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I have been enjoying this one in the new year.... I was expecting more of an impact from the rum casks, its there and adds a spice to the taste just subtle which is not a bad thing. I find the nose is not there as Ive become used to in the malts Ive been drinking recently and for me 50% of the enjoyment is in the smell.  Perhaps coming in after such intense and dynamic malts as Lagavulin 16 & Aberlour 16 it could seem a bit well manner but certainly not shy.  Definitely worth exploring.  :)

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One thing a few people have mentioned in passing, but which hasn't been stated explicitly, is that some studio devices, such as mixing boards especially, but also some DA converters, often have very good headphone preamps built in.


Both my mixer the speck x sum and Metric Halo uln2 daw interface have very good headphone amps.....the detail that comes through both theses units are stellar.  Better than a dedicated headphone amp, probably not but they get the job done.




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Everything and Nothing / Re: Ambient Music + Copyright
« on: January 05, 2014, 06:13:46 PM »
With all the billions of choices modern synths offer, can't understand why an em/ambient artist would need to sampleand then change someone else's work.  Laziness, yes.  Stealing, yes.

My sentiments exactly......I might cut film score work some slack.  Sampled Orchestral work etc....Real Orchestra's are expensive

Nothing against sample based technology and I have respect for those here that create sample libraries.

Personally all the fun, joy and creative satisfaction is in the synthesis journey.....for me that means starting at the actual source

 

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A:  ............/............/............/............/............/etc
B:       ............/............/............/............/............/etc
C:           ............/............/............/............/............/etc


Serens graphic representation is the core to building ambient/drone music.....it also represents the fundamental idea of layering tracks where the depth in music is not just in a time line but has space and dimension at any moment along that timeline.

Drones for me are created in real time.....that is I will create a patch in a synth and start to work with modulation in a way that brings motion within the sound, then add a sequencer or arpeggiator to further shape the sound, then open up an envelope generator......long attack and release......then reverb or not.  Often a sound can become very complex and beautiful that reverb takes the interest away, sort of dulls it and yet that also could be just what is needed.  Say I record what Ive just described as track B in Serens illustration.....how does it interact with track A which has already be recorded with another sound.  This is where it can get really exciting. The very interaction or conflict between tracks can be the creation of drones that did not exist before.  As already said its down to imagination and how the sounds inspire you.

I have a synth that has a second VCA  when opened acts like an endless sustain on each voice which turns my playing into drones and as the voices are used up they drop away and are replaced by the next note which can create unusual texture.

The source of a sound such as an oscillator or real instrument is not as important as what is done to the oscillator or where that real instrument is played......i.e flute recorded in the grand canyon.  You could alter the flute in some way to make it less flute like and perhaps more interesting but ultimately I prefer to keep the source clean.

How do you turn something by itself that is rather boring into a thing, a sound that is full of dynamics and wonder that inspires you and most like the listener.....figure that out and you are ready to create music.  ;)  I am still trying. 

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: December 28, 2013, 10:56:37 AM »
Immersion I would say they are bright....they are well balanced across the whole frequency spectrum.  Certainly no dark mud...lots of detail and air.

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Some thoughts on whiskey glasses.  Spending such crazy amounts of money on this delicious liquid I thought I would look into improving the experience if possible by getting dedicated glass


Started with this as it was already in house.


then moved to this, a Riedel spirit glass....its about 3+ inches high big improvement on the nose over the rocks glass.


then tried this....in house port glass.  a bigger glass gave the whiskey more room.


then this...a Glencairn nosing copita or sherry glass. Smaller than the port glass but intenser on the nose


and lastly this...The Glencairn "official" whiskey glass. Probably the best.


Hey.... its your dram and a glass is a glass is a glass?  Personally the rocks glass is out as it does not concentrate the vapor coming off the whiskey.  None of these glasses actually alters the taste....it does change slightly from glass to glass but this is because each one delivers the liquid to the palette differently due to their individual shapes.

