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Everything and Nothing / Re: A world full oblivion
« on: March 16, 2018, 06:54:57 AM »
I love trees and am fortunate to be able to be in woods pretty much every day when I'm out walking the hound. The natural world seems to me to be the 'real' world, as opposed to that increasingly crazy world that we hear about  in the news etc.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Fretless Bass (for ambient)
« on: March 16, 2018, 06:52:09 AM »
Looks to be a very nice fretless, Julio !

Everything and Nothing / Re: A world full oblivion
« on: March 13, 2018, 07:50:59 AM »
Yes Jana, we live in increasingly God-less times (and I'm not referring to any concept of orthodox religion, there), the pursuit of Mammon is engulfing us.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Drone/pad EQ-ing.
« on: March 13, 2018, 07:49:35 AM »
Some good advice here. I have something of a feeling of deja vu about this thread, so I havewn't contributed so far.

To me, drones are the 'essence' of ambient music and are somewhat undervalued. It's easy to make any kind of long continuous sounds, but not so easy to make them interesting and subtle.
Of course, there's a technical element involving their frequency distribution, but their musical effect has very little to do with that.

Now Playing / Re: Downpipe
« on: February 13, 2018, 03:14:19 AM »
Another winner :)
Brill latin / funk fusion: 4:55 !

and of course, P-funk:

Everything and Nothing / Re: RIP Jˇhann Jˇhannsson
« on: February 12, 2018, 04:30:44 AM »
Saw him with the very talented 'Kitchen motors' in the wilds of North Yorkshire, years ago.
RIP indeed and at such a young age.   

Video for the track 'Sada' from the Sylvi album.
I've upgraded my video production stuff, so this was something of an experiment is using it, as well as the Swans being such graceful creatures in slow motion !

Everything and Nothing / RIP Mark E Smith
« on: January 25, 2018, 03:25:53 AM »
Top mancunian curmudgeon / maverick Mark E Smith has passed on  :(
Also, saddened to hear all of Motorhead are now gone too...

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Fretless Bass (for ambient)
« on: January 14, 2018, 06:47:45 AM »
Looks a good one. Beware though, APK is right, pedals can be very 'collectable' :)
A long time ago, I had 10 or so Boss pedals velcro'd onto a piece of plywood that I used to cart around to gigs / rehearsals - not recommended, in hindsight.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 25, 2017, 01:44:00 PM »
Indeed ! Have a cool christmas  :)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Fretless Bass (for ambient)
« on: December 23, 2017, 08:01:24 AM »
Thanks very much Julio,
Yes, it was that very Eno album that made me think about the bass / fretless in ambient.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Fretless Bass (for ambient)
« on: December 18, 2017, 01:18:50 PM »
Hi Julio,

Great stuff ! That Scott feller looks to be a really good teacher and yes he is from Leeds (I lived there for 20 years, so I recognise the accent !)
In my experience, learning the fretless is pretty hard work - but very rewarding. I think I was playing on mine for a year (or so) before I felt I was getting somewhere. I used to play fretless in a band many moons ago, but like guitar playing, it's a perishable skill. I found that over time, my intonation improved - which (it goes without saying) is pretty fundamental for the fretless.

Hope you get some interesting tones / sounds from yours (Samick's are pretty well regarded, actually) fret markers are certainly a good idea. Personally, I think the fretless is well suited to ambient - especially with an ebow. I used mine extensively on my last album 'Sylvi'. 

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / NI Phasis freebie
« on: December 16, 2017, 11:52:16 AM »
I'm a big fan of phaser type things and this Native Instruments freebie is very nice:

Now Playing / Re: Dance/Electronic Genre
« on: October 26, 2017, 01:51:47 AM »
:) Legs may be being pulled...

So, here's one, not 'ambient' as such, but a cracking tune nonetheless:

Now Playing / Re: Dance/Electronic Genre
« on: October 23, 2017, 08:29:27 AM »
Wondering why you are sharing this with us - perhaps you could share your favourite ambient works instead ?

Everything and Nothing / Re: itunes or no itunes
« on: October 17, 2017, 02:52:01 AM »
Yes, to get up on iTunes, Spotify etc. you have to pay some kind of a fee. I use CD Baby, as they charge an upfront fee, then that's it. I presume that's one of the reasons that some people go for the Bandcamp only option.

Oh and hello to 'jkn' haven't seen you around here for some time !

Everything and Nothing / Re: itunes or no itunes
« on: October 13, 2017, 09:43:06 AM »
Hello 'h',

I presume your question refers to whether an artist considers streaming of their work to be in their interest, or not so ?


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Storms and Studios
« on: September 14, 2017, 03:53:57 AM »
Great to hear you're okay, Julio !
As you know, we don't get hurricanes and the like over here in the UK, but when we do get storms / bad winters, it makes me very aware of the power of nature.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Storms and Studios
« on: September 11, 2017, 01:41:00 AM »
Too right, forget about the equipment (and pretty much everything else) in that kind of scenario - it must be terrifying.
Hope Julio is okay.

Hi Jana,

Thanks for the comments and the question about 'Kielo' Yes, it's all guitar derived, with ebow guitar and ebow fretless bass on top of the drone stuff. There is a technique I stumbled across using a very 'wide' vibrato on the fretless with the ebow, that might be what you're hearing.


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