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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: January 28, 2016, 09:21:07 AM »

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: January 28, 2016, 07:29:48 AM »
Yep, it's like having a synth that is in a permanent state of change, always unfinished, always growing ....
I'd be broke and starving if I got into it.   ;D

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CD Shipping costs.
« on: January 24, 2016, 04:29:52 PM »

Dennis at Databloem is a good and trustworthy guy.

You know, he and I started Databloem together many years ago.
I sold the releases in North America and he sold them in Europe.
He eventually wanted to open a general web store for selling other label's releases as well,
and so we went our own ways, he with Databloem as a more general store, and me with the
DataObscura CDr sub-label we had created. But we have always been in contact, and he stocks
all the new DataObscura albums I release.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Modular Musings
« on: January 24, 2016, 03:11:04 PM »
Enjoyable textures and tones, Julio.
And what a georgeous eurorack setup you have.
Very envious.  8)

I like your comment of being "as much a part of the audience".
I can understand that. With a complex setup and much patching, you can't always know
what will happen when you tweak something in the chain of modules.
An experimenter's paradise.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: New stuff at NAMM
« on: January 22, 2016, 01:11:28 PM »
This new 4 voice analog Korg Minilogue is the cutest thing out recently, I think.
Yes, 4 voice, not mono.
And at $500 US it's a steal.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: New stuff at NAMM
« on: January 21, 2016, 04:13:30 PM »
Coming from Arturia ... the MatrixBrute.
Impressive looking beast.

Good to hear it.
Many thanks, Chris.

This is a new project of mine.
Should be of interest to many people here.

Fictions and Poetics : Our Last Days

Fictions and Poetics exists at the crossroads of glitchy minimalism and ambient soundscapes,
with a healthy dose of poetic expression and emotional substance mixed in for good measure.
This first release, Our Last Days, points the way for future explorations.

I hope to be doing more releases under this name and in this general style.
Hopefully some collaborations too.

It is on Bandcamp, and is download only.

Please give it a try.
Comments very welcome.

I hope you enjoy it.


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Obsidian
« on: January 13, 2016, 09:48:18 PM »

I did note that you can buy the 6 tracks individually for .99 each = $5.94    ...     Problem solved!   :)

Hahaha ... brilliant !

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 07, 2016, 02:16:28 PM »
Just to compound the age ... I've also seen Hendrix live.    :-\

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 07, 2016, 08:58:46 AM »
Great to see someone playing Soft Machine.
Especially those brilliant Virtually tracks from the flip side of the Fourth !   8)

I still remember seeing Sabbath doing Paranoid in London shortly after it was released ... now I feel old   :-\

Everything and Nothing / Re: 2016
« on: January 01, 2016, 03:59:11 PM »
Ditto ....... Cheers and all the best in this new year !

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 29, 2015, 05:00:23 PM »
- Nusrat Fateh & Michael Brooks :: Night Song

Transcendent !

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Who is Sanjay Nadeem?
« on: December 13, 2015, 07:09:08 PM »
We don't simply shut things down just because a claim is made and someone else objects to it.
Reasonable people might expect to see that claim argued against if it is wrong.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 09, 2015, 08:07:26 AM »
Machnefabriek :: The Cold and The Quiet

18 short tracks written as a score for an independent film. Beautiful minimal pieces.
Much of it piano. Delicate and precise. Love to hear more like this from Rutger.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 06, 2015, 08:13:21 AM »
Thanks for new Goldmund alert, Chris. 
A very nice work indeed !

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Who is Sanjay Nadeem?
« on: December 03, 2015, 02:19:36 PM »
People can write anything they like in the text of a digipak.
The issue is the legitimacy of continually releasing another person's albums,
and the possibility of that legitimacy being in question.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Who is Sanjay Nadeem?
« on: December 01, 2015, 10:05:12 PM »
You just need to look at the other closed thread. It is all there.
No need to go over it again, I think.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steaming services
« on: December 01, 2015, 03:40:05 PM »
Of course, Bandcamp does offer wav and flac lossless, but remember that they only offer what the particular artist puts up. So an artist can simply take his 256kbs mp3, re-encode it to flac and upload that to Bandcamp. People think its superior because its lossless ....
Bandcamp are innocent in this, but don't think that because its flac that it is automatically superior.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Best DAW for Ambient Music 2015
« on: November 17, 2015, 06:55:36 AM »
Hi there.

DAW / PC / Mac -- you could take a look at Reaper, works on both systems, is inexpensive but very deep. Lots of routing options. Can record both midi and audio on the same track. Very good automation. And even comes with some useful plugins. I've been using it for years on a PC, and occasionally on Mac. It is very stable and does everything I need. FL and Reason do things their own way and are perhaps not as easy to move to from regular DAWs like Cubase or Logic. I don't think Macs are any easier to work with than a PC. It is more to do with what OS you are used to.

The tweaking and modulating you speak of has a lot to do with plugins and synths. Make sure you go for plugins that offer a lot of hands on tweakability and easy midi control of knobs/sliders. If money is a problem keep an eye out for deals ... there are always deals (sign up for newsletters), like on Waves plugins each week , or Melda Production plugins half price each week. BTW, those Melda effects are not the best looking things but they are really very good and with a lot of details and modulations you don't at first notice. Worth checking out.

I've used a lot of midi controllers, but now I primarily just use an M-Audio Axiom keyboard:
Plenty of sliders and knobs to use, plus controls for your DAW (pause play etc) and not a bad feel on the keyboard. And not expensive.

There are of course lots of controller keyboards to choose from. Novation is another brand, they also offer automapping of controllers to various software.

It's never easy to say what is the best for anyone, depends on personal taste, feeling comfortable with the system, and finances. But I think the issue of creating ambient is more a matter of the right synths, effects, and technique. With the right skills you can create great ambient with a few field recordings and a dash of drone. You need to demo stuff and find what sounds right to you. Many good synths these days already come loaded with effects and great modulation and tweaking abilities. I'd say concentrate a lot on what synths give you what you need.

Good luck!

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