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Everything and Nothing / Re: Who do you look like?
« on: February 13, 2009, 05:35:17 PM »
I don't care what Jim means... post more! - J.

I agree...

Everything and Nothing / Re: Dreams
« on: February 13, 2009, 01:17:57 PM »
I wish I did remember my dreams more often...
There is no better when you wake up from a dream in the morning, and then you keep yourself in this dreamy state during the whole day...This is not very often for me unfortunately...
I wonder why someone does remember dreams and sometimes not...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient music & sitar/tanpura
« on: February 13, 2009, 03:51:17 AM »
Yearning, by Robert Rich and Lisa Moskow, prominently features the sarod, a somewhat similar instrument.  It's a great album.

Pure 5 star timelessness... I wish Rich would do something similar in future, but this time even deeper...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient music & sitar/tanpura
« on: February 13, 2009, 03:49:13 AM »
if you like ambient music with sitar you should try Al Gromer Khan, his huge discography is full of wonderful gems.

Going through his vast discography atm
He have released a lot of mediocre music it seem.
For me I think I would need a special kind of environment to appropriate this music to the fullest potential...

Anyway, "Mahogany Nights" is the best one so far....

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 13, 2009, 03:46:08 AM »
ESOTERIC - Morphia

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Camel Audio - Alchemy
« on: February 13, 2009, 03:38:34 AM »
ok APK, I got a question regarding Robert Rich's flute samples.
I have heard that "3 samples" are included, are these multi-samples, or only three tones ?
I hope the samples consist of all notes on the flute, so I could play it every note on the keyboard.

Everything and Nothing / Dreams
« on: February 13, 2009, 03:36:35 AM »
I thought about making this thread this night,  would be interesting and inspiring to read what the forum members dream about during sleep.
If you have been dreaming something you want to share no matter how strange and bizarre, this thread is the place to do it.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Childless couples
« on: February 13, 2009, 03:34:13 AM »
I am 24, and even though many claim to never have children in my age..I really think I never will have...the reasons are is overpopulation, I think that everyone who relinquish to have children does this planet a big favor...I also do not feel any need to have children just because I "must"...I must do nothing...
I also think I would not be a good father either...

Everything and Nothing / Re: LOST - new season starts today, 21 Jan.
« on: February 13, 2009, 03:26:12 AM »
I miss the smoke monster...

I guess you are happy now, since it is back in the latest episode :)

By the way, I see Lost more as an drug then entertainment. NO matter how bad it may be, I am always forced to watch the next episode, the whole series is designed this way.
I think the whole method is much related to TV commercials, every second is planned in detail, to get as many viewers as possible...I think it could be many times better if it wasn't so compact and commercialized, one hour episodes would be really nice to start with...

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Camel Audio - Alchemy
« on: February 12, 2009, 08:27:25 PM »
I have always been a fan of their Cameleon synth, and bought Alchemy when it first came out.
It's a fantastic piece of work. Very flexible, very powerful, and with some useful novel features.
Its presets still sound in the Cameleon direction though, which is a sort of an additive/metallic feel.
But its really capable of being almost anything, given that it will use samples and also basic
subtractive waves in its osc's. Its quite a deep beast if you like tinkering. I'd highly recommend it.

I'll happily answer questions about it if I can.

Not sure if I have much questions at this point, I have watched the 1 hour video tutorials on the site, it gives a pretty good insight of what to expect and what it can do...
Looking forward to tryit, even though I have not got tired of Omnisphere yet...

Regarding metallic sound, it seems that almost all digital synths focus in metallic/noisy sounds...
I am not sure why though..Might be cause they are the type of sounds that are easier to create...
Personally I usually find warm and more organic sounds more useful...unless I make some dark noisy ambient..

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Camel Audio - Alchemy
« on: February 12, 2009, 06:17:01 PM »
I've been hearing quite a bit about this synth.  I'd love to hear your thoughts on it once you've had some playtime with it.

Yes, as soon as I have bought a new soundcard for my computer...
I need a new good PCI Express soundcard, I hope to buy it maybe next month.
I am using the Line 6 POD X3 now as main soundcard, and it sucks for Low Latency ASIO audio.

