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https://castleview.bandcamp.com/album/empire

My new album is here. It's another change in sound for me. I hope everyone likes it.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: Yesterday at 04:25:54 PM »
Duff Egan - Elephant Head

https://duffegan.bandcamp.com/album/elephant-head

Duff Egan used to be Earth Orbit Audio System but now he's under a new alias and this is a brilliant return. I think it's the best thing he's ever done. It feels more organic than his previous work and his production skills have improved overall.

I haven't quite finished listening yet but it's awesome so far.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 16, 2014, 07:37:11 AM »
Dronny Darko and SandSpace - Untitled



Excellent aquatic dark ambient music from GV Sound, which is an excellent netlabel. Their vision of the sea is a lot creepier and claustrophobic than mine was on Oceanscape, at least in the beginning. The album cover sums it up quite well.

http://gv-sound.bandcamp.com/album/untitled-2

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Gentleman...its your tone and honestly you provoked Tomas's to the point response, As well as mine. You know it is so, so dont be so surprised. Your perspective has great value and is well worth discussing but if you come across as you just have then you will be held accountable by forum members who release wonderful ambient music and who do not take to other ambient musicians production skills being questioned especially when the music is so damn "low volume" it seems ridiculous to even question overly extended bass. 

You want to have a go at it...then do so with respect and everyone will listen!  Of course sitting around a table discussing this with a pint of beer and things would be so much better understood.

Love & Peace

I agree with you..I do not want to attack people it takes a lot of energy.. but when there is people like Thomas with intention to just attack people on a personal level I must respond with the same coins... I said what I wanted to say.. I hope we can continue to speak about the new steve roach album now.

Honestly, you're just better off letting it go than responding.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 15, 2014, 06:01:11 PM »
Thanks!

Also, I have a new album that should be out by the end of the month, if not a little sooner. 

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With all due respect, there is no "Low End issue". These tracks sound great to me and I am sure that the low end is intentional. What this comes down to is a matter of taste. I personally like some nice low end in my ambient music from time to time and even song to song, others here don't. I am not sure anyone could make the leap that this low end is due to a lack of skill, equipment or even something like a person's hearing.

I say this because the low end, love it or hate it taste wise is indeed well seated in the mix and not overblown, crackly or boomy.

Just sayin'


Yeah, I don't get what they're saying either. I love a little low end in my ambient music. Sometimes, I love a lot of low end. The whole discussion has been kind of silly, especially with the personal attacks thrown out there.

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Pretty good textures.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 13, 2014, 07:10:41 PM »
Lucette Bourdin - Radiant Stars

Never listened to any of her albums before but I'm really impressed so far.  Great textures.

R.I.P.

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Your music?
« on: August 07, 2014, 07:47:30 PM »
Why do you call it ''Oceanscape''?

I don't feel any audible reference to oceans or ocean creatures, maybe someone else want to chime in..

The track is interesting to listen don't get me wrong.

What synths did you used?


With Oceanscape, I wanted to avoid cliches like sampling whales and waves. I think it definitely sounds aquatic to me, but to each his own I guess. I've seen plenty of people say that it feels very aquatic too.

Also, only about half the sounds were made with soft synths, if that much.

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I think Mystic Chords and Sacred Spaces is slightly overrated. The first disc isn't that great IMO, though everything else does compensate. I still enjoy it but there are plenty of other Steve Roach albums I enjoy more.

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Your music?
« on: August 06, 2014, 04:57:22 PM »
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Crossing_the_treshhold is the person I was wanting to click 'play' on.  Some amazing gear flowing into that studio - and I want to hear what's coming out.
Thanks!


Thanks for your interest.
I'm totally newbie, with no musical experience, so this is my first track...




Some info:

Synths:

Roland Juno-60
Novation Supernova II

FX:

Lexicon PCM 70 (Hardware)
Valhalla Shimmer (Software)

Recorded live with a Zoom H-6 (I'm still deciding the best interface to purchase)

The waves were recorded @ Ericeira beach and added in Reaper. All sounds programmed by me.

I hope you enjoy!

That's a good start. It's not that unique but you have good control over your frequencies on that track and your production overall is quite solid IMO. Good job.

This is a great place to get really constructive feedback, better than anywhere else I've posted my music.

Thanks for your input!

What do you recommend from you? Cheers!

