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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: GOT GEAR?
« on: August 12, 2008, 10:26:06 AM »
Presets? I don't use the presets, everytime I have a new synth I cancel all the presets and start from scratch. I don't think that the digital machines are like prisons for our creativity, I use them since many years and I feel like I have just scratched their surface; every synth is a world of its own and we must learn how it works and how it "thinks", only in this way we can get the sounds we need and be creative. Programming synths is one of the most interesting things an electronic artist can do, IMHO. Maybe Solyaris wants to tell us that digital synths have a lot of limits, due to their architecture... I could reply, yes, we all know that, but still I can see millions of possibilities behind a digital synth, we need time to discover all its features and transform all the defects into good things. I recently purchased two very old digital synths - a Wavestation and a JD990 - and I'm totally satisfied with this old technology, we can still use it these days with incredible results. The music comes from our mind and our soul, not from the machines. As for the latest Robert Fripp cd, Solyaris says that it is ugly music done with a couple of Eventide processors: I don't know this cd, but I would never say that the music is ugly because of the processors involved! How could you say that?
Unfortunately, I am not a "trained" musician, I cannot "read" or "write" music, but technology has given me the opportunity to express my inner feelings, and to transform them into "sounds" that can reach the people out there. I'm very grateful for that. I know that a "real" musician can express the same feelings just with a piano, or a classical harp, or a sitar, and I recognize the power of the acoustic music (one example for all, indian devotional music: a singer, a tabla and an ancient string instrument), but again the main thing behind "true" music is the artist's soul, and I know a lot of true music coming from many ambient musicians using electronic instruments.
One last thing: in these summer nights, my ears are delighted by the best musicians of this planet: crickets. I'd like to discover their secret, as these small animals create truly outstanding patterns and layers every night, with a "basic" technology. Their hypnotic lullabies are there for free, to remind us that this is a living planet. I hope that one day we'll be able to discover the technology that can bring us to their level.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: GOT GEAR?
« on: August 12, 2008, 04:29:07 AM »
I don't think that "the smaller the better" is a good trend, and that the synths will soon disappear. Is this an attack to the electronic world? Or maybe just against the expensive electronic instruments? Hardware synths and samplers are the main part of my studio and I think it will be this way for the years to come. I don't use computers or softsynths, and I still record on magnetic tape using an analog mixing board. The most important thing for me is to get warm and organic sounds mixing "the best of both worlds": synths and several acoustic sources (small harps, singing bowls, chimes and natural objects). This process often takes me to wonderful, unexpected sounds, but I don't consider myself an acoustic artist, because I treat the acoustic sources with the digital processors, like all the other artists in this field. Can we consider Robert Rich or Jeff Pearce "acoustic musicians" just because they play a guitar? They route their guitars through a lot of expensive electronic devices, this is how they build their wonderful layers. We all know that better technology can improve our work, we should only accept this. I recently purchased two Eventide processors and I am simply amazed at how clean and powerful they are, they are opening new paths for me and my compositional process. It's been an interesting evolution for me, starting from the cheap reverbs of the late 80's up to these wonderful processors, so I can't really agree that "the smaller the better" is the right way.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: first Oophoi vynil is out
« on: July 21, 2008, 12:55:13 AM »
sorry, I forgot to tell you that Potala can be ordered sending an email to me:
Paypal payment is possible at the same address

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: first Oophoi vynil is out
« on: July 21, 2008, 12:53:06 AM »
hello Loren,
it is great to be in contact again with you and all the Forum members.
As for "Potala", it is available from me or from Drone Records in Germany. I still don't know if Mike will stock this one at The Store. The artwork is from a Troum member.
A copy is 16.00$ all included (postage to US is 7.00$). I have a few copies here for sale.
have a nice day

Other Ambient (and related) Music / first Oophoi vynil is out
« on: July 20, 2008, 01:29:55 AM »
my first vynil is out now on Substantia Innominata.
it is a limited edition on light green vynil, with 28 minutes of unreleased music.
the music is dedicated to His Holiness The Dalai Lama, and to the struggle for a free Tibet

dear Gordon,
I don't know where you are now, but I can only hope that you are surrounded by the best ambient music.
Thanks for your friendship.

...maybe a side effects of Sudafed...?

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: March 04, 2008, 12:32:10 AM »
Behringer stuff is embarrassing, I've had some bad experiences in the past with mixing boards, microphones, processors and the Truth series speakers.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Favorite ECM releases
« on: February 01, 2008, 06:02:53 AM »
Here is my list of ECM favorites:

David Darling: Cello - marvelous tone poems for cello
Norma Winstone: Somewhere Called Home - one of the most underrated jazz singers
Stefan Micus: Ocean/Twilight Fields/To The Evening Child/Wings Over Water - 4 masterpieces from this immense artist/traveler
Agnes Buen Garnas: Rosensfole - a collection of ancient songs from Scandinavia, Jan Garbarek adds his usual touch
Pat Metheny Group: Travels - concert recordings, 5 stars
Pat Metheny: New Chautauqua - an outstanding guitar album
Keith Jarrett: The Sun Bear Concerts - 10Lp's full of incredible piano performances, from atonal to melodic to experimental
Chick Corea: Piano Improvisations vol.1/vol.2 - The best Corea
Arvo Part: Alina - delicate structures for piano
Eleni Karaindrou: the entire discography - fragile, evocative soundscapes for traditional orchestra and choir

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