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Everything and Nothing / Re: Nobody Cares about your Photography!
« on: August 05, 2016, 06:48:12 AM »
Photographer Sally Mann uses "Wet glass plate" techniques invented in around the 1850's.  No autofocus or built in image stabilizers here

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: August 05, 2016, 06:08:41 AM »

it feels like it is only a plaything for them like toys..

For many that is the is a hobby and they have no intention of making recordings other than to share with friends and demonstrate sounds of new modules.  Keep in mind the eurorack modular system has taken about the last ten years to reach this zenith where it is now.  How many Moog's, Buchla's, Serge's and Arp's have appeared on records....many but they have been around 40 years or more and could only be bought by successful recording artist due to the insane cost.  The eurorack format by contrast is for the people.....there are a lot of people in this world.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Nobody Cares about your Photography!
« on: August 05, 2016, 05:37:10 AM »
when it comes to photography art it has to do much with the equipment you use.
Unlike painting etc According to me you need no artistic skill to push the photo button.
To have artistic taste is not hard.. it is not hard to edit photos afterwards etc..
so for me photographers are overrated,

If you have a mediocre camera no matter what you do and software tricks your photos will look uninteresting and mediocre.
I have never owned a system camera only point and shot and smartphone cameras.. I have used all those the full limit..
software tricks can help but you are still always limited to your camera..

If I get a good camera, I can make professional aristic photos too no problem, and if you buy me a flight ticket I can take photos of epic nature etc.
I have no problem to push the camera button it is not that hard.

Of case I am beeing little bit sarcastic here, of curse you need to know the technological basics of to set exposure and all that but the truth is also the newer cameras do more and more stuff automatic.

Ekstasis.....your post is very funny, I think  ??? 

Everything and Nothing / Re: Nobody Cares about your Photography!
« on: August 04, 2016, 04:55:21 PM »
Beautiful words Jana,

"Nobody Cares" are soul wrenching words and the creative projects we embark upon are full of passion, dedication, intelligence, imagination and...the list can go on and I really believe what we do, we do so that we matter...not from an egocentric perspective but one with community in mind.

I feel this way when I begin a recording.....that I am creating music that will be a part of something much more than just me, something that hopefully will contribute to the greater whole and that in itself really matters.

Whatever are our driving forces, and let them continue to drives us, we should always strive for the best which I dont see how anyone could do it any other way....there can be no half heartedness and I believe every musician on this forum feels similar and that really matters!

This is equally matched by the ambient music fans here.....they seek what matters.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Nobody Cares about your Photography!
« on: August 04, 2016, 10:57:35 AM »
I agree with what you say overall Pete..... definitely an grabbing title.

Its the over saturation in general that caught my attention and how he recommends not making easy pictures.  I understand what that means though its sort of hard to explain.  I think we do it all the time when composing music, that is, not making "easy music".....a few sonic sketches, then and idea comes and then the music builds and things start to expand and certainly collapse until a finish and sometimes a labored work is conceived.  Sure thats not always the case and music can be much more accidental. Regarding photography, its not just taking a long walk for a few hours and seeing what images come though that is truly enjoyable and does produce..... 

Its often said here that there is just so much music being made that its near impossible to kept up and out of all of that how does one find the "work that matters".  Is it as simple as the cream will rise to the top of a bottle of milk....a bottle of milk, you mean milk came in bottles :o ;D  Red top, silver top and gold top....that was how it was graded when I lived in the UK, naturally gold had the most cream, but I digress.


Everything and Nothing / Nobody Cares about your Photography!
« on: August 03, 2016, 04:27:28 PM »
Im considering a camera purchase and was checking the web for info and stumble across this fellow who impressed me......and where you see photography in the title, put your chosen creative form of expression.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sigur Ros - Route 1
« on: August 01, 2016, 05:03:10 PM »
Im only about 4 hours into this.....put it up on the big screen tv and left it running.  Well seems the bus stopped for a food break and sleep.  Ok, trying not to fast forward. Night is what we call dusk.  Interesting people seem to know this bus is on the move as periodically fans await alongside the road

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 01, 2016, 04:39:20 PM »
FM-84 - Atlas

80s 80s 80s !!!

