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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.

Have to say I rarely read the copy on websites of labels / artist I buy music from, not reviews, those I read, what people think of a release is much more important than the promoting tone that attempts to describe the music that one finds on websites.

Never notice what your saying about Steve Roach......probably because I have not read them. ::) First and only thing I do is click on the play demo icon.

It is a difficult thing to put words to ambient music and perhaps more so to the more abstract / space music categories like Roach's.  I tried to do so for my own music, a bad and unpleasant idea trying to put yourself into the third person.

With all the copies of music sent out to radio/reviewers/blogs etc some sort of copy usually accompanies the new release that attempts to help with "understanding" the music. IMHO it always falls way short and less said is better in a tone of sharing and not promoting.

Ultimately the music should stand on its own.


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!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Best DAW for Ambient Music 2015
« on: November 17, 2015, 10:49:27 PM »
Lots of solid advice here Johnny Rocket,

If I were really into soft synths as you suggest you aspire to be I would serious consider the NKS system.  Native Instruments has a way of propelling everyone else into the future and their NKS platform may create a standard to come.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Best DAW for Ambient Music 2015
« on: November 17, 2015, 05:58:45 AM »
I would have to say to most of your questions....I does not matter what you choose.  A computer is a computer.  IF you only want to use Logic then you have to get a mac because Logic will not run on a PC. Keep it simple and dont over think it.

There is some concern with DAW choice....Live is quite different than most other daws.  Logic, Cubase, Pro Tools, Digital Performer et el were all conceived with the recording engineer in mind and the traditional recording studio concept of console and multi track tape. Live was created  later and was design for Live sample based performance and evolved into studio production. Live looks, feels and behaves quite differently from the traditional DAW. That said as you have no experience with these things, you should be quite flexible and open.  I came to Live from Logic and as of yet have not really connected with it.  Im old school multi track and prefer audio that I record.

Once you get set up there should be trlal versions available for some of these Daw's....Try them out!

Exciting Times.....Enjoy the journey

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Taylor Deupree....2014 Studio Diary
« on: November 11, 2015, 05:36:31 AM »
It sort of reads that way Mike.....I cant image trying to run 20 year old software today though it could be possible. Perhaps he is suggesting that he has stayed loyal to the Motu's software as it developed over the years.

I recently purchase a eurorack module from Taylor as Im putting a system together so we exchanged emails but the talk was all modular.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Phobos Live
« on: November 09, 2015, 09:16:52 AM »
I actually had been thinking about doing it as a 2 disc set, cdr and dvd-r, the cdr would contain the music and encore, the dvdr would be the backdrop video images only, and the music, so no disrespect taken my friend ;)

That would be a great combo release.....I hope you do. Im in.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 08, 2015, 10:28:57 PM »
Pat Metheny's Bright Size Life......Jaco Pastorius fretless lead bass :)

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Phobos Live
« on: November 08, 2015, 09:44:54 PM »
Love it.....the music just works so well with the images. As bleak as the pictures are the music seems to lift it out of despair and when the music seems too dark the images lift it out into the light. No disrespect but I would cut your live performance out and make a video montage of those images to accompany the musci.....very powerful and beautiful.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 08, 2015, 09:00:59 PM »
Thank you so much for your words drone on. Im honored and grateful you made time for this music and am very happy it resonated with you.  I appreciate you expressing how you listened to it and the creates a special image for me.

Well done....beautiful music! I really am fascinated by this sort of documentary.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 05, 2015, 09:06:17 PM »
Milieu : A Warm Wooden Hollow....There are several tracks on this that are my personal all time favorite ambient tracks.

Loscil : First Narrows.....Out of my Loscil cds this gets the most spins

Alio Die & Lorenzo Montana : Holographic Codex....The first track sets the tone and the rest of the album never seemed to arrive. Muns de Etrah sounds like a real collaboration and the rest of the album comes over as dominant Alio Die.

Mathias Grassow & John Haughm : Aurae....Beautiful music but as a collaboration the sonic balance seems heavily weighted towards Grassow

Gregg Kowalsky : Through the Cardial Window....Had this cd for a year or so, listened and it did not register.  Now its on continuous play.  Sometimes we are just not ready yet .

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl is really back
« on: November 04, 2015, 06:09:30 AM »
I need to get my glasses checked, I read the title of this to be "vinyl is really black" LOL and yes still got loads of it myself, have the Styx one "Pieces of Eight" featured second full sleeve bottom shelf on the right :-)

I keep looking at the album cover and know it but could not place the band....Styx it is!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 03, 2015, 09:47:01 PM »
Pete you got me all Fired up with that track.....Im playing a couple of my heavier delights....ambient viewer discretion advised, its a bit Dark. ::)

Sponge - Plowed

Deftones - Change

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl is really back
« on: November 03, 2015, 09:07:58 PM »
The last Audio Cassette Factory  8)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl is really back
« on: November 03, 2015, 08:41:56 AM »
The Stones cover is good....their so young.  I held two of my favorite Rush albums....Permanent Waves & Moving Pictures, sure I have the cds but its not the same.

Yeah its silly expensive in some cases but most seemed to around $20 -$25 which is not cheap either.

Im going back to B&N soon just to look and touch...sounds sort of Kinky ???...dont have a turntable.

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

Here's the Studio Dairy for 2015....

Studio picture of Taylor's modular used to create most of this music....

Thanks for all your support gentleman.....the interest in earlier releases like The Tide Pool of Memories being requested in physical format has inspired me and drone on's original words (more or less) from the Tide Pool release thread in 2012...."get this man a physical release".  I get there eventually.

drone on your Original Light cd will ship out tomorrow.

Thanks so much for the review Richard,

I enjoy reading how you transpose your sonic experience into very creative words and structures.  Your writing really does tell a story that is equal with the music you review and in my case you have shown me a way to look into the music I would not have been able to do otherwise.  :)

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