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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Miss you Forrest!
« on: Yesterday at 06:12:16 AM »
Geez and I always kind of assumed ambient guys were all really chill dudes....

People need to stop taking themselves so seriously and relax.

*Disclaimer: I have no idea what situation you guys are talking about.

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^ I agree - sort of.

I did find the Redux ending to be somewhat asinine, why does everything have to be explained?  It just seemed unnecessary, I personally loved how the story was darker in tone during the 3rd game, as it seemed fitting because, well... organic life be screwed and all....  :P *doom*.

Alan wake is excellent as well, nice choice.

I'm currently playing Final Fantasy 7, I figured I've owned it since day one in 1997, but have only recently opened the plastic and played it.  It's been on my 'to play' list longer than any other game, 17 years in fact!  So far I'm 26 hours in, still on the first disc, I like it, it's quite dated, and going back to 320x240 resolution and badly mangled engrish translation is a little jarring, it's battle system and overall theme makes up for it.



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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 23, 2014, 08:39:55 AM »
I've been on a big Murcof kick today, so....

Cosmos
Martes
Remembranza


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Everything and Nothing / Re: My coworker stopped talking to me
« on: April 11, 2014, 02:57:39 PM »
I used to work with the queen of psycho women up until a few weeks ago, trust me, if you aren't real friends with this person, stay out of it, don't talk about it with them, just pretend nothing has changed.

Things in life have a way of working themselves out.


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Everything and Nothing / Re: Insomnia treatments
« on: March 27, 2014, 12:44:23 PM »
If it's anxiety/stress, the best thing to do is, if possible, rid yourself of the source of anxiety/stress.

That's kind of a vague suggestion I know, personally myself, I avoid everything pharma as much as possible.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Insomnia treatments
« on: March 27, 2014, 10:51:09 AM »
Do you have sleep apnea?  I find that depending on how well I'm taking care of myself I will snore. If I let my weight creep up above ~175lbs (I'm 5' 11") I will snore if I sleep on my back, and will wake myself up several dozen times a night.  Regular exercise and eating right will also do wonders.  Avoid alcohol as well, it might make you fall asleep better initially but then you'll have a crap nights sleep.  For a while I tried Melatonin, which actually did help, but then I felt hung over and super bitchy in the morning, I stopped after about 4 weeks.

Basically, if you aren't physically active, get active. I find that's what helps me the most.

EDIT - I used Melatonin not Tryptophan.

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Man I wish I had time right now for an epic RPG like Skyrim!

Lately my time has been limited to playing quick arcade style games that can be played in increments of less that an hour...

Mushihimesama Futari - Xbox360 - A great shmup, get's crazy intense at times, a good adrenaline hit, if you hate anime style girls, beware of this one.
Battle Fantasia - Xbox360 - A fairly rare fighting game I found used for only a few bucks, cool art and character design, but a bit of a shallow experience
Viewtiful Joe - Gamecube - A classic I've owned for a year but only recently played, a great throwback beat em up that's hard as balls.
Kingdom Grand Prix - Saturn - A cross between a shmup and a racing game, haven't made my mind up on this one yet, it cost me a pretty penny so I'm going to try and stick with it.
Street Fighter Collection - Saturn - Has my favourite port of Street Fighter Alpha 2 on it, which I haven't played in years, but its just like riding a bike.
Radiant Silvergun - Saturn - Played through story mode, another hard as balls game, but has a great soundtrack and is really cinematic, this would have been mind blowing in 1998.

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: The Broken Harbour Thread
« on: February 02, 2014, 09:49:41 PM »
I was featured on today's Ambient Online podcast, you can hear my interview, as well as 2 new tunes!

We talked about my musical history, side projects, my creative process and the future of Broken Harbour.




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I quite enjoyed it, it's a bit drone-er than I expected.

Almost nothing Steve does isn't worth your time.

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Excellent work as always guys! Robert and APK always make for a compelling collaboration.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Ambient Music + Copyright
« on: January 06, 2014, 08:31:54 AM »
I'm a bit late to this party...

I think this thread got sidetracked a bit, I think the original posts were more debating the fairness of the current copyright system. Regardless of what the laws are in whatever country you live in, I personally have no problem with someone sampling something if it's mangled beyond recognition.  Plenty of avante garde or drone artists do this, most of my Gramophone Transmissions album is sample-based, granted almost all of it from sources that are now copyright-free.  But the difference between stealing and sampling would be that, in my opinion, I made something new with it through heavy handed processing and careful layering.  Also, it's not like I can ask Claude Debussy if I can sample 2 seconds of one of his symphonies...

