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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.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: How do you record?
« on: December 23, 2007, 02:49:08 PM »
I don't use Live (I use Sonar, and recently getting into Reaper because of the great routing and ease of recording of VSTi's live), but I have used it and think its excellent - solid program (code) and well designed. If I used sample loops I'd certainly switch to it 'cause its unmatched in that area and so user-friendly. Plus, as a live stage platform for manipulating loops on the fly its brilliant. Manipulating loops is its forté, but its a fine sequencer in its own right.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: How do you record?
« on: December 23, 2007, 01:16:31 PM »
That 'tower' interface was the Focusrite "Saffire LE".
Its very good for the money.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Time to fire up the gift card
« on: December 23, 2007, 08:59:08 AM »

Something by Murcof .... "Remembranza" perhaps.

Or Jeff Greinke : Soundtracks.

Everything and Nothing / Re: ~Happy Holidays~
« on: December 21, 2007, 02:24:06 PM »

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 21, 2007, 01:33:55 PM »

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 21, 2007, 10:56:32 AM »
I will either restrict albums to no more than 10 tracks (which sounds fair),
or use my secret weapon ... the dreaded smaller font, and have 3 columns
of 5 tracks. 

Actually my Lammergeyer: Borowed Time album had 18 tracks ...
and they fit ... just.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 21, 2007, 10:24:09 AM »
The Circular Ruins - Falling Into The Sky

In case some of those reading don't know (as there are some new people around here lately), The Circular Ruins is this Forum's own APK.  Just received this (along with the new Winterhouse release, also on APK's new Blue Oasis label).  The presentation of both CDs is top-notch, and I'm really enjoying these sounds.  I admit I've had a "thing" lately for brighter-sounding ambient music, with plenty of higher-frequency stuff going on and not just a bunch of deep drones... this definitely fits the bill.  It's very crisp and detailed sounding, very "present."  Still not done with my first listen yet, but I can already tell I'll recommend this one.

Many thanks for the comments, Mike.
Great to hear that you appreciate "Falling...".

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Max/MSP
« on: December 21, 2007, 10:20:40 AM »
But John ... you haven't recorded in 4 years anyway !  :)

Max/Msp does have a lot of interesting preconfigured (by other people) instruments you can download and run when you have it. Its a fascinating system, but yep, its something that takes a while to get into and needs a programmers mind. Its a bit like teh much cheaper SynthEdit on the windows platform --- a modular synth/effect creating program that can be simple to use at one level (connecting preconfigured high-level modules) or as detailed as you want once you get into it.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 20, 2007, 07:40:35 PM »
Moved on to

- Jeff Greinke's very fine Soundtracks album. Relaxed & introspective.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 20, 2007, 06:04:19 PM »
Most recent

- Paul Bradley: Anamnesis  (not heard anything by him yet that I don't like)
- Carbon Based Lifeforms: Hydroponic Garden  (great acid beats and atmospheres)
- Atomine Electrine: Nebulous  (An Alan L. suggestion. Follows nicely on from CBL. Abstract and gritty sounds draped over heavily treated rhythms. Interesting stuff.)

And to pick up on Bill's post. I also admired the Manitou release. Was a refreshing little album.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 19, 2007, 12:01:57 PM »

- Murcof: Martes  (wonderfully constructed stuff)

Oh, this is a lovely album. Beautiful, organic sounds, lucid, sometimes fragile and sometimes more edgy. The structure and feeling overall is close to a peaceful walk in the spring.

But there are also some SURPRISES: two of the pieces (track 2 "Immer Du" and 4 "A Day Without Secrets" -- if I remember correctly) contain MELODY traits! First I was perplexed by this rare use of explicit melody in ambient music. But after a couple of spins I began to see the context. In my mind the melodies resemble hymns, even Christmas carols. As much as the melodies stand out, they do defend their inclusion if you see this album as sort of an pastoral poem.

Thanks for the praise, Jussi ... much appreciated.

Yep, some pieces on "Falling" are straight melodic-based.
Rather than composing on a bed of atmospheres/drones/pads, those tracks were first and foremost a melodic line, with a few additions made after. I would include the very short ending track to the list as well. You could add lyrics to them. And yes, a piece like "Immer Du" or "A Day Without Secrets" is very hymn-like.

I like your description of this as a "pastoral poem". I think of my recent Lammergeyer works in that way also. Especially "Beneath The Sky".

I do know other melodic-based ambient works, though very often the strong use of melody can easily get you into the dreaded new age camp or just sound too commercial. Influences for me in this area would be artists like Múm and Eluvium.

Everything and Nothing / Re: The holiday food you're waiting for
« on: December 19, 2007, 10:26:43 AM »
That curry does sound great !
One of my favourite meals.
I'd happy substitute it for the inevitable turkey.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 17, 2007, 05:13:38 PM »
Just finished watching and listening to

- Koyaanisqatsi

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