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Everything and Nothing / Sampling in Ambient Music
« on: September 23, 2013, 04:16:01 PM »
I really like most of Alio Die's music, particularly any time he uses medieval choirs and renaissance instruments. 

This is really out of my league so I ask the question here:  some of that, if not all, is sampled right? 

Most likely he didn't emply a group of choir singers, and he may play instruments but a lot of the medieval music sounds like it may have been a previous recording that has been slowed down, distorted and with layers of effects and processing meshed in.

To me this is actually a neat idea, that of "recycling" that kind of music and if that's what Alio Die is doing, he does it like no other.  The artist Diatonis has an album called The Convolving Universe that is just processed gregorian monks and choirs I believe, and it's similarly cool....

I wonder how one deals with copywright issues with this?  If you distort something beyond recognition (at least in parts) and add your own effects, does it become something new?  This is something that went on for years in Rap music before artists finally started demanding royalties, so just curious about this topic...

There are a couple of reviews on the Hypnos promo write-ups of your releases that tag you with the up and coming or 'rising star' label  ;) 

I'm sure you've read Jim Brenholts review of your Sanctuary of Dreams, but I'd recommend a re-read... I just caught it and it's one of the best and funniest reviews ever.

More like crashing meteor.

Why do you think so?   :)  Your music is very deep, mature and strong.

Jesse you just need an image people can get with.  How about a gold chain, short-shorts, and some MC Hammer sunglasses?   

Everything and Nothing / Re: Insights from Daniel Lanois
« on: September 19, 2013, 01:50:40 PM »
Anyone heard of the guy who interviewed him before? I suspect he is some hiphop producer because of Daniel's one reference about the killer bass to him.

Yes, he's Pharrell Williams and though I don't know his work well, he was in a band called N.E.R.D. and he did sing in a couple songs on the new Daft Punk album.  I guess he does produce music too, but it's mostly pop and rap (he's in that crazy huge song by Robin Thicke right now).  The only thing I like is his Daft Punk appearance as it fits well and his voice is similar to the singing on their other vocal-heavy album called Discovery. 

and with the Rising Ambient Star Numina in attendance, the deal just gets sweeter! 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sean Washburn - Wave mantra
« on: September 17, 2013, 12:19:26 PM »
Cool.  Looking forward to your future music Sean.  Wave Mantra is a gem... glad the forum members here pointed the way.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: August 25, 2013, 07:57:53 PM »
Magestic.  8)

That Klaus Wiese set sounds awesome... and highly sought after.  --- more of Brian Green here, I'm listening to the track "111" and it's sounding beautiful.  It's in the similar realm of Oophoi's Behind the Wall of Sleep in mood.  The tracks are a little unrefined, but the kid has a good ear and knows what he's doing.  I bet with an experienced mastering he could go places.  Baby...

Assuming he did mention certain classical musicians as a starting point, I'd be surprised if nowhere was it mentioned about the influence that Eastern music must have had on a lot of the pioneering and current ambient artists...

Everything and Nothing / Insights from Daniel Lanois
« on: August 19, 2013, 08:55:29 PM »

Aside from a strange interview at times, there was some nice juicy bits  (no pun intended).  Pretty fascinating though, and when he broke out the steel guitar and synths toward the end, made me wish Lanois could create some more ambient or downtempo in the future.

Totally agree with you Julio, and to Forrest, I think he samples his own bowl playing for what that's worth, but yeah. 


The sounds from Brian Green, check him out!  Not your run- of -the- mill tibetan bowl stuff. 

Sounds mighty decent I must say.

maybe World War ZZZZZ for snooze?

Mike, congratulations on the changes- it sounds like a great way to evolve and keep Hypnos hip to the future ;)

I scanned to find this answer, forgive me if it's been covered:  How much do you plan on pricing the typical download, particularly Hypnos and Hypnos Secret Sounds downloads?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient cover tunes
« on: June 19, 2013, 08:14:14 PM »

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient cover tunes
« on: June 18, 2013, 07:21:44 PM »

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient cover tunes
« on: June 18, 2013, 07:14:33 PM »

There was also Dreams in Exile covering Vidna Obmana's River of Appearance.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sean Washburn - Wave mantra
« on: May 20, 2013, 06:30:06 PM »
This is a nice sounding album!  Takes me back to the days of Tuu or Ma Ja Le.  The same kind of sacred yet dark feel, without being derivative at all. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
« on: April 12, 2013, 08:18:13 PM »
I miss him already, such a great artist.

The other night about a week ago, I was falling asleep to Oophoi.  As sometimes I do, I'll put my hands on my chest and stomach and do a little energy work (reiki).  As I was drifting off in a hypnotic state, I went to a place I've often thought of lately while meditating, a house in the sacred valley of Peru with a patio.  In this particular night while listening to Oophoi I "returned" to this place, but for the first time it was night.

The patio was lit up quite brightly though by the enormous full moon in the sky.  This half asleep dream now shifts into me looking into the moon through a telescope, or at least seeing the moon from that perspective, big, with the full body occupying the entire picture of my viewing.  I'm observing all the details, marveling at the craters and features while oophoi's drones are gently dominating...

I then realize consciously that the name of this album is Mare Tranquillitatus, which is of course means Sea of Tranquility, on of the many so called seas on the Moon.  It was so weird how the effective imagery the artist conveyed mixed with my intuition or subconscious, and led to that "vision", but it was quite a little experience.  Having listened to only a handful of his music it's only right to cherish and find out as many as possible.  Thank you...

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