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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 22, 2012, 02:21:47 PM »
Stephen Philips - Desert Landscapes, a beautiful album, in my opinion one of Stephens best.

A review by Bert Strolenberg (

Now here’s another strong piece of profound ambient music by UK-based composer David Thompson, aka Phobos, who already made a great impression on me with "Live on Earth".

"This Desolate Place" contains one longform piece, offering 68 minutes of highly atmospheric textural music. I gave the album several spins with a good pair of headphones, and every time it blew me away.

Read full review here:-

If you thought the opening ceremony was creepy and bizarre, wait til you see the closing ceremony ;D ;D

The Queen looked pissed off.

She always does ;D

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Soft Synths....What do you like?
« on: July 29, 2012, 05:44:09 AM »
The Glass sound library for Iris is quite good

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 23, 2012, 11:37:16 AM »
Agalloch - Pale Folklore
Agalloch - Marrow of the Spirit

Been a while since I posted any videos, so here is one :)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Kontakt !
« on: July 17, 2012, 05:05:25 AM »
Thats a good purchase Pete, Kontakt is brilliant, I find it very easy to use, although there is a lot to dig into, I tend not to dig too far, as you could spend more time digging than actually creating, but for loading in your own samples and looping them seamlessly and then treating them, it is second to non in my opinion.

A review from Sylvain Lupari

This Desolate Place

A long hollow breath emerges from a black Earth. We hear thunders scold. Or is it splinters of explosions which cover a somber musical sky? The imagination without borders belongs to those who draw to the bottom of the cerebral cortex to harmonize their visions to the one of Phobos who signs in “This Desolate Place” a heavy and dark ambient album. EM composer from the beginning of the 90’s, David Thompson made the transition between a melodic and sequenced EM (Approaching the Light in 91 and A Rainbow’s End in 92) and a dark ambient EM after a break of 9 years in making music. It’s during this break that he discovered the music of Steve Roach, Robert Rich, Oophoi and Stephen Philips. Artists who had the effect of reviving David Thompson's creative flame, which borrows from now on the name of Phobos, to deliver extremely ambient works with smells of chthonian sulfur. And “This Desolate Place” is sticking to the new influences of the English synthesist, with deep and invasive oblong layers of a black synth which scatters its sepulchral breaths among angelic lights creating a captivating mixture. If one asks the question in order to know if ambient EM has something new to bring, each case must be analyzed in a different way. Here, Phobos multiplies the waves of synth which hoot with a strange neurasthenic passion. A little as if the Earth was destroyed and that we regret its vestiges through the dark shadows which float as some incantatory regrets. And it's there that the beauty of this completely floating work lies; we see what we hear! Throughout the 68 minutes that “This Desolate Place” lasts, the auditor is submerged by a black world which breathes through deep polymorphic strata of an intensely dark synth. Certainly, there are some fine bright cracks. But they spring out to make us better seize all of the tenebrous extent of a universe without pulses. A universe musically dead where soundscapes are roaring in their slain awakenings to offer darker landscapes, even more darkened by the slow avenging fury of the synth blades which come down on a world covered with a metallic drizzle.

And I guaranteed you that Phobos’ tetanised musical journey takes a wrapping effect of morose submersion when we let yourself invade with a pair of earphones. And no, ambient EM is not dead! As long as artists such as Phobos start proceeding a pessimistic recourse on the future of our planet, it’s in good hands.

Sylvain Lupari & synth&

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: New Live Phobos Album
« on: July 15, 2012, 04:03:31 PM »
Another review from Sylvain Lupari

Live on Earth

Less tenebrous, “Live on Earth” seems to be Phobos’ excuse to his apocalyptic work whom was “This Desolate Place”. Recorded live at the Branston’s Awakenings Festival, held in England on October 22nd, 2011, this Phobos 4th opus displays its ambient poetry with a fine cardiac pulse which beats delicately under some dense layers of a synth from which the bright breezes are blowing like angelic choirs among a little more nuanced layers. More cosmic than terrestrial, David Thompson juxtaposes waves of lyrical synths which recall the wonderful floating world of Michael Stearns.

“Live on Earth” progresses in 7 parts and the opening one is a delight for those who like be rocked by spatial musical images. The movement extends by a weak cosmic crescendo of which the intensity revives the dreamy subconsciouses with an approach that we can compare with the subtle progression of Chronos (Michael Stearns). The 2nd part (a little before the 16th minute) moves on with hollow breaths, of which the slightly acute filets are crisscrossing and gliding with a threatening approach. This storm of piercing breaths torments the delicate and abstracted carillons, of which the ringings get lost in the immensity drawn by these silent waves which ululate in a slow whirlwind of cosmic lavas. These bubbling grouts to the colours of the void are pouring into the angelic serenity of the 3rd part that concludes the first act of this performance at the Awakenings Festival.

