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Messages - Paul Vnuk (Ma Ja Le)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Dear Ann Landers...
« on: January 10, 2013, 09:45:53 AM »
Yep, I echo everyone's advice here. The only person who is getting hurt by all of this is most likely you. If you feel any anxiety, anger, unrest, hatred and so on, these are all emotions that are weighing on you and you alone, your cousin most likely does not care. So the best thing for you is not to hold on to them. In fact I would advise the oposite, try being nice to them, loving them as a cousin and let it go at that.

Life is too short to hold grudges, hang on to hurt feelings and stay angry with some one for any reason really.


Downloading now and looking forward to it!

Thanks Richard!!!!

I should be sending Mike some copies for the Hypnos store soon, and I also have copies if anyone is interested in getting their tribal/space fix on!


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: RIP Pete Namlook
« on: November 15, 2012, 09:27:18 AM »

Everything and Nothing / Re: External drive always running
« on: November 10, 2012, 10:16:20 AM »
As soon as they have 3TB SSD's I am in. Thats the size of my current Itunes library

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Finally... Sound Forge for Mac!
« on: October 05, 2012, 09:37:00 PM »
It is/was entirely a workflow issue where wave lab vs sound forge is concerned. I actually will concede that wavelab is more powerful and I did like its effects chaining section, but at the end of the day I can just work quickly and effortlessly in SoundForge so I kept going back to it. I have used it since version 1.0 and spent the better part of the last 10 years as a sound designer for Sony Creative Software & Sonic Foundry before that so, again its a comfortably and workflow thing.

When I tried a demo of Peak for the Mac I found its interface and workflow just completely counterintuitive, clunky and just pain ugly. Again all personal preference, but there it is.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Finally... Sound Forge for Mac!
« on: October 05, 2012, 04:00:34 PM »
I have wabvelab for PC but hate the way it works and unfortunately there is nothing about Peak I ever liked either, its look, the way it functions, I always go back to soundforge even when that meant transferring files to and from the pc for editing.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Finally... Sound Forge for Mac!
« on: October 04, 2012, 12:51:45 PM »
Actually I am ecstatic as this will make my migration from PC to MAC complete!!!


Actually I prefer MP4 (M4A) over MP3 whenever possible, and also prefer ALAC over FLAC since most ipods will play it (apple lossless) and most mp3 players will not play FLAC.

Also most of the mastering engineers I have talked to from Howie Weinberg on down prefer the new Mastered for Itunes over standard mp3 as it starts with higher bit rates and is a more controlled process that standard mp3/AAC conversion.


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Oophoi & Paul Vnuk jr
« on: September 20, 2012, 10:42:24 AM »
I know his health has an unfortunate level of ups and downs, not sure what he is working on. Its been awhile since we last chatted.


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Oophoi & Paul Vnuk jr
« on: September 20, 2012, 09:30:23 AM »
Welcome back again folks to shameless self promotion time  :)

I just noticed for all you non-cd-download types that Gigi's and my album "Dreamfileds" is now available at iTunes, Amazon download, and e-music. All for just a tad more than two trips to Starbucks, and its ok cuz this album is will do its best to sooth your caffeine withdrawal headache! Especially if you play it loud.  :o


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: 808 documentary
« on: September 19, 2012, 08:12:45 PM »
Was always more partial to the CR-78 myself, and I would kill to find one now  ;D

Actually the only drum machine I ever used and owned was the Alesis HR-16


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 25, 2012, 05:50:06 PM »

Probably one of my top 4 favorite Robert Rich albums.


Everything and Nothing / Re: recommended AV receivers ??
« on: August 03, 2012, 09:51:53 AM »
Also check out the two lines on offer from

They have revived the Acurus and Arigon brands and have a pretty full featured AVR coming out this year.  They just got a write up on cnet.


Now Playing / Re: Too much music?
« on: June 29, 2012, 11:36:25 AM »
Hi, my name is Paul and I am a music addict... :o

Ok, so seriously, even though every aspect of my professional life revolves around music...what do I do for a hobby? I collect music, and I am obsessively compulsive.

According to my iTunes, I have 1135 artists and 8325 albums...and yes most of them are legit purchased downloads and rips of my cd, album and sadly in a few places tape collection. (I will give a 10-15% variance if I am honest that I got some from friends along the way too). Here are some of my personal facts, maybe some of you can commiserate.
  • When I discover a new band or artist, be it someone new or even an obscure jazz artist from the 40's I will collect everything that they ever did and then aurally digest them in order of release. I will also get every biography I can find.

  • I have always been into bootleg collecting so 2627 albums in my collection are a combination of live shows, studio outtakes and alternate and unreleased albums.

  • Every album in my digital collection MUST have a cover! It must be the original cover from the original year of release. If it is a bootleg and does not have a cover, I will seek out live picks from that show and make one.

  • 4-5 years ago I got into the Grateful Dead for the 1st time and now have as far as I know every existing and circulating soundboard show of theirs on existence both in FLAC and converted to AAC for use in my iPod. Anyway, I spent over a year creating covers for them all complete with actual shots of the show, posters and ticket stubs and then released them to the Dead trading community.

  • I also collect traditional Jazz recordings and all of the above parameters apply even to the extent that when a box set comes out like "The Complete Columbia Recordings of..." I will take said box set and break it apart and sequence all of the music back into the original album releases and running orders, again complete with the original album cover. In other words I want to hear how someone would have experienced the 5 song 10" Nat King Cole or Charlie Parker album back when it was released, and not 3 takes of the same song right in a row.

