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Everything and Nothing / Re: RQ009: Your desert island instrument.
« on: January 21, 2010, 09:38:05 AM »
I'd make pan pipes or flutes from plant materials.
I'd make bone whistles from the birds I catch for food.
I'd make drumsticks and percussion instruments - including drum.
I'd try and make a stringed instrument - sinews and fashion out from logs....

Practically I'd like to take the recording equipment, would that count?

For having the time to learn an instrument - a cello.

For electronic fun, the biggest modular synth possible......and headphones if no sound system available.

Everything and Nothing / Re: RQ008: How old are you?
« on: January 20, 2010, 12:12:06 PM »
A little older than my teeth.... ;D

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Uniform volume
« on: January 19, 2010, 04:05:15 PM »
I think I tend to plan towards the end whilst making my music or perhaps more accurately be aware of the end while working in the middle.

Sometimes I want dynamics, movement of levels both within and between the tracks, dependent upon what I am trying to achieve.

Sometimes I want a coherent level all the way though.

I know that somethings sound very loud when dropped into a mix, whilst others dissapear from clear hearing and leave a subtle nuance on the overall sound. sometimes these vagaries mean I have to juggle levels around trying to get the sound I think I want - sometimes they bring in a certain level of unpredictability that I love, in effect creating some of the soundscape themselves as I have to develop the mix around their character.

I tend to mix so there is no clipping, leaving enough headroom for any loud transients and then carefully listen repeatedly towards the end making any adjustments I feel important.

Everything and Nothing / Re: evilBay
« on: January 19, 2010, 05:37:57 AM »
21 days - what do they do with the money in that time?

Invest it?

Hawkwind 1977 Hammersmith Odeon - only show I've ever seen people just sit through with open mouths until the encore.

Hawklords 1978, various dates - was like one long concert as they did some different songs in each gig, different play orders in each gig and different lighting etc.

Inner City Unit - can't remember when or where but will never forget the daffodils.

Bob Calvert in a small club in London

Nik Turner's Sphynx, Tim Blake - Glastonury 1979. + a small jazz band in a side tent, music was OK but drummer was soooo stooooooooned, he held the rhythm easily but a small smile would start that got bigger and bigger and bigger until he realised and pulled himself back together and then started it all over again.

Everything and Nothing / Re: RQ006: How do *you* define ambient music?
« on: January 15, 2010, 01:29:53 AM »
Again, we can compare our definitions, perhaps agree or disagree with them and if all else fails argue and ban or be banned...... ;D

It is interesting to see how each of us think.

I recognise my definition is based purely on my own subjective preferences, taste and experience. As I said Irrlicht and Zeit....the record shop I got them from was a small independent that had all sorts of wonderful stuff - they described the two albums as ambient, anything with rhythms in was described as electronic. It just stuck like that for me.......

And like any genre there are enough albums out there that blur the 'boundaries' enough that discussions, comparisms, arguments and flame wars begin.......

Everything and Nothing / Re: RQ006: How do *you* define ambient music?
« on: January 14, 2010, 12:41:12 PM »
Just to raise some issues as we go along.
I think beatless and instrumental would add, among other things, too much classical music to the ambient pool.
I suppose it comes down to personal definitions - hence the original question. I know my definition cuts out a lot of music others consider ambient and would include a lot of other things, like some classical music and listening to the wind on a mountain top thart others would not.

It is interesting to see what people say, hopefully help me look at my own definition and listen to other music with perhaps different ears.

Everything and Nothing / Re: RQ006: How do *you* define ambient music?
« on: January 14, 2010, 08:01:44 AM »
hmmm too.

But to jump in with both feet - I still define 'ambient' by my first experiences of such  music - Irrlicht and Zeit. Any music without rhythm or beat.....

Development of genre's and sub genres since then have passed me by..... ::)

Everything and Nothing / Re: RQ005: Were you a band geek in school?
« on: January 13, 2010, 12:59:30 PM »
no, not a band geek - more a sit at home on my own and listen to music geek..... :o

hmm, not sure much has changed :o :o :o :o


I've bumped into Lemmy, Simon King and Throbbing Gristle - but I don't think any of my musical heroes, including ambientmeisters, would be my choice.

