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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Exponential Audio's new Nimbus Reverb
« on: September 27, 2016, 09:02:24 PM »
Uh-oh.  This might be a deal breaker:

"All Exponential Audio plugins require the iLok2 software protection key. This USB dongle is available from any music retailer."


Sounds interesting. Pete.  I'll have to check it out.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Exponential Audio's new Nimbus Reverb
« on: September 27, 2016, 07:54:17 PM »
Thanks for the heads-up, Julio.  I think I may pick Nimbus up based on the recommendation from Bob Olhsson alone.  He did the mastering work on a lot of the Hearts of Space releases and did a great job mastering my Gongland album.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Metric Halo plugin Sale
« on: September 22, 2016, 08:01:51 PM »
Oops.  And so it is.  Thanks, Julio.  I'll be even more thankful once I can get it to make nice with my Reaper.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 21, 2016, 10:04:21 PM »
A couple of nice releases I've been listening to lately:

Jaja - Milky Way

Both of these releases are very meditative and calm.  Performed live.  Nice for late-night contemplation, especially Milky Way, which has long-form pieces spread over two discs.

Phobos - An October Evening

Also a live recording.  Hard to describe this one.  Moody and dark in places, bordering on dark ambient, with ebbs and flows, and occasional suggestions of melody.  Well done.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Metric Halo plugin Sale
« on: September 21, 2016, 09:58:26 PM »
Thanks for the heads up on Halo Reverb, Anthony.  Unfortunately, I couldn't get Reaper to recognize it, though for reason AudioMulch does.  The installation process is pretty nonintuitive.  iLok is pretty annoying.  I'm pretty satisfied with Lexicon and Eventide's Blackhole reverb, though it would nice to find a good chamber-style reverb.


That's nice to hear.  It's an excellent album.  Does this mean that Tetsu is still around?

Unlikely. It appears to just be a re-release. Tetsu's last record was "Inland" released on Fax in 2007. If there's been anything since then, I'm unaware of it.

I'm hoping that the label secured Inoue's permission before releasing it.  Though FAX might have licensed it, the royalties need to be going somewhere, hopefully mostly to Tetsu and Vivanco.  It would be pretty cheesy not to secure his consent before releasing it, unless he somehow signed away his rights.

That's nice to hear.  It's an excellent album.  Does this mean that Tetsu is still around?

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: August 29, 2016, 09:21:11 PM »
the modular synth, at least me with mine does not like being forced to do something or put another way, it will not bend to my will.

Hi Julio,

Maybe your modular output could be used in a different way.  I like to keep my unused material in a subdirectory as "odds and sods" material that might find its way into a future project if I want to depart from my existing musical palette.  I've been doing this for the past 15 years, and have found it an especially interesting way to work when I'm exploring new ways to process sounds.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 13, 2016, 01:52:45 PM »
Thanks for the Eternell recommendation, Chris.  I have two of his releases as Purl that are pretty good.

Currently enjoying some experimental ambient--Monos' "Above The Sky."


Welcome to the forum, Jon.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Nobody Cares about your Photography!
« on: August 06, 2016, 09:58:26 PM »

But, outside of commerce, the goal should never be to create art that others will care about. It should always be about creating art that you care about. And one of the joys in life is finding those connections--meeting people who resonate with your art--whether it is visual, aural, or writing--in the way that you do. But that is a bonus; it isn't the endgame.

I agree, Chris.  I would go a step further, and say that, at least for me, the more I am immersed in the process of creation, and less preoccupied with how it will sound to others, the more likely I am to create something that is more pure and to my liking.  I think the narrator's view is a little too binary; he seems to suggest that you either cater to someone else's tastes or you try to create something "meaningful."  I think there is a whole other middle ground--a process of trial and error that requires both an interest in the creative process itself and a baseline of technical knowledge that will help control or facilitate the conditions under which you create your music.  That is the part of the process of creating music that I enjoy the most.  Considering what is most "meaningful" for me comes much later during the editing process and in deciding which pieces should not only be finished but also be included in a release I would make publicly available.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 31, 2016, 10:30:37 AM »
Picked this up recently via a Facebook recommendation.  Pretty nice:

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: July 31, 2016, 10:28:26 AM »
Julio, How do you like the Modcan Touch Sequencer?  Love the display.  Reminds me of my Atari ST from the old days.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 28, 2016, 03:30:14 PM »
Some recent listening:

Eliane Radigue - Trilogie de la Mort (3 CDs--I'm midway through this one.  Very subtle, soft textures that slowly pass through, with some mysterious and intense passages.  Best on headphones.)

Suicide (this was in transit when I heard its lead vocalist Alan Vega passed away.  Primitive, electronic and hypnotic.)


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sigur Ros - Route 1
« on: July 28, 2016, 03:19:18 PM »
Glad you enjoyed it, guys.  I think the music and visuals go together very well.  Takes my mind to a different place.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Sigur Ros - Route 1
« on: July 27, 2016, 12:32:23 PM »
For those who may have missed it, Sigur Ros recently streamed a 24-hour trip up Route 1 in Iceland with a generative ambient soundtrack based on material from its upcoming album. They've posted all 24 hours on YouTube.  Here's the last 6-1/2 hours:

Michael's long-overdue planetarium album "Music for the Dome" is finished & already at TrepStar ready to be uploaded to BandCamp. But, it's holding off on releasing it 'till September when college radio is back 'online' for the fall semester.

Looking forward to it!  It was inspiring to see him perform at Ambicon 2013.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Thoughts on Mychael Danna?
« on: July 26, 2016, 09:55:22 AM »
I'm not that familiar with Danna's solo work, but I like his North of Niagara album with Clement.  Melancholy, moody and soft, but without sappiness.


Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum Inactivity
« on: July 24, 2016, 09:50:56 AM »
Over the years, this forum has had its periods of inactivity.  I know Mike has been busy because his first book was published this year and he has been promoting that and probably has less time to spend on the label.  I haven't been here much lately, partially because I've been busy working on another album and partially because I've been trying to be less tied to my computer this summer.  Facebook can also be a time sink, but I've found it very useful for finding out recent developments in the ambient music scene and other related things.


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