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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / 'Lumen' released
« on: March 21, 2014, 09:29:13 AM »
Somewhat out of step with my releasing plans for this year, I’ve released ‘Lumen’ today.

‘Arising out of a larger project, ‘Lumen’ came together as a selection of three tracks which I felt worked together as a coherent whole. There is a sonic diversity to this release ranging from sonorous shimmerings down to seismic shifts.’

This release is currently a Bandcamp exclusive and is available here:
https://igneousflame.bandcamp.com/album/lumen
(24 Bit FLAC format format)

Youtube Montage video:

Lumen



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From the Ultima Thule facebook page - am very pleased to be in such esteemed company : :)

'I am delighted to announce that the day of reckoning for Ultima Thule's 25th anniversary new music project is upon us !
Back in October 2013 I invited many of the artists whose music we've supported over the last quarter century to consider creating a new, unreleased piece of music for us, inspired by the theme "going beyond the borders".
The response has been overwhelming, with nearly 40 artists submitting a total of 34 original musical creations, ranging across a gamut of ambient styles.
Ultima Thule is delighted and honoured to premiere the first 13 of these on our 1008th broadcast, this Sunday 9th February.

The featured artists are: Richard Bone, Al Gromer Khan, Peter Miller, Mediadogs, Markus Reuter, Igneous Flame, Robert Rich, Paul Avgerinos, Numina, Steve Roach, Chad Kettering, Terra Ambient and Darshan Ambient.'

Listeners can stream the show live from 22:30 Australian Eastern Summer Time here: http://finemusicfm.com/
They will also be able to hear this episode in high-quality streaming audio on demand approximately one week later here: https://www.mixcloud.com/ultimathule/

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Igneous Flame 2014 news
« on: January 08, 2014, 04:44:02 AM »
Still working away on new material here at Flame acres.
New year – new albums to be released. Here’s an update:

My ‘IRIS’ album has been put on hold temporarily while I’m working on a newer project which will be my next release. This album (provisionally titled ‘Ikon’) is a more experimental project than is ‘usual’ for my material. Percussives and a harder electronic sound are the order of the day for this one, there will be quite a range of ‘sonic dynamics’ on this one.

I shall be returning to ‘IRIS’ once ‘Ikon’ has been released. It will be a primarily guitar orientated work and more ‘musical’ in a formal sense than my more abstract other work. Currently I’m hoping for a late summer / august release, but this will be more definite when I return to working on this project.

Blog post link:
https://igneousflame.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/2014-musical-projects-news

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Everything and Nothing / The new age music 'scene' ?
« on: December 16, 2013, 12:49:02 PM »
Is there such a thing ? I was looking at this site today:
http://www.newagemusic.info/

I'm not getting into the merits / demerits of the music as such, just that it seems a whole lot more commercially oriented than ambient. There's some artists who crossover from the ambient side of things, but they aren't as 'hardcore' (an oxymoron here ?) as some of the big name new age artists I've come across. I'm not being judgmental about that, I'm just curious. My only dalliance with the 'scene' was trying to push the 2004 '8 Shades of Sound'  album I produced, but I gave up on that as I wasn't too keen on sending hundreds of copies of the CD to the States (where all the radio stations were based) I'm curious if things are still the same ?

I'm sure some people here know much more about this side of things - Bill B, Jeff P et al 

Don't these artists have bad days and want to release some fiercely abrasive dark ambience ? :)

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Geosonics ?
« on: August 17, 2013, 12:48:19 PM »
Geosonics

I think Soniccouture make some very interesting stuff, but this library in particular may be of interest to people hereabouts. I'm not sure what to make of this, initially seems an idea that may be more interesting in it's concept than the sounds produced - but I could be completely wrong ! Am interested to hear other people's thoughts.

