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Definitely yes. To me, Auchentoshan 12 is good, but Three Wood is special. Definitely worth the extra money, so if you like Auchentoshan 12, definitely try Three Wood.

Good to know Mike, thanks....locally its up in the $75 range.  Getting into the special occasion price range.  I sense just such an occasion coming really soon. ;D

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Aphex Twin
« on: October 01, 2014, 05:14:40 AM »
Drukqs did not do much for either. 

I do like the analog sounds in Syro but the tracks I have heard seem too cluttered and is the irritating part for me.  Could be the desired effect though.  I still may get it.

Nice line up there Mike....the whisky I mean ;)

Aberlour 16 is a favorite.....Auchentoshan 12 is my go to malt and I had my eye on the triple wood but have not taken the plunge yet.  Did you like it?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sorry Pete Kelly....On Inspiration
« on: September 30, 2014, 05:27:12 AM »
Regarding 'blocks', I presume that the finishing of something is generally more the problem than the starting of something (?)

It is for me.....I have a music project that I thought was finished a year ago and was maturing so to speak.  Opened it up to see how its tasting only to discover it did not need more time but more work so Im currently throwing the kitchen sink at it.  Will it improve? Perhaps it was already all it could be.  And so it goes.


My current dram.....lots of coconut and vanilla.  Glenmorangie in body but much superior on all other counts

Please do and your fellow writers have great taste in single malts.  Look forward to it!

Excellent thirdsystem.......I can only imagine. That last picture is beautiful!  Its been a few months since I had some Edradour in the house.  Have to change that.   Thanks for sharing

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sorry Pete Kelly....On Inspiration
« on: September 29, 2014, 04:37:00 AM »
Thats a great post Mike!

Personally I am never blocked because I dont look at it as if something is in my way preventing creation.  Im not doing anything now and now I am....or perhaps there simple is not a beginning or and ending it just is happening.

Does not mean I don't struggle and doubt during the creation. 

Does not mean that I can  take the fun out of creating by being too serious.....Im make serious ambient music now.

Does not mean that I dont labor for months to years over a music or photographic project wonder is it done.  Is it enough.  It needs something.  When should I just let it go?

All of this is part of the process and I put it together as the journey.....departure and arrival are not so important for me....its whats in between that is.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 29, 2014, 03:54:07 AM »
OPENING on Vimeo

OPENING is a visual album created by Christopher Willits. It is a 45 min film, an album released on Ghostly International, a series of photo prints, and live performances. OPENING is best described as an experience, designed to inspire a space of peace and expansion. Willits' music and photographic filmmaking overlap into a kind of abstract narrative speaking to personal transformation and connection to the earth. Willits will be performing the sounds and images of OPENING live in the US and Europe this fall while on tour with Tycho.

 I have been waiting all summer for this to be on its way to me from Ghostly International.....

I ask this question because about 4 months ago I came into the studio to meet the smell of charred electronics, a very distinctive smell.  To my relief I discovered it wasnt any gear put my Furman AR 1215 was fried....had it done its job and perished in the process.  Cant say but since then the studio has been running off local power straight out of the wall.

The balanced power option to do right is too expensive and the results are questionable.

I was considering a simple but good surge protector/backup like this one below which I have at work in the office.

I curious what others use and recommend?

Everything and Nothing / Re: What is the Hypnos Forum to you ?
« on: September 26, 2014, 12:00:48 PM »
My post was more of a, much like Pete the world of ambient music both to listen to and to compose is isolated.  I dont talk to anyone about it because theres actually no one to talk girlfriend certainly has gained a deeper understanding of the ambient world but once I get going on gear her eyes glaze over coma like.  To come here and exchange ideas and music is a life line for me that I cherish very much.

There are plenty of funnies and good sense of humor and when it does get hot and out of hand its dealt with swiftly.....I should know ::) and its done the right way with as little ripples as possible.....Thank you Moderators!

I also feel strongly that this is a great archive of different interests, certainly ambient music is the headliner but if Im look for a new read or perhaps a new set of headphones etc...I can find a lot of information and suggestions here.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Interactive ambient
« on: September 26, 2014, 05:16:39 AM »
Enjoyed play with it...Thanks

Everything and Nothing / What is the Hypnos Forum to you ?
« on: September 25, 2014, 06:05:31 PM »
Many come here for different purposes but most end up at the ultimate reason.....their love of ambient music!

Quite a few come here to share their musical discoveries ambient or otherwise...the life blood of this forum.

Musician's come here to share their wonderful new recordings.

Gearheads come here to exchange sonic possibilities.

Novelist & lovers of literature come her to share there recent and best reads.

Gamers come to share their latest online conquests.

Firestarters come here to stir things up and help things get.... fired up....usually an interesting and spirited outcome.  A good thing!

Lovers share their troubadour adventures.

Watchers....the silent majority come here to glean and hopefully break that barrier and come through to contribute.

There are some that put a great deal of energy into this forum and I suspect question is it really worth it....yes the darker side.

