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Interesting responses, thanks.

I was curious about this, but thinking it over (from an artist's point of view) I personally wouldn't be comfortable with such a model - the obligation to create new work other than for the very reason of wanting to create it, wouldn't sit well with me.

No disrespect to anyone who is doing it though, I just don't have the interest in really pushing the promo / marketing side of things.

Yes, good points.

From an artistic perspective, I wonder how this need to create new work would be a natural part of what the artist does anyway, or would be be more of an 'undertaking' that they have committed themselves to ?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Bandcamp subscriptions - thoughts ?
« on: January 07, 2020, 04:20:00 AM »
Curious to ask people's thoughts on Bandcamp subscriptions.

Noticed that Steve Roach has a pretty active subscription thing going.
I'm not sure how this works regarding streaming / how is it different to Spotify etc ? One thought that did cross my mind is would the artist feel compelled to constantly release new material so the subscribers feel they are getting their 'value' from it ?

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Favourite plugins ?
« on: January 03, 2020, 12:15:41 PM »
There are always new things to tempt us with,but (conversely) I still use some things that are considered to be very old in this age of change regarding music making. I used to frequent a forum for iOS music making and the members there were always looking for the 'new shiny thing'.

'Old technology'  - not always such a bad thing ? valve amps / non-linear compression / distortion etc.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Favourite plugins ?
« on: January 02, 2020, 01:03:54 PM »
I tried to limit my plugin buying this year, but succumbed to these few:

For editing my (ahem,) sometimes less than perfect guitar playing...

I use sidechaining quite a lot (which I think is unusual in droney ambient) this is even more useful than regular side-chaining.

Izotope Music Production suite (older 2.1 version) still full of lots of really useful stuff - especially for mastering.

Anyone else with their recent faves / purchases ?

Only caveat is that it uses a fair bit of CPU, otherwise a really good'un - especially for free.

Many Thanks !

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: A change in the listening experience
« on: November 04, 2019, 06:13:27 AM »
I presume people are listening to music 'on the move' much more than ever before, so sound isolation / noise reduction has become more important for these listeners.
I wonder if 'hifi' / audiophile considerations (like camera photography) has become something primarily for enthusiasts (and the likes of us) ?

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: A change in the listening experience
« on: November 02, 2019, 10:20:09 AM »
Some interesting thoughts there.

It seems to me though, that headphones / earphones are the primary listening mode for the vast majority of people these days. I would say that noise cancellation has changed people's listening experiences much more than any idea of 'correct stereo field' (which I find to be a misnomer, anyway)

Everything and Nothing / Re: unexpected Hypnos message recieved
« on: October 24, 2019, 06:17:51 AM »
I thought that was in Australia :)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Roland Jupiter-X
« on: October 16, 2019, 09:29:46 AM »
Good question !

I'm thinking of Native Instrument's 'Rounds' and 'Razor' synths.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Inspiring sky
« on: October 14, 2019, 06:22:45 AM »
Great thread Jana,

I look to the sky a lot too. It inspires me greatly.

Here is a pic I used for my last album cover, it was taken on Midsummer's night (this year) at midnight

'Indigo' new Igneous Flame album released.

Created from source material made in Native Instrument's generative ensembles / blocks, processed and structured to form the final tracks.

Up on Bandcamp, and all the streaming / download sites:

I'm of the view that you get back what you put into (in this case) musical projects and I wonder about the longevity of a lot of projects out there, when (as APK said) pretty much everyone can / is releasing stuff.
Also, I take a more fatalistic view on things.

I remember the 'glory days' here with people's CD releases, all very different now. I see airplay as more the focus nowadays and I include streaming in that and going back to my original point, I have seen that increase for me - without doing any (or very little) social media networking.

Hi Jana,
Interesting to hear your thoughts on this.

I should say I wrote that blog as a something of a reaction as to reading how 'essential' social media promotion was considered to be for an artist and that you would be remiss by not doing it 'properly' and I didn't think that is the case (well, not for me anyway)

Look at the artists who post here only about their projects and the general lack of response they get, from treating the forum as another opportunity to solely self promote.

Social media for independent musicians ? Maybe of interest to some folk here and perhaps even to the people who just post here to promote their projects :)

Some thoughts on the above topic:

' Been mulling over this recently and my thoughts are, for an independent, ambient musician such as myself (i.e. not in any kind of major league !), I don’t really see the value of spending the time on social media to try to ‘raise my profile’. I should say I’m speaking here as an individual artist – I can’t speak for bands and the like...'

Full post here:

Everything and Nothing / Re: The Spammers - thanks to the mods here !
« on: June 28, 2019, 11:24:43 AM »

Everything and Nothing / The Spammers - thanks to the mods here !
« on: June 27, 2019, 05:01:11 AM »
It must be quite a thankless task, but thanks nonetheless to the moderators here (APK ?) for squashing the eternal spammers, bots etc.  :)

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