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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: November 20, 2008, 12:38:43 PM »
Recently had a couple of enquiries as to any music on the horizon and realised it's been a year since The Quiet Labyrinth was being completed and almost a year since it's release.

I had a very difficult time at work from Christmas last year, doing lots of unpaid overtime and not sleeping much due to stress - which rather affected the creative process. I just kept checking in with my imagination to make sure it as keeping tab of the ideas and dreaming. Managed to get a new job, but the steep learning curve meant a little longer waiting for enough head and heart space to get going again in the way I wanted.

In the meantime had a couple of tracks released on the Ambientlive label compilations:

Awakenings 2008 volume 1.5

Awakenings 2008 volume 2.5 (no webpage yet)

also a track called Incubus on the forthcoming EMPortal compilation 2 cd set.

I am working on the disc possibility mentioned by Mike for the Secret Sounds imprint - titled 'Fractured'. It is taking some time as I am doing a lot of intricate sound manipulation, including cuts down to 1/10 of a second in a short part of it......Most of the base tracks are laid (and last one ringing in my head) and looking forward to the sounds evolving over the top. Hopefully Mike will like the end result.

Also working on two collaberations which I am very excited by, no idea of release dates as yet.

So many thanks to everyone who has expressed support and kept in touch.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Do you still want to learn?
« on: November 17, 2008, 03:37:30 PM »
after passing my diploma in 1999 Iworked in a provate residential care home for almost 10 years. Had lots of training, but only when I came into the public sector and started training there did I remember how good learning can make my head 'hurt'. I think that's the difference between training/learning that just keeps the boxes ticked and training/learning that really pushes the mind into really really thinking....

At the P.O. that I work at, my Postmaster has told us he will be cutting 4,000 hours next year.

One route (the shared/auxilliary one) will be dismantled and dissolved into the carriers routes.  That means more work in less time for people, and very little of the overtime people depend on. 

I don't have a route yet and am at the bottom of seniority so I am terribly worried about my security.  They love me there, but when push comes to shove companies will turn their back on you.  I'll just have to take it one day at time. 

Hope things go better than you fear avec, not a good place to be in with all the worry etc.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: I am trying to imagine...
« on: November 14, 2008, 02:33:17 AM »
I think it is also important not to just wait/search for the perfect piece of equipment before you start Immersion. I bought some mics in a second hand shop, sennheiser, and they seem pretty good. Get some mics that don't break your bank and start playing with recording, finding what field sounds interest you, what sounds you could use as a source for playing around with the reverbs and effects to create something you like. You at least then have an idea of what works and does not before you think about spending big amounts on them.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: I am trying to imagine...
« on: November 13, 2008, 02:44:56 AM »
For me it is about playing and finding the sounds that inspire me and going with those, exploring, pushing, transforming them.

Along with a healthy dose of everynow and then trying something different and see where that takes me.

Not sure how it is biting here, I don't want to spend money, but have to just to keep things going. Odd expenses like car repair bills hitting harder than before. We took out a loan just before the credit crunch, mailnly to consolidate credit card bills arisen out of 3 years of living on one wage and to some extent my music equipment (though almost everything is second hand) - would hate to try and get one now - and the 900 pounds a month mortgage someone offered us about two years ago would have killed us at that level, let alone now they are bouncing up quickly. Lenders want even 30% deposit !!!!!

I work in a hospital as a social worker - trying to ensure people are safe to go home and don't clog up the beds by staying too long - two other people joined since I started so not too worried about last in first out - but even with a couple of people less as experienced recently with illness makes the job very hard work, so would not enjoy any lay offs here.

Lots of service and manufacturing industries suffering, though in entertainment it seems to be hit or miss - cinemas still going strong. We are seeing an increase of 1 shops - selling I suspect, stock from bankrupt businesses.

Wood burning stoves are doing well, as are the logs for them as the increase in gas and electric bills scare people.