Here's their Info:
Geosonics is a collaboration between legendary field recordist Chris Watson and Soniccouture.
Hundreds of hours of recording time, in some of the worlds most extreme and inhospitable environments, combine to form a library of rare sonic artefacts that cannot be found anywhere else.
Using this unique collection as a starting point, we created a wealth of sound design material ; waves and sampled textures which, when layered and combined with Watson's original recordings create the most fluid, organic soundscapes ever heard
.

http://www.soniccouture.com/en/products/28-rare-and-experimental/g44-geosonics/

Soniccouture Geosonics ft. Chris Watson Preview


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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / 'Unveil' free track
« on: July 29, 2013, 11:10:16 AM »
'Unveil' free track

The inspiration for this track was hearing choral / organ music in a highly reverberant Abbey Church and being inspired by the cavernous low notes and uplifting voices created by the acoustic effects of the space. I also was very taken with the atmosphere created by the music, I pick up on the 'presence' in such places and find them inspiring. I tried to create something with a 'sacred ambient' motif. I'm rarely directly inspired in such a way musically, but this has been an engaging exception.

The source material for this track was taken from a pool of sounds from which my 'Harmony through Conflict' and 'NYX' albums arose (as well as my upcoming releases 'IRIS') This pool of material contains a lot of experimental recordings created using Native Instrument's Razor and Prism synths (as well as a lot of manipulated sample library recordings) I used the Razor's vocoder in 'Unveil', I think this is the best vocoder I've come across and I'm a big fan of such things ! Image-line's idiosyncratic Harmor synth was also featured on this track.


Free download (wav file)
Soundcloud:



Bandcamp:
http://igneousflame.bandcamp.com/track/unveil

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Hypnotic and meditative, 'NYX' waxes and wanes around thirteen slow-motion tracks encompassing depth and air. Each track is centered on a fixed tonal structure, recurring sounds and themes appearing throughout giving an overall coherent sound to the album. Spatial and spectral processes add to the subtle colour of the work. In terms of spectral balance, 'NYX' has a tempered upper frequency range, resulting in a softer sound than is usually present in ambient music. For this release, I felt that less was more and focusing on a somewhat band-limited spectra allowed for a more tempered overall production.

The album is 'long-form' in terms of its overall duration - it's a 'single' album of just over 2 hours in length. In the traditional sense of defining an album by what can be fitted on a CD, it would be a 'double' album, but as 'NYX' is a digital only release, there's no requirement to define it as such.

Headphone listening recommended / suggested (album was composed, mixed and mastered on headphones)

Cover Images:
Pete Kelly (Igneous Flame)

24 Bit Flac version (and all other download formats) available at my Band camp page:
http://igneousflame.bandcamp.com/album/nyx

CD Baby page will be 'live' soon - both these sites are the cheapest place to get the album.


Soundcloud Montage:





Youtube montage:
NYX Montage


More details at my my Blog:
http://igneousflame.wordpress.com/2013/07/04/nyx-new-album-released/




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Everything and Nothing / New PayPal fees for artists on CDBaby
« on: May 23, 2013, 02:20:59 AM »
Received this message from CD Baby yesterday - doesn't PayPal make enough money already ! ?:

'We wanted to let you know that on 06/06/13, we’ll begin charging a $1.50 fee for each CD Baby payment sent to you through PayPal. We have to pay PayPal for every transaction, and since we send thousands of payments per week, those costs have really added up!

If you’d prefer to keep receiving payments through PayPal, we suggest you raise your CD Baby “pay-point”, thus helping you avoid some of the fees you’d incur for smaller, more frequent PayPal payments.'

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'NYX' upcoming Igneous Flame album update.

Early July release (hopefully !) , more info here:

http://igneousflame.wordpress.com/2013/05/21/nyx-new-album-update/

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Robert Rich Guitar player video
« on: March 30, 2013, 01:02:39 PM »
Very interesting to see him at work:

http://bcove.me/1qew01ls

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Spotify - your experiences ?
« on: January 17, 2013, 09:32:05 AM »
Wondering what people's experiences of Spotify are ? Listeners and artists, alike.
cheers, Pete


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This January, I've been releasing my ambient music under my Igneous Flame moniker for 10 years. This is quite a milestone for me, even though I'm aware it is dwarfed by much more established artists longevity, it still means a lot to me. I initially released my material on 'Chillfactor 10 records' (not my title !) in 2003 and when that label folded, I set up my own LuminaSounds imprint in 2008. During this 10 year period, I released 11 solo albums and 24 albums in total.

