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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: August 09, 2019, 01:30:37 AM »
Listening to some of it now on Bandcamp  Sounds really good so far.  8)

I'm pleased you are enjoying it.
I was very happy with some of the sound movements in Calabi-Yau. There are places where the sounds fold in and out across the stereo image, but with the other sounds on the track this is not always easy to hear.
   I did think of dropping the other sounds, but it did not sound right - became too bare.

as always any questions or responses to the music appreciated.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: August 05, 2019, 11:18:10 AM »
It's been a little while since I released any music, life and everything....

Anyway, new release on Bandcamp:

I've got my recording equipment back up and running. Deleted almost all the unfinished projects and was looking at what I might want to create now...had intended to create simpler pieces than the most recent complex sounds, but found both were rising out of the mists - this is a piece of complex sounds....

Thank you - downloading now  8)

Everything and Nothing / Re: A world full oblivion
« on: May 15, 2019, 01:40:33 PM »
Since posting about my visit to the Yew tree I discovered that what I thought was the tree was only half of it - what seems like a second tree is actually another part of the same tree.....

...How is that tree looking this year Jaja?

Everything and Nothing / Re: Endel App ('Bespoke Sounscapes')
« on: April 04, 2019, 02:58:03 AM »
yes, intriguing, music entirely by algorithm.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: April 03, 2019, 08:17:28 AM »
Just read this too

It gave more than I expected as I was expecting some wishy washy new age thing...but....

He takes the general scientific view that because we don't know what animals are thinking or feeling, they don't think or feel and blows it apart.

He prefers to leave the question open and then uses field research (rather than lab research) to explore the possible answers. But he also uses lab research to point out the blind spots of the lab researchers.

He also points that because we don't know what other humans are thinking (we have to ask) do we assume that humans don't think or feel - when clearly we do. He explores similarities and differences in human and animal behaviour as everything we have is built on what evolved in all of us.

He tries not to expect human and animal intelligence and communication to be the same. He mentions that human music was played to Tamarinds and it had no effect so researchers developed music to fit Tamarind physicality (related to their heartbeat speed, not ours and upped the pitch) and found that they did respond then. Again, if we ask a human question, why do we expect another animal to even understand it is a question.

There are three main areas of fieldwork - elephants, wolves and orcas and he adds in lots of things from other areas. There is a discussion on juvenile behaviour in animals that is really thought provoking...

A very good book, but also bluntly describes the cruelty humans cause to animals just because we think we are better....

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: April 03, 2019, 08:02:18 AM »
Hi Thirdsystem,

I also read terminal world - I enjoyed it but not as much as those I mentioned. I thought the imagination was great but found the character development not as good.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: April 02, 2019, 04:47:49 AM »
So I finished 'On the Steel Breeze' and liked it so much I bought my own copy.

I've read a number of others by him and can also recommend 'House of Suns' and 'Revelation Space' (also purchased my own copies).
   I find Alistair Reynold's writing is as complex as Iain M Banks, but in a different way:

In one of Iain's books (I think 'Excession') there are spacecraft with fractal designs on that go down beyond the atomic and into the quantum level - and I find his writing almost as 'forensically' detailed - there is not a spare thought or action and every plot arc has beginning middle and end, often linking in with others in a similar way.

Alistair's books are not as forensic - but the time and world views are as big. Revelation space seems to have arisen from the question - given there are likely to be so many life supporting worlds in the galaxy, why have we not heard from anyone - what has happened?
   Alistair's complexity comes from the twists and turns in the stories, each one changing what has gone before in different ways, pulling the different arcs in different ways each time.

Anyway - I've enjoyed them...They remind me of my own thoughts as a youngster - how large and full of wonder the universe is...what heights can we reach...

