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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 04, 2015, 02:06:03 PM »
From memory, the production on 'Fire Dances' is bloody awful - but the material is excellent.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl is really back
« on: November 04, 2015, 03:58:09 AM »
The last Audio Cassette Factory  8)

Personally I won't be missing these things at all, I wish people were as keen on mini-discs instead !

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 02, 2015, 12:24:52 PM »
Killing Joke - 'I am the Virus'

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Soundcloud and its alternatives
« on: October 29, 2015, 02:32:13 AM »
I just set up a Soundcloud account for some guitar demos that I've been doing. Even before I uploaded any stuff, I had 'followers' and when I did, I had instant likes from a selection of spammers.
I would certainly not use Soundcloud to gauge any kind of realistic feedback to my (or pretty much anyones) music !

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Field recordings Blog
« on: October 28, 2015, 12:42:10 PM »
Yes thanks, the loss of a companion creature is a hard one. 

Seren, yes traffic noise is pretty odious when it come to making these recordings !

Here's a recording I made today whilst out in the woods. I found an upturned tree and took shelter under it, while the rain came and went. At times it was pretty full-on, as the recording shows:

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Field recordings Blog
« on: October 27, 2015, 03:38:28 AM »
I've recently acquired a Sony PCM-M10 Recorder, which is a better unit than the Zoom H2.n I was using previously, in lots of ways. I hope to get some better recordings done with it.

Having been out and about recording recently has made me realise how difficult it is to get 'clean recordings' - devoid of traffic noise, aircraft noise, people noise etc. I wouldn't fancy being a sound-recordist full-time ! Maybe I need to go to the more remote places / the wilds.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Field recordings Blog
« on: October 18, 2015, 08:32:05 AM »
Many thanks Julio, I bonded very strongly with that hound...

Yes, I plan to do more recordings. A trip to the coast may well be in order to get some crashing waves. As I said in the blog, the binaural thing really enhances spatial depth (if that makes sense) to the recording

In case anyone isn't familiar with Freesound, it's a fantastic resource. The recordings can be a bit hit and miss technically, but I've found some real gems there.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Field recordings Blog
« on: October 16, 2015, 12:38:50 PM »
If anyone's interested, I wrote a Blog post about my return to making field recordings as a result of the recent passing of my canine companion:


'I was once a keen field recorder, my trusty Sony MZ-R35 mini-disc recorder (in a very fetching blue) and a pair of home-made binaural mics made from  a pair of Panasonic WM-61 capsules was considered to be a half decent set-up many moons ago. I used this combination to make a lot of recordings and have used them throughout the years, incorporating some of them on my albums (‘Orcus’ in particular) and for creating sound art installation soundtracks. For me, binaural recordings capture a spatial ‘realism’ (unsurpassed with other recording techniques).

I’ve now returned to making recordings, since my canine companion Maxa is sadly with us no more, I haven’t had the motivation to return to my music projects. I still feel the need to do something, so I decided this was better than (creating) nothing...'

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Kit Watkins
« on: October 13, 2015, 01:45:47 AM »
I was in touch with Kit years ago, the last time I 'spoke' to him, I got the impression that he was more concerned with growing his own food and bigger world issues. He was a very cool feller, with a great concern for global concerns.
He was also a damn good musician and he was actually pretty well known at his peak.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Soundcloud and its alternatives
« on: October 09, 2015, 03:18:46 AM »
I find Soundcloud to be useful merely as a place to upload some material and use their embed code to put elsewhere (Blog etc). The 'community' thing has gone long ago (if it was ever there in the first place).
If you have a 'pro' account, they are very quick to answer emails !

I don't like the way its 'pitched' nowadays, I should say.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: October 08, 2015, 02:39:10 AM »
Good stuff Forrest !

Yes, I feel the same, when I've completed a project - I don't want to listen to the thing for a loooong time later :)

Fair points Julio,

I'd suggest trying the app out rather than the website version.

Just bought all the 'In App Purchases' for this one after revisiting it on the 'rain' setting and hearing how effective the automation was, just on that preset alone.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Casting little kids in sick violent movies
« on: September 30, 2015, 11:10:52 AM »
I find a lot of movies distasteful because of the violence in them. Hollywood (in particular) seems to be trying to tell us that violence is 'cool and exciting'. I don't understand the appeal of these movies, or violence for that matter. Involving kids in such movies, I just don't get that all.

I grew up seeing more than a fair amount of violence, it's not cool to me, at all.

Yes, porn can be degrading, but extreme violent imagery is (in my view) more insidious, as it de-sensitisizes people to the effects of real violence.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Taylor Deupree....2014 Studio Diary
« on: September 28, 2015, 07:40:35 AM »
Music for Bats ?
High frequencies galore 12K(hz) plus :)

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Third album 'Flesh'
« on: September 26, 2015, 12:14:42 PM »
Just listening to 'Phrack' now, really good ! Will give the rest of the album a listen.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach - Bloodmoon Rising
« on: September 26, 2015, 07:19:57 AM »
I can't find the article, but I read that Steve moved away from Tucson to avoid the city noise and the noise of the civilian and military aircraft based near Tucson.
Can't blame him for wanting to find a quieter location to live and work in.

I'm sure the artists wouldn't be thrilled to hear those frivolous comments.  :(
Yeah, it's a tad unwieldy, but it's their choice.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / 'Dream of Form' track reworked
« on: September 19, 2015, 12:13:36 PM »
I’ve just completed a rework of the track ‘Dream of Form’ from my ‘Iris’ album’.

Spatial environmental recordings from a Zoom h2.n recorder were incorporated with selected tonal drone textures from the original to create a very different track. (The track is down-loadable as a 320kbps mp3 on my Soundcloud page)

Cheers Forrest,

I have to say a lot of that I don't really understand - who owns what / what stakes they have /what leverage they have etc.

I still say that for an individual artist, not so perhaps, for 'indie' labels (Projekt, 12K etc, in our neck of the woods), things used to be far more difficult to break into regarding getting music out there. Sure, money corrupts the best intentioned things, unfortunately.

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