Around 2003, I read some overly-optomistic 'career' articles for musicians about having 5 year and 10 year plans, I decided that they were far too idealistic and my plan was to simply carry on creating and releasing ! I've still got a lot I want to do and over time, more refinement will (hopefully !) come into the work. I hope to be able to carry on as I am currently able to in the future.

To mark my first 10 years, I'm giving away my 2005 'Binaural Soundtracks' release (as 320 kbps mp3s).

Full text and album download link:
http://igneousflame.wordpress.com/2013/01/09/




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Shimmering jewels in the deep mid-winter sky.

With 'Harmony through Conflict', I set out to create an album that allowed me to experiment beyond my usual ways of working. I used some of the more 'traditional' instrumentation and sound sources that are commonly associated with ambient music in musically diverse and subtley different ways. Oblique, rhythmic elements were added as part of this experimental approach and less emphasis was placed on sound-design and more on the compositional ebb and flow of the individual tracks.
The album could be described as being primarily 'dark', but I would prefer to use the term 'heavy', this 'heaviness' was offset with tonal elements adding contrast and balance.

Headphone listening recommended.
(composed, mixed and mastered on headphones)
Artwork by Kati Astraeir.
LS-08 LuminaSounds Records.



Currently only available from my Bandcamp site (though that will change in the new year)
http://igneousflame.bandcamp.com/
Exclusive 24 Bit FLAC version and 320 kbps mp3.


Downloadable Montage:



Free track: 'The End of Days'



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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Mobile Listenings
« on: November 14, 2012, 04:46:06 AM »
I've been upgrading my out and about listenings set-ups. My venerable Sony NW-HD5 is an old hard disc based player and I think it may be on it's last legs, so I did some 'research' (internet mooching) and got the folllowing :

Sansa Clip Plus (in purple !)
A tiny thing but very good. At first I thought it was a toy, due to it's diminutive proportions. Great sound and with a 32GB micro SD card, lots of space. I've 'rockboxed' it, (http://www.rockbox.org/) but I'm still not convinced that that's such a great thing as it's made out to be.



Etymotic HF-5s
Poor mans ER-4P, very detailed sound with 'lean' bass (as they say on audiophile forums), great isolation. Replaced my old Etymotic ER6i's.



Rocoo BA
Daft name but a great little player. No Eq or any other sound modifiers, really basic User Interface and no bells or whistles at all, just great sonic performance. Plays 24 Bit wavs - which is great for auditioning work-in-progress mixes and is almost completely hiss free ! My Shure E500s hiss with pretty much everything, but not this beastie.



So, I've now got some good gear to listen to music out and about, certainly not the last word in Hi-fidelity, but pretty good to these ears. Regarding those audiophiles on the Head-fi forums and the like, I was wondering do they really enjoy their music / lovely gear or are they constantly craving the 'even better' model(s) ? I really like the immediacy of in ear phones, but I find all earphones really uncomfortable after an hour or so. However, for that hour or so, listening to high quality playback is something thats important to me (as well as listening to less than brilliantly mastered favourite works as well). 

Am curious to hear what gear are others listening to ? How are mobile phones  / iThings these days for music listening ?

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Eno interview
« on: November 11, 2012, 10:20:19 AM »
Eno interview in the Indy (including some shocking typos !):

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/brian-eno-its-simply-not-my-temperament-to-look-back-8294822.html

Not a wildly exciting interview, but good to see he's still at it. I'm interested to hear this 'Lux' album.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Interesting Steve Roach Technical interview
« on: October 27, 2012, 03:25:26 AM »
I don't know if this is the most appropriate place for this, but here's the interview :

http://blog.mixonline.com/mixblog/2012/10/11/a-few-moments-with-steve-roach/

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Everything and Nothing / Speed of light ?
« on: October 16, 2012, 03:32:20 AM »
What are we NOT capable of ? :)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/15/msnbc-felix-baumgartner-speed-of-light_n_1967878.html

Seriously though, reporting aberrations aside, an amazing feat.

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Cassette ! (and other obselete media nostalgia)

My second hand B & O cassette player player finally died and went off to the recycling tip, which made me revisit that big box of cassettes I’ve carted around from house to house for many years. I grew up (musically) in the era of cassette, when the new fangled Sony Walkman was the must have thing of the day. Like everyone else, I recorded onto ‘tape’ and this was my primary listening medium too.

