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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: Today at 04:12:32 AM »
Dirk Serries - The Origin Reversal - very nice and pleasant guitar drone/ambient.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: What is the Hypnos Forum to you ?
« on: September 27, 2014, 12:07:47 PM »
I like being here a lot- Had not noticed it becoming 'old fashioned', but then I am too old fashioned to have kept up enough with that sort of thing to know when it is 'old' or 'hot'

I do like the variety and the depth of experience and knowledge that I can reach out to here.

I also like the way the conversations keep going - too many forums have the dreaded [like] button that just kills the interaction, I'm interested in what others think and how our comments affect how each of us may think.

PLEASE DO NOT ADD A LIKE BUTTON!!!!!!!!!

Most 'social media' is, for me, too short and vapid to have any sense of real connection.

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and a further update - one really big difference is that the music is no longer 'contained' by the speakers. I no longer hear the speakers, just a panorama of sound laid out in front of me - stunning.... 8) ;D

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Electronic Music Flow Chart
« on: September 25, 2014, 11:15:17 AM »
 8) :o 8) :o 8) :o 8) :o 8)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Electronic Music Flow Chart
« on: September 25, 2014, 12:13:50 AM »
blocked at work :(

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: September 24, 2014, 12:30:21 AM »
Also just finished the Dragon Tattoo series recently. The first book was the best in this trio. After that point, there are too many characters, too many nonsense sidelines, and not enough editing.

That is one of the few instances where I think the films (the Scandinavian ones, not the Hollywood crap) were better than the books - Too much detail of industrial espionage and his writing on relationships is just abysmal - why on earth would Lisbeth, given her history with men, fall for a womanising guy like Mikael????

The Hollywood version also takes out all of her complex intelligence, raw anger and steely revenge.....

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 24, 2014, 12:19:05 AM »
Arvo Part - Symphony No 3
YL Male voice choir from Finland
Mozart - The Magic Flute
a String quartet
Joy Division - Closer
Carmel - Live
selection of female singers:
Annie lennox, Gerri Halliwell, Katie Melua, Hayley westernra, Lady Gaga
Analoguekid - Mariana Trench

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: deep dark ambient
« on: September 24, 2014, 12:12:58 AM »
Hey Martyn, I finally got to listen to this yesterday.

I enjoyed it and was wondering if it was a single take track like your previous ones?

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Remasters: To tweak or not to tweak?
« on: September 23, 2014, 12:17:17 AM »
It seems to be the opposite of what music is meant to be.....and the waveforms always look very clipped, which to me would indicate unwanted distortion.

If something is 'quiet in the mix', in the background then it is usually there for a reason.

but it does remind me of a great quote (by Lemmy I think?) 'everything louder than everything else'......

But then I've never had anything mastered so my experience and knowledge is indeed limited.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Chef Thread:
« on: September 22, 2014, 07:58:44 AM »
They look very nice Julio, when can I come???? ;D

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Remasters: To tweak or not to tweak?
« on: September 22, 2014, 05:02:23 AM »
When I want my music that 'loud' I lay in Motorhead bass bins.  :o

When I am at home I want to hear what people are playing..... 8)


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Everything and Nothing / Re: Chef Thread:
« on: September 22, 2014, 12:38:14 AM »
Roasted Rice:

wholegrain rice - ceramic or stainless steeel pan - wooden stirring spoon  - water......

place the wholegrain rice in a completely dry pan and put the heat on full.

As the rice heats up it will slightly pop and turn brown - keep stirring to ensure even browning.

Keep stirring till the rice until it is as raosted as you prefer.

Take the pan and a kettle of boiling water OUTSIDE and place the pan on the floor - concrete or stone - nothing that will melt or burn.......

Pour in about the same amount of water as there is rice, possibly a little more.

STAND BACK

When everything has calmed down return the pan to the hob, add more water if needed and complete the cooking as usual till the rice is as soft or 'al dente' as you prefer.

Drain the water and serve.

...the STAND BACK part can used as entertainement if guests are there....

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Everything and Nothing / Chef Thread:
« on: September 22, 2014, 12:32:53 AM »
Baked Trout:

Tin Foil with a little olive oil on to stop the fish sticking.

