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'Indigo' new Igneous Flame album released.

Created from source material made in Native Instrument's generative ensembles / blocks, processed and structured to form the final tracks.

Up on Bandcamp, and all the streaming / download sites:


https://igneousflame.bandcamp.com/album/indigo







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I'm of the view that you get back what you put into (in this case) musical projects and I wonder about the longevity of a lot of projects out there, when (as APK said) pretty much everyone can / is releasing stuff.
Also, I take a more fatalistic view on things.

I remember the 'glory days' here with people's CD releases, all very different now. I see airplay as more the focus nowadays and I include streaming in that and going back to my original point, I have seen that increase for me - without doing any (or very little) social media networking.

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Hi Jana,
Interesting to hear your thoughts on this.

I should say I wrote that blog as a something of a reaction as to reading how 'essential' social media promotion was considered to be for an artist and that you would be remiss by not doing it 'properly' and I didn't think that is the case (well, not for me anyway)

Look at the artists who post here only about their projects and the general lack of response they get, from treating the forum as another opportunity to solely self promote.

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Social media for independent musicians ? Maybe of interest to some folk here and perhaps even to the people who just post here to promote their projects :)

Some thoughts on the above topic:

' Been mulling over this recently and my thoughts are, for an independent, ambient musician such as myself (i.e. not in any kind of major league !), I don’t really see the value of spending the time on social media to try to ‘raise my profile’. I should say I’m speaking here as an individual artist – I can’t speak for bands and the like...'



Full post here:

https://igneousflame.wordpress.com/2019/07/07/social-media-for-independent-musicians/

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Everything and Nothing / Re: The Spammers - thanks to the mods here !
« on: June 28, 2019, 11:24:43 AM »
 ;D

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Everything and Nothing / The Spammers - thanks to the mods here !
« on: June 27, 2019, 05:01:11 AM »
It must be quite a thankless task, but thanks nonetheless to the moderators here (APK ?) for squashing the eternal spammers, bots etc.  :)

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On perhaps a more relevant note, I wonder what a 'Dark-ambient' workshop would be like - somewhere up in the furthermost parts of Scandinavia in the depths of winter with lots of really serious things going on ? :)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: A world full oblivion
« on: May 17, 2019, 12:32:23 PM »
Great posts fellers !

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Endel App ('Bespoke Sounscapes')
« on: April 05, 2019, 05:27:30 AM »
Having tried the App, it's a 'player', not a generative app like Wotja / Noatikl and is pretty limited in what it does, but maybe that is it's appeal - to create 'mood music' for studying  / on the go etc.

For me, the interesting part is that a record label has 'signed it up'. as such. Eno used to harp on about how we would be all listening to generative (ambient) music in the future. I don't think he was right.

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Everything and Nothing / Endel App ('Bespoke Sounscapes')
« on: April 03, 2019, 12:45:17 PM »
I don't know what to make of this, but it's intriguing nonetheless:

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/mar/22/algorithm-endel-signs-warner-music-first-ever-record-deal

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now watching...
« on: April 01, 2019, 11:24:50 AM »
'Oh my Ghost'
After watching and really enjoying 'Strong woman Bong-soon'. I found these two Korean dramas to be really engaging, very well observed and a fascinating insight into their culture.   

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambient Guitar.
« on: January 16, 2019, 12:00:53 PM »
Pete, thats dark & beautiful...that was the original four track processed or did you added to it?

I think this sort of timbre can't be had so easily with keyboards....or I should say I can't summon it up with them.

Do you think that guitar as a source of ambient exploration differs from that of keyboard as source because I do.  A drone is a drone is a drone...maybe, as I tune my ears to all things guitar Im beginning to hear what is outside my keyboards sonic palette....not sure though.

Sorry for the late reply and thanks for the comments, fellers.

I've played the guitar for a long time and I know enough about theory to come up with interesting chords and the like. I don't play the keyboards, so I can't 'express myself' in that way. I find the chordal / harmonic thing fascinating and it's something that isn't very much explored in ambient music. An artist who does work in that way is Jeff Pearce. 

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambient Guitar.
« on: January 10, 2019, 12:47:45 PM »
Here's a track I released on my 2007 'Hydra' album. It's actually a re-work of a guitar piece I came up with many moons ago. I had forgotten how I originally put it together. Luckily, I had a 4 track version of it which was almost beyond repair, but I  managed to salvage and rework something from it.  There's a lot of processing done on it. The original was a chordal composition played with a volume pedal / lots of modulated delays.

Artwork by Kati Astraeir.


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambient Guitar.
« on: January 04, 2019, 03:13:45 AM »
Sounds intriguing, interested to hear one of these gizmos. :)

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambient Guitar.
« on: December 30, 2018, 09:21:17 AM »
@ Julio: I would suggest to look into the Digitech Freqout… It's more like a sustainer/sustainiac/Infinite guitar in a box. A freeze-type pedal only holds the last note whereas the aforementioned devices are a lot more flexible. I have a Sustainiac built into my guitar.


Bought one of these pedals. Still trying it out, but the juries out on it at the moment...
Having used an ebow for years and recently acquired two sustainer guitars, this sounds a bit 'odd'. It doesn't do 'infinite' sustain, but sometimes it does something similiar. Will report back later after more perusals.

I'm afraid I didn't like this pedal at all. It's okay for single notes, but otherwise it's tracking is poor otherwise and it tends to sound very unnatural (like one of the clangers, for UK folk :)


@ Pete: Have you ever tried a sustainer/sustainiac? Though you can play more than one note at the time, it seems to prefer single notes (when you play a chord one note becomes dominant and the others fade away). It also depends on where on the neck you play how the notes evolve. It seems the Freqout is similair.

Remco,

Yes, I have two Fernandes sustainer guitars, both work very well. The ebow is more hard work (string skipping noises etc), but works very well in it's own way (very good with dynamics). As I said, this pedal is fine (usually) on single notes, but pretty poor otherwise.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambient Guitar.
« on: December 29, 2018, 09:18:51 AM »
@ Julio: I would suggest to look into the Digitech Freqout… It's more like a sustainer/sustainiac/Infinite guitar in a box. A freeze-type pedal only holds the last note whereas the aforementioned devices are a lot more flexible. I have a Sustainiac built into my guitar.


Bought one of these pedals. Still trying it out, but the juries out on it at the moment...
Having used an ebow for years and recently acquired two sustainer guitars, this sounds a bit 'odd'. It doesn't do 'infinite' sustain, but sometimes it does something similiar. Will report back later after more perusals.

I'm afraid I didn't like this pedal at all. It's okay for single notes, but otherwise it's tracking is poor otherwise and it tends to sound very unnatural (like one of the clangers, for UK folk :)

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambient Guitar.
« on: December 27, 2018, 03:01:36 AM »
Quite interesting and looks like he's enjoying himself. but that's what people used to do all the time (in the pre-internet days) in their studios / bedrooms, as part of daily experimenting / working in progress.
Still, intriguing as to how he's layering all these sounds together, I would rather hear some more in the way of 'craft' myself.

I read about some mad guitarist who would plug his guitar in and throw vegetables at it and record the results. He said he preferred the sound of tomatoes :)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Merry Christmas
« on: December 26, 2018, 04:07:01 AM »
Great seasonal pictures there ! - particularly APK's. Over here (in the UK), it has been just foggy / gloomy recently.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Merry Christmas
« on: December 24, 2018, 01:34:07 PM »
Merry Christmas / Seasons greetings / Yuletide greetings to you Jana and to one and all !

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