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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Buying Soundcloud 'plays'
« on: April 20, 2014, 05:31:07 AM »
Taking this a bit further, what do people think about Soundcloud regarding getting any useful feedback on their work ? I see mostly comments of a overtly positive nature such as 'great track' etc., which surely isn't informative / instructive for anyone ?

I've had a fair bit of 'real' communication via Soundcloud's messaging system and it's always nice to hear genuine comments from people, but when I see artists with zillions of followers and comments and the likes of the above 'products', it makes me wonder.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Buying Soundcloud 'plays'
« on: April 18, 2014, 01:17:11 PM »
Got a spammy message directing me to this rather bizarre soundcloud 'automator':

Buy their software and increase your audience (so they say). Why would anyone want to do this ? what can it possibly achieve ?

Ancient Sony thing, two foot wide and two foot deep, weighs two tons and uses 2KW of power (I'm exaggerating now). As you may guess, TV is not a high priority at Flame Acres :)

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: R.I.P. XP
« on: April 08, 2014, 11:53:16 AM »
Presumably MS stopping security support will have significant future issues for the world that is still using XP (as opposed to the W2K scaremongering) ? I upgraded my internet computer for this reason. Don't think I can go into the heady realms of Win8 yet though, just getting my head around Win7 at present !

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient Music Download Pricing
« on: April 07, 2014, 11:33:31 AM »
Those Peccary prices do seem a little bizarre indeed.

Personally I try to come up with a 'fair' price relative to the duration of the album. I priced my 'Lumen' album on Bandcamp at £3.33 as there are three tracks and I'm a numerologist. The x.99 thing is an old trick that seems to work.

I don't think charging extra for a 24 Bit file is necessary.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: What is Youtube to you?
« on: April 05, 2014, 09:45:38 AM »
It's getting kind of complicated and I'm not very good at reading long posts I should say, but there's still some interesting discussion going on here, in my view. Yes, some people should perhaps be a tad more circumspect regarding being overly direct - which could be interpreted as being personal. God knows there was some 'evil' stuff (personal attacks galore) going on years ago particularly regarding politics and the like, thankfully Mike (G) knocked that on the head.

Mike (Altus) has a pretty active Youtube channel so I think his points are certainly relevant as he sees a value in using Youtube as a promotional tool. I try to do so myself, as one of my motivations is that I actually like creating the video 'eye-candy', it's something I enjoy doing.

Unless I'm mistaken the Youtube tagging thing has changed, I can't see any tagging options recently (?) 

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: 'Lumen' released
« on: April 04, 2014, 12:38:01 PM »
Primarily, I used two Kontakt libraries for Tuba and Pan Drum sounds (the pan drum sounds were mostly processed) and Metadrone and some rather esoteric Reaktor ensembles. I used quite a lot of other things too (in smaller ways). As I usually do, lots of processing was done along the way.

As far as I'm aware, I didn't use any dedicated wavetable synths.

Thanks for asking nonetheless.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: What is Youtube to you?
« on: April 01, 2014, 07:02:45 AM »
I'II say one thing about the choob, it's become a very good resource for tutorials for all manner of gear. I know that some people post videos that are pretty clueless, but on the whole, there's a lot of useful information there. I dare say it's the first point of call for a lot people (particularly if they aren't eager to read manuals !)

One thing I don't understand is how some (pretty hopeless) gear tutorials get so many views and comments and other really useful stuff hardly gets any ? Was there some 'buying' of views and the likes in the past ? I suppose one reason could be the usual reciprocal flattery of social media in general.

No lupine laments here !

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: What is Youtube to you?
« on: March 30, 2014, 09:56:26 AM »
I stand by what I said about Paypal - they take a cut from everyone, all those ebay sales - everything. They are rolling in it.

Slightly off-topic, I used to think Youtube was just vehicle for inanity and general juvenile stuff that didn't interest me, but now I think it's a valuable resource for information and news which is out of the reach of the mainstream media. Sure, there's a pile of nonsense there, but using your judgement, you can find out about things that you wouldn't do ordinarily.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: What is Youtube to you?
« on: March 30, 2014, 08:40:38 AM »
Yeah, Youtube's audio quality is very poor, but I think that it shows that we live in an increasingly visually orientated culture, where people (the majority of ?) prefer to listen to music with a visual element. I went through a phase of making a considerable number ofvideos and uploading to my channel for that reason.
Personally I use it primarily to rediscover classics that I've heard throughout my musical life (just revisited 'White punks on dope' by the Tubes !)
Paypal are weasels and they take their cut from pretty much everyone, but they seem to have a monopoly of sorts. Spotify is increasing it's artist royalty payments, but they still pay very little. I wouldn't describe Bandcamp as greedy at all, they charge you nothing if you want to give your work away and I don't recall that they take 30% either.

