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After almost 18 months since I released my last album, I’m very pleased to say that I have a new one to release !
I had to push through quite a block with this one and hopefully now, I will be able to release another one towards the ends of the year too and get back on track with other projects, Igneous related.

Ocean Sighs’ is a selection of ‘ambient seascapes’ which incorporate tonal drone textures and harmonic vocalisations, set against a continuous ebb and flow of treated ocean sounds. The two elements were equally considered in the construction of the tracks and are intended to be complimentary.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Metric Halo plugin Sale
« on: September 21, 2016, 03:11:08 AM »
Cheers Julio,

Yes, it's the holy Grail for us ambient types :) I've been looking at B-format recorded reverb impulse responses - converted to binaural, as I always wanted to hear a 'true surround' reverb (I'd make some myself, but I don't have the equipment). Interesting results, so far.

APK, cool to see you posting here again.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Metric Halo plugin Sale
« on: September 20, 2016, 07:07:32 AM »
Do you have this one Julio, does it do anything 'out of the ordinary' ? We are spoilt for choice with 'goodverbs' these days :)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Nobody Cares about your Photography!
« on: August 06, 2016, 11:21:58 AM »
I enjoyed that video. A little bit. He's making some good points, but not connecting them in a way that I find useful.

1. No one cares.  He's right. No one cares about your photographs. No one cares about your music. No one cares about your writing. No one cares about your art.

Perhaps 'cares' is not the most appropriate word. People are still 'fans' of people's work in the same way as they always have been - people look out for the new work of the artists they like. Just because there are zillions of people creating work now hasn't changed that.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Nobody Cares about your Photography!
« on: August 05, 2016, 03:47:03 AM »
Interesting thoughts Julio and Jana. On refelection, I think his message was to try to achieve 'significant' work in a massively over-saturated and transitory world.

Ekstasis - I do hope you're being sarcastic there...

Everything and Nothing / Re: Nobody Cares about your Photography!
« on: August 04, 2016, 07:03:56 AM »
Interesting - to a point.

The title seems to differ from his message, I suspect a title like that will be more likely to get people's attention.

'Work that matters' is obviously subjective, but I get his point (I think). To me, I think that people starting out in their creative endeavours, may well believe by reading online sources that there's a 'level playing fleld' and that everyone's thoughts on a given subject are equally valid. I have to say, I don't think that is the case.

Regarding photography, I had an active Flickr account years ago, but I gave up on it, as I felt the level of feedback wasn't honest and helpful. People there did seem to care about photography, but mostly their own ! So I guess what I'm trying to say is the 'work that matters' takes time and craft as well as talent and imagination.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum Inactivity
« on: July 25, 2016, 07:23:53 AM »
Hi Jana, I'm fine thanks. Rather behind my own schedule regarding the projects I'm working on, though.

It seems that people have moved on to a degree (Mike included). Unfortunately, a number of people have passed on as well.

I remember my first 'Hi it's me and here's my new surround sound ambient album' post many years ago and how it was pretty much well ignored, until I stuck around and started contributing.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum Inactivity
« on: July 22, 2016, 04:15:35 AM »

It appears to me that the 'scene' is not what it was. I think lots of people are still listening to ambient, but it's become more 'underground', in the sense that people are listening but not seeking out forums and reviews (to a lesser extent).
Maybe there's more conversations on the social media sites -I can't really comment as I don't use them. Forums seems to be still going strong mind, judging by the couple of techy music forums I frequent.

Loren's point is a good one, it's a testament to the long frequent contributors here that the forum is still going at all - considering Hypnos as a label appears to be on a permanent hold.

Everything and Nothing / Forum Inactivity
« on: July 20, 2016, 06:35:24 AM »
Six days since the last post hereabouts - has there been a longer period of inactivity recently ?

Julio - to the Modular ! :)

Yes, it is an interesting topic.

Personally, I don't see anything being set in stone for duration, listeners may prefer a longer piece if they want to fall asleep to it or use it for meditation / ritual use etc. As an example, 'Drone ambient' tends to be long-form. I've done both shorter and longer 'formats', it's whatever seems appropriate for a particular track, in my view.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Fretless Bass (for ambient)
« on: June 20, 2016, 06:46:45 AM »
Thanks for the interest fellers !

Seren, I'II check out your album, we may be thinking on similiar lines. I take it you must be pretty adept to use an umarked (fret markers) fretless ! 

This guy is doing some good things with an ebow and fretless:

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Fretless Bass (for ambient)
« on: June 19, 2016, 12:01:55 PM »
I've recently bought a fretless bass. I used to play fretless in a few bands many moons ago and I had the idea of returning to it with a view to exploring some more ambient excursions, than what I used to do with the bass. I like the idea of using instruments not normally associated with ambient.

Here's the one I got:

It's very nice, I'm left-handed, but I've only ever played right-handed basses, so I can adapt to playing it upside down. It takes some playing though and I intentionally bought one with fret markers !
I had the idea of using it to increase my 'sonic palette' and I am planning a more 'overt' guitar ambient album later this year. I need to knuckle down and play it a lot before I become the next Patrick O' Hearn :)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Robert Rich's 'Crow Blog'
« on: May 25, 2016, 02:22:01 AM »
Cool to hear that Loren :)

I think it was Robert's observational take on these beasties that caught my interest, seeing something fascinating in the birds by taking the time to observe them.

Everything and Nothing / Robert Rich's 'Crow Blog'
« on: May 24, 2016, 03:17:18 AM »
Fascinatingly observed:

Everything and Nothing / Re: R.I.P. Jeff Kowal aka Terra Ambient
« on: April 28, 2016, 03:31:48 AM »
That's a real shock to hear. I remember his release 'The Gate' being discussed here years ago and all the positive reactions he got from it.

RIP Jeff.

2016 has been a most exacting year so far for people passing on. I believe that creating music/art/literature/comedy etc. or anything that gives pleasure to other people is a pretty good way to spend one's time here.

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:

It seems to me that Stuart (Diatonis) is simply drawing attention to his new album here. A bit of respect for an established artist is surely in order ?

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Android needs more synth apps.
« on: April 06, 2016, 01:16:59 PM »
I don't know the current state of all things android and audio, I gave up on it a few years ago.
Even though iOS devices are expensive, feature limited and crippled by the lack of any kind of file management system, there are still loads of really good apps nonetheless. Korg Gadget, Auria Pro, Cubasis etc.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 30, 2016, 01:57:53 AM »
Somebody's overposting here.  But I'm not gonna name names 👮

--Hypnos PD

Was hoping to get more discussion going here since the forum seems to be kinda dead with only a new post a couple times a week from what I can see.

Yes, post away. You're right, the forum is currently pretty dead (compared to days of yore), so any posting keeps things more 'alive'.

George sent me an email too, I was fine with his request.
I made a point of keeping my track exclusive to his project. But saying that, I think I may have made a video for it on youtube (?)

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