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Really like the format of your web page Jeff.....everything accessible on one screen.  Enjoying your experiments that you have posted and linked.  Good to hear some sweet distortion on guitar, the quality is just right! 

That is the jackpot......lots of bowl drones.  I prefer the tracks where the performance is lost in deep reverb/fx   Bowls recorded straight, in a traditional sense, pale next to the actual performance of bowls played live. Their special quality is best when physically experienced.  That being said, singing bowl "shows" are not common.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 01, 2013, 05:08:14 PM »
Want to thank the posters in this "now playing" thread that actually direct link to where the music can be heard & purchased.  Makes it so easy to hear where you are at and really helps in promoting what you like.  Thanks 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Eno Interview
« on: June 29, 2013, 04:14:09 PM »
Thanks for post this Anthony.....perhaps one of the best interviews of Eno Ive seen.  Every time I think i have heard all that can be said by him, he is able to add fresh insight into our world from his perspective.  I hope that one day a collected writings or something is made to archive this mans thinking.  We have the recordings and perhaps that is enough yet his verbally express thought is so inspiring and timeless to my way of feeling/thinking.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: AMBIcon 2013 Update
« on: June 25, 2013, 04:56:08 PM »
And of course this needs to be here....classic Rich!

AMBIcon 2013: ROBERT RICH Full Concert (Production video)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: AMBIcon 2013 Update
« on: June 25, 2013, 04:50:44 PM »
Here's 2 more performances well worth posting.

What one man can do with acoustic instruments and a looper.....and singing bowls to open the performance!

AMBIcon 2013: HANS CHRISTIAN Full Concert (Production video)

I have not really listen to Michael Strearns much over the years though Planetary unfolding it a favorite.....this is an incredible performance.

AMBIcon 2013: MICHAEL STEARNS Full Concert (Production video)

Just want to let forum members know that Harry Dibrell sent me one of his microphones to try and get my feet wet so to speak before I commit to purchasing one or two.  It is a beautiful thing when we support each other here and really makes this a community in the true sense.....Thanks Harry!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Moog Movie
« on: June 15, 2013, 06:09:05 PM »
Just finished watching......a lot to think about.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Moog Movie
« on: June 15, 2013, 05:26:04 PM »
Came across this and actually Im still watching it as I post.....not sure if its been posted before but here it is. Its an hour and change that gear heads will enjoy yet listening to Mr Moog talk is something everyone should hear.

Very organic and universal

Robert Moog-the documentary

Thanks for the reply and recommendations Loren.....I did some research on the Oktava mod and found this  I would go this route as a regular steam iron is dangerous in my hands.

The Schoeps would be great to have.....I have seen these mics talked about around the net and they are spoken off with reverence. 

Good point Seren......I am sure it will be an issue I will face.  My studio is acoustically treated but this is for mixing purposes, theres no iso booth.

I once asked Taylor Deupree about his acoustical recording method in his studio and ambient noise issues and he had no concern about addition sound being recorded along with the fact he seemed to almost welcome it as a creative opportunity.

I imagine that getting a "good" recording will be more of a challenge than microphone selection.   

Thanks so much for the recommendations and descriptions Tomas & Loren .....I will look into them.  The KM184 at $1500 + a pair is not as bad as I would expect for the Neumann name. Still expensive yet you get what you pay for.

What is the mod on the Oktava that you mention Loren?  Easily done?

Is it necessary to have a stereo record a performance using all bowls?  For recording a single bowl?

Your microphone newbie!


I would like to use my sing bowls in music I plan to record over the summer but have no clue about microphones.  Have not held a mic in more than 20 yrs.  Not certain if I will record a performance or just record individual bowls in a sampling manner.  From what I have read on the net, and there is not much out there on recording singing bowls is that because of the the low volume and complex tones a good pre amp and AD converters are recommended.  As far as mics go it seems wide open.  Perhaps a matched stereo pair?  Like any gearslut I know the names and the insane price some mics can go for but they are just names to me.

Im Looking for a good microphone(s) to get the job done well without getting a second mortgage.

Your thoughts are most welcome.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: AMBIcon 2013 Update
« on: May 15, 2013, 05:55:42 AM »
Brilliant way to begin the concert series with the discussion panel.....the only person Ive heard talk before was Robert Rich so it is special to listen to these musicians express their "core" in a verbal sense. 

It is HOS that has been the touch bearer all these years for this deep listening music we love so much.....Thank you!  Glad to see that HOS was also acknowledged in the discussion for the "creative" and I image challenging task of producing an hour show and what goes on behind the sense to make it happen.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 07, 2013, 05:54:04 PM »
Been having a bit of a retro journey.....Level 42, Love Games.  I was listening to this about the same time I discovered Eno's Ambient series 1 - 4 in the early 80's.
He is paying respect to Stanley Clark at the beginning, but make no mistake, Mark King was/is a brilliant bass player up there in the ranks.....and damn are they tight and I do Love a bass that drives a song. What else would expert from a drummer.

MARK KING BASS SOLO + LOVE GAMES - LEVEL 42 Retroglide Tour 2006

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 04, 2013, 11:21:12 AM »
John Foxx : The Complete Cathedral Oceans  What and immersion! Did not expect to like the vocal element....How wrong I can be.
Krill Minima : Nautica Really enjoying this!
Oophoi : Il Silenzio Di Dio Beautiful!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
« on: April 15, 2013, 04:28:18 AM »
My deepest sympathies go out to Family, friends and fellow fans.  How privileged I am that his music touch me / us to the core.  Thank you.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 08, 2013, 06:59:56 PM »
Here is my Bandcamp Profile to date.....

What I like is bandcamp connects you to others that have similar music taste....I have discovered music I might have passed on or not even discovered left to my own devices.  Sure, nothing that special in the grand scheme of things, yet it is, because it is within the single most largest "lossless" download music site that I am aware of.

Ive seen classical "audiophile" files  for this much but the files are 24bit / 96k and upwards.  They must be trying to push the cd's and put off potential paying downloaders.  Still, look at how much you save in shipping if you downloaded.  ;)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Vintage Gear
« on: April 01, 2013, 05:44:25 AM »
I think vintage gear as discussed in the article does not have the same mystique and wonderment that say a classic british motorcycle like a Norton or BSA does. Why, because there is money in the equation. The article is written by an audio professional about the recording business.  Certainly all the passion for this vintage gear is there but as a business where money is to be made reliability and repeat performance are paramount. I don't have a picture in my mind of a garage full of vintage recording gear being lovingly maintained and resurrected, but I do have a picture of a garage where vintage bikes or cars as Harry talked about are striped down and rebuilt and driven because I know people how do this.  There is only money to be lost.  Granted it is apples and oranges but it resides under the label "vintage".

If I run my Matrix 12 through a vintage Neve pre amp and hear the synth like I have never heard it before I am reminded of what an incredible and creatively inspiring instrument it is not how phenomenal the Neve preamp is.  I have had some good modern tube and solid state pre's and they are gone.  The M12 is still here.  What does that say? 

Thanks for listening to me debate this with myself  :o

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