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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Any Genesis fans?
« on: August 07, 2014, 02:36:14 AM »
I was never a huge fan, but I liked them quite a lot, they had a very english / pastoral sound to me. Post-gabriel, I think 'And then there were three' was a great album. Peter Gabriel's early solo work was much more to my taste - his third and fourth albums being particularly powerful and edgy.
I liked Steve Hackett's work and was fortunate to see him solo (can't remember the album he was promoting)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ableton Live ?
« on: August 06, 2014, 03:16:29 AM »

I know what you mean, I've spent a lot of time on programs / plugins etc. and am still not sure what I may (or may not) do with them. Saying that though, I feel this exploration time is never wasted, even if there is very little to show for it, in terms of 'output'. It feeds into other things, over time.

Currently, I can see me using Live primarily as a sample-mangler, of sorts. The arrangement side of things I'm still unsure about.

Here's my Novation controllers / Live setup, I'm still messing about with possibilities, but these units make a lot more sense of the whole 'Live thing'. For one thing, To be able to do all that real time tweaking, is very interesting, as well as the clip launching thing. The Launchpad mini (in particular) is really good, I wish I'd looked at one years ago.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Any other photography people out there ?
« on: August 02, 2014, 08:46:22 AM »
I thought those Iceland images would be appreciated here.

Yes, Julio North Yorks, am familiar with both those places.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Any other photography people out there ?
« on: August 01, 2014, 06:39:15 AM »
Small world Julio, indeed !

Here's a link to a great selection of infra-red shots taken in Iceland:

Everything and Nothing / Re: Any other photography people out there ?
« on: July 31, 2014, 01:16:31 PM »
Hey Julio, you've been involved in some real photography !

I take it 'art collage' was an unintended descriptor ? :) Please link to your gallery site when it's ready.
Up on the moors eh, whereabouts ? I know the NYM reasonably well. Small world, indeed.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Any other photography people out there ?
« on: July 31, 2014, 06:17:27 AM »
Sorry to hear about 'Brodie', my old girl is approaching 15 and I dread the time when she passes on.
I used a darkroom when I was in the photography club at school - very toxic, all those chemicals way back in the olden days ! Good cameras are cheap these days, but the range is enormous.


Yes, time-lapse photography is fascinating, I think that the 'time compression' element of it and the viewing of unseen worlds with macro photography are very interesting. Nature is my favoured theme, but heavy industry is something else I find fascinating (in a strange way)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Any other photography people out there ?
« on: July 30, 2014, 09:15:56 AM »
Many thanks, Boris !

Particularly like the 'people' section on your site.
Yes, I agree, I think ambient music and photography can have a lot in common.

Everything and Nothing / Re: TunesCore Payments for Spotify Streams
« on: July 29, 2014, 09:33:24 AM »
John said 'Spotify barely pays' and while that's true, they do pay and that amount is on the increase. Through CDBaby it takes months for royalties to come through, a lot of these distribution outfits really do pay nothing ! iTunes does the most.
Bandcamp is a different thing really. 

Everything and Nothing / Any other photography people out there ?
« on: July 29, 2014, 05:21:16 AM »
I'm something of a hobbyist photographer, in that I just do it for the fun I get from it. Saying that, I spend a lot of time doing it. I'm currently using a Sony RX100 and a Sony R1 - both good cameras. These cameras aren't the latest and greatest, but they suit my purposes. I see a gear lust analogy in the photography world, where (for example) some folks over at DP review are constantly buying and selling the newest and the best gear and are never being satisfied with the results they get (technically).

What I do is essentially a documentation of things I see out on my walks, my observations of the world I see (mostly the rural environment in the North-east of the UK). I'm keen on macro photography, as it shows a hitherto unseen world of detail for me. Lastly, my dog 'Maxa' is a much photographed subject.

I probably post about 5% of the shots I take, I try to be selective. I'm learning new techniques all the time and I've recently got into filters - infra-red, graduated color density etc on the RX100. I intend to do more Video work further down the line, as the RX100 takes pretty good video footage.

Anyway, there's a fair bit of my work over at my blog (under the photography category)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ableton Live ?
« on: July 27, 2014, 01:39:13 PM »
Great video, I love the bit at 3:00 (ish) - "one of the most beautiful chords in the universe" ! Good points about moving away from the (piano) keyboard, a friend who has 'Push' says the same.

I've been playing around with Live Intro and a Novation Launchkey 25 and I'm starting to see lots of possibilities. It's a completely different way of doing things that i'm used to and that's the appeal of it (in someways). I think I may have to get a Launchpad (mini) to start to delve into 'clipology' some more. The Novation 'in control' is very interesting too.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ableton Live ?
« on: July 23, 2014, 01:28:05 AM »
Thanks for your feedback Julio !

I will spend some more time with it, I think having different applications that do things in different ways is a good thing. I find myself going into 'repeat mode' regarding processes that yield useful results, but I'm always keen to try new things to add variety / stop me going into 'auto-pilot'.

I get the impression that having some kind of controller to launch clips is pretty integral to Live (?) . I've just bought a Korg PadKontrol and that works with FL Studio's performance mode in a similiar way (I think).  Interesting to see all those Youtube vids of people playing with controllers / Live almost as an 'instrument', in it's own way.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ableton Live ?
« on: July 22, 2014, 05:30:25 AM »
Any further thoughts Julio ?

I was given a (legit) copy of Live Intro by a friend who got it when he bought 'Push', I can't yet determine how I may (or may not) use it regarding arrangements.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 20, 2014, 02:23:42 PM »
Gerat video for a great song:

'Mr. Pharmacist' by the Fall

The Fall - Mr. Pharmacist

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Miss you Forrest!
« on: July 14, 2014, 01:04:52 AM »

You should realise that being 'direct' on forums can come across as being rude. In the 'real world', I am very direct myself (and outspoken), so I try to be more circumspect online. 

The point still holds, a forum member who contributed a lot over the years has decided not to be a part of things anymore (for whatever reason) and that's a shame.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Miss you Forrest!
« on: July 13, 2014, 01:43:13 AM »
I agree, his contributions were knowledgeable and interesting.

Everything and Nothing / Re: World Cup ?
« on: July 09, 2014, 06:06:57 AM »
Bit harsh - but true !
Ye Gods, I thought England's performances were the worst, but that match...

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 08, 2014, 01:35:13 PM »
Thin Lizzy 'Roisin Dubh'

Thanks very much Paul and Tomas !,

Yes, Mick Karn was one of my favourite bass players, I used to play fretless in bands in my youth (not very well).
'IKON' was a very time consuming ptoject and at times I felt it wasn't going anywhere, so I'm very pleased to have it finished and released.

Tomas, you may be right on those points, but I felt I'd spent enough time on this project and could have carried on making changes almost indefinetely - every time I made a fresh set of listening notes I heard things I wasn't wild about (it was becoming very complex !). I suppose that's something you have to contend with when you want to release new material, especially when it's somewhat different to ones 'usual' work.   

My new album 'IKON' - very different to my 'usual' material, more information here:

IKON montage

Everything and Nothing / Re: A viewpoint of ambient EM music
« on: July 04, 2014, 06:07:39 AM »
If they don't like ambient, then they don't like it. There's not much else you can do, I'm not a fan of opera, I would imagine if someone tried to promote it's virtues to me I may like it even less.

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