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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Binaural Recordings?
« on: December 27, 2013, 05:02:39 PM »
I am looking for some feedback on this issue so, this is a question to everyone out there. I just finished mixing my next album with Mark Seelig which is going to be called Tree of Life. A friend came over the other day and we got to talking about surround sound music (my friend's specialty). He told me he started mixing his stuff down to binaural stereo mixes for headphone listening, so people could enjoy his surround sound music on their ipods or mp3 players. We discovered that I actually already have in my music software the ability to make such recordings without having to do a surround sound mix. So my question is would anyone be interested in this? It would be a separate mix that you could download, but would not be available on the CD, and it would require headphone listening since binaural audio doesn't translate as well to speakers. Please let me know if this does or doesn't appeal to you. Thanks in advance.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Buchla Music Easel Ships
« on: December 21, 2013, 01:26:10 AM »
Wow.  Almost looks more to me like a Serge than a Buchla.  I interviewed Morton Subotnick in the 70s and the Buchla he was using then looked more metallic and darker than this (though I remember him being credited on his albums as playing an Electronic Music Box, so I'm now confused).

I'm not an expert on the Buchla stuff, but from my understanding the Electronic Music Box was Don's 200 system while it was being sold through CBS. This box we are talking about here was the portable performance version call the Music Easel, basically his version of the Mini Moog. I think its based on three different 200 modules. I think Mort has probably played just about everything Don has made, he now uses a Buchla 200e in live performance.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Buchla Music Easel Ships
« on: December 21, 2013, 01:18:21 AM »
I posted this last week on facebook, I was up at Noise Bug and this guy came in to pick up his brand new Music Easel, one of the first the store has recieved. Here are a couple pictures I took of it as he was opening it up for the first time:





They go for about $3800, you have to put 2 grand up front, non refundable deposit to get one.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: ???
« on: December 20, 2013, 12:36:42 AM »
Exactly, its not being sold as a musician's tool, something to put in your mix. More like a CD that you can customize the mix for your own enjoyment.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: ???
« on: December 19, 2013, 02:17:00 PM »
The Immersion Station was first shown at Soundquest Fest, they are on their 3rd version now. I've never used it because I've never had an iphone up till a week ago, but lots of people have bought it from what I understand.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Vangelis
« on: December 16, 2013, 01:05:15 AM »
Anyone know what instrument he is play?

From what I have read it is call the Direct system, and it is a custom made preset selector, transposer, and midi sequencer for controlling his numerous hardware synths, mostly old 90s digital synths and samplers. The symbols are his "figure coding" that he has used for years, dating back to the 70s to represent different sounds. The Direct system was based on and expanded upon the old 80s Zyklus sequencer which has become a bit of a legion of its time as an interesting real time performance midi sequencer. Very few were made and they are hard to come by, but their is a free software version on the web.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach and Loren Nerell
« on: December 16, 2013, 12:40:56 AM »
Thanks for the complement. I would love to do another project with Steve, its really up to him if/when he wants to do it. Speaking of collaborations Steve has a new album that he did with Kelly David coming out soon. My next release is an album that I did with Mark Seelig, not the deep ambient album you requested though. It will probably be out this summer.

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Oh, I fully expect to use it in the future, but the feature I need most isn't in there yet: outputting to broadcast tape.

Ok, I don't have to worry about that since I am not doing broadcast quality video. I am mostly doing archival videos of music performances. I usually burn a DVD and make an mp4 for archival purposes that will eventually be put on a server some where, whenever we figure out what we want to do.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: My Music Studio in Progress!!!
« on: December 06, 2013, 04:06:24 PM »
Nice stuff, lets see some pics of the studio put together now.  :)

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I had no choice, I couldn't get FCP7 anymore. You might want to read this article, it might change your mind about X.

http://daredreamermag.com/2013/01/14/could-final-cut-pro-x-be-the-nle-of-the-future/

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I have a Samsung DLP TV, something like this:



Its 56 inches and looks great. I bought it used a couple years ago and its going strong. They also need a lamp, mine is working fine so far. I can get a replacement for under $50 when it finally goes out.

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I'm certainly interested to hear your thoughts on that since I use Macs for the same purpose. What software are you using (FCP or Premiere)?

