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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: August 22, 2014, 12:03:42 AM »

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: USB albums
« on: August 20, 2014, 02:26:51 AM »
that looks very nice.

Hey, good luck with the tour Jez.

I don't know if there is a link - it was on BBC radio 4 and called 'learning to listen' - I only caught the programme halfway through.

They were using diary writings to explore the changes in listening styles following the invention of the loudspeaker - though I think they interpreted the change to more casual listening as progress....

I too use headphones for everything (my studio is not the shape or size to use my speakers properly)...

There was a radio programme recently that explored the shift in radio listening from headphones to speakers, describing how people stepped away from purposeful, intense and personal listening to shared experience and doing other things such as eating - making the music a secondary element of the experience.

People even danced to it which they could not with the headsets.....

Back to subject - it can be hard to get things right, but I use the approach that I make it as good as I can on my headphones, then accept that it will generally sound different on every other sound source.

I use Grado SR 325's to record and mix, then Beyerdynamic DT931's to see how it might sound on hi-fi's, then on smaller sennheiser headphones for more general sound.....

This is one of those discussions that is hard to comment in, each time I write something I scrap it before posting.

Thanks to Paul for all your positive and reconciliatory posts. Also to Pete supporting the other aspects of music

Steve Roach has been around a long time and created a wide range of music. Some of it I love, some I just don't get. After first getting into his music when I bought everything I could, I now go through phases and am more thoughtful about what I buy and when. It is the same with all the bands/artists/musicians I listen to.

The Fever Dreams series is one I don't get and despite being a drummer who would definitely come under 'Tribal' his more tribal type music since 'The Serpents Lair' also does nothing for me.

But it would never occur to me to say he was wrong in his choice of direction, after all it is his choice, his music, not mine. It would be like saying Rothko uses the wrong colours, Andy Warhol should not have painted a different soup can or Constable should have left the cart out of the picture.....

The distinctions between opinion, experience, wisdom, naivity, preference and fact can all be a little hard to keep hold of (or even find). Einstein ripped through established 'fact', but still got things wrong.

If I don't like parts of an artists repetoire I have choices - accept I don't get it and don't listen or listen and see if I can find the music.

Or given current technical facilities on computers I could eq it and burn a CD I enjoy.

I did have the chance some years back to review albums for a magazine. But after realising that if I don't like an album it is likely to be due to my personal preference or personal ignorance I chose not to comment unless I had something positrive to say. Advertising my own ignorance is not a pleasant sight and I definitely felt better promoting those I did enjoy - already too much unhappiness in the worlld.

However, to contradict myself, as a drummer, who is naive, but had some amazing feedback - I acknowledge I am more able to be judgemental about drummers than electronic musicians - so I suppose I have a personal preference about where I am judgemental and where I am compassionate.......

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: August 16, 2014, 10:12:26 AM »
That sounds an interesting read right enough.

I have recently bought 3 books ; The Picts A History, Before Scotland, Archaeology and Early History of Angus. Currently researching this era of the start of civilisation  ;) Loads of ancient Pictish stones, forts etc round about my area.

Have some musical ideas kicking about on this theme also if I ever get my finger out and get back into recording again.

Looking forward to hearing your new release.

You might enjoy listening to 'Lament of a Forgotten God' on my bandcamp page too - I think there are images of the cover somewhere back in this thread...
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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: August 16, 2014, 05:37:09 AM »
I'd been to the fort on a number of times previously so the fort itself was not the inspiration -but I was looking for a particular quality of light for the artwork (before I started messing with it).

You may find 'The Keys to Avalon' a very interesting book if you are interested in that aspect of history and getting a more accurate picture of what did and did not happen.....if you read it Id be interested in your thoughts....

Can we get a little love for my favorite, "Early Man"?

And I've spent much time with Dream Circle on endless loop...

need to spin that again....

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: August 14, 2014, 07:32:36 AM »
Thanks Martyn, it took a little work in photoshop to get it like that.

The photo was a sunrise from the base of an iron age fort in south wales - Llancayo.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: August 14, 2014, 06:54:52 AM »
New release coming out on relaxed Machinery:

Will be available as a download from Bandcamp.

Shards is the 3rd album in the Fractured trilogy.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Any Genesis fans?
« on: August 12, 2014, 07:57:10 AM »
funnily enough Genesis never grabbed, despite Peter Gabriel's creativity.

Now the Pentatuech of Cosmology - great album and great art....

Id also recommend 'On This Planet' and 'Light Fantastic'

I agree with sam.

I shudder when I hear people talk about 'consuming' music, when younger people play music on devices that sound absolutely crap, when even sales are more important than the music itself.

He listens to music the way I do so long may he run his label the way he does.

Hi S1gns, welcome 8)

I only recently got into Steve's music thanks to the 30 years Structures From Silence release, so there is much to still discover.

I am listening to The Magnificent Void which is on spotify , deep dark and magnificent !!

Unfortunately Mystic Chords and Sacred Spaces is not on Spotify, so it sounds as if it is one to order urgently, thanks for the tip.

welcome to the world of Steve Roach - there is a huge back catalogue for you to discover.....enjoy - look on Steve's website - there are often discs on special offer....

Not as much as I would like to...sometimes 6 months or more between purchases.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Top Oophoi discs
« on: July 29, 2014, 12:44:44 PM »
ooh, ah, which ones to choose? in no particular order....with a bit of a cheat...

The Dreaming of Shells
Dreams (original 3" disc set)
Three Lights at the End of the World

+ don't forget the 'compilations' - Time Fragments Vol 1 - 6.

+ collaberations:
Liquid Ghosts - Camera Obscura.
Wouivre - with Klaus Weise.
Nocturnes - with Paradin.

and I've just remembered (how could I forget): The Rustling of leaves.....

added - just read all the other lists - 'Rustling' appears in a high number of them....

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Miss you Forrest!
« on: July 23, 2014, 12:25:01 AM »

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 22, 2014, 04:16:57 AM »

Robert Rich - Somnium. There is a short version on spotify which is really excellent.

Excellent disc

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