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

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...

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.

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.

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

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....

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.

How the hell did I miss this?

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

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!)

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!

Bump, tomorrow's your last chance folks!  Take my music for FREE!

Listened to this today, you've done it again Jeffrey!  <clap clap clap>

People need to purchase this immediately.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 17, 2013, 07:12:27 PM »
Spinning the three releases by Broken Harbor, thanks to his October Bandcamp sale:

Excellent stuff. I had streamed some of this at 128 in the past, and enjoyed it, but now that I've dived in and given everything a deep listening with headphones, I must say that this is really impressive work. I'm not sure if I have a favorite. The self-titled release has the darker feel of the three, but I think I find the imagery and atmosphere of Gramophone Transmissions to be really compelling.

Ooh, thanks for mentioning the Broken Harbour sale. I was deeply impressed by "Geometry of Shadows," and I've just downloaded the other two. I love this forum -- so many amazing recommendations come through.

Awwww shucks, thanks guys!

I've been on a Robert Rich binge lately, really digging Trances and Drones, which I missed during the previous reissue.

Thanks for doing this. I've enjoyed listening to your work on Bandcamp, but for various reasons never took the leap necessary to actually buy and download the work. I'm looking forward to giving your releases a more careful listen.

I do the same thing, there's only so much money to go around! 

To celebrate a year since the release of 'The Geometry of Shadows', the download versions all of my releases will switch to a 'pay what you want' model from October 5th to November 5th, 2013.  This would be a great time to snap up releases that you don't yet have, or a great time to invite friends or family to listen to Broken Harbour completely risk-free.  All my download releases include liner notes and pdf's of the album artwork.

Tell your friends!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 02, 2013, 06:25:01 AM »
Oophoi - An Aerial View

Not quite what I expected given Gigi's description of it, but I really enjoyed it nonetheless.

Rik M wrote a glowing review of the album.... back in March, and I forgot to toot my own horn...

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: The Broken Harbour Thread
« on: September 11, 2013, 02:42:16 PM »
Attention, European listeners!

Databloem has just been restocked with copies of all Broken Harbour releases, including the last 5 copies of the self titled 1st album. Yes I know in January I said I only had 2 left, funny story... the post office in the Netherlands rejected my original restock parcel for Databloem, and then it took 8 months to come back to me, I had assumed the parcel was lost and unrecoverable, so I told everybody I only had the 2 left. 

The Danish Post Office's idiocy works in your favor!  As stated before, there is no physical repress planned, get it while it's still available!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Midi Controller Recommendation
« on: September 09, 2013, 06:37:59 PM »
Hi All,

I've recently had a a music job actually pay something.... And I wanted to invest at least some of it into better equipment.  Can anyone recommend a good, weighted action, 88 key midi controller that won't obliterate my savings account?  I have an M-Audio Keystation Pro 88 now, and while it's perfectly competent, the weighted action is pretty lacking, so I barely play piano on it. 

Piano is something I want to do more of.

I'd prefer to keep things under a thousand bucks if possible.

I have it but have not yet listened to it.

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