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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: The ambient 'scene'
« on: September 29, 2009, 12:49:45 PM »
Don't forget platform shoes and capes!

GLAMBIENT!!! :o :o :o

Having been off radar as far as music goes between from 1982 until 1997 I have no sense of ‘ambient scene’ and the wide ranging genre/subgenre developments from the mid 70’s when ambient meant (to me) Irrlicht, Cyborg or Zeit and meeting people, almost in secret, whilst trawling through racks of records in the few shops that might sell those sort of records. I was aware of the DIY cassette culture in the late 70’s and early 80’s, even creating tapes in a band.

Nowadays the contact between artists and listeners is perhaps more direct and widely available via the net – It’s hard to tell whether it is more or less personal. I think there have been enough comments already around the effects of the web.

In the UK I’ve been lucky to meet up with one section of the electronic music scene, The Modulator ESP forum, Awakenings and Ambientlive – a small bunch of people – including non musicians – who work hard to promote electronic music in sequencer, ambient and experimental styles. I’d love to be better off and able to go to more gigs and get more CDs.

But here too there is the question of performing live to small but dedicated audiences and trying to reach out in other ways.

I just hope that the cyberinterwebnet thingy does not de-personalise it all too much in the years to come and that new talent and music continue to meet new ears and hearts to create something with more depth than soundbite culture and ‘music’ on mobile phones…

Everything and Nothing / Re: Get Well for Jim Brenholts
« on: September 24, 2009, 12:01:53 PM »
Sending best wishes and prayers - get well soon Jim...

recently bought a local build computer from my daughter  - after 4 weeks the power supply went. The shop that built it replaced the power supply as it was still under a year old, despite me adding extra drives and things to it and without taking my address or asking for hers....brilliant service.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Great article - "This is why you are in debt"
« on: September 18, 2009, 01:02:14 AM »
I would love to be out of debt and have felt no sense of judgement in th discussion.

If I was out of debt I would have a lot more money available for all sorts of things, but with out the availability of credit i would have been using much less pleasant survival techniques......

Everything and Nothing / Re: Great article - "This is why you are in debt"
« on: September 17, 2009, 04:53:05 AM »
well I am in debt....

Started a few years back when I had the chance of moving to a 500 year old cottage in a rural area, never had problems getting work before but did then.

When I finally got work that was stable I thought I'd be out of debt quite quickly, but it never worked out like that....and i have never spent extravagantly, don't smoke , drink or anything else.

was made worse by unexpected bills for things and a car that eventually cost more to repair than buy originally, including a fault the mechanics had never seen on that make (electronic fuel pump) that cost over £1,000 to fix :o

Last four years been very hard as my wife had major surgery and needed to retrain in order to get back into work - she has worked all her life but was she entitled to any money for retraining or sickness benefit? No. She had to hunt and fight for bursaries like a bloody commando and we still had to pay lots. She has just had another smaller operation and still not able to have any financial benefits - so been living on my wage for all this time pretty much.

So all my music equipment was bought via credit - mostly second hand items too, and although it has added to the debt to some extent, there would have been no music without it. (there does not seem to be a smiley for surrendering to fate!!)

Re Ron Boots - I highly recommend this;

It's an Amplexus release swo only 23 mins I think but in beautiful artwork and on sale at present for £3.75........

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Korg M3 Xpanded 61 key synth
« on: September 12, 2009, 04:48:33 AM »
Did the MR1 come with it Mike?

Everything and Nothing / Re: When a "she" is really a "he"
« on: September 11, 2009, 04:46:26 AM »
It's a bit like the recent hype over the story of the man giving birth.

It was a woman undergoing gender reassignment to male, who had decided to have a baby before the process was completed.

I appreciate the level of feelings that make someone want to change their sex but portraying the story as a man about to give birth is a little misleading to say the least....

Everything and Nothing / Re: When a "she" is really a "he"
« on: September 11, 2009, 04:43:22 AM »
We have a case here - saw it on BBC website very recently but can't find it now to post link - a guy in prison, for offences including rape, wanting gender reassignment.

He can't have that unless he lives for a period of time as a woman so he wants to be transferred to a women's prison - has been to court and under human rights the court agrees with him.

He is in in the protected part of the male prison but would have to be in solitary in the female one too. Prison authorities object to it. They say it will cost more to isolate him in the women's prison, could not see any mention of the emotional effect on the women prisoners.....

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Korg M3 Xpanded 61 key synth
« on: August 28, 2009, 12:55:06 AM »
Your girlfriend bought your synths... :o 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) wow, now that makes me jealous ;D

Sorry to hear you are keyboardless and could not get the reduction - I don't know about the keyboard but use the MR1, it is very good in  sound quality and can convert bitstream to numerous formats with the associated software (it can record in them too but I tend to use the bitstream to get the best quality).

Hi Phil,

These are great reviews, thanks for the support for Hypnos artists.

Everything and Nothing / Re: the half blood prince
« on: August 13, 2009, 01:06:26 AM »
it is dark, both in tone and lack of colours - but a hell of a lot of teenage kissing angst - appropriate for the age of the characters but not something I tend to watch as a choice :o

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 12, 2009, 02:40:03 PM »
Landscape in Obscurity - Obmana + Trifoglio + Borotti. Lovely drifting sounds.

followed by

Blood machine - Steve Roach and Vir Unis

Even John Cage's 4m 33s has structure, in that the pianist opens and closes the piano lid to signify the different movements. Though the idea of forcing an audience to listen to the sounds around them is perhaps as formless and ambient as can be created....

Perhaps white noise could be described as formless - but then perhaps hearing only certain frequencies also gives it structure.

To me where 'ambient' and 'classical' can overlap, it is in the choices of sounds to create a space that is not dependent upon timing, meter or verses etc.

As I mentioned before, some of the very early choral musics are very similar to floaty ambient pieces. shift the frequencies of the voices down to bass drones and it would be hard to distinguish the two apart. Though this effect is helped by my not understanding the language they are sung in, so it becomes notes and sound rather than notes and words.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Mac Mini
« on: July 27, 2009, 02:32:29 AM »
I'd say that if you are using them, keep them, unless you are able to streamline software down to 2 or cannibilise a couple into one box.

But then I know nothing about computers...

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: show us your field recorders-
« on: July 25, 2009, 05:46:57 AM »

I use the Korg MR1 - great sound, range of formats (MP3 to Bitstream) and pretty small too. Comes with a small stereo mic.

A bit pricey but was birthday and christmas present..

OOOps - unlike the size of the bloody picture. ???

picked up a thunder tube from musician's friend. wow! this is an extremely device. it is a spring attached to a hard cardboard tube with one end closed. it sounds like - duh! thunder when shaken. when used in different ways it makes a very electronic sound.

I've had a go at one of those but never bought one. Same as the 'ocean drum', double sided with beads or something in them - great sound but not got one yet.

I find a lot of cross over between classical and ambient. Sometimes just in the 'orchestration' of sounds to create an ambient electronic piece, choosing when a certain sound should waft in and out of the textures..

My Favourite classical instrument is the Cello, especially in slow sonorous movements such as Syvati by John Taverner.

I also like choral music and can still remember the first time i heard gregorian Chant 30 years ago. Funnily enough the John Taverner born in the 16th century wrote some amazing pieces of music.

And, Doh, shows how little I think of the internet - never thought of searching for forums about the cello or choral music........

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 22, 2009, 05:09:08 AM »
Jacqueline DuPre - Elgar concertos.

John Taverner - Syvati

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