However, the bigger point is Forrest' s point (which I've made it myself ocassion), I can see that some artists may well just call it a day when they are finding it more difficult to cover their costs and music will be the poorer for it. Releasing music isn't a 'level playing field' nowadays, just because everyone can do it.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 28, 2014, 04:34:08 AM »
While I agree with what Forrest says (I wouldn't be best pleased if someone uploded one of my albums without my permission), I still think it's where a lot of people are going to find new music, so I make a video (usually a montage) whenever I release something and put it up on the choob.

I can't think of better ways to get it 'out there'. soundcloud (for example) doesn't work in that way, in my experience.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: 'Lumen' released
« on: March 27, 2014, 01:58:40 PM »
Cheers Julio !

'Liquid Emerald' was my attempt to do some kind of Philip Glass type minimalism in an ambient 'manner' - of sorts !
I've been working on new material since I released 'NYX' last July, but I was getting really bogged down with things that were problematic and I was very keen to release something new, so these tracks struck me as being 'coherent' enough to release as a short album.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 27, 2014, 05:42:52 AM »
The rather talented Ronald Jenkees:

Interesting to hear that youtube is used these days by lots of people primarily to browse for music.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / 'Lumen' released
« on: March 21, 2014, 09:29:13 AM »
Somewhat out of step with my releasing plans for this year, I’ve released ‘Lumen’ today.

‘Arising out of a larger project, ‘Lumen’ came together as a selection of three tracks which I felt worked together as a coherent whole. There is a sonic diversity to this release ranging from sonorous shimmerings down to seismic shifts.’

This release is currently a Bandcamp exclusive and is available here:
(24 Bit FLAC format format)

Youtube Montage video:


Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: True Detective
« on: March 10, 2014, 03:07:00 PM »
Going off-topic a tad, but I think TV (in the UK) is worse than it ever has been (generally speaking).

So much 'reality TV' tripe and lazy programming / stereotyping nonsense all round. Well at least we've got 'Blandings':

(and Rab C.Nesbitt)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Reverb Plugin Sound Demos
« on: February 25, 2014, 12:07:01 PM »
I tend not to use 20 second reverbs much myself - unless I'm composing a 'ping and other impulsive noises symphony'.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Reverb Plugin Sound Demos
« on: February 25, 2014, 06:53:56 AM »

Thanks very much for adding the guitar stuff to your demos, very interesting to hear these verbs (some of which I couldn't demo myself as I don't use an iLok thingy).
The thing that struck me is that they all sound good - dense and tonally balanced. I suppose it becomes a bit like fine wine appreciation - the differences are more perceptible with a more refined palette (so to speak) Saying that, I had a preference for the Sonnox Oxford, the lexicon PCM examples (very 'clean') and the softude TSAR 1's spatial effect.

I have to say though, that my favourites (for clean guitar) were still my two 'mysteryverbs', which are:
'mysteryverb1' A Nebula library (EMT140VNXT) of a sampled plate reverb

'mysteryverb1_2' Valhalla Uber-mod 'lateweb' preset (that I modified)

Ubermod is particularly interesting, as it's not sold as a reverb plugin as such, but you can really create things from scratch, with easy access to lots of parameters and it has extensive modulation parameters too. That Nebula library (to me) is just a great capture of a plate.

Lastly, one of my favourite verbs is actually the 'reverb' effect in Native Instrument's 'Razor' synth. I wish that was available as a standalone effect, as it's unique.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Reverb Plugin Sound Demos
« on: February 20, 2014, 07:37:29 AM »
Glad they were of some use, feel free to add them to your soundcloud page.

I'II keep quiet about the 'mysteryverbs' for the time being, suffice to say, one of them isn't an actual dedicated 'reverb' plug-in as such...

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Reverb Plugin Sound Demos
« on: February 20, 2014, 04:41:06 AM »
Hi Julio,

Here's a dropbox link to 3 wav files: (43.07MB)

'verbshootout raw'- a 'raw' snip of clean guitar (47 seconds),
'verbshootout mysteryverb 1' - a 'mystery verb' of the above, for your interest
'verbshootout mysteryverb 1_2' - another 'mystery verb'

Hope they are of some use to you.

Can your synth demos be downloaded from Soundcloud ? - I can't figure out the new soundcloud like I could with the old one, regarding some things :)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Reverb Plugin Sound Demos
« on: February 19, 2014, 10:33:48 AM »
Would it be possible to download these demos (as a zip file) ?. I find it difficult to really hear the differences without being able to load them all into a DAW and solo / mute them individually.

I have a favourite reverb (currently) for a long-ish verb sound, but I've been through endless comparisons myself ! 

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