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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Prison break
« on: May 16, 2016, 12:02:38 AM »
Watching prison break now. It is really amazing. Better then I thought it would be for sure

I just put up my reviews on both my site;
I can relate to that last opinion, "Biosonic" sounds too abstract, psychedlic and distant to my ears,  I much more appreciate the intimate and calming atmospheres found on "Second Nature"...

The biggest problem with steve roach music since 2009 and onward is the lack of sonic quality found in albums before 2009, the exception is "The Ancestor Circle  " it has similiar sonic quality to older steve roach albums, and ironcially his live albums tend to sound better then his studio albums nowdays. All I am saying it all sound like the music going thru a really cheap AD/DA converter and it destroys the whole sonic quality of the music. I think it is also kind of clear he have gotten bored of using the same gear all years, I think I can bet a lot of money he do no longer use Lexicon PCM reverbs,  I understand he want change things and not use the same always but it happens to be so that Lexicon PCM reverb sounds best with his type of music.

It started to go downhill after he changed studio and moved to the new house.

I also think he use way too much bass in the drones these days, almost sounds like it distort..

What it boils down to is that it is all about technological reasons and choices.

I think both second nature and biosonic have very poor sonic quality compared to his older stuff, again it all feels like it is going tru a shit converter
The analouge warmth is not present at all it even though I know steve use mostly analouge gear besides effects, it still turn out sounding with digital edges.
I am really interested to now what converter he use... it might aswell be his weak link..

I upload one more track I like to make music that makes my mind wander and which create images in my head it is really my only intention..

Please use high volume since the volume is low, it was recorded with my smartphone microphone

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Walking Dead TV series
« on: May 06, 2016, 08:45:40 PM »
I had my doubts aa well since I thought zombies is kind of silly..  Anyway it becomes more and more a survival series... It is very addictive series..

I'm going to be honest and say I'm a little disappointed with Biosonic. I really enjoy some of Robert Logan's individual pieces that I listened to, but I did wonder how his style and sound would combine with that of Steve Roach.
To me the music on Biosonic kind of lingers on the surface, it doesn't pull me in. There are some fine moments, like the beautiful atmospheric ending of the first track. I wish there were more of those moments.
I think there is a lot of focus on detail, but I'm missing the overall picture. For example, I feel Body Electric and especially Blood Machine have a much stronger sense of cohesion; the concept of those albums really comes to life in the music.
Still, it's a worthy effort and it's good for Steve Roach to keep venturing into new directions, but maybe these two artists aren't fully compatible. Or I simply had the wrong expectations.

I feel exactly the same about everything in your post.
I think Steve and vit unis is a perfect match I hope they will work together again. 

Yes ambient can be tricky...I have rated albums like "a deep silence" 5 is very minimal album, was it easy to give 5 star, no ?
it took many listens, this album can only make sense when you are in bed between sleep and reality.

I can list endless amount of steve roach albums that have been taking long time to get into, some albums grow on you cause each time you listen your mind gives you a different experience. The best experience I get in bed, but as it is for many of you I can't lay in bed all day listening to music I can do it for a few hours. But I think good ambient deserves full attention and it is the ultimate experience.
We all are different some people might be better to multi task then me.

I spent the day listening to Second Nature. Outstanding! I think it is really hard to get the right combined sound from synths and piano. This is perfect. The way the grand piano is processed makes it seem more mysterious, while still being a majestic acoustic source. And the lightly mixed synths and electronics function like wisps in the background, always filling the space but without commanding too much attention.

That's encouraging to read, Chris. It is brilliant to hear the album is speaking to you. I must confess I would never have thought to release an album of this nature, but Steve has a special intuition for things and makes magic happen. And yes; he carves out those treatments/processing with great degree of care and sensitivity.

