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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 20, 2016, 06:42:33 PM »
Forrest: What are your thoughts on the new Robert Rich album you mentioned? I've only been able to find short samples of it online and can't really gauge it well from those alone.

Chris, I'm probably not the most objective person to answer this, since I heard a bit of while it was in progress and contributed some sounds that Robert manipulated and processed for his piece.  It's a slightly dark work, given the subject matter (life after humans are gone, but with other lifeforms emerging).  In terms of textures, some are abstract and soundscape-y, though there are also familiar ambient and melodic voices and tonal beds, too, and occasional percussion.  The pieces flow into each other nicely, much like Robert's other works.  I like it.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 20, 2016, 06:33:09 PM »
.Im intrigued how most piece that I have listen to start with  long single note drones out of the left channel and the right comes in a fair bit later. Curious and at first annoying in a way or better put attention demanding.

Julio, I think some of her pieces may have been intended for multi-channel playback or for at least speaker playback.  I prefer headphones, too, for the detail, though I'm probably missing some of the effect of having the sound bounce around in my space.

Another album you might like from an early 70s EM pioneer is David Behrman's On The Other Ocean.  He uses algorithmic software to interact with live musicians (oboe, cello).  Some of it is very beautiful:


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 19, 2016, 06:26:51 PM »
Thanks, Julio.  Radigue is very unique.  Once I got past my initial reaction ("test tones??"), I could hear more subtle textural things happening on almost a subconscious level.  I'm also just getting into her "Jetsun Mila" release on Lovely Music.  Will have to check out transamorem transmortem soon.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 18, 2016, 09:33:32 AM »

Recent listens:

Eliane Radigue - L'ile Re-Sonante

Awesome. I thought I was the only one here who listened to her music.

Hi Castleview,

I had a hard time tracking this album down, but am glad I did.  She manages to say so much with seemingly so little.  My favorite kind of minimalism.

That Shirotsubaki sounds nice.  Reminds me of Hakobune's work.


Saul Stokes has a new release/art object coming out soon.  Really nice design:

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 17, 2016, 09:16:41 AM »
Dreams is a really nice one--probably ranks among Gigi's best.

Recent listens:

Robert Rich - What We Left Behind
Fellirium - Remembrance
Eliane Radigue - L'ile Re-Sonante
Schneider Kacirek - Shadows Documents
Von Zamla - No Make Up!
Creation VI - Myth About Flat World
Erik Wollo - Silent Currents 4

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: recording for beginners
« on: May 16, 2016, 08:10:13 AM »
I like Native Instrument's Komplete audio interface--pretty reasonable price and relatively quiet:


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 15, 2016, 08:34:01 AM »
For those who may not be familiar with drone on's parting shot, here it is:

"I don't think of any of this as "now we're even." .And what apology?  Nobody owes me an apology.  Again, can't a guy make a simple joke here?  Without people saying how dare you joke with a respected artist?   What do you mean "You're no saint"?  Now you're hurling insults and turning this personal?  I sense some latent hostility left over from 15 years ago, which you alluded to when you dredged up my old forum moniker "Orion32.". And you did that because I simply stated you hadn't read the posts carefully about the Planetary Unfolding CD topic.  Very sad.  I think you take yourself far too seriously and get pushed out of shape if anyone challenges you in the very slightest degree.  How about I just say you're an arrogant know it all who probably got picked on in school and beat up for being a little wussy smart ass?  You wanna get personal, you got it Forrest.  I've played nice with you here for awhile now and I THOUGHT the past was the past, but I see you haven't changed.  To the others who jumped on me like sharks over my joke, you're no better than Forrest.  Especially you Tomas Weiss.  Look how I defended you and stood in your corner when you and your label were being attacked on this forum.  And then you join the wolf pack and show your true colors.  Actually you are the master here of insulting people and inciting dischord.  Why are you even still on this forum?  Nobody likes you.  While I'm at it, Hypnos is a fucking joke now.  You put out one CD a year that nobody buys.  You spend all your time emailing everyone once a week to sell old CDs for $5 nobody wants.  And you cry you have no time to release new music?  Nobody here wants to say it .  Well I just did.  I hope the moderator has enough balls to leave this post for all to see, but he probably won't because he's a self righteous wussy like Fang.  Please just remove me, ban me the whole nine yards.  Don't waste your energy notifying me either.  They won't be read, only deleted.  So fuck off Forrest and the other assholes, they know who they are.  Hypnos sucks.  Please stop this charade of pretending to be an ambient label.  Good luck with your $5 sales and washed up label. Take me off all your lists and please ban me for life!  I won't fucking miss it one bit!!! 😝😝😂😱😎"

If this isn't a "burn your bridges" message, I don't know what is.  By not calling out drone on on his personal attacks, you become enablers.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 14, 2016, 05:05:06 PM »
Things are eerily quiet here since the loss of Drone On !!

