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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: February 25, 2010, 01:30:12 PM »
Review of Stellar Nurseries (and other Hypnos releases on Textura -

Seren Ffordd's Stellar Nurseries, which is actually a reissue of a 2004 release (the first in a planned series of recordings previously issued on Umbra and Penumbra, Italy-based labels managed by Oophoi) he created using a Korg 016 and a Yamaha PSR 262 keyboard. It's an hour-long, single-movement work that the Wales-based Ffordd splits into four figurative sections: “Out of the Void,” “Storm Movement,” “Spiral Dance,” and “Floating, Dreaming.” By way of context, the artist's notes describe huge, drifting clouds of molecular gases that turn star-like, then gradually increase in heat and movement until ignition occurs, after which lighter and heavier elements are pushed and pulled by gravitational forces until planets form. There's a suspended and drifting quality to the material, with cloud-like washes and tones extending for minutes at a time like massive exhalations taking place thousands of kilometres above the earth or perhaps nebulae coming into focus in slow-motion. Shifts in emphasis alternate between the rumbling lower to ascendent higher tones, and wave-like surges in intensity occur too, lending the material an industrial character in the process. An undercurrent of controlled aggression and pressure dominates the first half, until an abrupt termination strips the material down to a sole, organ-like nucleus around which synthetic tones languorously congregate as the sound mass thickens. In contrast to the first, the mood of the second half is lambent, serene, and melancholy, rather requiem-like in spirit as if in mourning for the death of a star. Ultimately, the programmatic connections between the section titles and the work itself are easily drawn in Ffordd's beautifully sustained meditation.

PS: many of the earlier releases were TDK discs, IMO the worst CDR's ever made, I never use them.  I only use Maxell these days, they've been very reliable overall.

Which is funny becuase TDK cassesttes were always the best and Maxell ones - well you didn't buy them!!

Everything and Nothing / Re: Board Advice
« on: February 25, 2010, 07:23:14 AM »
Some interesting advice is always given, and it should make us think - so I hope to try out mastering at some point to see what the expereince is like and what I can learn from it (as in have someone do it for me).

Another thing - we could send each other music for remixing - that would involve letting other people ffuucckk around with it and having completely new eyes and ears on any project.....

"..halter top or a t-shirt that said "fuck the cops" on it.  It'd be half anarchy, half orgy... "

HeyMike, that sounds like fun  ;D :o ;D

maybe I'm in the wrong job!!

Everything and Nothing / Re: Pressed CDs and independent artists/labels
« on: February 24, 2010, 01:34:24 AM »
quick, gather all that old ticker tape that got thrown over everybody.... ;D

Good Luck Mike,

In the UK public services taking a pounding - councils considering huge levels of job cuts - less services (but as ever more and more people needing them)....

I think I am in a reasonably safe job, but in the last 6 months it has become more and more pressured as we are expected to do more and more in the same amount of time.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Pressed CDs and independent artists/labels
« on: February 22, 2010, 09:41:54 AM »
I'd love to be able to afford to release my music on CD. However 4 years of 2 of us living on one wage following my wife's surgery means that sometimes I'm not sure i can afford to put out even CDR's.... :(

I'm sure that CDR's have added to the general overwhelming tide of releases which has both it's positive and negative consequences.

Personally I enjoy the sense that someone, somewhere is taking the time and effort to sit and print out all the parts of a music release rather than a big corporation churning them out industrially.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Mastering from The Masters?
« on: February 17, 2010, 09:03:31 AM »
Seem like good views (and information) to me Paul.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Mastering from The Masters?
« on: February 17, 2010, 06:15:06 AM »
What really hacks me off is the oft-stated opinion that standards themselves are relative.  I think at worst this exposes lazy thinking, which seems to be a particular hazard of our genre.


It runs both ways. There are rules and standards, there is knowledge/experience and experimentation/passion - and these things can overlap almost completely or be held at arms length.

I never learnt an instrument and I am always in envy of the ability of any musician to use their instrument to weave the listeners (ie my) emotions in well played music - that takes dedication, practice, experience and wisdom.

At the same time, learning those rules can be heavily rut inducing - it all depends on the individuals use of those rules.

If you don't know what the rules are, you can only avoid them. If you know what the rules are you have many more choices of how you can play with or break them.

There are many areas of life where the rules and experience are important - one being the rodeo clowns, they may act like idiots but they are usually the best riders in the arena - they need to be to deal with the dangerous situations that can arise. They know the rules well enough to break and bend them safely as needed.

