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Recently finished Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and had a blast. The combat is fluid and doesn't get boring. The banter between the orcs (technically uruks) is hilarious. Before a captain engages you in combat, everything stops for a moment and they belt out a nasty quip. Oh man, it puts a stupid grin on my face every time. ;D

On the multiplayer front, I've been having tons of fun with Payday 2. It's odd because it's kind of a grind, which normally turns me off very quickly, but for reasons I can't put my finger on, I keep coming back for more. It's not entirely serious, certainly larger than life, so I think I enjoy the ridiculousness of it all.

I took advantage of the Steam sales over the holidays, refilling my queue. Some games on the horizon, probably played in this order:
- The Walking Dead: Season Two
- Alien Isolation
- Dragon Age: Inquisition
- Banished
- The Banner Saga
- Dark Souls II

These should keep me busy for some time.  8)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Camel Audio stopped business
« on: January 24, 2015, 08:01:30 AM »
Since I like to manipulate samples, in the future this could end up as my replacement for Alchemy:
Given I've been using their tools for over a decade, this is definitely a day-one purchase! Sweet!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 10, 2015, 06:39:37 AM »
Hey guys,
I'm glad to hear you're enjoy my new stuff. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.  :)

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.

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.

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

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

Here's a screenshot of the noise in question. These are FLACs ripped from CD.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.  ;)

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.

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)

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.

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

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