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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

Everything and Nothing / Re: Best Friend
« on: December 16, 2007, 10:03:50 AM »
These thing are a shocking, tragic loss. The loss will remain.
I wish all concerned the very best in dealing with it.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 15, 2007, 06:12:45 PM »
That's great about the new Circular Ruins, Joe.

I'm now playing

- Biosphere: new forms festival 2002

Everything and Nothing / Re: avatars
« on: December 15, 2007, 04:48:38 PM »
Hi Jim.
So you went to your 'Profile', 'forum profile information' section, added an image and you see the image there (top left under 'Personalized Picture', and yet it does not show in your posts.

Couple of things.
Perhaps try clicking the 'Personalized Picture' button (rather than loading your own) and choosing one of the supplied pictures, just to see if that works when you go back to one of your posts. If that also does not work then we have a problem ... and Mike should look into it (he has higher admin priviliges).

And perhaps the picture you loaded is not in the format or size the board accepts for posts (even though it is showing in your profile). Not sure on the exact size allowed, but maybe you should stick to images no more than 100 x 100 in size.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 14, 2007, 03:36:59 PM »

- The Cinematic Orchestra: Ma Fleur   (not really my thing ... but occasionally is)

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: December 14, 2007, 02:07:38 PM »
I actually read more non-fiction than fiction.
I even enjoy reading manuals ... odd but true.

Now reading
- Warblers of the Great Lakes Region by Chris Earley (what can I say, I like birds)
- Derrida: Margins of Philosophy (a re-read in this case. I have a doctorate in philosophy, and just can't kick the habit)
- Designing Interactions by Bill Moggridge  (a book you dip into rather than read from beginning to end. Its a fine big book on contemporary technological design, especially digital, its history and its effect)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 13, 2007, 03:01:21 PM »
Been playing a bit of

- Hooverphonic: Blue Wonder Power Milk
- Mouse On Mars: iaora tahiti

a little different, but needed.

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