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Black Trees Among Amber Skies

on YouTube.

The latest from Altus is now available to download in MP3, and FLAC for those who rather to burn to CD.

Ambient music for night-time Winter walks in the city.
Originally planned to be released in early January, this album was put aside for other projects... Hence the reason it's an out-of-season theme.  Even if you're not a lover of Winter, don't let that stop you from enjoying the album.

Full-length previews are also available at

Thanks for sharing my music in your podcast again.  Much appreciated!

Does any one here know, or wish to debate, the differences in animation/video compression? (I'm actually serious.)
I could probably help you in that area.  What types of codecs are you wondering about?

Everything and Nothing / Re: Projekt wants you to fight piracy!
« on: February 20, 2010, 06:29:23 AM »
Getting burned by artists/labels from purchasing a disc of awful music (to your ears) isn't really an excuse anymore.  For the most part, free samples are going to be readily available either on sites like amazon. Or in the case of ambient music, directly on the artist's website.

While doing my daily evening shopping (bread and other stuff) today I was listening to Ambient on my headphones and once again I was realizing that most other people out there probably don't have the slightest clue about this music.
I've been in the same situation where I'm shopping, and suddenly realize that if the people around me heard what I was listening to, they'd likely take a few steps back in confusion.

I've always liked the fact that ambient is such a fringe genre of music.  It makes it feel more like "my own".  It's like a secret only a few people in the world share, and I'm in on it.

Anyone else feel that way?  :)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Projekt wants you to fight piracy!
« on: February 15, 2010, 11:21:22 AM »
It's a shame that artists need to take matters in their own hands to get results, but as the saying goes:  If you want something done, do it yourself.
I'll be sure to spread this link and info on my blog.  Thanks for the heads up, Loren.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Mastering from The Masters?
« on: February 15, 2010, 11:12:04 AM »
Currently listening to Sibelius' 1st Symphony and I really love those huge dynamics in the music. Almost inaudible Flutes and then *bang* the entire orchestra. Wouldn't Ambient benefit from such dynamics? Do you know any ambient album with huge dynamics?
Heh, your description sounds exactly like the beginning of one of my releases:

Another release where I very deliberately mixed in a "classical" style was Winter Embrace III.  Most of the longplay is fairly quiet, meant to be wallpaper ambient, but there's two times where it comes to the forefront and demands your attention.
I received one e-mail from someone asking why it was so quiet.  Clearly, not everyone gets it.  ;)

Yes, Ninjam definitely works.  Stillstream once broadcasted an impromptu four-person live ambient concert.  Each member was in their own studio.  A very interesting experience to hear, and the results were surprisingly good.

Sounds like a very interesting project.  Thanks for the heads up.

Hence I tend to make the bass almost mono and it sounds fine.
I tend to do the same thing for when I testing the final mix on headphones.  I usually bring it in around 50-65% to keep those bass tones closer to centre.

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Low Light Mixes
« on: January 19, 2010, 05:24:31 AM »
Thanks Dave.  I'm a big fan of your more drone-y mixes, as they work beautifully for going to sleep.

And Paulstretch is an awesome tool.  I think it's been talked about elsewhere on the forum, but here's the link for anyone curious:

Now Playing / Re: Downpipe
« on: January 19, 2010, 05:20:31 AM »
Good call on 'LSG - Netherworld'.

Now Playing / Re: Downpipe
« on: January 17, 2010, 08:25:49 AM »
Really?  I still think Sasha's 'Belfunk' is the best dance track ever.  The first time I heard it, I had goosebumps.
... but then, the best part is the breakdown, so maybe it's not the best DANCE track. ;)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Altus - Coma Cluster
« on: January 17, 2010, 08:16:38 AM »
Some of the instruments used includes guitar so maybe that's why.  ;)
Thanks again for the comments everyone.  It's great to hear feedback on people's thoughts and feelings about my stuff.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Altus - Coma Cluster
« on: January 16, 2010, 07:42:19 AM »
Thanks so much, Mirko!  :)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Altus - Coma Cluster
« on: January 15, 2010, 08:19:18 PM »
Thanks Antdude.

I don't know when I'll do another live performance.  They really stress me out, which is saying something for playing ambient music.  ;)
The web video thing was a fun thing to try, but it really pushed the limits of my system since I already use it to produce the music and stream it to the server.  I was surprised that the system held up as long as it did, and I only started getting some intermittent snapping after 50 minutes or so.

That said, if I do another live show, I'll likely lug in another system into the room and use it solely for video streaming to the server.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Altus - Coma Cluster
« on: January 12, 2010, 07:53:49 PM »
Hey jkn,
I'm glad you've been enjoying it.  Thanks for the mention.

And Thomas, you're a nut.  ;)


Mister Vapor & Altus - "Falling Out of Orbit"
now available on Just Not Normal netlabel.

Quote from: Just Not Normal
And if you think we’ve heard the best collaboration works yet, then let this one surprise your ears. Mister Vapor (aka the extremely prolific Mystified) joined up with Altus (one of the ambient great netlabel artists). Well fitting in some of the other ‘deep sea dives’ of this months JNN releases this album takes you deeper. Where the wonderful string-drones of Altus meet with the dark-drones of Mister Vapor this is a clash of experimentalism that cannot be missed. We are proud to host this for your ears.

FLAC version available on

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Free Effective PC Anti-Virus
« on: December 11, 2009, 06:11:54 PM »
I run Avast, but I don't think it's very good at catching malware.  I'll check this out.  Thanks for the link.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Happy Birthday Loren
« on: November 30, 2009, 04:08:22 PM »
Have a good one, Loren!   :D

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