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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Eventide UltraReverb
« on: Yesterday at 04:43:52 PM »
Just did an ABC between the Eventide Eclipse, Exponential Audio Phoenix reverb (software) and the Ultra Reverb....Medium Hall preset and also on the eclipse I auditioned their recreation of the PCM70 a favorite of mine......Ultra Reverb to my ears came out ahead.

Anyone else?

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Eventide UltraReverb
« on: Yesterday at 12:27:28 PM »
I have to say I'm really impressed.....lush, warm and sounds extremely close to my Eventide Eclipse, perhaps a little warmer and lush @ $79!  Very versatile verb.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: Yesterday at 04:26:47 AM »
Hi Tomas...have you looked at these. Shure SRH1540.  They were on my audition list but I stayed with the Focal Spirit so never did hear them.  Not cheap but what is.


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Everything and Nothing / Re: Robots and Donuts - the art of Eric Joyner
« on: September 19, 2014, 08:10:43 PM »
These are really good...thanks for sharing.  I like the line up. He paints with a lot of texture and yet the robots gleam so smooth and metallic.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sorry Pete Kelly....On Inspiration
« on: September 19, 2014, 08:07:16 PM »
sooo, are we going to get any of those chef awesome recipes????:) ;D

Soon.....just feeling out a format that will work :)

Are they midi compatible?   ;) ;D

Thats funny Loren  ;D ....another moog cookbook.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sorry Pete Kelly....On Inspiration
« on: September 19, 2014, 06:57:44 AM »
sooo, are we going to get any of those chef awesome recipes????:) ;D

Soon.....just feeling out a format that will work :)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sorry Pete Kelly....On Inspiration
« on: September 19, 2014, 05:27:44 AM »
Let's forget all about this, indeed this went out of control and won't happen again. Sorry if I offended someone.

I'm not looking for trouble. And I don't want to spend my energy with virtual fights.

Cheers.

Your good Crepuscule.....apologies if I offended you.  By the way "Cosmic Fabric" was a great name and whatever you choose is cool, just thought Id mention it.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sorry Pete Kelly....On Inspiration
« on: September 18, 2014, 07:04:33 PM »
Your are right Loren and it was my intention to be silent but it must be the protective side in me that flamed up....my passion was miss placed or rightly placed  and got  too caught up in virtual drama.

History showed how the ill placed word has caused revolutions and world wars.....sure this is just the humble Hypnos forum.  But still I wonder why cant people respect the musical peers here....not me, but the forum members that have respected labels behind them or their own labels.  There is such a wealth of "inspiration" to exchange that this last fiasco is another embarrassment.....Im sad / pissed and maybe need to identify between what is virtual and real.

   

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Sorry Pete Kelly....On Inspiration
« on: September 18, 2014, 05:13:51 PM »
Pete you proposed such a beautiful thread that went to hell and was shut down.  I was to blame and the result was so uninspired. My apologies.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: On Inspiration - Chuck Close quote
« on: September 18, 2014, 04:35:27 PM »

My studio fits into the little gear category.  There is really not much there.


I just feel that you answer like a politician, you aren't truthful, clear or concise. I think you're confused with what's little and what's too much.

What's the difference between a person like you that claims to have ''little gear'' (clearly not true the pictures don't lie) and me and Extasis? Are you saying that you are better than us? And that's the explanation why you have that big set of tools?
Because we have less stuff than you, but still, we are witch hunted for some unknown reason that has too do with having too much and unnecessary gear.

I just want a clear answer to those simple questions.



Who are you?  You call me a liar, vague, confused, egotistical and a witch hunter!  Wow!  What stings the most is the politician.....so unless you standing holding a baby somewhere and we should meet.... *** EDITED - we can't allow profane personal insults here *** Thats about as clear and straight forward as I can be.

"WE can't allow any profane personal insults here"...really.  They do on television!  I care a lot about this forum and the members but this is well out of hand.  Moderators you are smart and talented people and a few individuals can come here and make a mess of this respected and I would say best ambient forum around.  Sadly to keep the peace you edit me....understood.  Theres a part of me thats having fun with this and a part thats really pissed.   

Good...then the message was delivered.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: On Inspiration - Chuck Close quote
« on: September 18, 2014, 04:32:21 PM »

My studio fits into the little gear category.  There is really not much there.


I just feel that you answer like a politician, you aren't truthful, clear or concise. I think you're confused with what's little and what's too much.

What's the difference between a person like you that claims to have ''little gear'' (clearly not true the pictures don't lie) and me and Extasis? Are you saying that you are better than us? And that's the explanation why you have that big set of tools?
Because we have less stuff than you, but still, we are witch hunted for some unknown reason that has too do with having too much and unnecessary gear.

