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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Hello to the forum
« on: February 22, 2018, 12:43:24 AM »
Hey Michael! It can be quiet here but it's ambient quiet.  ;)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Drone/pad EQ-ing.
« on: January 05, 2018, 12:46:17 PM »
After the notching, a good stereo chorus with a very slow sweep (ideally with different speeds on each side) can add some subtle motion to drones before they enter the reverb bath.

We discussed it with Heiki and with the polar vortex continuing its visit here,
we're going to extend our free download of "The North Shore" album to Sunday,
so as many people as possible can experience the album in the weather which inspired it.
The CD will also remain half-price at $6 till then too. Happy New Year... and Stay Warm!

Thanks so much Richard!   Heads up that this is the last night for the free download or the half priced CD of "The North Shore".

The polar vortex of deeply cold Arctic air has ventured far south across Canada and the US. This is the kind of Winter that inspired the dreamSTATE vs. Heiki album "The North Shore".

We want everyone to experience these deeply chilled soundscapes in this period of deepest Winter, so we're temporarily making "The North Shore" a free download at our dreamSTATE Bandcamp page.

We've also halved the regular price of the CD there to $6 for those who will appreciate the cover art of Heiki's digipak design and the four signed art-cards created by Heiki, Jamie and Scott.

This is the time of the Full Wolf Moon, named by Native Americans for the first full moon of Winter, so it seems perfect to set the arc of this giveaway to the arc of the Wolf Moon from New Year's Day through to this Wednesday night.

Happy New Year!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Arturia Buchla Easel
« on: December 22, 2017, 08:08:13 PM »
I look forward to your Eurorack withdrawl story Julio!

I don't know if I mentioned it here, but I bought a Nord Modular G2 last summer to try to divert me from getting into Euro. It's definitely a different experience from physical patching and knobbing but a reasonable compromise. I do confess to buying a few used Roland Aira Euro Effects modules last month though after learning how they can be reprogrammed inside like mini modulars.

Now back to the current topic... I have a Toronto friend lusting for an Easel, so let me know if any of you come to the selling point.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Storms and Studios
« on: September 15, 2017, 08:58:40 AM »
Glad you weathered the storm well Julio and "wine" really did work in that sentence.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Storms and Studios
« on: September 11, 2017, 10:57:05 AM »
It must be especially tricky (to protect the gear) for all the people with basement studios.  :-\

Craig Anderton once wrote that he felt the player would imbue an instrument with "soul" which would continue after it changed hands and could influence a new owner.

Craig was talking guitars then. I feel that when I'm designing and storing patches in my synths, then I'm storing pieces of my "soul" in them... but, so easy to erase them.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach & Robert Rich
« on: June 23, 2017, 03:46:10 PM »
Roach and Chong?

Everything and Nothing / Re: Quad Corner
« on: June 05, 2017, 07:16:47 PM »
Dueling Dark Sides!

This is a pair of interviews with James Guthrie and Alan Parsons regarding the SACD surround mix release of Dark Side of the Moon.

Guthrie discusses creating his newer 5.1 mix and how all the band was involved, which led to mix revisions. Parsons discusses both his original quad mix and the new 5.1 mix. Both producers give a track by track breakdown of their mix choices and subtle and bold details.

I found it fascinating. Both mixes are included in the Dark Side of the Moon Immersion Box so I've had my own chances to compare and contrast.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Twin Peaks revisited
« on: May 21, 2017, 10:43:34 PM »
Lynch & Frost are still keepin' it WTF!    :o   8)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: May 19, 2017, 11:59:37 AM »
I agree that the sound in the Ants demo did not encourage me
and I agree that the Lifeforms SV-1 while sounding better in their demo,
does not match the 0-Coast colouring, while the Ants even have the same knob style.
It's interesting how the visual appeal is important to us as artists too.

I can see the Ants as 4 LFOs, 2 ARs and sundry modules for an 0_Coast, that also can make sound on its own, as a bonus.  ;)

I can also image it as all of the above plus more Oscs for my MicroBrute - so it's still tempting.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: May 18, 2017, 11:48:17 AM »
Nice! I'm thinking about a 0-Coast myself, cause I like small these days. Ants seems like a good partner for it, so I'm pondering this one too.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 08, 2017, 11:06:57 AM »
I've been listening to the new Northumbria this morning. Deeply beautiful soundscapes made with just guitar and bass (and some field recordings).

It must be the drones that give this a celtic vibe for me.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Quad Corner
« on: April 14, 2017, 04:39:31 PM »
There's an excellent deal available for Gentle Giant's "Octopus" album for $11 now at

This has an outstanding new surround mix by Steve Wilson (of Porcupine Tree). Steve Wilson's name will come up regularly in this thread as he has been remixing a truly significant amount of classic prog albums by King Crimson, Yes, ELP and this gem by Gentle Giant. The sound is full and the instruments and vocals are clear and exciting. If you have an appreciation or interest in Gentle Giant and a surround system with a blu-ray player, this is a great place to start.

(Please note - I just edited this post to correct the link - which had pointed to the CD version instead of the Blu Ray.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 11, 2017, 07:09:10 PM »

Robert Rich + Alio Die - Fissures

Probably considered a classic by now, but I only just heard it for the first time today. Great album. Distinctly different from the solo albums I have from either artist.

Great Album indeed 8)

Yeah, certainly one of my all-time fave albums!!!


Thanks for the reminder you two... I lent this album to friends some years ago and it never returned... but I know where they live.  ;D   I agree that this is an outstanding work.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: March 18, 2017, 05:33:06 PM »
Squire's bass is much fuller in this new surround mix, the guitars crisp and the floating space section of the title track is a beautiful dream.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Korg Electribe 2
« on: January 23, 2017, 11:29:34 AM »
Not a single drum beat. Lovely.

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