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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: June 23, 2014, 02:41:00 AM »
Have not listened to it yet - but they did not ask for any of our music - so i suspect the amatuers at the BBC radiophonic workshop did it all :o ;) 8)

My Church of Sound gig went really well, I enjoyed doing this a lot :-) Using just a small amount of gear it was a nice challenge and judging by the encouraging comments afterwards the audience seemed to like what I did. :-)

I will certainly do this kind of thing again and hopefully sooner rather than later but my next venture is an alfresco ambient jam using all by battery operated gear in some nice surroundings near where I live on Cannock Chase :-)

Glad it went well - the alfresco jam sounds fun.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: June 19, 2014, 12:41:09 AM »
BBC radio 4 on saturday 21st June at 14.30 is broadcasting a recording of Ray bradbury's book 'The Martian Chronicles'....

If you've not read it you can hear a version of it here.

They did 'The Illustrated Man' last week which was quite good.

I suspect they haven't used any music from the album.....

Have fun Martyn, let us know how it goes.

Will you record it?

Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Thanks to Mike
« on: June 04, 2014, 07:25:40 AM »
and again thanks to everyone for deleting all the spammmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Everything and Nothing / Re: Does this woman want me to ask her out?
« on: June 03, 2014, 06:29:33 AM »
sorry to hear how this is (not) going for you - I'd suggest unrequited love is better than the office romance gone sour though, usually less of the unpleasant fall out.

I suspect backing off and seeing if she comes to you to make a date might be the way to go. Then if she cancels again you are in the place to say Ok enough is enough and ask her to explain what is going on to you.

If she does not come to you then either she is not interested enough or there is some much more complex set of circumstances (such as she turns into a werewolf at night, her ex is jealously aggresive or she has a serious illness etc etc) - both of which might be reasons to step away......

As for the unrequited crush, I know that one - i was in love with a girl at school for three years but too painfully shy to say or do anything other than blush look stupid (at least that's how I felt I looked).....I don't have any suggestions for that one that does not sound trite when typed, so just wishing you the best of luck all round.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 03, 2014, 04:33:51 AM »
Roach and Serries - low volume music

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: RELEASE: Subradial - Ice Diving
« on: June 03, 2014, 04:23:12 AM »
That is a stunning cover - congrats to everyone

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ever heard of a Handpan.....?
« on: June 02, 2014, 12:16:34 AM »
An american friend of mone has one of these, I played it when she brought it to UK - lovely sound.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: What synths did O÷phoi used?
« on: May 27, 2014, 12:21:26 AM »
Nice pic Paul - any chance you have one of the other side as well?

Today, Arc label published another track/video from the upcoming re-release of "Ming Noir" by Klaus Wiese.


ooh, great album, must dig it out and listen to it again. Highly recommended - if you don't have it yet, this is a great opportunity.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 19, 2014, 12:14:31 AM »
Roach and Serries - Low Volume Music - very nice.

Roach - Back to Life - Very nice.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: What synths did O÷phoi used?
« on: May 17, 2014, 02:18:02 PM »
So any of the 2 members who worked with him are going to disclose what gear he used? :)

My experience is a bit limited as we sent each other music by CDr and I mixed all the music in my studio. My only regret is that by the time I was in a position to visit as invited, Gigi was too ill.....

My discussions with Gigi re equipment was all based on effects as I tend to use a lot of acoustic sources for my music.

He told me he very much valued the Roland VP9000 (sampler), TCM3000 and the sony minidisc I mentioned previously (the pitch shift can make 1 second last 1 minute!!).

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: What synths did O÷phoi used?
« on: May 16, 2014, 06:47:40 AM »
 8) here

Very interesting question, for which I suspect I am wholly unable to give any specific advice.

But I love the question and was wondering how you see (hear) what you are triggering - the range of sounds the human vocal apparatus can create is really huge - would you be triggering one sound or trying to trigger a range of sounds?

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: What synths did O÷phoi used?
« on: May 16, 2014, 12:32:42 AM »
Hi Tomas, as I said - I don't have the illusion that Gigi (or anyone else) was an angel - he was a fallible human being like the rest of us, with his own foibles and stupidities, excellences and integrities.

I just felt that the tone of your comments relating to the RMX and technical expertise did not fit in with that of the thread - which had was 'what synths did he use'. Especially as Gigi always said he did not have or want expertise in those aspects of technology (no matter how much he spent on synths or anything else).

