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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.

Great new track

I think it's a great track. I think you nailed the Halloween atmosphere.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: NEW: Castleview - Spirit
« on: August 12, 2015, 04:15:18 PM »
No problem. Your new piece is great too.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 11, 2015, 08:56:11 PM »
Really loving these new Jacob Newman and Underwood/Newman releases on Bandcamp:

Beautiful, percolating sounds and textures. Plus, you can't beat their low, low prices.

Yeah, they've been on a role this year. Transitions was great too, even though that was with Darwin Raymond instead of Underwood.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / NEW: Castleview - Spirit
« on: August 11, 2015, 07:24:48 PM »

Here's my latest release. It's a warm drone ambient piece inspired by Mathias Grassow and Eliane Radigue. Special thanks to petekelly for mastering advice.

I hope everyone enjoys it.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 30, 2015, 08:28:51 PM »
The Light & Day - Memory

I really like this. An impressive ambient album done with acoustic instruments and field recordings.

I love this forum And I talked to a friend.

Everything and Nothing / Re: R.I.P. Susumu Yokota
« on: July 14, 2015, 04:00:19 PM »
I only listened to one or two of his albums, but he was great.

R.I.P. Susumu Yokota

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