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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CD vs. CDR
« on: May 19, 2015, 04:37:34 PM »
yes, the old sticky labels can often cause such problems - I've been through my collection and listened to these older discs and ripped those
that still play to wav files.

There is software - exact audio copy is one version - that can sometimes pull the audio from such discs...though the success rate can vary.

otherwise you might email other people you know who might have the same disc and see if they might help....

Sometimes a wav rip from iTunes and reburn onto a clean CDr will work, if the problem is just an occasional skip.  I also have an old CD recorder that can sometimes dub a copy onto a clean CDr, though if the dye on the original CDr is damaged, you're probably out of luck.


Hi Mike,

For me, trying to discover the best process for me to compose has been a moving target.  When I first starting making my own music, my pieces tended to sound more formal and composed, probably because I was trying too hard to apply what had learned without necessarily hearing what I was actually playing.  Now I'm more comfortable with a hybrid of both notation snd improvisation.  In hindsight, I think what has helped me is having played in amateur orchestras when I was much younger where I could heard my individual part played against the whole snd could hear how other parts interacted with it.  When I think of an idea now, it tends to be in individual layers and not as a whole piece.  That works well for me, because when I actually start playing, the performance of the idea tends to lead to other ideas that either modify or add to that idea.


Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Hypnos releases for 2015 ?
« on: May 14, 2015, 10:52:54 PM »
nice to see Max joining Hypnos..   cool.

I recently picked up Corbacho's "The Ocean Inside" album.  Really nice all around, very deep ambient textures.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 14, 2015, 06:46:33 PM »
Speaking of following leads: I finally downloaded, via iTunes, a copy of Namlook & Inoue's 62 Eulengasse, given that thirdsystem claimed it was one of his desert island favorites. I can see why. This would have certainly been a favorite of mine if I had heard it 20 years ago. It stands the test of time well.

Also grabbed 2350 Broadway 2 while on that binge. The Invisible Landscape is frigging amazing.

62 Eulengasse is probably my favorite Namlook/Inoue release.  You should check out 2350 Broadway 3 and 2350 Broadway 4, too.  Their 3 Shades of Orion collabs should also keep you busy.


Hi, Julio.  Good to hear you're still musically active.  Haven't had the chance to check your new release yet, but will do so soon.


Oddly, this album has been a bit of a grower for me.  In places it seems like a refinement or extension of Trances and Drones.  When I listened to the DVD through my Mackie HR824s, the sounds were too bright, even with the monitors on the floor.  Oddly enough, I found myself preferring the lower res MP3 version through phones, which, I know, sounds like audio heresy.  I boosted the high end around 9 or 11K a bit to compensate for the flatness of the sounds, which were considerably less bright than the DVD.  I also rarely have had time to listen to an 8-hour release straight through, so I preferred having the 80 minute MP3 segments, which I burned onto CDRs with the EQ  tweaked via a plugin.  A very unconventional and lo-fi way to listen to this release, but it works for me.

There are a lot of interesting things going on in this release, and I like it quite a bit now, but I can see why folks may have been disappointed that it was not Somnium 2.


I apologize for all the times this forum became an unpleasant place to visit because of disruptive behavior. We'll definitely work to minimize that as much as we can.

I appreciate that, Mike.  This is one of the few forums I visit regularly because I like the people here and the generally civil and level-headed discussions.


I've studiously ignored all 'Horizon's' pointless retorts and he still has a go at me. In my view, he should have been
banned already, particularly for his pathetic, cowardly attack on Loren recently (which was subsequently deleted).

I agree.  These trolls, who seem bent on inviting conflict (every other word seems to be of the four-letter variety), should be banned outright for making personal attacks.  I've raised these issues before with the moderators.  And I'm dead serious about this.


And what is your point?  My point is that your comment to Pete was a bit patronizing.  With your last comment, maybe you should quit while your'e behind... ???


Um, quit what?

I was simply comparing the dynamics of a real instrument that reacts with the laws of physics in the hand of a great ambient music artist, Robert Rich...

So please stay on topic.

Robert is a friend of mine and he doesn't read music, either.  Does this make my opinion of his music or your opinion unreasonably subjective?  ...and...checkmate.


And what is your point?  My point is that your comment to Pete was a bit patronizing.  With your last comment, maybe you should quit while your'e behind... ???


What I've heard of this one sounds very nice.  For me, it's an update of his Empetus/Stormwarning style.  The extras are interesting and notable to me for their lack of reverb (!).


See the differences between your toy app and a real instument:

Out of curiosity, do you play guitar or any other "real" instruments?  Pete's a talented guitar player, too, BTW.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 21, 2015, 05:40:12 PM »
Aphex Twin - Syro
I wasn't expecting to like this as much I do.  Not bad!


Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl Reissues vs Originals
« on: April 21, 2015, 05:38:30 PM »
According to Kehayas, the golden age of record-making was 1960-1972 for UK and U.S. releases.

I generally agree, but for different reasons.  The oil embargo in the mid-70s created PVC shortages that really affected the quality of vinyl, as some of the majors like Capitol seriously degraded the quality of their own pressings by mixing "recycled" LPs in with what used to be "virgin" vinyl.  The pressings during this period were very noisy, poorly mastered and often pressed off-center.


I think you might have mistaken this forum for the "ambient booty call" message board, which this isn't.... ;)


Very nifty, Pete! (both the rework and the video)...Don't know why, but your rework makes me think of a bubble bath.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: iOS - useful for an ambient musician ?
« on: April 17, 2015, 08:36:48 AM »
Reminds me of the digital v. analog flame wars of yesteryear.  Why live in a binary universe?

iOS sounds like an interesting platform for trying out different approaches to sound generation, like some of the Jordan Rudess apps.


Crumbs from last night's dinner, marching slowly to a watery grave...very nice, Andy.   :)

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: April 07, 2015, 09:46:53 AM »
Great multiple exposures, Forrest !

Thanks.  Part of my campaign for world dominance;)....

The Echoes segment will be rebroadcast over the weekend, which is nice.


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: April 06, 2015, 07:52:07 AM »
John Diliberto's (Echoes) interview segment with me will be broadcast this evening:

It should be available on podcast via iTunes within a few weeks.

My 50-minute mix of music and influences is also up on the Solenopole site now:


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