I just want a clear answer to those simple questions.



Who are you?  You call me a liar, vague, confused, egotistical and a witch hunter!  Wow!  What stings the most is the politician.....so unless you standing holding a baby somewhere and we should meet.... *** EDITED - we can't allow profane personal insults here *** Thats about as clear and straight forward as I can be.

"WE can't allow any profane personal insults here"...really.  They do on television!  I care a lot about this forum and the members but this is well out of hand.  Moderators you are smart and talented people and a few individuals can come here and make a mess of this respected and I would say best ambient forum around.  Sadly to keep the peace you edit me....understood.  Theres a part of me thats having fun with this and a part thats really pissed.   

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Eventide UltraReverb
« on: September 18, 2014, 04:02:15 PM »
These gentleman are right Seren...online is only needed for initial authorization....sorry for the miss information.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: On Inspiration - Chuck Close quote
« on: September 18, 2014, 03:55:19 PM »

My studio fits into the little gear category.  There is really not much there.


I just feel that you answer like a politician, you aren't truthful, clear or concise. I think you're confused with what's little and what's too much.

What's the difference between a person like you that claims to have ''little gear'' (clearly not true the pictures don't lie) and me and Extasis? Are you saying that you are better than us? And that's the explanation why you have that big set of tools?
Because we have less stuff than you, but still, we are witch hunted for some unknown reason that has too do with having too much and unnecessary gear.

I just want a clear answer to those simple questions.



Who are you?  You call me a liar, vague, confused, egotistical and a witch hunter!  Wow!  What stings the most is the politician.....so unless you standing holding a baby somewhere and we should meet.... *** EDITED - we can't allow profane personal insults here *** Thats about as clear and straight forward as I can be.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Eventide UltraReverb
« on: September 18, 2014, 04:36:15 AM »
It does look good, and I assume sound good too - never had to consider an ilok - what are the problems?

The computer I will be using it on (if i buy it) will not be 'online' itself - could that be an issue?

Yes Seren it will be an issue.....for ilok to work it must be online so that your computer an the ilok license manager can be synced from the ilok website.  Its very straight forward but does require online connection.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Eventide UltraReverb
« on: September 16, 2014, 06:10:26 PM »
Tomas brought to our attention the Ultra Channel.......now this, except its not free. The algorithms are from the H8000 I believe.



Link to video.....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeVi2FikcDw

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Todays newsletter from Sam

My 20-something friend, Case, and I were messaging about music. She wrote:

I feel like having access to so much of something devalues it. I had few toys growing up. The toys I had were very valuable to me. I knew each of them by name and played with them often. When I went to the houses of other kids my age, I found them filled to the brim with plastic toys and junk. Entire floors covered like a scene from Hoarders, the reality TV show about people living with too much stuff.
Many people are digital hoarders. They acquire something simply because it is there (in this case, music) yet rarely look at it again, or savor it. When I dug out my hard drives from 12 years ago, I found 250 gigs of music. Almost all of it was crap. I realized that I had only acquired it because I could. Once I had it, there was too much to listen to. I didn’t savor each song because everything was the same, a name in a digital list. Compare that to my dad’s music. Thought I would make fun of him for purchasing so much, especially what I considered overpriced CDs, that’s where I got the most joy out of listening. Each CD or album or cassette in the living room was a new experience waiting to be explored.

I feel like the MP3 culture was anemic. Growing up, most of the people I knew who downloaded MP3s had absolutely awful taste in music. They didn’t respect it. At LAN parties we’d trade entire hard drives full of music. Did it make anything special? Did we cherish any of that music? Absolutely not. It was just hoarding behavior. The understanding of a limit had been lost. The exceptions were people with parents who passed down their excitement for music.

I realize now that some people learned about music from siblings, or friends, physically bringing records over, or going to record stores and listening there, or at local live shows. How did you get introduced to the music of Brian Eno or David Bowie?

 
I've been thinking about this. How did I discover music when I was young?

I was introduced to David Bowie on the radio, along with Kraftwerk, The Strawbs, Frank Zappa, the B52s. It was strange music, compared to the popular mainstream rock of the time: acts such as Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Meatloaf, Molly Hatchet, Lynyrd Skynyrd – remember, I lived in South Florida! WSHE (103.5) was our local rock radio station mixing in unusual tracks along with the mainstream hits.

The first song I remember hearing a million times on the radio was Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” (which went to #9 in the USA in 1976). It is a weird rock song! Can you imagine something that bizarre getting radio play today? I remember being at the beach with a friend (and his mom) and the song blasting out of car windows in the parking lot.

Wow! WSHE played odd music, which led to finding more odd music.

