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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: GOT GEAR?
« on: July 19, 2008, 04:24:06 PM »
Komplete is just too much stuff, John. You will be overwhelmed. Whittle it down to just a couple a things.

Massive and FM8 --- wickedly powerful combo.

Or maybe just get Reaktor if you want to fiddle more and download hundreds of user creations for it (also stifling overload, but fun).

And yes, a new computer must be added to the bill.

On the other hand you could save money and get Reason.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / new Eluvium Live Set to download
« on: July 17, 2008, 11:35:01 AM »

Seems to be a good quality recording.
Haven't heard it yet.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 16, 2008, 02:00:53 PM »

Weigl & Hoffmann: Elevate

Big fan of Weigl's poetic songs and rhythms.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Do you still want to learn?
« on: July 16, 2008, 01:44:45 PM »
I don't work out as much, but I have the sculpted physique of a Greek god, so I can afford to scale back a little!

Yeah, but soon it will be the physique of lesser-known Roman god, and a little later the physique of a Medieval peasant  ;)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 15, 2008, 01:22:03 PM »

Off The Sky: The Geist Cycles  (Databloem 2007)

Damn, I'd forgotten (or not quite realised) how good this album is.

A fascinating melange of Corder's treated guitar and quirky mixing, with various vibes, percussion, and strings artfully tossed into the mix. Totally unpredictable, very listenable, with a microsound-ish / glitchy feel, but a jazzy undercurrent. Love it.

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: abasio live
« on: July 15, 2008, 01:11:44 PM »
Yep, it was amiable. Dennis wanted to open a more general Databloem store. But I will email you soon.

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: abasio live
« on: July 15, 2008, 06:23:26 AM »
Hey there, Civilized :)
Good to see you over here.
Been a long time since that first Databloem Collection !

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 14, 2008, 02:09:31 PM »
Thanks Joe !

I've been mainly been enjoying a few Biosphere releases the past couple of days.

Plus Saul Stokes "Vast" -- entrancing compositions, and that signature Stokes sound to everything -- analog, with the melodic content wedded to the rhythmic. Great stuff.

Your setup sorta sounds correct ... assuming the UA-25 is connected to the computer by USB and the drivers are installed.

You might try by-passing the Mixer entirely and make sure the signal from the Yamaha goes through the UA-25 and gets to Cubase ok (via USB). So put the Yamaha Outs into the UA-25 inputs and try that.

That UA-25 looks like a single stereo converter, and as that is the only input to your computer you won't be able to have the Yamaha and Virus on separate channels. You would have to connect the Virus and the Yamaha to 1/2 and 3/4 on the Mixer, but the output of them would be mixed down to one stereo channel and passed to the UA-25, then to the computer. To keep the Yam and Virus separate you'd need to have a converter box with more INs/OUTs than the UA-25.

On the issue of Cubase not recording the Yamaha audio ... check through the computer/Cubase routing. Is Cubase seeing the UA-25 USB input (presumably Asio) -- I don't use Cubase, but you want to make sure the audio input is activated in its setup so that it sees the UA-25. Then make sure the track you want to record on in CUbase has the UA-25 1/2 (or USB ... whatever they call it) as its input.

Just a few thoughts.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Favourite dramatic piece of music
« on: July 13, 2008, 03:32:19 PM »
My favourite piece of music that gives me shivers every time?  Vaughan Williams' "Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis".
It's curious though.  I've listened to a lot of Thomas Tallis and none of it sounds like this piece, so I don't know what the deal is with that.

Yes, certainly one of my favourite classical pieces too. Beautiful and moving.

But for sheer dramatic (and emotive) import I'd go for Maurice Duruflé's Requiem. Its beautiful and sublime. Also classical of course.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 11, 2008, 02:06:38 PM »
Just listening to The Circular Ruins - Falling Into The Sky  :)

Sounds good as all of Anthony's work. Most ambient producers who come out with a lot of music tend to produce some that disappoint me but I'm yet to find anything from this guy that I don't love.

Good to hear it, abasio.
Thanks !

And welcome to the Forum.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: klaus schulze
« on: July 11, 2008, 02:04:08 PM »
Now that I have it, I also think Kontinuum is a fine release. Really like it.

I thought the 2005 Moonlake was well done ... though not always to my taste.

And many of the Dark Side releases with Namlook have great tracks on them.

I think he's still doing ok    8)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 08, 2008, 01:39:05 PM »
Anglican: There was some talk of Landmass recently in the Non-Hypnos Artists and Labels section of the forum, in a Roach thread.
Maybe take a look in there.

Great to hear you have a new sgnl_fltr out, Danny.
I'll have to pick up a copy.

Here is a link to the Databloem page, which has samples:

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 06, 2008, 05:20:08 PM »
- Paulsal: Paulsal

I think this was a free ep download.
Its good stuff, in the vein of Stars of the Lid.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 06, 2008, 02:14:21 PM »

- Namlook + Geir Jenssen: Fires of Ork II

A mighty fine collaboration.

Don't recognize it.
Could easily be something composed for the commercial by a no-name commercial guy.

PERCEIVED DISTANCES (78'08") is an anthology CD that
represents the Ambient aesthetic of the Blue Oasis label. Works
by Saul Stokes and Kwook express the more energetic side of
this concern. With ear-friendly melodies and thought-pushing
beats their tracks are wonderful jaunts across a diverse digital
terrain. Other tracks on this collection exemplify explorations of
tone in the broadest sense of the word. Through fascinating
variations in timbre and texture music by the likes of The Circular
Ruins, Off the Sky and Cymphonic produce a range of moody
impressions and time-stretching atmospheres. These artists
understand that negative space is much more than merely the
area between two positive points. Subtle digital distortion, voices
and noises imbue some of these realizations with a kind of
environmental feel. In contrast, other tracks are full of air and
light, and offer drifting moods at cosmic heights. As a collection,
PERCEIVED DISTANCES works very well. It brings together
15 interesting musicians. By provoking the listener to reflection, it
works even better as a statement on the genre - proclaiming the
power of this music to be greater than the individual.

Tune into STAR'S END this weekend for music from the CD

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: klaus schulze
« on: July 02, 2008, 06:35:39 PM »
I'm just now listening to Schultz's Contemporary Works cd4 ... some very fine pieces on that one, primarily sequenced though.
Don't think I have Kontinuum.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambiloop
« on: July 02, 2008, 01:57:01 PM »
Ambiloop is good for recording & playing multiple loops.
Live is good for playing/triggering loops, but is it good for recording them ?

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