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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CD Shipping costs.
« on: January 23, 2016, 08:28:55 AM »
Hi Forrest,

I do have a cdbay account but the only music available there is my first electronica cd back from 2009.  Never put more up there as Im not fond of the 30 second music clips and consequently I hardly ever buy music from cdbay myself....thank you for the thought!

Im talking to Dennis at Databloem and when things with him are in place I will announce the link it.  This should help keep shipping cost down for anyone in Europe.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CD Shipping costs.
« on: January 20, 2016, 09:03:07 PM »
I shipped out 2 cd's yesterday from to Oregon, usa for $2.50 and one to the uk for $13.50. Over the pond is airmail, jet fuel and all thet....does mail to the west coast of the usa go by road?

A week or so ago when I shipped out cd's to europe it was $10.20 and now it s $13.50.  What the......!  This is ridiculous. Now shipping is more than the actual general cost of a retail cd.

Hopefully I can find a europe distro so no one has to pay these insane shipping costs.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: David Bowie 1947 - 2016
« on: January 18, 2016, 07:09:06 AM »

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.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 16, 2016, 08:34:02 AM »

This has been in continuous play since I received it.....Awakening, the main track is magnificent that touches on quite a few aspects of ambient music. 

This music draws me in as if standing before a darkened portal I am beckoned to enter to explore the many possible mysteries within and at the same time reassures me like a guiding light that I will never be lost.  Amakening is a sonic labyrinth that holds you for a while until it is done and all the time you feel the uncertainty of possibly never getting out and yet there is no malice as the experience unfolds and you journey towards hope.

If this was not enough the dvd is another extraordinary experience!

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Obsidian
« on: January 16, 2016, 07:25:41 AM »
I agree Forrest.....let it sleep

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Obsidian
« on: January 15, 2016, 10:51:49 PM »
Excuse me gentleman, are we putting together some sort of witch hunt? I respect everyones perspective but really, diatonis is no stranger here and has been around this forum long before most of you. Go listen to the other release before you light the bonfire. 

This music is good and perhaps dark but because it is for sale for six dollars and sixty six cents the artist is a satanist.  Come on!

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: David Bowie 1947 - 2016
« on: January 11, 2016, 05:26:25 PM »

Adieu et mercie

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CD Shipping costs.
« on: January 04, 2016, 07:38:28 AM »
I had not thought it through as much as you drone on.....the government aspect.  I know for a long while the post office has hurt due to emails, people rarely send written letters anymore but parcel post seems healthy and I believe its still cheaper than any other international options, DHL, UPS & Fedex, though I must say I have not check, need to do that.

Its a truly magical moment when I get a sale of my music, digital or physical and Im always touched when a purchase comes from Europe because I know the extra money involved in acquiring this music in physical format.

Cd's are far from dead but the current international shipping cost from the US are very detrimental to the compact discs already dwindling popularity.

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.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 29, 2015, 05:46:08 AM »
Julio Di Benedetto- A Tide Pool of Memories.  Another gorgeous piece of Vidna Obmana-like (that's a good thing) organic mandalas of sound. 

Thanks for your words drone on......."organic mandalas of sound", what a beautiful description!

Thanks Richard & Chris for your comments.  I appreciate it.

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


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: December 12, 2015, 06:20:21 AM »
Ahoy! My preorder has just been "shipped" out.  8)

Yeah, mine just shipped as well..... :) 

Actually one of the few cds Ive purchased without ever having heard the music, but then as I really enjoy Forrest's music its an easy call to make.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Phobos - An October Evening
« on: December 07, 2015, 05:50:40 AM »
Ordered the discs last night.....looking forward to hearing & seeing.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Best DAW for Ambient Music 2015
« on: December 05, 2015, 02:51:50 PM »

The name Garage band give such bad vibes about a audio program they really need to change that :)

Anyway Reaper is probably a better choice...

I dont know....Garage Band or Reaper as in Grim....I'll take my chances with GB  ;D

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Best DAW for Ambient Music 2015
« on: December 05, 2015, 02:37:26 PM »

Loren Nerell just bought a Nektar and I have to say - I've been looking at Nektar's for a long time as well.  But I don't really use softsynths so ...  not high on my list.

I'm not a big softsynth user except for samplers. I bought the Nektar because of the direct integration with Logic. Since I sold off most of my keyboard synths (I still have quite a few rackmount ones) I thought it would be nice to have a controller with some knobs and stuff. Here's a video that shows how it works with the latest version of Logic 10.2:

That is one  8) controller.....I can see quite a few folks getting into logic just to have Alchemy and Nektar.  Im Still happy in Logic Pro 9 but the day will come.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: December 05, 2015, 08:39:12 AM »
Really love the artwork imagination is running around with excitement thinking about all the sonic scenarios you may have created  that this image reflects. 

So looking forward to hearing the music.

Hi drone on,

Yes it is but there has been a technical set back.  The original master was damaged so I contacted Taylor Deupree who engineered it and he was leaving for a tour of Japan so no time to rebuild the DDP files.  Lucky he still had the project achieved after almost 4 years.  So the forecasted november window is closed.

I will post once its in production but I dont imagine I will have it in my hands before January.

Thanks for your interest!

I can see the points that you are all making for it....still does sit right with me.....also I have already discounted my digital releases @$5 which is a good deal assuming you like the music.  Actually thats what I think a digital release should be in and around at.....charging close to the price of a physical cd for a download seems high to me but this is really another topic.

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