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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / INNESTI - Parenthetical
« on: January 04, 2020, 06:19:32 PM »
I just released the next INNESTI album, "Parenthetical." It is available as "free/name your price" on Bandcamp.   

The album contains 8 ethereal, minimal ambient soundscapes created with field recordings, organic synthesis, turns of phrase, and the contours of shadows.

In this album I was trying to capture an atmosphere that combines (a) the kind of contemporary ambient to which we're all accustomed here on the Hypnos Forums with (b) the pensive, incidental spaces that helped define the mood and structure of some This Mortal Coil albums from the 80s. The result is pretty unique. I'm really proud of this release.

There is also a limited edition CDr available for people (like me) who really appreciate physical products. The disc is professionally duplicated, and housed in a beautiful four-panel digipak featuring the mesmerizing photography of Katia Chausheva.

https://innesti.bandcamp.com/





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When I asked this last year, Castleview was the only one who chimed in. Hoping to get some more input this year. I want to make sure I didn't miss out on something that people think is excellent!

Here are some of the releases that ended up on major repeat this past year. This isn't a "best of" list; just a list of 10 things "I really enjoyed."

Thom Brennan - Soundgardens
An amazing return! The more drone-based of the Brennan 2019 releases.
https://thombrennan.bandcamp.com/album/soundgardens

Porya Hatami, Aarom  Martin, & Roberto Attanasio - Sallaw
Mysterious mixtures of cello, piano, and processed sounds. Creative and moody.
https://dronarivm.bandcamp.com/album/sallaw

ASC - The Waves
Layers of drifting synths.
https://shop.silentseason.com/album/the-waves

Autumn of Communion - Folk Etymology
An underrated release for AoC: It captures everything I like about their style.
https://neotantra.bandcamp.com/album/folk-etymology

Marty Hicks - Olreilion
Experimental piano. Soft and cloudy.
https://chiheihatakeyama.bandcamp.com/album/olreilion

Jens Pauly - Vihne
12k-like lo-fi guitar loops and found sounds.
https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/vihne-2

Ludvig Cimbrelius - Intimacy
Drifting and ethereal.
https://pitp.bandcamp.com/album/intimacy

Halftribe - Backwater Revisited
Glitched out ambience with incredible melodies.
https://dronarivm.bandcamp.com/album/backwater-revisited

Anaamaly - Love Frequency Pt. 2
My favorite sleeping soundtrack of the year. Reminds me of James Johnson's Cube series.
https://anaamaly.bandcamp.com/track/love-frequency-pt-2-unconditional-528-hz-30-minute-extended-mix

Max Corbacho - Echo of Longing
Deep and evolving synth textures.
https://maxcorbacho.bandcamp.com/album/echo-of-longing


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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / INNESTI - Between Worlds
« on: July 03, 2019, 11:35:14 AM »
Hi, all. I just released my next INNESTI album, "Between Worlds." It is available as "free/name your price" on Bandcamp. I've also posted some BC download codes below. 

The album contains 11 hazy, dream-like soundscapes created with field recordings, organic synthesis, and generative methods.

There is also a limited edition CDr available for people (like me) who really appreciate physical products. The disc is professionally duplicated, and housed in a beautiful four-panel digipak featuring the mesmerizing photography of Katia Chausheva.

https://innesti.bandcamp.com/



Free Bandcamp download codes:

http://innesti.bandcamp.com/yum
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It can also be streamed on Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/artist/6vjQzIlQxwDP0miO2oGoXE

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Innesti - Formless
« on: February 26, 2019, 04:44:03 PM »
Hi, all. I just released my second INNESTI album, "Formless." It is available as "free/name your price" on Bandcamp. 

The album contains 8 hazy, dream-like soundscapes created with field recordings, organic synthesis, and generative methods. Although each track has its unique signature, the tracks adhere to a common theme. Namely, the atmospheres are designed to be formless, spacious, and ethereal. 

There is also a limited edition CDr available for people (like me) who really appreciate physical products. The disc is professionally duplicated, and housed in a beautiful four-panel digipak featuring the mysterious photography of Jürgen Heckel.

