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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: July 06, 2016, 07:29:43 PM »
A new module added to my system...Iron Ether Pithoprakta, a probabilistic rhythm generator.  Basically a very random gate sequencer

FYI....Iron Ether is primarily a guitar pedal manufacturer out of Lafayette Louisiana with just this one astonishing eurorack module

Wow, I didn't know that Iron Ether was from Louisiana, let alone 40 minutes away from where I live. Thanks for posting about that.

Thanks! That's an interesting suggestion. I'm going to play around with it more before I finish the album and mess around with different mixes. I feel like I'm on to something but I just need to refine the compositions a little further.

The last couple of times I've tried making an album like this, I ended up failing to produce something noteworth and instead, went on to something else. This has been going a lot better so far.

I know Michael Stearns performed a few years back at Ambicon. But he has since been quite....again. Kit Watkins has been very quite for the last 10+ years. I thought Michael was going to do a gig in Tucson this year but that did not happen.
Does anybody know whats going on with the 2 musicians?

Stearns for the most part has been really quiet for a long time. The last ambient album he released that wasn't a soundtrack was The Storm in 2001 IIRC. It's a shame because he's one of the all-time greats and I still want to hear another collaboration between him and Steve Roach.

I just finished this playlist today. It's the first playlist on 8tracks that I've done in a while. I figured a few people here would enjoy a playlist of noisier ambient music.


Hey guys. I just released a new track that's going to be on a future album of mine. Stylistically, I'm aiming for a noisy but ethereal drone/ambient sound that I explored back when I first starting posting here, except that I've improved a lot since then.

Anyways, feel free to give me any feedback.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Fretless Bass (for ambient)
« on: June 19, 2016, 02:37:32 PM »
Nice. I've thought about getting a bass at some point myself.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 18, 2016, 01:07:03 PM »
Growing - The Sky's Run Into The Sea

I've heard of them for a while but I never checked out their work until now. Great album so far.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 14, 2016, 07:03:55 PM »
Biokinetics is awesome. Just had to add my two cents.

Azusa Plane - Tycho-Magnetic Anomaly and the Full Cons

Just discovered this yesterday and what happened to Jason DiEmilio, the man behind it, is really sad.

Also, I just joined Twitter so feel free to follow me there:

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.

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