Fish should be fully deheaded and de-finned

Place fish on the foil and add a little butter on top, black pepper to taste.

Place a number of baby plum tomatoes and 'half moon' slices of orange and yellow peppers tightly around the fish, drizzle soya sauce over this and then finely cut coriander leaf dropped over the fish in the centre.

Fold over the foil to enclose - preferably not touching the food on the top.

Place in preheated oven gas mark 9 for 20 mins.

The foil should hold in all the juices/fuids making this a moist meal.

Once cooked slide the whole lot onto a plate - If cooked to the right moment the top side of fish should peel off the bones easily, then the bones should peel off the bottom side in one complete piece.

I occasionally cook rice as well, but numerous people have found this in itself enough for a main course.

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Well I am still having great fun listening to my music collectionthrough this DAC - I've been enjoying the sound so much I've hardly used my headphones......
Recent listens include - Steve Roach - the Dreamer Descends, Tuu - The Frozen lands, Ron Boots - of urban jungles and desoltate places, Lustmord - Zoetrope, Motorhead, Pink Fairies, Micheal Moorcock and the Deep Fix, Nik Turner's Sphynx, Lady Gaga, Duffy, Klaus Weise......

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: KVR Developer Challenge 2014 Entries
« on: September 19, 2014, 12:11:38 AM »
Downloaded a few for looking at - anyone tried 'blewm' yet? was wondering what it might be given they are not giving out any details.....

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Eventide UltraReverb
« on: September 19, 2014, 12:08:54 AM »
I don't have an ilok - answer from eventide:

Yes, it could cause problems, but you can do it. If you have an iLok you can download the license onto your iLok from another machine and use the iLok to move the license from one machine to the other. Note that if you do this, you'll still have to install iLok License Manager on the second machine. Alternatively, if you connect to the internet temporarily you can authorize the license, then turn networking back off.

There is a part of me that is resistant to ilok - which might just be my techophobe and luddite tendencies.

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Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Ambient on youtube
« on: September 18, 2014, 07:12:30 AM »
Visuals vs non visuals - interesting question.

I can see how both have their pros and cons - in one of my imaginations i thought of doing a live gig where everyone gets a blindfold - so no visuals whatsoever.

However as a child of the fractal generation I find such infinite images as mind opening as the music.....

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Eventide UltraReverb
« on: September 18, 2014, 04:52:27 AM »
 >:( b****r  >:(

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Eventide UltraReverb
« on: September 18, 2014, 03:17:40 AM »
It does look good, and I assume sound good too - never had to consider an ilok - what are the problems?

The computer I will be using it on (if i buy it) will not be 'online' itself - could that be an issue?

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: On Inspiration - Chuck Close quote
« on: September 15, 2014, 02:16:42 PM »
Due to circumstances I’ve not had time to really catch up on all the posts in this thread till tonight.

I’m not sure, but if it is possible that my initial contribution, with it’s reflections on the ways in which changing technology affects creativity prompted the upset of later posts – then please forgive an old man in his reminiscences…..I was not focussing on the technology, but the creativity involved….I was not commenting on whether old or new technology is better, just how the creativity was affected. I have a new digital camera which is able to autofocus so I can snap away until I have a composition I like – whereas in the past I would have to create the composition to take the picture…

I was contemplating the original quote and seeing what thoughts about the creative process it raised for me – such as the importance of fun…..and trying to engage in discussion amongst peers…

Cosmic fabric – you mention Steve Roach, Robert Rich, Jean-Michel Jarre, Oophoi, Vangelis, Tangerine Dream as your gear inspiration – but I assume these artists all started with a single synth and a reel to reel.

Oophoi did enjoy gear but a direct personal quote was that his ‘dream’ effects chain was a roland VP9000, TCm3000 and sony minidisc 730 – none of which are particularly high end gear. I also find inspirational how he also valued and supported creativity in others. I can’t speak about the others on your list.

I bought some new CDs today – turned out they are mono and recorded between 1946 and 1958 on old analogue equipment – it takes a bit of getting used to, but the skill in the playing is obvious.


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