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Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum software upgrade coming up
« on: March 23, 2015, 05:57:11 AM »
I think I have finally settled on the Vertex theme. :)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum software upgrade coming up
« on: March 19, 2015, 12:20:01 PM »
Yes, looks good and all working fine, will play around with a few themes every few days and finally settle upon one I like the best. 8)

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: March 09, 2015, 05:21:41 AM »
Letters to the Farthest Star review here:-

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Dishwasher drone
« on: February 17, 2015, 05:59:05 AM »
I was going to put a recording of my dishwasher on here as well, but my wife didn't want to be recorded! ;D ;D

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 13, 2015, 02:43:58 PM »
Just checked out the new Northaunt on spotify................

Northaunt - Istid I-II

Deep, dark, mysterious ambience from the frozen Northlands. Superb.

Available from Cyclic Law from today  CD ordered  8)

Pre ordered mine a couple of weeks ago, along with some other Cyclic Law gems, can't wait for them to arrive. Stunning cover too. 8)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 09, 2015, 05:32:35 AM »
Had a listen to the Altus release last night, got about 3 minutes in to the first track on the first album and just had to order the 2 disc set. Absolutely amazing epic sound. An essential purchase, but only 40 copies so be quick.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2014
« on: January 06, 2015, 12:57:50 PM »
 8) Thanks h

Everything and Nothing / Re: Did you ever like KISS?
« on: December 13, 2014, 08:13:57 AM »
 I always thought they were shit!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / H G Fortune Passed Away
« on: November 13, 2014, 05:52:10 AM »
Very sad news indeed. After a short illness H G Fortune has passed away, and only aged 60. His excellent software synths were truly unique. My condolences to his family.
For those of you who dudn't know of him or his synths :-

Will have a listen to this, if not this evening then later this week. 8)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 30, 2014, 02:33:12 PM »
Oh yeah love Ramp!!!  Where's Stephen Parsick???

He's around, pops up regularly on another forum.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 29, 2014, 02:03:05 PM »

['ramp] - Return

['ramp] & Mark Shreeve - Steel and Steam

['ramp] - Astral Disaster
All three albums are breathtaking and highly recommended

Its a difficult thing to balance, allowing fans to listen to the whole album is a good idea, as 30 second clips don't give you enough to get a feel of, and as a fan I like to listen to the whole thing and then buy it if I like it.  On the other hand as an artist it is sometimes a little worrying that people can treat it as a "radio", but Bandcamp aren't going to change that policy. So it probably boils down to which would do the most damage to your sales, giving people access to the whole album, or short clips of each track. I suppose as Anthony said above , the labels and artists who sell well, are trying to protect their income and themselves, and although a lost sale is important to everyone, be it a major artist or a small independant artist who sells less than 50 (me), in this day and age I can't see what the answer can be, I think the general attitude of people today is that music should be free, and it is not just limited to music either, and the steps in technology are towards streaming music, film etc rather than owning outright. :'(

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 27, 2014, 05:37:27 AM »
Agreed, all the tracks on the first album are superb, but for me the one most affecting is A Symphony Pathetique, absolute bliss.
One hopes they will release a DVD of that Barbican gig, unfortunately the video on You Tube is no longer available. :'(

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 25, 2014, 01:11:27 PM »
A Winged Victory For The Sullen - Atomos

A Winged Victory For The Sullen - A Winged Victory For The Sullen

Bought these on the strength of that video posted earlier, both albums are absolutely stunning, and highly recommended.

Yes Bandcamp lumps it together as CD, it is up to the artist or whoever to specify somewhere on the release page that it is a CDr.

I agree with APK, I don't think there is a "pro" CDr, but some are a better quality than others. If you are going to release on CDr then you should go for the highest quality. I myself use Taiyo Yuden with a white full face inkjet printable label. I burn the discs at 16X or less. I print them in a Canon inkjet printer, and this time printed all the booklets and tray cards on the same printer, would probably have been cheaper and less of a headache to outsource the booklets, but thats another story! ;D
Taiyo Yuden seem to be held in high regard by many, and to date I have not heard from anyone who have bought my albums that have had a problem playing them. We may only sell small numbers but in my opinion you still have to be as professional as possible with everything, as if you were a major record company, not just an individual independant artist, speaking for myself that is.
I would think Projekt would be absolutely sure about the CDr discs used were of a good quality, as they have a big reputation to uphold, plus Sam has offered to refund money if the CDr goes bad, so he must be pretty sure they won't.

Now Playing / Re: Heavy music: turn it up to eleven!
« on: October 09, 2014, 05:00:14 AM »
Yeah Pete, agreed, but Gary's blues stuff is amazing, so much emotion and feeling.
Schenker is great, I wanted to be Michael Schenker when I was younger, but I didn't have the blond hair ;D. I think the UFO Obsessions album was when he was at his best, when he formed MSG, there was so much potential, but disapointingly, it was never reached imho.

Now Playing / Re: Heavy music: turn it up to eleven!
« on: October 07, 2014, 12:31:09 PM »
Yeah Pete, I know what you mean, you just don't seem to get those super guitar solos anymore, one great solo merchant who is no longer with us, Gary Moore, when I listen to him, he still sends shivers down my spine. IMHO he was the best guitarist ever.
This guy isn't bad, band is a bit naff though-

Everything and Nothing / Re: Electronic Music Flow Chart
« on: September 28, 2014, 12:26:39 PM »
I think that is based on early 70's EM  ;D

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