I bumped into Kate Bush in a record shop in London - she was filling a shopping trolley with records at the time. I know she is highly regarded but she's never been my type - there are most probably a number of ladies of ill repute via disreputable websites I'd rather spend a whole day with.....if I thought I'd come out alive... :o

I'd like to have spent time with Max Planck or some other deeply creative physicist (perhaps gallieo or Da Vinci - perhaps Marie Curie or Maria Mayer) - just being in the room when they were in the zone and feeling the movement of the universe whether in atomic or galactic size just through thought - for someone to work out that the universe is expanding before it was even known there were more than one galaxy is just a level of creativity/ understanding/ intuition that is just mind boggling.

Very nice pictures, and, like some music, not obvious in use of techniques......

Everything and Nothing / Re: RQ003: What influences you the most?
« on: January 12, 2010, 03:54:48 PM »
I'd agree with the general thumbs up for nature 8). Though mine tends to be above the tree line, or in the 'desloate' places or up beyond the atmosphere of Earth, I've always been fascinated by stars, galaxies and the deep dark spaces between.....

nice to see the photos and pics that inspire people......

But anything can set me off, just has to catch me at the right time - might be sounds, art, books, photographs, textures (especially close up or out of context - not an icicle but the flash of light through a particular curve of ice), films, conversation, thoughts, esoteric traditions...though I've yet to be inspired by politics or mainstream religion.... ???

Oophoi, Steve Roach, Vidna Obmana, Klaus Schulze.

in the past would have been Hawkwind and Throbbing Gristle

Everything and Nothing / Re: Constructive criticism
« on: January 10, 2010, 01:26:19 PM »
I think constructive criticism is essential whether from friends, listeners or reviewers etc and is best (if most difficultly) read or heard neutrally.

An important part of giving feedback that is not just personal opinion, is understanding where the style of music comes from generally and anything the musician is trying to achieve in the particular track/album.

One of my albums got a negative review in E-ditions, but the poor reviewer had only a blank disc to go from - nothing letting them know what was coming. In the circumstances seeing it written that the music gave them a headache did not look very good, but it was understandable given it was never meant to be 'relaxing' and had created some unusual feelings/experiences in other listeners. It was in a way a confirmation that it had worked, but hurting heads was not the intention either..... :o

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Solitaire - Elmar Schulte
« on: January 09, 2010, 07:12:20 AM »
Yes, would be great to hear from you and know what you are up to.

Good luck for the launch and beyond. 8)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Yet another filmed version of Dune
« on: January 06, 2010, 03:37:17 PM »
Ah .... Macroscope .... not heard anyone mention that is many decades. I loved it.

I re-read it very recently. Thoroughly enjoyed it. It was quite strong on stereotypes, but then exploring that issue was a major part of the plot as the 'sleeping' characters had to create 'personalities' through which to live in the world.

For me the shift/return to making music has deeply affected what I listen to in terms of time and finance - I used to listen to music intensely to de-stress from a very hectic and time consuming job, now I make music - partly for the same reason, but mainly as an expression of what I feel. Buying equipment has taken a large chunk of finance that was previously spent on CDs and creating music takes up a large chunk of time.

I think there is a hhhuuugggeee amount of music out there in this and every genre - more than I could possibly listen to and still have a life involving anything else. I think many of the comments made by Mike a very accurate - and hats off to him, Lena and all others involved in music labels for the energy they put in to maintain the labels and music scene - on top of their own creations and other parts of their lives.

All groups go through phases of energy and lethargy, whether general interest in ambient or the interaction of that community itself.

Very nice review. 8)

Everything and Nothing / Re: good old vinyl... yet another article...
« on: January 06, 2010, 01:30:36 AM »
The digital stuff alllows a lot of freedom and on basic systems a sound quality not easily matched by vinyl in my experience.

But the nostalgia effect is very strong - visiting a friend who still has vinyl copies of Bodylove Vol 2 etc is a dreamlike journey into my past.

I also was a very careful vinyl owner - always bought new high quality inner sleeves and the outer plastic cover protectors and NEVER had all the opening lined up (the number of times I would pick up a friends LP only to see it roll out of the covers and across the floor astounded me >:()

I think the act of caring for the LP almost as much as having passion for the music on it created a very different interaction that CD/CDr struggles to match and downloads can't even play at.

I would love to hear good vinyul on a good high end Hi-Fi, but I've not got any friends who have that sort of equipment (I used to get Hi-Fi magazines and found the small ads that said things like "Naim system for sale - unwanted birthday present" created too much envy and stress to make perusing enjoyable!!! ;D)

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