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Im excited to announce the reissue of my 2012 release "A Tide Pool of Memories" in pressed CD format.  The original release was a download only but there has been a good deal of interest in the possibility of a physical cd...so here it is.
The artwork has been polished up and expanded for the physical format.

Similar to the last release and in the spirit of the season I have priced the cd in and around the cost of a download until the new year.....https://digitalvoices.bandcamp.com/album/a-tide-pool-of-memories

This is a link to the original 2012 release posted here on the Hypnos forum.....http://www.hypnos.com/smf/index.php?topic=5604.msg37405#msg37405


Original download cover(updated)


Actual CD cover


Back cover




Enjoy!

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I have received a few emails of Artist & labels making their entire catalog of music available for download on Bandcamp at discounted prices and Im sort of turned off by the whole thing.  This is not how I buy music.  If I had wanted the said entire catalog I would already have it at the normal price because I really like all the music.  Why would I want a release that I did not like because its 30% less and I get another 100+ releases of music, some of which I may already have as well as a ton that Im not interested in.  Seems to me this is hoarding mentality.  Are there some gems I have missed.....for sure, but this is not how I want to find them.  I come here to the Hypnos forum to read the "Now Playing" thread which is the best place to discover such hidden gems.

Disclaimer: Respect to those that feel differently to me as this is a good way to support artists and labels, its just not an approach I would take.

Hey, I should check to see if this is some automatic Bandcamp scheme and my music is also available en mass.....better not be!


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Everything and Nothing / Vinyl is really back
« on: November 03, 2015, 06:00:36 AM »


I have not been into my local Barnes and Noble in a while but when I do I always drift into the music department to see if I can find any ambient titles hidden in the New Age section.....to my surprise and shock I saw the main wall devoted to records.  Something I have not seen in maybe twenty years.  I know vinyl is growing but I was not aware that it was at this level. The selection was pretty decent, no ambient, not yet anyway and the records are expensive.....white album, bottom shelf in lower left corn of the picture...Pink Floyd, The Wall $59. These are all new releases not used.....it was so cool to actually hold The Wall in my hands.  I did have it once...seems a long time ago

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Soundcloud and its alternatives
« on: October 07, 2015, 07:22:54 AM »
What is going on with soundcloud.......I can't  play anything, everywhere I go in it and whatever I try to do I get nowhere except to get me to sign up for "Go Pro".  This is what is really going on I feel. Because I have an account they are making it hard to navigate unless I upgrade.  I could be wrong. I dont use it that much to warrant a $55 yearly subscription.

Anyone else experience this and are there any alternatives in a similar format.

By the way I have know problem with money being made but something has change at soundcloud. Were they bought out recently?

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Taylor Deupree....2014 Studio Diary
« on: September 22, 2015, 09:14:35 AM »
Really interesting and beautiful music here.  A sound a day sort of thing using modular, found sounds etc....

https://soundcloud.com/12k/sets/2014-studio-diary

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I have been thinking about modular synthesis and the beginning of electronic music. In my search, of course I had to come across this man.

There is 3 hours of footage here and it is some of the most insightful, fascinating and historically interesting discussion of music I seen in a very long time.  The second and longest video is classic....one of the greatest electronic sound sculptors is talking to a gathering of very young people at the red bull academy....!




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On August the 5th 2015 my girlfriend and I, along with another couple will travel from Florida, USA to France to start the Camino.  It actually starts in the Pyrenees but then after one day crosses over into Spain.

I had never heard about the Camino until I saw this movie a year or so ago with Martin Sheen called "The Way" directed by his son Emilio Estavez and said after watching it that one day I would do this, a bucket list sort of thing. Well its going to happen very shortly.



Depending on ones fitness the Camino takes 30 some days to walk...490 miles. 

This is such an out of the box vacation, if you can call it that..... I just dont know what to expect and thats probably the point.  I am excited to return to Europe where I grew up between the UK and Majorca, Spain.

Anyone here walked the Camino, heard about it or ever thought about doing it?

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OBERHEIM 8 VOICE



The video wont load so you will have to click the link,  if you can't make it through the long technical section go to 15:35 to listen and sit up to some electronica that still can not be matched by todays synths analog or otherwise in sound. ;) Except that Tom has a 2 voice in production and a 4 voice possibly on the way.... :)

Its worth listening to the whole thing from start to finish just for the amusing commentary as well. 

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Recording music without a computer
« on: June 30, 2015, 04:58:19 PM »
I spend so much time in front of the computer for music and otherwise that I was wondering what viable alternatives there might be to recording music without it, the computer that is.

