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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Blade Runner Sequel
« on: December 24, 2016, 06:30:58 AM »
Does not really say or show too much but I am really excited to see this.

Deckard's gun looks very similar to the original.

Music in the trailer has the same melody and Vangelis sound.  Soundtrack will be critical.

Now Playing / Re: Downpipe
« on: December 20, 2016, 08:38:31 PM »
Thats excellent Pete.....its got that Giorgio Moroder - American Gigolo & Jan Hammer - Miami Vice vibe to it.  8)

Now Playing / Re: Downpipe
« on: December 20, 2016, 07:59:24 AM »
Nothing like a Deadmau5 build up.....Faxing Berlin

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: December 15, 2016, 05:32:25 PM » have an Easel!  You been holding out on us? ;)

I have been listening, watching, reading, you name it.  Prices is daunting and availability a bit sketchy however to experience a Buchla without a second mortgage, this seems to be the way.  From my understanding its so much more than just a patchable monophonic enter the mind of its creator. 


Thanks for sharing the process, Julio. It's an interesting approach and I think I prefer to listen to it isolated. Later this week, I will listen to your soundcloud.  I think it's just a clash of techniques, maybe some more collabs and it will be a perfect marriage, and you are at the brink of something new.

Your Welcome.

My modular contributions to "Falling into Pace" were created from around the end of 2015 and through most of 2016 as an independent sound blog.  Only later once APK conceived the idea of this collaboration  did it manifest into this project.  That being said I disagree that there is a clash of techniques, on the contrary APK took my experimental sounds and crafted a beautiful and magical sonic world, often dark and melancholic yet for me full of wonder. 

Because of the nature of this collaboration and how the modular aspect of it is not always prevalent though always present I was able for the first time to listen with true objectivity.  Not something I can do with my own solo projects.

I respect your perspective and if the opportunity arises we may again set a course into the unknown!

Yes, this style it's not for me. I tend to prefer slowly evolving layers that morph into other things, clearly identifiable during the whole track, not noises that appear and disappear in random ways, leaving a feeling of emptiness, imo a good candidate for auto generative music.

You did well here perfectly described my part of the project and it was 100% auto generated.  I patched up the modular over a period of time and when I felt the patch had reached its zenith I pressed record and I let it do its thing. Completely auto generated, well actually control voltage generated but the same thing from the listening perspective.


I think you have the title for your next album:  "No Handrails."  ;)

I've been enjoying your collab with Julio this past week.  I think the edginess of Julio's modular sounds compliment the softer palate you use very nicely.  Yes, there are occasional Eno/Budd reference points, but I don't see that as a bad thing, since your distinctive style and Julio's unique timbres come through.  Congrats to you and Julio for such a nice release!


Thanks Forrest for your nice words.

I tried to reach for the ''handrail'', but it wasn't there.

Thats precious... ;D

This is very good indeed. The way it is all linked together and blends into a cohesive project is wonderful.

I assume this is the project mentioned in the colabarative topic in the Lounge below or is there another one in the offing with other folk from here ?

I like this very much , urgent list .

Thanks thirdsytem.

This project is not related to the Forum project though in spirit something like this could evolve if some interest was show.  "Falling into Place" are APK's interpretation and musical inspiration to my Modular Musing sonic experiments.  He did do a wonderful job at producing a flowing kaleidoscopic ambient work.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambient music and Mastering
« on: December 06, 2016, 06:35:43 AM »

The end result is every time I hit play something wonderful happens.

Well, I'll drink to that.....beautiful put.

Glad you fired up this thread allows us to express and discuss our listening perspectives and care for audio.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambient music and Mastering
« on: December 05, 2016, 06:17:11 AM »
As this processing of your music collection to obtain a pleasing uniform level for you makes your listening experience that much better then thats brilliant yet I would have a few concerns.

The idea of sameness would be one.....I want to listening to music at a level the musician / group performed at when recorded.  Mastering can certainly increase overall levels but thats not its main purpose.

The idea of increasing the levels on say Brian Eno's Discrete Music for example goes against the principle that the music was created by.....this is more philosophical then technical.

Ambient music generally is quiet music that often welcomes the environment it is listened in and that includes open backed headphones, obviously not closed headphones. By increase the listening levels of the music one should also turn up the sound of the environment.

Any additional conversion of the audio degrades the quality.  Digital audio has no issues being copied but software will change the source material and not necessarily for the better.  Analog does have and its best to convert it to digital one time after the recording is finished.  Going for analog to digital and back again multiple times deteriorates the signal.