Give it a spin and see if you enjoy it!

https://innesti.bandcamp.com/album/formless




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I stumbled across this video the other day: A modular experiment by Hark Madley. I found it super addictive; kept listening on repeat. I wonder if others here might enjoy it.


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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Innesti - In Currents
« on: December 31, 2018, 10:44:38 AM »
Hi, all. As some of you may have deduced from some of my recent posts, I've been experimenting with producing my own ambient music for the past year or so. I've finally decided to begin releasing some of it, and wanted to share that news with the Hypnos crowd in case anyone here is curious to explore some new sounds.

The music, released under the alias Innesti, consists of hazy, ambient soundscapes that slowly shift in ways that are designed to be mysterious, ethereal, and spacious. The tracks on the album are long-form ambient pieces in the traditional sense of the term, and work best as background music for working, dreaming, or operating exceptionally heavy machinery.

I'm listing the digital version as "free/name your price" for a few days on Bandcamp in celebration of the new year, so please grab a free download if you're interested!

I'm really happy with the way the album came out, and am looking forward to releasing some more material in the future. I pressed some CDs (available for a fair price on the Bandcamp page) in case there are any old-school collectors out there who, like me, are drawn to digipaks, physical discs, and otherworldly photography. I know that pressing CDs is an unprofitable endeavor for new artists these days. But this was a labor of love, and I wanted to create something that I'd be proud to add to my personal collection.

Bandcamp page:

https://innesti.bandcamp.com/




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What were some of your favorite ambient albums from 2018?

Here are some releases that I was especially fond of. They are listed roughly in the order they were released. I've placed * next to the ones that made an enduring impression on me.


Waveform Transmission - V 2​.​0​-​2​.​9
Spacious high-freq loops from Echospace. From late 2017, but I discovered it in 2018.
https://astralindustries.bandcamp.com/album/ai-08-v-20-29

Max Corbacho - Nocturnes II
Incredible deep space masterpieces.
https://maxcorbacho.bandcamp.com/album/nocturnes-ii

Halftribe - For the Summer, or Forever  *
Glitchy, melodolic, and beautiful.
https://dronarivm.bandcamp.com/album/for-the-summer-or-forever

Gallery Six - Snow Light
Field recordings + drones
https://archivesdubmusic.bandcamp.com/album/snow-light

Eternell - Elysia *
Ethereal and spacious ambience.
https://eternell.net/album/elysia

Robert Davies - Elemental Shimmer
Otherworldly
https://dataobscura.bandcamp.com/album/elemental-shimmer

Tomas Weiss - Zauberwald
Perfect mix of drones and melody.
https://el-culto.bandcamp.com/album/zauberwald-all-tracks-complete-mixed-album-included

SVLBRD - Stratus (Remodel)
A pure ambient remix of a more techno-infused release.
https://faintmusic.bandcamp.com/album/stratus-remodel

Luis Miehlich - Silences
Short ambient sketches that work exceptionally well together.
https://archivesdubmusic.bandcamp.com/album/silences

Eternell - Still Light
Meditative long-form works from Purl.
https://eternell.net/album/still-light



I'm eager to hear what you all were really into this year; I want to make sure I didn't overlook some releases that I'd love.

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I've recently invested in some basic gear so that I can try my hand at making ambient music. Let me blunt: You all make it look (sound) so easy.

How do you do it?

I've read a bit about some of your workflows in various places in the Hypnos forums, but, if you're in the mood, I invite you to say a bit more here about how you work. I realize that is an open-ended question, so I'll toss out a few specific questions if those are helpful for inspiring a response. I also realize we have a range of experience on the forums, including others who recently starting messing about and those who have been at it for several decades. I'm curious to hear from people at all phases of their development.

1. Do you typically just experiment until something "clicks" and you feel inspired? Or do you typically have a aural version of a vision that you're trying to bring to life?

2. If you use synths, do you typically start with a preset and then modify it? Do you start from scratch (e.g., with basic oscillators) and build from there? I assume there isn't a "one way" you do things, but what are some of the common roads you follow?