Only person I know of is Seren.....I assume that still stands as so.

I guess part of this has to do with working deeper in Abelton Live, for sure a daw in the full sense yet in its main mixing window, it has a better name, you dont see anything but the individual channels, no graphic audio until you decide to create that.

Im really getting into the listen and not seeing.  It was the opposite for a long while....in the arrange window of said daw I could paint with graphic representation.....love it but.

Is there a viable alternative to the computer / daw....and if so what would you do?

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Solid State Logic Duendo Plugin Sale
« on: June 15, 2015, 04:43:26 AM »
Dont usually see this software go on sale.....$99 for each plugin!  Follow the links for in depth video.



http://www.solidstatelogic.com/music/duende%20native/x%2Dverb/video.asp





http://www.solidstatelogic.com/music/duende%20native/x%2Deq/video.asp

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My new cd release "Original Light" is now available for purchase and download.  Please stop by my Bandcamp site and give it a spin, thanks.

https://digitalvoices.bandcamp.com/album/original-light


Composed, performed & produced by Julio Di Benedetto 2012-2015 using synthesizers, piano, iPad apps & laptop processing.

Mastered by Don Tyler @ IO Mastering

Photography & Design : Julio Di Benedetto

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Computers, Internet and Technology / The internet and our Future
« on: October 04, 2014, 05:23:16 PM »
Douglas Coupland has or will shortly released a book about the biggest internet tech company in the world...Alcatel Lucent.  Im going to read this but below is a link to a quick paraphrase from the Financial Times.

http://video.ft.com/3807882765001/Douglas-Coupland-our-brains-rewired/Life-And-Arts

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I ask this question because about 4 months ago I came into the studio to meet the smell of charred electronics, a very distinctive smell.  To my relief I discovered it wasnt any gear put my Furman AR 1215 was fried....had it done its job and perished in the process.  Cant say but since then the studio has been running off local power straight out of the wall.





The balanced power option to do right is too expensive and the results are questionable.

I was considering a simple but good surge protector/backup like this one below which I have at work in the office.



I curious what others use and recommend?

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Everything and Nothing / What is the Hypnos Forum to you ?
« on: September 25, 2014, 06:05:31 PM »
Many come here for different purposes but most end up at the ultimate reason.....their love of ambient music!

Quite a few come here to share their musical discoveries ambient or otherwise...the life blood of this forum.

Musician's come here to share their wonderful new recordings.

Gearheads come here to exchange sonic possibilities.

Novelist & lovers of literature come her to share there recent and best reads.

Gamers come to share their latest online conquests.

Firestarters come here to stir things up and help things get.... fired up....usually an interesting and spirited outcome.  A good thing!

Lovers share their troubadour adventures.

Watchers....the silent majority come here to glean and hopefully break that barrier and come through to contribute.

There are some that put a great deal of energy into this forum and I suspect question is it really worth it....yes the darker side.

And then there is this hush....enough has been said.  I can feel it.  Time to regroup.  Check our reality.  Become quite.


So where are you.....what does the Hypnos forum mean to you?   







 

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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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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.....

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For sale on ebay......$17,849.00

http://www.perfectcircuitaudio.com/wave-vintage-synthesizer-32-voice.html





Its time to start loving your microwave!

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Everything and Nothing / The funniest Man that ever lived is Gone!
« on: August 12, 2014, 04:44:22 PM »
Im sure this sad news of Robin Williams passing is coming through to most by now....In my life he was the funniest because he could be the most serious as well.  Perhaps comedy enabled Robin Williams to plummet the depths of the human psyche....I dont know, yet he could swing the emotional pendulum to such extremes that I would say no other actor has  been able in quite the same way to make me laugh and cry as he did.

The candle that burns twice as bright.....

R.I.P...or better yet, come on back real soon!
 

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As I have my photography portfolio site up and running I thought I would make a formal thread for it to share projects as they evolve for those interested .  There is a blog that will go into more details about projects. The site is in just getting going and currently there are now 2 galleries of selected images to view. The homepage is a slideshow and a nice mix of pictures but does move so if you wish to take time with specific images go to the gallery page and click on whatever may interest you.

Homepage...http://juliodibenedetto.zenfolio.com

Chasing Clouds Gallery....http://juliodibenedetto.zenfolio.com/p71887036

Driftwood Gallery....http://juliodibenedetto.zenfolio.com/p309497644

Thanks & Enjoy.

Just rearranged  the heading...reads better.

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