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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: iOS - useful for an ambient musician ?
« on: April 16, 2015, 07:16:43 AM »
Interesting video regarding using an iPad as a mobile recording set-up:

I like the AXX version, very tonal almost pastoral (considering the source recording !), while still preserving the rhythm.

'Rin-Se' is cool too, more 'Icy', abstracted and stark. The rhythm being more mysterious on this one.

This kind of reminds me of my assignments at Uni, on the electroacoustic music modules, where we had to make a composition from 'sounds from the kitchen', it was remarkable how different they all turned out.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / iOS - useful for an ambient musician ?
« on: April 14, 2015, 02:00:42 AM »
I posted this on the RM Ning sometime ago and got a good response, so I thought I'd do the same here.

Firstly, I should say I'm referring to iPad's here, not iOS devices in general - the larger screen is a bit of a must for my eyesight. I'II admit, I used to think iPads were just toys and I had little time for Apple as a company (I still think that now), but I've been quite amazed as to whats going on in the musical world with iOS. I tried mobile music making on a (fairly weedy) android tablet, but with the latency it had, it was virtually useless, I wasted some money on apps that weren't able to do anything decent.

Anyway, about six months ago, I bought an iPad 4 off a friend and he suggested a good slew of apps to get started with. I sold that on and I've now got an iPad Air2 and an Air (both 64GB models) and oodles of music apps. I actually haven't started a project in earnest, but I'm getting there :) I've had to adapt to Apples's rather cryptic approach to file management / transfer, which has been quite a learning curve in itself. In general I'm amassing the knowledge to create a different way of working on these devices.

Personally, I now feel it 's a great platform for music making, am interested to hear other people's thoughts / experiences - particulalrly with regard to ambient music.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich - Filaments
« on: April 08, 2015, 01:05:15 AM »
Hi Joe,

I think this is a tricky area and I understand that some people may feel that some artists aren't progressing with their musical output. I should say though that from an artist's viewpoint this can be a difficult point. Of course, I'm not speaking on behalf of SR or RR, but guys like them who have been making music for such a long time (presumably) want to carry on releasing work. I think almost anyone working in any artform tends to repeat themselves over time and in some cases that's exactly what their fans want - imagine AC/DC going all jazz-rock :), but this may come at the expense of maintaining a more 'static' signature sound.

Some artists (for whatever reason) just give up or only release a small number of works and I find that to be unfortunate.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: April 06, 2015, 09:48:06 AM »
Great multiple exposures, Forrest !

Everything and Nothing / Re: April Fools Day ignored and denied???
« on: April 03, 2015, 02:23:51 AM »
I did the same with a hippopotamus once, some people can be very sensitive... :)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum software upgrade coming up
« on: March 27, 2015, 12:51:51 PM »
Mike, it seems that a designated theme only shows up when I am logged in. I tend to view the forum logged out most of the time and then it defaults to 'The gray' theme.


Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum software upgrade coming up
« on: March 27, 2015, 09:34:07 AM »
Any thoughts Mike... ?

Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum software upgrade coming up
« on: March 26, 2015, 05:42:45 AM »
Just a thought, the homepage is looking a tad austere currently  - small text / large everything else. It's better once you get into the threads, IMO.

Dave, seeing as you asked:

The source footage is of a stream flowing through pipes to create a lot of bubbles captured wityh my Sony RX100. I made the video in Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 13, using the Pixelan AnyFx plugin for colour alterations and the New Blue ST 'Shear energy' plugin for the effect. All slowed down - of course!

Feel free to do what you like with my track.

'Aquatic' themed video to go with my rework:

Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum software upgrade coming up
« on: March 19, 2015, 12:26:14 PM »
Yep, all tickety-boo here, all these themes options - it's like a wordpress party !

cheers Mike.

Julio and Forrest,

Great to hear your considered and informed responses !


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: March 14, 2015, 06:06:56 AM »
I think this is a heady and hypnotic album, mature and subtle. The instrumentation is varied and balanced and the percussive elements blend very well overall. Production wise, it's very 'full' (in terms of spectral balance) and balanced.

Good stuff all round !

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 10, 2015, 07:45:07 AM »
Igneous Flame  - Opaline.... just downloaded off bandcamp. Beautiful album. I love it.

Thanks a lot Paul, glad you're digging it !

Many thanks !

A CD release ? who knows !
They'll be up on iTunes and the like soon

Have just updated my original post to include video montages for each album.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Alio Die on BC
« on: March 04, 2015, 12:03:45 PM »
Cheers, I didn't know that, it seems to default to 3 plays.

‘Opaline’ and ‘IRIS’ new Igneous Flame dual album release

'IRIS' and 'Opaline' arose out of the same pool of material. On completion of the project, I realised that there was a distinction between the tracks that featured sections of percussion and 'formal' instrumentation, interspersed with more abstract tonal textures and those that were more continuous and beat-less. Hence the two separate albums.'

Full documentation here:

Bandcamp links:

Opaline montage:


IRIS montage:


Video Montages:

Opaline montage:

Iris Montage:


You should ask your son to have a go as well - lots of sonic manglin' opportunities with the NI stuff !

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Dishwasher drone
« on: February 24, 2015, 03:02:03 AM »
Cheers fellers !

If anyone is interested, here's some notes on how the track was created:
I initially made a loop from Dave's recording and used that as the tempo in the DAW (FLStudio), I've not worked with a tempo of 110.2 before !. I used the vocoder FX section of Native Instruments 'Razor' synth (one of my faves), this created the vowel / formant sounds as well as the more traditional vocoded sounds. I also employed lots of spatial jiggery-pokery and time stretching as well.

I should perhaps say a few words about the Paul Stretch program. I think it's a brilliant program (I even paid the dev some money for it, years ago), but I find it's default setting is used in a lot of cases (hence the samey-ness of output). It's really quite deep and there's a lot of parameters to play with. It can sound pretty 'queasy' though, (in my view) and gives a particularly harsh sound with transients. I almost always use the 'stretch' as a starting point for further processing. By the way, any iOS users should check out 'Audiostretch' which is quite brill in a different way.

Anyway, cheers Dave !   

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