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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 26, 2014, 06:28:28 PM »
And while you are in the mood:

Miles Davis Gets Funky with Keith Jarrett

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 26, 2014, 06:08:25 PM »
Tord Gustavsen Quartet- The Well; great, minimal, slow jazz.

Very nice, Joe.
Thought I'd put up a video for people.
Tord Gustavsen Quartet - The Well

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Behringer X-Touch control surface
« on: January 25, 2014, 07:22:20 PM »
Yes, I think Behringer have certainly been stepping up their game this past year, with the x32 mixers and now this control surface and the motor keyboards.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Mixing tips.
« on: January 24, 2014, 09:04:38 PM »
From Forrest: "My first reaction to those lava lamps in the background was, 'stoner alert!'. "


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 23, 2014, 10:52:22 AM »
The Circular Ruins and Mystified - Fantastic Journey..........this, along with Moss Garden - In The Silence Of The Subconscious, has been on constant play since I discovered same last week. Both really are stunning ambient works.
Very pleased to hear Fantastic Journey is getting some serious listening !

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 22, 2014, 06:49:58 PM »
Margins - Fragile Existence
This is a late 2013 collaborative project between Dan Crossley (Facture/Fluid Audio) and Craig Tattersall (The Boats). Once again, this is an amazing product from Facture in which the packaging/art is as central to the release as the music. The music itself is decent, but not remarkable. It largely combines field recordings and tape loops to create a fractured but ambient atmosphere. The Crossley nature prints that accompany the release are absolutely beautiful, however, and are worth checking out on the Fluid Audio site regardless of how you feel about Tattersall.

Sound samples:
Images samples:

Two thumbs up on this.
Many thanks for pointing it out.

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.

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