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Everything and Nothing / Re: Nobody Cares about your Photography!
« on: August 04, 2016, 07:03:56 AM »
Interesting - to a point.

The title seems to differ from his message, I suspect a title like that will be more likely to get people's attention.

'Work that matters' is obviously subjective, but I get his point (I think). To me, I think that people starting out in their creative endeavours, may well believe by reading online sources that there's a 'level playing fleld' and that everyone's thoughts on a given subject are equally valid. I have to say, I don't think that is the case.

Regarding photography, I had an active Flickr account years ago, but I gave up on it, as I felt the level of feedback wasn't honest and helpful. People there did seem to care about photography, but mostly their own ! So I guess what I'm trying to say is the 'work that matters' takes time and craft as well as talent and imagination.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum Inactivity
« on: July 25, 2016, 07:23:53 AM »
Hi Jana, I'm fine thanks. Rather behind my own schedule regarding the projects I'm working on, though.

It seems that people have moved on to a degree (Mike included). Unfortunately, a number of people have passed on as well.

I remember my first 'Hi it's me and here's my new surround sound ambient album' post many years ago and how it was pretty much well ignored, until I stuck around and started contributing.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum Inactivity
« on: July 22, 2016, 04:15:35 AM »

It appears to me that the 'scene' is not what it was. I think lots of people are still listening to ambient, but it's become more 'underground', in the sense that people are listening but not seeking out forums and reviews (to a lesser extent).
Maybe there's more conversations on the social media sites -I can't really comment as I don't use them. Forums seems to be still going strong mind, judging by the couple of techy music forums I frequent.

Loren's point is a good one, it's a testament to the long frequent contributors here that the forum is still going at all - considering Hypnos as a label appears to be on a permanent hold.

Everything and Nothing / Forum Inactivity
« on: July 20, 2016, 06:35:24 AM »
Six days since the last post hereabouts - has there been a longer period of inactivity recently ?

Julio - to the Modular ! :)

Yes, it is an interesting topic.

Personally, I don't see anything being set in stone for duration, listeners may prefer a longer piece if they want to fall asleep to it or use it for meditation / ritual use etc. As an example, 'Drone ambient' tends to be long-form. I've done both shorter and longer 'formats', it's whatever seems appropriate for a particular track, in my view.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Fretless Bass (for ambient)
« on: June 20, 2016, 06:46:45 AM »
Thanks for the interest fellers !

Seren, I'II check out your album, we may be thinking on similiar lines. I take it you must be pretty adept to use an umarked (fret markers) fretless ! 

This guy is doing some good things with an ebow and fretless:

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Fretless Bass (for ambient)
« on: June 19, 2016, 12:01:55 PM »
I've recently bought a fretless bass. I used to play fretless in a few bands many moons ago and I had the idea of returning to it with a view to exploring some more ambient excursions, than what I used to do with the bass. I like the idea of using instruments not normally associated with ambient.

Here's the one I got:

It's very nice, I'm left-handed, but I've only ever played right-handed basses, so I can adapt to playing it upside down. It takes some playing though and I intentionally bought one with fret markers !
I had the idea of using it to increase my 'sonic palette' and I am planning a more 'overt' guitar ambient album later this year. I need to knuckle down and play it a lot before I become the next Patrick O' Hearn :)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Robert Rich's 'Crow Blog'
« on: May 25, 2016, 02:22:01 AM »
Cool to hear that Loren :)

I think it was Robert's observational take on these beasties that caught my interest, seeing something fascinating in the birds by taking the time to observe them.

Everything and Nothing / Robert Rich's 'Crow Blog'
« on: May 24, 2016, 03:17:18 AM »
Fascinatingly observed:

Everything and Nothing / Re: R.I.P. Jeff Kowal aka Terra Ambient
« on: April 28, 2016, 03:31:48 AM »
That's a real shock to hear. I remember his release 'The Gate' being discussed here years ago and all the positive reactions he got from it.

RIP Jeff.

2016 has been a most exacting year so far for people passing on. I believe that creating music/art/literature/comedy etc. or anything that gives pleasure to other people is a pretty good way to spend one's time here.

This is more of a re-post, than an actual post, but I recently blogged about my upcoming projects. Here:

I've also uploaded a free track on my Soundcloud page, if you just want to hear that:

It seems to me that Stuart (Diatonis) is simply drawing attention to his new album here. A bit of respect for an established artist is surely in order ?

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Android needs more synth apps.
« on: April 06, 2016, 01:16:59 PM »
I don't know the current state of all things android and audio, I gave up on it a few years ago.
Even though iOS devices are expensive, feature limited and crippled by the lack of any kind of file management system, there are still loads of really good apps nonetheless. Korg Gadget, Auria Pro, Cubasis etc.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 30, 2016, 01:57:53 AM »
Somebody's overposting here.  But I'm not gonna name names 👮

--Hypnos PD

Was hoping to get more discussion going here since the forum seems to be kinda dead with only a new post a couple times a week from what I can see.

Yes, post away. You're right, the forum is currently pretty dead (compared to days of yore), so any posting keeps things more 'alive'.

George sent me an email too, I was fine with his request.
I made a point of keeping my track exclusive to his project. But saying that, I think I may have made a video for it on youtube (?)


I received an email regarding the above. It's not spam as I've replied to the feller who sent it from Sirius XM.
I have to confess I know next to nothing about SoundExchange royalties and the like (which this agreement seems to be about)
I asked the feller if it would cause problems with my stuff already being up on iTunes etc. via CD Baby and IODA, he said it wouldn't, but I didn't really understand what I would be agreeing to ? I imagine any royalties would be a pittance, but I don't want to sign anything that could cause problems down the line.

Anyone know more about Sirius XM and such things ?

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Obsidian
« on: January 13, 2016, 03:31:05 AM »
Have to say, I'm pretty surprised to see this pricing decision elicit so much drama here. I'm speaking only of the initial responses. Perhaps I'm wrong, but I just assumed this was an artist not as well known for darker ambient music having a little fun with some of the more cliched tropes of the genre. Even if I did have reason to suspect the price reflected a sincere religious conviction, the label "Satanist" is pretty damned uninformative. A self-identified Satanist is at least as likely to be a nature-loving peacenik or a theatrically inclined but otherwise harmless atheist as the depraved caricature the term traditionally connotes.

I agree, the term 'Satanist' is usually bandied around in an uninformed manner. Most so-called 'Satanists' are just playing at it. Pan / negative energy archetypes worship has been around for a long time before it was referred to as anything to do with the christian 'Devil'. I think there are individuals around whose actions are most suitable to be described as 'satanic' - psychopathic individuals in power, who create war and famine for their own goals.

Back on topic, I think Stuart's response may well have been a reaction to a critical initial response.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Obsidian
« on: January 12, 2016, 03:20:10 AM »
Bit of an odd response to this one. Stuart posts an album and is accused of being a devil-worshipper as he priced it at $6.66.

Can't satanists release ambient music now ? (I'm not implying at all that Diatonis is such a thing, by the way) :) 
If so, the whole dark ambient market will collapse overnight :)

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: David Bowie 1947 - 2016
« on: January 11, 2016, 06:46:07 AM »
We can beat them, just for one day
We can be heroes, just for one day'

RIP David Bowie, one of the brightest stars.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 07, 2016, 12:54:53 PM »

I still remember seeing Sabbath doing Paranoid in London shortly after it was released ... now I feel old   :-\

That is indeed, extremely cool !

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