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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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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambient Guitar.
« on: December 22, 2018, 11:54:00 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.

Just curious, how well does it handle lower frequency sounds going into it?

Pretty hopeless, am thinking of returning this one...

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambient Guitar.
« on: December 21, 2018, 11:42:10 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.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambient Guitar.
« on: December 16, 2018, 01:20:58 PM »
@ 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.

Cheers Remco, I never knew such a pedal existed !

Another word on the infinite sustain things, in themselves they can be initially exciting, but after a while - how long do you really want to hold a note for ?

I can see their appeal to rock  / metal players looking to emulate feedback. Also, with this great power (sustain-wise) comes great responsibility - how good is your vibrato to use on really long notes ? I've had to take this into account with the ebow. Without wishing to sound pompous, I have good vibrato technique (years of trying to play like Mick Ronson !) and I find it hard to deal with at times, of course that's what tremelos are for :)

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambient Guitar.
« on: December 15, 2018, 06:05:40 AM »
For my ambientmusic I've always avoided lessons/theory; it's more a stream of consience kinda thing. But I did study Indian Classical Music for 15 years, and I'm sure a lot of that trickled down to my ambient stuff. I've tried to combine the two with disasterous results, in particular working together with other muscians (who were not very willing to step out their comfortzone of the raga). I also noticed that when I picked up my veena my hands aways tends to fall into a raga, simply because I was so drilled into that music.

So when I play ambientmusic it's more about getting Into The Zone, so to speak, rather then following rules or theory.

Greetings,

Interesting observations there. I'm self taught myself, which I think is no bad thing for ambient stuff, where ideas / sound design are as least as important as technique / theory.

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At least Bakis contributes to other discussions here, unlike a lot of the 'here's my new project...' folk who post here  :-\

http://www.hypnos.com/smf/index.php?topic=3282.0

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambient Guitar.
« on: December 09, 2018, 01:48:37 PM »
Nothing to do with ambient guitar but something I need to share....

Had a rather humbling experience at my guitar lesson today. After about two months of attempting to play various classic rock tunes like "Sweet Home Alabama" and other tunes in A major, D & E  I told my teacher that I can't keep this up....this music is classic but its not what Im into.  I need to learn to read music. learn scales, the fretboard, etc.  My teacher is also my local Luthier who as done fine work on my bass guitars. So he opened a book he had on the music stand in front of us and turned to page one....have to say he sort of changed his demeanor from cool rock cat to strict cane in hand teacher.  ???  We plucked through very basic stuff and turned several pages forward to check something else only to see the notes printed out for a tune called Jingle Bells....tis the season.  Ok. no big deal but it is because I was struggling to sight read page one, so jingles F'ing bells was way more advanced. >:( ;D

What Im trying to illustrate is that Im a guitar novice with a well trained ear and years of experience as a musician, just not in guitar so this is just a bit of a disclaimer as I will post things here that inspire me for what I will in the near future be able to fully realize.and enjoy.

 

Try not to be discouraged, things take time. I recently bought an unlined fretless bass and did it up / put EMG pickups and an active pre-amp in and I still have lots to learn to get a half decent sound out of it. Some things do take years to grasp.

EDIT:

Oh and regarding sight reading, I'd say these days (depending on what you want to try to play) it's not crucial for ambient music. Theory, yes (/ possibly) if you want to know more about harmony.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: December 04, 2018, 11:49:07 AM »
Nice gear, Jana.

Do the model starships add extra 'galactic' vibes ? :)

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambient Guitar.
« on: December 01, 2018, 12:07:07 PM »


Pete I have an Epiphone "Elitist" ES 335.....dont much like the word elitist on my guitar but this designates it as made in Japan.  The Pickups are Gibson P90. Always love the sound that those who played this type of guitar made in many genres.  Had a Les Paul and a Strat in my hands recents and they felt rather small.  This guitar seems to support my right arm nicely the way an big acoustic can.

It sounds wonderful with heavy gage strings...I had 13-56 gage strings on it for a little bit but trying to do bar chords nearly sent me to the hospital ;) ;D. Im using 11's now.  I did go lighter but the tone was sacrificed.  Hopeful I will develop a strong fretting hand.

That's a nice lookin' guitar. Never tried to play a gauge as heavy as that !
I'm playing a lot of fretless bass now and 'regular' guitars seems very easy after that.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambient Guitar.
« on: November 28, 2018, 03:39:05 AM »
Cheers, Julio !

Out of interest, what guitar are you using for your ambient explorations ?

For a clean sound, I've found single coil pickups can be particularly effective, especially with a trem bar (light 'vibrato' on chords / volume pedal swell combination) The out of phase stratocaster type sounds can be very appropriate.

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