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Everything and Nothing / Re: Any other photography people out there ?
« on: August 10, 2014, 08:09:46 AM »
Thanks Pete!

I photograph capturing both Raw DNG colour and black and white jpeg.  In Adobe camera raw I convert to greyscale open the file in photoshop and do minimum correction work which amounts to enlarging to 200% to remove dust or fibers that were on the sensor at exposure....there is always dust of some sort.  It often goes unnoticed in a busy pictures but not on smooth even tones like sky.

The only technical aspect is I use a digital camera in complete manual mode...old school, so knowledge of combining aperture settings, depth of field and shutter speeds is useful, but other than that its basically point and shoot so to speak.

I started taking pictures back in the film and darkroom days where you had to get 90% if not 100% right in camera.  Your only safety net was taking polaroids so you knew as you went everything was good, this is in commercial photography.  Today with Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture in the computer it is very different.  I still do everything I can to make the photograph right in camera and that includes cropping which I only do if really necessary to save the picture.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Any other photography people out there ?
« on: August 09, 2014, 04:15:38 PM »
I have my photography site up and running......http://juliodibenedetto.zenfolio.com

The site is still in its infancy as I work with content & design etc....still Im pleased with this first offering....."Driftwood".  The images were made in the summer of 2013 in Costa Rica during a surf trip.

Just let the sildeshow run on the home page will give you a good sense......if you what to spend any time with an image go to photography and click on Driftwood.

Enjoy.


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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Any Genesis fans?
« on: August 07, 2014, 11:34:55 AM »
Genesis : A Trick or the Tale & Duke  8)

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ableton Live ?
« on: August 05, 2014, 04:06:18 PM »
So I loaded up Live  today after about a month and really liked the sessions I had done but stared blankly at the monitor not understanding what or how I had done them.  Its not back to square one though the excitement of new ways to work have be hijacked by my time away.   ???

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Hey Tomas.....the need to want to know what we are listening through is important to this experiment for you.  I am curious to know whats your goal.  do we hear what you hear or what is good and bad.  The only reference you suggested was what may annoy us with the mix/master.  Im very interested in what the outcome may be but there is lots of room for personal taste, so long as this is not scientific which is boring anyway and I would much rather given personal opinion.  If you say wait and be patient for the outcome...I will wait. :)

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Listening on Focal Twin6 Be active.

Surprised it was mastered quite soft,  I would expect it slammed which would not be good.  Listen to it 3 times at low volume, medium and quite loud. 

At low volume the track really picked up at 2:17 with the addition percussion, gave the track a nice brightness and this was the same with all additional material.  The vocoder voice at 4:30 added a wide almost metallic depth.

Medium volume the track held together but the brightness I liked at a lower volume started to overshadow the rest of the music

Played back loud the brightness turned brittle.....probably would cut the mid high frequency at mastering to try to maintain the brightness I like but tighten the dynamics.  Low end was fine.  At the mixing level Id just do this to each electronic type percussion track with care.  Dont want to make it too mute because the contrasting elements generally worked well.  Very good production.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Any other photography people out there ?
« on: August 01, 2014, 07:40:47 AM »
Those infra red shots really pop......the blacks are so black.  Beautiful images!

And you Pete.....do you live in the Yorkshire area or close to?

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Any other photography people out there ?
« on: August 01, 2014, 05:53:31 AM »
[...] but heavy industry is something else I find fascinating (in a strange way)

Absolutely. That, and urban decay.

I like photographing dead trees....living trees are beautiful but dead ones are equally so.


I knew about large format cameras, but never something this large. Wow! :o

Too see a contact print from an 8x10 negative.....absolutely grainless. I have great respect for those old landscape photographs such as Ansel Adams & Edward Weston hauling those 8x10 view cameras around and the sheet film holders...how many do you take, 20 and you would need a trunk to carry them all.   Its still used a lot today but most dont use darkroom techniques to process instead the negs or transparencies are drum scanned and then uploaded just like a file out of a digital camera. 

Here's a link to a photographer I like that uses an 8x10 camera to this day, Richard Misrach http://www.pinterest.com/kevin1669/richard-misrach/

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Any other photography people out there ?
« on: July 31, 2014, 03:25:06 PM »
Decent education and I still cant spell ;D.

Working for Penn was one of those strange anomalies in life that was never followed through regarding a career, however somewhere in my head, perhaps lost by now is a wealth of photographic studio knowledge.  When your young you dont realize sometimes the significance of situations and the opportunities that can arise from them.  One of my responsibilities was to load all the film, 8x10 sheet film, 120 roll film for the Hasselblad. Today I don't think I would have the nerve to handle it....if I had put the film in the wrong way and the shoot was for the cover of Vogue that Penn did every month :o  When your 21 the ramifications are not so clear.  What I was "exposed" to was a great photographic experience where craft and creativity was the ethos.

Thanks for the time to reminisce.

Actually now that I think about it Pete I lived about 5 miles out of York in Shipton by Beningbrough and went to school outside of Helmsley in a tiny village called Bedlam and Norton, actually 2 tiny villages put together I believe.  That would be ages 7-12. 

Those were certainly formative years spent in Yorkshire and because of those beautiful bleak moors is perhaps why now I look to the landscape for photography. Though a stroll around here in S.E. Florida (the parts that are not strip centers and shopping malls) could mean encounters with alligators or diamond back rattle snakes and wild boar.  Fun Fun!

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hard to say money wise but I buy 5 cd's a month so say $60 +- though not consistently,  I might go months without a purchase...it varies a lot

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 31, 2014, 08:52:39 AM »
And now back to our regular programming  ;)



Could be my favorite Sakamoto collaboration.....the Fennesz treatments work so well with the piano.  More experimental than Sakamoto & Willets excellent Ancient Future but in a very good way and more accessible than their 12k release Ocean Fire.  Also theres an element in Sakamoto's piano that is reminiscent for me of his film music adding a melodic smoothness to the Fennesz glitch.

