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Hi Pete.
Yep, that is why I just moved the thread from the more personal Forum Members section to the Other Ambient section.
It is simply promotion. Nothing personal about it.

My latest ambient work:

Fictions and Poetics: Opening


The download is available here on Bandcamp -->  OPENING
It's the place to listen to the album.

Please do have a listen.
Comments always very welcome.

Enjoy !


Gas (Gas)  ------ brilliant. Timeless.  8)  and Marcus Guntner: In Moll.

also, of course:  Substrata, and Köner's minimalist works.

Terry Riley: A Rainbow in Curved Air

Mathias Grassow: things like The Fragrance of Eternal Roses

Stars of the Lid.

Hey there. I will see if I can get more info out of him.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 22, 2018, 03:41:51 PM »
Thank you.

Good for you, Chris.
If nothing else it can been a relaxing and enjoyable break from everything else in life.

Yep, I'm sure there are many varied methods and approaches to creating this music.
I'll say a few things here, but feel free to email me if you have specific questions/problems.
I do keep up with new synths and software.

1. After this many years (decades) of practicing I know what I like and how to achieve it. I have favourite synths and effects and have these setup, often fairly complex, in my DAW (Reaper) as various projects. I can load one, sit at the keyboard and simply play, and will like what I hear. Inspired by what I hear. Adjust a few settings and I hit record. Often it is as simple as that. So the trick is to find a setup that works for you, and that has the sound you like. Then tweak it this way and that for different tracks. Don't invent the wheel anew each time. Build on what works.

2. Yep, simplest way is to find a preset you like and work with it. Learn how it works, and lean how to modify it in a direction you like. I especially like soft synths that have a lot of varied presets where you can either rank them or mark some as favourites. That is what I do with a new synth, go through the presets, marking my favourites, these are the ones I will come back to when I load the synth into a project.

3. When I record I typically am recording, in one live take on a few tracks, two or three synths, each with at least one effect on it. The whole thing saved in my DAW. So yep, I use multiple chains of synths and effects to get the sound I want. That is a handy thing about softsynths and effect ... saving the whole thing, and easily recalling the setup again later.

4. If I told you what I use, I'd have to .....  :-X  You know the story. But I'm happy to suggest things in particular categories if you write me.

5. I think its true that the better you get at it, the better you are at doing more with less. Yes, you can buy something expensive like Omnisphere and hold down a few notes on the right patch for a few minutes and have a lush and enjoyable result. But after a while you will be saying: where is the satisfaction in that !  You are after your own sound, not someone else's. And like a sculptor, it is often about trimming back, not just piling stuff on. That said, a more expensive synth may do more, or do it better, and that can be useful for discovering new sounds and techniques. Later you will likely get interested in gear that may be more specialized or limited, but that is more focused on what you particularly like .... rather than being a jack of all trades. And remember that, especially with software, more expensive does not necessarily mean better.  And they are all on sale cheaper at some point.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 22, 2018, 10:22:41 AM »
Good to see you enjoying the new Robert Davies, Chris.

And Jana ... I very much appreciate your comment on Resolution

Thanks for posting.

PS.  New album by Robert coming out in the next week called Mercurial.

Hi there.
Great to hear you like Robert's music so much.
He does have his unique sound, and is so reliably listenable from album to album.
And as you say, introspective, but also relaxing and somehow mysteriously intriguing.

I master and release his work on DataObscura, and collaborate with him on The Winterhouse projects.

Yes, he is somewhat absent from the web, and from social media generally.
I did put some things up here years ago ::
but as you probably know, it's really just visuals with nothing personal or descriptive.
I must try to get more from the lad !

I can tell you a few things about him.
He's a really nice guy.
He lives in upper New York State in the USA, near the Finger Lakes.
He holds down a couple of jobs to make ends meet, which keeps him very busy beyond the music.
And he is not very web savvy. Or particularly tech-oriented.
I do know he records into the Reaper DAW, and uses software primarily.

He trained as a visual artist, and has had local shows.
But he is very committed to the music he makes, and is very reliable for working on new material.

Musically he is, so he has told me, especially inspired by Aglaia (on Stefano Musso's label), and Eno.
But of course he is also inspired by nature, and by the deep communion he finds with nature.
And by curious writers in the vein of H.P. Lovecraft and Algernon Blackwood.

I really should get him to write something about himself and his influences, and post it.
But he is somewhat reclusive.
I will see what I can do.

I should add that I have worked with him for many years, but have never met him face to face.


Everything and Nothing / Re: Blood moon 2018
« on: July 30, 2018, 07:56:36 AM »
Album cover  8)

Thank you, Fabio.

My latest ambient work:

Fictions and Poetics: Sands

Lost and Found
From The Air
Journey's End

The download is available here on Bandcamp -->  SANDS
It's the place to listen to the album.

Please do have a listen.
Comments always very welcome.

Enjoy !


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: C: Drive crash
« on: June 28, 2018, 04:28:56 PM »

SSD can be recovered, depending on the problem.
Same with memory sticks.
What you have probably heard is that a SSD has a set number of read/write cycles before it dies.
That is in fact true. But it is one hell of a lot of read/writes. 20 years or much more in normal use.
Which is why you do not de-fragment Solid State Drives ... you gain little in efficiency, but lose a lot of cycles.

But a SSD still has controller chips and other electronics that can act up, or go bad. And important index information that can get messed up, as with a hard disk. The hard disk rescue places will also work on solid state drives.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: C: Drive crash
« on: June 28, 2018, 04:19:42 PM »
I'm putting away the basket weaving kit, and back into music !  8)

Thanks for all the comments.  :)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: C: Drive crash
« on: June 28, 2018, 04:19:03 PM »
It boots !!!!!!!!!   ;D

Things work !!!!!!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: C: Drive crash
« on: June 27, 2018, 10:31:41 AM »
Crashed drive was recovered and cloned. Just got it back.
Files are readable -- possibly all of them.  8)
Right now copying all my music project files to SSD. Going well.
The drive might also be bootable, but Windows does report some errors on it.
Will copy first, run a check disk program later.
But positive results so far.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 22, 2018, 05:41:20 PM »
Slow Meadow: Those who rush across the sea

Gorgeous first track.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 19, 2018, 02:23:37 PM »
Dave Dorgan: Such Is Our Condition

Some nice pieces.
And free:

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: C: Drive crash
« on: June 19, 2018, 02:17:31 PM »
Meanwhile, this has been a good opportunity to play with hardware synths more than usual ...
especially sitting out in the sun with headphones on.

I am enamored by my little Roland System 1m (been on all my recent recordings, in small interesting ways).
Fed by the Arturia Keystep ... so very portable, yet capable.
Also enjoying the Korg Electribe 2.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: C: Drive crash
« on: June 19, 2018, 02:08:03 PM »
Update on that almost dead drive.

It is now off at a hard disk recovery place over here. Hopefully with useful results.
Will be expensive, but it was that or stop doing music altogether and maybe take up
another hobby (trout fishing, bitcoin mining ...) that I would not like half as much.  >:(
It was not only months of lost recordings, but also a lot of presets I have made for my
favorite soft synths and effects that would be lost.

Again ... clone that boot drive, regularly !  Don't just back things up.

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