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Everything and Nothing / unexpected Hypnos message recieved
« on: October 23, 2019, 01:11:09 PM »
Hi all,

I have received a NSFW message in my Hypnos message box - anyone else had anything similar?

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / 4K movies and documentaries
« on: December 05, 2017, 01:50:23 AM »
Well it took a bit of time and a dispute with a large retailer over misselling a TV >:( >:( >:(, but I've upgraded to 4k TV and player.

I've not yet bought many 4k discs but the improvement is significant and both 'upsample' all other discs to the next highest spec (Blu ray to 4k and DVD to Blu ray).... I know they are not as good as watching a disc in the higher resolution, but they are not far off.
Even ordinary TV is better. In UK watching Blue Planet II on TV is often like having an aquarium in the room.

Deadpool - brilliant.
Passengers - quiet but interesting story, brilliant picture.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 - fluff of a story but stunning picture.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - improvements harder to define.
Planet Earth II - Exquisite and Beautiful and Stunning

Everything and Nothing / RIP Tomita
« on: May 10, 2016, 12:50:13 AM »
Just heard that Tomita has died - this is another one of those that really hits hard, I remember getting The Planets as a youngster.  :'(

Everything and Nothing / RIP Terry Pratchett
« on: March 12, 2015, 08:56:12 AM »
don't know what to say, thouroughly enjoyed his books, will miss his sideways humour and the hints that he knew more about things than he let on.....

Everything and Nothing / Chef Thread:
« on: September 22, 2014, 12:32:53 AM »
Baked Trout:

Tin Foil with a little olive oil on to stop the fish sticking.

Fish should be fully deheaded and de-finned

Place fish on the foil and add a little butter on top, black pepper to taste.

Place a number of baby plum tomatoes and 'half moon' slices of orange and yellow peppers tightly around the fish, drizzle soya sauce over this and then finely cut coriander leaf dropped over the fish in the centre.

Fold over the foil to enclose - preferably not touching the food on the top.

Place in preheated oven gas mark 9 for 20 mins.

The foil should hold in all the juices/fuids making this a moist meal.

Once cooked slide the whole lot onto a plate - If cooked to the right moment the top side of fish should peel off the bones easily, then the bones should peel off the bottom side in one complete piece.

I occasionally cook rice as well, but numerous people have found this in itself enough for a main course.

Hypnos News and Announcements / Thanks to Mike
« on: January 20, 2014, 10:02:49 AM »
Not just for running Hypnos, managing the forum and doing all the other things that make him all round nice guy...

but also for responding so quickly to the crappy spammers - pages and pages of the crap tooday!!!!

Sure it is not something he enjoys spending his valuable time on so big thanks and thumbs up - we love you Mike 8)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / effects - old and new
« on: December 10, 2013, 04:40:57 AM »
I'd like to tease a theme out of the middle of another thread.....

....after almost 20 years of neither listening to recorded music, nor recording music I was very surprised when I started dipping my toes back in to the river again.

In some ways I was positively amazed - the things digital synths and DAWs can now do would have taken a building the size of Rockfield recording studios in the 70's and 80's (when I was recording) to achieve.

In other ways I was negatively amazed - despite all the advancements, effects units appeared to be basically the same, more complicated, more powerful, but still focussed around the same set of processes that had been around for years - reverb, phase, flange, echo, filters, ring mod etc.

I know I may not have looked hard enough or in the right place, but I am surprised about this - I would be very happy to be corrected and guided to interesting effects or other sound processing

Please discuss:

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / 24 Frames per Second
« on: July 05, 2013, 12:32:57 AM »
Hi everyone, I've been involved with some other musicians in putting together a new release on the Ambientlive label – 24 Frames per Second.

The album is a compilation of music created by members of the Modulator ESP forum.

The idea was to create tracks with an average length of three to three and a half minutes that were inspired by films or possibly for a film.

24 Frames per Second contains 21 tracks by 13 artists with a wide range of styles and contains some unexpected music.

All profits from the album are being donated to ‘The Music Therapy’ charity -

Ambientlive webpage

There are samples from all the tracks on soundcloud:

Front cover:

Back cover:

Disc image:

Hope you enjoy the music.

Independent Music Reviews / Review discussion thread
« on: October 25, 2011, 01:29:27 PM »
Thought it might be good to take the discussion out of Joe's review thread: If Mike want's to delete this thread at a later date when we've clarified things a bit I don't mind.

