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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

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDR prices too high
« on: November 19, 2009, 05:17:03 PM »
OT, but I figured it was worth mentioning regarding safe storage of discs:
Everyone knows sunlight is a big no-no when it comes to optical media, but did you know that all light (even artificial) very slowly degrades the dye in burnt media (CD and DVD).  For the most part this is a non-issue because the degradation is almost non-existent, but those who greatly value their backups might feel that much more safe storing their media in a dark space.

That goes on for wa-a-ay too long.  Do these people have no shame?

Everything and Nothing / Re: Sound quality still matters....
« on: November 14, 2009, 07:10:23 AM »
I think it's safe to say that ambient and classical music is best listened to uncompressed.

On a side note, I've started releasing my work in MP3 and FLAC, and was very surprised to see quite a number of listeners downloading the FLAC over MP3 (around 30-40%).  In fact since I've started doing this, I've had a number of people contact me asking for specific albums in my discography as FLAC.

So I'm happy to say there's definitely people out there who do still care about sound quality... and not just music artists either.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Beautiful Ambient Video
« on: October 28, 2009, 07:40:56 PM »
Thanks Mirko.  Glad you liked it.  :)

To anyone who may not know, this is a promo video for my new release "Coma Cluster" on the Endless Ascent netlabel.

If FLAC is more your thing, you can download that here:

And full-length previews if you just want to take a listen without downloading:


Everything and Nothing / Re: Sad News
« on: October 18, 2009, 05:58:40 AM »
I hardly knew you.  But in the short time I have, I can definitely attest to what everyone's been saying about your love for music.
If there's something past this life as we know it, I hope the music of Earth only pales in comparison to what you're hearing now.

My condolences to his family and friends.

Thanks Shane.

Judd, those Buddhist links that come up at the end are YouTube's doing.  I don't have any control over it.  I think they're based on the tags I put in, and the words "earth" and "mantra" are likely what's causing it.  ;)

Oh, and I don't practice any religion or beliefs... although a lot of people who know me say I'd make a good Buddhist.   ;D

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