I saw recently on the BBC website a list of businesses doing badly or well in the new environment - made for interesting reading.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: I am trying to imagine...
« on: November 12, 2008, 03:49:47 PM »
I was about to type the same thing Loren just did. 

If you guy all the same gear as Roach that doesn't mean you're going to sound like he does, and you shouldn't be striving to sound like him anyway.  Plenty of people have the same gear and they don't all sound the same.  You've got to learn to program the gear you buy, whether it's synths or effects or whatever, in a way that's distinctive and interesting.  It's more important how you work with your gear, than what gear you have in the first place.

And to find your own sounds within the gear you use......

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: I am trying to imagine...
« on: November 10, 2008, 08:06:46 AM »
The use of effects and sound manipulation is an art in itself, and to paraphrase JKN it can create an amazing and interesting pallette or a washed out brown of sound.

As to what the album would be like without the effects i can only say if its anything like some of mine you'd be listening to all sorts of things including wine glasses, CDs being broken, my own singing, pipes being blown, card being ripped etc etc with some gaps between later filled with reverb and in I use these things,not Steve.....

Everything and Nothing / Re: Help needed on copyright alternatives
« on: November 09, 2008, 07:43:26 AM »
Perhaps I am wrong, but if I have a CDR or hard drive with a piece of music on it that has a fiie created date with it - that shows when it was created by me, everyone elses date will be after mine, therefore it is mine?

I had also heard of the post it to yourself route, but had not realised about the symbol being effective on covers - will read and learn...

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: November 01, 2008, 12:21:59 PM »
The Algebraist is indeed a good one.
Banks is great at just jumping you into expansive worlds, and doesn't
usually waste time with offering quasi-scientific explanations for everything.

Just finished the book and really enjoyed it. He was very, very good at the twists and turns - even using the expectation of them I think to keep the twists coming unexpectedly - just when I was looking in one direction, something would shear out of the sidefields and surprise me. The ending was not too bad either, always difficult to tie lots of ideas into a coherent ending, but the flow back to the last character was a greart idea.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Who you will vote ?
« on: October 31, 2008, 11:37:31 AM »
Hmmm - I started off writing a short snappy post but it sort of developed, sorry.....

I recently worked with an African guy and we ended up having a discussion around politics. For me it was an attempt to understand why people in Africa seem so willing to kill each other over the subject.

In the UK it is impossible to imagine riots and killing sprees if any of the political parties got voted into government. I know we can get very heated here and in some areas ostracise people who vote differently, but there is a general sense that fighting over politics is not worth it.

However, it came down to me developing my understanding that our politics are no longer (in general) direct matters of life and death. His personal and family experiences of brutality, torture and killings are genuinely horrifying and all tied into clan/tribe/power issues. We have a freedom that is not experienced by everyone which is both a blessing, and in some ways a curse - people are generally 'free' to discuss anything they want and get as outraged and reactive as they like without fear of recrimination.

Although Freedom is important, I do not think it is worth tearing communities, even cyber ones apart over hostile and partisan interactions. I take my hat off to Mike (and other moderators) as it is a very difficult position to take - you are complained about whatever you do - In the same way that I suspect many of us do not discuss everything about our lives with every set of people we interact with, I think we should not expect to be able to discuss everything in one forum.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: October 30, 2008, 05:41:34 AM »
Iain M Banks - The Algebraist. Just picked it up on spec in the library.

Big book - in size and concept. Reminds in many wyays of the SF I read in my teenage years - galactic civilisations of 'Foundations' by Asimov and the Lensman series by E.E. Doc Smith.

I have to say I am very impressed, perhaps even humbled by the width and depth of imagination in the book - I assume he has built on the stuff written since my teenage years - but I have still found it an enjoyable and intriuging read - not sure where it's going to go next.....

what did you think of this one APK?

Everything and Nothing / Re: If you could recommend one book
« on: October 30, 2008, 03:51:01 AM »
One Book!
Thats even harder I think than one album!! (but I could be wrong).

