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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Thoughts on Mychael Danna?
« on: July 26, 2016, 05:35:41 PM »
I'm not that familiar with Danna's solo work, but I like his North of Niagara album with Clement.  Melancholy, moody and soft, but without sappiness.


Yeah, that's another great album. I need to give it another listen. That last sentence summarizes Summerland pretty well too.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Thoughts on Mychael Danna?
« on: July 25, 2016, 06:36:01 PM »
I'm a huge fan of Sirens and Skys, his two solo albums on Hearts Of Space released back in the early 90's, and I wish he would have kept making music like that instead of going on to make soundtracks for obscure Canadian films. His releases with Tim Clement as Danna & Clement were great too. I have Summerland on CD and it's another personal favorite of mine. Sadly, much of their work is out of print at this point.

He was so good at blurring the line between cinematic music and ambient music, without getting too far into cheesy new age territory. I just wish he would have made more non-soundtrack music.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 22, 2016, 05:00:11 PM »
Suso Saiz - Mirrors of Pollution

It's the only Suso Saiz album in my collection but I really like it. Also, I loved his guitar work in Suspended Memories.

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.

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