And then there is this hush....enough has been said.  I can feel it.  Time to regroup.  Check our reality.  Become quite.

So where are you.....what does the Hypnos forum mean to you?   


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ableton Live ?
« on: September 25, 2014, 11:39:42 AM »
Update....ran audio from a hardware synth into live 9 and processed the audio with a few Max for live FX and ran the output via Soundflower straight into an audio track in logic to record.   8)

There are some issues with latency so precise keyboard work with short to no attack time will be noticeable, pads etc with longer problem.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ableton Live ?
« on: September 24, 2014, 06:19:16 AM »
FYI...the Soundflower setup works perfectly....just record a Live soft synth part into a piece Im working on in Logic  :)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ableton Live ?
« on: September 24, 2014, 05:46:46 AM »
Came across this video today showing how to record audio directly from live into Logic using a device call Soundflower.  I assume the implementation will be very similar for other daws such as Cubase etc.....If you want to work with audio and dont want to do the re wire midi thing this is so simple.  Whats also cool is you can use all of Live's and Max for live FX which when rewired and Live is a slave these FX are disable. 

This is new to me and perhaps is common knowledge but if you love the sounds from Live but dont like the interface so much and prefer audio over midi this could be the answer!

Link to video :

Soundflower looks like a Mac only device and can be found here  Originally developed by Cycle 74.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Remasters: To tweak or not to tweak?
« on: September 22, 2014, 06:22:01 PM »
I find remasters often sound really good in my car.... but that's it. Likely because the noisy environment of a moving vehicle is ideal for a slammed, over compressed album, whereas, like Seren, at home I like my dynamics.

I have to my car with roof rakes the noise is quite....gushing. Its only the contemporary slammed cd's that can cut through that noise.  Also my car stereo seems gaged to this modern trend.  Put music on recorded in the eighties and  I cant get it loud enough to really hear with external noise whirling around.  Perhaps I should slow down and do the speed limit @ 70mph instead of a 90mph ;D....interstate driving of course.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Chef Thread:
« on: September 22, 2014, 04:45:45 PM »
"Flame Acres"..... ;D

its easy enough to create great dishes with unusual exotic and often expensive ingredients, its considerable harder and challenging to make great dishes with simple ingredients cooked in unusual ways.... such as Moroccan cuisine and the use of a Tagine....a unique clay braising device.  (Internet stock photos)


Likewise on the curry Pete......I recently got a book from the UK...."The Curry Secret,  how to cook real indian restaurant food at home by Kris Dhillon.  Its so simple I actually dont believe it.  Theres just one base sauce and then a few additional spice depending what the recipe is.  Compared to what Ive been doing, grinding, pureeing, tempering roast spice this that and the other all based on traditional indian cooking. One simple sauce sounds nuts.  Still haven't tried it yet though

I understand the shortcuts...use them all the time, like those potato cakes above were browned and par cooked as shown at 3.00pm....first order came in at say 6.00pm and a cake was finished at the same time the halibut was cooked for the order.  Those Potato Rosti's take a good 10-15mins or so to get to that golden brown and more to cook all the way through.  You cant do that in service unless you have 20 cooks in the kitchen.  I have 5 including myself.

Heres a link to the best "Indian Butter Chicken" I found so far.... I try to use yogurt when the recipe calls for cream.

Seren that Trout sounds really good!

Everything and Nothing / Re: Chef Thread:
« on: September 22, 2014, 04:58:08 AM »

Potato Rosti (Hash Browns).....2parts grated raw potato to 1 part grated raw onion.  Mixed together in a bowl add salt and pepper to taste. Heat up non stick blini pan3"or small frying pan add clarified butter.  Form potato in hand and place in pan.  Potato cake should appear to be swimming in will be absorbed.  Cook until brown on both sides and finish in hot oven if necessary.  Concerned about excessive butter.  Clarified butter is ok since the butter fat has been removed.  Indian cuisine call it Ghee and is an important part of cell regeneration.

Pan Roasted Alaskan Halibut, Potato Rosti with a Fricasse of Lobster, Roast Brussel Sprouts & Cauliflower, Grain Mustard Sauce & Basil Oil

Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna Bowl.  Udon & Soba Noodles, Teriyaki Glazed Bok Choy, Kimchi, Wakami Seaweed Salad & Ramen Broth.

Thanks for getting this thread going Seren...I will come back and add recipes to these dishes like Quick Kimchi and Ramen Noodle Broth

Pictures are from last friday night dinner service

Everything and Nothing / Re: Remasters: To tweak or not to tweak?
« on: September 22, 2014, 04:02:24 AM »

Good thread drone on.....above illustrates what the problem is an you can clearly see what is meant when some one says its been slammed. This is what you are hearing.  The dynamics of the music are gone, every instrument, voice etc. is as loud as each other and to make matters worse its distorted.  Now convert that to mp3 which will remove information and play it back on and iPod through ear buds.  :o

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