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Welcome Hédi.
Enjoyed your music.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Help me finishing my ambient setup :)
« on: January 20, 2014, 05:57:47 PM »
A couple of things.
- Agree with John that you are done with synths. You have what you need. The trick is to learn to program and play what you have, not get more at this point.
- Certainly a good mixer is needed. And if you plan to record into a computer with a DAW then a number of mixer companies have mixers with a built in audio interface and can record something like 16 tracks independently/simultaneously. Starting at the bottom of the price spectrum with Behringer. In fact you might look at their newer range of digital mixers if you want to spend some money. Excellent bang for the buck:
- Effects: well, most of the synths you are using already have effects to shape the sound. Once recorded you might find that software effects are an effective way to go. Whatever DAW you get will come with some effects, and you buy more as needed. There are amazing things out there and they are very convenient to use "in the box".
- DAW: there are of course a number of good ones, and they share a lot of similarities. I ended up using Reaper after trying a few others. But it had what I wanted in a way the others lacked. The moral is that you have to start using something before you learn what you like and don't like, what you want and don't want. Reaper is inexpensive and versatile and a good starting place for those reasons.


Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Thanks to Mike
« on: January 20, 2014, 05:41:01 PM »
There tends to be a fair bit of spamming every Sunday late at night, and of course if you are from Europe you will be awake and see it a number of hours before the sun rises in North America, but once we are up over here we will remove it pretty quickly.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 19, 2014, 06:08:45 PM »
"Chris has suddenly become my new music guru- everything he suggests really hits the spot for me."

Couldn't agree more. Though I do have trouble keeping up with his voracious appetite.  ;)

I appreciate the comments. And always good to see people appreciating the music.

 ;D   Thanks Tomas.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 15, 2014, 07:51:16 AM »
Thirdsystem: I recently put a full set of samples up for Revelation:

Nice, like it. Any plans for a download on that one ?

Just checked The Winterhouse - Gathering Autumn also, excellent. But first purchase is going to be......The Circular Ruins and Mystified: Fantastic Journey  8) Great concept, excellent album cover, amazing music ! and one of the best reviews I've read in a long time  ;D

Nice looking and very interesting site there.

Revelation was relesed by Databloem in Holland. I only have some hard copies for sale. But Databloem are selling a download through CDBaby:

Thanks for the comments on the site and Fantastic Journey!  8)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 14, 2014, 06:33:58 PM »
- Daft Punk: Random Access Memories
- Keith Jarrett: No End (remarkable for him playing drums and guitar, and everything else)
- Alio Die: Honeysuckle (great to leave looping for a few hours)
- Jonsi: We Bought a Zoo (soundtrack)

The cover image is of a piece of art by Robert Davies.
It is pretty sharp.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 14, 2014, 01:51:19 PM »
Thirdsystem: I recently put a full set of samples up for Revelation:

THE WINTERHOUSE :: Gathering Autumn

A special new 2CD release from the studios of Robert Davies and APK, and the
fifth in The Winterhouse series of lush and expressive ambient landscapes and
explorations. The theme is autumn, the mood sombre and introspective, the music
detailed and intimate.

The album is available as a physical release or as a download.
CD version includes a pro printed glossy card of the cover image.

There is a player with a full set of samples and tracklist at the link below:
The Winterhouse - Gathering Autumn @ DataObscura
please do have a listen.

Comments always welcome.
Many thanks.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 14, 2014, 06:13:58 AM »
Eliane Radigue- Kailasha (Trilogie De La Mort- Disc 2)

More people should know about her. A true master of minimalism and drone music.

Thanks Castleview, I had never heard her before. Fascinating stuff. Will do some exploring.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 12, 2014, 01:37:12 PM »
This morning:

Anthony Paul Kerby & Tomas Weiss- Revelation- very nice space drift. Unlike their previous collaboration, Distant Shadows, which was fraught with restlessness and tension, this disc is a relatively peaceful and benign journey- no troublesome asteroids and comets to dodge :) The production and sound design is flawless, of course. Highly recommended to those who like the darker side of ambient.

Very pleased to hear you enjoyed Revelation, Joe. Thanks !

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Oblivion - 2013
« on: January 11, 2014, 07:52:11 PM »
Totally agree.
Visuals/production values, story ...  excellent.
I'm looking forward to seeing it again some day.

Nice review, Richard.
And yes, what a finely crafted album this is.

Hey Scott: Now we know where your avatar comes from !

Thought I'd put an image of the album here:

I was watching a video on one of the portable amps designed for use with mobile devices, the guy said on an Apple, rather than feeding the headphone Out into it, you can get a connector that uses the proprietary apple socket to feed the amp and that this bypasses the not so good amp in the Apple so you start with a cleaner signal.

Also interesting is the crossfeed option on more expensive units (Phonitor) which feeds some of the left and right signal into each other to create a more speaker-like emulation. I'm guessing this is a major part of speaker emulation software you can get to make your headphone listening more like your monitor listening.

Darker/denser than I commonly listen to, but have been really enjoying this today along with the earlier "Darker", which I'm listening to on bandcamp now. Especially appreciate the variety and complexity you weave into these pieces. Excellent !

Everything and Nothing / Re: Ambient Music + Copyright
« on: January 06, 2014, 06:51:51 AM »
As Seren said: "It is difficult to see how this could have been resolved differently as eventually the level of upset could have driven people away or caused people to avoid responding to Immersion's posts - neither of which are positive outcomes."

Yep. All already true I believe.

Curiously immune to other people's views, and blithely unaware that this is a forum run by a record label.

I think we should probably end this thread and move on.

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