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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Diego Stocco
« on: September 28, 2011, 06:50:54 PM »
Thats some performance.....Diego Stocco played a big part in the sampled sound engine of Spectrasonics software synth, Omnisphere.  I believe he was responsible for the infamous Burning Piano patch.  I dont own the software but this part of it seems the most interesting.

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I would agree the Ning format is confusing and prevents me from posting, and that is any facebook style community.  However that confusion can be visually stimulating which the rM community is.  One of my favorite topics here is "recent purchases" because it really is a celebration of cd cover art.  It is visually exciting to see, and of course shows that the cd format still has some life left in it.

The Hypnos forum is streamlined and its easy to see whats going on within a click or two.... definitely worth holding on to that. 

Blogs....if they lead to what Richard Gurtler has done over at rM with his reviews then yes. Same goes for James Johnson's Studio Build.  If its a more personal blog then its not something I would read.  I do like that moving banner over at rM that highlihts key topics and release....not sure if something like that is specific to the ning format

Youtube direct integration would be great....lots of ambient/electronic music video out there.

Ultimately, whatever creates more traffic through here is a good thing. There are a lot more voices out there that should be heard and it seems they need encouragement.

This forum is a fantastic resource for the ambient music community!  My it continue to grow.

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Don't know why, but your comment reminds me of a tongue-in-check credit on an an early 80s punk album:  "Not Produced by Brian Eno."

Forrest

Thanks for that Forrest...Im going to be smiling all night.  :) +++

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Antdude...nice post.   

I may have been a littler dude than you (about 10yrs old) when I first looked at the Switch on Bach cover and listen in astonishment at the sounds coming from the Hi Fi...can one be astonished at that age.
sraymar is right in his third category....the non musician who will become a future musician.

I feel the same way about Aphex Twin and his handmade/modified instruments....what were/are they?

Everyone here knows the the wonderful music from Saul Stokes and most should know of his hand built modular....its an amazing symbiosis of man and machine, wow where did that come from, the wine is particularly good tonight.  Theres plenty of information regard his unique instrument, no mysterious vapors clouding the facts.

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Julio, i thought you was refer to this:

http://www.hypnos.com/smf/index.php?topic=3565.msg27574#msg27574

Cheers,
Tomas


Yes Tomas thats what I was making reference to.......funny that the El Culto name did not stay with my memory and I was to lazy to go find the link in my original post so thanks.

Now that everything is clear shall we start over again. ;)

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Totally agree with APK and Mike here...well, not a surprise since i was the complainer mentioned in the starting post  ;D

Tomas, that was you......In my mind the mysterious forum member was a non musician Fan, makes sense though as we are discovering that non musician fans seem to have nothing to say either way.


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 26, 2011, 11:51:55 AM »
Steve Roach: A Deeper Silence  Along with Immersion 3, some of my favorite Roach....I can leave this on for days
Steve Roach: Quite Music  The Original 3 Hour Collection.....as it says, Quite and also beautiful, drifting and all about innerspace.
Tomas Weiss & Anthony Paul Kerby: Appearences  One of the most interesting and moving collaborations I have heard recently

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I may well be interested in knowing how some sounds are produced/created on a CD, but the artist can put this on a web site easily enough and not load the CD with technical stuff.

I think this is a good point, websites & blogs can be the digital equivalent of old school vinyl sleeves and all.......cd info kept to necessary details and then expanded if desired in the www.

Seems to me when I was a kid, fans  knew alot about the the music they loved  (this my be more applicable to rock music).  Personal details of band members etc.  I first discovered the the sound of a Minimoog and Oberheim synths form early Rush albums long before I was personally interested in synthesizers.  My fellow Rush Fans knew exactly what a Rickenbacker bass was and its distinctive sound.  We were not musicians, just fans or were we just fanatics.  Maybe.  Neil Peart was a huge inspiration and was why I started playing the drums.  Are ambient fans so different or are there just so few of us?

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I credit Kit Watkins' long list of gear on one of his early solo albums for influencing me to pick up a pair of AKG-EB351 microphones.
Forrest

When the notion of a Serge modular Synth got struck in my head I purchased or sorted out  all types of recordings that used the instrument, such as......Michael Stearns "Planetary Unfolding,  Kevin Breheny's recordings,  Telomere's  Serge works & John Duval's Fist of God recordings.  If that roster doesnt inspire ......!

Recent Steve Roach Quite Music 3 CD re issue lists an Oberheim System, DX7 and a Roland JX3P.....

But this is digressing.....we have a a group of Hypnos Artist and other musicians doing what we love to do, chat about gear.  I placed this topic here because I hoped Hypnos forum members might contribute instead of a bunch of "Gearslutz"  and I use that term lightly with no malcontent.  So come on...silence can be the biggest negative when it comes to opinion and the most unconstructive form of criticism

Peace

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Yes like you Paul, all of those sorts of production side notes are very interesting to me.  When I see that an entire performance was recorded direct to 2 track 1/4" tape, this will make me sit up and want to listen even more! 

