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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 29, 2016, 10:44:11 AM »
Yes, more posts, cvac.  I've enjoyed reading about your recent listening.

Sorry to hear about the latest Fluid Audio, chris23.  I've found them to be a bit hit and miss, though their packaging is exceptional.  I ejjoyed their release of From The Mouth of the Sun's Into The Well, though the elaborate package includes no credits!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 23, 2016, 08:05:21 AM »
Beautumn - Bordeaux
New release on Infraction. I like this a lot more than the previous Beautumn album. This has a minimal, isolationist feel, complete with cold, windswept sonic landscapes.

I've just picked this up.  It's my favorite of the Beautumn releases.  His first ("Blanket") is also pretty good, but hard to find.  He has also been a member of IDM band Sleepy Town Manufacture, which has free netlabel recordings on the website.


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Modular Musings
« on: March 20, 2016, 10:13:58 AM »
Modular synths cant be solely drive by the market place, it needs curious musicians who in turn need curious listeners.  This is true in general for music that is avant garde or leaning that way.  With self generate modular music we all get to be the audience.....picture a live modular performance where the artist sets the stage, sounds begin and the artist walks off the stage and sits down with the audience.   

I agree that curious musicians and listeners are needed to move the modular sound forward.  I hope that it transcends its current faddishness and evolves into something deeper and more meaningful.  I am somewhat space-challenged at the moment, so I doubt a modular is in my future, at least for now.  I think a loyal audience could develop for the current modular iteration, if it can move beyond the obvious bleeps and blops that tend to be associated with Modular 1.0 of the 60s and 70s.  But first and foremost, have fun with it, anyway!  :)


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Harry Bertoia's Sonambient
« on: March 20, 2016, 12:06:13 AM »
Yes, the Bertoia box is a great set.  Sonics are terrific.  More releases are apparently in store from the Bertoia tape archives.  I'm waiting on an LP of previously unreleased pieces that was part of the Bertoia archive Kickstarter campaign that should be available in the next few months.  The LP set is great, too (especially the covers), but the pressings are a bit iffy, as I think they date back to the late 70s.


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Modular Musings
« on: March 19, 2016, 09:36:25 AM »

I have chosen, for now, not to use any quantizer or chord generators...I dont want anything to constrict possibilities within the system and predetermine structures would I feel lead me back to the black and white keyboard and I prefer to use my ear to tune VCO's.  I have nothing against the keyboard I just want to explore other scenarios that have more accidents

This is what led me to explore fractal and algorithmic music in the 90s.  I wanted to rely more on my ears and less on the physical limitations of my fingers to find interesting "seeds" from raw sonic material to develop further into a composition.  There is also a spirit of discovery in this approach (and in yours) that makes it more fun to create music.


Duly noted, drone on/Orion 32.   ;)

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Modular Musings
« on: March 18, 2016, 11:52:22 AM »
With lots of changes in my system there has been some new learning curves.....while I patch everyday nothing was worth pressing record for me until yesterday


Sounds very interesting, Julio.  Almost seems like the modular has evolved into more of an improvisational vehicle than a studio-based one.  I prefer to work on one sound at a time and layer and process that before moving on to the next sound.  I think it would be tricky to do that in a modular situation, at least when you have a complex ecosystem of sounds that generates multiple events at the same time.


FYI.  The copy of Planetary Unfolding I just received using the Michael Stearns website form was a CDR.  :(  (Luckily, I still have my original CD on Sonic Atmospheres, though it's scratched.)  On the positive side, the liner notes say it was mastered by Bob Ohlsson.  He did a lot of the mastering for HOS releases and mastered my Gongland album.


I want to introduce myself (again..after several years of absence...). Still very busy with my (ambient)music.
I released an ambient-album in 2001, but my ambientmusic took a backseat after 2001, when I started studying Indian Classical music. Anyways... I'm really listening a lot to ambient these days, and I'm a lurker on these forums so..I thought why not become a member again!


Welcome, Remco.  I enjoyed your "On Some Road" release from many years ago.


If you want the original Planetary CD I'd haul ass to the website pronto.

Thanks, drone on.  My old copy is scratched and is missing a tray card. so I just picked up a "new" one.


Everything and Nothing / Re: New Cars and CD Players
« on: February 26, 2016, 12:43:51 PM »
It's new too late for the 8-track!  ;)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Music Dealers Licensing
« on: February 24, 2016, 11:05:41 AM »
I haven't heard of them, either, but if your friend's sons pursue it, they should also review the Music Makers agreement itself carefully, too.  The language in the agreement would probably prevail over anything they might be told orally or by email.  Based on the blurb on its website, Music Makers doesn't appear to have any offices in Virginia, so the ability to communicate with it in person might be limited.


The original artwork for the LP is also the same one used for the cassette.  I have the CD version (though I'm missing the tray card), and I think it sounds fine.  I'm not sure how much it could be improved with remastering.


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Modular Musings
« on: February 21, 2016, 09:17:28 PM »
Many years ago, I had the choice of buying a motor bike and becoming a hells angel or buying a synthesizer (roland 100 modular).

I decided I could go many places on a motorbike, but anywhere I wanted on a synth.... 8)

A wise choice!  :)

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Modular Musings
« on: February 21, 2016, 09:16:32 PM »
A very good friend of mine wrote these words to me in an email after listening to these modular soundscapes...

I feel you like a galaxy explorer, traveling alone on its spaceship, crossing various dimensions for the first time.

Very poetic.  I'd go further and say you're creating your own universe.

I just found now that George has posted yet another one of my tracks sent for a prior UT show fundraiser in 1999 as part of another commercial compilation for sale.  Needless to say, I didn't consent to this and had no prior knowledge of this other compilation, nor did he even mention it as we were discussing the withdrawal of the Veldt Hypnosis track.  I ask that my fans not support the sale of his various compilations until he obtains proper consents from all artists on them.


The other thing I thought was interesting is that now he's saying that this compilation is for commercial purposes, and is not intended as a fundraiser.  That's another reason he should have made his intentions more explicit.  I've learned from my legal practice that this carelessness is the sort of thing that can end up in litigation.  He at least is now doing the right thing.


It's an earlier version of the piece, so I didn't want it to be competing with the finished one.  BTW, I went back to my email correspondence from October 2013 and he only mentioned the special radio show and not a possible compilation for sale.  I'm probably not the only one who didn't know.

I was probably more irritated by his tone more than anything else.

I offered him a piece in its place, but he wasn't interested.  Oh well.  Can't say I didn't try!


I've been contacted by George of UT and artists named on the compilation are being given the opportunity to opt out of the compilation.  According to the email, the proceeds will be split evenly with the artists.  I have reluctantly opted out of use of my track ,"Veldt Hypnosis," because the final version of it was released on my 2015 album, "Letters To The Farthest Star," and it is therefore already available.  The link is currently down, presumably so that other artists can decide whether to opt out or stay in.


Nice to see, but I don't remember hearing about it becoming a formal release when I agreed to contribute a track.  $20 seems a little high, considering that I think everyone donated their tracks.  Oh well, it's for a good cause.


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