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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Overrated Ambient
« on: September 08, 2012, 04:54:18 AM »
Does Tim Hecker count as hipster ambient? Got into his music for a while early on, but got out of it. Last time I had a listen at his stuff recently, it looks fatally hipstered out to me. I feel like I could be entirely off base on this one, but am too lazy to dig deeper.

Cant say I know what hipster ambient is but I can say that Tim Hecker's Imaginary Country gets played a lot here.......grunge, distortion & glitch washed over beautiful melodic imagery!

For plenty of unlistenable "uber cool," check out 12k label.  They've released some good stuff, of course, but most of it to me seems more concerned with how it was recorded ("field recordings by a crackling fire with my synth hooked up to a generator so I could be inspired by my natural surroundings!" etc.) rather than how it sounds. 

I think 12k is a "Sound Art" label that occasional puts out music that may fit into a perspective of ambient, at least the ambient music that gets discussed here. Avant Garde, experimental type music is often concerned about the production environment and is as important as some here are about the synths/sound source used to produce their music. :)   Recording guitar in a WW2 ammunition depot could be considered really ambient....the field recording is part of the music.  This is the spirit of 12k for me. 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 07, 2012, 04:12:21 AM »
Agreed Anthony......the graphics are good.  I got the Flac download through Bandcamp.  As you mentioned Ocean Fire I gave it a spin, had not played it in a while.  Not as accessible as this new release with a quality to it that is clearly 12k.....Still good though!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 05, 2012, 04:01:13 PM »
In the studio today.....

Really enjoying times its Sakamoto with his "film piano" and Willits simple yet processed guitar accompaniment & then its their special ambient experimental elixir !

The one band for me during that period......RUSH

Appreciate your kind for words Harry.......Thanks for the support!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Speaker connection
« on: August 16, 2012, 05:01:48 AM »
I recently put an new listen system in the living room and ordered these audioquest cables......I was going to return them because I thought I had order banana plugs instead.  The manufacturer said their performance was better than banana's.  Cant really say either way as the last banana plugs I had were for a Serge modular synth.  If you want new connectors look to perhaps a cable upgrade as well.  It will do quite a bit for your sound.....but this another often heated topic  ;)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / I dream of Wires......Modular Love
« on: August 14, 2012, 05:18:31 PM »

Lots of talk about soft synths recently......time to balance the equation.

Just a heads up to those interested, this release is now available over on my site at Bandcamp......


Thanks Harry.....Hope you enjoy!


Pathway to Pelada ::  51:57

Composed, Performed & Produced by Julio Di Benedetto 2011.

Synthesizers :: Access Virus TI & Oberheim Matrix 12

Mastered by Taylor Deupree @ 12k Mastering

Photography & Design :: Julio Di Benedetto


My second release this year is " Pathway to Pelada" which is now available for download on my imprint, Digital Voices, over at Bandcamp...... 

All the best.......Julio

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 07, 2012, 04:15:53 PM »
Squarepusher :: Ufabulum  Dark Steering

Been a fan of Warp records releases for years....Plaid, Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin & Squarpusher.

Beautiful Pete....downloading the Flac version from Bandcamp now.  Also powerful photo/artwork.  Looking forward to exploring the the release in glorious 24bit res.

Inspiring work.....Julio

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Soft Synths....What do you like?
« on: July 29, 2012, 05:29:02 AM »
Come on Pete......making music out of Food Sample, underwhelming! ;D. Izotope is sell a library based on food :o.  I played with the demo a lot last night and I do like the sounds.  I drop some audio from older tracks and had fun warping them etc.   Came away with the sense that it could be a one trick pony.  A very good one trick but limited.  Still discovering though.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Soft Synths....What do you like?
« on: July 28, 2012, 02:45:21 PM »
IRIS is...... :) ;) :D ;D :o 8) :-* cant say I have ever come across anything like it.  Just can't find the words to describe what Im hearing so best to download the PC or Mac demo for yourself.  I will say that the visual editing use tools similar to what you find in Photoshop & Illustrator and this leads to some heavy manipulation of the graphically displayed sample.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Soft Synths....What do you like?
« on: July 28, 2012, 01:57:59 PM »
iZotope, IRIS looks very unique....downloading the demo now. Their audio processing software is highly thought of.  IRIS sort of reminds me of U&I software's Metasynth.

Thanks for posting about IRIS sraymar.  I remember VAZ, didn't that come on the scene around the same time as NI's first generation of Reaktor? 

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Soft Synths....What do you like?
« on: July 28, 2012, 04:03:27 AM »
Yes....I did notice that Absynth was somewhat cold, almost brittle in sound.  Not necessarily a bad thing,

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Soft Synths....What do you like?
« on: July 27, 2012, 05:42:23 PM »
Also as Ive brought up "scale" within the DAW environment....I want to mention how great it is within Logic 9 on the Mac within OSX 10.7.4 that all the native software synths/samplers like Sculpture
& ESX24 are all scaleable.....that is I can drag the corner of the GUI to fit the entire screen of my laptop.  Thats a 17" interface to work on and the resolution does hold up.  NO third party software does this.....not for me so far.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Soft Synths....What do you like?
« on: July 27, 2012, 05:24:23 PM »
Ive been playing around with Absynth 5.......its sound design capabilities are staggering, The GUI is not my cup of tea, especially on a 17" laptop, sort of organic but not very friendly.  I do see that a stroke of a mouse or a Bamboo pen can be more efficient the turning a virtual knob with the same.  I guess it comes down to scale.  Also whats with those envelope generators.....I understand the sonic potential of having the level of manipulation, but not in a micro environment. 

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / The Fairlight Sampler Reborn
« on: July 27, 2012, 05:04:18 PM »

Mike,s 808 trip into the past post inspired me to add this.......I remember seeing a tv show that filmed Peter Gabriel back in the 1980's taking some portable recorder out into a scrap metal dump and recording the sound of smashing car windscreens.  He then took these recordings and loaded them into his failrlight mapped it across the keys and the rest was history so to speak.  At the price of an average car its just what you need in your studio or garage :o

Have to say the touch screen creation of wavetable like sounds is very special......cant say we have this technology available least in the price range for this mere mortal.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Soft Synths....What do you like?
« on: July 27, 2012, 03:49:32 AM »
Soft Synths.....Soft Music Labels, works for me.  Only reason to separate might be that threads like this can become great resources for others looking into software synths and this is so much better than the best of type threads. 

I agree with Pete that the net label does deserve its own thread.....important topic!

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