DeepR....Thank you for this, its Wonderful! Many feel the same according to their Bandcamp site.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: July 31, 2016, 07:19:49 PM »
Julio, How do you like the Modcan Touch Sequencer?  Love the display.  Reminds me of my Atari ST from the old days.


Hi Forrest,

The Modcan Touch Sequencer is quite amazing.  Only had it a few weeks, yet it is so straight forward to program via the touch screen. I have been looking for a 4 track sequence that has 4 individual clocks, this sort of does in that it has 4 independent clock dividers.  Sort of the same thing though I dont think I could elaborate more....its a bit beyond me.

For something this powerful it has rather a small foot print.  Initially I was a bit apprehensive of having to menu could not be more pleasurable to work with.  Its just one of those piece of kit that reaches out so far into a system that it changes the way you work and makes the music that much more exciting to create.

I see the similarity to the Atari ST.....Its something to look back on those old yet special machines.  They offered the possibility for the future!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: July 30, 2016, 07:06:54 AM »
Robin Rimbaud....aka Scanner talks about his live modular setup.  I always enjoy listening to artist discuss their gear and method if any.  Its slutty and education ;D

And here is what I believe is the pre performance practice run.....I cant be 100% sure but its the same setup  ???

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: July 30, 2016, 05:56:47 AM »
Came across this video of the history of the Modular Music and the East coast / West coast paradigm give by Tony Rolando, the man behind Make Noise.  Its short and has an interesting selection of music that demonstrates the 2 coasts and the Moog & Buchla philosophies. Ultimately he gets to his main purpose of exhibiting his new and about to be released Make Noise "0 Coast" or No Coast synth the Moog Mother 32 this is a great place to start for anyone looking to get into modulars or add it to your existing system.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 28, 2016, 08:26:19 PM »
I really like that release, Julio. I ended up buying the digital on Bandcamp. 

So is US Amazon selling a different product than what Boomkat was selling? I almost ordered from Boomkat months ago because the pics looked great. I think I'd flip out if I received a CDr on demand in cheap packaging.

Hi Chris,

Yes....Boomkat say its an 8 panel digipack. I have a plastic 2 disc cd jewel case.  What I got through amazon is a cd baby replicate discs as I described.  Its a little odd.  I may just order it again from boomkat to find out

I have no worries that its a cdr but if Im going to invest in physical media I hope for the best in design and packaging.....what I got through amazon is not it. 9+ UK pounds seems a bit cheap for a 2 disc 8 panel digi, cdr or not.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sigur Ros - Route 1
« on: July 28, 2016, 03:55:21 PM »
Now here is the thing.....still only an hour and half into it but it struck me, what time is it when this begins.  Lots of roundabouts in the middle of nowhere and no traffic.  Traffic lights and no cars.  Not familiar with the summer time in Iceland...I know its summer because the last part that forrest's posted people are wearing tee shirts, so.....does the sun set and if it does not is this the middle of what we call night.  ???  I think it is.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 28, 2016, 11:33:11 AM »

Akira Rabelais...."The Little Glass"

Interesting 2 cd release with a performance form Harold Budd.  Actually both artists are credited with piano parts but to me it all sounds like Budd. It is very quiet and restrained, even for Budd with a oddly beautiful sonic quality working in the softer to silent parts, perhaps this is Rabelais.  When I listened to the first cd it was what I had in mind and what I love about Harold Budds work but the second cd is Rabelais reworking of the first cd's music and it is fantastic.....pure shimmer ambience!

