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Everything and Nothing / Re: Dreams
« on: February 18, 2009, 05:58:53 AM »
my most terrifying recurring dream had to do with school (luckily it stopped when I left school)...

I'd 'wake up' and realise I was late for school and be in a rush to get there. The route included a fenced path between 2 halves of a rundown cemetary (which actually existed on the wlking route to school and was very rundown - very hammer horror). Because I was late I would take a known short cut and slip through a gap in the fence and into the cemetary. It was always a sunny day, the birds would be singing and I'd be nervous but feeling ok as I'd get to school on time. I come to a fork in the path and after a moments hesitation set off down one of them. After a short time I'd be thinking it did not look familiar and realise the birds had stopped singing. I would stop and turn round to discover that the brambles had 'grown' across the path from a few feet behind me and i could not go back. The brambles then moved while I watched and covered over the path towards me and then forced me to go further along the path. I would try to fight but it was no good and I was soon forced to a small clearing in which was an open grave. I would stare at it in horror as it always had my name and THAT days date on it. A mist would start rising up out of the grave, at which point i always managed to physically wake myself up with a huge start, covered in sweat and heart hammering........

I once had a dream where the alarm went off and I reached out to turn it off. I got up and went to the kitchen and started making breakfast for myself only to have my father come down and irritably ask why I was cooking at 4am....I'd actually woken up after dreaming the alarm had gone off and started my day a little earlier than usual.

I think I mentioned in another thread that many years ago I did an evening class in herbal medicine and experimented with some obscure substances. The effect was that my dreams were almost complete replications of tha day that had just been with one or two very minor changes - which after a few days built up to a complete sense of bewilderment about what was and was not real.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Simple hardware studio
« on: February 18, 2009, 05:27:57 AM »
I think the DP 02 has some effects on board but would second the suggestion for outboard effects - their will be more range, variety and tweakability than in the onboard ones.

What will you use the tape recorders for? - cassette or reel to reel.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: February 18, 2009, 05:07:41 AM »
In between listening to music whilst relaxing in the sun I read Bill Bryson's, 'notes from a small Island' - which was not as funny as i remembered from reading it years ago, but got a few laughs none the less.

I also read Timothy Ferris's 'The Whole Shebang' yet again and the latest edition of Sound on Sound.

And 'The Bourne Identity' by Robert Ludlum. Fascinating read to compare to the films....many similarities and some interesting differences. In the book he has amnesia but was an undercover agent for a very specific purpose rather than just killing people when told to by treadstone....There are four books in the series and I am tempted to get the others to see how the story develops. Got this copy for 99p in a charity shop.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 18, 2009, 04:43:37 AM »
Just back from 2 weeks in Egypt - listened to Oophoi, Tau Ceti, Alio Die, Vidna Obmana, Steve Roach, Gliese 615, Lustmord, Matthias Grassow, Tim Blake (and my own stuff)amongst others while laying in the sun or shade dependent on how hot it was........

it was hard work, but someone had to do it ;D

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Jorge Reyes (R.I.P.)
« on: February 17, 2009, 03:51:13 PM »
Just seen this sad news....I've had some of Jorge's music and it was a bit of a shock to hear he had passed on.

Best of journies into the spirit world Jorge.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 01, 2009, 02:54:00 AM »
a bit of a gear change while shaving and bathing - Budgie, Rainbow and Van Halen... :o

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Does any one here perform ambient music?
« on: February 01, 2009, 02:27:53 AM »
I have not played live yet with my ambient music - but am slowly setting up to do so. Only problem is trying to work out if I can do the level of sound twisting I use in the recorded sound in a live situation.

Which raises the issue of using CD/Minidisc/MP3 as part of the performance....

and how important are the visual aspect of playing live?


The only thing you need is a laptop with the music, and maybe a mixerboard that is not plugged in :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWB5gM9uwi8

I guess he is checking is email or something he look busy :)


No computers in my set up, so looking at how to arrange everything. I think using some prerecorded background is no different to preprogrammed sequencers etc, but am working out how to play over it. Currently have a 16 track mixer to put eveyrhting into.

"Andy, if you want to do a live performance based on pre-recorded stuff you should check out the Roland SP-404, it's great for that sort of thing. For live sound mangling the Electrix Repeater is great, but not easy to come by."
Hi Jez, I've been aware of the repeaters but no cash at present - will be using a variety of sources - hence the mixer to play with levels etc - as well as mics, synth, Roland VP9000 and other keyboard.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Does any one here perform ambient music?
« on: January 31, 2009, 04:22:25 PM »
I have not played live yet with my ambient music - but am slowly setting up to do so. Only problem is trying to work out if I can do the level of sound twisting I use in the recorded sound in a live situation.

Which raises the issue of using CD/Minidisc/MP3 as part of the performance....

and how important are the visual aspect of playing live?

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Childless couples
« on: January 31, 2009, 11:44:15 AM »
Never wanted children so had a vasectomy at 23. At 47 I have no regrets.

have 4 children and grandchildren by 2 marriages. those from first marriage are now more distant in time and emotionally, but have been very much loved by both extended families.