Oceanscape. That's definitely my best work.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 05, 2014, 07:20:57 PM »


First time listening to this in a while and I'm in love with it again.

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Your music?
« on: August 05, 2014, 06:45:18 PM »
Crossing_the_treshhold is the person I was wanting to click 'play' on.  Some amazing gear flowing into that studio - and I want to hear what's coming out.
Thanks!


Thanks for your interest.
I'm totally newbie, with no musical experience, so this is my first track...




Some info:

Synths:

Roland Juno-60
Novation Supernova II

FX:

Lexicon PCM 70 (Hardware)
Valhalla Shimmer (Software)

Recorded live with a Zoom H-6 (I'm still deciding the best interface to purchase)

The waves were recorded @ Ericeira beach and added in Reaper. All sounds programmed by me.

I hope you enjoy!

That's a good start. It's not that unique but you have good control over your frequencies on that track and your production overall is quite solid IMO. Good job.

This is a great place to get really constructive feedback, better than anywhere else I've posted my music.

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Your music?
« on: August 05, 2014, 04:05:30 PM »
http://castleview.bandcamp.com

Check out Oceanscape. I think you'd enjoy it.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 03, 2014, 06:31:58 PM »
Jorge Reyes and Suso Saiz - Cronica De Castas

I haven't listened to this in a while. Great stuff. It feels like the precursor to Suspended Memories at times.

Also, Cendre is great and I really hope Sakamoto can survive throat cancer.

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Miss you Forrest!
« on: July 27, 2014, 08:27:24 PM »
 :) :) :) :) :)

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Just got my first desktop in several years so I've definitely been playing some games lately.

Unreal Tournament 3: Not as good as UT2K4 but still an excellent shooter.

Richard Burns Rally: Best physics in a rally game for sure. Haven't got too far into it yet due to my 3rd party X360 controller giving me serious problems. Great game so far though.

Assetto Corsa: Another game I'd be playing more if my controller were working properly. It's not even finished and it's already awesome. Best car physics in any racing game I've played, and I've barely even played it.

Raiden Legacy: If you like shmups, you have to play this.

Rainbow Six 3: This runs a lot better now than it did on my old laptop.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Jon Hassell Live on the radio
« on: July 13, 2014, 07:03:40 PM »
Cool.

I love Fascinoma. That's an awesome album.

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Miss you Forrest!
« on: July 12, 2014, 07:01:17 PM »
I still remember the production advice he gave me when I first posted my music here.

I miss him too. He really is extremely talented and I hope to hear more music from him someday. Phantoms and Animism are awesome and I wish I would have listened to them sooner.

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A couple of positive reviews for Oceanscape, with an excerpt from each:

Ambient Exotica:

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If you are a fan of Aqua Ambient or waterscapes – I’m not trying to coin witty genre markers here – then Oceanscape is an obvious no-brainer, especially so since it triggers all the right synapses and targets the expectancy of a genre follower’s knowledge. There is, of course, more to it than echopraxia or traditional craftsmanship: the interplay of and interdependency between the textures showcase a gorgeous entanglement. The piece never becomes dull or boring, even though it is clearly repetitive. Once all layers are in place, there is neither revelation nor elation to be found at a certain mark that can be pinpointed. Castleview’s piece works as a whole, and granted, it could have run for 20 minutes or 60 minutes without an alteration of its intrinsic commentariat, but all time-related aspects aside, Oceanscape is a delightful piece drawing from mysticism, infinitesimal benignancy and New Age tonalities that are not as antediluvian in this arrangement as they are elsewhere. And I for one cannot even imagine which sounds are synth-driven or based on real-world instruments. This shows that there is more to Oceanscape than aesthetic riddles.


http://www.ambientexotica.com/ambrev357_castleview_oceanscape/

The CD Critic:

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Castleview’s highly ambitious ‘Oceanscape’ is perhaps one of his most accomplished recordings in his current discography. The singular track offers an incredibly emotional ambient experience, featuring an array of emotions ranging from feeling worried about an ominous presence, to being at peace. ‘Oceanscape’ is certainly an ambitious recording, and it’s wonderful to see it executed so brilliantly and so well. ‘Oceanscape’ certainly cements Castleview’s position as one of the best ambient artists working in the independent scene.


http://thecdcritic.wordpress.com/2014/06/24/oceanscape-castleview/

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