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Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Dishwasher drone
« on: February 18, 2015, 10:31:27 AM »
I'm working on a little piece, too.  Should be fun.

Forrest

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Alio Die on BC
« on: February 09, 2015, 03:04:35 PM »
That makes sense to me, Pete.  I think if listeners understood that most small independent artists receive from little or no income from streaming, they would better understand why more artists have not fully embraced it.  Particularly in the ambient genre, touring hardly makes sense but for a select few, and major labels generally receive higher streaming royalties than small indie labels or individual artists.  Given the generational shift from physical CDs and paid digital downloads to streaming, it's vitally important for the genre's true fans to continue supporting their favorite artists and labels, so that these artists and labels do not just fade away.

Forrest

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Just wrote my own 5-star counterreview.  Hope that it helps!

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: RIP Edgar Froese
« on: January 24, 2015, 09:38:44 AM »
Froese and TD made a huge impression on me when I started making music.  They were the benchmark for me for 70s EM, and still are, along with Klaus Schulze.  My TD favorites were Phaedra, Ricochet and Rubycon, and Froese's Epsilon in Malaysian Pale ( the original version) was right up there, too.  My thoughts are with his family.

Forrest

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Fog Music 29 by K. Leimer
« on: January 06, 2015, 08:38:07 AM »
Nice to see new music by Kerry Leimer.  He's been creating ambient music since the early 80s and some of his more recent efforts have been particularly inspired.  He runs the Palace of Lights label, which dates back to the heyday of Eurock.

Forrest

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Pete, it works on my iPad, though it only displays vertically as a visual, though not a big problem. 

Maybe there should be a non-IOS version, too, so that ambient music lovers like Richard aren't left out??

Forrest

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I've been listening to your app for the better part of this evening, Scott.  Really gorgeous and expansive ambient textures that seem to morph continuously.  Very hard to tell at times whether a piece is beginning or ending, which in this case is a good thing!  Congratulations!

My favorite of the Eno apps is Scape.  Great textures in that one, though the ability to save textures you've created seems to be limited.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 19, 2014, 04:43:38 PM »
Various Kodo (Including a DVD) - recently got a new drum and looking to develop my drumming 8)

Hi Andy,

Have you thought about joining a local taiko group (if there is one)?  Community taiko groups are pretty big in North America:

http://www.taikoconference.org/about-natc

Some friends of mine are founders of the Mount Shasta Taiko group, which holds a big summer festival every year:

http://www.shastayama.org/Public/HomePage

Forrest

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Synth Wobbly effect
« on: December 17, 2014, 02:42:11 PM »
Yeah, I would guess that it's a sine or triangle wave LFO controlling a filter with a bit of resonance.

Forrest

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Thanks for the tip, Drone On.  I've ordered Neroli double CD from All Saints, so it's too late for me on that one, but I'll probably pass on the Shutov reissue.

Forrest

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Mike and Robert,

I've been listening to Nest lately and I think what you're hearing on Tracks 3-5 are cicadas or a relative very close to them.

Forrest

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambient sound packs for synths ?
« on: October 28, 2014, 12:10:23 PM »
I'm just thinking of a scenario where someone new to ambient composition decides to start creating their own work and looks around for some 'ambient sounds' and starts off with someone else's ideas of such a thing.

I remember when Acid loops were the big thing a few years ago, including several for ambient music-making.  Made me cringe a bit to think of newbies loading a Robin Storey acid loop and thinking that this was all there was to making ambient music.

Forrest

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Julio,

Inland Is a really good one.  If you're curious about Moebius, the other half of Cluster, his collab with Tim Story and Jon Leidecker (Snowghost Pieces) is also very good.

BTW, there is also a limited Story/Roedelius Cd from the late 90s called "The Persistence of Memory" that's a pretty good one--a collage/mix of studio and live recordings.
 
Forrest

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For those who can't get enough of Mr. Eno.  The bonus disc for Nerve Net is the unreleased My Squelchy Life.  There is also a longform bonus disc for Neroli that sounds promising:

http://pitchfork.com/news/57178-brian-eno-to-reissue-four-1990s-albums-with-unreleased-recordings/

Forrest

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I can't speak for Tim or Roedelius on why that CD is priced at $35, but it is a really nice album that has a continuous flow.  I like having the signature of someone as influential in the electronic scene as Roedelius.  BTW, the signatures are underneath the clear DVD-sized tray, so they must have been sent directly to the manufacturer beforehand.

Forrest

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One thing that bugged about the article at the top was a focus on whether the listeners thought they could hear a difference.  That really isn't the question for me at all.  If it were, I would have released everything on MP3 at a 256 kbps bitrate.  The test for me has always been whether I can hear the difference and whether that difference more accurately reflects what I intended.  On that score, I would lean in the direction of 24-bit masters for myself, though that doesn't mean I would want or expect the same as a consumer of other musicians' work.

Forrest

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The jury still out for me on this one.  I've seen similar articles.  Robert mastered my recent recording at a 24-bit level and it seems to have more definition to me than the 16-bit version.  It don't think it's a placebo effect because I experienced the same thing within my own software.  We'll see.

Forrest

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: October 18, 2014, 08:46:23 AM »
Pete and Dave,

Thanks guys!  It was fun stepping out of my usual style for that new one.

Pete, your new single sounds nice.  A lot of interesting transitions there--almost has a suite-like feel to it.

Forrest

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: October 16, 2014, 01:22:18 PM »
Just wanted to let folks know that I've added a few stray tracks to a new Soundcloud page I just created.  What prompted me to do this was a new one-off track I created yesterday for fun ("Bothered") that was inspired by Tim Story's recent collaborations with members of the German electronic band Cluster.  I've also posted a track from 2009 ("Cicidas") that I originally posted to last.fm, a track from 2001 ("Silent Blue") that didn't make it onto Phantoms, and an ambient track I did back in 1999 ("Crickets With Gongs") as Spirit Oscillator for a beat-oriented EP.

Here is the link:

https://soundcloud.com/forrest-fang

As for my next CD, it should be released by Projekt a few months from now, probably in January 2015.

Forrest
forrestfang.com
http://www.projekt.com/store/product-category/artists/forrest-fang/
http://projektrecords.bandcamp.com/

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Erik W°llo's "Tundra" EP, released 3 months ago on Projekt, is on pro CDr. Ordered directly from Projekt, I was quite surprised when it arrived  :(, because I didn't notice anywhere infos about CDr. It was advertised as a CD, I asked Sam about this via private FB message, but didn't get any answer. Later, CD was removed from advertisements, kept EP only... If it's released as a pro CDr, it should be definitely advertised this way.

Richard

I agree with you, Richard.  I think customers would expect to pay less for CDR and may prefer not to buy them at all because they are more finicky and can be damaged easily.  I had something similar happen to me when I bought an obscure pop album from an independent label that I thought was a manufactured CD.  The CDR tracked poorly and I actually had to rerip and burn the CDR so that it would play properly.   I'm surprised and disappointed to hear this.  Hope that this is the exception.

If you bought a "recent" pressing, drone on, I'm sorry to hear that, too.

Forrest

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