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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Modular Musings
« on: January 18, 2016, 06:15:01 AM »

Modular Musings

This project is sort of a sonic blog based on the recordings of my new eurorack modular synthesizer.  These experiments are works in progress that I hope will evolve as I learn and come to understand the full potential of this system.  It is complexed and challenging as well as liberating without the restraints of the black and white keyboard.

I approached these first sounds without any idea of what I wanted or what to expect and it is proving to be an exciting way to work.  As a musician I have created a sonic palette that has grown into what one could call “my sound” which is still very organic and not fixed but I do recognize it nevertheless.  This is not so with the modular sound world as it is always surprising, ever changing and can disappear with the simplest twist of a knob.  There is no memory, nothing can be saved.  When creating a patch you have to risk loosing it and it happens often, in fact working for hours, for days to have the whole patch collapse into a sonic cacophony of mayhem is really the only way to go, you cant go back  only forward and is never the same.

At some moment the patch feels ready to record and this takes place not because I like what Im hearing, thats its good or the sounds are what I was after, its much more that what Im hearing is fascinating and quite the opposite of anything I may have expected and for me this is where I grow and learn as boundaries are crossed and new horizons discovered.

The patches I have put up on my soundcloud page are live performances and are recorded straight to disk....

I would like to point you to the main inspiration for this project…..Taylor Deupree’s Studio Diary’s.  I was so taken by the sounds and idea here and how he was able to create music with a modular synthesizer that generally wants to rain down sonic chaos, was instead patched to express quiet, gentle and beautiful soundscapes.  Heres a link I posted about this....

Its early days so I really cant say where this project will lead but I will let you know as more recordings are upload and worthy of your attention.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / CD Shipping costs.
« on: January 03, 2016, 07:36:50 AM »
It seems to me shipping cds from the usa across the pond have become quite high, almost the cost of the actual cd being shipped. My own experience is about $10 +- to ship my cds to most of Europe which I actually charge $7 and absorb the loss in the hope to encourage cd sales.

I notice Databloem charges a flat rate of 5 Euros.

So what is the solution......? 

If artists and Labels go to the trouble and expense of producing physical media I would think we would want to do whatever to promote and not deter people by high shipping costs.....Is get a European distributer the answer? 

If you feel to please share your experiences.


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 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.....

This is a link to the original 2012 release posted here on the Hypnos forum.....

Original download cover(updated)

Actual CD cover

Back cover


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!

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 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 was so cool to actually hold The Wall in my hands.  I did have it once...seems a long time ago

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?

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....

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 of the greatest electronic sound sculptors is talking to a gathering of very young people at the red bull academy....!

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?


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. 

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 the arrange window of said daw I could paint with graphic it but.

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

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.


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.

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

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.

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?

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?   


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.

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

Link to video.....

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

Its time to start loving your microwave!

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