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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 04, 2016, 06:17:31 PM »
Miles Davis - Panthalassa: The Music of Miles Davis 19691974

Bill Laswell did an excellent job with these remixes.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Home Music Server
« on: June 04, 2016, 11:06:36 AM »
That's pretty awesome. I almost want to make my own portable jukebox now.


This is a compilation consisting of material recorded over the last several months and a couple of tracks from my vault. It took longer to record the newer material than any other album of mine, but it was worth it. I had hit a mental block for months but lately, I've been much more productive and now I'm recording two new albums.

As usual, feel free to give me any feedback.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: my introduction
« on: June 03, 2016, 12:25:16 PM »
A little off-topic but, how do you like that i7-4790? I was going to put one in my upcoming mini-ITX build.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: my introduction
« on: May 31, 2016, 12:52:56 PM »
Welcome to the forum!

I enjoyed that track. Good production and I like the textures. It's got a nice range of frequencies.

Like the new track.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 18, 2016, 01:39:11 PM »
Agreed on Radigue. I couldn't have said it any better myself. She's actually become a big influence on my music.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: recording for beginners
« on: May 17, 2016, 08:33:12 PM »
Good quality reverb is important. I'd recommend Valhalla verbs as a quality affordable option. I use their Room a lot but they're all good.

Getting ValhallaRoom was a big turning point for me. Toraverb is another nice one.

I got the Blackhole when it was on sale in March and wow, that's an amazing reverb plugin.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 17, 2016, 08:31:08 PM »
Hirotaka Shirotsubaki - Once More

Great stuff.

Recent listens:

Eliane Radigue - L'ile Re-Sonante

Awesome. I thought I was the only one here who listened to her music.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 14, 2016, 09:01:10 PM »
Simple Minds--Theme for a Great City.  2xCD, two shows from 1981 and 1982 in Sydney.  This is simply one of the best live recordings I've ever heard, from any band.  10/10, both performance and sound quality.  Where did they get this stuff?  It must've been from radio shows.  It sounds like it was recorded yesterday, not almost 35 years ago.  The New Gold Dream set is amazing, almost bettering the studio versions.  From about 1981 to 1984 this band was total class.  Experimental, moody, haunting at times, yet accessible.  This was before their sad demise into bland stadium rock and totally selling out, much like U2 from Joshua Tree forward.  Both NGD and Sparkle in the Rain were IMO two of the best rock albums of the 80s. 

This sounds great. I am a huge fan of the period of the band from '79-'84. NGD and Sparkle are both great, but my favorite album of theirs is Empires and Dance. A lot of people still don't know about their pre-watered down era, believe it or not. I've turned a few friends onto them by introducing them to those early albums.

I actually think Once Upon A Time is their best. It's a really consistent batch of pop songs and it wasn't that far off from Sparkle In The Rain in sound. After that, they definitely got way worse. I just think the decline really started with Street Fighting Years, while many of their diehard fans would say Once Upon The Time. 

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Android needs more synth apps.
« on: April 06, 2016, 12:41:49 PM »
I've been plugging in my Shield Tablet to my computer with a 3.5mm to 1/4" adaptor cable, my Nanoverb, and an Lexicon Alpha. Works fine for me.

As far as apps go, I've been using PicoPico, DRC, and ExSynth. Virtual ANS is interesting but hard to figure out how to use.

I wish Animoog would get ported over. Finding out that it wasn't available for Android inspired me to make this topic.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Android needs more synth apps.
« on: April 05, 2016, 01:45:22 PM »
Yeah, I know the quality of Android devices is all over the place but there are Android devices that can easily handle professional synth apps, like the Nvidia Shield Tablet. Plus, Android has a bigger market share than iOS. It can't be that hard to develop for it.

It's a shame because I'm actually enjoying the few synths that I've found so far for my Shield.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 31, 2016, 07:05:25 PM »
Experimental Audio Research - Mesmerized

Great experimental album from Sonic Boom of Spacemen 3 fame.

Also, I love cvac's taste in music overall. He name-drops a ton of great acts.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 11, 2016, 08:40:04 PM »
The Verve - A Storm In Heaven

Not ambient but I love it.

A big favorite of mine. Too bad they never made another album quite like it.

This album has a somewhat similar vibe:

They also never made one as consistent either. I love the style they had on A Northern Soul but there's some tracks that drag it down a bit. I actually don't mind Urban Hymns as a pop album but it's too long for its own good.

Thanks for that recommendation.

Also, you should check out Vidna Obmana's collaborations with Steve Roach if you haven't already. You really can't go wrong with any of them. Well Of Souls is a good place to start. The textures are amazing.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 10, 2016, 08:50:56 PM »
The Verve - A Storm In Heaven

Not ambient but I love it.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Obsidian
« on: January 13, 2016, 07:45:02 PM »
Have to say, I'm pretty surprised to see this pricing decision elicit so much drama here. I'm speaking only of the initial responses. Perhaps I'm wrong, but I just assumed this was an artist not as well known for darker ambient music having a little fun with some of the more cliched tropes of the genre. Even if I did have reason to suspect the price reflected a sincere religious conviction, the label "Satanist" is pretty damned uninformative. A self-identified Satanist is at least as likely to be a nature-loving peacenik or a theatrically inclined but otherwise harmless atheist as the depraved caricature the term traditionally connotes.

It's a fine album, btw.

Yeah, a lot of Satanists are like that. They basically view Satan as a part of nature but in the background. The self is more emphasized than Satan.

That being said, I don't blame people for being uncomfortable with Satanism and the occult in general.


Found it on Bandcamp. Pretty pricey at $15 but considering how rare it is to get a physical copy, that might be worth it.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 29, 2015, 08:26:13 PM »
I don't know how I would deal with losing internet for 2 months. 2 hours is bad enough.

Mo Boma - Jijimuge One: Hut Song/Chronos

Jijimuge is a great album. Not a lot out there quite like it. The closest comparison point would be Jon Hassell, who actually discovered the band and helped them to get signed to Extreme Records back in the day.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 15, 2015, 08:38:39 PM »
Terry Riley - Descending Moonshine Dervishes

Not really ambient but great music.

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