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Computers, Internet and Technology / Soundcloud and its alternatives
« on: October 07, 2015, 07:22:54 AM »
What is going on with soundcloud.......I can't  play anything, everywhere I go in it and whatever I try to do I get nowhere except to get me to sign up for "Go Pro".  This is what is really going on I feel. Because I have an account they are making it hard to navigate unless I upgrade.  I could be wrong. I dont use it that much to warrant a $55 yearly subscription.

Anyone else experience this and are there any alternatives in a similar format.

By the way I have know problem with money being made but something has change at soundcloud. Were they bought out recently?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Taylor Deupree....2014 Studio Diary
« on: September 22, 2015, 09:14:35 AM »
Really interesting and beautiful music here.  A sound a day sort of thing using modular, found sounds etc....

I have been thinking about modular synthesis and the beginning of electronic music. In my search, of course I had to come across this man.

There is 3 hours of footage here and it is some of the most insightful, fascinating and historically interesting discussion of music I seen in a very long time.  The second and longest video is of the greatest electronic sound sculptors is talking to a gathering of very young people at the red bull academy....!

On August the 5th 2015 my girlfriend and I, along with another couple will travel from Florida, USA to France to start the Camino.  It actually starts in the Pyrenees but then after one day crosses over into Spain.

I had never heard about the Camino until I saw this movie a year or so ago with Martin Sheen called "The Way" directed by his son Emilio Estavez and said after watching it that one day I would do this, a bucket list sort of thing. Well its going to happen very shortly.

Depending on ones fitness the Camino takes 30 some days to walk...490 miles. 

This is such an out of the box vacation, if you can call it that..... I just dont know what to expect and thats probably the point.  I am excited to return to Europe where I grew up between the UK and Majorca, Spain.

Anyone here walked the Camino, heard about it or ever thought about doing it?


The video wont load so you will have to click the link,  if you can't make it through the long technical section go to 15:35 to listen and sit up to some electronica that still can not be matched by todays synths analog or otherwise in sound. ;) Except that Tom has a 2 voice in production and a 4 voice possibly on the way.... :)

Its worth listening to the whole thing from start to finish just for the amusing commentary as well. 

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Recording music without a computer
« on: June 30, 2015, 04:58:19 PM »
I spend so much time in front of the computer for music and otherwise that I was wondering what viable alternatives there might be to recording music without it, the computer that is.

Only person I know of is Seren.....I assume that still stands as so.

I guess part of this has to do with working deeper in Abelton Live, for sure a daw in the full sense yet in its main mixing window, it has a better name, you dont see anything but the individual channels, no graphic audio until you decide to create that.

Im really getting into the listen and not seeing.  It was the opposite for a long the arrange window of said daw I could paint with graphic it but.

Is there a viable alternative to the computer / daw....and if so what would you do?

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Solid State Logic Duendo Plugin Sale
« on: June 15, 2015, 04:43:26 AM »
Dont usually see this software go on sale.....$99 for each plugin!  Follow the links for in depth video.


My new cd release "Original Light" is now available for purchase and download.  Please stop by my Bandcamp site and give it a spin, thanks.

Composed, performed & produced by Julio Di Benedetto 2012-2015 using synthesizers, piano, iPad apps & laptop processing.

Mastered by Don Tyler @ IO Mastering

Photography & Design : Julio Di Benedetto

Computers, Internet and Technology / The internet and our Future
« on: October 04, 2014, 05:23:16 PM »
Douglas Coupland has or will shortly released a book about the biggest internet tech company in the world...Alcatel Lucent.  Im going to read this but below is a link to a quick paraphrase from the Financial Times.

I ask this question because about 4 months ago I came into the studio to meet the smell of charred electronics, a very distinctive smell.  To my relief I discovered it wasnt any gear put my Furman AR 1215 was fried....had it done its job and perished in the process.  Cant say but since then the studio has been running off local power straight out of the wall.

The balanced power option to do right is too expensive and the results are questionable.

I was considering a simple but good surge protector/backup like this one below which I have at work in the office.

I curious what others use and recommend?

Everything and Nothing / What is the Hypnos Forum to you ?
« on: September 25, 2014, 06:05:31 PM »
Many come here for different purposes but most end up at the ultimate reason.....their love of ambient music!

Quite a few come here to share their musical discoveries ambient or otherwise...the life blood of this forum.

Musician's come here to share their wonderful new recordings.

Gearheads come here to exchange sonic possibilities.

Novelist & lovers of literature come her to share there recent and best reads.

Gamers come to share their latest online conquests.

Firestarters come here to stir things up and help things get.... fired up....usually an interesting and spirited outcome.  A good thing!

