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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.

Thanks.

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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"......wow, what a beautiful description!

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


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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 cd...so 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.....https://digitalvoices.bandcamp.com/album/a-tide-pool-of-memories

This is a link to the original 2012 release posted here on the Hypnos forum.....http://www.hypnos.com/smf/index.php?topic=5604.msg37405#msg37405


Original download cover(updated)


Actual CD cover


Back cover




Enjoy!

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Who is Sanjay Nadeem?
« on: December 13, 2015, 12:24:04 PM »
I don't know, guys, this is my final post on this topic.  I will end with this:

Tomas Weiss knew as a friend and  supported Klaus Wiese and his music.  So did Gigi (Oophoi) who sold lots of special KW music not available in shops or elsewhere online.  It's sad a lot of KW music has disappeared from availability now.  I think the accusation "making money from a dead man" is really cynical.  I see it more as a tribute in keeping the music alive.  Unless family members are really protesting selling CDs or there is a legal injunction, I don't see the harm in producing albums the fans will greatly enjoy.  How much money is being made?  Not a lot, I think.  It's all about the music, for me at least.  Sanjay or not, the music should live on.

This is the only sensible thing Ive read in this thread and the one that was shut down.......a great way to end drone on

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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.

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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.

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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

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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:

https://youtu.be/Y3DR86aFZgU

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.

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: December 05, 2015, 08:39:12 AM »
Really love the artwork Forrest.....my 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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

 

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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!


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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.


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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

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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.

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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.

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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 :)


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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.

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