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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Ambient Music Generator
« on: January 23, 2012, 02:46:55 AM »
Interesting take on looping random-ness:

the Ambient Music Generator by Charlie Slick

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Igneous Flame 2012 News
« on: January 03, 2012, 04:48:57 AM »
Igneous Flame 2012 Releases news

2011 was a reasonably productive year for me, I released the 'Jazz-electric' album with Achromus in March and my 10th solo album 'Lyra' in November. I also created 50 or so videos to accompany tracks from my previous albums, as well as other work-in-progress projects.

As regards 2012, I plan to release at least two albums, one collaborative and one solo.
The collaboration I'm keeping under wraps for the time being as I've barely started working on it and the solo one could go a number of ways at present. I've spent 4 months on creating work-in-progress material, some of it quite diverse.
I've been getting into samplers and sample libraries recently to expand the sound sources I can work with and plan to use the following synths on the 2012 releases:

NI (Native Instruments) Razor and NI Prism
(NI Skanner - possibly)
Wusikstation (for wave sequencing synthesis)
Ambitron - a new one to me, with lots of potential.

On a personal level, I wish people all the best in these times of great change and uncertainty.




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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Native Instruments Thanksgiving Offer sale:
« on: November 26, 2011, 03:56:45 AM »
50% off some of their stuff (til monday). I'm tempted by a few things, I must say... :)

http://www.native-instruments.com/en/specials/holiday-sale-2011/holiday-sale-2011-komplete/   

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'Lyra'
Released 11/11/2011

Artwork by Kati Astraeir http://astraeir.blogspot.com/

A year in the making, Igneous Flame has released his 10th solo album 'Lyra'

Since his 2003 debut release 'Tolmon', Igneous Flame has sought to create an evolving body of work and whilst 'Lyra' continues in that theme, it differs in that the approach taken to creating this work was significantly different to that taken for his previous albums.
The work was created using a previously unused set of tools and processes in order to experiment and explore in new directions. A diverse range of sounds sources and textures were employed and extensively processed. The primary instrumentation being electric guitar, nylon string guitar and synthesizers.

The work was created whilst engaged with the natural world as a primary source of inspiration - work in progress mixes were auditioned whilst walking through local woodland and re-worked back at the artist's studio. This process was repeated many times, until they were felt to be finished.

The material is primarily ethereal and meditative, with intermittent high-energy bursts and characteristic 'trans-tonal shifts'. In terms of production, a 'clean' approach was employed - full dynamic range was observed and preserved.

Special thanks to Kati Astraeir for deeply connecting with the music, to create the artwork for the album.

'Lyra' is a long-form double album release, both discs 1 and 2 run to almost 80 minutes of material each. Available as a limited edition high quality double CD-R package on the LuminaSounds site or digital download through CD Baby soon.

 


 











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My track 'Fire in the Sky' has been included on the Kalpamantra mega-compilation
'Saur Maas'

Also includes tracks by Kammarheit, Troum, Phaenon, False Mirror, Mystified and lots of other artists.
Free download here:
http://kalpamantra.bandcamp.com/album/saur-maas

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Everything and Nothing / Lifelong musicians 'have better hearing' ?
« on: September 15, 2011, 05:46:26 AM »
Lifelong musicians 'have better hearing' ?

BBC article:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-14882394

cheers,
Pete

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I've been creating a lot of videos recently and uploading them to my Youtube channel. Unfortunately, Youtube doesn't really show them as I intended, so here's the original video for 'Vitreous Flow' (audio edit) from my 2007 album 'Hydra'.



Dropbox link:
http://db.tt/ko8RRue

The file size is 112 MB and the video is at 1920/1080 resolution (wmv file)

For those interested, the original footage was shot with a Sony HX5V camera, processed with Pixelan plugins and constructed in Sony Vegas 10 studio. I'm planning on a DVD release of a compilation of my videos later in the year.

