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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Would you pay $1,000 for a CD?
« on: February 08, 2016, 03:25:25 AM »
I would have to consider what else comes with it or what else it can do for me :o

I don't have equipment like yours either, so may be oversimplifying things.....

If the problem only occurs in the computer I would look at adjusting the overall output level from the previous effect in the chain to keep the peaks down in the computer - you should still have the sound you want, just quieter.....once recorded you can always play the music at a louder volume to get the long tails you want.

Get the sound you want then play with levels from the computer backwards - or look at the input level the computer is set at - my DAW has input volume controls which I use a lot to balance out things and minimise peak distortions.

Do you have the equipment to play your set up through a Hi-fi and not use the computer? If it sounds good there you know it is the computer set up.....

Sometimes I have to do 2 recordings, one for the lower dynamic level and another for the higher - though this does limit the freedom for playing and takes a bit of planning.

Have you thought of recording with just the reverb (if first in the chain) then passing the recording through the delays - you might get more control seperating out the processes.

Like everything, there are limitations to what you can add to what without causing problems.

sorry - correction - I think Drift is on the Dreaming... Now, Then album.

Hovering is on Pure Flow......

As well as the well known albums and pieces Steve has a number of little hidden gems, not generally so well known.
Sitting at work at present so unable to list ones I like but will dig the info out when at home.
(aha - one is 'Hovering' on, then....)

I also like Tuu - The Frozen Lands. Perhaps not as layered, but very spacey and atmospheric.

I have not been getting everything Steve does for a number of years - would I be right in thinking that the deep space sound of 'The Magnificent Void' is less prominent in his releses?

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: January 29, 2016, 01:41:12 AM »
I've not long finished the 'Mistborn' trilogy by Brandon Anderson.

Based in a fantasy world that may or may not have been earth at some point in the past - but very different now.

I found books 1 and 2 very well written, there were a lot of twists and turns in the whole series, most of which had clues laid out, almost hidden in plain sight. After a few of them I found myself trying to work it all out and still not getting them.....

Book 3 was still well written and full of the twists, but trying to pull so many threads together was always going to be a difficult job to do.

anyone else read them?

I try to like anything I like - if that makes sense.

not sure if there is anything I could list that would surprise people....everyone's taste seems pretty wide...

One of my favourite tracks ever is Chris Isaaks Wicked Game....

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 26, 2016, 03:09:51 PM »
mmm, aqua....mmm, epsilon.....mmmm nniiccee 8) 8)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Sensitivity about Surgery
« on: January 26, 2016, 03:06:24 PM »
Surgery can be very scary, even when it is chosen rather than from ill health.

I suspect she was scared and just contacted people she felt close enough to ask for emotional / spiritual support.

In these sort of situations you can simply think about or pray for someone's highest good - it takes out needing to know what for (if they are embarrassed) or trying to pray for specific outcomes....

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: January 06, 2016, 03:52:15 PM »

Hi everyone,

Fractured II - 7 Broken Mirrors is now out on bandcamp, finally completing the trilogy.

- pay what you want release that also includes all the original artwork for the intended but never materialised 3 disc limited edition.

The blurb:
Fractured II – 7 Broken Mirrors
Originally intended as the second part of the Fractured Trilogy, 7 broken Mirrors is a reworking of the first album into a long form piece.
It takes ‘Fractured’ and turns it in on itself.
The intention had been to create a Fractured limited edition 3 disc album with specific artwork for both the cover and cards detailing the thoughts behind each track. Similarly there had been a thought to create a number of versions of Fractured with all the same sounds, but mixed up in different places on the album, so listeners would be hearing different things to each other....
But it was some time trying to find a home for the first album (until Dennis at Databloem kindly picked up the release) and in the wait, life moved on and the momentum was unfortunately lost.
7 Broken Mirrors is offered as a free release with all the original artwork included.
If you do decide to have a go at printing it all off – I’d like to see any photos of it -

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 29, 2015, 12:35:37 PM »
Motorhead - Motorhead

"Anyone know why producers are ruining recorded music?"

Because, unfortunately, it sells.....

perhaps a better question - Anyone know why people want to buy ruined recorded music?

