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Now Playing / Re: Downpipe
« on: February 13, 2018, 03:14:19 AM »
Another winner :)
Brill latin / funk fusion: 4:55 !

and of course, P-funk:

Everything and Nothing / Re: RIP Jˇhann Jˇhannsson
« on: February 12, 2018, 04:30:44 AM »
Saw him with the very talented 'Kitchen motors' in the wilds of North Yorkshire, years ago.
RIP indeed and at such a young age.   

Video for the track 'Sada' from the Sylvi album.
I've upgraded my video production stuff, so this was something of an experiment is using it, as well as the Swans being such graceful creatures in slow motion !

Everything and Nothing / RIP Mark E Smith
« on: January 25, 2018, 03:25:53 AM »
Top mancunian curmudgeon / maverick Mark E Smith has passed on  :(
Also, saddened to hear all of Motorhead are now gone too...

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Fretless Bass (for ambient)
« on: January 14, 2018, 06:47:45 AM »
Looks a good one. Beware though, APK is right, pedals can be very 'collectable' :)
A long time ago, I had 10 or so Boss pedals velcro'd onto a piece of plywood that I used to cart around to gigs / rehearsals - not recommended, in hindsight.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 25, 2017, 01:44:00 PM »
Indeed ! Have a cool christmas  :)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Fretless Bass (for ambient)
« on: December 23, 2017, 08:01:24 AM »
Thanks very much Julio,
Yes, it was that very Eno album that made me think about the bass / fretless in ambient.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Fretless Bass (for ambient)
« on: December 18, 2017, 01:18:50 PM »
Hi Julio,

Great stuff ! That Scott feller looks to be a really good teacher and yes he is from Leeds (I lived there for 20 years, so I recognise the accent !)
In my experience, learning the fretless is pretty hard work - but very rewarding. I think I was playing on mine for a year (or so) before I felt I was getting somewhere. I used to play fretless in a band many moons ago, but like guitar playing, it's a perishable skill. I found that over time, my intonation improved - which (it goes without saying) is pretty fundamental for the fretless.

Hope you get some interesting tones / sounds from yours (Samick's are pretty well regarded, actually) fret markers are certainly a good idea. Personally, I think the fretless is well suited to ambient - especially with an ebow. I used mine extensively on my last album 'Sylvi'. 

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / NI Phasis freebie
« on: December 16, 2017, 11:52:16 AM »
I'm a big fan of phaser type things and this Native Instruments freebie is very nice:

Now Playing / Re: Dance/Electronic Genre
« on: October 26, 2017, 01:51:47 AM »
:) Legs may be being pulled...

So, here's one, not 'ambient' as such, but a cracking tune nonetheless:

Now Playing / Re: Dance/Electronic Genre
« on: October 23, 2017, 08:29:27 AM »
Wondering why you are sharing this with us - perhaps you could share your favourite ambient works instead ?

Everything and Nothing / Re: itunes or no itunes
« on: October 17, 2017, 02:52:01 AM »
Yes, to get up on iTunes, Spotify etc. you have to pay some kind of a fee. I use CD Baby, as they charge an upfront fee, then that's it. I presume that's one of the reasons that some people go for the Bandcamp only option.

Oh and hello to 'jkn' haven't seen you around here for some time !

Everything and Nothing / Re: itunes or no itunes
« on: October 13, 2017, 09:43:06 AM »
Hello 'h',

I presume your question refers to whether an artist considers streaming of their work to be in their interest, or not so ?


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Storms and Studios
« on: September 14, 2017, 03:53:57 AM »
Great to hear you're okay, Julio !
As you know, we don't get hurricanes and the like over here in the UK, but when we do get storms / bad winters, it makes me very aware of the power of nature.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Storms and Studios
« on: September 11, 2017, 01:41:00 AM »
Too right, forget about the equipment (and pretty much everything else) in that kind of scenario - it must be terrifying.
Hope Julio is okay.

Hi Jana,

Thanks for the comments and the question about 'Kielo' Yes, it's all guitar derived, with ebow guitar and ebow fretless bass on top of the drone stuff. There is a technique I stumbled across using a very 'wide' vibrato on the fretless with the ebow, that might be what you're hearing.


Everything and Nothing / Re: Spotify and 'fake' ambient artists ?
« on: August 27, 2017, 06:42:55 AM »
If anything it seems to be expanding. I don't really see any comparison with social media sites, but (apparently) the playlist thing is a significant thing on Spotify - get on a known playlist and you'll get lots of listeners.

Like it or not (and I'm still not sure what to make of it), it's a sign of the times, when sites like this were once a hotbed of activity, it appears the activity is going on elsewhere.

Back on topic, I still think making up 'fake artists' is extremely bogus. 

'Lowna' free track from the 'Sylvi' album sessions. Download here (wav file):

Album now up on the streaming sites.

Video for the track 'Ritva' from the 'Sylvi' album:

'Sylvi' New Igneous Flame album released

Sylvi is an ambient work featuring electric guitar and fretless bass, both with extensive use of the ebow. Brief flourishes of Nylon string guitar appear throughout the album.

Currently up on Bandcamp:

and CD Baby:

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