I cannot honestly say I remember the first time I heard Bowie on the radio; but it must have been “Space Odyssey” or “Starman.” It was the end of the 70s, but his tracks of 5 years earlier were still new to us. Bowie's music came before his image. I'm sure I was interested in the space theme (teenage boy in the 1970s, of course I was into SciFi), and also the alienation. You know: feeling like an outsider in your own world.

But where was the connection from Bowie to Brian Eno? You might think it was via the Low album, but I don't remember getting into that side of Bowie until a while later. It was the very early Ziggy Stardust-period that was familiar to me.

There were two magazines – Cream and Circus – which covered rock music. Lots of Bowie, Alice Cooper, Stones, etc. Rolling Stone Magazine was a bit too square for me (Hall & Oats, Fleetwood Mac, Peter Frampton) and SPIN didn't exist yet (it started in 1985).

Ah ha! Here's the holy grail. I remember buying the October 1978 issue of Trouser Press with Peter Gabriel, Robert Fripp and Brian Eno. This was the doorway to a variety of amazing English music I didn't hear on WSHE. Trouser Press covered mostly prog and English artrock; then in the early 80s it morphed into New Wave & New Romantic. There were also UK magazines (cannot remember the name, but probably Smash Hits, Slash, Underground or something. I still have some of them in a box in my storage space.)

The three magazine covers included in this blog are iconic in my mind. They bring me right back to that era, pouring over the words before I heard the music, and then eventually entering the new sounds and new worlds created for me within this music.

By this time I had bought the Eno Working Backwards 11-LP box set, yet I cannot honestly say that I listened to the first two albums. I was a fan of Before and After Science, Ambient 1, and Discrete Music. I was more about his ambient side, and wasn’t interested in his glam / pre-punk sound. Nowadays, I love Here Comes the Warm Jets; it's a really catchy and quirky album!



Moving along with the “weird electronic” music, I was introduced to Gary Numan when a redneck friend in high school gave me the “Cars” single. It was alien, distant, bizarre. I liked it and dug into Numan, purchasing The Pleasure Principle, but more importantly, Replicas. From Numan, I leaned about an obscure band that influenced him, Ultravox! (Check out "I want to be a machine:" Ultravox! produced by Brian Eno.) I was late to the game, John Foxx had already left the band. The week it was released, I bought Midge-Ure-era Ultravox's Vienna album. I also hit upon other electro pop / synth bands, such as Depeche Mode (bought the first album when it came out!) and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. A friend in high school turned me on to “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell, and I had a new favorite band! And let's not overlook DEVO! Are we not men? was an amazing find (again, produced by Eno).

For me, then, it seems RADIO served as my introduction to music in middle school. In high school it was MAGAZINES, FRIENDS and exploring at RECORD STORES.

There was a amazing shop -- Open Books & Records (1979-1994) -- that stocked all the imports and the local bands and underground USA music. I would read about a band in a magazine, then go to Open to check if they had a copy. I’d listen to a track or two to see if I liked the music. Sometimes I picked things up, based purely on the cover (such as The Last Man in Europe Corporation.) Leslie at Open would say, “David Sylvian’s solo album is coming out in two weeks, would you like me to order one for you?” or “You like Ultravox, have you checked out Visage? There's a different singer but Midge Ure and Billy Currie write the music…"

Case talks about trading hard drives of music, but it having no real value, being merely unseen data without context, unsavored. Our situation was just the opposite back in the early 80s; we had to intentionally work to discover music. Each new musical experience was gained by overcoming obstacles, finding something unique. The hunt gave the music a lot of value. While most of my classmates were listening to The Doobie Brothers' "Minute by Minute," or "Sgt Peppers" for the seven thousandth time, I was adventuring into the musical unknown. These albums I found meant so much to me. The obscure music we followed was wrapped deeply into how we identified ourselves. We were underground, individual, non-mainstream. Music was part of that identity,


I began my fanzine, Alternative Rhythms, to cover a mix of the European bands I was interested in, plus local South Florida bands I'd hear about from singles at Open Records. South Florida's music scene was diverse; we had electro-pop from Futurisk ("Split Second Decision" 1982, on YouTube) and Stones/Velvet Rock-n-Roll from Charlie Pickett ("If This is Love, Can I Get My Money Back" 1983, on YouTube). Writing about music served as a pretext to get into bars when I was underage, I went out to cover these bands for the 'zine.

