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Other Ambient (and related) Music / 'Compiled' on AtmoWorks
« on: July 27, 2009, 03:46:12 AM »
Taken from the AtmoWorks site:

'AtmoWorks is proud to bring you a first in our label's history; a compilation of AW and other highly respected ambient and electronic artists into one cohesive release that we like to call 'AtmoWorks Presents: Compiled'. AtmoWorks owner Matt McDonough (MjDawn) had this to say about this new and exciting venue for the label.

"We at AtmoWorks are very excited to bring together a collaboration that speaks about our label, artists and vision. This compilation is the first in what will be a series of "AtmoWorks Presents:" albums. Our hope is that we will be able to showcase our established artists, but also bring light to new talents we are exploring. You can look forward to future releases involving these great artists."

A seamless blend of styles and influences carefully mastered and molded together by the tag-team of Vir Unis and MjDawn, 'AtmoWorks Presents: Compiled' is a wide-ranging set sure to please the most discerning electo-heads. From the deep drones, guttural drones of Gydja and Bunk_Data, to the minimal beats of Interstitial and the organized choas of MjDawn, this collaborative effort has something for everyone.'

I'm pleased to have a track included on the compilation. My track is called 'Lyke Wake Dirge' and is an ambient rework of an ancient folk-song sung by monks as they walked across the North York Moors to bury their dead.
I was inspired by Pentangle's fantastic version of it, which is on their 'Basket of Light' album. Also I live near the moors, which are very inspiring in their own right.


Everything and Nothing / Music, free or for sale ?
« on: April 09, 2009, 12:20:24 PM »

I didn't want to hijack the 'US copyright rant' thread, so I've started this one.

My take on this is that i have no intention of giving my music away for free. Here's why:

Value. I spend a lot of time on my material. Even if the amount of money I make on selling my
material is small, the fact that people are prepared to buy my work is very significant to me.

How much more Exposure (let alone feedback) would I get if I released a free album ?
I would presume that the appeal of net-labels who have some 'visibility' might be a better way of
doing this. As opposed to simply uploading an album to some server space and posting a link on
forums, MySpace etc. Incidentally, I'm finding lastfm to be a great way to get exposure currently.
There's a lot of people on this forum up there.

Also, I think that if you give something away once, people may be unwilling to pay for something in
the future.

Lastly, I'm selling considerably more downloads than CDs at present and I recently was told the
following by a Japanese distributor, who has recently folded:
'...but music retailing has changed, CDs are no longer a profitable means of music distribution, and
we would like to move on and put our energy and effort into other projects.'

The times are changing, indeed.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Igneous News
« on: March 07, 2009, 01:57:00 PM »

2 releases for 2009:

'Electra' Amorphous guitar-scapes. 7th Igneous Flame solo release

'Harmonium' Darkly serene, ambient Harmonium. Igneous Flame/Disturbed Earth

Artwork by Kati Astraeir

More details/info to follow...


Everything and Nothing / Ergonomically speaking...
« on: November 20, 2008, 09:14:26 AM »
I know this isn't the most fascinating topic, but I'II guess it affects a lot of people here, so
here goes...

For about 8 years now, I've been working on my computers usually 6 to 9 hours a day (pretty much
every day) and I've developed pretty bad RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) in my right wrist and right
shoulder. This was due to using the mouse (I don't have any problems with keyboard use). It was
significantly debilitating, so I started to look at solutions that could address the problem.
After a fair bit of research I settled on this here rodent:

It's a Microsoft (I know :o) Natural Laser Mouse 6000
It's a so-called 'ergonomic' mouse and forces the wrist to rest in a much different manner to a
conventional mouse. At first it felt like a potato, but I've adapted to it pretty quickly.

Info here:

I use two computers - one for Internet browsing/writing documents and another just for music. I
recently had the 'brilliant' idea of using a mouse for each of them, but learning to use one with
my left hand to distribute the usage. It feels a bit 'cack-handed' but I'm getting to grips with it
I am naturally left-handed which probably helps. I'm also using mouse mats with wrist gel supports.
It's hard to say at such an early stage, as to how well this may work out, but my right wrist is
starting to ache less already.   

Anyone else with RSI experiences ?



Other Ambient (and related) Music / New work and changes...
« on: June 30, 2008, 01:42:17 AM »
My self-release imprint 'Chillfactor10 records' is no more. It was something
that I inherited and I think its outlived its purpose. I've set up a new label
with UK based artist 'Achromus' called 'LuminaSounds' The website is at an
early stage of development, but I'm adding content daily.
It's here:

I've made a link to the Chillfactor10 site which I'm keeping 'alive' as an archive
as theres a fair bit of info there. 

Achromus and myself will be releasing two albums in July, 'Flicker' and 'HALO'
We've set up a MySpace profile for the collaboration:

'Flicker' will be released as a CD-R on 'LuminaSounds', and 'HALO' will be
released as a download on AtmoWorks.
More info to follow...


Other Ambient (and related) Music / 1000 True Fans
« on: April 22, 2008, 01:39:23 AM »
1000 True Fans

Very interesting blog on Robert Rich's MySpace page:


Everything and Nothing / Ambient Guitar
« on: April 14, 2008, 09:11:54 AM »
The electric guitar as the primary source for creating ambient music seems a tad overlooked.

I agree with Alan that it can be the processing that makes the sounds interesting, but not
necessarily just a bit of scratchy, glitchy jiggery-pokery kind of thing. The software available now
can really transform the source sound - naturally, it helps if people play something interesting in
the first place ! All manner of looping, granular synthesis, spectral manipulations and the like
allow for a lot of scope.

I was pretty much introduced to ambient by Eno's music, so I initially thought it was all treated
synths and Rhodes Piano, but I discovered lots more.

For me one of the most evocative 'ambient guitar' styles is David Sylvian's volume pedal / tremelo
arm combination. 

I've used electric guitar as the primary sound source on almost every one of my albums and I'd like
to develop some guitar ideas further - I'm working on a technique to get a kind of a Harold Budd
'sound' on the guitar and am still working on various ebow techniques.

Interested to hear people's thoughts.

Pete K

Everything and Nothing / Your MySpace experiences ?
« on: January 30, 2008, 10:21:34 AM »
Was wondering about people's experiences here of MySpace ?

In some ways, I think it's something of a 'Fake Space', full of no-hoper bands and 'Suicide Girls'
tarts and the like. I've seen lots of profiles with awful music on which are heaped with praise in
the comments section. There's also some quite shocking images posted on some profiles.

On the other hand, (for a musician) the networking side really does work. The correspondence I've had
with other ambient musicians has been very encouraging (the private messages thing that goes on
behind the scenes), as has been the comments and messages from fans and 'friends'.   

I would say that the vast majority of previously unknown artists' music I've come across recently has
been from Myspace and the 'viral' nature of it leads to a degree of 'cross-pollination' that I don't
think exists anywhere else. To me it seems that all too often in the ambient world, people are
communicating with the people from the same world (usually about the same artists)...

Any thoughts ? 


Everything and Nothing / Old forum dead and gone ?
« on: December 07, 2007, 04:55:51 AM »
Firstly, well done Mike for getting the forum alive again,

Secondly, is the 'old' forum irretrievably dead ?
has all that stuff now gone into the ether ?


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