Hope people find it to be interesting.
Lots more to be viewed here:
http://www.youtube.com/user/Igneousflame1

cheers
Pete

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Igneous Flame 2011 news
« on: March 28, 2011, 05:27:48 AM »
Igneous Flame 2011 news:

'Lyra'

I'm currently working on my next album 'Lyra'.
'Lyra' will be my 10th solo release since my first album 'Tolmon' was released in 2003. It will be a guitar based album, incorporating nylon string guitar as well as electric. I'm endeavouring to make something different / unique on this one and a lot of work has already gone into the project to date. I'm planning on a late 2011 release for 'Lyra'.

Videos

I'm steadily adding videos to my Youtube channel, there are now 33 videos there now. I'm enjoying the process of making them, but they certainly take a long time to render !

Here's the most recent one, 'Isotropic' (from 'ION')




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Everything and Nothing / RIP Gary Moore
« on: February 06, 2011, 02:48:25 PM »
RIP Gary Moore.
A fantastic guitar player:



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Other Ambient (and related) Music / 'Celerium' - free download
« on: January 30, 2011, 04:42:38 AM »
'Celerium' [20:17]
Unreleased track, free download.
2009 rework of an (un-included) track from the 'Satu' album sessions.

http://soundcloud.com/igneous-flame/celerium

cheers
Pete


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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Jazz-electric
« on: January 13, 2011, 07:54:49 AM »
'Jazz-electric' by Formbank (Pete Kelly) and Achromus (Michael Stringer)

Due to be released in the near future.
Difficult to categorise and describe, a fusion of hyper-electronica with occasional ambient lull. Hints of Japan, Sylvian and Peter Gabriel pervade throughout. Pete Kelly's real and fake guitar parts combine with Michael Stringer's melodic sensibilities to make for an intriguing, sometimes oblique listen.

Soundcloud link:
http://soundcloud.com/formbank/sets/jazz-electric/

(moved from 'Everything and Nothing' section)

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Everything and Nothing / Ambient video ?
« on: January 12, 2011, 10:13:57 AM »
I must admit that I was somewhat 'sniffy' about ambient videos until I came across a posting on a forum where people listed their favourite ambient tracks and pretty much everyone posted a youtube video link - either of a video someone had made of an existing track or the artists 'official' video.

This made me re-think about making some videos as 'ambient eye-candy' for my material (I'm always looking at ways to get my work out there). So I did some research and found Sony Vegas to be a very good tool for creating videos. Years ago I used to make animations for installations / projections in a program called 'Swish' (cut-down version of Flash), but that never really worked as I would have liked, but Vegas does the job indeed.

I've posted some initial pretty rudimentary videos on my Youtube channel, but now I'm now starting to make them a bit more interesting (hopefully), I recently made one from Kati Astraeir's images that were used in the 'ION' artwork. I'm at a bit of a lull regarding working on my next album, so I'II be working on this side-project for a while.

I've now noticed quite a few ambient artists have been making videos for some time.

cheers
Pete

My Youtube channel is here:
http://www.youtube.com/user/Igneousflame1

cheers
Pete

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / AAS String Studio synth deal
« on: September 28, 2010, 06:14:20 AM »

AAS String Studio for $20

http://www.audiomidi.com/String-Studio-VS-1-No-Brainer-Deal-P14511.aspx

I heard about this synth offer on a another forum and I bought it. I like it, a lot of the presets are pretty samey, but once you start to play around with it, it gets pretty interesting.

It takes a while to get the serial number details (for some people) and the challenge-response registration is a bit of a hassle but the sounds the synth makes are worth it (to me, anyway).

cheers
Pete

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Acoustic Instruments
« on: August 09, 2010, 12:46:20 PM »

I'm not sure if this topic has been discussed before, maybe some time ago ?

Anyway, I've just restored my Classical guitar. By 'restoring' I mean that I've put some new machine heads on it, put on some new strings and given it a general clean-up. This guitar is now 25 years old (Cuenca Model 40, if anyones interested) and sounds great. It was bought for me in 1983 and I played it intermittently since then.

