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I love the 'Echoes of Polyhymnia' Cover.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: January 29, 2008, 11:48:12 AM »
Probably why not too many people are jumping at these 5 hour Oenyaw discs, huh?!?! :D

I think really long releases also have their role - such as the Somnium DVD......7 hours is great too.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: January 28, 2008, 11:25:24 AM »
Vidna, the 8 lp set sounds a beautiful collectors item. I just don't have a turntable to put it on which is a pity....

I have always thought the artwork for CD's is compromised by the jewel box in many ways (thought the addition of leaves in a clear back is nice) which is why I loved the Amplexus series and other attempts to get beyond the 12cm x 12cm limits. Some of the Hawkwind digipaks have really tried to recreate the open up sleeves of the early 70's. The Umbra label covers are also an attempt to explore that same artistic direction.

I will always remember when I first bought 'Irrlicht' and there was more than 20 minutes a side of music, I thought that was great and felt many artists (possible quality arguments not being ignored here) were not putting onto the records as much music as they might  for fnancial or lack of music reasons- I know the 74 minutes CD length proved a great resource for musicians (myself included), but like anything, just because it is there it does not have to be used and some of the Amplexus and Penumbra releases are examples of this too. I have a sense from some places that getting a CD with only 20 -25 minutes can leave people's expectations feeling shortchanged, an expectation that perhaps the 20 minute a side vinyl can avoid.

when buying my CD player 11 years ago I deliberately chose a single disc machine so that I had to pay attention to the music and keep an active interaction by choosing each disc in turn, rather than put on five 74 minute discs and use the music as wallpaper.

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: Seren Ffordd - Veils, Shadows
« on: January 21, 2008, 01:07:47 PM »
Thanks for the thumbs up guys ;D

glad you are enjoying the music and trying to work out what is what in the sound mix. Veils, Shadows was not intended to be non synth based when I started it, but once it got going I just loved exploring the other sound sources, seeing how much I could shift and twist it towards the final result without it becoming abrasive or washed out....

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: January 21, 2008, 01:02:56 PM »
New release on Umbra: The Quiet Labyrinth

Front cover.

Back cover.

Avaiable from

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: January 21, 2008, 12:58:15 PM »
Getting Veils, Shadows released on the HSS imprint was a high point for me in 2007. It took a little while to get it together and Mike and Lena were very supportive all the way along. There was a flurry of activity in 2007 with 'Sounds of a Universe', 'Vapours and Magnetism', as well as a couple of tracks submitted for other compilations in other places. There has been some other music created that might see the light of day some time when I get a website sorted - and another full length release on Oophoi's Umbra label.

So all is quiet at the moment, new equipment to get into and explore and a couple of projects bubbling away under the surface waiting for the time to ripen and appear.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Alio Die
« on: January 21, 2008, 05:45:55 AM »
Have to add my thumbs up for Suspended Feathers and Fissures.

Also love Echo Passage and Descendre Cinq Lacs Au Travers D'Une Voilé.

As 9dragons says - Having a nice pair of headphones seems to make all the music as if heard for the first time - good headphones are essential, allowing the difference between listening with speakers for the overall 'air' of a piece and the ability to get right into the subtlties of every sound. And it is worth spending extra to get good ones

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: January 18, 2008, 09:53:30 AM »
When I was into Vinyl, it was the bootlegs that I spent most money on - Paid £35 for a Throbbing Gristle bootleg in 1978(I think)....great quality and sound and very few made. Somehow even bootlegs were as difficult to make as fully pressed discs - so the rarity value was a real value, whereas with CDR anything can be made available very easily.....not sure if there is a point here, just reminiscing.....

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: January 17, 2008, 03:55:19 PM »
I didn't see that one, just the folded covers for ones like Roach's 'the dreamer descends' and Tuu's 'frozen lands'.

I got all of the series except the first two by Robert Rich and Vidna Obmana - sold out by the time I discovered the series.

The covers are simply stunning and a work of art in themselves.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: January 17, 2008, 03:34:46 PM »
I grew up with only vinyl and I too miss the covers.

Still unconvinced about the quality issue either way - I found listening to both sides of Vinyl Irrlicht easier then the digital versions - but I also hated, Hated, the pops, cracks and scratches.

But surely it's possible to release a CD with a vinyl size cover? something beyond the jewel case and digipak size, but even bigger than the amplexus 3" CD covers

As for releases - that would actually manifest one of my youthful dreams when I first got involved in recording, so for that I would see it as a sort of novelty with knobs on - but unable to play it as I have had no turntable since 1982....

Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: January 17, 2008, 12:34:51 PM »
Firefly!   Highly recommended -it's a shame that got dropped before it had a chance to really come into it's own.  Very rich universe they built very quickly - great characters.   

Seems fox did not know how to pitch it, no fixed point in the schedule, putting sporst on instead and only showed 11 of 14 episodes. I thought there was some really clever and engaging character writing. 8)

  It's a bit like a jigsaw puzzle with only ten pieces but vague shapes, and fuzzy edges! It should be solved soon, though.

Sounds like a quantum puzzle Mike, fits the title nicely ;D

Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: January 14, 2008, 12:00:19 PM »
Just finished watching the Firefly series on DVD.

Hey, we really enjoyed it. I can see why people were dissapointed it was cancelled :'(

I've seen the film, but will have to get it on DVD to complete the set.

Nearly bought Farscape the complete series one - but missed it in the local second hand shop.

Am considering when to start watching all nine series of the X-files again...

Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: January 10, 2008, 03:14:59 PM »
this board has a different karma system to mine, on mine you have total that goes up or down as you are given positive/negative karma respectively, and as admin I can see who has done so.

I would let it run for a while and see how it goes, as it will probably take time to bed in

I hope Jez does not mind me commenting but it does seem to work well on the Modulator forum, which has public and private areas. It is quite a close knit community which results in members gigging together like at the Hampshire jam Jam in October.

Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: January 10, 2008, 05:23:35 AM »
I have no problem with the karma feature, even though it seems that only the administrator/moderators receive the karma votes (hmmm...).

I only used the karma feature once -Jim, and everyone else who posted on the "my best freind" thread received a + karma.

I don't use it much, on anothe rforum i do like giving karma when pleased about something - but it's hard to avoid counting your own and wondering.....

Got mine last week and it has been a pleasure to listen to ever track. It is a great job Mike - looking forward to 'message from a subatomic world'

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: January 04, 2008, 04:09:25 PM »
I've noticed a lot of people in this thread (and in past "gear shot" type threads) - not everyone, but many people have a tendency towards indian, native american, aboriginal, african, etc... types of decorations - whether it's rugs, blankets, wall hangings or artwork, masks, etc...   Of course, quite a few drums tossed in as well which are both functional and ornamental... :)

Posting from Europe here.

Had my drum for a few years - made in South America. The faces on the wall were made by a friend of mine - the smaller one is Blodeuwydd, one of the celtic beings from the ancient myths who was made of flowers. The larger face is a representaion of Grandmother Earth, and she always looks like she is just about to open her eyes.

The other circular artistic objects I created myself and are based around the tree of life in celtic myth and my wonder at the Stars. The smallest one has a celtic knot at the bottom with a wild boar roaming under the oak trees.

I've always been interested in both ancient and other cultures, both for their spiritual beliefs (which like any others can be both positive and negative) and other ways of understanding the worlds around us (such as Irish moneylenders able to retrieve the debts in the borrowers and their own next lives, and some native American ceremonies not just held to affect,say, the buffalo hunt about to happen, but also the celebratory dance still affecting the outcome of the hunt after it finished)

Not into the new age argument - other than concern that western attitudes of dabbling and believing we can cherry pick parts of belief systems can lead people into dangerous areas.........

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: January 04, 2008, 03:58:16 PM »

Second is current studio, though it has been relocated to a smaller room as we moved to a smaller house in a smaller street after taking this photo.

Ok, so what is the silver box on top of your rack? It looks like a TC Electronics box but I can't figure it out. Also, what make are your speakers?

That looks like a TC M3000 to me.

Yep - TC M3000 - got it at the end of their sale on the box - half price ;D  ;D ;D well actually after the sale ended but the rep agreed to honour the original discount, lucky me as I had not got the money together before it ended.

The speakers are the JMLab Cobalt 816 - technically part of my hi-fi set up but in our previous move their was no where to put them in the living room due to window or radiator placement so they migrated to the studio along with the Technics gear under the table as main amplification source.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Hypnos Forum move
« on: January 04, 2008, 03:51:30 PM »
Here and with avatar too (though I accidently typed in 'avatart' - perhaps I should get a new picture to fit!!).

Mike, will we be able to choose from more skins, I liked the dark one on the earlier version, forget it's name?

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: January 03, 2008, 11:34:40 AM »
two shots of studio gear.

First is what I started with in Dec 2005. Korg D16 was second hand and Keyboard borrowed from work.
Early stuff on Umbra and Penumbra recorded on this extensive set up.

Second is current studio, though it has been relocated to a smaller room as we moved to a smaller house in a smaller street after taking this photo. Veils, Shadows recorded on this set up.

addition at Christmas was this:-

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