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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Bandcamp subscriptions - thoughts ?
« on: January 07, 2020, 04:20:00 AM »
Curious to ask people's thoughts on Bandcamp subscriptions.

Noticed that Steve Roach has a pretty active subscription thing going.
I'm not sure how this works regarding streaming / how is it different to Spotify etc ? One thought that did cross my mind is would the artist feel compelled to constantly release new material so the subscribers feel they are getting their 'value' from it ?

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Favourite plugins ?
« on: January 02, 2020, 01:03:54 PM »
I tried to limit my plugin buying this year, but succumbed to these few:

For editing my (ahem,) sometimes less than perfect guitar playing...

I use sidechaining quite a lot (which I think is unusual in droney ambient) this is even more useful than regular side-chaining.

Izotope Music Production suite (older 2.1 version) still full of lots of really useful stuff - especially for mastering.

Anyone else with their recent faves / purchases ?

'Indigo' new Igneous Flame album released.

Created from source material made in Native Instrument's generative ensembles / blocks, processed and structured to form the final tracks.

Up on Bandcamp, and all the streaming / download sites:

Social media for independent musicians ? Maybe of interest to some folk here and perhaps even to the people who just post here to promote their projects :)

Some thoughts on the above topic:

' Been mulling over this recently and my thoughts are, for an independent, ambient musician such as myself (i.e. not in any kind of major league !), I don’t really see the value of spending the time on social media to try to ‘raise my profile’. I should say I’m speaking here as an individual artist – I can’t speak for bands and the like...'

Full post here:

Everything and Nothing / The Spammers - thanks to the mods here !
« on: June 27, 2019, 05:01:11 AM »
It must be quite a thankless task, but thanks nonetheless to the moderators here (APK ?) for squashing the eternal spammers, bots etc.  :)

Everything and Nothing / Endel App ('Bespoke Sounscapes')
« on: April 03, 2019, 12:45:17 PM »
I don't know what to make of this, but it's intriguing nonetheless:

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 / 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:

'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:

Everything and Nothing / Spotify and 'fake' ambient artists ?
« on: July 13, 2017, 02:12:26 AM »
An interesting read,

Spotify has denied filling its most popular playlists with “fake artists”, after it was accused of creating songs to bulk out its most popular ambient playlists at low cost to itself.

'Moonglow' - the sister release to 'Ocean Sighs'.

I released this after 'Ocean Sighs', as I felt that trying to get them both completed at the same time, would be quite a task - considering the very large pool of material I was working with. It made more sense to take the time and finish one after the other.

After almost 18 months since I released my last album, I’m very pleased to say that I have a new one to release !
I had to push through quite a block with this one and hopefully now, I will be able to release another one towards the ends of the year too and get back on track with other projects, Igneous related.

Ocean Sighs’ is a selection of ‘ambient seascapes’ which incorporate tonal drone textures and harmonic vocalisations, set against a continuous ebb and flow of treated ocean sounds. The two elements were equally considered in the construction of the tracks and are intended to be complimentary.

Everything and Nothing / Forum Inactivity
« on: July 20, 2016, 06:35:24 AM »
Six days since the last post hereabouts - has there been a longer period of inactivity recently ?

Julio - to the Modular ! :)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Fretless Bass (for ambient)
« on: June 19, 2016, 12:01:55 PM »
I've recently bought a fretless bass. I used to play fretless in a few bands many moons ago and I had the idea of returning to it with a view to exploring some more ambient excursions, than what I used to do with the bass. I like the idea of using instruments not normally associated with ambient.

Here's the one I got:

It's very nice, I'm left-handed, but I've only ever played right-handed basses, so I can adapt to playing it upside down. It takes some playing though and I intentionally bought one with fret markers !
I had the idea of using it to increase my 'sonic palette' and I am planning a more 'overt' guitar ambient album later this year. I need to knuckle down and play it a lot before I become the next Patrick O' Hearn :)

Everything and Nothing / Robert Rich's 'Crow Blog'
« on: May 24, 2016, 03:17:18 AM »
Fascinatingly observed:

This is more of a re-post, than an actual post, but I recently blogged about my upcoming projects. Here:

I've also uploaded a free track on my Soundcloud page, if you just want to hear that:


I received an email regarding the above. It's not spam as I've replied to the feller who sent it from Sirius XM.
I have to confess I know next to nothing about SoundExchange royalties and the like (which this agreement seems to be about)
I asked the feller if it would cause problems with my stuff already being up on iTunes etc. via CD Baby and IODA, he said it wouldn't, but I didn't really understand what I would be agreeing to ? I imagine any royalties would be a pittance, but I don't want to sign anything that could cause problems down the line.

Anyone know more about Sirius XM and such things ?

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Field recordings Blog
« on: October 16, 2015, 12:38:50 PM »
If anyone's interested, I wrote a Blog post about my return to making field recordings as a result of the recent passing of my canine companion:


'I was once a keen field recorder, my trusty Sony MZ-R35 mini-disc recorder (in a very fetching blue) and a pair of home-made binaural mics made from  a pair of Panasonic WM-61 capsules was considered to be a half decent set-up many moons ago. I used this combination to make a lot of recordings and have used them throughout the years, incorporating some of them on my albums (‘Orcus’ in particular) and for creating sound art installation soundtracks. For me, binaural recordings capture a spatial ‘realism’ (unsurpassed with other recording techniques).

I’ve now returned to making recordings, since my canine companion Maxa is sadly with us no more, I haven’t had the motivation to return to my music projects. I still feel the need to do something, so I decided this was better than (creating) nothing...'

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