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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: New stuff at NAMM
« on: January 25, 2016, 01:15:31 PM »

The surprise of NAMM for me was the  reintroduction of the Gizmotron. Something that Godley & Creme of 10cc fame made back in the 1970s. It never worked that well and kind of disappeared becoming almost mythic. Well the patents have long lapsed and then some guys in New Jersey bought the name of the company and started redesigning it from the ground up. It now works and is for sale, it should be out in a few months.

Sounds great!  I wonder if it would work with acoustic strings as well.   I remember Paul Horn using his flute to vibrate the inside strings of a piano in the 70s to create an infinite sustain without the flute being audible.  Maybe back then they just used highly amplified contact microphones.


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Modular Musings
« on: January 23, 2016, 10:08:57 AM »
Wow, looks cool.  Reminds me of the Serge modular my EM teacher Tom Hamilton and my friend Ed Herrmann had.  I remember well the hours and days it would take to develop modular patches on the ARP 2500 and Moog Mark V when I was in school.  One minor tweak and the patch would be lost forever.  If I had it to do over again, I would have recorded much larger chucks of my improvs on those patches, so that I could layers them into pieces much later down the line.

Your modular musings audio blog sounds very interesting.  I'll definitely check it out.


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: January 22, 2016, 10:06:30 AM »
To coincide with today’s formal release date for my new Projekt album, “The Sleepwalker’s Ocean,” I’d like to share these two recent pieces with you as a thank you for listening.

The first piece, “Chimera,” is an outtake from my recordings for this release. I left it off only because it didn’t seem to fit anywhere. The piece has elements that were composed at different times and were blended together much later. The second piece, “Arrow,” is a short experimental piece I recorded recently just for fun. It incorporates two instruments that date back to my childhood: a drum with a cardboard frame that my father helped me make in Indian Guides and a pair of maracas given to my family by a visiting exchange student. I’ve included a picture of them. Hope you enjoy the music.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: New stuff at NAMM
« on: January 21, 2016, 04:43:58 PM »
Coming from Arturia ... the MatrixBrute.
Impressive looking beast.

Brute is right.  ;)  It's great seeing good old fashioned knobs and sliders.  Almost makes me homesick for the Moog Mark V I got to use at college.   :)


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CD Shipping costs.
« on: January 21, 2016, 10:31:06 AM »

How about CD Baby?  Their rates for International Regular Air Mail don't look too bad:


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Obsidian
« on: January 15, 2016, 11:54:16 PM »
Excuse me gentleman, are we putting together some sort of witch hunt? I respect everyones perspective but really, diatonis is no stranger here and has been around this forum long before most of you. Go listen to the other release before you light the bonfire. 

This music is good and perhaps dark but because it is for sale for six dollars and sixty six cents the artist is a satanist.  Come on!

Hi Julio,

True that Stuart's no witch, but he's more than a little dismissive and disrespectful and a bit of a twerp.  For me, it's not about his beliefs, but how he treats those of others.  It shouldn't matter whether you or I believe that "666" means anything, if others do.  He probably could have put this to bed a long time ago by apologizing to drone on and thirdsystem for his "get a clue" comment.  It's probably time for us to put this thread to bed.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 15, 2016, 07:27:51 PM »
I was listening to Heroes and Heathen in the past day or two.  Really fine work from Bowie.  Am looking forward to my copy of Black Star.

At the moment I'm listening to Murray Head's Nigel Lived, a lost prog classic from the early 70s.


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Obsidian
« on: January 14, 2016, 10:30:07 PM »
Mr. D seems to be digging himself a further hole.  The question now is how deep he wants that hole to be.


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Obsidian
« on: January 12, 2016, 11:51:38 PM »
Hey Third System, I couldn't help but notice in another thread that you're a big Black Sabbath fan and don't boycott their albums.  ;)

If Black Sabbath ever released an album called, "Get A Clue," I wouldn't buy it!   ;)

(That said, I remember listening to "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" as a kid, but it seemed campy to me.   :) )

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Obsidian
« on: January 12, 2016, 08:46:28 AM »
Bit of an odd response to this one. Stuart posts an album and is accused of being a devil-worshipper as he priced it at $6.66.

