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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: Yesterday at 10:29:04 AM »
 :o thought of buying this today - currently no albums by the ozrics in my collection - any suggestions where to start?

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: May 22, 2015, 04:50:57 AM »
PS. what I'm actually doing is looking for somewhere to live where I can set the studio and music up properly so I can really relax and enjoy listening and recording music....

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: May 22, 2015, 04:48:02 AM »
Great post Julio,

The headphones you have been listening to are seriious pieces of kit on their own. Great that the company lets you audition to compare in your own time and space.

About 6 months ago I was looking for a dedicated headphone amp and purchased one of these off ebay:


With multiple sources I have set up my CD player, VS2480 and a blu ray player (for Robert Rich's Perpetual and Somnium set).

The sound through my speakers improved so much I have hardly used my headphones since then and usually choose to turn on the CD player rather than the VS 2480 when I have spare time.
   It's a long time since I've been so excited by music that it's hard to play a complete album. Often what I'm listening to will remind me of something else and I'll have to put that on asap....

I'm hoping at some point soon to settle a bit and start recording again....

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CD vs. CDR
« on: May 19, 2015, 03:04:25 PM »
yes, the old sticky labels can often cause such problems - I've been through my collection and listened to these older discs and ripped those
that still play to wav files.

There is software - exact audio copy is one version - that can sometimes pull the audio from such discs...though the success rate can vary.

otherwise you might email other people you know who might have the same disc and see if they might help....

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Altus: I've not had musical training, but occasionally meet musicians who know their instruments well enough that they are not bound by the rules, or who , when an unusual situation presents, can just immediately adapt.
   Many years ago I'd been staying with someone and there was a guitar, he was happy for me to fiddle with it - so I changed the tunings till I had a sound I liked.
   When he came home he picked it up, strummed once, paused for about 3 seconds and then proceeded to play a proper tune on it....
   That's a level of skill I admire in the same way I admire anyone who is really good at their craft - whatever it might be.

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I tend to use a mixture of the 2 across many areas music, ideas, art, sometimes I am reading something which inspires the music (project currently working on).

Sometimes I have a title and just wait until a sound or sounds fill the space the title created - one title waited about 4 years for the right sounds - and the sounds also triggered images from a book I read about 10 years ago.......before I had started recording again....which also affected the finished album.

Sometimes I have a specific idea of what I want to explore and then set out to do that - but that is more in context and sound gathering (such as the acoustic sounds for a particular set of albums). Then I listen to the different sounds to see what sort of interaction or communication they create.

I have 'composed' musical pieces, but not being able to write or read music it also tends to be a mixture of intent and chance (or perhaps success and mistakes)

I like the interplay of design and chance - I don't have a 'finished' article in my mind before I start and like the way some sounds dance past and around each other in a way I could not have planned and often cannot improve on.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now watching...
« on: April 27, 2015, 12:53:45 PM »
Predestination - based on a Heinlein story.
a bit like Looper but I found it more interesting - less flash and bang, more character development and interaction.
I will watch it again.

I did and I still liked it - may set up my own time loop of comments.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: April 27, 2015, 12:52:39 PM »
I have ben reading and re-reading the first few culture novels by Iain M Banks - also got the Hydrogen Sonata.

I really like these - curious and complex, interesting twists and concepts.....

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: "Mythos and Music"
« on: April 25, 2015, 09:43:50 AM »
> I wondered if anybody had any suggestions about what might be covered in a discussion like this?

APK's reference to Davies is a good one because, although some of the themes, titles, and whatnot are Lovecraftian, the music doesn't always strike me as dark per se. I sometimes wonder if it is too easy to play into the dark side of Lovecraft when making music rather than emphasizing the mystery or the sense of other-worldliness. 

Here is something I like that is clearly inspired by Lovecraft, but not sinister or overly dark in its atmosphere--one of my favorites from 2013: The Ashes of Piemonte - Datura Notes https://twicerememberedtwiceremoved.bandcamp.com/album/datura-notes


Hi Chris - your post was a little small

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich - Filaments
« on: April 21, 2015, 01:06:20 AM »
My favourite band as a youngster was Hawkwind - I followed tem for a number of years going to gigs etc.

Towards the beginning of this an 'old hippy' said to me that I'd follow them for about 5 years and then they would change too much for me....At the time I suspect I responded in a rather desultory fashion - such a thing was impossibble to imagine.

However he was right. I remember encouraging a bunch of people to go and see levitation tour - and I found the new sound (endless guitar solos much higher in the mix and a new drummer) very dissapointing....

So I think in the end the musicians have to follow thier muses and the fans have to follow their ears and hearts - hopefully these journeys, whilst bringing shared pleasure, are of benefit to both....

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 16, 2015, 05:11:29 AM »

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 13, 2015, 12:45:16 AM »
Steve Roach - Light Fantastic, one of my favourites

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now watching...
« on: April 12, 2015, 12:42:37 PM »
Predestination - based on a Heinlein story.
a bit like Looper but I found it more interesting - less flash and bang, more character development and interaction.
I will watch it again.

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aha, finally, here is my contribution

Rin-Se

https://serenffordd.bandcamp.com/track/rin-se

Not best on computer speakers...




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Due to other circumstances I'm still working on a piece.....

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum software upgrade coming up
« on: March 19, 2015, 12:17:15 PM »
everything changed and up and running here - may play around with my look, currently using vertex

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Everything and Nothing / RIP Terry Pratchett
« on: March 12, 2015, 08:56:12 AM »
don't know what to say, thouroughly enjoyed his books, will miss his sideways humour and the hints that he knew more about things than he let on.....

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 24, 2015, 04:06:41 AM »
an afternoon of listening to music with a friend:
Lady Gaga, Tangerine Dream, Mozart, Chris Isaaks, Madonna, Patti Smith, Bocelli (I think), Vangelis, Synasthesia, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon....

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Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Dishwasher drone
« on: February 21, 2015, 10:04:14 AM »
had hoped to do something on this today - but life took over....

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Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Dishwasher drone
« on: February 19, 2015, 01:56:14 AM »
any chance of embedding that in the forum Fforest? work browser no longer works with soundcloud

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