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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: Yesterday at 04:02:25 PM »
Anthony, this is definately music that makes me feel home: Fluxion, Maurizio still my favorites..

repetive yet sligtly changing loops, hypnotic without being hypnotic, all atmospheres, delays..

I have saved some dj mixes spanning from 1998 to 2007: ambient, dubtechno and sorts :)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 14, 2018, 03:41:13 PM »
Jaja - Music for Space Observation
Quiet (very quiet) contemplative drones. First track is amazing.

Thanks so much Chris :)

Recently playings (and orders) from the lovely underground labels Subwax, Vibrant Forms & Echocord:

Fluxion - Vibrant Forms Vol. III (wow !!! 4 parts on vinyl 12" edition)

Fluxion - Outerside EP (prev. only on Vibrant Forms Vol. II CD, after 16 years finally on vinyl 12" edition)

Fluxion - Redundant EP (I missed that one from 2001)

Fluxion - Traces EP 2/3 & Traces EP 3/3

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Jaja news
« on: January 06, 2018, 11:53:24 AM »

and, as you say not having any plans for new releases next time - you are heartfully invited to participate at

Did I say this ? :) But thanks for the invitation. Not sure if I will participate, I love the japanese wakas so much.

Fabio, wishing you all the best for the new year 2018 !!!

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Jaja news
« on: January 03, 2018, 02:34:48 PM »

Congrats, Jana, just shared your info on my FB site. I definitely stay tuned for the physical edition!!!

Richard ;)

Thanks so much Richard !!!

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Jaja news
« on: January 02, 2018, 04:37:07 PM »
Hope you found a nice spaceport for your party between the stars. Happy birthday David !!!

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Jaja news
« on: January 01, 2018, 04:23:27 PM »
I wish everyone here a happy new year. May the stars be always with us all  :)

In tradition to last year I release today on 01/01/2018 my new album Music for space observation.
The album contains three live transmissions that I played on my synthesizer under the winterly stars of Cassiopeia in December 2017.

01 - Far beyond the realm of the stars
02 - Earthrise over the moon
03 - In the realm of the nebulae

Below photos from the session.

You can download 24Bit and 16Bit versions and also preorder a CD that will be available in the end of February 2018.

24Bit versions & CD preorder:

16Bit versions:


1. Nunc Stans - Crossing bridges

2. Nunc Stans - Edge of visibility

3. Circular Ruins - Pathways

4. Manitou - Shadows of a Detroit Winter Sun

Got these 4 albums from 2017 this year and loved each!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 25, 2017, 09:41:43 AM »
Merry Christmas to the folks that still post here. Have a good one when it comes and all the best for 2018.

Merry Christmas :)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Some thoughts on time and volume.
« on: December 25, 2017, 09:36:38 AM »
Julio: I found NYC overwhelmingly beautiful when I was there in the 90s, great city, great diversity, and a big city where things change faster. That's why I like my memories, memories that sometimes can not be relived.
I've never read Proust's "Remembrance of Things Past" ("In Search of Lost Time") but it's certainly a big drama similar to "War and Peace" by Tolstoy.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Drone/pad EQ-ing.
« on: December 25, 2017, 09:16:14 AM »

To keep the shape, you have to work at the source. Not after the reverb with a drone or pad. Drones and Pad sounds often have effects, then work on the source sound first.

It's not that easy to me ...

Well, i want to do a drone with "flat low end" (means that the drone doesn't have too much of low freq below 120 Hz) I apply a filter which cuts high end and low end below 120 Hz. And now my drone starts to sound weak and losing its "sharpness" and "edge" ... then i boost mid freq to compensate it - and i got unnaturaly "plastic-like" sounding drone :(  That's my problem ... when i cut lows - i got weak, shapless sound ... when i add mid freq - i got plastic :( I don't know where lies a "balance".

In other words i trying to make drone with "flat-bottom" but with no-plastic mid frequencies.

Maybe my problems lies in wrong using of notes (i mean in wrong octaves, maybe too low octaves). I'm using chords, not a single note ... i can even call it "pads" not "drones" where many atonal sounds could be.

Please check if you have a pure sound or if effects used already.
Bypass those effects and listen to the pure sound and single notes and then try equalizing.
Maybe the source sound you use sounds plastic depending on the used sample/wave form.

Good luck!  :)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Some thoughts on time and volume.
« on: December 23, 2017, 02:10:54 PM »
Thank you both for your stories. Some snapshots of intense moments.

1. The day when I discovered the heron that lives by the river.
2. The tree infront of the window, a zoom to the raindrops on the branches.
3. A bridge where you only get a true insight when you cross in a train.
4. The tree showing its budds and the branches are covered with snow.
5. The tree under the winter sky, a rare moment of winterblue color.
6. I looked outside the window, so beautiful this moment.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Some thoughts on time and volume.
« on: December 19, 2017, 01:09:15 PM »
Andy: Especially now in christmas time it is sheer "consume" madness. And no one has time left either. All want to take the same bus, all want to buy anything, all walk blindsided to their goals. Yet inbetween you can find the quietness, an old man who cant walk quickly, a woman who crosses others ways and stop them by her slow moving. Or friendly people who ask me for the right railway platform. Indeed these are cool moments in a hectic railway station in the big city.

