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New album by steve roach and kelly david is released

"THE LONG NIGHT is a deep-breathing sigh of the eternal nocturnal: gossamer atmospheres for the still hours of the night. Focusing on non-rhythmic, textural-harmonic electronic soundscapes, this collaboration unfurls like slow-moving, moonlit clouds. Although THE LONG NIGHT leaves the lighted world behind, its midnight path leads to a state of gleaming serenity and calmness. This music is contemplative, though not brooding: a meditative environment filled with open spaces and tendrils of sound composed of shifting subtle moods and gleaming electronic passages.

The collaboration began during several late night sessions at Kelly David's Denver studio, where the two artists carved-out the basic tracks using only analog modular instruments. The sonic palette expanded when the recording moved to Steve's Arizona Timeroom studio, bringing in a deeper textural quality utilizing processed acoustic sounds and an expanded collection of analog and digital synthesizers, plus subtle outboard processing. The final mix by Steve further uncovers a dimensional depth, delivering on the subtle and intricate tones of David's and Roach's years of journeying the ambient night skies through the long nights.

THE LONG NIGHT is a sixty-one minute mental excursion into unforeseen creative possibilities when the night becomes a special time beyond sleep, a contemplative zen noir of minimal radiant ambience."


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / AKG K812 "SUPERIOR REFERENCE HEADPHONES"
« on: January 31, 2014, 08:35:38 PM »


I am asking myself the question , should I buy the k812 and save up for them ? is it the ultimate studio headphone for music production ?

my DT880 does not deliver the sparkly high end for ambient music that I have in my k240 studio.
I am happy with my DT880 for other styles of music but the high end is very saturated...

I have heard a lot of good things about K812, usually AKG have had their strengths and weaknesses, but
this headphones seem to getting good feedback and seem to be more balanced through the whole spectrum...

The minus side is...they are very very expensive...I wonder how the price curve will develop during the next coming months..or if we can expect this pricing staying like this for a longer period.

The k812 seem to on the outside to have much in common with the K701 and K702 but in fact it has nothing in common complete new design and driver.

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This was the only recording I made with the Oberheim Xpander, it consist of very old school 70s electoronica berlin school... similar to schulze and schönwälder.

http://delafil.se/key=1677f6e1d039f711a84ae536d0a9bb78&lang=en

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One of my earliest ambient recordings, very light ambient,  reflecting back on life...
The recording is recorded live...

http://delafil.se/key=3c691630511e22722bdfd0aae01c0c1e&lang=en


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Another real time improvisation from 2010, with no after treatment or anything just recording as it is.

What I wanted to achieve was something similar to steve roach drones, experimenting with
some pitch shifters.  I think I also used Lexicon Reverb for this..not sure Could had been ARIESVerb too..which sound kind of similar.

 http://delafil.se/key=d91fe29f63fdb17365ee0e1ebf513d4d&lang=en


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I did this improvisation in 2009. 

My promise for 2014 is to record more music...I have better gear and tools now..
I am trying to remember what reverb I did use..I think it was Masterverb by wavearts.

 http://delafil.se/key=2063fc8d6a2a50e9e06f01b235e4d1d3

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I wonder what media players do people use ?
I guess a lot of people use Itunes.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / AKS great Berlin school jam.
« on: December 26, 2013, 12:26:32 PM »
AKS 5-5- 2012 Sequence 1 Rene


Have been looping this video quite a lot lately.  I wish I did live in germany so I could jam together like this with some friends and some berlin school stuff.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Steve Roach and Loren Nerell
« on: December 15, 2013, 11:18:10 PM »
I really hope they will do a album again, their sounds did merge so perfectly, and they did produce one of the most deepest album ever the Terraform album...

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I like to listen to ambient at work, I like Drone zone with soma.fm but but the problem is that bit rate is too low..
Is there any ambient channels with better sound quality ?

I bring my DT1350 headphones and Go Vibe V7 headphone amp to work.

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Good news Windows start menu will be back in windows 8.2 as a optional choice.

Well..they should had done it under the 1 year beta period .

