Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.

Messages - jkn

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 78
box is amazing...  he's kind of a wonder that saul.

I haven't been around a bit, I come back, and it's like Groundhog Day...   deja vu all over again.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: New Release - Common Ground
« on: February 17, 2016, 02:31:29 PM »
Good luck with this one, guys!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: February 17, 2016, 02:30:13 PM »
I go away for a few weeks... and THIS HAPPENS!


The bad thing with me is I listen to stuff all the time and rarely note if it's new or years old.  ;-)  in the "new to me" department: 

I discovered Porya Hatami this year and have been enjoying his work. 

Discovered mininal techno from Donnacha Costella.

finally really listened to Pillowdriver - really good stuff.

Also discovered Martin Nonstatic. 

A couple of friends started Ascendant - they seem destined for great things.  (Don Tyler / Phase 47 and Chris / S1gns of L1fe)

Dove deeper into Martin Voigt / Gas.   More Yagya, Deepchord, Ishq.

Labels Silent Season and Dewtone continue to be consistently good.  Ultimae always a favorite.

Rhian Shiahan had one heck of an album.


We had a hell of a year at Relaxed Machinery releasing many new to us or totally new on the scene artists.   Really proud of what we released this year.

Everything and Nothing / Why I still love Ello
« on: December 22, 2015, 09:50:28 AM »
It's been almost a year and a half since I joined Ello.  I've lived through the early beta - the growing pains.  I never stopped loving it.   

For a long while I tried to encourage people to join with me - but I stopped asking, because most people don't like it. 

However, if you want to read about why I love it - the founder posted an end of year look back - and looking forward for Ello that's worth a skim.  This network is built for creators - and we're all creators here.  You might like it - you might hate it. 


The First Year: Looking Back (and Forward) with Ello

This past week I gave a few interviews to online news organizations.

One of the journalists scoffed when I told him that Ello is built on principles we believe in, and that in 2015 we did everything we could to grow slowly. Rather than sell out and make another giant network the world doesn’t need, we decided to take our time to build the beautiful and inspiring place we have today.

I felt sad for the guy. It's awful going through life never believing in anything.

So in the spirit of the New Year, and because it was clear that this journalist wasn’t going to believe anything I told him anyway, I figured I'd publish a short list of things Ello will never do:

1. Diverge from our mission to empower and support creators to inspire one another, and move the world forward.

2. Tolerate hate. Ello has many tools, some visible and others not, that help keep this network positive.

3. Sell ads or user data to third parties.

4. Sell out.

5. Suck.

A little more than year ago Ello blew up in the media. All at once, it seemed like everyone in the world wanted to join our fledgling network. By October I had 200 name-brand VC firms in my inbox begging to invest in this company. The catch was, we had to change course and live up to the hype of “Facebook-killer” instead of building the inspiring network we’d already begun.

Ello's seven founders got together and unanimously said, "fuck that". We share a collective history of pursuing things we believe in. For me personally, a successful career is defined by having the freedom to choose what I do (and don’t do).

I choose not to do things that suck.

Instead, we committed to stay the course, and to create the network we ourselves want to use. We took on friends as investors, who unconditionally agreed to support our mission, and let us to keep complete control of our company. The Ello we are enjoying today — safe, inspiring, and remarkably positive — is a direct result of that choice we made a year ago.

Ello’s first users were artists, designers, photographers, animators, and videographers. We now have storytellers, adventurers, DJ’s, chefs, creative coders, curators, minimalist poets, cartoonists, ski inventors, futurists, activists, car lovers, fly-fishermen, and mushroom hunters.

@arinewman from Techstars, a DJ and one of our committed investors, pointed out that Ello is the only visual network in the world that isn't filled with selfies. I'm not sure that's strictly true, but the selfies that are on Ello are usually amazing, too.

So, here’s Ello’s commitment to you in 2016:

Ello is not going to grow as quickly as possible. Last year we did everything we could to slow growth, and to allow time for Ello to grow the right way. We’re keeping that course.

Ello will grow in other ways — in quality, in positivity, through community, and in new features and updates designed to support a visual network filled with love, light, and unbridled creativity.

2015 was the very beginning. Lots more amazing things to come in 2016.

Thank you for helping create this wonderful place!



