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


Some info:


Roland Juno-60
Novation Supernova II


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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

I love Fascinoma. That's an awesome album.

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.

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

Ambient Exotica:

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.

The CD Critic:

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.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 07, 2014, 05:24:41 PM »
Just been checking out the bandcamp of Nemesis having seen it recommended elsewhere....

Tagged as "ambient electronica instrumental synthesizer Finland" I would say whilst there is some ambient on this album it leans more towards Berlin School and also with a couple of tracks more almost rock orientated synth.

It is however very good indeed. Thinking about getting the CD.

Now checking out Earth Orbit. Sounding very promising indeed. Notice this lad buys a lot of the same music on bandcamp as myself so that augurs well.

Earth Orbit has excellent taste in ambient music. I frequently look through his Bandcamp collection.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 06, 2014, 01:16:51 PM »
Earth Orbit Audio System - Quiet Planet

EOAS is back on Bandcamp and he's got his whole discography available on a pay what you want basis:

Great drone music.

Everything and Nothing / Re: A viewpoint of ambient EM music
« on: July 04, 2014, 10:26:56 AM »
If they don't like ambient, then they don't like it. There's not much else you can do, I'm not a fan of opera, I would imagine if someone tried to promote it's virtues to me I may like it even less.

Exactly. Ambient music just isn't for everyone.

A friend of mine said it best when he said that it was music for the eyes and not so much the ears.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 28, 2014, 06:48:30 PM »
Aidan Baker- Rictus: EP Collection

More people should know about Aidan Baker's solo work. A lot of people just know him for Nadja but I prefer his solo work.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 28, 2014, 08:12:36 AM »
Mathias Grassow - Mind Riders

Giving this a listen for the first time in a while and it's one of my favorite Grassow albums.

Also, has anyone listened to First Gift Of Life yet?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 22, 2014, 08:53:14 PM »
Dirk Serries - Streams of Consciousness 132010

Another excellent album. Top-notch guitar atmospherics.

As the frugal musician that I am, I use Hosa cables.  :-[

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 11, 2014, 06:19:48 PM »
Klaus Wiese - Divine Orbit

Got it in the mail today courtesy of el culto, and it's awesome! It's nice to have another Klaus Wiese CD in my collection. My other one, Uranus, skips nowadays and I suspect that it is suffering from a tiny bit of disc rot.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 08, 2014, 03:08:18 PM »
Dirk Serries - streams of consciousness 132010

It's one of Dirk Serries' new stream of consciousness albums and it's yet another strong release. It's similar to the first few that he released last summer.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 07, 2014, 02:31:36 PM »
How to Disappear Completely - Oblivion/Rites
Digital only release, available on bandcamp. Drifting, weightless ambient with sounds that cast shadows.

This is awesome. Listening to it right now.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 04, 2014, 07:17:01 PM »
Rec008 - No Wake Up - No Sad

If you like some shoegaze in your ambient music like I do, I highly recommend this.

And I agree that this thread rules for finding new ambient music.

This is excellent news for sure. A true master of ambient music IMO.

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