David: I also would love to be immortal. Not for to have more time but to become timeless. On the other hand I love the thought that any moment may be our last and everything is more beautiful therefore.  ::)

Everything and Nothing / Some thoughts on time and volume.
« on: December 15, 2017, 06:34:53 AM »
Some thoughts on time and volume.

Over the years, one experiences changes in one's environment and, of course, one's own ego. One constantly tries to reconcile the relation between the development of the self and its environment. If there is no longer agreement, you actually ask yourself where the cause lies: in yourself or in your environment. Then there is a time of observation and contact to find out where you stand. For me it was time again that I thought: the world has become louder and hectic. Am I more sensitive or are others less sensitive?

A week ago, I received a new phone: a Nokia DS 130. When I picked a ringtone, I almost fell off the stool, so loud was the ringing tone. I ended up using only one ringtone, which I could then endure at minimal volume. That was the proof, I'm not deaf yet. But are the others actually deaf? Every day I see people with their smartphones, hear the phones ring, so loud! Now we have adapted my phone with own ringtones in normal volume. But it makes me wonder why this development?

Recently I heard two albums by an artist. An album from a few years ago was very balanced. Earlier, I heard his latest work: way too loud. After that, his old work was just balm. I know, we already had some topics in the direction here, for example "volume war".

Time, another topic that concerns me. My motto is actually to go through time very slowly and thereby extend the time. In principle, it is the case that time is space, and thus the longer the way, the longer the time. Of course, time goes by differently, relative to one's own feelings. But I have learned, the slower I move, the more intense I experience, and the slower the absolute time passes. The faster and more unconsciously I move, the faster the absolute time passes. The "time limit" is used up faster, without I enjoyed the way.

I have the feeling that time and volume are connected. I imagine a kind of compression (similar to music) that increases. Maybe it's because of the globalized diversity of the earth, the fast availability everywhere, too much information overload to really learn something. On the contrary, we unlearn a lot due to this flood of information and forget very fast.

A world of oblivion, that's double-edged. On the one hand you should forget, but on the other hand always remember. This mystery is it not, if you absolutely go the time and the way, dream your dreams, and appreciate the moments and memories. Today's society is between cosmic departure and digital madness. I look forward to the future, in spite of everything. :)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 15, 2017, 05:36:46 AM »
NP: Klaus Wiese - Maquam

This album is a gem: mysterious, divine and profound..

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 15, 2017, 03:40:51 AM »
NP: O÷phoi - Corridors Of Time

I love to listen through his music: one of the most special music I know...

and this piece is my absolute favorite piece by him (serene, beyond, balanced and infinite)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Drone/pad EQ-ing.
« on: December 03, 2017, 10:36:20 PM »
I've attached one example of drone i'm aiming to recreate: It's excerpt of a track from Alio Die album "They Grow Layers of Life Within". This type of drones i call "lightweighted" (it's usual for drones that Stefano does) because it hasn't too much of low-end. If you look in spectro analyzer it has rarely something below 100-120 Hz.

My problem is that after i carved all resonances and unpleasant frequencies, my drone starting to sound "soft and weak" comparing to Alio Die's drone. I'm loosing some kind of sound "edge" and become more "amorphic" and shapless. And i don't know what to do to reinforce the shape and get the edge back :(

To keep the shape, you have to work at the source. Not after the reverb with a drone or pad. Drones and Pad sounds often have effects, then work on the source sound first.

Also ... about drones

I heard a lot from various ambient musicians that they do not apply any compression on drone sounds in mixing. But ... in mastering stage? Does drone ambient need a touch of compression in final mastering?


I never use compression, but that's my style, not a general formula. I just recommend not overdoing it. Especially Ambient is so quiet that too much compression becomes audible. I have heard a lot of ambient that was compressed too hard in the mastering process, not nice!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 01, 2017, 01:14:57 PM »

Nunc Stans - Edge of visibility
Well thought out and detailled epic storytelling with musical notes.

Nunc Stans - Elementa
A perfect transcendence of music and elements.

Nunc Stans - Secret passages
Very melancolic with a sacral touch.

The Circular Ruins - Nightfall
Reflective and nocturnal, I absolutely recommend head phones to get the full intent.

Mr. Cloudy - Shades of the deep
Excellent and deep dub techno for listening and quiet times.

Fiction and Poetics - Solitude
As if you read in a book. Tranquil and touching. Do not miss the song "Trying to forget".

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: November 22, 2017, 04:56:11 AM »
I read a lot of wakas (japanese poems) over the last days and loved them. You can find poems in original japanese language and with an english translation on the Waka Poetry site:

Also continuing with Howard P. Lovecraft and his dark cosmic tales e.g. The Unnamable, The Strange High House in the Mist, The Madness Out of Time - The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.

And I bought Contact by Carl Sagan. The story is well known from the film with Jodie Foster.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Tech Talk with Jaja
« on: November 22, 2017, 04:55:49 AM »
Of course...that makes sense.  Do you listen from a more central position in the middle of the room..... auditioning music when at your iMac would have you hearing a lot more of the right channel.

Perhaps in such a beautiful space you may walk a little while you audition your compositions, so the more established studio methods are not so important for you.

Mostly I stand in the middle of the room to audition music. Often I hear the recordings over the whole day or night in my daily life.
Then I live with the sounds and I can study the room sound :)

Update: Lately I mostly sit on the floor in the middle of the room and listen to the music. This sounds fantastic  ;)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Music for the people of the underground
« on: November 15, 2017, 07:56:32 AM »
Thank you Anthony!

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