Using FCP 10, still learning it. It's pretty slow on my old quadcore Mac Pro, but this is the fastest Mac we have in the building right now. I have no idea when we will be getting them, I just know that they are in the budget for this school year.

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What does all Apple fans think about the new mac pro.
it is a disaster if you ask me, they have choosen form instead of function.

How can it be a disaster when it has not even been released yet? We are suppose to some in here at work for video editing. I will let everyone know what I think when we get them.

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RE: Vangelis...I find a lot of his music to be overblown, melodramatic, and pretentious. For example, Heaven and Hell. Admittedly, Blade Runner is good...albeit even some of that is a bit syrupy, IMO. I must admit I am puzzled by how many ambient fans like his music when, with only a few exceptions, he is much closer to classic new age than either ambient or EM (again, this is IMO). I recently played The City again and could only get through half the tracks without hitting the "skip" button.

I like his early work, my favorite is Spiral, but Albedo 0.39, China, and Ignacio are all well worth listening too. I saw him in concert back in 1986, great show and totally solo except when he brought Jon Anderson up on stage to sing some of the stuff they did together. But I hear you on stuff like The City, or Direct, or El Greco, he moved away from what I like from him.

If you like a "big" dramatic sound like Vangelis, I think early Jon Jenkins (with Paul Lackey), e.g. Continuum, or Greg Klamt's Fulcrum, or JJ's later work with David Helpling are all better choices.

I don't really like big and bombastic, that's not what got me into Vangelis early on. To me he was kind of a cross over between progress rock and the berlin school stuff going on at the time.

Or you could go the oldie route and dig up some classic Richard Burmer, e.g. Bhakti Point.

I miss Richard, he was  a great guy.

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The "show us your studio pics" that Jesse (Numina) started was one that I recall had some 53,000 views and maybe more by now....thats just staggering.  That many gearsultz?

Maybe that thread has so many hits because I posted a link to it over on the gearslutz website a few years ago? Their was a thread going on there about ambient musicians and their studios, so I just linked it. Lots of gearheads over there.  ;D

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: what Tv series should I see ?
« on: November 28, 2013, 10:54:45 PM »
I did try to go through half the first season..I just could not understand why people adore this show soo much...

Twin Peaks is basically Americana spun on its head. It was ground breaking for its time. I enjoyed the first season or two, then it got too silly for me. I didn't like the movie very much.

Speaking of old TV shows, I've been watching the 1970s show Kung Fu on DVD via netflix. It was also a ground breaking show that I think has aged well.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: A Favor from my Hypnos friends.
« on: October 21, 2013, 12:42:05 PM »
Here is what Trang says about the vote, thanks again to everyone who came out and supported her:

"WE LOST OUR FOOTBALL GAME!!!! lol. I had to quit right after midnight going against the 3 guys since they kept on going till 9 am this morning lol. We were leading at about 90 points right after midnight. I did not know the exact time the game ended and did not care so much since KCET said it ends Monday morning. I set my time to end at midnight because I rather sleep. I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart how much you guys love my work and supporting me and we had fun with it. I had so much fun staying in the game against them with my big troop behind me. The best part is having guys including friends and family with me. just love you guys!!!! hugs... The game is over now."

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Everything and Nothing / Re: A Favor from my Hypnos friends.
« on: October 21, 2013, 09:50:55 AM »
Well its over, not sure what time it ended but we lost by 64 votes. I'm really frustrated by this whole experience, ending was not clearly defined, at midnight we had something like a 74 vote margin of victory. But they kept counting votes and I am not even sure what time it ended. Sort of like running a marathon, getting to the end and finding no finish line, yet no one knows where the finish line is, so you have to keep running but you've spent all your energy getting to what you thought was the end. Well thanks everyone for your votes, we wouldn't have gotten as far as we did without you. I will let you all if anything comes of this. Thanks again.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: A Favor from my Hypnos friends.
« on: October 21, 2013, 12:14:31 AM »
Wow its after midnight and they are still taking votes. If you see this message go try voting again. As of this moment we have a 63 vote lead. Its been up and down all day. Thanks for your support.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: A Favor from my Hypnos friends.
« on: October 20, 2013, 04:30:02 PM »
This the last time I will ask, please vote, it is so close, in the end it only takes 1 vote to make a difference and that's how close this vote is going right now, it may come down to a single vote. So, please vote, and spread the word. Thanks again.

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