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:: PREORDER ::

Klaus Wiese - Maquam (2014 Version)



www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyjWXDDt_Z4


The second Arc release "Maquam" is a magnum opus in the world of deep Ambient Music. The album includes 3 very long tracks, offering hypnotic expanding soundscapes and subtle rhythms leading to a mental Trance state.

:: Remastered by el culto with the main focus on correcting all errors (clicks, digital Dat-Sync error noises etc), often clearly audible in almost each original release. To preserve the unique, warm sound Klaus is known for, each track was treated using individual chains of analogue equipment only.

More info:

http://www.el-culto.com/artists/klauswiese/maquam-2014-version.html

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I too use headphones for everything (my studio is not the shape or size to use my speakers properly)...

There was a radio programme recently that explored the shift in radio listening from headphones to speakers, describing how people stepped away from purposeful, intense and personal listening to shared experience and doing other things such as eating - making the music a secondary element of the experience.

People even danced to it which they could not with the headsets.....

Back to subject - it can be hard to get things right, but I use the approach that I make it as good as I can on my headphones, then accept that it will generally sound different on every other sound source.

I use Grado SR 325's to record and mix, then Beyerdynamic DT931's to see how it might sound on hi-fi's, then on smaller sennheiser headphones for more general sound.....

Hi Seren,

thanks for your input!

Is there a link/stream to this radio program youīve mentioned? Would be interesting to hear it!

Yeah, the adapting to other sound sources is always a bit problematic. When iīve mixed on headphones only then (generally speaking) it sounded great on most other headphones but lacks then on speakers…visa versa  :o Probably here you have to find a compromise….Luckily Iīve managed now to find something completing each other.

Greetings,
Tomas 

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Any Genesis fans?
« on: August 18, 2014, 01:18:34 PM »
Quote from: Paul Vnuk (Ma Ja Le)

And I should mention that Gabriel's Passion is one of my top 2 favorite albums of all time!

+1

Whatīs happening in the sub-bass of some tracks is just unbelievable.

Greetings,
Tomas

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Interesting! So, it means you do all your work just with headphones?

Yes, I haven't used speakers to monitor or mix since 2003. I've listened to music primarily on phones all my life and I've now adapted to using them all time. I know conventional wisdom says that 'you can't mix on phones', but (for me) I much prefer the whole headphone 'experience'.

Thanks for your reply! For about 1 year Iīve worked as well on headphones only. I do agree, the whole "experience" is quite impressive (very 3 dimensional feeling) but after a while I realized I had big troubles to judge whatīs going on in the bass. At the beginning Iīve managed to adapt it by listening to reference material but it wasnīt very easy. When I switches back to speakers (including a subwoofer) it was kind of a revealing. But then I missed the "whole listening experience" my headphones provided and I wished to have these back on the speakers  ;D Itīs clearly a big difference when it comes to "listening enjoyments" where I definitely prefer headphones. Meanwhile I found luckily a setup where my speakers are sounding very similar to my headphones so I can easily double-check if Iīm on the right path.

BTW: Which model of headphones you are using?

Greetings,
Tomas

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Can't partake as I'm a 'headphone-ist', I shall have to take this to the European court of human rights :)

stamps feet and walks away...

LOL  ;D

Interesting! So, it means you do all your work just with headphones?

Greetings,
Tomas

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: August 18, 2014, 11:25:54 AM »
Recently started reading  "The Circle" by Dave Eggers and itīs very promising so far. Probably not a second "1984", but I do like the topic especially in regard to todayīs critical issues of collecting personal data.

Greetings,
Tomas

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I will give it another call here for some more contributions!

Thanks!
Tomas


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So Tomas...a week has passed......what was the purpose of this?  Did it answer anything for you?

Hey Julio,

I will explain more soon :-) Still in the middle of some additional tests.

BTW: Instead of fighting in other threads, particular this one would be something for my audiophile friends CCT / Ekstasis to participate and share their opinion. But nope….just silence!

Greetings,
Tomas

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I was under the impression, that it was high frequency loss that came with age / over-exposure to loud sound over time.

Not just an impression only but the truth  :)

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On a side note:

Iīve noticed the most complains about technical issues of other music is coming from members clearly being newbie (with no references at all in music business). Of course, having enough money in today allows anyone to own the "right and respected gear" but unfortunately it needs a bit more than just owning or talking theoretical about it  ;D

Well put Tomas.....Im open to all sorts of opinions, hopefully they are humble especially online where you need to back off a fair bit compared to normal one on one dialogue. 

Gear means absolutely nothing when in the hands of a master.   Shall I bring up the master Samurai story with and inferior Katana sword in his hand and the poorly trainer opponent standing before him.  The sword does not matter. The picture is clear.

Im somewhat embarrassed that I have become involved in this silly bass debate, though it is good to see ambient musicians and ambient music lovers (thats pretty sexy) coming together in a single though diverse thread.

Itīs not really a serious debate of some members here as you can see in the responses above. On the other hand, I really didnīt expect something different by this guys. They mainly enjoy and want to debate about "high-end" and whatever "mystical 7% enhancement in sound"…hey, we are talking here about Ambient music which mostly is based on an embedded and often blurred bed of sounds and tones  ;D I could understand it if we would talk here about music where separation and authentic issues are very critical (like music including electronic + classical instrumentations for instance like Johan Johansson). All those funny responses above reminds me very much of many posts @ Gearslutz  ;D

Most surprising, some are barking so quickly/loud in response as if there is a serious need to defense themselves!

On Topic: Iīve listened to the the track with my Main Speakers + Subwoofer and for me there arenīt any issue with the low end at all. The low end definitely is pushed a tiny bit in volume but nothing out of balance or sounding wrong.

