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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Fretless Bass (for ambient)
« on: June 20, 2016, 03:50:20 AM »
Hi Pete - nice looking bass, you should really enjoy coaxing sounds out of it.

Here is mine....I find it really nice for making ambient music

can be heard on:

I need to give Expanding Horizons another listen

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Windows 10
« on: June 01, 2016, 01:02:13 AM »
You will love Sonar...
I am currently a Sonar Platinum user myself right now.....if you just bought it recently, don't forget to take advantage of the lifetime upgrade they are about to announce on June 1.:)

I loved the sonar I had - but it was too old to run on a new computer.

Excellent news re the lifetime upgrade - our internet was only just sorted out yesterday (31st May) so have yet to download and install.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 01, 2016, 12:57:27 AM »
Ming Noir, one of my favourites - Have not played it for a while so definitely time for a spin....

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Windows 10
« on: May 27, 2016, 12:47:38 AM »
I've ended up buying sonar artist, just waiting for internet to be sorted at our new house so I can install it - been waiting since beginning of May....

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 20, 2016, 05:04:46 AM »
Tomita - The Planets.
   Definitely an influence on me - especially in the sound/noise sections.
   I used to listen to it under the influence and the more ethereal sections still sound the same to me - very psychedelic and like an aural Bridget Riley Picture.
   I still find the complexity of the both the recording and individual sounds amazing given it was recorded (I think) in 1976.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 17, 2016, 12:50:30 AM »
Steve Roach - Darkest Before Dawn, A Deeper Silence
Oophoi - Dreams, The Dreaming of Shells
Seren Ffordd - Aurora
David Darling - Darkwood

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: recording for beginners
« on: May 16, 2016, 07:03:53 AM »
...and there is no reason why you can't go outside the box and get a dedicated recording set up - just check your budget and ebay etc.....(I don't use my computer for recording...)

if you want to stay in the computer you would need to consider what recording software to purchase.

I'm not vastly experienced with the different ones out there. I was using sonar cakewalk for working on sounds after recording but am waiting for internet installation in a new house before I can download Sonar Artist - the up to date version (and 79)

Everything and Nothing / Re: RIP Tomita
« on: May 10, 2016, 02:05:38 PM »
I was always gobsmacked by 'The Planets' - creating that complexity of sound from monosynths that were hard to keep in tune and analogue recording without mid etc was a huge achievement.

I will listen to it again very soon

Everything and Nothing / RIP Tomita
« on: May 10, 2016, 12:50:13 AM »
Just heard that Tomita has died - this is another one of those that really hits hard, I remember getting The Planets as a youngster.  :'(

I like this album too  well worth a listen. 8)

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: April 24, 2016, 06:12:46 AM »
 8) yes, forum members projects should be fine  8)

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Windows 10
« on: April 20, 2016, 12:43:03 AM »
I have uninstalled it for now - will maybe try again once we have moved house....

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Windows 10
« on: April 19, 2016, 12:44:38 AM »
had to buy a new music computer...the old one was still running XP and starting to give up the ghost.

I was using an equally old music software - Cakewalk Sonar 5. I can install it, it seems to work fine apart from the play button does not work and it does not seem to recognise plug ins....
any advice that might assist?

PS the sonar does everything I need so would like to keep I if at all possible.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Game of Thrones
« on: April 14, 2016, 01:45:12 PM »
Give it a go - The filming is stunning, the storylines convoluted and the twists unexpected to begin with.
Unlike The Lord of the Rings which is pretty straightforward story telling.
If you don't like fantasy....well not much you can do about that....but you might even enjoy it...

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.

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