Ekstasis - even though that was your experience of this one, best wishes for your future listens to 'Biosonic'! :)

I feel very bad now, I did not mean to sound harsh. But I can also add a lot of steve roach albums I have been listeningen to and it has taken a long time before I have been able to grasp it fully and when the right doors has been opens.

It makes me really glad steve roach still putting out albums in steady flow! I think his discography can never be big enough.

here is  one more sample I did with eventide but it is not recorded with direct audio

Here is a glimpse of my future music project, this is deeply personal music from me.
Project will be based mostly with clean guitar like this, slow/mid tempo drums like this, ambient drones/textures similar to steve roach.

As I said this is deeply personal music for me, I like to record videos like this one to remember what I played and the music itself when I do a proper recording.
Drums is made by me with beatbox it is for demonstration purpose since I am not able to play drums and play guitar at the same time. I aim to use programmed drums for the demo then hire a real drummer to record acoustic drums in studio.  Video and sound is recorded with my smartphone for demonstration purpose.

I can really recommend Better Call saul for breaking bad addicts. many of the casts from breaking bad is in this series, same directors same incredible quality it is just as addictive as breaking bad.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Game of Thrones
« on: April 14, 2016, 08:22:06 AM »
well I can see it is very well made and beautiful for the eye, but it similiar to lord of the rings I would find the story and the acting in general silly but I would watch it just for being impressed by the general visual performance and production in general.

Well maybe I will get into the fantasy world after some time otherwise  fantasy is really not my strong side.
But Trailers does note always give the correct picture...

Still need to let biosonic grow some.

But I did give second nature a good chance listening to it in headphones in bed giving it full attention  (which people rarely do these days)

My conclusion is it is a bad uninspired and boring album.
It is elevator music at best.  The piano sound cliché to me.  Piano and long reverbs like that rarely work.

All sounds very spontaneous  and lacks depth and multiple layers.  With that said all new Steve roach albums are welcome. It is good his discography grow since you need new albums since you want some new music to listen to all the time and you have heard all albums sp many times now.

Will give finial judgment to biosonic soon

Biosonic grows a little... the track "Amniotic Universe " is kind of hypnotizing

I think hypnos did not deserve the bash.. was a cd based label it is no news that cd sales has gone down and time has changed.  Anyway I agree with you regarding Thomas 100%

I have heard both albums now I am not sure what to make out of it yet.

Will need to listen to them some more

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Humans TV series
« on: April 11, 2016, 07:00:32 PM »
I have recently started to watch this series I think it is really good an raises some interesting questions about the future.

IT must be really hard acting to act like a non human like that :)

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Game of Thrones
« on: April 11, 2016, 06:54:40 PM »
sometime I will force myself to watch it but mostly because all people hype it so much I have tried to watch many trailers but have never really fallen for it..

but I know sometimes trailers does not give the correct picture

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Stargate SG-1 reunion ?
« on: April 03, 2016, 07:46:30 PM »
So lets start of and say, I am a huge stargate fan.

My first experience with Stargate was  Stargate universe,  I was amzed by it, then I started with atlantis I was very scerptical at first since I thought it was some kind of low budget tv crap,  well..atlantis was also mindblowing.. I was even more sceptic when starting to watch SG-1 after surviving first season sg-1 was really mind blowing as well..

Anyway there has been rumours about a sg-1 reunion now , do any of you guys think that sg-1 reunion will see the light of day ?

It is unclear if it will be a series or a any one else more well informed perhaps of the latest rumors ?

Anyway we need more good sci fi series like this

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Interstellar
« on: April 03, 2016, 07:41:48 PM »
well what I ca say about this film is it is extremely high quality film, it is really flawless,

The storytelling is kind of slow, but in a good way, however, the biggest and only problem with this film is that it is way too short.
Why I appreciate the slow story telling in the beginning the end suffers a lot,  this should had been an epic 3 hour film nothing less...

Otherwise this is space drama in its highest caliber.  I really love space movies like this. Movies like Prometheus  etc.

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