Christ my mind fluctuates between quite a few - but I'll give two.

'Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee' by Dee Brown - shocked the hell out of me when I first read it - intensely depressing.

followed by:-

'Song of Heyoehkah' by Hyemeyohsts Storm. This one then lifts the spirit and the heart, please read one after the other.

(similarly i always advise people to watch 'Dances with Wolves' and 'Black Robe' together).

and I'll add a third - 'The Keys to Avalon' by Steve Blake - it's an academic book that uses the original Welsh texts (that later became the Arthurian legends via france and Geoffrey of Momouth) to trace and locate the story in it's original landscape - Wales. It has, for many British readers in particular, an 'oh' point when you realise that the history and mythology held in your unconscious was politically, financially and academically created to verify a succession of invading kings legitimacy to rule........

It presents a paraox where the widely held stories of Avalon and Arthur etc are seen as a creation that inadvertently enabled the deeper and truer aspects of the stories to survive without being trounced into oblivion by following power structures because they were just 'ignorant myths'.....

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 28, 2008, 11:35:47 AM »
Steve Hug - Organics.

Steve Roach - mystic chords & sacred spaces

Everything and Nothing / Re: Great moments in ambient fandom.
« on: October 28, 2008, 11:33:43 AM »
My wife was so proud when I had my first CD released that when her mum, 4of her sisters, both her daughters and both her grandaughters visited she told them and put it on.

  :-[ moment - one of them after about 30 seconds asked Is this music?

 :) moment - about a minute later every single one of them was spaced out....

Other Ambient (and related) Music / EMPortal forum CD
« on: October 28, 2008, 05:47:59 AM »
Hi everyone,

The EMPortal forum has been putting together a compilation of music by members. It's a 2 CD and should be available soon.

go to to have a look at the artists and tracks list etc (scroll down a little). There is a wide range of artists on the set so the music should be just as varied.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Rigel Orionis discussion
« on: October 23, 2008, 05:27:45 AM »
Good Luck Jim, will keep fingers crossed....

Everything and Nothing / Re: Fun in the mountains... and other adventures
« on: October 20, 2008, 01:14:15 PM »

After training I went a couple of times into a forest on my own, it took me a while to realise why I was unusually scared - if i fell no one was going to come pass and find me.

That's funny, Seren; that's exactly why I love the wilderness!  I'm on my own.

I love the wilderness too, lived for 5 years in rural north wales, and worked in a 700 acre ancient and semi natural woodland for another 5. My fear was realising that if I had an accident, not only would no one be likely to pass for a few days, but would anyone who happened to be walking that way think of looking up 60 to 100 feet to see if there was an injured and dangling human up there in the leaves and branches? Seeing the odd mild accident and the one major one had made me realise that it was dangerous, plus having my own mild accident when I got blase added to the realisation.

I love being in the wild and on my own, but nowadays prefer to act reasonably safe when in it.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Psychedelia in your home
« on: October 20, 2008, 09:22:17 AM »

seems mine, called the Orion, no longer is being made - but they have 3 versions called Sirius, Proteus and Procyon....

The Procyon seems to have a software that enables the creation of music that creates your own light programmes.....

PS the sirius is $99, the Proteus is $159. The website is a bit new agey (never looked at it before just bought the box after a trial at a festival)

Obviously, using flashing lights you need to be aware of the risk re epileptic seizures etc.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Psychedelia in your home
« on: October 20, 2008, 01:21:01 AM »
If you want some psychedelia more self contained (ie when away from home) you can buy small gadgets that produce a variety of flashing light patterns in leds on 'sunglasses'. The make I have is called Orion. The range of patterns include steady pulses and you choose the frequency. They also have set programmes that start of at normal 'waking' brain frequency and thenh gently slow down into the more deep sleep brainwave frequencies for a time before bringing you back up to waking again.....

This plus headphones makes for a great and dreamy time.

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