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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Mixing tips.
« on: January 23, 2014, 07:17:58 PM »
I just watched all 3 of them and I really enjoyed them. While I'm not a fan of pop music, which is what he clearly works with the most, I definitely respect his abilities and he definitely knows what he's talking about. There are things that I know I can take out of this even as an ambient musician. My favorite piece of advice was when he said to know what's important. I think that right there sums up what mixing should be about.

A good mix won't make a track go from bad to good though. If a guitar doesn't have a good tone for example, mixing is not going to make it sound better. Good mixing of it in that case might make the song as a whole sound a little bit better but sometimes, you might just be better off re-recording something. I know I've re-recorded stuff before just to make sure I got the exact sound or if I decide that I want a different layer in the track instead that works better with everything else that's already there.

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Now Playing / Re: Too much music?
« on: January 23, 2014, 03:25:11 PM »
I also feel like I have too much music and I've slowed down quite a bit on acquiring new music over the last year. I've deleted some stuff not too long that I don't listen to at all.

I won't stop buying altogether though but I'm definitely feeling more conscious about purchasing music than I used to be.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 23, 2014, 08:52:25 AM »
Aidan Baker- Aneira

It's amazing that his only sound source was a 12 string guitar.

Also, I redesigned my Bandcamp page. I wasn't sure if it was worth its topic but I think everyone should find it more aesthetically pleasing. Feel free to tell me what you guys think of it.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 22, 2014, 06:25:52 PM »
Vidna Obmana- The Surreal Sanctuary

The exotic instrumentation really adds to the atmosphere. Great stuff.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 21, 2014, 09:36:54 PM »
Vidna Obmana- Memories Compiled 2 (Disk 2)

I forgot how good Glance (Opening) was.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Help me finishing my ambient setup :)
« on: January 20, 2014, 08:21:20 PM »
Your synth collection is fantastic and so is your other stuff. Just get a DAW and figure out whichever way you want to hook up your synths to your computer, and you'll be set.

Honestly, your setup is already better than mine. I don't even have a hardware synth.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 18, 2014, 01:49:53 PM »
Billow Observatory - Billow Observatory
Drifting, floating ambient, based largely on processed guitar. Expansive and beautiful.

Buy vinyl or digital or simply give it a listen: https://felte.bandcamp.com/album/billow-observatory

Good find.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 15, 2014, 08:33:18 PM »
Jon Hassell- Fascinoma

The best fusion of jazz and ambient music I've ever heard.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 13, 2014, 10:08:38 PM »
Eliane Radigue- Kailasha (Trilogie De La Mort- Disc 2)

More people should know about her. A true master of minimalism and drone music.

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Relaxed Machinery News
« on: January 13, 2014, 07:59:36 PM »
Is Earth Mantra making a comeback anytime soon?

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Relaxed Machinery News
« on: January 13, 2014, 09:43:41 AM »
Really excited about a new Loren Nerell album.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 12, 2014, 09:52:52 PM »
Steve Roach- The Dream Circle

A classic album from him.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 11, 2014, 07:26:17 PM »
I wonder how many albums he has planned for this year. He only had one album come out last year, but he had 4 in 2012.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 10, 2014, 03:14:44 PM »
I'm fired up for the new Alio Die release. Listening today to a number of vocal-infused Alio Die albums, such as Apsaras, Eleusian Lullaby, Mei-Jyu, and Aura Seminalis.

It's up on Bandcamp already. Listened to one of the tracks on it and it's great. Might buy it too.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 09, 2014, 09:38:20 AM »
theta vs. Earth Orbit Audio System- Clowd of Drones

http://earthorbitaudiosystem.bandcamp.com/album/clowd-of-drones

Yet another great release from Earth Orbit and theta.

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Igneous Flame 2014 news
« on: January 08, 2014, 08:54:06 PM »
That's awesome. Can't wait to hear these releases.

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Yeah, the economy is still horrible. Hope you find a job Mike. I'm going to have to get one myself after I get out of grad school in May, and I don't have that much experience. It's hard to start a career in an economy like this. That's for sure.

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Flood and Ed Buller are excellent producers.

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Speaking of stretching, my project actually started with a bunch of sound stretch experiments. They weren't too good but I did keep one of them on my Bandcamp, which is called Planetarium. It's not mixed well at all though but I think it has some merit. 

Anyways, one of my recent tracks, Desert On Mercury, was originally a sound stretch experiment. On that one, I used no reverb on my original sound source and after stretching it, I used equalizer on it. It can be effective if done properly. I think that track came out well

Overall, I've grown sour on sound stretching. It was fun for a while but I didn't feel like I was getting the drones I wanted from it. I've found that slowing down tracks by a little bit can be a lot more effective.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Constance Demby
« on: January 08, 2014, 10:03:17 AM »
Phobos and Seren make great music.

I'm also an ambient musician, if you haven't figured out from my sig. I'm too shameless not to plug it myself. ;D

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