In the eighties, I lived in houses with fellers who were into Hi-Fi, they had high-end cassette decks such as Nakamichi and Denon models, they who would only use premium metal / Chrome tapes and Dolby C, or more esoteric types of noise reduction. It was the best that people could do at the time without spending insane amounts of money on audio equipment. Even though the dynamic range and frequency response of the format was pretty unacceptable by today’s standards, it didn’t stop people recording music and enjoying it at the time.

After my stint of being in bands in the late eighties, I was very keen to record my own ideas, so I bought a very humble Vestax 4 track cassette recorder. This was the start of my ‘home-recording’ activities, I used that thing until it died and learnt an awful lot regarding making the most of 4 tracks. In hindsight, it was pretty dreadful quality wise, but saying that, even so-called ‘professional’ units of the time weren’t great either by modern standards of fidelity. I dare say tape hiss will not be remembered fondly by too many people !
I tried to get the most out of it by using the best quality tapes that I could. I also used a ‘ghetto-blaster’ to record guitar noodlings and jams I had with other musicians and that was even more awful in terms of sound quality, but very useful nonetheless. In the nineties a friend had a studio set-up based around an Alesis ADAT machine, which was a big step up in recording quality and extra had 8 tracks. We mastered onto a DAT machine, as that was considered to be the best format at the time. I recorded an awful lot of material at the time and was very diligent in documenting it and auditioning it, but I came to the realisation that it was just ‘work-in-progress’. None of these (home) recordings were ever released. However, some snippets of the better stuff have been recycled in my ambient work, ‘Colour my World’ from my ‘Hydra’ album being an example.

Four of my Cassette favourites :




Original Text here:
http://igneousflame.wordpress.com/2012/10/03/cassette-and-other-obselete-media-nostalgia/

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Gear Acquisition Syndrome related blog post
« on: September 18, 2012, 03:12:46 AM »
I think I need a 'purge' ! (Process mini-blog)

I spend an awful lot of time trying to determine as to whether software programs – synths, effects, samplers etc. may be useful (or not) for my musical projects. If I decide to buy a certain program, I spend even more time figuring out how it works. Of course, some things are pretty straight forward, but something like Native Instrument’s ‘Kontakt’ (for example) has an awful lot going on ‘behind the scenes’ as it were, and I’ve spent a significant amount of time with it, trying to figure out how I might find some interesting elements to it which aren’t immediately obvious.

I’m wondering now if I’ve succumbed to that most odious and insidious condition that musicians can be afflicted by – ‘GAS’ (Gear Acquisition Syndrome). I have a relatively humble set-up, which probably cost me less than a half-decent 5 year old car would do. Saying that, I have a LOT of stuff and as I’ve said earlier, I spend a lot of time working with that ‘stuff’.
When it works, it’s cool, in that it gets used in my music and I get to broaden my sonic palette and look at new techniques and ways of working. Also, it keeps the old noggin ticking over, I feel it’s always good to try new things out. Some of my ‘core’ techniques have come out of happy accidents with working with some program or using a program in a different way in which it was intended to be used.

However, I’m starting to wonder if is less is more and do I need to stop looking to new ‘shiny’ things and concentrate on what I have ? I think that marketing people know that a lot of musicians are looking for that killer application that will improve their work markedly in some way. Look at the amount of ‘ambient themed’ sample libraries / synths / loops and the likes that are out there. Whole synths are marketed as making great sounding ‘pads’, for example. My feeling is that you need to spend time with what you know in a lot of cases, to come up with interesting results. I’m fortunate in that I’m quite an imaginative chap, so new ideas are never too far away. ‘Ambient X Super synth’ may yield great results, but there’s a lot of satisfaction in the DIY approach, methinks.

On balance, exploring synthesis and sound-mangling techniques is something I’m deeply fascinated by, so even though a lot of this experimentation never sees the light of day in my material, I believe that the time energy ‘invested’ is never wasted in the pursuit of artistic endeavour and it feeds into the final work, one way or another.

Original text here:
http://igneousflame.wordpress.com/2012/09/17/process-mini-blog-and-the-evil-gas/

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