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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!

It is indeed odd that there seems to be no contact info available for this "Sanjay Nadeem".

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 06, 2015, 07:23:44 AM »
"Alio Die & Lorenzo Montana : Holographic Codex....The first track sets the tone and the rest of the album never seemed to arrive."

Totally agree.
And it may be because that first track sets such a high standard. It is a phenomenal piece of music.
I often leave it on repeat.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 05, 2015, 07:16:20 AM »
Moonwater I found disappointing, but I second the Arovane/Hior Cronik, it's a fine thing.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl is really back
« on: November 03, 2015, 07:15:20 AM »
Ha!  At $59 dollars a shot I can see why stores might consider selling LPs again.

Great Stones album middle bottom row !

This is indeed an enviable studio and location !!  Gorgeous.  8)

Welcome back !     :)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Folktek Conduit
« on: October 10, 2015, 07:46:24 PM »
Sounds very cool  :)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 06, 2015, 08:00:25 AM »
Been listening to these a lot  (all from Bandcamp)

- Tycho :: Awake      ( superb! )
- Christopher Willits :: Opening
- Benout Pioulard :: Stanza

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 28, 2015, 02:49:54 PM »
Twincities :: Variations for Celesta   --- delicate work. Like it a lot.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Taylor Deupree....2014 Studio Diary
« on: September 27, 2015, 01:57:06 PM »
Yep, some very nice things indeed..

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 13, 2015, 07:58:19 AM »
offthesky - The Serpent Phase
I have a confession to make. When Jason Cordor debuted Cold Distances (dataObscura/databloem) in 2003, I thought it was the bee's knees. I listened to that disc on repeat for weeks and practically wore it out. I continued to follow Cordor's work over his next few releases, but I eventually started to feel that he was moving in directions that did not always sync with my audio palette. Sometimes his work hit the right spot, but often it didn't.

With that as context, The Serpent Phase really resonates with me in a way that none of his releases have since 2003, even though this album is nothing like Cold Distances. The Serpent Phase is seven short tracks based largely on acoustic instrumentation (flutes, violin) that, of course, are treated in the ways you might expect with modern processing methods. The atmosphere is serene and mysterious; the sounds bellow and fill the sky. This is great drifting ambiance and will likely be one of my favorites of the year. Frankly, if I had heard this one "blind" with no knowledge of the artist, I never would have pegged it as offthesky.

I'm a sucker for good art and packaging too. The cover reminds me of something that might be seen in the v23 days of 4AD, and the digipak itself is a 6-panel matte finish. Lovely.


Nice to hear your thoughts on Cold Distances, Chris. It was a great collection of tracks with an exceptional unity and flow. A very early album for Jason. Unfortunately we no longer have the rights at DataObscura to sell it. Jason was going to re-release it in some form or other. Don't know if he has. Databloem might still have some physical copies.

I'm with you on many of the Offthesky releases, some very good pieces here and there, but not too much that has excited me overall. Will have to head to bandcamp though and give Serpent Phase a good listen.

Everything and Nothing / Re: ...a few thoughts on communities
« on: September 11, 2015, 02:01:13 PM »
Ha yep, the Haunted Stick.  :o
And I do miss the outspoken and endearing Jim B.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / NI Reaktor 6
« on: September 10, 2015, 01:48:50 PM »
Nice development of this platform:

especially the modular Blocks concept.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 20, 2015, 06:05:22 PM »
Terry Riley :: A Rainbow In Curved Air
Mum :: Yesterday Was Dramatic - Today is OK

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