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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: December 01, 2019, 05:45:44 AM »
Now reading:

Mahatma Gandhi - There is no way to peace, peace is the way

... various texts by Gandhi himself ...

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Dreamtime Sounds - 'Deku'
« on: December 01, 2019, 05:42:21 AM »
Love the video for "DEKU". Sounds and visuals merging to one greater sublimity.

Sounds for meditation and healing: Music can be a transporter to the cosmos and our inner awareness.

All best, Jana

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: A change in the listening experience
« on: November 12, 2019, 11:40:06 AM »
" I am listening to the sound rather to the speaker..." Nicely observed Andy :)

I revisited the headphones thread and found lovely headphones there.

Personally I find that open headphones have more space for the sounds than closed cans.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: A change in the listening experience
« on: November 09, 2019, 06:37:31 AM »
I found three interesting articles on the same theme and want to share them here:

1. Mixing on Headphones: How to Translate to Speakers (Waves audio)

2. How Headphones Changed the World (The Atlantic magazine)

3. How headphones will change the way we listen to music (Deakin University)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: A change in the listening experience
« on: November 04, 2019, 04:04:32 PM »
We have always considered, thought, exchanged, that's part of it I think ... We observe and do our own things ...

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: A change in the listening experience
« on: November 03, 2019, 03:28:09 PM »
Thanks for your thoughts Pete.

I still remember Dolby for noise reduction. The internet has also changed our listening experience. We listen to computers and mobile phones.
Changing habits, faster way of life, different sensations, dwindling perception, all this changes our way of hearing. The type of music also affects our listening needs.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / A change in the listening experience
« on: November 01, 2019, 05:12:10 PM »
A change in the listening experience

I would like to start with a quote from SPL co-founder Hermann Gier, which dates from 2009:

"The headphone's 100% left-right separation creates a super-stereo width across the head, which has little to do with the stereo panorama and localization when listening to a speaker, making it virtually impossible to stereo mix on headphones.
The balance between center and side signals can not be properly balanced - for example, headphones often mix too few bass parts into the side signals, making them thinned on loudspeakers. Dithering effects such as reverb or delay are often too timid because they are more intense with the headphones.
Generally speaking, the right panoramic positioning is difficult or even impossible."

I have noticed for some time now that music is mixed very thinly. Music is often produced specifically for the headphone experience and lacks the depth in the sound. It's usually a fantastic experience with headphones, but loudly the dream often breaks down due to a lack of bass and a harsh tone color.
I use an open AKG headphone for second-time monitoring so that I can still check the panorama in my head. And sometimes I record sounds under headphones. But to hear and feel the music, I have to listen to the sound panorama aloud. It is otherwise like the mind without a body.

I imagine the bass player playing his instrument under headphones. The contrabass player who feels the strings swing but does not hear them. The violoncellist who sees the vibrations only in the head and yet does not feel them.
The stereo panorama of a room is interaction at many points. Sometimes you can see the sounds "wandering". It becomes clearer under headphones, but aloud stereo is wider, more fantastic, sometimes more subtle but always spatial with the whole body.

Hermann Gier describes the process of production and I describe the feeling and yet I think the difference is not very big. Especially the bass parts and the depth of sound often suffer from a headphone production.
I would like more productions with more sound depth, especially in the musical niche areas. There is so many good music but so little interest in the musical body. We live in a top-heavy time. But the meaning does not open to me. Think of concerts, clubs, church choirs, and then think of listening to these on headphones.

I recently bought the SPL Vitalizer MK2-T. This device adds phase inverted sounds to the mix to enhance the stereo panorama. It has two analog tubes and warms up the sound. Like an old stereo music system that warms up. Many do not know that anymore.
There are always two sides to the music, and the sound technical dilution is just one of them. The change in our listening experience is an effect of our changing lives and also changes our lives.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Roland Jupiter-X
« on: October 17, 2019, 01:21:15 PM »
David, I think the digital synthesizers came out first, and then they were emulated as VST-plugins for computer later.

What makes a hardware synthesizer is its d/a-converter. Roland converter sound other way then e.g. Yamaha or Korg.

