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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Fretless Bass (for ambient)
« on: Today at 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.


Everything and Nothing / Re: Spotify and 'fake' ambient artists ?
« on: August 27, 2017, 06:42:55 AM »
If anything it seems to be expanding. I don't really see any comparison with social media sites, but (apparently) the playlist thing is a significant thing on Spotify - get on a known playlist and you'll get lots of listeners.

Like it or not (and I'm still not sure what to make of it), it's a sign of the times, when sites like this were once a hotbed of activity, it appears the activity is going on elsewhere.

Back on topic, I still think making up 'fake artists' is extremely bogus. 

'Lowna' free track from the 'Sylvi' album sessions. Download here (wav file):

Album now up on the streaming sites.

Video for the track 'Ritva' from the 'Sylvi' album:

'Sylvi' New Igneous Flame album released

Sylvi is an ambient work featuring electric guitar and fretless bass, both with extensive use of the ebow. Brief flourishes of Nylon string guitar appear throughout the album.

Currently up on Bandcamp:

and CD Baby:

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.

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.

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 ?


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.

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.

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

SoundMagic HP150 - not the most neutral, but very comfy

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 :)

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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