I got the cd, and I should mention its a cdr, from amazon in the usa but the Akira Rabelais Bandcamp site links Boomkat in the UKfor those across the pond. The packaging is old school plastic and somewhat cheaply made with cd Baby print on both discs and a very limited cd liner which lists track titles but no artist names or any other information. It plays perfectly but I guess I was expecting more in presentation then what seems like just an afterthought regarding the general packaging and design as is shown on the Boomkat website.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 27, 2016, 08:45:29 PM »
I am glad other people are getting turned onto these. When I created the thread in the other part of the forum it seemed like only a couple people were into this music. Film Decay is my favorite of the Tear Ceremony albums as well.

I have been immersing myself in Tear Ceremony.....

Film Decay...Resin...Emulsion.  Film Decay is the one the really resonates with me.

And recent releases from Todd Gautreau aka Tear Ceremony under the name Tapes & Topographies....

Somewhere in the forum cvac I found a link to your top 50 or so ambient / industrial music releases perhaps the cratedigger link.  It was there that I saw you had The Tear Ceremony album Film Decay listed.  Thats how I discovered it. Thanks!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sigur Ros - Route 1
« on: July 27, 2016, 08:36:09 PM »
I started at the beginning tonight.  OMG I love riding in the front of big buses and the landscape is other worldly, oh and the music is great too. lets see how far I get.

Thanks for the heads up Forrest

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: July 24, 2016, 04:34:24 AM »
Heres a new module recently added to my system....The Modcan Touch Sequencer

This is the eurorack version of the Modcan Series B Touch Sequencer from their large format Modular system pictured below.
Both modules behave the same way.  The eurorack version has to be the smallest 4 track sequencer I have come across.  It is so straight forward and simple to use and yet deep and complex results come out from it.

These are the video manual for both units for those curious

Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum Inactivity
« on: July 24, 2016, 04:04:21 AM »
I haven't landed anywhere else that has held me, but you can hear the wind blow through here sometimes. Very ambient...


Chris.....thats a great post you made with lots to think about.

I was trying to access Richard Gurtlers facebook page but was denied (have to sign up) to see what a serious ambient music aficionado presence looks like, ultimately that is Richards place but what we are talking about is what it means to be part of an interactive community and its possible future.

If for example my modular musings thread had not had a fair amount of traffic passing through...would I have continued, performing to and empty venue so to speak, perhaps not, but it was the opposite....2783 views and counting, in a six month period.

Perhaps there is a natural ebb and flow...just seems like the tides been going out for a long time.


Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum Inactivity
« on: July 22, 2016, 08:27:04 PM »
Yeah I have very little to do with social media....this is it, me being social, though it is sort of lonely here sometimes :'( ;D

Perhaps blogging has taken over as a format from forums as people no long choice to interact and just want leads and commentary to good music.

I cant say whats going on with the Hypnos label but the prolonged silence is odd.  Things change and Mike Griffin's energy's maybe elsewhere.  I do feel that the forum was the backbone of the I remember most of the musicians on the Hypnos label were very active on the forum interacting with music fans and just generally being out there.  It was exciting.

This place still gets people passing through it albeit very quietly.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum Inactivity
« on: July 20, 2016, 08:19:35 PM »
Six days since the last post hereabouts - has there been a longer period of inactivity recently ?

Julio - to the Modular ! :)

I noticed it is really very quiet....Ive been posting more on the currently playing thread than I usually do to keep things moving a Little but with the absences of drone on and third system that thread has lost a certain dynamics, though Chris still keeps the touch lit.

I think the most activity of late has been between us gearheadz and we are just a handful here and what we talk about is likely of no interest to most.

Have to say Pete I do really miss posting patches on the Modular Musings thread now that Ive gone all serious and working on a studio project....but think for a moment, where could I have be able to do such a thing....a live musical blog with an immediate audience for the curious souls.  Only here. 

Ive heard it said that the hay day of the forum has long gone and I wonder if those times coincided with the Hypnos labels peak release schedule.

Im often concern that this forum is not frequented by more, by more visible people....perhaps this reflects the state of ambient music as a whole.

Where is the ambient music audience today?

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