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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Television is Dead......So Says Mr Eno!
« on: November 14, 2012, 06:43:17 PM »
Eno seems to be popping up here heres a short little nothing thats says everything, or not.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Brian Eno...Imaginary Landscapes
« on: November 05, 2012, 07:13:00 PM »

Ive seen parts of this before  but not as a whole......we all know the music, always interesting to glimpse inside his mind.

I have been searching for sources that have Hi Res downloads,.....ambient / electronic.  By Hi Res Im referring to cd quality 16 bit @ 44.1k and 24bit Flac files  etc....

Bandcamp is the only place Ive come across that makes these available.......anyone know of other sites.

Has iTunes done anything with Apple lossless yet.

Perhaps we are not there yet and if you want this quality then simply buy the cd and put it on your computer.  Which is what I have been doing as I will not buy mp3's.  I don't have an iPod and if I did I would make the conversion myself if need be.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / I dream of Wires......Modular Love
« on: August 14, 2012, 05:18:31 PM »

Lots of talk about soft synths recently......time to balance the equation.


Pathway to Pelada ::  51:57

Composed, Performed & Produced by Julio Di Benedetto 2011.

Synthesizers :: Access Virus TI & Oberheim Matrix 12

Mastered by Taylor Deupree @ 12k Mastering

Photography & Design :: Julio Di Benedetto


My second release this year is " Pathway to Pelada" which is now available for download on my imprint, Digital Voices, over at Bandcamp...... 

All the best.......Julio

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / The Fairlight Sampler Reborn
« on: July 27, 2012, 05:04:18 PM »

Mike,s 808 trip into the past post inspired me to add this.......I remember seeing a tv show that filmed Peter Gabriel back in the 1980's taking some portable recorder out into a scrap metal dump and recording the sound of smashing car windscreens.  He then took these recordings and loaded them into his failrlight mapped it across the keys and the rest was history so to speak.  At the price of an average car its just what you need in your studio or garage :o

Have to say the touch screen creation of wavetable like sounds is very special......cant say we have this technology available least in the price range for this mere mortal.


Everything and Nothing / Reconnection with compassion
« on: July 11, 2012, 03:48:35 AM »
Came across this......inspiring & powerful 


The Sense of Being There :: 59:43

Composed, Performed & Produced by Julio Di Benedetto 2010.

Synthesizers :: Access Virus TI, Alesis Andromeda & Oberheim Matrix 12

Mastered by Taylor Deupree @ 12k Mastering

Photography & Design :: Julio Di Benedetto


I have posted a long clip selection here for everyone to listen too.  This is the first release since 2008 and the end of a musical hiatus since 2006, I happy to say!

Not going to say much about it now other than once the website is up and the full project is available I will let everyone know for those interested

Format: Download only in 16bit @ 44.1k cd quality & 24bit @ 44.1k master quality files.

Hope you enjoy the pre release clips.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Soft Synths....What do you like?
« on: June 04, 2012, 05:40:39 AM »
Its been quite some time since Ive used soft synths....Generator, then Reaktor when they first came out.  Things have change and there are a lot to choose from.  I would like to add a few to my sonic palette.


Im about to start a major studio downsizing to a more mobile rig and Im looking for suggestions regarding laptops, power, size, screen options etc.

Im running logic pro 8 on a G5 2.5 quad core 16g ram system currently so it has to be a Macbook Pro as I dont want to switch Daw's.

I would like to hear from PC users as well because regardless of platform I imagine the positive aspects of a laptop and their pitfalls would be somewhat universal.

I plan on using soft synths...something new for me and limited hardware.   I already have my interface, a Metric Halo uln2.

Also any thoughts on hard drives.....SSD?   External Drives....Thunderbolt?   New or used Macbook.  OSX?

Lots to consider.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Sony PCM D50 Linear Recorder FS
« on: April 13, 2012, 07:57:58 PM »
The sound quality @ 24/96 on this thing is quite amazing.