I like the Roland sound :)


Lovely VST-hardware would be Native Instruments' Reaktor and HG Fortune's STS-24.

Anthony, the Jupiter X is the first new synth that comes close to my JD-800 :)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Inspiring sky
« on: October 15, 2019, 10:07:30 AM »
Thanks Pete, a great photograph of the ever so fascinating deep blue sky. The carpet for the stars....

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Roland Jupiter-X
« on: October 13, 2019, 02:34:47 PM »
I recently heard of a new synthesizer by Roland, the Jupiter-X that will be on sale in January 2020 (few music stores already pre-sale).

It is the digital version of the legendary Jupiter-8, an analog 8-voice synthesizer, that was built from 1981 to 1985.

The new digital version comes with more polyphony, lots of knobs and faders for realtime controlling and 61 keys.

Already on sale is the Jupiter-XM, this is the small edition of the X (below you find a demo video)

I like to get one of the big edition :)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Inspiring sky
« on: October 13, 2019, 09:14:59 AM »
Some more inspiring sky photos:

Share your own photos if you like  :)

Everything and Nothing / Inspiring sky
« on: September 28, 2019, 08:55:52 AM »
Today it is mostly raining, autumn has come to us softly after a mostly mild summer this year. Despite the world's turmoil, nature touches us with calmness and the most beautiful sky in long years here in Germany.
2019 is the year of the clouds to me, nearly every day we had them in the skies. I cant remember this to happen in a long time. I am a bit passionate about the skies, the gate to the stars in the night and at day a hazy dreamy nothingness.

Impalpable soft

Come faintly

The falling evening

I could forever look into the sky and take photographs of it. It represents everything within me. Sometimes I wonder if we all are different or if we all feel the same within our innermost.
The sky tells me we must feel the same. On a contemplative day I look outside the window, and the clouds passing by, still raining.... Inspiring sky.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: August 17, 2019, 02:28:50 PM »
Peter Høeg - The Quiet Girl & The Elephant Keepers' Children

Both books / stories are special. The first about the system of the tones and stillness. The second about the gate to god and the elephant of sadness in us.
The writing style is breathless and very deep. You may know the author of the book Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 20, 2019, 03:41:51 AM »
listening to the newest transmission of hearts of space :one small step:
celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission

I'm of the view that you get back what you put into (in this case) musical projects

Very true, as if you hear an echo from your own passionate music. That’s the best 😊

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)

Completely understandable. Real exchange over the Internet has always been a rarity. I remember Soundcloud when people commented on my track with "I like your sounds. Please listen to my track".
They did not understand honest interaction. Social media today is a term that is very negative. True social media is interaction, give and take, authenticity.

I'm skeptical that an independent artist can "make it" without working the social media angle as hard as the studio.

The days of glory and fame are over anyways. Everyone is making music. We open our souls to the world and simply hope for the best :)

I see it very similar, Pete. The social media are good for interaction and communication, a global exchange of artists and fans. But to raise a profile, they do not serve an independent artist.

Promotion works via radio, podcasts, features, reviews, labels, forums, platforms (like Bandcamp), collaborations with well-known artists etc. And without making anything special from the heart, you won't stay long on the market.
Because only good, timeless, unique music is supported in independent music. At least I feel that way when I support music from others.

Earlier (before the social media) I bought records in the store. Today I sometimes buy digital music on Bandcamp (a virtual store with a more support character).
Music comes from the heart, goes through the heart, back into the heart.

Thanks to the support of my fans, I was able to do my CD productions and repair hardware. Of course, you become better known through interaction through the social medium of the Internet, but also more grateful.
Because in the sheer mass of independent musicians, to be heard at all, it's a matter of luck.

A brilliant album !!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 30, 2019, 08:44:47 AM »
two summer loops...

Hello stargazers :)

Finally my 2017 album "Through the belt of Orion" is available as pressed/glassmastered CD since today.
If you like having this CD, you can order here:

This music was written under the stars of the Orion star constellation in winter/December 2016.
Every night, we saw Orion very very close, and some of these nights I played on my synthesizer.

All best,

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