PS: If you're new here, or just want an Ello refresher, please check out The Ello Manifesto, The Ello Bill of Rights, and the Ello WTF section. Ello's PBC Charter outlines legal commitments we've made that govern this network's growth. You can also read hundreds of posts by Ello's founders, or talk on Ello to many long-term members of our community.

PPS: Yes, the Android App is coming in 2016. We built the Ello iOS App first to make sure we got it right. Now that we have 5-star reviews in the App Store (thanks everyone!) we'll bring Android out next year.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Who is Sanjay Nadeem?
« on: December 14, 2015, 03:06:10 PM »

I'm not sure the Gigi / Oophoi thing has legs to stand on. 

Regardless - I'm done with this thread.

wow - Loren - that was wonderful information.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: December 01, 2015, 01:18:29 PM »
I've gotten bitten by the reading bug again (finally).

* The Sign of Four - Arthur Conan Doyle
  ... my mini review:

* King Solomon's Mines - H. Rider Haggard
  ... my mini review:

I finished the 2nd Edgar Rice Borroughs Mars book and am half way through the 3rd. Mini reviews later but... in a nutshell.

Book 1 - Excellent fun. Had me wanting to keep reading all the way through.
Book 2 - also Excellent. Exploring parts of Mars hinted at in Book 1.
Book 3 - ...and... ok this is getting old. Unless the back half saves the book - this one was phoned in. (or telegraphed more likely).

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl is really back
« on: November 30, 2015, 12:13:59 PM »
I love that people love vinyl and cassettes.

What I don't love - is commercially, at least - it's all reissues and remasters and special collector editions.   Just glance through that picture - most are 60's to 90's.   

there are lots of little ambient cassette labels - and some new vinyl coming out...

but lots of it is the reissues - which... is sad.  Let's all rebuy our collections again for the 3rd, 4th or 5th time.  :(

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Best DAW for Ambient Music 2015
« on: November 30, 2015, 11:58:51 AM »
wow - I didn't realize until Loren just pointed it out... Logic Pro X is only $199 now.   Logic 8 was like $600 when I bought it.  I'm still using 8.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Best DAW for Ambient Music 2015
« on: November 30, 2015, 11:57:13 AM »
Since he was thinking about Logic - using Garageband seemed a very logical stepping stone.

a logical stepping stone.


get it?  get it?   :o

I'll keep my day job. 

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Best DAW for Ambient Music 2015
« on: November 30, 2015, 08:12:30 AM »

Exactly Ekstasis - that was my point. Start small... and Mr. Rocket has already said he's leaning towards Mac which makes Garageband a perfect start.   

I'm fairly positive it comes with an array of synths and effects to get started with.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steaming services
« on: November 30, 2015, 08:09:22 AM »
Apple was banking on it's millions of users trying their service out because everyone is already connected to their service via itunes, ipads, apple tv's, etc... and... good for them.  Because it worked.   I love apple - and if I listened to more music from home I might consider their music service... but I don't.  We have XM in our cars - and I listen to my ipod or stream at work.  (my boss prefers I not stream... :-) 

Spotify - I personally refuse to sign up due to how badly they pay artists. I find the Venture Capital people continuing to support them losing money a bit disheartening.  Has Pandora made a profit yet?   I don't think so - but I'd have to look it up.

I tried Pandora years ago and didn't like it because you pick a song and then it plays songs it "thinks" are like that song. Hopefully the program has improved a lot.

I love streaming from Bandcamp.   Youtube has a ton on their music service in the US.  You can pay like $10 a month to remove the ads. 

I was loving Mixcloud with all it's great mixes - quite a few awesome ambient ones... but all of a sudden it started having streaming problems for me at work - so ... I've abandoned it for now.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Best DAW for Ambient Music 2015
« on: November 30, 2015, 07:34:23 AM »
Now for my personal opinions...  :-)

I love Mac over a PC for music.   It "just works" - the majority of the time.  It's more expensive inside the walled Apple garden - BUT - I don't have many issues ever with them.  They are computers so yes they do have problems now and then.

PC?  I'm a data analyst / programmer / anything that plugs in with blinky lights person in a 2 person IT dept.  I have a Win8 laptop at home.  I frequently use four letter words with PC's. 

If you love tinkering with PC's and updating them - then by all means - do it.  If you like Mac better - by all means - go that route.   You seem to be leaning that direction.


Mac's come with Garageband -before you spring for Logic - record in Garageband - it covers all the bases.  This will offset the cost of the mac over a pc.


