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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: " Darker" New Phobos album
« on: December 18, 2012, 12:35:13 PM »
I'm sensing an "ambient group hug" between Phobos and Broken Harbour, or a possible collaboration in the future?  ;D

Haha, hey that review was online for a whole day and he hadn't tooted his own horn yet....

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: " Darker" New Phobos album
« on: December 18, 2012, 08:21:50 AM »
Review by Hypnagogue:

http://hypnagogue.net/2012/12/17/phobos-darker/

While Darker is dark, it’s not as dark as the name might imply. This is not grinding, crushing dark ambient, but it is without a doubt an hour spent fully cloaked in dense shadow. Phobos (aka David Thompson) escorts the listener through four long-form works, managing to create atmospheres that are equally as mind-salving as they are lightly unnerving. This is very much a headphone listen because you’ll want to soak up all the small details as Thompson pulls you inexorably down and in. The path starts early on in the half-hour-long “Seance,” with Thompson’s void-born drones welling up to surround you. This is not isolationist ambient per se; rather, it takes on the feel of willful dissociation as the sound drapes over you, alternating between thick, growling pads and the occasional distant howl of rising wind, and you agree to leave yourself behind. The amorphous, constantly folding washes of dark continue through “Descend” and “Hell’s Gate,” at which point Thompson opts to unleash a little discomfort on you. You’ve passed through his veil of shadow, slipped between worlds, and your reward is a gnashing, edge-of-industrial snarl of sound, the darkest space you’ll encounter on Darker. As the track moves forward, the sound tempers toward a softer edge without quite leaving the unnerving sense behind. It’s meant to deposit you into the last part of the journey, “Decomposing Lust.” As befits a well-planned excursion, Thompson arcs the sound upward toward the light here, his deeper sounds rising in tone and feel, stopping just short of the ever-popular angelic choir pads–but still coming off soft and warm enough to relieve forty minutes of sonic tension. Don’t get too comfy, though–in the closing moments there’s just enough dissonance slipped in to leave you with a touch of worry.
 
Darker perfectly skirts the border of dark ambient, evoking a lot of the same visceral responses without resorting to the ultra-heavy, cloying assaults of sound that often typify the genre. This is more like ambient music with the brightness turned down. There are no harsh edges save for the beginning of “Hell’s Gate”; the effect it has on is eked out of your own darkness rather than being thrust upon you. I like it for the fact that it’s oddly comforting in its discomfort, which is a tricky thing to balance. I’ve had this disc on repeat for several hours, just letting the sounds find my own shadowy nooks and reveling in what comes out of them as a result.
 


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 18, 2012, 08:20:36 AM »
Steve Roach/Roger King-Dust to Dust.  My fave track is still "The Ribbon Rails of Promise", but the whole thing is excellent.  Ambient western music;

Totally his most underrated record, I listened to it while driving across alberta this summer, it was the perfect companion to the wide open spaces I was admiring through the car windows.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 17, 2012, 11:32:23 AM »
Broken Harbour - The Geometry of Shadows


A superb release and highly recommended!


Thanks!  8)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Slow Shipping to the UK
« on: December 11, 2012, 04:09:35 PM »
Am I the only that seems to have problems shipping to the UK?  I've been getting a few complaints / heads up emails about CD's taking up to 6 weeks to arrive in the UK.  Many haven't arrived at all and I have to re-ship the order.  I used to have orders arrive in the UK with a week or two, but lately it's been really bad.  I've probably replaced 6-7 orders for customers already, wondering if it's just me....

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Bert of Sonic Immersion posted his review the other day:

http://www.sonicimmersion.org/review.php?letter=B&review=72580

Thanks Bert!


Hypnos is now carrying the album, as well as my previous release 'Gramophone Transmissions'.  Buying from Mike and Lena would be a great way to save on shipping if you combine your orders with their other offerings.

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^ Wow, I really liked that.  Thank you.

*Adds another CD to 'list o' CD's I can't afford right now'...*

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more importantly a mind control medium for the powers that be, which is why I don't watch it any longer.  It's a very subtle form of mind control (sometimes not so subtle, also).

+1, Especially news outlets like CNN, Fox, etc....

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 13, 2012, 12:32:51 PM »
Been spinning Phobo's 'Darker', and Stormloop's 'Nocturnal Winter' this weekend.  Good stuff!

Also re-listened to Steve Roach's 'Back to Life' this morning, I think it's one of his best.  Certainly a contender for Ambient album of the year.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: VST / Software Suggestions?
« on: November 10, 2012, 03:15:44 PM »
Komplete is certainly not "one, large, versatile soft synth", it is a whole load of remarkable things.
If it's on sale it is way more instruments and versatility than Alchemy.

True, it's more a collection of instruments.  I sort of just look at it as a single large keyboardy thing to play with....  ;D

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: VST / Software Suggestions?
« on: November 10, 2012, 08:15:29 AM »
Incidentally, Second hand NI licences are regularly sold (quite legit) on KVR and there's some great deals there compared to the retail prices.