If the thread had been  - what sort of rate did Gigi change his gear? or Does having lots of money spoil your creativity? or Was Gigi any good at remixing? then they would have sat more comfortably. I may or may not have joined in wioth different comments and observations.

I suspect all of us - if the focus of 'what was it like to work with (insert your own name)? thread would have a range of responses - as would be expected. I have no problem with people being critical of Gigi, or myself, or anyone else.

Are his finances really a matter of importance?

For a short period of time I did some reviewing for E-ditions. I always felt that if I could say nothing positive about an album I was listening I would prefer to say nothing - not wanting to denigrate another's creativity. I tended to think that not liking an album was more a matter of personal taste and possibly a reflection of my own lack of understanding.

In forums i try to follow the same principal.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: What synths did O÷phoi used?
« on: May 15, 2014, 12:48:36 AM »
Just a few personal notes based on work experiences:

I was working with him on 2 projectsůone was to contribute on a compilation and the other one was about a RMX of a track he did with Klaus Wiese.

He clearly wasn┤t up to date with technology and didm┤t had knowledge of using it correctly. As for the contribution: he finally "adjusted" the track by volume in a weird way by decreasing the volume to approximately -8 db. For the Rmx it was even more complicated as he didn┤t know how to handle file transfer properly. In both cases it ended up that he treated those files within his setup and it ended up to have them re-converted (!) on his mixing setup. I can clearly tell, that the sound of both files in the final result were heavily suffering by wrong technical treatments. Finally the Rmx was never released, as i told him that i can┤t accept the bad technically quality of his treatments he made on the original file.

For the equipment: he did own a lot of synths over the time, but from all of our discussions we had, i clearly felt it wasn┤t a pure believe concerning the options and possible sounds you can create by was much more based on a "gear lust" because it was very easy for him to afford any of them.

I assume most people don┤t like to hear this, but i do believe into balancing things, when someone had the chance to have a closer insight view.


Hi Thomas, your comments re the RMX etc do seem a little harsh - mainly as they are not related to the question of synth use. Gigi never claimed to be able to use computers etc. Given that self acknoweldged lack of 'expertise', his ability to create the music he did was something that I found special.

Also I had not noticed anyone getting into hero worship, overtly 'singing his praises', it has been a quiet respectful discussion with someone asking what synths he used.

Re the gear lust and his belief in possible sounds from equipment. I can only comment that your experiences would be the opposite of mine. I had numerous discussions with him about gear when i was trying, as I still am, to improve and increase (on a very small, usually non existent budget) the equipment I have and use.
   Gigi always recommended fully exploring what I already had, exploring my creativity with what I had and only then think about changing or increasing. He also encouraged me to think 'sideways' for want of a better description, not just going for bigger or better synths or effects etc.
   He did give advice on equipment that I generally found invaluable, even if i did not agree with all of it (he did not like the TC Fireworx effects unit - which I am really enjoying using). He said that being able to be creative with minimal equipment is more valuable than being uncreative with lots of it.

I suspect he was a bit of a techno-phobe in relation to computers. In that sense I have similar feelings. I have yet to explore midi....I am sure it is very useful and assists with creative music making, but I just can't get my head round it and no one I know locally to show me (how I learn best)

I am under no illusion that he was an angel. But he was as human as all of us and I would be very mean not to take that into account. I know if I had enough money I'm sure I'd be very tempted to buy all sorts of expensive stuff, and maybe it would end up an albatross around my neck.

I know that if I won the lottery i would definitely spend more on a hi-fi than a car.......

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: What synths did O÷phoi used?
« on: May 12, 2014, 06:26:04 AM »

As Paul said earlier Gigi preferred to make music as live as possible, so often there were no overdubs or post recording manipulation, which is one of the things that made our collaberation interesting...

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: What synths did O÷phoi used?
« on: May 12, 2014, 12:13:25 AM »
Gigi hated computers for music.......

I've never thought of his sound as lo-fi, what tracks are you thinking of?

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: What synths did O÷phoi used?
« on: May 11, 2014, 11:28:58 AM »
Gigi used a lot of different synths over time, he always seemed to be exploring new synths and selling others.

I have his novation supernova rack module - he reset it to factory presets before sending it to me....a pity given events....I too will check any photos or lists he sent me.
Gigi said the novation had been used to record 'Dreams' and 'The Dreaming of Shells' amongst others.

He valued highly the TCM3000 reverb/effects unit.

He also used a particular Sony minidisc with 'huge' range of pitch control......

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