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Everything and Nothing / Re: Spotify and 'fake' ambient artists ?
« on: July 16, 2017, 12:22:26 PM »
I'm currently on the Spotify 3 month (almost free) subscription, just to try it out for curiosities sake, really.
Being curious, I thought to see who was popular in the ambient world (on Spotify) and I found some artists I'd never heard of with millions of plays on some of the more 'sleep / relaxing' type playlists. Then I read this article.

Still don't really know what to make of Spotify (ethically), but it's nice to track down some interesting stuff. I don't think I would subscribe at a tenner a month though, I don't really listen to enough music to warrant that.

Be interesting to see how it holds up over time, specially in the light of recent rumours about Soundcloud.

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Everything and Nothing / Spotify and 'fake' ambient artists ?
« on: July 13, 2017, 02:12:26 AM »
An interesting read,

Spotify has denied filling its most popular playlists with “fake artists”, after it was accused of creating songs to bulk out its most popular ambient playlists at low cost to itself.


https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jul/10/spotify-denies-filling-popular-playlists-with-fake-artists

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Web Audio API
« on: June 30, 2017, 11:51:29 AM »
I'm curious to have a look at this, do you have any links to visit ?

cheers

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 24, 2017, 03:02:18 AM »
Akiko Yano with the fantastically titled 'Tong Poo'
I missed out on Yellow Magic Orchestra when I was younger, but checking them out now, they were brilliant - especially at the time.


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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach & Robert Rich
« on: June 24, 2017, 02:59:36 AM »
I find it interesting who he chooses to collaborate with, same for Robert Rich.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: June 05, 2017, 11:41:40 AM »
I always try to try a pair of phones on if I can. Having a large head / earlugs, not everything is a good fit for me.  Seeing as we are having a 'list-fest' here, as well as the Shure 535s (IEMs), I also have:

Shure SRH840 - really rather good all rounders
http://www.shure.com/americas/products/headphones/srh840-professional-monitoring-headphones

SoundMagic HP150 - not the most neutral, but very comfy
http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/soundmagic-hp150-closed-back-headphones-with-replaceable-cable.html

Lastly, I've bought a pair of Bose QC25s, just to try out really - not great sounding, but the noise cancellation is pretty good

APK, so far my hound has decided to leave my headphones untouched - cushions, towels, pillows etc. are all fair game though :)

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: June 02, 2017, 12:52:59 PM »
Julio, that's a bugger !

I get pretty hacked off when gear fails - I expect it to work for ever :) It must be particularly galling as it wasn't the usual wear and tear / drivers failing etc. I've had more phones fail on me over the years than anything else.
My ancient Shure E500 IEMs died recently, they were held together with hot glue and nail varnish, but I kept them as I find them invaluable for mastering. Fortunately, a good friend sold me on his unwanted Shure SE535s , so I'm covered again.

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Perhaps I'm going slightly off-topic here, but I can see positives as well as negatives regarding streaming - from an artist's point of view.

I take Jana's view that it is here to stay, whether we like it or not. On the positive side, I'm all for as many people as possible being able to listen to my material and it does all that once you've signed up to them (via CD Baby etc.). On the negative side though, Spotify (in particular) takes a very large slice of the pie. Saying that, they are increasing their royalty payments significantly and recently, I've been getting more royalties from them than from Apple Music.

It appears bigger bands are suffering, in that people are streaming rather than buying CDs / downloads, but (perhaps) for more independent artists who never sold huge amounts of their material may do better out of it all and get more people to listen to their work (?)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: The Art of Listening.....a movie
« on: February 18, 2017, 06:08:36 AM »
Looks intriguing, I'm particularly interested in the 'mobile listening' thing - people listening to music on their devices through earphones, whilst out and about.

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: February 14, 2017, 04:20:50 AM »

Star's End also just posted a short Q&A with me for this month's Sound Out column:

http://starsend.org/2017-02forrestfang.html

Thanks for listening,
Forrest

Interesting interview, certainly makes a change from the more usual 'and now we can talk about your vast array of vintage synths' approach :)

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Reaktor Filter
« on: February 10, 2017, 06:56:57 AM »
Will check this out myself. I'm a big fan of Reaktor too.
I've just bought a new (to me) music computer and one of the first things I installed was Reaktor

Thanks for downloading it.  Please let me know what you think whenever it's convenient.