As someone whose material is almost entirely 'electronic' in the way its created and produced, I found returning to this acoustic instrument to be
an enjoyable musical experience. Just playing it with my fingers and feeling the resonances of the notes and chords through the body and hearing the subtle (and not so subtle) variants in tone and volume was quite 'grounding' in a way. I would imagine playing a real grand piano would be quite a thrill for a keyboard player.



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Computers, Internet and Technology / Soundcloud
« on: August 01, 2010, 06:29:39 AM »
Soundcloud

I recently bought a Soundcloud 'lite' account and I've started to use it a bit more actively now. I think it could be a very useful thing -
particularly having a 'widget' that you can paste all over the sites you frequent.

The 'private' features are pretty interesting as well.

Any one else using Soundcloud ? Thoughts, tips ?

cheers
Pete

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Everything and Nothing / World Cup anyone ?
« on: June 14, 2010, 01:35:48 AM »

I know that there probably isn't a great deal of interest here regarding the world cup, but I thought I'd start a thread anyway.

Watched the Germany / Australia last night - wow ! the Germans looked impressive.
I look forward to seeing the really good teams and players showing off their talent, am always keen to see Brazil, Holland and the like.

I know football isn't to everyone's taste, but its a massive global cultural event nonetheless.
People go a bit mad over here when England are in it, but that doesn't usually last beyond the opening round :)

cheers
Pete

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Everything and Nothing / Spoof audiophile reviews
« on: June 08, 2010, 03:25:50 AM »
Whilst checking out snake oil/valid opinions on the merits of HiFi interconnects. I came across this gem:

http://www.amazon.com/Denon-AKDL1-Dedicated-Link-Cable/product-reviews/B000I1X6PM/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

Nice one  :D
Pete

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Robert Rich Tour Blog
« on: May 12, 2010, 07:19:02 AM »

I found this to be a Interesting read, particularly as a travelogue. I was struck by finding that even the 'premier league' ambient dudes can
experience disappointment and uncertainty. I found this quote to be quite inspiring about what Robert was trying to achieve:

'...Once again Iím a bit concerned about low turnout here in Burlington. I donít think many people here know about my music, and I feel a whisper
from the shadow of uncertainty; trying to overcome lingering doubts about perpetual obscurity, while trying to communicate something quiet and
personal in this distracted and overmodulated world...'


http://robertrich.com/tour-blog-live-updates/

cheers
Pete

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Press Releases
« on: May 04, 2010, 08:38:59 AM »

Was wondering what people think about press releases ?

I know that the majority of ambient artists (myself included) have some kind of press release/verbage on their website to accompany the release of a new album. Sometimes descriptive, sometimes to try to convey the intent of the work / what inspired the artist or whatever.

I have to say the amount of times I've seen something like "destined to be an all time classic in the ambient world" is far too often...

cheers
Pete

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Igneous 2010 releases
« on: April 22, 2010, 08:37:55 AM »

For anyone interested, I'm currently working on 3 albums at present:

1) An album consisting of tracks made exclusively of sounds made from virtual synths. I wanted to get away from just using the guitar as a sound source and to work with new (to me) instrumentation. So far, its pretty ethereal/sonorous and is far from complete ! I currently have about 90 minutes of raw mixes to work with. Plan to get it released in the summer.

2) A very dark album made from processed binaural recordings/synth textures. Very heavy going - think 'outerstellar-industrial'. Plan to release this this year.

3) A collaboration with 'Achromus' which is more of an instrumental 'song' album. Very different to anything we've released to date. Again, planned to be released this year.

I've spent a lot of time recently working with a vst program called 'Nebula'. This is a program that 'samples' hardware such as reverb units, tape, valve channels. plate reverbs, compressors etc. It really is fantastic, I'II be posting more about this at some point.

cheers
Pete

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