Now much of the above are mute points in the world of iTunes and Mp3 or maybe not.....Mp3 by its very nature truncates the audio file eliminating important data to get it down to a convenient package size for easy distribution.  This suggest that even more attention to the recording and its various paths it takes to get to say a cd or even vinyl are paramount if something of its original quality is still available after its Mp3 strangulation....can you tell Im not a fan?  ;)

Im really old school when it comes to this and it goes back to my first high end Quad (UK manufacturer) audio system we had when I was kid.... the system was designed to get the most out of the recording as it was recorded.  In other words it relied on the fact that the music was recorded and mastered to the highest standard. I still adhere to this philosophy today.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 03, 2016, 08:58:16 PM »
Good post Tardigrade....Dont know the Budd track.  Would like to know the album though.

In a place of graceful shapes....very special.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: November 30, 2016, 06:31:48 AM »
A dedication to Buchla on the Moog website.

Dear Don,

There are no words that can accurately portray the profound impact you have had on our lives. We are deeply inspired by your artistry, and your ground-breaking achievements will always inform the work we hold most closely to our hearts. You and Bob, through your distinctive styles, collaboration and friendship, have laid the foundation for our future. Your influence endures in our minds, hearts and hands as we craft tools that give rise to joyful experimentations. We will never truly capture the elegance and beauty that you and Bob achieved, but we promise to never stop trying.

From everyone at Moog, thank you for inspiring us and giving meaning to our life's work.


Your Friends At Moog

Everything and Nothing / Re: What did you buy for black Friday?
« on: November 29, 2016, 05:53:56 AM »

From Prism website...."An Over-Killer is a soft-clipping limiter to let you get more level on your digital copy by limiting the level of a balanced analogue signal to +18dBu. The OVER-KILLER, with its unique super soft clip circuit, stays soft even when large overloads are present and does not become hard like less sophisticated systems.

I think I would of left it off anyway.

Everything and Nothing / Re: What did you buy for black Friday?
« on: November 28, 2016, 04:58:30 PM »
Bought this to consolidate my somewhat convoluted front end rig.....then cancelled the order before it shipped.  This would have been more of a lateral move in sound quality.  The pre amps are better than my Metric Halo uln2's but my Lavry converters (I don't use the MH uln2 converters) are perhaps a bit better then the Prism's.  At this level its just swings and roundabouts...their both a lot of quality fun. Decided to stay where Im at.  Came close though.

Now Playing / Re: Downpipe
« on: November 27, 2016, 10:49:28 PM »
Another favorite....simply beautiful.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: November 25, 2016, 10:17:08 PM »
Its a year since I embarked on my modular synth adventure.

When i started I did not know it mean't that I would actually be building a synthesizer, not in a DIY manner but selecting the parts that form a complete system if thats possible with eurorack. A fair amount of choices along the way turned out to be short term as the system grew and now I feel the modular has evolved far enough.

I will never think of filters, lfo's, Sample & holds, Random generators etc...along with gates, triggers & envelopes to name a few in the same way again.  Composing with a modular system liberates one from the fixed method of traditional synthesis and with that liberty comes the real challenge of sonic freedom.... you are on your own with nothing to fall back on which is both exciting and daunting.

The modular synth requires a different set of operating skills, at least for me it can't approach it with past knowledge. Not acceptable.  It demands that you be open and not try to conform it to your will, eventually, yes, a partnership will come into being but you have to pay you sonic dues. 

The quote below really reflects what I have been suggesting and carries the main sentiment.

“It is comforting to be in a situation and do what you know. You can rely on past experiences to guide you through the process, even as difficulties pop up. The challenge is making the time and space to work on what we don't know. Where the falls are harder and the successes are smaller. I'm constantly looking at the balance between what we know and what we want to learn. How do we continue to pursue new as we rely on refining what we have? What amount of resources do we apply to each? As soon as we try something for the first time we know something about it. We get the initial jitters out of the way. After that, the unknown becomes the possible.”…..Chef Alex Talbot

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Eventide sale on all plugins
« on: November 22, 2016, 09:14:25 PM »
Heres another interesting use of their 2016 stereo Room reverb.....course you could do this with any reverb but this is an Eventide moment.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Eventide sale on all plugins
« on: November 22, 2016, 09:04:44 PM »
yeah if only I was patient.....bought Black Hole about a month ago >:(

Thinking of getting these two...I like what I'm hearing though I rarely use compressors, ok I use soundtoys Decapitator a lot but more for tonal shaping with a bit of boost

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