3. Building on the last question: If you work with synths, do you typically stay within that local synth environment? Or does your final sound emerge as a result of chaining a source through multiple plugins/effects? (If the later, do you "futureproof" it by saving those sounds separately and banking them? Or is that typically not necessary?)

4. I assume there are some things in your arsenal that are "must haves." For example, I've read about the way many of you revere certain reverb plugins, like Valhalla. What are some of your essentials--hardware or software?\

5. Sometimes people say things that imply that the quality of your gear is less important that what you can do with it. The implication is that, with the right mindset, knowledge, and talent, it is possible to produce some amazing soundscapes. But, I must confess, some of the more pricey tools out there would seem to give users a huge advantage. Is that perception the result of being new to this? Or is it, in fact, worthwhile to drop a few dollars on some strong "bang for your buck" style synths/modules?



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What were some of your favorite ambient recordings from 2017?

Here are some releases that I was especially fond of. They are listed roughly in the order they were released. A surprising number of them came from the ARCHIVES label this year--a label that spans ambient techno to ambient soundscapes.

Yoyu - Ordinary Moon
My favorite of the year. Field recordings, loops, and beauty.
https://archivesdubmusic.bandcamp.com/album/ordinary-moon

Snufmumriko - At First Light
Glitchy lo-fi ambient.
https://shimmeringmoodsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/at-first-light

Eternell (Purl) - Children of Infinity
Majestic and spacious ambient, featuring a lot of acoustic guitar.
http://eternell.net/album/children-of-infinity

Halftribe - Daydreams in Low Fidelity
Glitchy but smooth.
https://archivesdubmusic.bandcamp.com/album/daydreams-in-low-fidelity

Warmth - Home
Drones with slowly unfolding movements.
https://archivesdubmusic.bandcamp.com/album/home

Ishq - Sen
A mix of experimental Ishq and the more magical and Elve-ish soundscapes.
https://ishq.bandcamp.com/album/sen

Andrew Heath and Anne Chris Baker - Lichtzin
Like a mysterious puzzle, with pieces that gradually come together.
https://chiheihatakeyama.bandcamp.com/album/lichtzin

Rod Modell - Dawn, Dusk, and Darkness
(No digital version available.) Beautiful compositions based on beatless ambient washes and field recordings. The melodies are subtle and hypnotic.

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Storms and Studios
« on: September 09, 2017, 05:40:05 PM »
Just out of curiosity: What do you those of you with lots of gear and studio equipment do when you know there is a significant storm approaching?

I also see Julio Di Benedetto hasn't posted since June. I hope he's okay. I know he lives in Florida, but I'm not sure how far south. Julio, I hope you'll be able to check in at some point. Hurricane Irma looks terrifying.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Web Audio API
« on: June 29, 2017, 08:37:57 AM »
Has anyone here experimented with Web Audio API--a set of methods for playing and manipulating audio in modern web browsers?

I've been playing around with this for the last few weeks and have been having a lot of fun. I was shocked at the wide range of things that can be done these days in a browser alone:

- create oscillators using a variety of wave forms
- manipulate in real time, manually or algorithmically, the frequencies of those waveforms and their timing
- load audio clips/samples and process those in a variety of ways
- add/subtract gain nodes, panning nodes, and a variety of filters
- use impulse files for convolving signals (reverb)
- chain nodes together to customize signals and how they are processed

Most of this is done by using javaScript to control the work flow.

Anyhow, just checking to see if there are others around here who have poked around with this stuff.

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I thought it would be fun to carry on drone on's tradition of asking people to list some of their favorite releases of the year. It doesn't have to be a list of 10 per se, but I'd love to know what really stood out for people so I can insure that I didn't miss anything that deserves a good listen.

Here are some of my favorites from 2016. The first four are my absolute favorites of the year; the rest are listed in no specific order.

