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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: NI Reaktor 5 Sale
« on: May 23, 2014, 03:04:58 PM »
When they put this stuff on sale it's a great deal. I bought the Komplete 9 upgrade recently , I already have Komplete 5. I think I paid around $150. Pete's right, Reaktor alone can keep you busy a long time by itself.

Here's what I wrote about this one on my facebook page:

Tree of Life by Loren Nerell and Mark Seelig is hands down one of the best ambient albums I've heard in a long time. I've been fortunate to hear early versions and the final master before release... so I've heard this many times over the last few months.

The album is truly a "journey" - it starts slow and minimal - gorgeous hints of percussion, drones and textural background. Mark Seelig plays a jaw dropping flute line through much of the first half of the album. The blending of the flute with the backdrop is so dead on perfect.

The percussion later builds into a section where the percussion and rhythm comes to the forefront. Recorded partially in a group setting when Mark and family from Germany were visiting Loren in California.

And then... we hit the moment where the percussion comes to a sudden stop, and we drop into the brilliant gamelan playing by Loren Nerell. Wow. Simply... wow. So deliciously tasteful.

Highly, highly recommended.
I have to agree with John. This is one of the best ambient releases I have heard in quite some time. I recommend getting this in the 2-pack offered from Projekt including Byron Nelson and Mark Seelig's Intention. These two cd's go together very nicely.

I found it. Harry Bertoia was the artist. Forrest Fang was actually the one who pointed me to him in a discussion I had started about an electric gong exhibit in Austin several years ago. Here's a great video if anyone is interested.

Everything and Nothing / Information wanted on instrument builder
« on: May 15, 2014, 02:36:58 PM »
I'm hoping someone with a better memory than I have can help me. I'm looking for information on a furniture designer who also made musical sculptures out of steel rods. He is either Spanish or Italian I believe and had a barn somewhere with his sculptures in it. Sort of a musical barn. He is now decesed, but his son still has his collection. I'm kind of embarrased because I think I was the one who first posted about him on here or the Relaxed Machinery site years ago. I've tried searching on past hypnos posts, but no luck. I can't figure out how to search on the Relaxed Machinery site, but I am going to try again in a minute. I'm probably just asking the question wrong. Thanks

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Handmade synthesizers
« on: May 13, 2014, 02:35:06 PM »
I should have said yours and Mark's Tree of Life and Mark and Byron's Intention.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Handmade synthesizers
« on: May 13, 2014, 01:09:35 PM »
Most of the handmade synths I have played around with seem to be one trick ponies, which is fine if you like the one thing it does well. For me they just seem too limiting so I've never gotten any for my studio.
Yes, that and price are the two main reasons I haven't picked up any so far. I love the concept, though of alternate triggers, etc.    BTW, Loren, I just got the two pack from Projekt today of your Intention/Tree of Life releases. Can't wait to hear them.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Handmade synthesizers
« on: May 10, 2014, 09:02:50 AM »
Those are pretty interesting synths. I've been interested in the Folktek devices, ,but they are kind of pricey. The Electric Lobotomy stuff is a lot more affordable. I may have to look into these more.

Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: 2014 Hypnos release schedule?
« on: April 18, 2014, 09:08:17 PM »

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Schmidt Synthesizer
« on: March 16, 2014, 08:49:13 PM »
It is really amazing , but like you said, so is the price tag.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: February 22, 2014, 06:27:58 PM »
I downloaded this recently and am really enjoying it. I prefer the final mix version although the quiet version is nice also. Great job, Andy!

Everything and Nothing / Re: Austin TX Record Store Suggestions
« on: February 12, 2014, 02:13:31 PM »
End of An Ear looks interesting. I'll check that out on my next trip to Austin. That's funny that a guy from the west coast has to tell me aout a record store 65 miles from me. ;D Thanks, Forrest!

Everything and Nothing / Re: Austin TX Record Store Suggestions
« on: February 11, 2014, 10:05:24 PM »
You must go to Waterloo Records on North Lamar. It's legendary in Austin. Ask almost anyone and they'll be able to tell you where it is. After that try Cheapo Discs and Records further down the street. I often find surprises there, as well. Have fun!

I'm really enjoying this one. I'm a big fan of both Roach and David and this release doesn't dissappoint.

Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Thanks to Mike
« on: January 20, 2014, 09:53:16 PM »
Thanks to everyone that keeps this forum going!  :)

[quoteOur leaders in Senate/House/Congress are assholes, they take 3 frickin weeks vacation and leave those of us in need in the lurch. They should be FIRED IMMEDIATELY or replaced in the next election, every damn one of those (dems/repubs) who screwed us.[/quote]  Ain't that the truth! >:(

This is a really interesting topic. I am one of those Mike mentioned who knew absolutely nothing about this subject before reading this. I have always noticed how much better headphones sounded through a good mixer's headphone jack. I listen mostly through the headphone jack on my ProTools Mbox tower. Is something like this any good at all? Granted, I do need to buy a much better pair of headphones than I am now using.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Ambient Music + Copyright
« on: January 04, 2014, 11:10:21 PM »

However I don't understand why in the electronic music genre someone would need to lift an atmosphere or a drum groove etc. That seems like laziness, and yet I know it happens.

I use iTunes on my mac and winamp on my pc. I have to say i don't use the pc much for music, though. Mostly business on the pc. I like itunes for the playlist features and for burning cd's. I'm still old fashioned and don't use any other devices than stereos for listening to music. I will audition music on my computer , but it's just not where I do most of my serious listening. As far as sound quality, iTunes is good enough for me. My hearing is not what it used to be and I can't tell that much of a difference.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Christmas wishes from Mike & Lena
« on: December 25, 2013, 09:57:21 PM »
Merry Christmas, Mike and Lena. Hope it was a good one for you.

Ah, Soft Machine  ... still a huge favourite of mine. They did go through numerous changes, so yep the albums were of various qualities. But Third and Fourth are surely beyond compare   8)

Yep! Those are usually the ones I return to when I want some Soft Machine.  8)

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