Anthony, Chris/drone on/Orion32 certainly had things to contribute, but he also made a lot ridiculously hostile ad hominem comments things to people here, including myself.  If I remember, he overstayed his welcome in his previous Orion32 guise, too, many years ago.  I don't miss him or his rants.


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Modular Musings
« on: May 11, 2016, 09:53:24 AM »
Patch #32 came to me much more quickly then past patches......started out by doing some basic self teaching patches of a complex oscillator to learn features and function which then lead to what if I sent this out to that and......well in no time at all the entire system got involved.
Patch 32

Nice one, Julio.  Very floaty textures.  That patch could easily be the soundbed for a longform piece.  :)


Everything and Nothing / Re: RIP Tomita
« on: May 10, 2016, 11:37:17 AM »
One of the things I liked about Tomita is that he wasn't a purist.  He didn't limit himself to one type of gear or even to synthesizers alone and was liberal in his reinterpretations of Debussy, Stravinsky and Holst.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: May 09, 2016, 10:16:55 AM »
I didn't fully appreciate the access I had to Moog and ARP gear when I was a student, probably because I was more caught up in understanding the analog fundamentals then.  Oddly enough, I often found myself bringing in my Korg MS-20 into the EM studio to record because I spent more time programming it and was more comfortable with it.  The ARP 2500 made very cool sounds, but the oscillators tended to sound reedy and thin to me.  The Moog sound was much fatter, of course, but the monster Moog was much harder for me to program (and I tended to run out of cables!).  I did make liberal use of the Otari two-track machines for tape delay, though.   :)

Sorry, Julio, no transcripts from my Subotnick interview.  I was only a student!


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: May 05, 2016, 09:04:28 PM »
Loren,  I think the Moog unit at my school's studio was made in the late 60s and was similar to the unit Klaus Schulze acquired from Florian Fricke.  I remember the big sound of the oscillators' sawtooths.  Keeping them in tune was a little iffy, though.

Julio,  Never got to play with an original Buchla unit, but saw one up close when the Exploratorium had a Buchla exhibit years back.  I interviewed Morton Subotnick when I was in college for an article that never came out and he was crazy about Buchla gear back then.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: May 04, 2016, 01:11:35 PM »
I had access to an ARP 2600 when I was a student, but I had a hard time getting interesting sounds.  I think I was too used to the matrix-pin architecture of the ARP 2500, which really spoiled me.  The Moog Mark V was fun (especially the ribbon controller), but it took me too long to set up patches, and I'd have to dismantle them at the end of each session, so that the next person who had reserved time could start from scratch.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: May 03, 2016, 10:21:51 AM »
Yesterday I tried for the first time to run an external sound source through the Moog Mother 32 Ladder filter.  I was rather impressed with the results which I recorded. Closed down the filter has a lovely woolliness to it but opened up theres a quality to it that really shimmers.  The wavetable oscillator does not sound like this running through any other of my eurorack filters.

Hi Julio,

Reminds me of the fun I had processing external audio through my Korg MS-20 many, many moons ago.  :)


Everything and Nothing / Re: R.I.P. Jeff Kowal aka Terra Ambient
« on: April 28, 2016, 09:28:13 AM »
Very sad.  Even with the knowledge of what was happening to Jeff, it's still difficult for me to process or to accept.  A very decent man and a talented musician.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 14, 2016, 06:48:57 PM »
Erik Wollo - Stars End 2015, again, addicted !!

I like this one, too.  I think it might rank among Erik's best.  Love the floating textures.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: April 12, 2016, 01:06:01 PM »
This thread has been a bit of a droolfest for me. My modular is a small Moog system (and I have a relationship with it) but if I was starting now I'd definitely go Euro with all those crazy, kinky modules!  8)

Yeah.  When I took an EM class in the 70s, we were working off a massive Moog Mark V and an ARP 2500, while our teacher had this cool little collection of Serge modules. I was very envious.  :)


I think the source of this meltdown goes well beyond anything related to this forum, its participants, the Hypnos label, or probably even music in general.

In the spirit of things, here's Cheech & Chong's "Sister Mary Elephant:"

"Class....class....SHUT UP!!!!........"

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