Cheers,
Tomas

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On a side note:

Iīve noticed the most complains about technical issues of other music is coming from members clearly being newbie (with no references at all in music business). Of course, having enough money in today allows anyone to own the "right and respected gear" but unfortunately it needs a bit more than just owning or talking theoretical about it  ;D

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Quote from: Ekstasis[/quote
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If steve roach relased shirts for every album I would probably be more likely to buy the shirt then the actual cd.

...because the music are on torrent places for free anyway?

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I don't have time to give this a really good listen (nor provide the details you're asking for). Overall, I think it sounds fine, but if this was something I was mixing/mastering, the two things I'd change:
- The kick is a little mushy. This is likely by design though.
- The hihat sound that is brought in front and centre starting at 3:20 quickly grates my ears, especially when its accompanied by another at 3:54.

Hi Mike,

thanks  a lot for your comment!

On which speakers you have listened to the track?

Greetings,
Tomas

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Hi there,

first of all, IMO itīs a great EP but I know this music may be not everyoneīs cup of tea.

Iīm mainly interest in your subjective opinion about the SOUND (not the music/composition/arrangement/style) on a specific track and how the sound translates or "feels" for you on your speakers (please donīt use headphones):

IMPORTANT: For this questions I refer to the 3rd track "Sleep" only:

https://fussganger.bandcamp.com/album/ep-1

These are NOT "pro-engineer-questions" only, so Iīm interested in all opinions.

1. Whatīs  the trade and model of your speakers?

2: By running this track ones or several times, is there anything in the balance of the sound which is annoying for your ear? If so, which section feels wrong - please write the time of the section(s)

3: Is there a parts of the track you would like to hear louder or quieter? If so, which section? - please write the time of the section(s)

(4): For all the artists here on the board - imagine you are the mixing and/or mastering engineer of this artists, which part(s) of the track you would definitely EQ? Please write the time of the section(s) + approximate range of the problematic frequency and say roughly what you would change (i.e. increasing/decreasing frequencies etc)

Thanks for your participation!
Tomas

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 30, 2014, 01:23:22 PM »
And now back to our regular programming  ;)



Could be my favorite Sakamoto collaboration.....the Fennesz treatments work so well with the piano.  More experimental than Sakamoto & Willets excellent Ancient Future but in a very good way and more accessible than their 12k release Ocean Fire.  Also theres an element in Sakamoto's piano that is reminiscent for me of his film music adding a melodic smoothness to the Fennesz glitch.

Got my cd from Amoeba in San Francisco, had a hard time finding it..... flac is available from Boomkat  http://boomkat.com/cds/33897-fennesz-sakamoto-cendre


Sad News about Sakamoto:

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/jul/11/ryuichi-sakamoto-diagnosed-throat-cancer-yellow-magic-orchestra

Greetings,
Tomas

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Cover Preview of the next re-release by Klaus Wiese announced on Arcīs Facebook site:




Source:
https://www.facebook.com/klaus.wiese.music

Greetings,
Tomas

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Re: Miss you Forrest!
« on: July 20, 2014, 03:14:32 AM »
I was shocked when Tomas said that he wont send the CD becourse I live in Ukraine. I always was ordering all the cds and releases from Musical Philosophy all this time. Im very big fan of ambient music and now its a shame that the artists mix the political situation with music tastes and with music worlds(( Im really dissapointed.. I have no idea how to get now a new cd and also forthcoming also((( shit



Hello Dmytro,

I donīt understand why you post it in this thread (maybe one of the moderators can move both post to the "el culto news" thread???), but all youīre saying about me mixing politic and music is totally untruth. To rectify your assumptions, here is the email iīve sent to you:

"Hello Dmytro,

You probably havenīt received my previous information email with the lastest news about shipping (it was also announced on the web site). Since some month we have changed our shipping policy...see here:

http://www.el-culto.com/shop/index.html

For postal and logistic reason unfortunately we donīt ship anymore to several countries in the East (Ukraine included).

Iīm sorry for possible dissapointments!

All the best,
Tomas"



So please stick to the truth!

Greetings,
Tomas

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Miss you Forrest!
« on: July 16, 2014, 12:58:43 PM »
Tomas,

You should realise that being 'direct' on forums can come across as being rude. In the 'real world', I am very direct myself (and outspoken), so I try to be more circumspect online. 

The point still holds, a forum member who contributed a lot over the years has decided not to be a part of things anymore (for whatever reason) and that's a shame.

I understand what you are saying! But when people leave a forum for a while (Iīm pretty sure he will come back at some point) it isnīt the end of the world and this happens in other places too all the time. Iīm pretty sure the moderators will interact when someone is getting rude but I havenīt seen this for a long time.

Greetings,
Tomas

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Miss you Forrest!
« on: July 16, 2014, 12:38:33 PM »
Quote from: LNerell

...and my guess is his reason for disappearing without telling us is he probably didn't want to embarrass you.


It seems you know more than other people here! Anyway, at last you made me laugh with this statement  ;D

Greetings,
Tomas

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Miss you Forrest!
« on: July 13, 2014, 03:59:07 PM »
I donīt want to destroy here the party but trying to balance a bit the excitements.

In my opinion itīs great to have members in this place sharing their knowledge, but in my view they also should act mature when it comes to different opinions. From what I understand this member decided to disappear by a specific topic where he didnīt got the responses he was looking for and got upset by some critical replies.

So, just disappearing without telling the reason(s) really isnīt a mature action and for that reason I wonīt miss persons acting in this regard.

Greetings,
Tomas

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