Steve has worked in a particular way for a very long time, underpoinning all the music he creates.

Whatever we individually think about the metaphysics/spirituality/mumbo-jumbo, it is clearly important to him and he is not shy / ashamed of being open and honest about it.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Best DAW for Ambient Music 2015
« on: November 17, 2015, 01:59:35 AM »
Best of luck with getting the studio up and running, let us know what you get up to.

Unfortunately I don't use computer based recording (other than for effects or overall tweaking on an ancient version of Sonar) as my main recording process so can't give you any advise at all.

Independent Music Reviews / Re: My review of "Sector Four" CDr by Phobos
« on: November 03, 2015, 01:42:56 AM »
Very nice review 8)


Excellent news 8) ;D

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: November 01, 2015, 07:45:40 AM »

New release.
Fractured out now on Databloem ( and Seren Ffordd Bandcamp page (

The first act of any musician is to break the silence.
Rending the quiet by pouring sound into the waiting space, as savagely as a lightning strike or as gently as an unfolding rose.
I was intrigued by this sense of breaking, of the Fracture where the front of the soundwave disturbs the silence, creating the ripples that transform the still surface of a pond, Scattering reflections like a Shattered mirror. This album came out of a wish to hear sound Split and Torn.
What would a sound sound like if the frequencies were Peeled apart like light in a rainbow, if tones or sections come at different times or from different parts of the stereo image? What would they sound like if their edges were Blurred, Curdled, Sliced - Merging into and out of each other?
The ideas, music, titles and art all grew from this seed. This Breaking of the silence emerged together, not as a whole - but as the infinite flashes of light reflecting off spinning shards of glass.
‘Fractured’, is a journey into Splitting, Melting and Tearing. Many of the sounds are unrecognisable. Some appear more than once, but Slivered, Hacked, Severed into different shapes and tones.
A few are heard as they occurred, a contrast to the Broken edges around them.
One track includes a severe recycling of a previously released piece of music – the only other non acoustic sound is heard at the end of the album.
The music is at times Slow, Complex, Noisy, Harsh – it is in places Beautiful, Dense, Spiky.
Sources include: bird wing, water, tin foil, drum, gongs, cardboard, bells, beads, dice, gourds, voice, glass, bone whistle and flute.
Recorded in the StarWeb studio between 2008 and 2013 with Roland VS2480, Korg D16, Korg MR1, TC M3000, Sony and Tascam minidisc recorders, Sennheiser and AKG microphones, Sonar 5.
Dedicated as ever to my wife, for her patience.
I – Near Silence – 10.00
II – A Heavy Bone – 10.00
III – Broken by the Desert Heat – 10.00
IV – In the Shadow of a Heron’s Wing
V - Under the Stark and Dreaming Tress – 10.00
VI - Nothing is not No Thing – 10.00
Fractured was originally finished in 2012 and it has been a long journey to its release. Many Thanks to Dennis at Databloem for releasing the music on his label.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Field recordings Blog
« on: October 27, 2015, 12:16:57 PM »
I've recently acquired a Sony PCM-M10 Recorder, which is a better unit than the Zoom H2.n I was using previously, in lots of ways. I hope to get some better recordings done with it.

Having been out and about recording recently has made me realise how difficult it is to get 'clean recordings' - devoid of traffic noise, aircraft noise, people noise etc. I wouldn't fancy being a sound-recordist full-time ! Maybe I need to go to the more remote places / the wilds.

hmmm, yes, nice looking piece of kit.

I find the better the equipment is, the more of the other noise seems to come in - very hard to find a 'clear' place

.....I've a set of AKG mics I can't use at home as they pick up the traffic really well, even through closed double glazing....

best of luck with the recording.

Great review. I miss him too.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 12, 2015, 06:43:55 AM »
I have a couple of his more tribal albums, still very good - mixing in ambient sounds as well as the drums etc.

I would highly recommend True North with Mathias Grassow - very cold sounding.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 12, 2015, 12:32:48 AM »
Roach and Obmana - Live Archive

Steve Roach - Life Sequence

Yamato - in concert DVD

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