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Everything and Nothing / Robert Rich's 'Crow Blog'
« on: Today at 03:17:18 AM »
Fascinatingly observed:

This is more of a re-post, than an actual post, but I recently blogged about my upcoming projects. Here:

I've also uploaded a free track on my Soundcloud page, if you just want to hear that:


I received an email regarding the above. It's not spam as I've replied to the feller who sent it from Sirius XM.
I have to confess I know next to nothing about SoundExchange royalties and the like (which this agreement seems to be about)
I asked the feller if it would cause problems with my stuff already being up on iTunes etc. via CD Baby and IODA, he said it wouldn't, but I didn't really understand what I would be agreeing to ? I imagine any royalties would be a pittance, but I don't want to sign anything that could cause problems down the line.

Anyone know more about Sirius XM and such things ?

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Field recordings Blog
« on: October 16, 2015, 12:38:50 PM »
If anyone's interested, I wrote a Blog post about my return to making field recordings as a result of the recent passing of my canine companion:


'I was once a keen field recorder, my trusty Sony MZ-R35 mini-disc recorder (in a very fetching blue) and a pair of home-made binaural mics made from  a pair of Panasonic WM-61 capsules was considered to be a half decent set-up many moons ago. I used this combination to make a lot of recordings and have used them throughout the years, incorporating some of them on my albums (‘Orcus’ in particular) and for creating sound art installation soundtracks. For me, binaural recordings capture a spatial ‘realism’ (unsurpassed with other recording techniques).

I’ve now returned to making recordings, since my canine companion Maxa is sadly with us no more, I haven’t had the motivation to return to my music projects. I still feel the need to do something, so I decided this was better than (creating) nothing...'

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / 'Dream of Form' track reworked
« on: September 19, 2015, 12:13:36 PM »
I’ve just completed a rework of the track ‘Dream of Form’ from my ‘Iris’ album’.

Spatial environmental recordings from a Zoom h2.n recorder were incorporated with selected tonal drone textures from the original to create a very different track. (The track is down-loadable as a 320kbps mp3 on my Soundcloud page)

I've figured out how to upload a track to my Apple music artist page thing (which took some doing !)
Hopefully this link should work - apologies if it doesn't ! (I'II probably upload it to Soundcloud / Bandcamp in a few weeks) I'm just curious to determine whether this Apple music artist profile thing might be of some use.

'Breath of Life'

Bandcamp Subscription service ?

Just came across this whilst logging into my account. Any thoughts / experiences etc. ?

(apologies if this is in the wrong place)

Forrest very kindly let me me have a go at reworking his 'Dreaming Neon Currents' track.

My reworked version is here:

Forrest's original is here:

Minimalism abounds !

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / iOS - useful for an ambient musician ?
« on: April 14, 2015, 02:00:42 AM »
I posted this on the RM Ning sometime ago and got a good response, so I thought I'd do the same here.

Firstly, I should say I'm referring to iPad's here, not iOS devices in general - the larger screen is a bit of a must for my eyesight. I'II admit, I used to think iPads were just toys and I had little time for Apple as a company (I still think that now), but I've been quite amazed as to whats going on in the musical world with iOS. I tried mobile music making on a (fairly weedy) android tablet, but with the latency it had, it was virtually useless, I wasted some money on apps that weren't able to do anything decent.

Anyway, about six months ago, I bought an iPad 4 off a friend and he suggested a good slew of apps to get started with. I sold that on and I've now got an iPad Air2 and an Air (both 64GB models) and oodles of music apps. I actually haven't started a project in earnest, but I'm getting there :) I've had to adapt to Apples's rather cryptic approach to file management / transfer, which has been quite a learning curve in itself. In general I'm amassing the knowledge to create a different way of working on these devices.

Personally, I now feel it 's a great platform for music making, am interested to hear other people's thoughts / experiences - particulalrly with regard to ambient music.

