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As an aside - the Somnium tracks on this disc are now all uncompressed audio.
And I hope the second track isn't mixed mono anymore? That really bugged me.

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Thanks for your feedback, Forrest.
I love the sound of cicadas, at least the species that produce a more tonal sound. To me, that is the sound of lazy summer afternoons. :)

Further to Pete's mention of using a textured sound to subtly fill the range (usually higher frequencies), I do this quite often myself. It brings an air to the mix that would sound muddy without it.

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I've watched your video and the noise is different than the sample I heard in part 1 of Perpetual on Robert's site. In any case, I still think it's intentional. Robert knows what he's doing, and wouldn't let something like that pass unnoticed.

Do I think it sounds good? Nope. ;D

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To be clear, the image I posted was from Nest. I don't own Perpetual yet.

I didn't even think to check the samples on Robert's site. Doing so, I found the hissing sound you're talking about, and it's identical to the sound of Nest. It must be intentional. I'm really curious to know what it is though. It's probably insects of some kind given his recordings are filled with them. :P

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Here's a screenshot of the noise in question. These are FLACs ripped from CD.
http://imgur.com/altjUHw

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it sounds like a air valve which seeps constantly while the "pressure " in this "valve" does vary the sound does come and go a little bit.. disappear for a few seconds but always come back...
Hmmm . . . this sounds like the exact same problem I hear in "Nest". It starts up around the end of track 3, and continues through to the end of track 5. The entire album is bathed in forest environmental sounds, but these field recordings are quite noisy. There's something very raw about the recordings that I can appreciate though, and I figure that was Robert's intent, but the hiss during those parts is especially distracting.

Looking at the spectral analysis, those tracks have a wide band of noise covering 3.5-10k range. From your description, this seems like the hissing sound you're talking about. As you said, it's not a consistent hiss. It sort of reminds me of bad noise reduction where the noise is sitting on the threshold of being removed or not.
The noise actually extends beyond that to the ceiling, but there's a clear drop in gain beyond the 10k range. It looks similar to MP3 compression, but without the smearing.

I wonder if it's a bizarre chorus of bugs of some kind.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Interstellar
« on: November 09, 2014, 07:27:58 AM »
Possibly my favorite work of his since The Thin Red Line.
!!!
Hearing this excites me. Thin Red Line is certainly my favourite from Zimmer as well.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Interstellar
« on: November 08, 2014, 07:16:34 AM »
From what I've read, it doesn't devolve to just guns and explosions, and has been compared to Robert Zemeckis' Contact. Yay!
I've also read it's heavy on exposition, which is a problem for some. That doesn't bother me though. I'll be seeing it in a few weeks once the crowds die down.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambient sound packs for synths ?
« on: October 28, 2014, 07:04:59 PM »
As Julio said, I find patches to be excellent learning tools.

They're also useful to use as a base rather than starting from scratch. I often load one up and modify it to suit my needs.

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[...] I realized that the EQ was all the time bypassed...
Been there, done that.  ;D

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Likely a typo. I've never heard of a CD released on a Saturday.  ;)

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 19, 2014, 05:19:33 AM »
Ralph Vaughan Williams - Tallis Fantasia (1910)
Gorgeous performance. The unhurried playing, which I love, brings such gravitas to the piece. The version I've listened to for years is 1:30 shorter than this. I think I'll have to hunt for this one on CD.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Any Enigma fans?
« on: October 10, 2014, 03:51:08 AM »
Hah, each album most certainly is NOT the same. But then, I generally ignore reviews on sites such as Amazon.  ;)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach - Bloodmoon Rising
« on: October 10, 2014, 03:49:26 AM »
Very nice compilation, Mike. I picked that up, too.  :)
Yeah, it seems to be a hit. It was an honour to be part of it.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Any Enigma fans?
« on: October 09, 2014, 03:51:13 AM »
I was a huge fan in the 90s (The Cross of Changes is still my fav), but with each new release, my interest began to wane. I kept purchasing up to Voyager, which I didn't enjoy it at all. From that point, instead of blindly purchasing, I listened to samples first. Neither A posteriori nor Seven Lives Many Faces piqued my interest.

I think what I miss most was the epic nature of his earlier albums. They were like movie soundtracks. I'm always willing to give Enigma another chance though, so I will certainly be listening for samples from this upcoming release.

Thanks for the heads up.  8)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Steve Roach - Bloodmoon Rising
« on: October 08, 2014, 03:56:40 AM »
Hey all,
Steve quietly released an album for this morning's blood moon via Bandcamp.
https://steveroach.bandcamp.com/album/bloodmoon-rising

It's a beautiful, brooding 70-minute long-play. Check it out.  :)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Aphex Twin
« on: October 03, 2014, 03:47:27 AM »
For me, anything from Aphex Twin requires time and multiple plays to enjoy and appreciate.
Is Syro mind-blowing? No. But then, after such a huge period of silence from him, expectations can get to ridiculous heights.

I hope he starts releasing again on a regular basis. An album every year or two would be nice to see.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: What is the Hpynos Forum to you ?
« on: September 26, 2014, 03:49:22 AM »
While I mostly lurk, I feel comfortable enough to give my two cents from time to time.
Julio, you covered what I like about this forum. The best part? It's the right amount of new content each day. It doesn't take tons of time to read through all the new posts, and there's rarely a lull in the conversation.

Kudos to the active users (the artists and the lovers of ambient music) of this community for making it an interesting place to visit.   :)

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Eventide UltraReverb
« on: September 21, 2014, 06:10:12 AM »
Played with the demo for about 30 minutes, and quickly bought it.
It doesn't even compare to my old reverb (ArtsAcoustic). It's been a good plug-in for me, but I've been looking for a replacement for years.
Thanks again.  ;D

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