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Everything and Nothing / Chef Thread:
« on: September 22, 2014, 12:32:53 AM »
Baked Trout:

Tin Foil with a little olive oil on to stop the fish sticking.

Fish should be fully deheaded and de-finned

Place fish on the foil and add a little butter on top, black pepper to taste.

Place a number of baby plum tomatoes and 'half moon' slices of orange and yellow peppers tightly around the fish, drizzle soya sauce over this and then finely cut coriander leaf dropped over the fish in the centre.

Fold over the foil to enclose - preferably not touching the food on the top.

Place in preheated oven gas mark 9 for 20 mins.

The foil should hold in all the juices/fuids making this a moist meal.

Once cooked slide the whole lot onto a plate - If cooked to the right moment the top side of fish should peel off the bones easily, then the bones should peel off the bottom side in one complete piece.

I occasionally cook rice as well, but numerous people have found this in itself enough for a main course.

Well I am still having great fun listening to my music collectionthrough this DAC - I've been enjoying the sound so much I've hardly used my headphones......
Recent listens include - Steve Roach - the Dreamer Descends, Tuu - The Frozen lands, Ron Boots - of urban jungles and desoltate places, Lustmord - Zoetrope, Motorhead, Pink Fairies, Micheal Moorcock and the Deep Fix, Nik Turner's Sphynx, Lady Gaga, Duffy, Klaus Weise......

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: KVR Developer Challenge 2014 Entries
« on: September 19, 2014, 12:11:38 AM »
Downloaded a few for looking at - anyone tried 'blewm' yet? was wondering what it might be given they are not giving out any details.....

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Eventide UltraReverb
« on: September 19, 2014, 12:08:54 AM »
I don't have an ilok - answer from eventide:

Yes, it could cause problems, but you can do it. If you have an iLok you can download the license onto your iLok from another machine and use the iLok to move the license from one machine to the other. Note that if you do this, you'll still have to install iLok License Manager on the second machine. Alternatively, if you connect to the internet temporarily you can authorize the license, then turn networking back off.

There is a part of me that is resistant to ilok - which might just be my techophobe and luddite tendencies.

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Ambient on youtube
« on: September 18, 2014, 07:12:30 AM »
Visuals vs non visuals - interesting question.

I can see how both have their pros and cons - in one of my imaginations i thought of doing a live gig where everyone gets a blindfold - so no visuals whatsoever.

However as a child of the fractal generation I find such infinite images as mind opening as the music.....

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Eventide UltraReverb
« on: September 18, 2014, 04:52:27 AM »
 >:( b****r  >:(

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Eventide UltraReverb
« on: September 18, 2014, 03:17:40 AM »
It does look good, and I assume sound good too - never had to consider an ilok - what are the problems?

The computer I will be using it on (if i buy it) will not be 'online' itself - could that be an issue?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: On Inspiration - Chuck Close quote
« on: September 15, 2014, 02:16:42 PM »
Due to circumstances I’ve not had time to really catch up on all the posts in this thread till tonight.

I’m not sure, but if it is possible that my initial contribution, with it’s reflections on the ways in which changing technology affects creativity prompted the upset of later posts – then please forgive an old man in his reminiscences…..I was not focussing on the technology, but the creativity involved….I was not commenting on whether old or new technology is better, just how the creativity was affected. I have a new digital camera which is able to autofocus so I can snap away until I have a composition I like – whereas in the past I would have to create the composition to take the picture…

I was contemplating the original quote and seeing what thoughts about the creative process it raised for me – such as the importance of fun…..and trying to engage in discussion amongst peers…

Cosmic fabric – you mention Steve Roach, Robert Rich, Jean-Michel Jarre, Oophoi, Vangelis, Tangerine Dream as your gear inspiration – but I assume these artists all started with a single synth and a reel to reel.

Oophoi did enjoy gear but a direct personal quote was that his ‘dream’ effects chain was a roland VP9000, TCm3000 and sony minidisc 730 – none of which are particularly high end gear. I also find inspirational how he also valued and supported creativity in others. I can’t speak about the others on your list.

I bought some new CDs today – turned out they are mono and recorded between 1946 and 1958 on old analogue equipment – it takes a bit of getting used to, but the skill in the playing is obvious.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 15, 2014, 01:49:06 PM »
Thanks for the thumbs up third system  8)

I've no idea how it compares - but it has made a huge difference to my music listening and I am trying to work out how to connect my roland VS2480 to it to listen to my recording as I do it.....

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: On Inspiration - Chuck Close quote
« on: September 12, 2014, 10:30:24 AM »
I think you've missed the point of the original post....

