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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Blade Runner Sequel
« on: Yesterday at 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.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Drone/pad EQ-ing.
« on: Yesterday at 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 !  :)

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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 

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

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Many thanks for this Jaja.
It is heart-warming to see an earlier work get some honest appreciation.

Too often, I think, people are seeking the next new thing rather than appreciating what already is and spending time with the better works. Living with them a while. I see people with Bandcamp collections in the thousands, and that surely exceeds the possible of serious listening. Who has the time!! Ah, consumerism ...

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Storms and Studios
« on: September 14, 2017, 12:30:56 PM »
Good to hear all is well, Julio  :)

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Storms and Studios
« on: September 10, 2017, 12:24:41 PM »
Yes, one very scary bit of weather.

I'm up in the attic of North America, so not affected.
But I imagine serious gear guys would fill the car/van with the important bits and head north,
leaving family and relative to care for themselves.  ;)

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 21, 2017, 06:30:13 PM »
Murkok :: Solaris

https://murkok.bandcamp.com/album/solaris-2

Short, but a beauty.
And just a dollar.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Twin Peaks revisited
« on: August 16, 2017, 04:46:59 PM »

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Ocean and Fog
« on: August 14, 2017, 11:33:37 AM »
Sound and images go together perfectly  8)

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 24, 2017, 04:09:38 PM »
Alio Die has, for me, been on a very good trip with his new releases this past year. Thoroughly enjoyable.
I will pick up the new ones on Bandcamp.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Twin Peaks revisited
« on: July 24, 2017, 03:58:39 PM »
I've been really enjoying it too. Yes, more a festival of curiosities than a narrative continuation of the earlier series ... especially the Got a Light episode (that was astonishingly unexpected and viscerally gripping) (and excellent). Harks back to before Twin Peaks. Great to have something artistic and experimental that flies in the face of reality so well.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 29, 2017, 10:36:41 AM »
Been enjoying Bill Seaman's double album on Eilean Records :

Erasures and Displacements

https://eileanrec.bandcamp.com/album/erasures-and-displacements

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach & Robert Rich
« on: June 23, 2017, 02:21:19 PM »
But maybe I've gone off track  :-X

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach & Robert Rich
« on: June 23, 2017, 02:19:00 PM »
r Beny and Deru

 8)

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The new Robert Davies release ::



Robert Davies: Estuary
...........................................................................

Estuary ::
A special meeting place where the land greets and refreshes the sea,
creating a unique environment for an abundance of specialized flora and fauna
... and endless wonders for the eye and ear.

Four beautiful 15 minute minimal ambient pieces that flow
like gentle water across the sedges and rocks at the tide's edge.
Immersive, subtle, relaxing, and as captivating as nature herself.

Fans of Robert's work will be entranced and delighted by this
new musical excursion.

Download version available on Bandcamp ---->  Estuary
It's the place to listen to the album.

CD version available at www.Dataobscura.com: here

A very mature work of pastoral ambient.
Its certainly one of his best.

Enjoy !

APK

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My latest Nunc Stans release ::



Nunc Stans: Secret Passages
...........................................................................

More deep ambient journeys from Nunc Stans.

Suspend time, and drift away .... who knows where
you will end up .......


Drone based, expansive, detailed, musical, and always in flux.

Composed and performed
by Anthony Paul Kerby.

Download version available on Bandcamp ---->  Secret Passages
It's the place to listen to the album.

CD version available at www.Dataobscura.com: here

Please do have a listen.

Enjoy !

APK

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: June 03, 2017, 04:28:48 PM »
Really sorry to hear the bad news.   :-\  That must be devastating, Julio.
I hope you get some good recompense for the failure.


As a side note, I always use much less expensive headphones ... so that if I tread on them
or the dog chews them to shreds I have little concern about simply buying another pair.   :)

I'm in the market for a new pair (wasn't the dog this time), and currently use, and am happy
with,  AKG. So interesting to see your post, Jaja, about your AKGs. Will have to audition them.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Twin Peaks revisited
« on: May 22, 2017, 07:33:03 PM »
Just saw the first episode.
Unique, twisted, and brilliant ...
as usual.

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