  • For rock albums, I will do the same thing especially with Best ofs and Greatest hits, in Itunes I split them back into their original albums even if its just 1 or 2 songs, then if I like those songs and think think the album good enough or historic enough I will use e-music, itunes or amazon to purchase the missing songs from said album.

  • 7 years ago I ripped my entire CD collection (some 2000+ CDs) into iTunes, but unfortunately did so at 128...the then Itunes standard. Then my wife and I moved and my CDs went into storage. Now we have our own place again and I am in the middle of a big re-rip of my collection at 320 AAC and Apple Lossless if it is an album like Kind Of Blue, American Beauty, Dark Side Of The Moon etc where sound quality and historic significance are paramount to me.

And yes, according to iTunes it would take me 435 days to listen to it all end to like many of you, it is too much.

Why do I do it?

  • One as a musician, its like an author having an over stuffed library of books that they could not possibly re-read in a life time.
  • I like being able to hit random on a 1950's jazz mix or 1970's rock mix or a 1992-1998 mix of the golden era of space music.
  • I like knowing if I have a client who wants to sound like artist X in year ? at studio B I can find digest and try and replicate the sounds and techniques.

How do I afford my habit?
  • Well I used to work at CD and record stores for 5-6 years of my life and got a great discound...especially when I could buy used CDs and LPs fpr $1.
  • Now rather than buy a $5 latte, I would rather spend $5 on a download at amazon and e-music.
  • Also there are some great, creative and LEGAL ways! ;D Like Amazon offers daily and monthly deals at $5 or less. Many albums on e-music are similarly priced (and actually 4 years ago I was able to get jazz and ambient albums on e-music for $1 - $2 each before they wised up and went to a cash system VS a monetary one), sometimes on iTunes and Amazon they will miss long one or two track albums like many of Miles Davis 70's fusion classics and you can buy the individual songs for $1 each and so on...

So there you have it! I am an addict just like all'y'all!

PS now I struggle with the legal and moral ramifications of, "If I rip my CDs can I just sell them?" Of which the Law says no... also as hard drives get even cheaper will I some day want to re-rip them again at higher rates... and so forth.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Soft Synths....What do you like?
« on: June 07, 2012, 10:23:14 AM »
I am not a huge fan of soft-synths, but then again I do like them  :P

Meaning I think they are a lot of fun and I love the ease of programing them, but I am not a fan of albums that are soft synth only so to speak.

Having said that I do own the entire NI Komplete, but the only synths I use out of it consistently are FM-8 and Kontakt (a sampler I know) and Kontakt is usually for organ and piano sounds and such when a client needs them in a pop mix.

The ones that show up regularly in my work are FM-8 and the Korg Wavestation and M-1. I guess what I am comfortable with are emulations of hardware synths I used to own and are digital synthesis in nature and not analog emulations. I also am a huge fan of physical modeling and I have been loving the new Chromophone by AAS.

Honorable mention goes to NI's Massive, AAS Tassman and G-Force Oddity as well.

I am however curious to upgrade to Cubase 6.5 as I have heard great things about their new padstation and a new ana-emo that come in the new version.


Wow great festival with lots of cool music. Stop by my facebook page for pics, and Tony Gerber has the CD for sale on his web site or you can contact me and we can paypal and I will send you one  ;D


I just saw this at Hypnagogue's web site and wanted to share. Here is the full link: be sure to nose around his site for a ton of other really cool reviews. Thanks Hypno-G!!!!!

Good things come to those who wait. The latest collaboration between ambient masters Oöphoi and Paul Vnuk, Jr. began its life in 2005 when Vnuk sent Oöphoi (Gianluigi Gasparetti) a series of improvised loops. That back-and-forth eventually produced their first album. Then, in 2009, Oöphoi returned to those source loops and began creating something new. Three years later, with both artists adding their signature touches and machinations, we are treated to Dreamfields, four long tracks of spacious, shadowy ambient constructs. “North Field: Axis” arrives bearing big, bass-heavy synth pads that bully open a real sense of space and distance, of an unspeakable vastness ahead. My own personal frame of reference takes me to Steve Roach’s “symphonic ambient” works like Magnificent Void; this track has that same building majesty under it. There’s also a sound early on that I can’t help but liken to a core sound in The Dream Circle. Oöphoi and Vnuk build this one to a gorgeous density, then spiral it back the way it came, paring to silence. This is the longest track of the four, and it acts as a gateway into the other, different spaces. With your brain suitably salved you can move into “South Field: Khyber”–a decidedly grimmer affair, awash in tenebrous swirls of dark sounds and a sense of dislocation. This track is thick with ghosts and whispers, both passing in a constant, vaporous stream. A snippet of Vunk’s son reading poetry slides in under the sounds later in the track and ups the creepy ante. A great atmosphere overall. The duo widen the space back out and lighten it slightly in “East Field: Helikum.” There’s more breathing room here, although the memory of shadows still curls up around the edges. Those rich undertones from “Axis” rise up in places; the mix of textures here is superb, and the drift is warm and enveloping. The disc closes with “West Field: Awua.” Here the duo spread their sounds to a thin and breathy wash. A sense of slow motion takes over. Chimes sound in the darkness to guide you back home–all the more effective for their being the only “solid” sense for the better part of an hour. Gently, Oöphoi and Vnuk guide the piece to a close. The sensations, however, linger. Dreamfields gets better and deeper with every listen. There’s no doubting the alchemy at work here, and no doubt that you are in the hands of a pair of ambient masters. This is a disc to set aside time for. The rewards begin immediately and just continue. This is music you will feel. One of the best ambient releases of the year.

Thanks for the kind words everyone, it's one hour till show time!

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