Finally got a Beresford Bushmaster DAC/headphone amp via ebay

and Profigold Medical grade optical Toslink cable

On first play with my Grado headphones I could tell there was a difference, and like the first time I upgraded cables I recongised I would need to take some time to get used to the difference.

Via the hi-fi though - stunning difference straight away - even Glenys, who is not really into 'Hi-fi', could hear it. The sounds are clearer without being clinical - I can hear subtle variations in what had previously been 'simple' sounds, such as a voice or acoustic guitar. The rasp of a cello was more tangible.

I played The Martian Chronicles and could hear details that previously i could only hear on the headphones.

I was bouncing around to all sorts of tracks and am really looking forward to doing some proper listening......

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: On Inspiration - Chuck Close quote
« on: September 12, 2014, 12:33:32 AM »
Great thread...

I try to use a mixture of the two - the interplay between inspiration and hard work.

If you have no inspiration, no passion then (for me) the products of the hard work can be lifeless.

At the same time without the hard work to manifest an idea or inspiration the music can be vapid, incomplete.

As well as this there should be 'play', you know, fun. Doing something just because I enjoy it so that I don't just bounce around from driving myself to work hard to waiting for inspiration and back.

And possibly learning, developing new skills so that the inspiration and hard work and fun have new places to explore.

And possibly discernment...I remember in the (distant) past when photography only used physical film, it was expensive as was getting photos printed - tended to focus the mind and the art, rather than just snapping a zillion pics and deleting the the crap ones - I had to make each photo count.

Just giving this a quick listen at work - enjoying it. Will try to burn to CD and giver it more attention later.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: September 03, 2014, 04:46:32 AM »
Had a listen to the Bandcamp stream last week Andy, before other events took over my existence  ::)

Liked it a lot, the originality stands out, will get the download imminently.

Thanks for the support and interest everyone.

I know it is unfasionable but I am interested in what people experience when listening to the sounds/music and any thoughts or comments - either public or message are much appreciated.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 03, 2014, 03:07:01 AM »
Seeing the Seren Ffordd thread tipped me off to explore the massive Umbra catalog again, so recently, all by Seren:

The Quiet Labyrinth
Realms beyond the stars and light
The Portals Dreaming
A Melancholy Light

Special music, special label...


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: September 03, 2014, 03:05:46 AM »
Thanks for the thumbs up on the music.

I also like that I can't remember how made some of the sounds, so they are unique to the album as i can't reproduce them.

Hi Darren, welcome back.

Downloaded some of the music downloaded today...

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: August 23, 2014, 04:01:29 AM »
On rM I was asked if I could say more about the Fractured trilogy and why the use of acoustic sound sources:

The Fractured trilogy developed over a number of years from the initial inspiration – the moment of ‘fracture’ when a musician pours the first sound into the waiting space, breaking the silence.

Initially I hoped it would be a single release. I was going to record an album where I fractured sound in a variety of ways, but with an extra twist….I wanted to keep the foundation of each track in the same order, but shift the later additions around creating 4 versions of the album – so if people were commenting about the music even the feedback would be fractured as people tried to understand why they were hearing the same things but in different places…..

Unfortunately it sounded like crap – the tracks had their own integrity and cohesion, despite the concept and sound processing, they could not be broken in that way.

Over time I found a variety of ways of ‘playing’ with the music – out of which Fractured II arose, as I continued to record and explored other sounds ‘Shards’ started to materialise.

Fractured I is on the way to release – and I like the way it is coming after the third part, continuing the concept in yet another way.

Fractured II (7 Broken Mirrors) will appear last, self released on Bandcamp. It will include a bunch of artwork images that I originally designed for a very limited 3 disc set.

As for the acoustic aspect – a bit of background – I love being in wild places where there are little or no sound of human activity. I had the pleasure of living and working in a large ancient forest in North Wales for about 5 years. Many people could not understand why I did not take a walkman….But I loved the ‘silence’ and by merging into it I met some very interesting beings in the woods, like a snake that always shed it’s skin in the same place, like birds of prey that came really close because I was not noisy or ‘separate’.

I find acoustic sounds more subtle, complex etc than a guitar or even a synth. The susurrations of tree leaves in the wind, the complex interplay of quiet sounds in a gentle stream. Listening to these I find myself drifting through the sounds, drawn to this, then called by that. Given my history of laying in Motorhead bass bins as a youngster……

I used field recorder to capture sounds from all sorts of places – such as wine glass for Shards, bird wing for Fractured etc. Then I started playing with them in a number of ways including separating out frequencies in a single sound and then shifting them in time so they shifted through each other. I might pass a sound through a number of effects, then back again, then pull out certain frequencies or textures – finding aspects of the sound not usually heard. Often I layered different treatments of the same sound together, creating new and shifting textures.

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