangements (they are coming from as far away as Australia!) so we are zeroing in on ticket sales for the 4 "double" concerts over the weekend. To that end, the word is going out on multiple performance mailing lists, print and online publications that cover Northern California.

To help this effort we've established NEW LOW COST TICKET TIERS FOR THE CONCERTS.

In addition to the $65 Premium Seating, we now have $35 General Admission for the first three concerts, and a $25 General Admission for the final one.

We've created new pages on our ticketing site for each of the 4 double concerts:

CONCERT 1—DEEP AMBIENT : JEFF PEARCE / ROBERT RICH
SATURDAY May 4th, 2PM   INFO and TICKETS: http://ambiconcert1.bpt.me

CONCERT 2—DEEP SPACE : TIM STORY / MICHAEL STEARNS
SATURDAY May 4th, 8PM   INFO and TICKETS: http://ambiconcert2.bpt.me

CONCERT 3—DEEP JOURNEY : STEPHAN MICUS / STEVE ROACH
SUNDAY, MAY 5th, 2PM  INFO and TICKETS: http://ambiconcert3.bpt.me

CONCERT 4—DEEP WORLD : HANS CHRISTIAN / STELLAMARA
SUNDAY MAY 5th, 8PM   INFO and TICKETS: http://ambiconcert4.bpt.me

I hope any of you who are within driving distance of San Rafael can make to what promises to be modestly historic event;-)

:: SH

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: AMBIcon 2013 Update
« on: March 22, 2013, 01:31:36 PM »
Michael A: Thanks for your positive comment. We'd love to do more AMBIcon events and provide a solid yearly platform for you and other serious Ambient artists out there. But we have to get through this one first without totally losing our shirts!  Please come and join us, even if it's just for one of the four concerts.   

> http://ambicon.hos.com
> http://heartsofspace.bpt.me

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: AMBIcon 2013 Update
« on: March 17, 2013, 09:35:13 PM »
Drone on —three responses to your comments:

First, the selection of artists for this event was tied to the 30th and 40th anniversary celebrations of the Hearts of Space program, and designed to appeal to the core fans and serious listeners to the show. Future AMBIcon events (should we be able to produce them) would still target "Ambient" artists in various genres. In my view, it's more of a sensibility and a way of listening than a strictly defined genre. If it was a narrow genre, it wouldn't have taken Mark Prendgast 500 pages to tell the story of "The Ambient Century."

Second, even though the event wound up being called AMBIcon, a number of artists we attempted to book who might have better suited a strict definition of "ambient" were either unavailable or unaffordable or both. Sincere listeners may disagree over what to call the music of a particular artist. While Stephan Micus and Stellamara are often lumped together with World Music artists, neither of them nor Hans Christian could be characterized as having anything to do with Jazz. They don't play like or think about music like jazz artists.

What Micus and Hans Christian share in their solo work is a committment to creating contemplative experiences that I believe can comfortably be included in a slightly broader definition of Ambient. Stellamara has been asked to concentrate their set on their deeper, slower and more contemplative material, and I believe that any sincere fan of Ambient will be very satisfied with what they do. They are absolutely first class musicians and hearing them live is always a great experience.

Third, re splitting up the "dual" concerts into individual events: There are some logistical issues to solve, but we'll consider adding that option after we see the response to the sales of the dual concerts at the $65 price. We still have 7 weeks until the event, and we intend to do everything we can to make it accessible to everyone who would like to attend. Let's see if we can overcome your reservations;-)

:: SH

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: AMBIcon 2013 Update
« on: March 14, 2013, 02:00:00 PM »
Hello again, Hypnos forum. Just wanted to let everyone know that we've just added several new options for attending the AMBIcon 2013 event.

• You can now buy Single Day access for either Saturday or Sunday only.
• You can also buy tickets for each of the 4 concerts individually.

TICKETING details and prices:  http://heartsofspace.brownpapertickets.com
CONFERENCE schedule and information:  http://ambicon.hos.com

We have a special discount for musicians and label personnel. Please email me at  sh(at)hos.com  for details.

It's going to be a memorable event with great people and great music. Hope you can make it!

:: SH



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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: AMBIcon 2013 Update
« on: January 18, 2013, 03:28:38 PM »
phobos: Yes, budget permitting we are planning to videotape all the concerts and presentations and post them on YouTube.

dreamin4ever: The economics of doing a quality event like this are pretty daunting. This is our first one, and if it is not going to be the last we have to be very careful with our pricing and sales policies. For both our sake and the "user experience," we want to sell as many tickets to the full event as possible. So we've setup a tiered pricing system that favors those who make their decision early with a discount. Once we see how the full-event sales have progressed in the spring, we'll decide on the timing and pricing for the individual concerts. In the end we want to fill all the available seats with people who love the music and really want to be there, at prices that are rational for us and reasonable for this kind of event. Once they start, we will not limit the individual sales to Northern California residents; if you want to drive in from hundreds of miles away for one concert, that's up to you.

ffcal: Thanks for your understanding.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / AMBIcon 2013 Update
« on: January 18, 2013, 02:04:03 AM »
Hello Hynos forum...just reviewed this thread and would like to update everyone on what's happening with the AMBIcon event in San Rafael, CA, May 3-5, 2013.

By now you all know we added JEFF PEARCE to the list of performers in October. This month we learned that David Darling would not be able to make it. We were very pleased to get HANS CHRISTIAN to replace him. If David is the grandfather of improvising cellists, Hans is one of his most talented and dedicated progeny.

The final list of artists is HANS CHRISTIAN, STEPHAN MICUS, JEFF PEARCE, ROBERT RICH, STEVE ROACH, MICHAEL STEARNS, STELLAMARA, and TIM STORY.

Here's the concert schedule:

SATURDAY AFTERNOON
     Jeff Pearce
     Robert Rich

SATURDAY EVENING
     Tim Story
     Michael Stearns

SUNDAY AFTERNOON
     Stephan Micus     
     Steve Roach

SUNDAY EVENING
     Hans Christian
     Stellamara

JUST ADDED: I'm very happy to announce that MARK PRENDERGAST, author of the definitive book "The Ambient Century" will be flying in from London to make a featured presentation at AMBIcon.

On the production front, we've hired DELICATE PRODUCTIONS to do sound and lighting for the event. They are an experienced crew with absolutely state-of-the-art equipment and we will be in exceptionally good hands. We are building a live 5.1 surround system for the event. LYNN AUGSTEIN of Cobalt Sun Productions is designing the lighting and stage decor. It will be a unique environment for serious listening.

We are working on special discount offer for artists and label personnel whose music has been played on Hearts of Space. Please see our blog (blog.hos.com), Twitter feed (twitter.com/heartsofspace), or our Facebook page (facebook.com/heartsofspace) for details as soon as we have everything arranged.

For more information see the AMBIcon page on the Hearts of Space website...

   http://www.hos.com/#ambicon2013

and the event tickets page at Brown Paper Tickets:

   http://heartsofspace.brownpapertickets.com

Finally, we do expect to have a limited number of tickets for the 4 scheduled concerts available for sale to local Northern California residents. Our best guess is that they will go one sale in early April, about one month before the event…unless the event sells out by then.

Any questions, please write to ambicon@hos.com.

Hope to see and meet many of you there. (That means you, Griffin!)

:: SH

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