Steve Roach and Robert Logan - Second Nature
Unlike anything in the Roach catalog. I love the serene, Budd-like quality of the piano and the way the synths wash over those notes like waves over stones.
https://projektrecords.bandcamp.com/album/second-nature

Alio Die - Seamlessly Bliss
Pure and deep ambient bliss with Stefano's distinctive signature sounds.
https://aliodie.bandcamp.com/album/seamlessly-bliss

Ishq - Space Simulator
Six longform ambient-drone pieces delivered from outer space.
https://virtual1.bandcamp.com/album/space-simulator

Nacht Plank - Alien
This is such a unique, odd, and quirky recording: modular experiments with alien melodies.
https://nachtplank.bandcamp.com/album/alien-2

Mick Chillage - (M)odes
Such great tracks on here, and a lot of ground covered, including drifting ambient and an up-tempo closing.
https://mickchillage.bandcamp.com/album/m-odes

Autumn of Communion - Broken Apart By Sunlight
This is easily one of the better AoC releases.
https://autumnofcommunion.bandcamp.com/album/broken-apart-by-sunlight

Jacob Newman - Biospherica
Bubbling and glitchy ambient. CD coming on Carpe Sonum in 2017.
https://jacobnewman.bandcamp.com/album/biospherica

Remember - Route Back Home
Technically released in 2015, but the CD came out in 2016. Ambient vapourwave inspired by lost love, wanderlust, and rainy nights in the city.
https://dreamcatalogue.bandcamp.com/album/--22

Forrest Fang - The Sleepwalker's Ocean
I'm especially fond of the Sleepwalker's Ocean suite, as well as the longform track on the second disk. Lots of depth, and chock full of interesting sounds.
https://projektrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-sleepwalker-s-ocean

Andrew Heath - Europa
Found sounds and field recordings mixed with ambient textures. Each track is like a sonic tapestry.
https://andrewheath.bandcamp.com/album/europa

 

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Bird Sounds Visualized
« on: July 16, 2015, 06:55:55 PM »
This seems pretty cool. Particle effects + art + bird song = neato

https://vimeo.com/73974583

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / 12k on Bandcamp
« on: January 06, 2015, 09:24:52 PM »
12k is gradually uploading their catalog to Bandcamp. Some nice OOP releases listed too, including an older Dan Abrams album.

https://12kmusic.bandcamp.com/music

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Yagya
« on: December 08, 2014, 06:17:05 PM »
For the second year in a row, Yagya is offering "name your price" downloads on Bandcamp in celebration of his birthday. Chances are that many folks here already have his CDs, but, if you've been curious or needed to fill a gap in your collection, this is a fine opportunity to do so.

https://yagya.bandcamp.com/

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Loscil?
« on: August 08, 2014, 08:21:00 PM »
I just watched the movie, Divergent, with the kids. Imagine my surprise to hear a Loscil song in the movie. Anyone notice that?! My kids now think I might have "okay" taste in music.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / USB albums
« on: July 29, 2014, 07:06:56 PM »
What are your thoughts on releasing albums on USB sticks? I recall that machinefabriek did this earlier this year with an album + video collection and it seemed like a smart way to distribute a ton of data. ...txt also just released a USB of various Nacht Plank recordings: http://www.discogs.com/Nacht-Plank-Sacraments-Council/release/5852492

My collector instinct doesn't feel moved by USB sticks, maybe because I can't stick the darn things in my stereo. But I'm curious to know whether others collect these, buy them, etc.

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Everything and Nothing / German & Swiss record store suggestions
« on: July 06, 2014, 08:18:09 PM »
I know this is a long shot, but who knows who might be lurking out there...

I'll be doing some work in Tübingen, Germany and Lausanne, Switzerland over the next two weeks. If any of you live near one of those cities or have visited them and have some good suggestions on stores to check out for ambient and related music, I'd love to hear your recommendations.


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ASC's new release on Silent Season is in its pre-order phase. There appear to be fewer than 40 copies left.

http://shop.silentseason.com/album/truth-be-told

His Time Heals All release last year was wonderful. The samples here suggest this will be an outstanding followup.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Projekt sale
« on: April 18, 2014, 04:56:32 PM »
Projekt is having a 50% sale this weekend on their Bandcamp site. The discount code and further information is available here: https://www.facebook.com/ProjektRecords?ref=hl

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