Some glass lore Ive discovered along the way.....enjoy.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: December 28, 2013, 06:17:57 AM »





had these 2 years now - still think they are fantastic. Though those Focals look very, very nice Julio

I think Seren I got my Grado SR 325 about the same time.....they are fantastic.  I originally got a pair of SR 125's based on mastering engineers singing the praise of grado's for being able to look, so to speak, deep into the music.  The Grado SR 325's are exciting to listen to.  The detail and soundstage is amazing.  The Focals do not have the same openness, they cant they are closed back and I would say that in a way they sound dull next to the Grado's and not that the Grados are hyped at all.  What I perceive as dull is a neutrality which is what Focal is after with these cans in an attempt to engage the pro audio market.  I believe Focal are going to make similar cans geared to the A/V - HiFi market.   

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: December 26, 2013, 05:09:27 PM »
FYI.....the Focal headphones really do an honest recreation of what I hear off the the Focal Twin monitors. This is great for Focal monitor owners but I feel it says so much more about the cans themselves.  Much that I do while tracking, which is when I use headphones the most will need little revision while mixing on the main monitors. This should be true for any monitor setup..... Kudos to Focal

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Yes Paul I do agree with you about mastering your on music, even if you have all that is need to do the job beyond great ears...few have the right acoustic rooms to really hear.

Funny you mention Howie Weinberg....I was watching an Antelope converter discussion with him....funny guy, quite a character.  Stoked for you.  What was the name of the client if you dont mind revealing.

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Got a bottle of Ardbeg Uigeadail as a Xmas gift....had it before and was not that keen, strange as I love Ardbeg 10....tried it hoping and took it back.

I got this in its place.  I thought of trying the Highland Park 15 as I enjoyed the 12yr but went for the Aberlour 16.....my favorite non Islay malt so far.  It has a complexity to it as a Lagavulin but no peat and for me has more depth the a Belvenie 12 and in some way the Highland Park 12 that does have a little more smoke.  You wont miss the smoke and the ocean in this one


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Really great Paul....takes me back to when I was about 10yrs old or so and I would bellow my lungs(I cant sing) out to Come oh ye and Hark the herald at this time of the year, though it was just an organ and no such production as you have given it.

Interesting you sent it out to Sadler to master....a great engineer...did you feel to close to it to do it yourself.

Thanks so much!

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Everything and Nothing / Re: The new age music 'scene' ?
« on: December 23, 2013, 11:56:08 AM »
I think so because he survived the first listening or how would he know..... hopefully he did not attempt another session  ;D

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Buchla Music Easel Ships
« on: December 23, 2013, 06:50:03 AM »
Forrest, that Phone Drone synth is out there....love it. 

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Broken Harbour learns to use Logic 9
« on: December 23, 2013, 06:41:38 AM »
Yes a block of studio time is exciting....enjoy!

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Everything and Nothing / Re: The new age music 'scene' ?
« on: December 23, 2013, 06:34:26 AM »
A book Bill....please a book.  :)

About the time I started Listening to Eno & Budd in the 1980's I was also getting into the Windham Hill release such as George Winston.  Winston is feel good music, easily marketed, and I think was very successful.  Eno & Budd's work is certainly feel good to me but I sense that its depressing to many.  I once told someone I was into Eno and ambient music and they said its music to make you commit suicide....how do you respond to that.  I think it does express the difference if a little extremely.

New Age Music has always had geographical hotspot...Sedona, Arizona is one that comes to mind....there are many others . I can not say the same for Ambient and Ambient music in my mind has been the avant garde to New Age. You cant market the avant garde...it cant be commercialized, well perhaps with one exception and that is film music.

Just a few early morning rambling thoughts....

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. "Highland Park" sounds like an affluent suburb of Los Angeles or something!