Would using our own names mean I could not write a review? Or just that whoever writes one makes sure their name is on it.

I don't have a blog or website (yet) - I think we might miss some people sharing their experiences of how the music touches them, I know that Joe wanted to share his delight in the Austere release.

Can we have really minimal rules so we don't inadvertently strangle budding reviewers?

Quote from: michael board=tav thread=4471 post=162081 time=1306185123


Mayfield garden Orchestra was a working sound stage orchestra that recorded a small number of soundtrack albums for little known U.K. films and TV shows between 1969 -1974.

Members of the MGO during sessions for Gridlock (January 1973)

MGO recorded their first album, The Terror Of Doctor Price, in 1970, on the shortlived English Hydrophone label.

The MGO were in the running for the soundtrack to "Karn" series on BBC2 in 1972, and 18 minutes of music was comissioned and recorded, and although Laurie Johnson got the gig, The short (and incomplete) "Karn Suite" was played on Radio One in January 1973, on the Derek Lamont show, albeit in the graveyard slot.

Also in 1972 "The Return of Doctor Price" saw the MGO return to Soundstage 3, Twickenham Studios, where they again accompanied the diabolical escapades of the venerable Doctor.

1974 brought a comission from Bobby Lelandro, and the MGO embarked on the recording of an extremely dark series of pieces for the late night anthology series "In The Watches Of The Night".
A year earlier, in 1973, they almost made a break through in the USA with the film soundtrack to the movie "Gridlock" - only to be scuppered by the Technical Union of America strike of summer 1973.

Because of the percieved limited appeal of soundtrack recordings, none of the five albums were pressed in any significant quantities. Gridlock is the first of the MGO recordings to see the light of day in almost 40 years, and discussions are in progress to re-release the other wonderful recordings of The Mayfield Garden Orchestra.

Unfinished 1973 proof copy of release artwork for the unfinished movie "Gridlock".

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Pete Christopherson RIP
« on: November 25, 2010, 05:19:49 AM »

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Frances byers sod off
« on: November 04, 2010, 05:29:11 AM »
title says it all

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / AKG C 3000 B
« on: December 28, 2008, 06:07:37 AM »
I'm thinking of upgrading the microphones in my studio - I've seen a pair of these and wondered if anyone has any experince with them or advice?


Other Ambient (and related) Music / EMPortal forum CD
« on: October 28, 2008, 05:47:59 AM »
Hi everyone,

The EMPortal forum has been putting together a compilation of music by members. It's a 2 CD and should be available soon.

go to to have a look at the artists and tracks list etc (scroll down a little). There is a wide range of artists on the set so the music should be just as varied.

Everything and Nothing / Cover songs....
« on: September 12, 2008, 06:52:40 AM »
Anyone got a song they want to do a cover version of, even for fun, from any field of music.

I've always wanted to do a version of Chris Isaak's 'Wicked Game' - no idea why, just intrigues me.

Everything and Nothing / Recording fee advice needed asap
« on: September 02, 2008, 02:08:47 AM »
A friend of mine is writing a book. It is being self published and financed by someone she knows, but I don't.

They want a CD and have asked me to give them a cost (ASAP) for
A) just my friend speaking and
B) Friend speaking with some music or field recordings in the background.

They are only printing 100 - but there is the possibility of a major publisher picking it up.

The finance guy wants to pay me a one off fee for the recording - no future royalties. I have no experience of charging for time so would like advice on
1 - hourly rates for recording time
2 - one off fee on top for just vocal CD
2 - one off fee on top if I include music or field recordings.

Thanks guys....

PS I'm trying to juggle doing something with a friend which may get my name out there in a different field and getting a proper payment for something that may get printed a million times in the future.....

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: January 21, 2008, 12:58:15 PM »
Getting Veils, Shadows released on the HSS imprint was a high point for me in 2007. It took a little while to get it together and Mike and Lena were very supportive all the way along. There was a flurry of activity in 2007 with 'Sounds of a Universe', 'Vapours and Magnetism', as well as a couple of tracks submitted for other compilations in other places. There has been some other music created that might see the light of day some time when I get a website sorted - and another full length release on Oophoi's Umbra label.

So all is quiet at the moment, new equipment to get into and explore and a couple of projects bubbling away under the surface waiting for the time to ripen and appear.

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