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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.

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


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 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.

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.   

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 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.

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 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.

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!

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.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: August 07, 2011, 04:59:30 AM »
STEPHAN MATHIEU -  A Static Place  12k

FOURCOLOR - As Pleat  12k

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.


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.

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

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 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

Well after a hour or so fiddling with cables the computer is in the closet and acting like a cage rabid beast trying to get outl :o  It is actual a slight improvement but that has more to do with it not being right under my nose, sorry ears.  The one positive thing is the dvi booster has really improved the displays resolution, not what I was after though, oh well.  Isolation box or new computer.. isolation box or new computer... isolation box or....Im going to say this a lot to myself over the next few days. 

Everything and Nothing / Re: What do you love?
« on: July 27, 2011, 08:50:12 PM »
what I love is to be sitting in crystal clear water on my surfboard looking out to the horizon to see the incoming swell break on an outer reef telling me to prepare myself and watching make the turn to paddle for the wave as it arrives to then hold me momentarily before coming to my feet and making the drop into the liquid glide as the reef below me flashes the wave disappears there is no shape or form but for the grace and slide I feel as the dance across the rising wall roars behind me then the sun illuminates the turquoise path that propels the sequence of movements to fast for memory until the energy is absorbed and the deep smile comes as I thank the universe for the ride of a life time......then what I love more as I paddle back out is to watch my girlfriend go through the motions and take the drop on another wave with a huge bottom turn she recoils into the most gentle display of fluid hydrodynamics in each arc and spray a courtship of elements she passes close to me her face of concentrated joy the body in unison a magnetic glow of ebb and flow.

We have been back a few weeks from a surf trip to Bocas del Toro, Panama.....and of course the moral of the story, never ask a surfer to describe what the ride was like, could sound similar to the wonderful drivel above.


Thanks everyone for your suggestion.....regarding macs and pc, I am on the mac platform because of one thing...Logic! If microsoft bought it from apple then I would switch.  one machine is not better than the other.

I am new to SSD, that is I have seen them mentioned around the web but dont know much about them....need to find out more.

I have finally got all the necessary cables ready to move the computer into the closet, will do it tomorrow.  Let you know if it works out.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: July 21, 2011, 06:51:54 AM »

VIR UNIS - Aeonian Glow


I do have plans to drop the powercore platform next computer upgrade anyway.....I just checked  the specs on the 27" iMac, 3.1ghz quad core, that be plenty of power!   Thanks for the suggestion Mike...just might be the way to go.


Pete those fans have some by the  "Austrian Institute of Heat Transmission & Fan Technology ;)  Seriously though appears to be a lot of research done on the design, they must be quiet.

It seems to me that PC's are way ahead in the world of keeping a computer cool and quiet.....from silent fans to liquid cooling systems.

Thanks for posting with pictures Loren.....I had read some good things about the Noren Acoustilock gCab, nice to actual hear from a forum member that uses it.  At $1250 it is not cheap but cheaper than buying a new Mac Pro.  IF my closet experiment does not work It will be something to invest in down the road

Yes a computer upgrade is the best option......the big screen iMac looks good, other than my powercore xpress card with I only use for the VSS3 reverb I could go totally usb/firewire.  Anyway my budget for the up coming months has be slated for cd production so no big or small expensive toys right now.


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