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Dell will release a 4K monitor 24 inches soon which have very attractive price point, as a response to that Asus did lower a price of their 32 inch asus monitor with about 1 third of the price...well.. the price war is on..
I think 2014 will be the year I jump from 1008p to 4k...

It will make a huge difference, unles 4k tvs, 4k will actually make a dramatic difference cause you watch it from short distance.

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Everything and Nothing / What TV do you have ? Plasma/LCD/OLED other ?
« on: December 04, 2013, 11:40:25 PM »
Show us your television, are you happy with it, which tv do you want to buy... ?



I got the second last Plasma generation ever (panasonic did stop making plasma 2013)
  The ST50, I got the 55 inch model.
ST50 was rated as the best TV in 2012 by Cnet, after extensive research I did buy it.
It did not look mindblowing in the store, but in a dark room the screen did really come to life.
Very deep blacks and great contrast and colors. I am 100% happy with the buy. I had a sony triniton tv 32 inch before that..
I hold patiently myself of buying a new tv for many years, I did not like LCD,  and I know OLED was around the corner reading about different breakthroughs some years before 2012,  I was ready to sacrifice about 5300 dollars for a OLED tv because I have waited so long and I had stood out with this crap tv for about 10 years and not jumping on the flat tv train until 2012.. in lat 2011, LG did leak the pricing of their upcoming OLED to be released in Q1 of 2013, the price did turn out to be about twice as expensive as I had planned to sacrifice,  I did quickly realize I will have to wait atleast 4-5 years until they reach humane levels so I quckily decide I have to buy something that is available on the market... I new Plasma did share many of the qualities of OLED technology. So I bought one, LCD was never really a choice..

 My old TV was a crt,  triniton, it had amazing contrast and blacklevel, but the only thing that was missing was really the HD resolution.  so when I got my Panasonic it took some time to get used to the HD resolution, it was totally mindblowing, and the first weeks I consider one of the best in my life...

In a few years I hope OLED technology will be more common and also more affordalble, I am very sure I will get the same feeling I got with my plasma when I get an OLED TV..it is a totally new level...

My dream tv... The 55 inch LG. But honestly, I will keep my plasma for at least 4 more years most likely..


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Everything and Nothing / Show us your Smartphone/Cell Phone
« on: December 01, 2013, 12:11:08 PM »
The smartphones has since some years now become and increasingly more important part of our daily lives, some people might even call it the third part of our brain...

So what smartphone do you have right now ?
Which phone would you buy today if you could ?


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I know in the Ambient music...compressor is not exactly the most used tool...for many reasons..
mostly due it's artifacts..
This is a compressor for the people who do not like compressors due it is artifacts...
For me personally this will be an easy buy the exact type of compressor I am looking for..
very clean and transparent.  more like a "leveler" then a compressor.

http://www.dangerousmusic.com/products/compressor

Dangerous Music Compressor Overview with Fab DuPont - Sweetwater Sound

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Not to complain or anything but is there any specific reason why the default theme of the forum is the default obviously there is themes that looks way better IMO.
I think not many people are aware that you can change it...it kind of hard to see it... Maybe one should be informed during sign up ?

For your information there is only about 10 people of 806 that use the other themes.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / what Tv series should I see ?
« on: November 23, 2013, 05:24:54 PM »
I need some good tv series to whatch, I only find half good series that feels like am wasting my time etc...I am trying Torchwood now it not that interesting so far..

Last series I have been watching have been

Fringe
Dexter
Breaking bad
Continuum
Terra Nova
Stargate (all series)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Nick Parkin
« on: November 23, 2013, 04:52:05 PM »
Does any one like Nick Parkin, he creates Ambient and electroacoustic music

Refract is my favorute among his, I have not heard his latest album with Z´EV have totally missed that it was out..

http://www.nickparkin.com/discography.htm
http://www.discogs.com/artist/Nick+Parkin

I remember in a youtube interview he did explain the music some some kind a mix of nature and the rest overs of industrial Dystopia...
And I think it is a fitting description

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You can download it here

http://atwatersedge.fm/steve-roach-live-this-week/



Also some pics from the concert

http://thevortexdome.com/steveroach-audriphillips-gallery/

There is also a few live clips on youtube with lower quality from the concert.

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