How have you been using Reaktor in your productions?

I found it to be very interesting, as a 'multi effects' ensemble. I presume you made this for your own specific requirements ?, you sound like you know your stuff.

Off hand, I can't remember exactly how / what I used in Reaktor -  as my recent albums didn't use it all, but I do remember using the Reaktor FX side of things a lot and all manner of granulizers. I found some great stuff in the user library (and a lot of unusable stuff too !) and some great free stuff here:
http://boscomac.free.fr/?p=rack


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Reaktor Filter
« on: February 08, 2017, 04:14:20 AM »
Will check this out myself. I'm a big fan of Reaktor too.
I've just bought a new (to me) music computer and one of the first things I installed was Reaktor

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'Ocean Sighs' reviewed by John Shanahan at Hypnagogue:

https://hypnagogue.net/2017/01/22/igneous-flame-ocean-sighs/

Very well considered review methinks.

Extract:

'Ocean Sighs is almost a bit of a throwback album, a reminder of the early days of New Age, where blending quiet synth with the sound of waves would not have been unusual. But I do find it a touch unusual for Igneous Flame, whose work tends to find a comfortable spot between darkness and warmth, with little room for these kinds of standard tropes. Don’t get me wrong–I’m not complaining. On this album Pete Kelly runs the wave sounds through some treatments, adds binaural and vocal harmonic elements, and gives as much weight to the waves as he does to his drones. The result is a set of very deep pieces, absolutely relaxing (especially in headphones) and ready for long looping...'

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Now Playing / Re: Downpipe
« on: January 13, 2017, 03:20:59 AM »
Julio, that Plaid track is indeed most excellent.

Here's  two belters from the Gasman - both somewhat 'oblique' :)

https://thegasman.bandcamp.com/track/alcatraz-disco

https://thegasman.bandcamp.com/track/motivation

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 10, 2017, 08:09:44 AM »
It's just common sense really, this is an ambient music forum after all.
I'd have thought the lack of interest shown would have made a point in itself.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 06, 2017, 01:13:42 PM »
Nina Hagen doing 'White punks on Dope'




The (still mighty) Killing Joke


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Everything and Nothing / Re: Season's Greetings
« on: December 25, 2016, 02:21:32 PM »
Well aye man !
Have a cool yule, one and all !

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Now Playing / Re: Downpipe
« on: December 21, 2016, 12:35:25 PM »
Thats excellent Pete.....its got that Giorgio Moroder - American Gigolo & Jan Hammer - Miami Vice vibe to it.  8)

Yeah, Mister Terje is most excellent, he really knows what he's doing. I quite like the Deadmau feller in parts too. 'I surrender' is a top tune (as the young folk say)

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Now Playing / Re: Downpipe
« on: December 20, 2016, 09:58:30 AM »
The Terje-meister:


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Tardigrade, thanks for your comments.

I'd originally put far more bass parts on the tracks, but later felt that they were too much of a feature. I plan to use the bass (fretless and fretted) much more so on future releases.
 
Yes, environmental field recordings can be a cliche. I was aware of this and decided (like my previous 'Ocean Sighs' album) to have them throughout the album - as opposed to as an occasional bit of ambiance. Also, my take on this was to use binaural recordings, so they would have more spatial interest than standard stereo recordings. I employed them to add a bit of 'context' to the tracks - the vocal parts being the primary element really. Lastly, they are significant to me as I recorded them all locally and remember where and when I recorded them, I dare say that doesn't really matter for the listener (?)


ælfə, thank you also for your comments.

If you're referring to the very end section of 'Violet Sky', it's the Realivox 'Blue' Kontakt library being 'fed' Bach style chords from Xfer's excellent 'Cthulhu' (I also used this combination a
fair bit on my previous album too)

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