However, would I sample one of my contemporaries? No.  Especially without asking first.

Now if we were to debate the 'all music should be free' battle cry that Gen-Y'ers worldwide shout from their mothers basements... boy oh boy do I have a rant ready to be unleashed...

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I used to use Winamp, but now that I'm a Mac guy I just use iTunes.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Binaural Recordings?
« on: December 27, 2013, 07:43:41 PM »
Try it, bundle it as a free download bonus or something.

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A number of years ago I bought one of the first bottlings from Kilchoman, which was established in Islay in (I think 2006)  The first bottle that I bought was undated but is rumoured to be only 3 yrs old.  It's incredible, definitely in your face, but one of the finest scotch's I've ever had the pleasure to drink, I've had it it on my shelf for about 3 years now and it's definitely a 'special occasion only' type scotch due to it's rarity and cost.

So yes, I think age does tend to smooth out the rough edges in a whiskey, I personally like mostly 10-15 year old malts versus the really old stuff as they tend to be a little more in your face.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Broken Harbour learns to use Logic 9
« on: December 20, 2013, 08:15:11 AM »
Thanks Julio, I finally figured out how to get multi-out on some soft synths which seemed a little overly complex but... now I know.

I have next week off of work, and I've booked a bunch of studio time, hopefully one of my 17 upcoming projects I committed to will get started...  ;D

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My absolute favourite was some Ardbeg Alligator I tried once, it was incredible, but ultra rare, I can't bring myself to spend $300+ on a bottle....

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Personally for myself, I prefer Islay scotch's and drink those almost exclusively.  However when I don't feel like assaulting my senses I have always enjoyed the various Highland Park offerings, the easy to find 12 and 15 year.  I like the 15 year as it sort tastes of green apples to me.



My regular go to scotches tend to be:

Laphroaig 10yr
Ardbeg 10yr
Ardbeg Ugedall
Lagavulin 16yr

If you can bring yourself to try a blended scotch (I can I'm not a snob!) the Big Peat is a great choice, it literally tastes like a tour of Islay.


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How the hell did I miss this?

Julio, we have nearly identical taste in Scotch, good man!

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I've been spending waaaaaayyyyy too much time playing games when I should be recording my next album. (Shame I know)

Lately I've been playing:

Lost in Shadow - Wii  (interesting concept, feels like a combination of Ico, Limbo & Echochrome)
Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus - PS3 (Short but worth your time if you like R&C games)
Mushihimesama Futari - Xbox 360 (If you like shmups its a must play)
Excitebots Trick Racing - Wii (Looks like shovel ware upon 1st look,, but is actually a kick ass arcade racing game)
Crimsons Skies - Xbox (A decade old now, but it totally holds up, great buy and even plays on an Xbox 360, it's like 5 bucks used, no excuses on this one!)

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Broken Harbour learns to use Logic 9
« on: November 21, 2013, 07:03:47 PM »
Hi All,

I was big into Sonar for many years, but I bought Logic 9 a few weeks back, and have just started to use it.  Since most of you here use a variant of Logic (I think) and since my used copy came with almost no documentation, I'm going to ask some dumb questions and hopefully get some easy answers.  I've tried some google searches but with something as complicated as Logic, it's often difficult to get a straight concise answer to a question like "how do I.....?"

Here goes...

Dumb Question #1:
How do I do envelopes?  Say I want to fade something in/out or play with panning?  I can't seem to find the "envelopes" button or command.

Dumb Question #2:
How do I get a multitrack soft synth to output multitrack?
This sounds silly right?  Well I'm using Omnisphere, and I split the keyboard down the middle to play 2 different sounds at the same time, and then I can route it's internal bus's to separate outputs internally on the instrument, so 'Sound 1' outputs to 'Out A', 'Sound 2' outputs to 'Out B', etc...  but it keeps just outputting to a single track in Logic.  Doing this was totally simple in Sonar 8, but in Logic 9... uh.... I can't figure it out.  I selected 'MultiTimbral Instrument' and it creates 8 stereo tracks for the 8 possible Outputs in Omnisphere, but they won't 'route' to the correct tracks.

Thanks for the help!

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