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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Synth Wobbly effect
« on: Yesterday at 03:36:00 AM »
Video fine to view in the UK.

I think it could be a tremelo type effect, like as on a rhodes. You might want to try the demo of 'Lounge lizard' to see if that's the case:

https://www.applied-acoustics.com/loungelizard/overview/

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Regarding Youtube videos that aren't showing properly, see this post:

http://www.hypnos.com/smf/index.php?topic=7942.20

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Hear Voices? It May Be an Ad
« on: December 07, 2014, 10:31:36 AM »
Cheers, for that. I delved a little deeper and found this page concerning the technology behind this:
http://www.holosonics.com/technology.html

Fascinating, if not a little scary (?)

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Arturia - Prophet V
« on: December 05, 2014, 10:34:34 AM »
Native Instruments very much comes to mind - some great stuff that actually can do more than wobble basses :)

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Arturia - Prophet V
« on: December 04, 2014, 08:47:29 AM »
Same here, I thought it was just me !

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 30, 2014, 08:50:05 AM »
Cheers !

Dean's Harmonium and my processing / production.

When the album was released, a japanese feller sent me a picture of him holding a copy of the CD(r) he had bought in a zen-type garden in Japan - I was touched.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 11, 2014, 02:08:29 PM »
'Motivation' by The Gasman - genius !

The Gasman - Motivation


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Judging by the cover artwork, perhaps Robert was going for some 'jungle / rainforest ambience' ? When I've watched documentaries about the Amazon rainforest (for example), I'm always surprised with how much of a sonic event it is, the noise of the insects and bird calls and general animal whoopings seems to be constant - and very loud !


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So, if it's not 'artistic', what else is it - do you think he's made a technical error of judgement ?

Downloaded your video, but I didn't get it, playing around with an Eq doesn't really show what you're trying to get at.

On the subject of noiser and Eqs, I use a high Q parametric Eq to 'soften' noise textures (or just noise), I find the frequencies vary with the sound, but yes 4k - 8K is usually the range (using up to 3 narrow Q cuts). A 'steam' like sound is much more pleasing to these ears than unfiltered noise.

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Some artists noise as a texture, years ago Eno used to talk about a recording of cicadas that he used liberally on his work.
Sometimes the intention is to fill the frequency range. At the more experimental end, it's used as a primary texture.

Am listening to the samples on his page now, yes it's there but I'm sure he made an artistic choice to include it. Of course he's not going to do a re-release, Robert is highly regarded for his mastering chops. I seem to remember there was a similiar post here sometime ago about Steve Roach being deaf as he was using far too much low frequency sound !

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Thanks for the great replies fellers - food for thought, indeed.




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Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Bandcamp Streaming ?
« on: October 29, 2014, 02:34:34 AM »
I don't know if this is the most appropriate place to post this, but here goes;

As I understand it, people can use Bandcamp to stream anything that's up there as long as they have an internet connection ? (I see there's a bandcamp App as well, which presumably does the same)
So, if this is the case, then people don't have to buy anything there, just use it as a 'radio' in effect and the artists get nothing from this - which is worse than Spotify's model (?)

Is this why artists are just making montages or selected tracks available on their pages ?

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New David Sylvian, Steve Roach
« on: October 29, 2014, 02:22:57 AM »
Always interested to hear new DS stuff. I think he's an artist who's work is very much affected by the people he's working with. I didn't like that 'Blemish' era stuff at all.
One thing about DS, he varies his approach to his work, which I think is a laudable thing - he's not trying to re-make new versions of his earlier classics. 

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambient sound packs for synths ?
« on: October 28, 2014, 09:32:29 AM »
Yes Julio, I feel the same way.

I should say I don't think there's anything 'wrong' with this kind of thing, after all loop CDs and libraries have been around for years and I remember people buying those rom thingies for DX7s years ago.
I'm just thinking of a scenario where someone new to ambient composition decides to start creating their own work and looks around for some 'ambient sounds' and starts off with someone else's ideas of such a thing.

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Cheers Julio and 'thirdsystem', I'm working on a style of light / dark and 'ambiguous' tonal changes, more so on this track than most.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Ambient sound packs for synths ?
« on: October 27, 2014, 02:30:35 AM »
I've always found the appeal of such things a tad strange, what do other people think ?
For me, the interesting part of exploring and programming a synth (software synths, in my case) is to create your own fairly unique sounds, buying a selection of sounds that someone else describes as ambient, I don't get. Surely this is an area where exploration and imagination may well yield more personalised results ?

Slightly off-topic, but some synths have such a distinctive sound - Native Instrument's 'Razor' for example, that all these presets sound similiar anyway ?

I should say I'm not against using presets at all, it's the marketing of presets that are considered to be specifically 'ambient'
(or for any other genre, for that matter) which escapes me somewhat.
 

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Here we go again...?

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I really don't know what to make of this, on one hand 24 bit makes more sense to me than higher sampling rates. While there are a lot of myths around, some of these are also on the technical side. The 'boffins' can tend to follow a lot of accepted wisdom regarding how we hear, without challenging this.

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Steve is 59. Personally I don't think that is such an ancient age. In my view, a composer (in any genre) can just carry on composing, perhaps more so in ambient. 

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'Music for Bats' ?

Of course 24/192 is the way forward - but more for our canine friends than us :)

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