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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Best DAW for Ambient Music 2015
« on: Yesterday at 03:11:58 AM »
Any thoughts on all these suggestions, 'Johnnyrocket' ?

It appears that Steve's music and his sense of spirituality (for want of a better word) are very much linked, I'm cool with that. It's the 'artist as guru' bit thats a bit more problematic for me.

Just looking at Steve's site reveals a rather 'bigged-up' statement from the word go. I wonder how much of this is merely marketing speak or does Steve really believe these things to be the case ?
Either way, it's his choice obviously and I'm sure he's very savvy in terms of self promotion.

I used to work in galleries, endeavouring to explain to the visitors as to what the artist was trying to express in their work. Very often the accompanying texts that came with a show were extremely densely worded and impenetrable.
Over time, I realised the artists whose work was strong in it's own right relied less on verbose chicanery and let the work speak for itself. I tried to take something from that.

Good post Julio,

Speaking from the artist's perspective, I can see how it may be tempting to do this on Bandcamp, as everything is up there ready to go if you decide to do it. It won't cost anything extra and listeners may well decide to own an artist's full back catalogue if they want (or not !).  It would seem to me that the the discounted price is the significant factor.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Soundcloud and its alternatives
« on: November 11, 2015, 03:04:19 AM »
Just seen a great fake (presumably) user's strap line:

I am an actor and a writer and I co-created my breakfast and my son, Malachai.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 04, 2015, 02:06:03 PM »
From memory, the production on 'Fire Dances' is bloody awful - but the material is excellent.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl is really back
« on: November 04, 2015, 03:58:09 AM »
The last Audio Cassette Factory  8)

Personally I won't be missing these things at all, I wish people were as keen on mini-discs instead !

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 02, 2015, 12:24:52 PM »
Killing Joke - 'I am the Virus'

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Soundcloud and its alternatives
« on: October 29, 2015, 02:32:13 AM »
I just set up a Soundcloud account for some guitar demos that I've been doing. Even before I uploaded any stuff, I had 'followers' and when I did, I had instant likes from a selection of spammers.
I would certainly not use Soundcloud to gauge any kind of realistic feedback to my (or pretty much anyones) music !

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Field recordings Blog
« on: October 28, 2015, 12:42:10 PM »
Yes thanks, the loss of a companion creature is a hard one. 

Seren, yes traffic noise is pretty odious when it come to making these recordings !

Here's a recording I made today whilst out in the woods. I found an upturned tree and took shelter under it, while the rain came and went. At times it was pretty full-on, as the recording shows:

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Field recordings Blog
« on: October 27, 2015, 03:38:28 AM »
I've recently acquired a Sony PCM-M10 Recorder, which is a better unit than the Zoom H2.n I was using previously, in lots of ways. I hope to get some better recordings done with it.

Having been out and about recording recently has made me realise how difficult it is to get 'clean recordings' - devoid of traffic noise, aircraft noise, people noise etc. I wouldn't fancy being a sound-recordist full-time ! Maybe I need to go to the more remote places / the wilds.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Field recordings Blog
« on: October 18, 2015, 08:32:05 AM »
Many thanks Julio, I bonded very strongly with that hound...

Yes, I plan to do more recordings. A trip to the coast may well be in order to get some crashing waves. As I said in the blog, the binaural thing really enhances spatial depth (if that makes sense) to the recording

In case anyone isn't familiar with Freesound, it's a fantastic resource. The recordings can be a bit hit and miss technically, but I've found some real gems there.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Field recordings Blog
« on: October 16, 2015, 12:38:50 PM »
If anyone's interested, I wrote a Blog post about my return to making field recordings as a result of the recent passing of my canine companion:


'I was once a keen field recorder, my trusty Sony MZ-R35 mini-disc recorder (in a very fetching blue) and a pair of home-made binaural mics made from  a pair of Panasonic WM-61 capsules was considered to be a half decent set-up many moons ago. I used this combination to make a lot of recordings and have used them throughout the years, incorporating some of them on my albums (ĎOrcusí in particular) and for creating sound art installation soundtracks. For me, binaural recordings capture a spatial Ďrealismí (unsurpassed with other recording techniques).

Iíve now returned to making recordings, since my canine companion Maxa is sadly with us no more, I havenít had the motivation to return to my music projects. I still feel the need to do something, so I decided this was better than (creating) nothing...'

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Kit Watkins
« on: October 13, 2015, 01:45:47 AM »
I was in touch with Kit years ago, the last time I 'spoke' to him, I got the impression that he was more concerned with growing his own food and bigger world issues. He was a very cool feller, with a great concern for global concerns.
He was also a damn good musician and he was actually pretty well known at his peak.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Soundcloud and its alternatives
« on: October 09, 2015, 03:18:46 AM »
I find Soundcloud to be useful merely as a place to upload some material and use their embed code to put elsewhere (Blog etc). The 'community' thing has gone long ago (if it was ever there in the first place).
If you have a 'pro' account, they are very quick to answer emails !

I don't like the way its 'pitched' nowadays, I should say.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: October 08, 2015, 02:39:10 AM »
Good stuff Forrest !

Yes, I feel the same, when I've completed a project - I don't want to listen to the thing for a loooong time later :)

Fair points Julio,

I'd suggest trying the app out rather than the website version.

Just bought all the 'In App Purchases' for this one after revisiting it on the 'rain' setting and hearing how effective the automation was, just on that preset alone.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Casting little kids in sick violent movies
« on: September 30, 2015, 11:10:52 AM »
I find a lot of movies distasteful because of the violence in them. Hollywood (in particular) seems to be trying to tell us that violence is 'cool and exciting'. I don't understand the appeal of these movies, or violence for that matter. Involving kids in such movies, I just don't get that all.

I grew up seeing more than a fair amount of violence, it's not cool to me, at all.

Yes, porn can be degrading, but extreme violent imagery is (in my view) more insidious, as it de-sensitisizes people to the effects of real violence.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Taylor Deupree....2014 Studio Diary
« on: September 28, 2015, 07:40:35 AM »
Music for Bats ?
High frequencies galore 12K(hz) plus :)

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