I'd like to think I can always learn something new, sometimes discovering it myself, but definitely learning from others too.

I drummed for a time in a samba band and learnt a lot that led to an unexpected complementfrom a famous musician - not why I did it (as I still use my drumming for other 'projects' rather than music) but it helped me understand more about my skills.

And unlike John Peel, who was able to stay open minded to all music until he sadly died, I do get into ruts, so feedback from others is essential.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Combs Creek Haller - Singularity
« on: February 09, 2010, 05:29:05 AM »
Congrats Jez, downloading now - but don't you just hate it when reviewers etc just sit on the fence  ;D

I'd love to have the ability not to have the superpowers I already have :o

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now watching...
« on: February 01, 2010, 11:30:50 AM »
Terminator Salvation.....

I suppose it's not bad as an action film, but despite the 'Salvation' angle I think it loses sight of the earleir films.

If Skynet had such control over everything how would north americans obtain enough fuel to fly planes and helicopters?
and given the chance to kill Kyle Rees, they did not..... ???

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now watching...
« on: January 31, 2010, 01:51:01 PM »
Slowly working through Heroes Series 3 (with a cold :()

Computers can be a nightmare.....

I recently bought an E-MU 1212 soundcard - looked great and had the optical S/PDIF ins and outs I wanted.

Installed it and found that one channel was popping, even with nothing plugged in. Contacted tech support and after receiving all sorts of advice including 'check if it is hyperthreading and turn it off', 'change ports and IRQ's' and 'reconfigure background services' the company that sold it to me (who I'd been cc'ing in the emails) told me to send it back to them....I had asked E-MU to tell me how to do these things but Thommann didn't want to wait for the answer (and me possibly srewing up my computer!!).

Ugh...I am glad I found that other thread with the pointer to the drivers (even though updated link still isn't right it got me close enough to find it) as it worked with latest MOTU drivers. So now to figure out a few tweaks on the MOTU and CueMix and I'm good to go (good enough for now but need minor tweaks for external ins, etc...).  I know, I'm no dummy but this one had me stumped. I almost was going to get a TI chipset FW card per what I've read that MOTU works *best* with that chipset on those cards. Then finding that SP2 and SP3 were still somewhat *broke* in XP for the FW drivers....
Best of luck with the replacement. I am not doing any digital ins/outs at this time (nothing to connect to it that I can think of for hardware).


Could not get a replacement in the price range and was a little nervous of trying again, so went for a hard disk camcorder instead ;D

Everything and Nothing / Re: Roger Ebert's best films of the decade
« on: January 28, 2010, 01:25:45 AM »
I liked Children of Men, and even Kill Bill in a way.....

I hated, hated, hated the 'revisioning' of Planet of the Apes......some films suck - this was like a merciless black hole that destroyed all the tension, exploration and observation of human nature that the original managed to create - the comments Taylor makes before going into hibernation are really a lead into the 'twist' of the ending but it was still one of the classic moments of cinematic history.

I liked Clive Owen in Inside Man and enjoyed the film (Shoot em up was more intriguing - I don't usually go for gun fest but will have to watch again at some point)

IMO anyway.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Mystified Thread
« on: January 28, 2010, 01:15:44 AM »
Congratulations on the release 8)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Joke Thread
« on: January 26, 2010, 10:12:08 AM »
A plane load of special forces soldiers crashes in the desert, 10 survive.

They start walking in the direction they hope will get them to other people.

after a day they see a camel drinking at an oasis. Grabbing it they all climb on and it sets off at a really fast pace.

The camel keeps going and going and going.

On the third day it starts to slow down, on the fourth it's head hangs slightly lower and the speed lessens again, on the fifth it's head almost touches the sand, it dribbles and is not much faster than a man walking.

Suddenly it collapses...the soldiers all stand around, looking at it and one says "This camel's f**ked", to which another replies "I'm sorry allright! It was the only way I could hold on!".......

I remember my playing with the family radio gramaphone....mainly things like singles by the Beatles - I'd sing along and pretend to play the guitar....and Danny Kaye soundtrack 'Hans Christian Anderson'....

other odd memories surfacing - the 7" disc 'Roll out the Barrel'........Gene Pitney, '24 hours from Tulsa......

but I always, always used to make wierd noises (much to the annoyance of my father) and stare for ages at the stars....when I heard Hawkwind and then Klaus Schulze etc realised I had at last found home

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