Music discovery meant everything to me. That's still true today. My job at Projekt is finding new music, and spreading the word. It's a different era, yet it's similar to 35 years ago; the difference is now I have taken on the role of being the person who exposes new music to people. Music is part of who I am.
/i]

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: On Inspiration - Chuck Close quote
« on: September 15, 2014, 05:05:34 AM »
Julio,

Any chance for a recipes thread here on the forum - or are they (like some of our 'special' granular/spectral/formant-shifting effects treatments) top secret ? :)

Thats funny Pete......a recipe thread, why not.  I try to take pictures when ever possible of various dish before they leave the kitchen.  Might be interesting for people to see and follow with a recipe.

Recipes are often a good source of inspiration especially when accompanied by a picture....I like to read other chefs cookbooks, not to copy what they have done so much but to see how different ingredients are used and often that will spark another idea and so on.  Recipes are like maps, they help you get to your destination but you have to walk the path. 

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: On Inspiration - Chuck Close quote
« on: September 14, 2014, 10:32:03 PM »
Mr. Julio why do you have an Oberheim Matrix 12 and all this gear? Do you know by the slightest chance that this discussion is because of the righteous need for bashing people using ''unnecessary high-end gear''? have you noticed that you look silly pretending that you are on the side of the people that has talent but little gear?

Do you recognize this studio?

Let me give you some flash news! It's yours!


Cosmic Fabric.....firstly this discussion is about inspiration as per Pete's original post.  I understand that musical instruments are a source of that inspiration so it seems natural that it came up in this discussion.   That I should look "Silly" pretending to be on the side of people that have talent and little gear....never gave it any thought but since you point it out I dont think there is a need to pretend...talent and little gear are a great combination, just as much good music can come from a limited choice of equipment as opposed to an full arsenal of exotic synths and fancy outboard gear...perhaps even better music!

As to my studio....thanks for pulling those up, have not seen them in a while and the studio has changed a bit.  My studio fits into the little gear category, the talent part perhaps not :o.  There is really not much there.  The room is acoustically treated as any room should be if you mix with monitors, there a few good synths, outboard gear and good monitors.  The room is small and everything is close at hand.  I have chosen these instruments (some I dont have anymore) because they work well as a group, each offering a unique voice.  The synths are very deep in programming and require time to understand their full capabilities....a large room full of a lot gear would be too confusing for me and unnecessary.

Let me also suggest you tone your voice down...your not quite shouting but you are getting quite loud....it makes for a better conversation.

 

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: On Inspiration - Chuck Close quote
« on: September 14, 2014, 04:51:35 PM »
I bet, they would be really disappointed by hearing, that those special places are cooking the pasta just with water, using vegetables from the local market and - more worse - having cutlery by IKEA ;D

 ;D

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: On Inspiration - Chuck Close quote
« on: September 14, 2014, 10:01:58 AM »
This whole "Chef" thing has got me into this thread because I intended to stay out of it for obvious reasons.

I have been a professional Chef for the last 27 years and I emphasis "professional" because I get paid to do this.   With all these opinions floating about here some real world facts about cooking are warranted.

1.  The only essential tool a cook needs is a sharp knife, preferable a good one about a $100 and should last many many years.

2. All that "equipment" you may have seen in commercial kitchens is there for one reason...to produce food for a lot of people in a short period of time.  Practically every fancy piece of equipment can be done with a good sharp knife if you know how but often a short cut is needed because time is critical and the doors open at 5pm and the show must commence. Hence the need for fancy equipment

3. Anything done in a commercial kitchen can be done in a home kitchen....granted you might not want to smoke pork butt in your house or have a veal stock simmering for 48 hours. 

4. The creative process is a team effort in a commercial kitchen.....I write the menu, source ingredients, look for interesting flavors that work well together or contrast each other etc....but it gets handed off to the station that will actually complete the dish so there is a constant need for excellent technique and often relearning.  Part of my job is that the cooks in the kitchen are exposed to these techniques so that they can do the job and we arrive at the completed dish together during the chaos and fury of a busy service

5. There are no real short cuts.....sort of contradicting myself here....what I mean is if you want to understand sauces you have to know the traditional mother sauce that came out of french cooking.  The principles learned allow one to be really creative or break the tradition and know why you are doing so.  Training is everything and then the creative expression follows.

6. You dont have to go to culinary school to be a good cook...you do have to work in several or often many different restaurants to get the real knowledge if you choose to work in this industry

7.The equipment in commercial kitchens is only a means to an end, the most important part is the creative human factor that will make the food taste delicious, look exciting and been full of nutrition to promote a healthy and energized life.



Nice post pete.....its how I feel!  Also Pete Im inspired by your modest needs regarding studio setup, and I mean no racks of synths and mastering grade converts or expensive monitors....wait a minute you dont use monitors  ;D You have cut back or never felt the need to expand and yet the music you compose is beautiful in sound and quality and at the core for me what ambient music is all about!

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