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I'm sure the artists wouldn't be thrilled to hear those frivolous comments.  :(
Yeah, it's a tad unwieldy, but it's their choice.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / 'Dream of Form' track reworked
« on: September 19, 2015, 12:13:36 PM »
I’ve just completed a rework of the track ‘Dream of Form’ from my ‘Iris’ album’.

Spatial environmental recordings from a Zoom h2.n recorder were incorporated with selected tonal drone textures from the original to create a very different track. (The track is down-loadable as a 320kbps mp3 on my Soundcloud page)

Cheers Forrest,

I have to say a lot of that I don't really understand - who owns what / what stakes they have /what leverage they have etc.

I still say that for an individual artist, not so perhaps, for 'indie' labels (Projekt, 12K etc, in our neck of the woods), things used to be far more difficult to break into regarding getting music out there. Sure, money corrupts the best intentioned things, unfortunately.

I can't see how they can compete with Spotify, Apple music etc. We can't get Pandora here in the UK, so I don't know about them.

Personally, I'd rather get the fairly meagre (but not as bad as they are made out) royalties from Spotify, if it means people are listening to my music.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 16, 2015, 05:51:32 AM »
Great title for track #6 :)

Very interesting, Dave

I find this topic to be fascinating - 'noise' and its benign and its not so benign effects on people.
On persons exciting sound / noise is another persons misery. Will download his App soonest.

Generative ambience !

Noise masking is an interesting area, indeed. Also, i just looked at his microphones section on the site:
I'm planning on building some better quality binaural mics myself, with what looks like maybe the same capsules.

Everything and Nothing / Re: ...a few thoughts on communities
« on: September 13, 2015, 09:45:21 AM »
I have to tend to agree, those trolls should have been told to 'sling their hook' much sooner.

John, just checked out Ello again and here's an observation (which you may not like), it's coming over more as curated blog than anything else to me.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: NI Reaktor 6
« on: September 11, 2015, 11:22:22 AM »
As a Reaktor fan, I'm intrigued, but £89 for an update with no new instruments seems a tad steep.
The blocks do look very interesting, but I've never built anything in Reaktor, just used existing instruments / ensembles.

Everything and Nothing / Re: ...a few thoughts on communities
« on: September 11, 2015, 05:24:43 AM »
Some good points. but i still am holding out on Facebook and their data mining tactics...

I think the primary issue here is 'Hypnos' itself. As a label, it's pretty much at a standstill and Mike is hardly ever here these days. I should say, these aren't criticisms, just observations. So it seems that it is the momentum of what the forum was that is keeping itself going, currently (?)

Everything and Nothing / Re: ...a few thoughts on communities
« on: September 10, 2015, 03:59:54 AM »
Hi John,

Read your post over at Ello. Interesting read, I check out Ello from time to time, But I have to say, I'm still not sufficiently enthused to engage with it. You've said it yourself, but currently it doesn't work as a community. I felt the RM Ning worked best in it's earlier days, before the spammers (seld promoters) got on board and it became perhaps too large membership wise (?)

I wish you all the best with the Ello thing, I'm sure changes are afoot.

I wonder about this place sometimes...

Hi Julio,

A fascinating read, I believe it's no bad thing to be flexible with plans are adapt to changing circumstances, if need be.

Great images too, I particularly like 'IMG_0580'. I've been using an iphone 6 too recently and have been surprised with how good it can be. That HDR setting actually tames over-exposure (generally) rather than adding the 'garish HDR' look.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Max Richter 8-hour lullaby
« on: September 03, 2015, 01:22:15 AM »
I will find out more on where you.

'I am glad we are talking about such things...'

But seriously, heard a snippet of an interview with this geezer on Radio 6 yesterday, on 'Radcliffe and Maconie'
I'm not familiar with Max's work but (as a 'serious' composer) I expected him to be a  bit 'uber' and pretentious, but he came across very well.  Can't help wondering what Robert Rich makes of this all though...

Hi Julio,

Will have a good gander at this 'blogumentary' soon !


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: That Audiophile thing again
« on: August 18, 2015, 02:36:59 AM »
Good points, Paul.

Yes, my example doesn't hold up for recorded ambient perhaps, but I'd still say if an unmatched aural experience is of concern (as opposed to fidelity), it's still applicable.

I have no love for vinyl, I've heard far too many 'quiet musics' ruined by static, in the pre-CD / digital era.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: That Audiophile thing again
« on: August 17, 2015, 06:51:46 AM »
Instruments recorded on their own independent multitrack magnetic tape and then put on a vinyl master disc are the very best format we have reached,

I agree with the first point you made, but the above one is debatable.

Depending on the kind of music you like, perhaps the 'best' sound is live sound. For instance, if you like Gregorian chant (as I do) go to hear great singers performing in a beautifully reverberant church space. No recording will match that sonic experience.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: That Audiophile thing again
« on: August 16, 2015, 12:05:32 PM »

but if none of it meant anything then the sound out of a mobile phone would sound the same as that out of a hi-fi...

Thats not really the audiophile thing though methinks. On one hand, better quality components, modern design etc have lead to (arguably) overall improved musical fidelity. The audiophile area is more for the person who wants the best possible sound (or what they think that is) and all the advertising, truths and half-truths that are associated with their pursuit of the 'best' - I've known a few true audiophiles and they are never satisfied. 

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: That Audiophile thing again
« on: August 16, 2015, 01:41:20 AM »
I think generally, audiophilia is associated with hi-fi buffs, but a not dissimilar mind-set can be present with musicians as well.

I know the connection isn't an absolutely direct one when compared to people who will pay thousands of pounds for speaker cables and the like, but in an area I do know something about (guitars), there's an awful lot of 'snake-oil talk' that goes around and around - 'Southern alnico twang', 'creamy NOS mullard valve tone', 'toasty retro op-amp sound' etc :)

Cool to hear that it worked for some people and they liked it !

I'm pretty new to Apple stuffs in general and I thought the Apple music trial thing (that I'm trying out) might affect it as well (?).

I've figured out how to upload a track to my Apple music artist page thing (which took some doing !)
Hopefully this link should work - apologies if it doesn't ! (I'II probably upload it to Soundcloud / Bandcamp in a few weeks) I'm just curious to determine whether this Apple music artist profile thing might be of some use.

'Breath of Life'

I am always very curious to hear these systems and what they can do, I shall check out that link Forrest.
It's kind of like the quest for the Holy Grail - a system so powerful ands inventive that it can create musical gold :)

When I was at York Uni, we had to use a set of programs called the 'Composers Desktop Project'. At the time ('98) it was considered to be really cutting edge, but we struggled with it, due to the command line input and the time it took to render sounds - whole hours were not uncommon and that certainly killed any inspiration that we started out with :)

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