You make an interesting point about the dorm room scenario......my girlfriends 20 year old son cuts and pastes pre arranged samples and beats into garageband and snubs his nose at my decently appointed studio.  Good or unique instruments do not make great music...our ears have to be the judge of that but if I read that an artist made a recording with a modular synthesizer brand X, right out of the gate I already have a seen that this music was crafted, patched, call it what you will...a lot of time and effort has gone into the making of the music.  For me its sort of a flag that catches my attention before I actually hear the music.

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I would prefer to know, even in ambiguous terms (e.g. "synthesizer," "electronic keyboards" etc.) what was used. But I don't need to know too many specifics, e.g. I don't need to know the brand of synth or which model.

I think the inclusion of synthesizer brands has a historical element to it that started with the Berlin School, perhaps even earlier as names like Moog & ARP were responsible for the unique sound that was produced.  They are still instruments that need to be played by the musician but because they gave birth to electronic music these instruments were given credit on the ablums.  Thats how I like to look at it and part of that still continues to this day.

With so much audio processing and manipulation going on in ambient/electronic music where a violin, oboe, and say a flute are recorded, processed & stretched into beautiful shimmering sonic timbres it is important as Bill mentioned that these instruments be listed so we can get an idea of the artistic process.  Would it matter if say the violin was a Stradivarius?


Regular people listen to ambient music to get the samadhi which is where we all start from. Maybe that's why mp3s and other digital audio are more popular than CDs - no mention of the equipment involved!


As our listening habits today are built around convenience, production notes and equipment certainly have no billing today and perhaps this ended generally with the demise of the  vinyl.  As a kid I remember sitting in my room with headphones on looking and reading those 12" double record covers, lyrics printed on the sleeves, studio shots or live performance pictures and quite often instruments listed with brand names.   

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Everything and Nothing / Why do Artist list the instruments used on a CD?
« on: September 23, 2011, 05:47:24 PM »
This was a question posted by a forum member somewhere here regarding the long list of modular synthesizers used by Parallel Worlds....it was asked with a tone of frustrated annoyance because it seemed unnecessary to this person.  It struck me as an interesting question.  There are many reasons I believe and I have a few ideas of my own but Im curious if ambient/electronic music fans here care what was used to create the sounds we so love to hear.  Does it matter to the listener?  To musicians its a forgone conclusion...we will always want to know what was involved in the production.



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I read this sad news early this morning before heading out north up the coast of florida to chase the ocean swells from Hurricane Katia In hope of an epic surf session.  Intangible & Smile on the void played along the way......thank you Barry.  Smile on the void was one of my first Hypnos cd, perhaps the first and it has certainly stood the test of time.

I knew nothing about the man except for some of his music....so thank you to those close to him for sharing their personal experiences and my heart felt condolences to his family and friends.

"Smile on the Void"......that about says it all, doesn't it.

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Thanks Tomas for your MBP insight....seems strange that the iMacs are supposed to be very quite, yet the MBP's not so.  I say that because of the "slim" technology involved. Actually its hard to imagine a fan in a laptop come to think of it. 

Funny, not so long ago one of the main concerns of studio recordings was tape hiss from the multi tracks. looking back it seems it was a worthwhile trade for the inherent & much desired tape saturation today....anyway back to not so worthwhile fan noise.

Happy to say Im deep into cd graphics at the moment..... nevertheless, the beast is still misbehaving in the closet!

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: APPLE IS DOOMED!!!!!!
« on: August 25, 2011, 02:58:38 PM »
Lets put some positive vibe, mojo & good thoughts out there for Mr.Jobs so he can beat his health issues and come back to his company, as many of us use & enjoy the fruits of his genius.

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  ;D

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: August 07, 2011, 04:59:30 AM »
STEPHAN MATHIEU -  A Static Place  12k http://www.12k.com/index.php/site/releases/a_static_place/





FOURCOLOR - As Pleat  12k   http://www.12k.com/index.php/site/releases/as_pleat/



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I stop by the 12k site quite often to see whats happening and I had never seen this beautiful little manifesto before...thought Id share.  http://www.12k.com/index.php/site/about/


TWELVE PRINCIPLES UPON WHICH 12K WAS FOUNDED:

1. Don't tell listeners what they want to hear, let them discover that for themselves. 


2. Treat your audience as they are: intelligent, passionate lovers of art and sound.


3. Evolve constantly, but slowly.



4. Stay quiet, stay small.



5. Strive for timelessness.



6. Never try to be perfect. Beauty is imperfection.



7. Simplicity. Anti-Design.



8. Never try to innovate, be true to yourself, and innovation may happen.



9. Explore sound as art, as a physical phenomenon with emotion.



10. Develop community.



11. Be spontaneous.



12. Everything will change.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: August 05, 2011, 05:05:59 AM »
Thomas Koner 3 cd set on its way to me!



Sigur Ros - Agaetis Byrjun



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Yes Loren, this has been on my mind.....I recall you tell me that logic 9 works on your G5,  yesterday I checked the specs on Logic 8 which is what Im on and the intel core duo or intel xeon processor are "highly recommended" according to apple.  Logic 8 is solid, running on OSX Leopard 10.5.8....as to the other big cats that have come on the scene recently, it is a concern and I really dread all the software upgrades, reconfigurations and ilok issues that come along with a new machine, not to say the expense as well.  Im going to see how all this settles and struggle on with the beast in the closet in the interim.

p.s.  Really enjoying "Intangible" Loren......thank you

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