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: March 11, 2019, 01:33:44 AM »
well I may be pleasantly surprised...
Started reading a book by Alastair Reynolds called 'On the Steel Breeze'.
Only on page 100 of 485 and we have:
a woman who many years ago had 2 clones of herself made. The three were deliberately so similar that even their thought processes were the same and with some enhancements could download each others memories -this was done in a way so that they did not know which was the original.
   The three did different things:
   One stayed on Earth to be a repository of the memory of all three. However, her son decided to join the merpeople, enhanced humans who live in and under water - land and water humans don't get on...She was so devastated that she had the company that created the clones turn off the memory downloads. a while later the company went into liquidation and all data regarding the three was lost.
   Two went in a small spaceship to catch an earlier spaceship that was created by their grandmother who had developed a new mathematics for spaceship engines and decided to test it herself. Two had not been heard of since, until One was contacted by the merpeople who had collected the returned spaceship about 12 years earlier. Two is so close to death, including life support designed to shut down if tampered with, that any attempt to wake her up will just kill her. however there may be enough time to extract the code that would allow One to reconnect memories. the merpeople think that One is being contacted by Three, but due to One's shutting off the memory download the build up of data has become a data being that One sees as a ghost trying to reach out to her.
    Three went into space towards another solar system, in a caravan of converted asteroids, hollowed out and filled with biospheres in which millions of people live (partly or largely paid for by one/two/three's family). There is a lot of politics within each and between different holo-ships. The engines were designed by the grandmother - and have reached about 13% the speed of light - unfortunately during the preceding years a flush of scientific development had enabled them to reach this speed, but not develop the ability to slow down when approaching the other system - they had hoped this would be developed later. A scientist in Three's holo-ship had caused a serious explosion while working on the problem and Three had found, in the devastation, a series of tunnels in the skin of the ship that were not part of the maps. Three explored and found the tunnels were only opened by DNA - her families - and once she went further she found a completely hidden biosphere in which live an AI robot, in the physical form of the grandmother and a herd of cognitively enhanced elephants - all illegal.
   The AI's memory is not functioning properly because of attacks from a data being called Arachne.

Quite looking forward to seeing where this goes and how he ties the threads together at the end....

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: March 09, 2019, 04:12:07 AM »
I think that is my fear....

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: March 08, 2019, 01:02:51 PM »
Can anyone recommend authors with the breadth and complexity of Iain M Banks?
I've tried a couple of books from the library and although the story has potential, the endings just don't pull together...

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: March 07, 2019, 12:52:58 PM »
still using my grado's - recently had the ear cushions replaced in a local Hi-Fi shop and listened to them on an 8,000 DAC - stunning....

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: March 07, 2019, 12:50:59 PM »
Been re-reading some of the Iain M Banks books - and read Feersum Endjinn for the first time (not sure how I missed it before)
   As complex and interesting a set of storytelling as he is renowned for.

Been off work sick so visiting local library for books to read...

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 06, 2019, 02:53:51 PM »
digging into the past a little:
Steve Roach - Origins.
Steve Roach - The Dreamer Descends.
Robert Rich and Lustmord - Stalker
Mike Griffin - Sudden Dark

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 03, 2019, 09:42:26 AM »
Oophoi - The Dreaming of Shells - always a brilliant listen

I do like my ambient to sound as good as possible  8) - but don't use portable players, so not in a position to comment.
   But still interested in what you say and find out as you try different equipment

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 12, 2019, 12:55:16 AM »
Klause Weise - Ming Noir
Mystified - Passing through the Outer Gates
Liquid Ghosts - Camera Obscura (Oophoi, Netherworld, Tau Ceti)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 11, 2019, 12:57:57 AM »
Vidna Obmana:
River of Appearance
Soundtrack for the Aquarium.
Both brilliant albums

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 06, 2019, 12:05:58 PM »
Oophoi - Dreams
Steve Roach and Byron Metcalfe - The Serpents Lair

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 24, 2019, 06:56:30 AM »
Steve Roach and Vidna Obmana - Well of Souls

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