Lovers share their troubadour adventures.

Watchers....the silent majority come here to glean and hopefully break that barrier and come through to contribute.

There are some that put a great deal of energy into this forum and I suspect question is it really worth it....yes the darker side.

And then there is this hush....enough has been said.  I can feel it.  Time to regroup.  Check our reality.  Become quite.

So where are you.....what does the Hypnos forum mean to you?   


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Sorry Pete Kelly....On Inspiration
« on: September 18, 2014, 05:13:51 PM »
Pete you proposed such a beautiful thread that went to hell and was shut down.  I was to blame and the result was so uninspired. My apologies.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Eventide UltraReverb
« on: September 16, 2014, 06:10:26 PM »
Tomas brought to our attention the Ultra this, except its not free. The algorithms are from the H8000 I believe.

Link to video.....

For sale on ebay......$17,849.00

Its time to start loving your microwave!

Everything and Nothing / The funniest Man that ever lived is Gone!
« on: August 12, 2014, 04:44:22 PM »
Im sure this sad news of Robin Williams passing is coming through to most by now....In my life he was the funniest because he could be the most serious as well.  Perhaps comedy enabled Robin Williams to plummet the depths of the human psyche....I dont know, yet he could swing the emotional pendulum to such extremes that I would say no other actor has  been able in quite the same way to make me laugh and cry as he did.

The candle that burns twice as bright.....

R.I.P...or better yet, come on back real soon!

As I have my photography portfolio site up and running I thought I would make a formal thread for it to share projects as they evolve for those interested .  There is a blog that will go into more details about projects. The site is in just getting going and currently there are now 2 galleries of selected images to view. The homepage is a slideshow and a nice mix of pictures but does move so if you wish to take time with specific images go to the gallery page and click on whatever may interest you.


Chasing Clouds Gallery....

Driftwood Gallery....

Thanks & Enjoy.

Just rearranged  the heading...reads better.

This is a part of todays thoughts from Sam Rosenthal

"People often tell me that in order to keep Projekt alive, I have to get with the times: I have to run a label based on the modern way the record industry works. This is usually said by people who don't realize I have been keeping up with the times; I am aware of the industry trends. It doesn't mean I agree with all of them, or want to follow all of them. It doesn't mean that all of the trends apply to the music Projekt releases.

Projekt is still here; I run the label for the people who follow the label. Projekt still functions in the world of selling stuff, and money earned off albums that artists have recorded.

The music business today is about giving music away for free to gain "exposure," to enable touring and merchandising - this is where the big artists make their money. The Stones or U2 or Lady Gaga earn hundreds of millions of dollars touring. The biggest source of income is no longer the recorded album.

Which is sad. Because there are so many classic albums that mean so much to me. Fripp & Eno's No Pussyfooting never would have existed, if 1973 was only about playing live or singles. Sad.

And yet I am still thinking about albums, and concept albums, and my friends recording in their home studios. That's what I do, that's the way I work. The nice thing is that there are fans out there who appreciate the recorded work of Projekt artists. When I check the stats, about 66% of Projekt's digital income comes from full-album downloads. And physically, the label is almost entirely full-albums.

Projekt's not a hit-song label. Voltaire is the exception. He has tracks that are massively downloaded individually, rather than as part of an album. But when somebody is interested in Steve Roach or Erik Wollo or Unto Ashes, they generally want the whole album. They want to dive into the work. I think that's  a legacy of the 60s and 70s perspective on music.

I am told that's yesterday's news, and I should get over it. But come on! I love that world.

I'm a rock-n-roller. I want to listen to an artist's vision: 40 or 60 minutes of their work. I rarely put on single songs. I listen to albums. I know it's archaic of me; yet it's the way music exists for me. As a listener and as an artist."/i]

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Miss you Forrest!
« on: July 10, 2014, 10:01:51 PM »
Just thought I'd say that I notice his I feared would happen.

It's a rare thing when such a talented and wise forum member departs for reasons large or small and we all wish I'm sure that these great debates that are played out here from time to time are done so with positive consequences......?

One can't go back but we can go forward and  I hope and look towards a return of a special forum member Forrest Fang.

Perhaps I'm saying what should not be said but for me the forum is that much dimmer with his lack of presence.

People do come and go.....I don't think so in this case

And if your on a beautiful tropical island with a recording studio.....!

Miss you Forrest!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Exponential Audio Reverb Sale!
« on: June 15, 2014, 04:37:07 PM »
These summer sales...getting a little crazy but I just purchased their Phoenix Reverb.  Exponential Audio is the man behind the creation of the most recent Lexicon hardware PCM series reverbs and PCM Native plugins....clearly now blazing his own trail.

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