95% of children I worked with in residential care projected their father onto me so I well worked that one through.... :o

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambient music and Mastering
« on: January 29, 2009, 10:04:11 AM »
I must admit I don't use compression anywhere.

Reverb on the other hand, that I can put in just about anywhere - carefully of course and for specific effect rather than overall wash.

Working on a piece now where I use the reverb directly on 100% mix and just throw in the odd burst of sound from the recorded track to get sounds that are different yet connected to the original recording.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: R.I.P. - Klaus Wiese
« on: January 27, 2009, 03:33:44 PM »
Very sad news indeed.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Now Watching
« on: January 19, 2009, 11:55:12 AM »
Finished Sin City, not a pleasant film, but filmed in a very interesting way

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Now Watching
« on: January 16, 2009, 03:42:41 PM »
Sin City

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach Starting Point ?
« on: January 15, 2009, 05:14:02 AM »
As would The Magificent Void - deep and spacey. If you like more rhythm then my favourites are Light Fantastic and On This Planet.

The Immersions are good, but also consider Darkest Before Dawn and Early Man....

.........or just buy the lot.........

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Everything and Nothing / Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
« on: January 14, 2009, 11:59:39 AM »
I'm Andy, 47 years of age, and record as Seren Ffordd.

I'm married (second marriage) to Glenys. I've no children (having had a vasectomy at 21) but inherited 4 children and 4 grandchildren via both marriages.

I've always liked sound more than music - used to drive my dad nuts making wierd noises before i even discovered elctronic music via Hawkwind, and felt instantly at home. At school I always wanted to do film special effects or be a stuntman as a career, but careers advisor was as useful as a chocolate teapot....

Loved very early Klaus schulze, Tangerine Dream etc. Sequences can be fun, but i could not listen to them a lot. Got into more noisy bands such as Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire and Z'ev when he was throwing the metal around.

was in a band at the time, had a portastudio and Roland 100 synth (now whish I'd kept it...)and released stuff via the cassette scene of the late 70's. Nearly released a record on the Flux of Pink Indian label, but the thought of going into a recording studio to recreate our version of chaos did not appeal...

Spent 17 years not listening to or making music other than drumming (tapping is something else I've done since a nipper) in a south american folk band for two years and drumming for 'ceremonies'/workshops.....

In those 17 years i did a variety of jobs and widened my experience of life a bit.

Currently a social worker in hospital, attempting to get people back home with support or into a home if their level of need make that necessary. Stressful like all social work jobs, but not as scary as child protection which i've also done.

After the end of my first marriage I found my fingers itching to make music and four years ago saw a second hand digital portastudio in a shop and have gone from there.

I love twisting sounds, pulling them apart, turning them inside out etc. 2008 was a quiet year in the sense of album releases (ie none), mainly due to work pressures, but did have a number of tracks appear on compilations. Currently working on a couple of collaberations, another album for possible secret sounds release and another track for a compilation......

hoping to pull 2009 into a more musically constructive year altogether - even thinking of playing 'live' and getting equipment to do so............

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Organizing large music collections.
« on: January 14, 2009, 11:39:25 AM »
I do not have a huge collection of music, maybe 500 Cds. If I'd stayed buying music since I was a lad it would be a lot lot lot bigger....

I arrange mine as ambient first, in order of my favourite artists and each artists releases in chronological order (including any non ambient releases by that artist ie light fantastic by steve roach). Next is non ambient electronic, then there is a small section of non electronic music that has ambient presentations such as Tavener and david darling, then rock, then downstairs due to lack of space in cabinets upstairs is another small collection of rock and music with vocals, such as kate bush, laura veirs, nick drake and chris isaaks.....


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Everything and Nothing / Re: Are you Synaesthetic? (test here)
« on: January 12, 2009, 05:40:38 AM »
I came out as 'no' on the first set of questions too.

I do go into a 'trance' when listening to music and have had out of body experiences when listening but i don't think that counts as synaesthesisa. My wife tells me I go off planet when making music too, taking a couple of hours to land when finished. Once got so deep into some drumming that I did not recognise her when she walked past me....

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: January 12, 2009, 05:34:06 AM »
I got a copy of 'The Bourne Identity' in a charity shop, thought I'd read it on holiday to see how it compares to the film.

Going to Egypt in 3 weeks for a fortnight

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: AtmoWorks Compilation(s)
« on: January 07, 2009, 10:12:25 AM »
I'm already hooked in and looking forward to it.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Now Watching
« on: January 04, 2009, 07:37:30 AM »
having been off work with flu for four weeks I've watched a lot of TV and DVDs - can't remember what in the first couple of weeks but has included Matrix trilogy, House series 4, Babylon 5 series 1, the Dark Knight, Hellboy 2, The science of sleep, the colour of Magic, X-Files new film, Narnia - Prince Caspianplus lots of crap on TV....

The X-Files film I think they could have done as an episode and it would have been fine - but not a film, too long and not complicated enough....I thought the Darh Knight was great, it went into the story and values quite deeply. Prince Caspian film had no character development at all.


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