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Listening to this now on Spotify...

It kind of reminds me of old-school downtempo trance circa 2000, but without the percussion components.  Carbon Based Lifeforms was one of the groups that initially took me down the path of ambient music and this vaguely reminds me of some of their older soundscapes.  The mix of overlapping arpeggiated synths melodies mixed with delay/reverb effects can be a beautiful thing... and I think you've done a wonderful job with this technique!

You just earned another follow/listener!  :)

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 22, 2017, 03:42:46 PM »

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: The Art of Listening.....a movie
« on: February 22, 2017, 02:59:16 PM »
In Germany we say "Die Kunst des Zuhörens" and indeed it is an ability to listen. I think it is also an art.

Many people do not have time and leisure to listen. Many people do not have the inner peace to listen. We live in a very sensitive age, I call it the cosmic age, where art can give us back inner peace and abilities for proper listening. Art makes the difference to real life because there is more than reality. It is beyond definitions to experience this by yourself in this way or another way.

If you consider art a skill of some sort, listening definitely fits that definition.  As others pointed out, it's a big part of what goes into audio production.  I have a whole listening process that I follow when I'm mixing a piece that I'm working on... I'm not sure if that's what this movie is about or not - it's hard to tell from the trailer.

But for the average person, listening isn't an art form.  Most people just want to have some sort of familiar or mood sustaining background noise and aren't really concerned about the skill or techniques that went into creating it.  To some people just having a T.V. in the background is sufficient.  ;D




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Independent Music Reviews / Re: New Ambient/Experimental Music Blog
« on: February 22, 2017, 02:14:59 PM »
Cool blog!   8)

I like your descriptions of the pieces you've reviewed.  They're more on the technical side, but I like that the focus is on the music rather than the artist's personality or other such things... 

Keep it up!

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One thing is for sure ... analog synths have no hope of emulating what todays digital synths can do.

Totally agree with this and it's a big reason why I haven't jumped into using analog synths.  Well, that plus the $$

I'd like to get into using Omnisphere at some point.  Looks like it supports Scala .tun files, so that's a plus.




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Hello, Ryan Summers here...

I found this forum through a search for lo-fi ambient music.  I found some good recommendations on here, so figured I'd join in. 

I've bounced around a lot, musically speaking, over the years.  I used to DJ trance-like music in the early 00's.  I've played keyboards and produced for a couple of bands, one of which I'm still active with.  Right now I'm finding myself more interested in producing ambient music for myself.  I've struggled with insomnia and found myself listening to a lot of ambient music that way.  After awhile I started getting ideas for pieces and had to start making some of my own...

Anyways, looking forward to making some connections on here and finding new music.

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