 ;D

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Digital Compact Camera - any advice?
« on: December 22, 2013, 06:11:01 AM »
Tomas I had a Canon Sure Shot not too long ago and it delivered great images, function and quality so I have always been a canon fan.  Dont know the models you mention.

Also something important that would make me consider the Panasonic is that it uses a Leica lens.....the best glass there is!

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I have read about Kilchoman......good to see a new distillery when most date back to the 1800's.  Sounds like it will be hard to source.

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Searched out the possible health benefits of drinking whiskey moderately....this was the best that I found.  No Mayo Clinic endorsements though..... ::)

This is all about the benefits hiding away in your alcohol cabinet, now I am not talking about little umbrella drinks laden with sugary syrups and artificial colors, I am talking about 1 serving (strait up or on the rocks) per day taken like any other vitamin to benefit from the medicinal properties it brings to the table. Whiskey has been used as medicine for hundreds of years in fact before chemists began pumping out medications tailored to your ailment whiskey was the go to cure all everybody reached for, moonshine was infused with anything from peppermint to opium and marketed at a miracle cure and in prohibition the only person who could legally get alcohol was through a doctor. It has been scientifically proven that beverages like whiskey, scotch and bourbon contain no fat and very low carbs in fact the 0.04 grams of carbohydrates a shot of whiskey does contain is immediately turned to energy one it is digested. I am sure you are thinking of your favorite brand fondly at this point and daydreaming about pouring yourself a victory shot just to spite the nay sayers but we have only just begun, you see whiskey is no one trick pony. Along with not adding inches to your waist line, whiskeys have been shown to aid in prevention of dementia and stroke by as much as 50%, it has shown to lower chances of developing diabetes between 30 and 40% and in cancer studies whiskeys high amounts of the antioxidant ellagic acid have been shown to destroy cancer cells. Now lets talk about heart health, whiskey decreases blood clots and increases good cholesterol. Additional benefits of whiskey are being looked in to by scientists looking to make a truly great discovery in the world of science as you read this so who knows what will be the next positive reason to toast to good health will be. The best thing about whiskey is that it is easy to make, a stove top still is an simple setup for distilling moonshine whiskey in small amounts for medical purposes. Remember that these benefits are only gained through moderate use (1-2 shots a day), you do not want to form a dependance on alcohol, the inability to function without a drink in a grid down situation is like signing your own death warrant, enjoy the health benefits of whiskey in moderation. /i]



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I really did enjoy the Highland Park 12, some smoke but not Islay strength. I have to try the 15 yr and the 18 yr most be really special.  I do tend to favor Island malts, well the UK is and island so that would be Isle malts I guess.  Talisker from the Isle of Sky was the exception.  Theres one from the Isle of Orkney is it Skye called Scapa that is intriguing and pricy. And Jura is on the list.

Have to try Big Peat...thanks for bring that up Blake.  It s got to be a blast mixing Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Bowmore & Port Ellen spirits.

Saul I cant get a picture of Clint Eastwood stand at a saloon bar out of my head....Bullet Bourbon Frontier Whiskey. I love the name.  I will look for that one.

I picked up a bottle of Lagavulin yesterday for the holidays......Finishing Caol Ila and enjoying Laghroaig Triple Wood.  I like to have a few bottles going at a time, sort have my own little tastings. Definitely a lot of peat right now.

Ardbeg do some wonderfully unusual distilling from what Ive read where they take current production spirit and mix it with their much older stock to create some extraordinary Whiskey...I think the "Alligator" that you mentioned Blake may have been such a bottling.

One thing Im finding is that the older malts are certainly smoother but I notice I miss that untamed sometimes in your face complex wildness that an Ardbeg 10yr has of a Laphroaig.  It can be such an event. I wonder if age mellows intensity....hey Im almost 50yrs old, bet Im not as exciting as when I was 25.  Ah but so much wiser!  ;)

This could turn into a Whiskey, currently drinking thread....

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