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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 14, 2018, 05:49:09 PM »
It appears not much is happening, and yet it is so full of tension and a very particular emotion.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 14, 2018, 05:46:10 PM »
Yep, that's really nice music, Jaja.
Dub and Detroit ... minimal techno. When done well it is excellent.  8)

You two !   ::)

What I have been playing more than anything else:

Rheyne :: Live Jams #161​-​180

Marcus Fischer :: Loss

Kiasmos :: Blurred EP

Sonmi451 :: Panta Rei

I've been playing these two more than most of the above.
Not from 2017, but I only got them in 2017:

r beny :: full blossom of the evening

Deru :: 1979

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 25, 2017, 10:00:37 AM »
Holiday Greetings everyone !   :)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Arturia Buchla Easel
« on: December 15, 2017, 05:42:36 PM »
Hi Harry. I envy you the Easel. Tis a thing of great beauty and individual expression.
Tad too expensive, for sure. But, ignoring Eurorack, the only synth I have wanted in recent years.
It's a work of art. Visually.

The Arturia is a reasonably satisfying substitute. Certainly capable and inventive.

I also wanted the Roland AIRA System 1M for quite some time, which I just bought.
It is a lovely little thing.
Like writing on roughed up vellum. Drawing on partchement. So personal and minutely expressive.
Sorta eurorack, but still understandable ... and relatively inexpensive.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Arturia Buchla Easel
« on: December 15, 2017, 05:30:58 PM »
Hi Julio. Good to see you checking in.
Write me!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Arturia Buchla Easel
« on: December 08, 2017, 08:40:27 PM »
It's based on a synth from the early 70s.

A hardware version is still available, but around $5,000 US.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Arturia Buchla Easel
« on: December 08, 2017, 07:23:15 PM »
It's a lot of fun, and super flexible.  8)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Arturia Buchla Easel
« on: December 07, 2017, 06:08:38 PM »
Oh come on, this thing is gorgeous.
And sounds wonderful, especially with the Arturia special additions.

Must have it ..................................  my precious ...............................

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 13, 2017, 06:00:23 PM »
Glad you feel that way, Chris.
Yes, it is excellent.
And surprisingly so, because he did have a lapse for a while, and this new style is a bit different
from what he was earlier so very good at ( which was more glitchy/clicky rhythmic beats sorta vaguely ambient).

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 12, 2017, 07:33:38 PM »
Glad to hear you are enjoying the new Nunc Stans, Chris.  Thanks.

I like the new Sonmi451 : Panta Rei

Everything and Nothing / Re: Music for the people of the underground
« on: November 11, 2017, 03:25:33 PM »
Well said, Jaja.

The bird comparison is particularly appropriate and illuminating.

Music intimates, modulates, sustains, and perfectly mimics the rhythms and moods of life itself.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Blade Runner Sequel
« on: October 24, 2017, 05:33:55 PM »
Glad to hear you enjoyed it so much, Chris.
I'm already looking forward to seeing it again in a few months.  8)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Unfiltered Audio
« on: October 24, 2017, 02:42:30 PM »

I'm a fan of their plugins, for spicing things up a little.
SpecOps is well worth a look.

They are on the wacky / creative edge.
Always a good thing to add some of that   :o 8)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / T-Racks mastering package
« on: October 24, 2017, 02:35:54 PM »

It's a nice idea (the standalone mastering version) and good set of plugins for a very good price, I think.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Blade Runner Sequel
« on: October 23, 2017, 12:32:23 PM »
Very much enjoyed it, except for the over the top soundtrack in a number of places.
Great visuals. Nicely obscure plot. Recommended.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Drone/pad EQ-ing.
« on: October 23, 2017, 08:05:39 AM »
Hey there.
I think you are onto the main problem, which is resonance, a sharp build up at a particular frequency. I'm always notch EQing them down because they will remain annoying otherwise. A dynamic EQ can be useful, but regular notch works of course. Beyond that, how I would EQ a drone depends what is sitting with it, and where it is good to leave some space for other sounds. For which there is no real formula. Drones and pads can vary greatly, so it is more a case by case issue. One good trick is to turn the thing up loud. Does it still sound balanced and listenable.

Often I will EQ a drone to shape its spectrum. Lower some frequencies and bring up others ... maybe to add a bit of brightness to the high end or cut the boominess in the lows. But as I say, on a case by case basic.

As you say, getting it right when selecting initial sounds and layers is very important. But in my experience some EQ will usually be needed to balance things later on. EQ is such an important weapon.

Because our ears and mind get tired and a bit untrustworthy, I will always park a finished piece for a week or so, then come back and listen it more objectively, as though it were someone else's piece. And listen for anything annoying. Then try to correct it. This will primarily be an EQ job, and some related volume balancing.

Conclusion :  For me there is no one way a drone (or pad) is made or should sound. But there are technicalities and aesthetics of music that should be observed. Which means: It should sound good. If it doesn't it needs work !  :)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: October 17, 2017, 05:44:08 PM »
Looking forward to hearing this.
Love the cover 

Many thanks for the comments and recommendation, Jaja.
Much appreciated.

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