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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...'

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / 'Dream of Form' track reworked
« on: September 19, 2015, 12:13:36 PM »
I’ve just completed a rework of the track ‘Dream of Form’ from my ‘Iris’ album’.

Spatial environmental recordings from a Zoom h2.n recorder were incorporated with selected tonal drone textures from the original to create a very different track. (The track is down-loadable as a 320kbps mp3 on my Soundcloud page)

I've figured out how to upload a track to my Apple music artist page thing (which took some doing !)
Hopefully this link should work - apologies if it doesn't ! (I'II probably upload it to Soundcloud / Bandcamp in a few weeks) I'm just curious to determine whether this Apple music artist profile thing might be of some use.

'Breath of Life'

Bandcamp Subscription service ?

Just came across this whilst logging into my account. Any thoughts / experiences etc. ?

(apologies if this is in the wrong place)

Forrest very kindly let me me have a go at reworking his 'Dreaming Neon Currents' track.

My reworked version is here:

Forrest's original is here:

Minimalism abounds !

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / iOS - useful for an ambient musician ?
« on: April 14, 2015, 02:00:42 AM »
I posted this on the RM Ning sometime ago and got a good response, so I thought I'd do the same here.

Firstly, I should say I'm referring to iPad's here, not iOS devices in general - the larger screen is a bit of a must for my eyesight. I'II admit, I used to think iPads were just toys and I had little time for Apple as a company (I still think that now), but I've been quite amazed as to whats going on in the musical world with iOS. I tried mobile music making on a (fairly weedy) android tablet, but with the latency it had, it was virtually useless, I wasted some money on apps that weren't able to do anything decent.

Anyway, about six months ago, I bought an iPad 4 off a friend and he suggested a good slew of apps to get started with. I sold that on and I've now got an iPad Air2 and an Air (both 64GB models) and oodles of music apps. I actually haven't started a project in earnest, but I'm getting there :) I've had to adapt to Apples's rather cryptic approach to file management / transfer, which has been quite a learning curve in itself. In general I'm amassing the knowledge to create a different way of working on these devices.

Personally, I now feel it 's a great platform for music making, am interested to hear other people's thoughts / experiences - particulalrly with regard to ambient music.

‘Opaline’ and ‘IRIS’ new Igneous Flame dual album release

'IRIS' and 'Opaline' arose out of the same pool of material. On completion of the project, I realised that there was a distinction between the tracks that featured sections of percussion and 'formal' instrumentation, interspersed with more abstract tonal textures and those that were more continuous and beat-less. Hence the two separate albums.'

Full documentation here:

Bandcamp links:

Opaline montage:


IRIS montage:


Video Montages:

Opaline montage:

Iris Montage:

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Bandcamp Streaming ?
« on: October 29, 2014, 02:34:34 AM »
I don't know if this is the most appropriate place to post this, but here goes;

As I understand it, people can use Bandcamp to stream anything that's up there as long as they have an internet connection ? (I see there's a bandcamp App as well, which presumably does the same)
So, if this is the case, then people don't have to buy anything there, just use it as a 'radio' in effect and the artists get nothing from this - which is worse than Spotify's model (?)

Is this why artists are just making montages or selected tracks available on their pages ?

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Ambient sound packs for synths ?
« on: October 27, 2014, 02:30:35 AM »
I've always found the appeal of such things a tad strange, what do other people think ?
For me, the interesting part of exploring and programming a synth (software synths, in my case) is to create your own fairly unique sounds, buying a selection of sounds that someone else describes as ambient, I don't get. Surely this is an area where exploration and imagination may well yield more personalised results ?

Slightly off-topic, but some synths have such a distinctive sound - Native Instrument's 'Razor' for example, that all these presets sound similiar anyway ?

I should say I'm not against using presets at all, it's the marketing of presets that are considered to be specifically 'ambient'
(or for any other genre, for that matter) which escapes me somewhat.

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