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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:

Everything and Nothing / RIP Rik Mayall
« on: June 10, 2014, 01:08:19 AM »
Top funny feller, he brought a lot of laughter to a lot of people. RIP Rik.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Dance music tutorial
« on: June 04, 2014, 11:37:47 AM »
Apparently you need 'Ablelogicbase' and egg-boxes, you live and learn :)

'Kaleidoscope' free, unreleased Igneous Flame track.
May 2014

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / NI Molekular
« on: April 25, 2014, 07:48:39 AM »
Any other Reaktor users out there, who've had a look at the monster new 'Molekular' FX thing ?

I was initially very interested, I'm now trying out the demo to see if I might find it to be useful to me. It certainly does some utterly mad things !

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Buying Soundcloud 'plays'
« on: April 18, 2014, 01:17:11 PM »
Got a spammy message directing me to this rather bizarre soundcloud 'automator':

Buy their software and increase your audience (so they say). Why would anyone want to do this ? what can it possibly achieve ?

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / 'Lumen' released
« on: March 21, 2014, 09:29:13 AM »
Somewhat out of step with my releasing plans for this year, I’ve released ‘Lumen’ today.

‘Arising out of a larger project, ‘Lumen’ came together as a selection of three tracks which I felt worked together as a coherent whole. There is a sonic diversity to this release ranging from sonorous shimmerings down to seismic shifts.’

This release is currently a Bandcamp exclusive and is available here:
(24 Bit FLAC format format)

Youtube Montage video:

From the Ultima Thule facebook page - am very pleased to be in such esteemed company : :)

'I am delighted to announce that the day of reckoning for Ultima Thule's 25th anniversary new music project is upon us !
Back in October 2013 I invited many of the artists whose music we've supported over the last quarter century to consider creating a new, unreleased piece of music for us, inspired by the theme "going beyond the borders".
The response has been overwhelming, with nearly 40 artists submitting a total of 34 original musical creations, ranging across a gamut of ambient styles.
Ultima Thule is delighted and honoured to premiere the first 13 of these on our 1008th broadcast, this Sunday 9th February.

The featured artists are: Richard Bone, Al Gromer Khan, Peter Miller, Mediadogs, Markus Reuter, Igneous Flame, Robert Rich, Paul Avgerinos, Numina, Steve Roach, Chad Kettering, Terra Ambient and Darshan Ambient.'

Listeners can stream the show live from 22:30 Australian Eastern Summer Time here:
They will also be able to hear this episode in high-quality streaming audio on demand approximately one week later here:

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Igneous Flame 2014 news
« on: January 08, 2014, 04:44:02 AM »
Still working away on new material here at Flame acres.
New year – new albums to be released. Here’s an update:

My ‘IRIS’ album has been put on hold temporarily while I’m working on a newer project which will be my next release. This album (provisionally titled ‘Ikon’) is a more experimental project than is ‘usual’ for my material. Percussives and a harder electronic sound are the order of the day for this one, there will be quite a range of ‘sonic dynamics’ on this one.

I shall be returning to ‘IRIS’ once ‘Ikon’ has been released. It will be a primarily guitar orientated work and more ‘musical’ in a formal sense than my more abstract other work. Currently I’m hoping for a late summer / august release, but this will be more definite when I return to working on this project.

Blog post link:

Everything and Nothing / The new age music 'scene' ?
« on: December 16, 2013, 12:49:02 PM »
Is there such a thing ? I was looking at this site today:

I'm not getting into the merits / demerits of the music as such, just that it seems a whole lot more commercially oriented than ambient. There's some artists who crossover from the ambient side of things, but they aren't as 'hardcore' (an oxymoron here ?) as some of the big name new age artists I've come across. I'm not being judgmental about that, I'm just curious. My only dalliance with the 'scene' was trying to push the 2004 '8 Shades of Sound'  album I produced, but I gave up on that as I wasn't too keen on sending hundreds of copies of the CD to the States (where all the radio stations were based) I'm curious if things are still the same ?

I'm sure some people here know much more about this side of things - Bill B, Jeff P et al 

Don't these artists have bad days and want to release some fiercely abrasive dark ambience ? :)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Geosonics ?
« on: August 17, 2013, 12:48:19 PM »

I think Soniccouture make some very interesting stuff, but this library in particular may be of interest to people hereabouts. I'm not sure what to make of this, initially seems an idea that may be more interesting in it's concept than the sounds produced - but I could be completely wrong ! Am interested to hear other people's thoughts.

Here's their Info:
Geosonics is a collaboration between legendary field recordist Chris Watson and Soniccouture.
Hundreds of hours of recording time, in some of the worlds most extreme and inhospitable environments, combine to form a library of rare sonic artefacts that cannot be found anywhere else.
Using this unique collection as a starting point, we created a wealth of sound design material ; waves and sampled textures which, when layered and combined with Watson's original recordings create the most fluid, organic soundscapes ever heard

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / 'Unveil' free track
« on: July 29, 2013, 11:10:16 AM »
'Unveil' free track

The inspiration for this track was hearing choral / organ music in a highly reverberant Abbey Church and being inspired by the cavernous low notes and uplifting voices created by the acoustic effects of the space. I also was very taken with the atmosphere created by the music, I pick up on the 'presence' in such places and find them inspiring. I tried to create something with a 'sacred ambient' motif. I'm rarely directly inspired in such a way musically, but this has been an engaging exception.

The source material for this track was taken from a pool of sounds from which my 'Harmony through Conflict' and 'NYX' albums arose (as well as my upcoming releases 'IRIS') This pool of material contains a lot of experimental recordings created using Native Instrument's Razor and Prism synths (as well as a lot of manipulated sample library recordings) I used the Razor's vocoder in 'Unveil', I think this is the best vocoder I've come across and I'm a big fan of such things ! Image-line's idiosyncratic Harmor synth was also featured on this track.

Free download (wav file)



Hypnotic and meditative, 'NYX' waxes and wanes around thirteen slow-motion tracks encompassing depth and air. Each track is centered on a fixed tonal structure, recurring sounds and themes appearing throughout giving an overall coherent sound to the album. Spatial and spectral processes add to the subtle colour of the work. In terms of spectral balance, 'NYX' has a tempered upper frequency range, resulting in a softer sound than is usually present in ambient music. For this release, I felt that less was more and focusing on a somewhat band-limited spectra allowed for a more tempered overall production.

The album is 'long-form' in terms of its overall duration - it's a 'single' album of just over 2 hours in length. In the traditional sense of defining an album by what can be fitted on a CD, it would be a 'double' album, but as 'NYX' is a digital only release, there's no requirement to define it as such.

Headphone listening recommended / suggested (album was composed, mixed and mastered on headphones)

Cover Images:
Pete Kelly (Igneous Flame)

24 Bit Flac version (and all other download formats) available at my Band camp page:

CD Baby page will be 'live' soon - both these sites are the cheapest place to get the album.

Soundcloud Montage:

Youtube montage:

More details at my my Blog:

Everything and Nothing / New PayPal fees for artists on CDBaby
« on: May 23, 2013, 02:20:59 AM »
Received this message from CD Baby yesterday - doesn't PayPal make enough money already ! ?:

'We wanted to let you know that on 06/06/13, we’ll begin charging a $1.50 fee for each CD Baby payment sent to you through PayPal. We have to pay PayPal for every transaction, and since we send thousands of payments per week, those costs have really added up!

If you’d prefer to keep receiving payments through PayPal, we suggest you raise your CD Baby “pay-point”, thus helping you avoid some of the fees you’d incur for smaller, more frequent PayPal payments.'

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