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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.

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.  :)

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.

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.   :)

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

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Eventide UltraReverb
« on: September 17, 2014, 03:31:54 AM »
Colour me impressed. Definitely going to check out the demo.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bad Ambient
« on: September 06, 2014, 05:56:09 AM »
Bad ambient? Not really.

Uninspired ambient? Yup.

Everything and Nothing / TIDAL - Lossless audio streaming service
« on: September 03, 2014, 07:04:35 PM »
As one who wishes lossless audio was as prevalent as MP3 and its ilk, this sounds like an interesting service. It'll be available in the US and UK this fall. A shame I live in Canada.

Does this interest anyone, or am I alone in my snooty audio ways? Haha!  ;)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ableton Live ?
« on: September 03, 2014, 03:57:23 AM »
Looking forward to having a new DAW to peruse and hopefully inspire some new processes.

I hear you on that. I love FL Studio because I've been using it for over a decade, but it's easy to fall into similar pattern when creating new work.

Have fun!  ;D

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Guild Wars 2
« on: August 27, 2014, 04:44:30 PM »
Oh man, I've got so many games on the horizon, the thought of attempting to delve into GW2 seems like a mistake. That said, if I ever decide to take the plunge, I'll be sure to PM you. Thanks. :)

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Guild Wars 2
« on: August 27, 2014, 03:47:52 AM »
The amount of content they produce for an MMO-style game without a sub fee is kinda crazy. Do they have microtransactions in the game? If so, that would explain where they're getting their money.

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