Some fine piano notes fall in the solitude of "In Space no one can hear you", displaying a melancholy which cries its solitude among the plaintive breaths of a synth full of a surprising fragility. These sighs of piano, which melt themselves in the tears of synth to slide on the Milky Ways of a romantic cosmos, is a key point of “Live on Earth” which gradually takes back its rights of a cosmos cold and dependent on a lifeless universe with its shrill breaths which transport us towards a cosmic storm. The 5th and 6th parts are fed by black and silvery zephyrs which juxtapose their breaths in a caustic symphony. It’s another great moment that should have its entire dimension in an immense Planetarium with projections of dead stars which float into a universe of genesis. "A Kind of Peace" concludes this lifeless odyssey with the quiet breaths of some slow panoramic movements of a cosmos formerly sonic.

“Live on Earth” exposes us a Phobos who is more poetic and lyrical than on “This Desolate Place”. It’s the very beautiful ambient album that one listens to with all the subtlety of the paradoxes between the delicacies of the singing winds and the coldness of the cosmic mistral. It’s doubtless the great beauty of this live performance of Phobos where often the soft emotional phases are necessary for the taming of these long atonal electronic structures. And Phobos’ “Live on Earth” is exactly built on this beautiful astral prose which deeply moves the balance between lifelessness and harmony, coldness and heat as well as life and void.

Sylvain Lupari & synth&

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 05, 2012, 01:20:29 PM »
Agalloch - The Mantle
Agalloch - Ashes Against The Grain

Downloaded and listened to this the other day, it is excellent. Thank you for sharing this 8)

Independent Music Reviews / Re: It's like ...
« on: June 14, 2012, 01:42:03 PM »
reviews are great, links are no problem.


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: New Live Phobos Album
« on: June 14, 2012, 01:14:06 PM »
Review by Bert Strolenberg of Sonic Immersion

and another by our very own Drone On


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Downside of Software
« on: June 14, 2012, 12:46:49 AM »

First, why doesn't anybody make a general patch editor and librarian app for synthesizers any more? Unisyn was great, and Sound Diver wasn't bad. Can't some developer come up with a framework for people to develop and share their own patch editor interfaces? They wouldn't even have to individually support each synth... users would do that, using the framework, and could freely share the profiles.

Regarding patch editor/ librarians I think Midiquest is still available, for Mac and PC

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Looking for my first synthesizer...
« on: June 09, 2012, 08:38:53 AM »
Yes you will need effects and as John says recording software (DAW) that will allow you to record audio, as the Ultranova is monotimbral ie one sound at a time, so you would need to record the audio from the Ultra and then record audio from it again using a different sound,  etc etc, or buy more synths of course, or with recording software it opens up the world of VSTi, and there are some very good free soft synths out there.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Looking for my first synthesizer...
« on: June 08, 2012, 10:03:18 AM »
Thats a good choice, 300 sounds midi and usb and built in usb audio interface. You're on your way 8)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Looking for my first synthesizer...
« on: June 08, 2012, 09:40:34 AM »
It really depends on what you want to do, just learn to play, learn about synthesis or both.
The synths in the video are I think,  (Left keyboard stand)Roland D50 digital synth discontinued, Novation Supernova or Supernova 2, again discontinued, (Right Keyboard stand) Supernova again I think and Roland X6 Workstation again discontinued.
The differences are the D50 is monotimbral, meaning one sound at a time and a maximum of 16 note polyphonic
The Supernovas are 8 part multitimbral which means up to 8 different sounds at once and depending which version from 20 to 48 note polyphonic. These are great for tweaking sounds in real time.
The Roland X6 is a workstation meaning it can be used to compose complete songs, so it has a built in sequencer, max 128 note poly, 16 part multitimbral, ths model is also capable of sampling.
Feel free to pm me if you need any more info/help

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Soft Synths....What do you like?
« on: June 05, 2012, 03:18:06 PM »
Zebra is great, Kontakt is amazing, you should also check out vsti from HG Fortune, there are some great synths on his web site
he provides free versions of most of his pro stuff, usual restriction is just reduced polyphony, so you can try them out and decide if you want to go for the pro version.

Welcome, Greg, Baxter and Juta  8)

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