I am thinking about either the new ESI PCIe soundcards, ESP1010e or Maxio 032e, or RME HDSPe AIO.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Do you still want to learn?
« on: February 12, 2009, 04:30:50 PM »
Yes, as I feel right now, there is no doubt in my mind that my interest of learning new things does fade with time.
And I am not sure that to collect as much knowledge and read as many books as possible is the ultimate goal in life.
I have a more transcendental/cosmic approach to life, There is no definitive meaning of life as human on this planet we are born..  I see the life more as an dreamlike presence...
The meaning of life is to me to collect new experiences and just enjoy this mystery of life..And dream...
Music is for me the essence of my life, since it fills a void and makes me dissolve into inner dimensions and beyond...without it I think I would just feel a lot of emptiness...
Or maybe..I would find other passions to dispossess the time.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Who do you look like?
« on: February 12, 2009, 04:16:38 PM »
Yes I agree with you all, mgriffin is very lucky to have such beautiful wife!
Life is unfair  ;)

I am very lucky -- in fact, my wife is much more attractive than she looks in most of her pictures!   

yes I believe you no doubt, and if she likes ambient music she is just a dream come true :)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Who do you look like?
« on: February 12, 2009, 04:13:53 PM »
Yes I agree with you all, mgriffin is very lucky to have such beautiful wife!
Life is unfair  ;)
my wife has a great looking husband!

Yes I can see that! :D

Everything and Nothing / Re: Who do you look like?
« on: February 12, 2009, 04:03:50 PM »
Yes I agree with you all, mgriffin is very lucky to have such beautiful wife!
Life is unfair  ;)

Now Playing / Re: "Classical" Music or Contemporary Composition Listeners?
« on: February 11, 2009, 10:19:25 PM »
Has anyone heard Giya Kancheli ???

He is kind of comparable with Pärt...both have en spiritual approach to the music, kancheli is maybe more minimalistic and bleak....

I can recommend the following albums....

In l'istesso tempo
Magnum Ignotum
Abii Ne Viderem
Simi; Mourned by the Wind

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 11, 2009, 10:14:09 PM »
Jorge Reyes and Piet Jan Blauw "Pluma de Piedra"

This album is a real trip. Many playful and wild things going on. At one point there is the bizarre looped sound of a cackling old man, among many other delights. This is one of my favorites, and like other Reyes albums, is deep as well as entertaining. The songs on his solo albums are very focused and tend to be relatively short compared to other tribal style ambient. Any fan of Jorge should track this album down...

I will give it a try....

Now Playing : Al Gromer Khan - Mahogany Nights

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Camel Audio - Alchemy
« on: February 11, 2009, 05:42:04 PM »

This one looks quite revolutionizing. I will begin to work with Alchemy in a couple of weeks.

And what got me more interested is that Robert Rich, has included some samples from his own made flute... (among other sounds)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambient music and Mastering
« on: February 11, 2009, 05:34:38 PM »
The compressor consist of many different sound shaping elements, such as filters etc, all together makes an complete compressor.

Compressors use filters? Time to go back and relearn what actually is an audio compressor:

Maybe I did not express myself clearly enough,mastering tools today do not consist only of an compressor... Sonalksis mastering tools which I use, use filters for an example.
And many digital compressors that try to reproduce analogue characteristics does that to color the sound. All this in combination gives and good compressed sound.
Anyway, thanks for the article, I might learn something new.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Too loud!
« on: February 11, 2009, 04:59:01 PM »
If there is one thing good with the more modern masters and more powerful/rich sounding cds, is that they sound good on all volume levels, both low and high, I guess that is the whole make a more stable and powerful output...while 90s album usually sound way more weak/thin/one dimensional....And you do not need to play it loud as fuck to get the full dynamic range within all sounds like with 90s albums ..As long as you do not overdo and create a brickwall...max the sound volume at Zero...then I think it is alright...
And not all mastering jobs are good either..there is both good and bad example of loud mixes.. but their is certainly not impossible to make good/smooth sounding mixes using compression technology...The limits is within the master engineer...

Also there is many ways to bring up the volume we shall not generalize..And say that everyone just want to sound as loud as possible...I am quite sure that the artists themselves decide what they feel sound best... But I could agree that it easier to be "fooled" that louder sounds better though...the louder it is mostly the more powerful and overwhelming it sounds...
It might be true that not all artists are aware of the phenomenon when doing mixes...

depending on the music..some music sounds way better on lower volume levels...
Steve Roach Immersion series is a good example..  even though I think he have taken the low volume concept to the extreme with "A Deeper Silence", I always need to put the volume up a lot when I listen to that cd.

But Yeah even though I can agree that the ambient music as an genre gets louder and louder mixes I must say the ambient genre sounds better and better...
so I do not see this at an problem at all..

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