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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Windows 10
« on: April 08, 2016, 11:27:09 AM »
Just did the free upgrade on our general computer - had to work through turning off all the 'connected' the apps running in the background. Made everything much quicker and less cpu intensive

Discovered 10 can play FLAC files as standard.....

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Game of Thrones
« on: April 01, 2016, 07:25:09 AM »
It is very addictive and morbidly fascinating - not a lot of any 'uplifting' themes.

Watched series 5 on Blu-ray in 2 sittings last weekend....

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Modular Musings
« on: April 01, 2016, 07:18:36 AM »
I was out of music for about 17 years and was very surprised on getting back into it as to how little effects had been developed, in comparism to most other areas of music creation.

Not having space or finances to look into the modular realm at present, I'd like to know how much are the widely differing modules truly different and in their core unique and creative?

any thoughts and left field arcs welcome

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Modular Musings
« on: April 01, 2016, 07:12:35 AM »

I have chosen, for now, not to use any quantizer or chord generators...I dont want anything to constrict possibilities within the system and predetermine structures would I feel lead me back to the black and white keyboard and I prefer to use my ear to tune VCO's.  I have nothing against the keyboard I just want to explore other scenarios that have more accidents

This is what led me to explore fractal and algorithmic music in the 90s.  I wanted to rely more on my ears and less on the physical limitations of my fingers to find interesting "seeds" from raw sonic material to develop further into a composition.  There is also a spirit of discovery in this approach (and in yours) that makes it more fun to create music.


I also found changing the keyboard settings so that each key is less than a 'note' apart can drastically alter the sounds produced

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 29, 2016, 12:33:16 AM »
discussion is good, very good.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 28, 2016, 12:36:53 PM »
Steve Roach and Kelly David - The Long Night.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 23, 2016, 01:32:42 AM »

Not listened to this for a while  8)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: March 23, 2016, 01:30:10 AM »
yep - it's a good one 8)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 14, 2016, 01:46:38 AM »
Steve Roach
Future Flows, Etheric Imprints, Immersion Vortex Zone.

I really like Future Flows.

I burn all my downloads to CDr and have to adapt Steve's download artwork for jewel cases (slim line or normal for the double albums) so I have the information - track titles and times - that I like to see when playing a disc....

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 11, 2016, 10:45:26 AM »
I'd not had any music for about 18 year and was given a CD - once I worked out what I was I was looking to see what sort of music was around and came across TMV and On This Planet in a hippy shop - great day that was....

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 11, 2016, 09:38:03 AM »
oho! - you may also like the more deep space music such as 'The Magnificent Void' and should investigate his albums with Vidna Obmana - such as 'well of Souls', 'Cavern of Sirens', 'Live Archive' and 'Ascension of Shadows'

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 11, 2016, 08:04:21 AM »
Steve Roach - Atmospheric Conditions, New Life Dreaming, Body Electric w/Vir Unis FLAC

All great albums of course. Picked up during the Bandcamp sale, pretty much blew my entire music budget for a little while on a lot of Steve Roach albums. Atmospheric Conditions is my favorite of the three. New Life Dreaming is very pretty and I think it fits well as a successor album to Dreamtime Return. Body Electric borders on ambient techno, maybe quite as good as the amazing Blood Machine w/Vir Unis but still great.

Michael Hoenig - Departure from the Northern Wasteland - Google Play Stream

Still getting comfortable with the idea of streaming but it's great for checking out older titles I know nothing about. This is a really good album of sequencer electronics, adding to the "to buy list".

I'm doing the same with the bandcamp offer....
Atmospheric Conditions is great, it is in one of the areas of Steve's work not explored as much in his recent releases - a sort of foggy, cavernous organic ambience.
Body Electric was the album before Blood Machine - which was followed by Core. You may also like Light Fantastic which preceded them all and merges brighter tones of ambience with the developing polyrhythms.
   I find Blood Machine has an amazing capacity to hold both stillness and rush....

Departures is an excellent album from when electronic music was getting going.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 09, 2016, 01:31:50 AM »
Steve Roach - World's Edge and Dreamtime Return CDs

Not much to say here I guess. When I first heard Dreamtime several years ago I didn't like it at all. My opinion has totally changed at this point. Of these two I prefer World's Edge, mainly because it's darker and mixes in some of the deep space ambient with the "tribal" stuff.

I love To The Threshold of Silence......

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 08, 2016, 11:40:06 AM »
It was as ambient but brighter tones and atmospheres

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 08, 2016, 01:37:20 AM »
As Lonely As Dave Bowman: monolith

This was a free download from Projekt awhile ago, only just got around to listening to it. Very sparse in places, the long track is heavy on the drone. Pretty good but not blown away.

You may want to check out the first disc - Pod. I much prefer that to Monolith.

welcome Remco - hopefully you enjoy the specific form of madness that is the Hypnos forum... 8)

I like Sphere, Space, Eclipse, Dissolution.
Dissolution is very dense, needs a good sound system to pull out the details.
With Amir Baghiri - True North is excellent.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: March 01, 2016, 01:45:59 AM »
Dark side of the Moog - 1-4.
Joy Division - Closer remastered.
Hawkwind - Quark Strangeness Charm
Hawkwind - Hall of the Mountain Grill
Ozric Tentacles - Technicians of the Sacred
Gong - You
Elle King - Love Stuff
Steve Roach - a number of the digital offers recently - inc Sigh of Ages, Arc of passion.
Michael Stearns - Planetary Unfolding

Everything and Nothing / Re: New Cars and CD Players
« on: February 28, 2016, 09:49:54 AM »
mono wax cylinders - plus a person to carry the red flag to keep the speed to a walking pace....

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 23, 2016, 02:52:03 PM »
I should play the Long Night again....
Steve Roach - On This Planet (this, along with The Magnificent Void, was my first electronic album purchased after many years of not listening to music - just by chance seen in a hippy shop....

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