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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach News
« on: September 17, 2009, 02:23:09 PM »
As of September 16th, only about 75 copies remain! The CD's will continue to be sold individually after the Box Set sells-out.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Guitars picking up noise from PC
« on: September 17, 2009, 06:01:58 AM »
I assume you're using your computer as the recording device?  If so, what kind of soundcard are you using?  Could it be a noisy A/D converter or badly shielded input on the soundcard?  Maybe just a bad cable?

Mirko does it again.  Absolutely beautiful textures, soundscapes and chord progressions.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach News
« on: August 21, 2009, 04:20:38 AM »
The problem I have with Dynamic Stillness are some of the tracks lengths.

I find that 'Birth of Still Places' is too active and the main loop too short to be a 40 minute track.  It seems to never resolve itself and sort of grates on my nerves.  Clearly 20 minutes too long. ;)
Whereas you have the too-short tracks 'Opening Sky' & 'Nature of Things', which seem to end just as they get started.
'Slowly Revealed' is perfection to me.

Personally I found the sound design on-par with his other releases.  There are some harsher tones and washes in the mid to high end, but I'm going to assume that was by design.  While I have no problem with environmental sounds to complement music, I think it would be a detriment to this release and out of place for what he was trying to achieve.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach News
« on: August 20, 2009, 07:16:41 PM »
Thanks for the update, Immersion.

In hearing the samples, I understand why Steve's releasing these in a box-set option.  These separate releases all have the same general feel, and could easily be considered parts 1, 2 & 3 of a single release.

It believe "Immersion: Four" could quickly become my favourite of the series.
However, I will definitely be ordering the box set.  Summer's almost over, and I believe it will make for some very deep fall/winter nights.

I'm a fan of all your mixes, but I'm a especially large fan of your mixes that can induce sleep.  Suspended in Air still gets play fairly often.
Thanks for these.  :)

Hey Jim,
Thanks for the comments.  I'm glad you enjoyed it.


City of Ashes

Altus proudly presents City of Ashes, an audio/visual project pairing the music of Mike Carss and the photography of Shawn Sintzel. A mix of ambient and orchestral works, this is by far the most cinematic music Carss has released to date, and acts as a film-like soundtrack to Sintzel's stark and austere photography.

Active listening is encouraged.

Available as 320kb MP3, and FLAC for those who rather to burn to CD.
Full-length previews also available at

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient in pictures
« on: June 22, 2009, 06:38:20 PM »
Those are some excellent finds.

It's interesting you should post this.  I'm about to release an album in collaboration with a photographer, with each track having a photo associated with it.
It was a fun project, and I'm definitely going to do it again.

Everything and Nothing / Re:
« on: May 14, 2009, 05:10:24 AM »
Yes.  People using the software were listening to your music, hence scrobbled.  You can easily take control of that page and essentially make it your own, adding proper information and links to more of your work.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Best way to organize studio layout
« on: May 10, 2009, 08:06:29 PM »
Some very nice designs.  The price is outrageous, but I'm not that surprised given it's a niche product.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Best way to organize studio layout
« on: May 10, 2009, 12:12:52 PM »
I have the exact same problem where my midi keyboard is at a 90-degree angle from everything else.  Seren, I see you do the same thing as well.  ;)  I've been on the lookout for a desk with a very wide slide-out shelf that would be long and strong enough to accommodate a midi keyboard (instead of a standard computer keyboard).

Has anyone seen such a desk?

Everything and Nothing / Re:
« on: May 10, 2009, 12:03:36 PM »

It's an interesting tool to see what people listen to, which in turn tells you what people are enjoying.  For example, one track I wrote called "Magellanic Clouds" has a huge spike in plays compared to anything else.  As a result, I'll be re-working and expanding the sound of that relatively short track into a longplay album later this year.

Everything and Nothing / Re: found sounds
« on: May 04, 2009, 04:43:14 PM »
"The researchers add that the tones are far beyond the edge of human hearing, some 12 octaves below the lowest detectable note. While orchestras tune up to the A above middle C, at around 440 Hertz, the Earth rings at a much more stately 100-5000microHz. That is one vibration every 278 hours, or 11.5 days."

As much as I'd love to hear it too, I don't think it's possible.   :D

Gah!  I'm still waiting for my copy.  This is torture!    ;)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Music, free or for sale ?
« on: April 10, 2009, 06:37:07 AM »
Also, I think that if you give something away once, people may be unwilling to pay for something in the future.

I'd have to disagree on that.  The model to give something away, and then charge for more is a model that's used in the games industry with much success.  For example a company will release a free demo of the game, allowing access to a few levels or limiting access in an open-world type game.  It gives players a chance to check it out first before dropping their hard-earned money.  The massively multi-player genre (such as Warcraft) usually allow players full access to the game for 10 days for free, to get them hooked.

Now take that model to our music.  Give away an album or two and use those as a hook to garner attention and fans.  Then charge for the third, fourth and fifth release, etc.

Another idea to really hook your fans, give away your sixth album as a thank you to everyone who's purchased your albums.  The idea is to create loyalty in your fans, who are the best at spreading the word of your music.

I could be used as an example.  I started releasing my work publicly in 2001 as free downloads.  At the end of 2006, I setup my first (and probably only) release available to purchase (Winter Embrace II) as a benefit for StillStream.  Between 2001 and 2006, I had 11 free releases.  Since I already had a fan base, it actually made money.  It's been purchased around 350 times.  The fact that it was benefit for StillStream definitely had a part to play in those purchases, but it's also available on iTunes and eMusic which has no mention of StillStream... and that's where 85% of the purchases came from.  I can guarantee that if I charged for all my releases, would be far lesser known and would result in less profit.

And I still consider myself in an obscure deep hole of a sub-basement when it comes to underground "unknown artist".  ;)

Everything and Nothing / Re: US Copyright rant
« on: April 07, 2009, 06:52:25 PM »
and he also might decide the $600 or $1500 or $3000 he might make is a lesser consideration than the possibility of getting 5,000 people to hear his work as a free download, rather than just hundreds who might have bought it.
Exposure is the main reason I release through CC.  Sure, a lot of people might download my stuff casually, listen to one track and just delete it afterward.  But at the same time, I know that there's a lot of people downloading it, enjoying it and keeping in their library.

Loren, I may be reading you wrong, but you seem very defensive on the subject.  I hope you understand that these are my personal opinions and certainly don't think my way is best.  It's just what works for me.  :)  I'm just glad to see other artists take the same approach.

Everything and Nothing / Re: US Copyright rant
« on: April 07, 2009, 04:23:50 AM »
No, CC is not about compensation or money, just sharing.  Distribution?  I would imagine freely distributing your work to anyone and everyone gets your music out there quite well.  And yeah, I agree it can be used as viral marketing by the big boys, such as Radiohead and NiN.  But the plus side of having well known artists use a license they really don't need, I think it legitimizes the whole CC concept and in turn helps people like me.

Anyone have any other thoughts on this?

Everything and Nothing / Re: US Copyright rant
« on: April 06, 2009, 07:26:38 PM »
Curious.  Why would you think releasing through CC would mean giving up the rights to one's own work?

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