The tripod collapses into a very rugged grip, essential for hand held field recordings, oh and the hamster is included for free ;D



Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Korg Wavedrum FS
« on: April 13, 2012, 07:44:38 PM »
Another item I like to let forum musicians know about before it goes to ebay....Korg Wavedrum: $370, original box  etc....Thanks



Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Alesis Andromeda A6 FS
« on: April 13, 2012, 06:41:12 PM »
I would like to put this up here before it goes off to ebay......Alesis Andromeda A6 16 Voices Analog Synthesizer:  $1800

Im not going to go into what this is or does as its reputation is well known......I want to let you know why Im selling it for such a price when they are asking $4000+ on ebay, although they normally sell for more like $3500

First there are a few minor software issues.  During heavy programming the lcd screen can go blank.  A click of the program button restores it.  It does not happen often and barely interups programming but still is something potential buyers should be aware of.  Also the screen can get stuck, usaually ENV 2 screen...a random clicking of buttons releases the screen and returns it to what ever parameters you are actually editing.

Lastly there is  cosmetic damage where this board took a fall at some time in its life before I got it....see picture below.  You cant see it unless you look underneath and it has not effected the function of the synth.

Beyond these issues the Andromeda is  functioning fine, auto tune works as do all knobs.

I am not the original owner.  I purchased it in 2006.  It has the manufactures quality control sticker on the bottom that is date 01/26/01

Please email with any


P.S. Studio shot is circa 2009

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Pjusk - Sus Video
« on: November 26, 2011, 07:23:48 AM »
Amazing video of this 12k label group.....have not heard the entire cd as it was sold out by the time I got round to it.  Music seems like a bit or a breakaway sound for 12k

Pjusk - Sus

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / A stroll through Vince Clarke's studio
« on: November 03, 2011, 05:42:00 AM »
Stumbled across this last night......beautiful "scenery". 

Part 1

Part 2

If you are still interested the following videos are Clarke programming a few of his wonderful toys!  The credits at the end of each video are pretty funny, gave me a chuckle.

Very interesting interview......never thought about music in this manner.  It will get those brain cells up and firing.

Not certain about the software for my use anyway...I have the trial version, lets see.

Everything and Nothing / Big waves : Electro Ambient Music
« on: October 08, 2011, 04:17:02 PM »
As a surfer / surfboard builder Im always looking for the challenge most often beyond my own capabilities.......the videos below exhibit this.  Its hard to understand for those that dont surf that situations like this can take your life.  Ironic when the surfers seem to be standing there enjoying the view while being chased by roaring giants.  I think I would be sitting in a boat have to now your limitations.   Tavurua, where this takes place is a heart shaped island in Fiji.

Enjoy the ride

P.S.Sorry about the ad's cant control that....worth expanding this videos to full screen and turning up the volume

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Omnisphere.....who's using it?
« on: September 29, 2011, 07:02:20 AM »
Came across this video of the Spectrasonic's Omnisphere 1.5 update that implements the ipad as a control surface.  Is it as good as it sounds.  I have resisted so far.  Perhaps it is futile to do so.

Everything and Nothing / Why do Artist list the instruments used on a CD?
« on: September 23, 2011, 05:47:24 PM »
This was a question posted by a forum member somewhere here regarding the long list of modular synthesizers used by Parallel was asked with a tone of frustrated annoyance because it seemed unnecessary to this person.  It struck me as an interesting question.  There are many reasons I believe and I have a few ideas of my own but Im curious if ambient/electronic music fans here care what was used to create the sounds we so love to hear.  Does it matter to the listener?  To musicians its a forgone conclusion...we will always want to know what was involved in the production.

I stop by the 12k site quite often to see whats happening and I had never seen this beautiful little manifesto before...thought Id share.


1. Don't tell listeners what they want to hear, let them discover that for themselves. 

2. Treat your audience as they are: intelligent, passionate lovers of art and sound.

3. Evolve constantly, but slowly.

4. Stay quiet, stay small.

5. Strive for timelessness.

6. Never try to be perfect. Beauty is imperfection.

7. Simplicity. Anti-Design.

8. Never try to innovate, be true to yourself, and innovation may happen.

9. Explore sound as art, as a physical phenomenon — with emotion.

10. Develop community.

11. Be spontaneous.

12. Everything will change.

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