I did not know that.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / VST / Software Suggestions?
« on: November 09, 2012, 02:21:12 PM »
So now that my day job is finally calming down, It'll be time to start writing again, I'm looking to add a few pieces of software to my current rig in order to broaden my pallette of sounds a bit. So I guess I'm looking for suggestions on a few things:

Reverb VST:

I've been using the 'Perfect Space' convolution verb and a few others that come in the box with Sonar 8.  They can be tweaked for ambient quite easily, but I've been using them now for 5 years and I'm looking for something with a different sonic character.  I've also downloaded Audio Damage EOS, which is pretty cool, but it feels a bit like a one trick pony.  I'm looking for something really expansive, with long reverb tails, etc... any suggestions?  Maybe I'm missing a technique?

Soft Synths:
I use Sonar 8, and Windows 7 64 bit.  So obviously, I'd like to use something compatible.  I find Sonar 8 is good with most probgrams, tho on occasion it just doesn't like certain synths.

I have Omnisphere, I love it, but kind of tired of it at the moment, again, looking for something with a different character.  I find alot of the patches in Omnisphere are too huge sounding, it seems like they went a little crazy trying to give every patch this massive sound that takes up all frequencies from 20hz-20000hz, I often fix this with EQ, but I often find alot of the built in sounds unusable.

I'm trying to be fiscally responsible with this one, which will likely mean only buying one, large, versatile soft synth.  So I'm trying to decide between:
NI Komplete
Camel Audio Alchemy

Other suggestions?  <- I'm sure there are a tone of other options out there, I haven't been able to do a bunch of research on it, please offer suggestions!

I've realized that, using Omnisphere for the last year or so, that I'm more of a preset tweaker than a sound designer.  So something with usable presets would be nice.  This brings me on to my next question...

Can anyone suggest a good book or something on sound design? 

I have an immense respect for guys you can take a simple sine wave and use oscillators and such and turn it into a gorgeous soundscape.  Anyways... I'd like in on some of that.


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I think it depends on the artist, I'm lucky to sell even 100 copies of anything,  Self financing a CDR release is a not-insignificant investment on the artists part, on top of that, I've noticed that more and more people are buying downloads of my records vs the CDR version.  That's partly why I'm limiting 'The Geometry of Shadows' to 100 copies this time around.  I'll likely not repress my 1st record once that sells out too. (I've already repressed it once.)

But I admit, when Steven Wilson limits a Bass Communion release or something to less than 1000 and it sells out in less than 24 hours it does tick me off a little bit. I can see it from both the Artist and Fan points of view.

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That's actually what I love about Steve Roach, he keeps nearly all his albums in print, so if I discover a gem by him 25 years after it's released, I'm not limited to itunes.

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First review that I've seen so far, courtesy of John @ Hypnagogue.

http://hypnagogue.net/2012/11/01/broken-harbour-the-geometry-of-shadows/

Thanks John!

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: " Darker" New Phobos album
« on: November 08, 2012, 09:11:59 AM »
Gave this a good listen last night, after dark.

Gave me the heebie jeebies, great work! Loved it.

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(I'll answer that myself: your packages are over 100grams. If you use a Uline bubble envelope instead of the Uline cardboard you can probably get it beneath 100.)

Just a quick follow up - I sent the second wave of CD's out yesterday, and the cardboard mailers with a single digipack come out to 108 grams!  8 bloody grams over the limit!  A few I sent to europe were nearly 10 bucks!  Once I run out of these mailers I'm going to have to figure something lighter out.

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I have switched to these, http://rivieramultimedia.co.uk/PBSCProduct.asp?ItmID=9264531.
If anyone gets a cd from me then feedback on the packaging, how it stood up, etc, is most welcome, then if they are no good then alternative packaging will be sought. As a very small independent artist we rely on feedback for everything, it will help us to provide a better service.


My copy came looking great.

I'd love to hear similar feedback, there's quite a few Hypnos Forum'ers that should be getting CD's from me in the mail next week.

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Blake : why does it cost you $5 to the USA ... are you shipping rocks with it ??  ;)
Costs me $2.50 here in Ontario.

(I'll answer that myself: your packages are over 100grams. If you use a Uline bubble envelope instead of the Uline cardboard you can probably get it beneath 100.)

Alberta 'advantage'? We overpay for everything where I live.

I should clarify, it varies wildly.  I've had some come out under 2 bucks, and some over 7 or 8 bucks.  I think it partly depends on what city, zip code, etc...  I've kept track and it averages out to 5-ish dollars.

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I've noticed this too, and I think it's a reaction to the ever increasing cost of shipping.
I've never had a compaint about a busted shipment, but lately I switched to shipping in these:
http://www.uline.ca/BL_1455/Self-Seal-CD-Mailers?keywords=CD Mailers

Because of the increased cost of the mailers, plus the fact that it costs more to actually ship the CD's, I did have to increase my shipping fees slightly. I still lose money on shipping in most cases, it generally costs me $5 to ship a single cd to the US, and $7-$10 to ship to the UK and most of europe.  I've always wondered if I'm the only one losing money on shipping.  If I charged the true cost of shipment it would appear that I'm ripping customers off.

As a side note, my shipments from Hypnos, Amazon, Headphone Dust and Steve Roach are always well packaged.

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