Can't satanists release ambient music now ? (I'm not implying at all that Diatonis is such a thing, by the way) :) 
If so, the whole dark ambient market will collapse overnight :)

I can't speak for others, but I thought Diatonis' response was kind of flip.  Telling prospective fans to "get a clue"--not a great way to engender good will.  (I'm familiar with his prior work, BTW).


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: David Bowie 1947 - 2016
« on: January 11, 2016, 06:33:32 PM »
I remember being very moved by Low when it first came out in the mid-70s and by the rest of the Berlin trilogy that followed.  I remember seeing Bowie in The Man Who Fell To Earth around that time, and it made quite an impression on me.  One of the most unique and talented artists ever in any genre.


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Obsidian
« on: January 11, 2016, 06:27:52 PM »
I thought with the name Hypnos you might get a clue.

I think it's a legitimate concern for thirdsystem and drone on to have:

"In modern popular culture, 666 has become one of the most widely recognized symbols for the Antichrist or, alternatively, the devil. The number 666 is purportedly used to invoke Satan. Earnest references to the number occur both among apocalypticist Christian groups and in explicitly anti-Christian subcultures. "

The music from the previews seems dark, but were you intending to invoke/celebrate the devil and/or the AntiChrist by invoking that number??  If so, I could see how some might be offended.


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: January 09, 2016, 11:24:19 PM »
Thanks, Paul!  I'm glad that you're enjoying it so far.  I think I probably layered more different textures on this album than on any other, but I tried to make the transitions very subtle.  I got a little carried away with my layering in places, but hopefully not too much!


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: January 08, 2016, 11:22:09 PM »

That's cool Forrest, never seen a Marxolin before. I have a related instrument, the Marxophone. I've never used it on any of my projects yet, maybe some day. Here's a picture of what mine looks like:

BTW looking forward to receiving my copy of your new album.  :)

I have one of those, too!   ;D   But yours is in much better condition than mine.  Remember that album that Pink Floyd was supposed to do with rubber bands?  Maybe we could do an ambient album with only Marxophones!

Let me know what you think of my new one!


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: January 08, 2016, 08:36:35 PM »
Thanks, guys.  I appreciate it.

Something I forgot to mention is that Sam/Projekt's running a "free/name your price" Bandcamp promotion for Gongland this weekend.  It's mentioned in his newsletter:

In the newsletter, I also responded to a listener comment about my odd-ball instrument, the Marxolin.  Here's a picture of it:


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: January 07, 2016, 12:24:22 AM »
Looks like a German store on eBay has a copy for sale already.  Odd....


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 06, 2016, 10:45:16 AM »
Chris:  Great.  I'm glad to hear the issue was resolved.  Thanks, too, for your feedback.  I was hoping the release would resonate as it probably one of my "purest" releases, where I tried to listen more closely to my instincts.


Now Playing / Re: Two ambient guitar recording of me
« on: January 06, 2016, 10:41:06 AM »
The texture of the ambient guitar piece is interesting, but harmonically it is a bit minor-key static and would sound better if it modulated somewhere to a different key or scale.

The Last Human on Earth has some interesting effects and timbres, but is far too static for me.  I would modulate out of the repeating 4-bar minor chord figure after about the first two minutes.  The transition at the 8 minute mark is abrupt and sounds like crude edit into another piece.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 04, 2016, 11:04:38 AM »
I agree: The Sleepwalker's Ocean sounds excellent. I ordered a copy, but received someone else's order (different disc) instead! Now I have to practice patience. And patience hurts bad.

Sorry to hear that, Chris.  Hope you get your copy soon.  If you experience any problems with that, let me know.

BTW, the full preview stream of the album will remain available on Bandcamp through mid-January.


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: January 04, 2016, 11:01:05 AM »
Listening to the bandcamp stream of this, utterly beautiful. Magnificent work.

Would really love to get the CD , however having checked the postage scenario to the UK on the projekt site it is looking like $10 plus maybe another $10-$15 for the EMS. Anyone confirm the postage story to UK for projekt? I will email them in a bit.

If I can't get a UK supplier I will buy the download Forest. Really is something special.

Thanks, thirdsystem.  I appreciate your kind words.  Sorry to hear that the postage from the US would be a fortune.  The CD might become available through when it is formally released on January 22:


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