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Fair points, It's just that a lot of posters who just post about themselves are anonymous, so to hear your points is a refreshing change.

I'm merely suggesting why not take part in the forum ?, it's always a bit of a shame when people come here just to talk about their own music/label/project but not take in things otherwise.

I was wondering what's your favourite part of this forum ?  ::)
I'm surprised somewhere as 'of the radar' as this forum is still used by the 'eager ones'.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 12, 2014, 01:16:44 PM »
Reachy Prints by Plaid (cheers Julio !)

Four great tracks and the others more of a mixed bag, but still very cleverly done.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: October 10, 2014, 02:57:32 AM »

I still use the lower-end Shure SRH840's, they're pretty good - albeit not a perfect fit for my noggin.
Soundwise, they're supposed to be flat enough for 'reference' duties.

I still haven't found the 'perfect' headphone (if it exists in the world of form)

Now Playing / Re: Heavy music: turn it up to eleven!
« on: October 09, 2014, 01:06:55 PM »
Another Belter !

Uli Roth at his best:
Scorpions All night Long Tokyo Tapes

I should point out that I also rate QOTSA and Rammstein, as well - I'm not totally stuck in the past !

Now Playing / Re: Heavy music: turn it up to eleven!
« on: October 09, 2014, 01:47:56 AM »
thanks for the suggestions fellers@

David - yeah That feller is pretty good, I still think Gary Moore's playing (in particular) on Roisin Dubh was ace.

'Sundummy' - good psychedelia indeed.

Blake - sorry that sounded a bit samey to me and I do have a problem with the growly vox style.

Here's someone I rate:
Michael Schenker



Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 08, 2014, 01:03:30 PM »

perhaps the best electronica Ive heard in a while.

That second track video is just brilliant ! From what i've heard of Plaid, it's so much more interesting than the 'Aphex Ego's' output :)

Now Playing / Re: Heavy music: turn it up to eleven!
« on: October 07, 2014, 08:59:03 AM »
Been listening to this station for some time now:

<rant on>
I must be getting old (actually, I am old), a lot of the newer stuff really grates with me, especially the 'pop / metal' stuff, with all the bratty shoutings and the teenage (or what comes over as teenage) angst. The groaning stuff is better, but still not my cup of tea. As for guitartists - who are the killer axe-men these days ?, I've not heard much in the way of 'hot solos' of late.
</rant off>

I agree with that quote, indeed.

Watched a very good Kate Bush documentary on BBC 4 last night. Now she is a source of inspiration !

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sorry Pete Kelly....On Inspiration
« on: September 30, 2014, 06:34:18 AM »
I'm pretty fortunate in that I'm able to get projects finished. While the work-in-progress is the learning process in itself, I'm sufficiently goal oriented to see the completion of a project as the primary thing. This isn't because I'm super disciplined or anything like that, more that i was a bit of a slacker with music when I was younger and now I take it far more seriously.

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 (?)

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.

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.     

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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)

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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