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I missed this post, Jonathan, so didn't tune in unfortunately.
Hope it went well !
What were you playing, the ewi ?

Was a lot of drop outs here, but not enough to ruin the show ... was good, solid stuff !
I really enjoyed it. Thanks !

I'll be tuning in ... right now !

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 31, 2007, 05:35:24 PM »
New year's eve listening, so far

- Opium: Sympathetic Flying Objects
- Tycho: Sunrise Projector
- Martinez: Solaris

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: How do you record?
« on: December 30, 2007, 08:56:13 PM »
Yep, I liked that Presonus box. Lots of decent mic-pres, if thats your thing.
And I really go for having line inputs on the front for quick swapping.
If you don't need the qualities and extras of an RME
I think this and the Saffire models are great for the money.
Hope it works well for you.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 28, 2007, 03:18:28 PM »

- Van Morrison: Veedon Fleece  (classic)
- Van Morrison: Into The Music (has an amazing last 3 tracks)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: December 28, 2007, 02:06:48 PM »
And its great to see a 1,000 watt heater element wired in, Jonathan !

A man needs power in the mix  :)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: The Winterhouse: Slow Promises
« on: December 28, 2007, 02:02:32 PM »
Thanks, g.a.b.,  that's great to hear.
And a fine brief description.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: December 27, 2007, 06:46:39 PM »
I use an Edirol UM-880 midi box as well ... great piece of gear !

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: December 27, 2007, 05:37:44 PM »
When I have my studio up and running properly I use #1.

I patch everything into patchbays so I can easily route them in and out of each other and into the audio interface. Stuff not connected this way tends not to get used because its then too much trouble to set up. I don't use a mixer. Only patchbays.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: December 27, 2007, 04:40:27 PM »
Just watched

Nick Drake - Under Review

a dvd about his life. Very well done.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Time to fire up the gift card
« on: December 26, 2007, 04:15:28 PM »
I used my Itunes gift card to get 2 Van Morrison albums (Astral Weeks & Moondance), not ambient but great music I can't believe it took me this long to buy.


Paul : the only one you are missing is Veedon Fleece  :)  its right up there with Astral Weeks, and same style.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: December 26, 2007, 03:35:10 PM »
Yep, its a nice little working system, everything in reach where I need it.
That synth is a korg MS2000 keyboard version -- it came with
those old-school hardwood ends.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: December 26, 2007, 03:03:06 PM »
Hi Bill.
Hey, I don't even have a job !
On the music front ... with the advent of powerful computers, excellent analog to digital converter boxes/cards, and clean signal paths, you could setup a studio in a laptop/desktop using only software instruments or samples, and a pair of headphones. And you could do that with free software. So the expense could be very low. Maybe a small midi keyboard to play the soft-synths.

That sort of setup is not what you see in the pictures above, but it is workable and inexpensive.

Heck, Biosphere does "live" concerts with just a laptop and small midi keyboard.

Hardware gear is another fascination. But most digital hardware is just a program burned to a big chip with a physical interface of knobs and stuff added on. Not really different from a software program on your computer. But software doesn't have the tactile appeal, or the dedicated and unproblematic use.

I use more software synths and effects than I do hardware ones. Software is convenient and powerful. It is cheap to add 'knobs' for every parameter to software.

Of course, getting usable, cheap software for music production is no guarantee that a person will produce music worth listening to.

It is relatively easy to string together pre-configured samples, but its another game to play and compose like a musician.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 25, 2007, 04:34:05 PM »
I've since moved on to a bunch of old 30s songs, and now back with a few Biosphere albums.

- Shenzhou

Hope people are having fun.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 25, 2007, 08:06:58 AM »
xmas morning

- Rudy Adrian: Moonwater

have to keep it innocent ... family over.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: December 24, 2007, 03:19:32 PM »

Only shot I have right now. Its a temporary setup in teh basement
while I renovate my studio room.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: December 24, 2007, 12:42:35 PM »
Jesse, you have way too much gear :)

Oooh ... didn't know you had an Andromeda !
And is that a v-synth at the top ... how long you had that?
And what happened to the OB12 ? I don't see it.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: The Winterhouse: Slow Promises
« on: December 23, 2007, 02:56:42 PM »
Review ... actually this is more a "liner note" by Alan, and is included with the CD.


Anthony Paul Kerby (APK), a name by now familiar to ambient-space aficionados and Databloem adepts, here combines with Robert Davies to inaugurate the newly launched Blue Oasis label as The Winterhouse with their debut, Slow Promises. Davies’s work has, of course, received deserved patronage from APK, for whom he delivered three albums on sister label, DataObscura. His work already showed some affinities with that of APK’s The Circular Ruins and Lammergeyer projects, and their move to a joint venture seems entirely natural. On Slow Promises Davies’s honorary degree in ambient dronology shows itself to be worthy of the level of the masters like Grassow, Alio Die and Oöphoi. And APK, for his part, with the two artists operating remotely, makes a proficient Master of Ceremonies. Recipient and curator of Davies deliveries, he renders them as ground or field upon which to create larger sound tableaux, through editing, manipulating, and infusing them with own signature synth leads and pads, as well as sundry embroidery from his box of field recording tricks. His insertions are spread sparingly but purposefully over Davies’ fertile drone bed, piquing the ear’s interest with synthetic curlicues, minimal melodic motifs that rise out of the drone mulch, along with found sound embellishments. The outcome is an appreciable expansion of each artist’s palette of timbres. The Winterhouse comes to be far more than a soundspace in which a few droning loops are captured and set in motion to endlessly play out, hoping for the result to be declared a triumph of verticality and chronostasis. Previous works by these artists have been imbued with a sense of landscape, of a particular physical location, and The Winterhouse is no exception. The Winterhouse is partly visually mediated through the artwork as a desolate wintry field with a small copse. There is no house in the scene, since it is constructed through the music, becoming the location from which sometimes stark, sometimes distantly nostalgic views are offered. The environment is sonically woven into The Winterhouse’s musical fabric, its various pieces becoming depictive of a somewhat desolate, watery, and wintry topography. The music seems suggestive of a history of that place and its grounds, a place of seclusion and refuge at the same time, echoing with spectral voices from its past. It stands waiting to administer comfort and receive confidences from its visitors. There is consolation in containment in the contours of its interior, as though, through its walls and its floors, its alcoves and recesses, and their sudden shadows, it voices something heart-bound that cannot be articulated. More than just a series of space music-infused tone poems, Slow Promises strives to become a sonic envisioning of place, one that is meditative yet resonant, calm yet with traces of brooding, teeming with undercurrents beneath a surface stasis.

Alan Lockett

Other Ambient (and related) Music / The Winterhouse: Slow Promises
« on: December 23, 2007, 02:53:05 PM »
This announcement got lost with the demise of the old Hypnos forum.
Thought I'd remind people.

The Winterhouse: Slow Promises (Blue Oasis CD)

First collaboration between Anthony Paul Kerby (The Circular
Ruins, Lammergeyer) and Robert Davies. Intricate and
haunting dronescapes.

For album details & audio samples :

There is also a full track on the Radio page.

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