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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.


One suggestion.  I would try to move the echoing pulse drone a little further back in the mix and maybe bring that slower moving "melody" towards the front of the mix a little more.  It might add a more contrast between the back and front of your mix.  Maybe a bit more chorusing to bring warm mids in or maybe a delay pan to break the sound field up a bit.


I like listening to both long and short ambient pieces.  But for longer pieces, I want them to morph over time.  Otherwise, they might work better as short pieces.  I find that shorter pieces work better as a part of larger group of pieces that have a variety of textures, like Eno's Music For Films.


Some of Kit Watkins' releases have been appearing in digital form on CD Baby on the last year or so, including two newer releases--an EP called "Land" and a soundscape album called "Mockingbird Mantras":


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 20, 2016, 09:23:52 PM »
Forrest: Thanks for the tips.  I really enjoyed Fellirium - Mermaids. Two of the tracks in particular (Ghost in the Water and Dreaming Fish) are outstanding.

My pleasure, Chris.  Thanks to Richard, too, for uncovering these obscure ambient gems.  The packaging for many of the Pantheon releases is exceptional, too.  The "Halos" release sounds interesting.  Have bookmarked it for further investigating...:)


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 18, 2016, 11:10:35 AM »
Chris, you might also like the Russian Pantheon label.  Some great floating/drone-basedambient there.  I heard about it from Richard Gurtler.  I've enjoyed these:

Furthers - Pineal Dreamer

Fellirium - Mermaids

Creation VI - Reminiscence

Creation VI - Myth About Flat World


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 15, 2016, 09:26:32 AM »
I've been enjoying Christopher Short's latest one under the name, "Cosmicdreamscapes"--"Narration of Butterflies and a Crystalline Sky:"

Also enjoying Jeff Pearce's latest one, "Follow The River Home":

Very tasty processed guitar on both.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 15, 2016, 09:20:43 AM »
Marsen Jules - Shadows in Time
Generative music, released in a standard static form on CD and with multiple unique, one-of-a-kind variants on USB and vinyl. The atmospherics are nice, but the listening gets a bit dull after a while. I wished the sounds evolved a bit more.

Thanks for the heads-up.  I've liked some of his earlier releases, but I have a feeling I probably wouldn't take to this.  Sounds like a longform piece that should have been a lot shorter.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: June 15, 2016, 09:15:31 AM »
I get a little excited every time I look in this thread.   :o

Yes, I'm getting some vicarious enjoyment out of it, too.  Makes me wants to plug patch cords into things.   ;)

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