Midi Controller - seriously tons of them out there.  If you can go try them.   That is getting ridiculously hard these days as music stores aren't plentiful.  Read up on them - read reviews.

Loren Nerell just bought a Nektar and I have to say - I've been looking at Nektar's for a long time as well.  But I don't really use softsynths so ...  not high on my list.

I've seen people happy as pie with akai, native instruments, behringer... I don't own one.


AU vs. VST - sheesh...   get what works well for your system and you'll be fine. I did some quick google searching and found tons to argue against VST (mainly a ton of poorly made ones - which you'll get with ANY software)

You may not need many VST's or AU's or ?  for a long time to come anyway.  Remember - start small - explore what you have.   Add when you're ready.


My recording style... software:

I'm a hardware guy.  I started on piano at 5 back in 1975... so I hit my prime teen years right into the poly synth explosion of the 80's and then digital craziness.   I still have synths and effects from the mid-late 80's.  I hate selling.   I'd rather have something I've known and loved for a decade or three than constantly sell / buy.  That's me.  That's not everyone.

I prefer recording audio like to tape. That's how I learned on 4-track cassette tape - and that's how I prefer to work.  So when all my pc's died in the mid-00's - I switched to Mac and Logic.   Logic works nicely although I still find it less intuitive than Vegas 2.0 I was used to.   Now Vegas went all video after 2.0 so... it's weird. 

So I record audio to Logic and occasionally I use softsynths now since I bought an 88 key piano controller. 

I'm sort of in love with playing guitar these days althoguh I can't play it and my gear lust is generally toward guitar pedals.  But I have 3 synths, a modular, and a nice array of hardware effects.  (remember, I don't usually sell anything.  :-)

Sincere good luck - and ask us anything.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Best DAW for Ambient Music 2015
« on: November 30, 2015, 07:13:03 AM »
I'll add my 2 cents... same advice I pretty much always give.

Tools are Tools are Tools.

What you use is entirely up to you.  Try different things. Download demos, get the feel for them.  Something is going to "feel" right to you - something that clicks a little better when how your brain and hands work than other things...  Go with that one.

What works for one person - sucks for another.

What sucks for one person - is a dream to someone else.

There is no "best tool" - there are only "best tools for you"...    things I love to use I know are seriously not best in class - but I love them.

A person with a cheap computer and nearly free software (Reaper or the cheaper / intro versions of DAWs) can make wonderful music.  A person with a beat up old guitar can make amazing soulful music.  One of my favorite artists and friends (Steve Brand) used nothing but Garageband and the 1/8" jack into his mac to record the vast majority of his albums - he's since gotten a soundcard.

Mac vs. PC
Ableton vs. Reason vs. FL Studio vs. Logic vs. Reaper vs. Studio One vs... 
Midi vs. Live Audio Recording
Hardware vs. Software
Acoustic vs. Emulated

All are personal choices that best fit your situation.


* Dip your toes in
* Get to know what you buy really well

You'll easily know your next thing you want to get - and we're always here to provide our favorites and point you to articles and recordings, etc... 

Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Hypnos releases for 2015 ?
« on: November 19, 2015, 06:37:26 AM »
For they deny that I sold the last of my statuary, and point with ecstasy at the thing which the shining shaft of light left cold, petrified, and unvocal. It is all that remains of my friend; the friend who led me on to madness and wreckage; a godlike head of such marble as only old Hellas could yield, young with the youth that is outside time, and with beauteous bearded face, curved, smiling lips, Olympian brow, and dense locks waving and poppy-crowned. They say that that haunting memory-face is modeled from my own, as it was at twenty-five; but upon the marble base is carven a single name in the letters of Attica - HYPNOS.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Whatever happened to....?
« on: November 18, 2015, 12:44:36 PM »
Chad Hoefler is on Facebook.  Posting pictures of his dog now and then. 

I don't see any musical activity.  Looks like he's busy being a professor.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Casting little kids in sick violent movies
« on: October 12, 2015, 11:09:15 AM »
Just a quick note to thank Mike / Altus for such in depth responses...  nicely done, sir.

I don't enjoy horror / violence films much anyway - regardless if a kid or adult, but that's just my taste - I know a ton of people love a good scary movie - or an emotional one. 

Looks like spam.
Feels like spam.
Tastes like spam.

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 78