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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sorry Pete Kelly....On Inspiration
« on: September 29, 2014, 01:53:50 PM »
Regarding 'blocks', I presume that the finishing of something is generally more the problem than the starting of something (?)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: What is the Hypnos Forum to you ?
« on: September 26, 2014, 08:08:23 AM »
I come here to rant and rave mostly :)

In terms of 'social media' in general (remembering that the forum pre-dated most of what is so called) this is a niche place and I think that's why it has endured. I suspect it will only do so while Mike is still sufficiently motivated to keep it going.

I sometimes wonder, if I should just shut up (and play my guitar, as Frank said) and devote more energy to getting on with my work (and maintain my blog). But to be honest, I find it's quite an isolated world as an ambient composer, so being able to discuss ambient related things is a valuable thing for me.

There are some real gems posted here, across the board and good advice on technical matters abounds.

I remember the older days when Dirk Serries, Jeff Pearce, Saul Stokes, Dwight Ashley, Jim Cole et al were pretty active and I also remember when there was some unpleasant character assasinations regarding political stuff too - recent heated discussions are nothing new !

Personally, I tire of self-publicists with no other input than promoting their latest album, or whatever, but thats always been an ongoing thing.


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Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Ambient on youtube
« on: September 24, 2014, 04:03:03 AM »
I think some similiar thoughts were covered on a different thread (artistic reasonings aside) that a lot of people go to Youtube to seek out music. So creating videos to accompany the music makes sense from my point of view, I know they can be downloaded and all that, but it's worth doing in my opinion.

I used to create installation soundtracks / pieces years ago and it would have been pretty difficult to create videos to go with the soundtracks, even though I would have really liked to do so.     

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Chef Thread:
« on: September 22, 2014, 01:42:45 PM »
Yes, very tasty looking and sounding !

I do all the cooking at Flame Acres, but I'm only an amateur - but a hungry one, at that ! The eternal search for a good curry making methodology is still ongoing...

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sorry Pete Kelly....On Inspiration
« on: September 20, 2014, 01:42:25 AM »
Good advice from Mike and Forrest's notebook idea I concur with, I keep a log (more as a diary) and it's very useful.

Don't expect everything to be great (especially in it's initial stages), just try to get to a point where it's momentum carries it forward. Working as a solo artist is difficult in some respects, for myself, I'm always concerned with repeating myself or that certain areas of my music really need improving.

Also remixes (competitions) are a great way to work on something anonymously and not to be too precious about the outcome.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sorry Pete Kelly....On Inspiration
« on: September 19, 2014, 06:22:28 AM »
Finally, back on topic !

John, I don't really know what to suggest, but from what I take from Chuck's quote is to just start on something and even if you don't think it's great, just keep adding to it / refining it. Take something from your piano improvs for example, and try some processing on them. Use loops, beats or whatever to get a really rough sketch down and then move onto another idea, you may find you like the first one more when you return to it. His point of the work bringing ideas as it progresses is the primary one for me.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sorry Pete Kelly....On Inspiration
« on: September 19, 2014, 01:55:20 AM »
Julio, you weren't at fault, I was thinking of deleting the thread myself, but I felt there were too many interesting comments made which were worth leaving there - even though the thread had become woefully 'hijacked'.

I originally just quoted Chuck Close's quote, but after a few replies I added some thoughts on it, one being that I didn't feel that gear was that important for any artist  (working in any discipline) thats when it became derailed and increasingly unpleasant.

It wasn't a case of 'offending posters' in the plural, 'Mister Fabric' was the problem and some people (myself included) were pretty direct with him in response (but not resorting to direct personal attacks) as a result of some of his comments (which did resort to personal attacks).

I saw Julio's post last night (UK time) when he'd got irate, but I don't blame him at all, In fact, I was close to doing something similiar, the provocations had gone on for some time. Mike, I don't feel the need to re-open the thread. It's far from the end of the world, it's just been a waste of time - everyone's time and should have been looked at earlier, in my view.

At least Mister Fabric (Crepuscule) has had the decency to apologise, which is a good thing - thanks.


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: KVR Developer Challenge 2014 Entries
« on: September 18, 2014, 02:25:05 PM »
Cheers APK,
I forgot to mention that they are all free.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: KVR Developer Challenge 2014 Entries
« on: September 18, 2014, 01:28:15 PM »
The winner 'Multiply' is actually very good (IMO)
http://www.kvraudio.com/product/acon-digital-multiply-by-acon-digital

In fact, it was just last night that I was musing on how I'd like a really transparent chorus / modulation FX unit. I really like the Valahalla Ubermod ensembles, but they are rather 'coloured'. I've done things manually in the DAW to try to create a 'unison' effect, but this one does the job as is.