Got my cd from Amoeba in San Francisco, had a hard time finding it..... flac is available from Boomkat  http://boomkat.com/cds/33897-fennesz-sakamoto-cendre

Sad News about Sakamoto:

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/jul/11/ryuichi-sakamoto-diagnosed-throat-cancer-yellow-magic-orchestra

Greetings,
Tomas

Damn that is not good..... lets all send out some good energy.  I personal know two people, one a family member who have won the fight with throat cancer so there is much hope....thanks for the news Tomas.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Any other photography people out there ?
« on: July 31, 2014, 06:38:54 AM »
After art collage in the UK I studied for a BA in photography which amounted to taking lots of pictures and forced to read academic books to earn degree status, well after two years I tired of reading more than I was taking pictures so I dropped out returned to NYC where I am from and got a job as an assistant to the photographer Irving Penn 

Here is a pinterest link to some of Penn's work, it was quiet an an experience for a 21 year old aspiring photographer, some of the pictures shown were taken when I worked for him...Miles Davis & Skulls http://www.pinterest.com/iellelaflamme/irving-penn-photos/.

During that period I was also painting and that sort took over and photography was put on the shelf for some 25 years or so as more important things developed like making ambient music ;)

I have been making pictures over the last few years in a more constructive way than just holiday snaps. Mostly black and white.  Im putting a gallery website together that is still under construction but will link it when its finished.

Really enjoyed your pictures Pete......I lived about 25 miles north of York when I was about 10 and the countryside and moors are still in my heart.  What a great place for a walkabout with camera!

Sorry to hear about your Pup thirdsystem.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Top Oophoi discs
« on: July 29, 2014, 03:20:07 PM »
From the discs that I have which I will list I can narrow it down to a favorite track....Lord of the Starfields from Athlit.

Athlit
Dreamfields w/PV
Distance to Zero w/PV
Il Silenzo di Dio
Signals from the great beyond

Both cds that team Oophoi with Paul Vnuk are very special....sometimes you need another to bring the best out of each other

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 29, 2014, 03:54:19 AM »
And now back to our regular programming  ;)



Could be my favorite Sakamoto collaboration.....the Fennesz treatments work so well with the piano.  More experimental than Sakamoto & Willets excellent Ancient Future but in a very good way and more accessible than their 12k release Ocean Fire.  Also theres an element in Sakamoto's piano that is reminiscent for me of his film music adding a melodic smoothness to the Fennesz glitch.

Got my cd from Amoeba in San Francisco, had a hard time finding it..... flac is available from Boomkat  http://boomkat.com/cds/33897-fennesz-sakamoto-cendre

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Everything and Nothing / Re: TunesCore Payments for Spotify Streams
« on: July 28, 2014, 07:51:46 PM »
Never heard of Spotify.  Never heard of Tunecore 1 or 7.  Of course Im almost 51 years old so Im easily dismissible.

Eugor Im touched that you consider this forum Spotify savvy...perhaps someone will assist you in your customer support.

Your being Funny..... right, because no one makes any money on this forum through ambient music.


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ableton Live ?
« on: July 27, 2014, 07:25:19 PM »
I love that too about " one of the most beautiful chords in the universe" and it is a very pretty chord.  Im looking at Push in the very near future for myself.

I cant believe its be more than two weeks and I haven't open up Live of logic nor tuned on a synth....be working on some photo projects.  After a break from delving deep into Live Im almost hesitant to jump back in.....very strange!

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ableton Live ?
« on: July 23, 2014, 04:45:08 AM »
  Interesting to see all those Youtube vids of people playing with controllers / Live almost as an 'instrument', in it's own way.

I agree, to full appreciate Live a controller of some sort is need and Live does become an instrument.  Its very different to most daw's.

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Miss you Forrest!
« on: July 22, 2014, 04:57:34 PM »
 :)

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: July 22, 2014, 02:55:59 PM »
Love that last picture.....very warm and the painting I like a lot....the whole atmosphere mellows out the somewhat stern looking bronze dude.....pray tell who is he?  Beethoven perhaps.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ableton Live ?
« on: July 22, 2014, 02:48:38 PM »
Hi Pete,

Ive been away from the studio the past few weeks on vacation and have not got back into the learning curve again...shortly though, however I do feel that I will work with Live and Logic together via rewire....this is cool.  I will say having worked with audio in Logic forever its strange in Live because it wants to take over and turn your music into neat packages of perfect timed audio which could be useful but I work very loosely when writing music and live's constraints Im not sure about.  If I was just recording audio from external synths as I do in logic, Live would not be a good option for me, logic is better at audio or I should say I like the way Logic handles audio better. 

The really mysterious part of Live is the Session window....I quiet like not see the audio or midi scrolling by.  It becomes sort of a palette of sounds to be triggered and this I feel will be the exciting part of working in live. 
 
While on vacation I had my iPad with me and from time to time created a Scape in Eno's App and it occurred to me that the way Scape triggers sounds could be a good way to work in Live Sesson via a Push or Launch Pad with you the musician as the random element.  Nothing new Im sure but from an ambient perspective it makes sense and the level of surprise....those sonic accidents that are so sweet.  I think what I described would be a great way to perform "live" with Live.

Also the soft synths and sampler synths in Live 9 suite are quite extraordinary which I realize you wont have in Live intro, well maybe some. 

Load it up Pete....try it on for size.  It could be another way to work or an addition to your work flow in place.

Heres a little video of Christopher Willets talking about Push....something that makes me excited about Live.   

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