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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!

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

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

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.

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

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Vintage Gear
« on: March 31, 2013, 06:01:58 AM »
Article from the recent Sound On Sound. APK

Why are we lusting after vintage gear?

My suspicion is that the obsession with vintage equipment has more to do with a desire to impose limits and discipline on the process than anything else. The ‘limitless’ possibilities of modern recording and production can lead to laziness of performance and a lack of decision making. Musicians and producers are spending more time working alone on a computer rather than collaborating in the studio with like-minded souls. Bouncing ideas around with others can be the most creative and fun part of recording, and it’s easy to get bogged down in isolation. The lack of discipline that the technology can promote isn’t the fault of the equipment itself — it’s the fault of the users. Making music shouldn’t be about the equipment at all: it should be about the music makers. What kind of equipment you use doesn’t matter that much. What really matters is what you choose to do with it.

I feel it is the limitless possibilities that are the real issue.....there are too many choices and I have work at making my own musical choice very limited.  A few piece of good gear and a clean recording path.

To use another creative pursuit to illustrate.....when I was involved in photography some 25 years ago there was film and darkrooms.  Digital was not even dreamed of, well maybe a dream.  You had to know how to use a camera to its full extent to get good technical results. Automation did not exist. Same goes for the darkroom.  In a way somewhat archaic to todays photographic production yet it was so hands on.  Today I use a very good full frame canon camera with a beautiful piece of glass attached, what this camera can do technically is astonishing.  Automation everything.  How do I use it....completely in manual mode as I did 25 years.  Why will people pay $10.000 for a Leica camera.....because they are silly and have too much money, perhaps. " That much money for a camera and it does not even have auto focus"....I have heard this said.

Back on topic....

I wouldn´t want to be bothered with that sort of bulk and maintenance (*enter any other early digital reverb here). Same thing with Fairchild or Tubetech outboard stuff.

Waves have recreated a hardware version of the Fairchild called Puigchild after said famous producer pictured below.  Interesting as Waves are leaders in creating analogue / tube / tape plugin recreations of vintage gear

What I find most irritating in this context is that most music which is produced using this extremely expensive type of studio gear is condensed into lossy audio formats and played back using the internal speakers of a mobile phone... pathetic.


I agree....also these gifted studio engineers have to contend with their work being slammed at the mastering stage, certainly with pop music, also not the mastering engineers fault.  So who's responsible then?

25 years ago few of use would be able to create, play, record and release music as we do today and though we may work in isolation as discussed, we are not in point, The Hypnos Forum!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: AMBIcon 2013 Update
« on: March 24, 2013, 05:36:22 AM »
for anyone who might wonder what my set is going to sound like, here's a three minute snippet of one of the rehearsals I've recorded [soundcloud][/soundcloud]

.... and, yes, I'm particularly proud that I learned how to embed the soundcloud player...  :)

Quite Beautiful it is Jeff........been playing "Bleed" these last few days, a special cd for me.  I hope these HOS concerts will be recorded!  :)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: AMBIcon 2013 Update
« on: March 18, 2013, 05:03:40 AM »
I also want to show my support for Stephen and his show, which has been on so long, it's easy to take for granted. 


Reason the performance.  I call that well worth it.  HOS radio show was the only source for new space / ambient music back when I originally tuned in during the mid 80's 

Great work Tomas.....had to listen without looking at the screen to get a sense of the music by itself because the actual music merges so well with the visuals and creates the mood while supporting the drama......The key elements to a good film score
Hope the movie makes it over the atlantic to us! 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: What's happened to Depeche Mode?
« on: February 23, 2013, 05:57:15 AM »
In my mid teens some 35 years ago a synth pop band came on the scene when I lived in England.......and that same band is about to release a new album.  Respect!

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