‘Opaline’ and ‘IRIS’ new Igneous Flame dual album release

'IRIS' and 'Opaline' arose out of the same pool of material. On completion of the project, I realised that there was a distinction between the tracks that featured sections of percussion and 'formal' instrumentation, interspersed with more abstract tonal textures and those that were more continuous and beat-less. Hence the two separate albums.'

Full documentation here:

Bandcamp links:

Opaline montage:


IRIS montage:


Video Montages:

Opaline montage:

Iris Montage:

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 ?

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.

I've just released a 'single' titled 'Supernature'
info from my Band camp page:
'Supernature' came out of the sessions for my upcoming album 'Iris'. I felt it was somewhat different in mood to the rest of the tracks I was working on, so I'm releasing it as a 'single'. 'Supernature' changes subtlely in tonality throughout it's duration, many sources were used to create the track and the tonal shifts employed add to the tracks's overall liminal sound signature. The track's dynamic shifts are less subtle !

Bandcamp's flexibility for this kind of thing is pretty unique and most welcome !

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / KVR Developer Challenge 2014 Entries
« on: September 18, 2014, 01:51:52 AM »
Always a very interesting mixed bag of entries:

I've not looked at anything yet, but will do soonest.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / On Inspiration - Chuck Close quote
« on: September 11, 2014, 05:58:17 AM »
A quote from the artist and Photographer Chuck Close:

“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who'll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you're sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that's almost never the case.”

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Online Mastering ?
« on: August 29, 2014, 07:12:04 AM »
One of John's (JKN) posts over on the RM Ning,
had a link to 'LANDR', one of these online mastering services.  I know these services have been around for a while, but out of curiosity, I thought I'd give them a go - there's a link to free trial below:

I uploaded a track and lo and behold it was sent back to me 'mastered' within minutes. It was a beatless droney track (like most of my stuff !) and it came back significantly louder and with some eq lifts at around 3K and 80 Hz. It didn't sound too different - just louder. An interesting excercise none the less methinks, will try out some other stuff for further curious-ness.

Everything and Nothing / Any other photography people out there ?
« on: July 29, 2014, 05:21:16 AM »
I'm something of a hobbyist photographer, in that I just do it for the fun I get from it. Saying that, I spend a lot of time doing it. I'm currently using a Sony RX100 and a Sony R1 - both good cameras. These cameras aren't the latest and greatest, but they suit my purposes. I see a gear lust analogy in the photography world, where (for example) some folks over at DP review are constantly buying and selling the newest and the best gear and are never being satisfied with the results they get (technically).

What I do is essentially a documentation of things I see out on my walks, my observations of the world I see (mostly the rural environment in the North-east of the UK). I'm keen on macro photography, as it shows a hitherto unseen world of detail for me. Lastly, my dog 'Maxa' is a much photographed subject.

I probably post about 5% of the shots I take, I try to be selective. I'm learning new techniques all the time and I've recently got into filters - infra-red, graduated color density etc on the RX100. I intend to do more Video work further down the line, as the RX100 takes pretty good video footage.

Anyway, there's a fair bit of my work over at my blog (under the photography category)

My new album 'IKON' - very different to my 'usual' material, more information here:

Everything and Nothing / World Cup ?
« on: June 26, 2014, 02:51:03 AM »
These days, I find the whole thing much more interesting from a cultural perspective rather than just the football itself. There was a great story about how the Japan fans stayed behind after a game that their team lost and cleaned up the stadium after themselves.

I live in hope of seeing world class performances from some of the brilliant players there - Neymar, Messi, Robben etc. As regards how it will benefit Brazil (the people of, primarily), that's another topic.

Interesting article regarding increasing US interest in the tournament:

I recently bought this:

I think it's really interesting. I need to spend much more time with it (I've discovered a 'sticking note' bug already)
Considering 'oohs' 'aahs' and 'ees' are so prevalent in female vox pads etc, I can see (potentially) lots of usage for it.

It's on special offer throughout this month:

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