(edited for rubbish grammar and typos !)

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / KVR Developer Challenge 2014 Entries
« on: September 18, 2014, 01:51:52 AM »
Always a very interesting mixed bag of entries:

http://www.kvraudio.com/kvr-developer-challenge/2014/

I've not looked at anything yet, but will do soonest.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Eventide UltraReverb
« on: September 18, 2014, 01:38:18 AM »
Reverb - what use is that for ambient music ?, can't we just make do with spring reverb units from old Fender amplifiers, for really vintage tones ?

I'm joking, it does indeed look good, but the dreaded iLok account puts me off.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: On Inspiration - Chuck Close quote
« on: September 15, 2014, 01:12:54 AM »
Julio,

Any chance for a recipes thread here on the forum - or are they (like some of our 'special' granular/spectral/formant-shifting effects treatments) top secret ? :)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: On Inspiration - Chuck Close quote
« on: September 14, 2014, 02:14:07 PM »
Hi Julio,

Cheers for your post, I love cooking myself (especially curries) but it's something I know very little about apart from watching such chefs as Keith Floyd, Rick Stein and occasionaly (dare I say it) Nadia G !, so it's very interesting to hear your observations and the very apt analogies you make.

Yes, for me the simplest set-up works best, I'm no keyboard player, so having banks of classic synths doesn't apply to me - in fact, I'm not really that interested in them, either. My main areas of expertise and interest are sound-design and composition. Thanks for your comments on my work, I devote a lot of time to it and I constantly seek out new techniques and processes, what i'm using currently suits me, direct-thought transfer maybe the next approach :)

Regarding mean-spirited and uninformed comments being made on this thread, I'm not going to get into a slanging match with any individual who has such fixed and limited views on the ambient music. It's just not a constructive way for me to use my energies.

Anyway, back to the subject of inspiration, the 'synth Gods' don't necessarily inspire me, but this lot do:

Killing Joke 'Primobile': 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=9n0OiWKUZKE



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A hoot indeed !

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: On Inspiration - Chuck Close quote
« on: September 13, 2014, 02:59:38 AM »
How to react to such unwarranted negativity ? I presume it's borne out of frustration and the complete inability to accept other people's viewpoints.

I think Mister Fabric and Ekstasis owe people here an apology if they are thinking of staying here on this forum. I would imagine that a lot of people have grown tired of endlessly hearing your precious opinions and trying to force them on people. Perhaps you should just collaborate with each other (presuming that you are separate entities)

We have to act like adults, not juveniles when people post stuff we don't agree with. You've made a pigs ear of this and many other threads on this forum.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: On Inspiration - Chuck Close quote
« on: September 12, 2014, 01:26:34 PM »
Yep, this thread has indeed been de-railed, with my Jedi powers of thread posting, it may be better just to delete it altogether...

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: On Inspiration - Chuck Close quote
« on: September 12, 2014, 11:35:16 AM »
I'm merely curious to see Cosmic's artwork that's all, of course it doesn't validate his opinions one way or another.
No, I don't read music - see, I'm mortal too.

Back to the omni-present gear talk, I don't crave high-end gear at all, I'd much rather have a dedicated studio to work in, by a long way.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: On Inspiration - Chuck Close quote
« on: September 12, 2014, 08:11:44 AM »
Okay, Mister Fabric (or whatever your name is this week)

I see that you are very opinionated and very keen to tell people all about your opinions.
I'II be blunt, from what I've seen of your opinions on ambient music, I'm not interested in them.

You've released nothing and yet you preach to people who have and your fixation with gear is really
tiresome. Of course I know gear is important, but to a much lesser degree than you think, you have to
learn technique and practices, which are transferable whatever gear you use. I can play any half
decent guitar, it doesn't have to be a Les Paul Black Beauty. 

I am however interested to hear that you are a graphic artist, care to post a link to your work ?

Also, re-read the original post and don't resort to swearing, we're grown-ups here.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: On Inspiration - Chuck Close quote
« on: September 12, 2014, 07:04:17 AM »
I thought it was very good advice - that's why I posted it.

Having met a few artists who will probably be creating their work full-time, for as long as they can, I observed that their approach is that they just get to work. But because it's their work, even work can be fun ! It takes an unusual person to do this and obession and compulsion are part and parcel of it. It's very little to do with equipment, studios or whatever - it's the desire for self expression, that is paramount.

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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:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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.”

https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/166434.Chuck_Close



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