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Everything and Nothing / Re: ...a few thoughts on communities
« on: September 11, 2015, 01:47:01 AM »
I find that small forums tend to be very clicky, old established members seem to get response from other old established members, new members find it very hard to get any kind of response whatever the subject matter. I think that admin members of any forum should encourage new members by adding responses to threads as a matter of course and because that doesn't happen a new member gets very despondent and eventually dry's up his visits until he/she ends their membership. I am a member of 5 small forums and also Facebook. Hypnos, EM portal are very select when it comes to encouragement of any new members to get involved or indeed adding comments to those same new members posts. Mod ESP forum is very similar although the admin there seem to keep on top of encouragement for new members and many of its members know each other in the real world too. I use Mutable instruments and Korg forums for technical advice on synths etc. that I own. Facebook is by far the best social networking site for all manner of reasons. People will eventually get fed up of visiting small forums when they find that nobody has bothered commenting on a recent post its human nature.   

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: That Audiophile thing again
« on: August 17, 2015, 08:06:57 AM »
Instruments recorded on their own independent multitrack magnetic tape and then put on a vinyl master disc are the very best format we have reached,

I agree with the first point you made, but the above one is debatable.

Depending on the kind of music you like, perhaps the 'best' sound is live sound. For instance, if you like Gregorian chant (as I do) go to hear great singers performing in a beautifully reverberant church space. No recording will match that sonic experience.

In your opinion what would you consider is the best format to hear recorded sound?

I agree, going to see/hear a live performance is probably the best way to listen to music but that's not a recorded format, its live. :-)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: That Audiophile thing again
« on: August 16, 2015, 02:03:21 PM »
Anything related to that audiophile pursuit of the best sound quality money can buy has to ultimately come down to the way the music was recorded in the first place. And that then goes deeper to what the recording studio sound engineer and producer were hearing at the time. No music system can make the music sound better than it did when first recorded, if it wasn't there when it was recorded your not going to hear it on the playback however hard you try :-)

Instruments recorded on their own independent multitrack magnetic tape and then put on a vinyl master disc are the very best format we have reached, post production does its job to put those instruments into their own specific space in the audio spectrum for the best listening on various formats (vinyl, cassette or Radio waves at that time) but the pure sound of the recording has already been lost at this point. As we are in an age where 99% is recorded digitally we are left with personal preference as to how we reproduce that recorded sound and until recording studios go back in time and start producing analogue albums once again, when you play that "Vinyl only" latest release on your thousands of pounds worth of Hi Fi equipment just remember it was a PC file before you got it :-)

Link works, page player don't

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: NEW: Castleview - Spirit
« on: August 12, 2015, 02:15:41 PM »
Listening now, thank you for sharing :-)

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Dark Ambient Halloween night
« on: August 10, 2015, 01:16:22 AM »
I have been offered the chance to play at a Dark Ambient/spooky Halloween night on 31st Oct 2015 and am currently sorting out a backdrop video and some souvenir T shirts. In the mean time I am going to be recording a few promo tracks to get people into the "Spirit" of things:-

Here is the first one, 13 mins long ambient drift, all hardware, played live and recorded to two stereo tracks:-)

Good luck with the gig Martyn

Thanks Andy  :) :)

This is an announcement from Phil Booth the promoter of these events

"Pleased to announce that the VT for the next concert on 4th July will be flac and/or high end mp3."

For those that don't already know, this VT is a recording of the nights music, with MC's intro/outro etc. it is specifically designed for those that don't usually attend but like to hear what went on or those that just cant get there logistically, and its great value for money at almost 3 hours of live Ambient, BS or experimental EM music. It also supports this great UK event and there aren't many of them left now. 

Its available to purchase up until the night before the event and in very rare cases sometimes after from the Awakenings website which is here :-)

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Awakenings July 4th 2015
« on: June 08, 2015, 04:35:00 AM »
 :) I have been very lucky in getting an opening spot at the next Awakenings concert in Burton upon Trent UK on the 4th July, this will be opening for Bouvetoya from Ireland and Binar England. I have recorded 3 x 10 min promo tracks to allow people the opportunity to hear the kind of thing I will be playing. My set will be a 45 minute continuous piece of music and ambient sounds and completely improvised using only Hardware instruments and FX :-)

here is a link to those tracks just in case anyone on here is interested in them

I think if anyone sits down with a specific agenda, its is bound to fail, unless they are very good professional musicians.

For me just sitting in front of my gear puts a smile on my face and that's enough to make me want to play something :-)

Playing an improvised "jam session" purely off the top of my head and not knowing what the outcome will be is the main reason I got into ambient electronic music, if I remember to hit the record button beforehand then that's a bonus for me to be able to listen back to what I just did. So for me it would have to be interest Vs outcome :-)

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Phobos - Sector Four
« on: April 29, 2015, 04:54:50 AM »
 :) 8)

That's cool David, downloading now and thanks for the link, I will look forward to hearing these very soon :-)

Hi Martyn,

Good to see you out there and playing 8)

Thanks Andy and yes it is good to be out doing a bit :-)

This is a 30 minute live improv recorded at my recent gig in Nottingham UK, The Church of Sound is a small intimate venue in the basement of a tea shop. Usually, on a once per month basis, there are 3 x 30-40 minute acts on during the evening, with visuals projected onto the back wall of the room. It has a number of comfy couches and chairs to relax and the ample PA fills the room with sound to take you into another world.

Most acts are experimental in their approach, providing live music using a variety of sound making instruments and FX, for my visit I used just a Mutable Instruments Shruthi 4 pole mission desktop synth and 5 FX pedals, one of which was a Boss DD20 looper to build the sound and ambience around the improv whilst changing parameters on the synth.

There are a few short video clips on you tube but this link is to the whole 30 minute piece, it was recorded direct from the stereo out of the mixing desk and into a boss MicroBR digital recorder.

The best approach is to be polite, smile and ask her why she hadn't replied to your last email, but before she has chance to answer say " I was worried that I had made you feel uneasy or something, which was not my intention" That is how I would handle it. The worse thing to do is for you to avoid her because that looks like, well; you are avoiding her :-)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 20, 2014, 02:45:02 PM »
Hi Martyn, yes I got the drum, technically a 16 inch by 24 inch dundun from Africa.

Fforest - funnily enough there was a community Taiko group meeting locally today, but I was out of town - I've emailed them to ask when they next meet.

Drumming is part of my music that generally does not get onto albums, being done for personal pleasure or in ceremonial or meditational settings....

Nice one :-)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 19, 2014, 03:23:08 PM »
Various Kodo (Including a DVD) - recently got a new drum and looking to develop my drumming 8)

 8) 8) 8) You managed to get it then Andy :-)

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Interstellar
« on: December 17, 2014, 02:40:36 PM »
Was 2001 a slab of light hearted entertainment?  Hmmmmm...

I think so, well ahead of its time but still light entertainment based around Sci Fi writings, maybe some are more factually correct than others but they are just slabs of cinema designed to entertain to one degree or another:-)

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Interstellar
« on: December 17, 2014, 04:45:33 AM »
While not wanting to appear too outspoken and the fact that I haven't seen it (not that seeing it would make any difference to me anyway) but do people who watch Sci Fi movies always look for something in it more than just a slab of light hearted entertainment:-)

The words Science followed by FICTION tends to give it a bit of a clue as to its content, this not being Science FACT :-)

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