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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bandcamp
« on: July 13, 2013, 01:43:06 AM »
CD Baby is still the only decent way to go for digital distribution though, which isn't Bandcamp's thing.

What does that mean, exactly? I'm a bit naive on how things work on the artist, label, distro end.

By paying CD Baby, they send the music off to the likes of iTunes, Amazon and the like. Bandcamp just sells from their site.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bandcamp
« on: July 12, 2013, 01:56:01 PM »
Speaking as an artist, I'm very impressed with Bandcamp. I was a bit 'sniffy' about it at first, but it really is a good set-up they have. Their Flac file capability is unique as far as I know. I think the indexing of search terms is a bit slow for new releases, but apart from that no complaints.

I've heard some artists bemoan Bandcamp's lack of promotional 'focus' and that it's easy to get lost there (amongst the many, many releases) and I think those points are probably true, but that's the nature of the beast.

CD Baby is still the only decent way to go for digital distribution though, which isn't Bandcamp's thing.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient cover tunes
« on: July 08, 2013, 09:01:04 AM »
Great mix, an engaging selection of musically sympathetic material to the man's work.

In contrast, I heard some stuff from a Harold Budd 'tribute' on Oktaf which I felt just didn't get the beauty and the economy of the original material at all.


Hypnotic and meditative, 'NYX' waxes and wanes around thirteen slow-motion tracks encompassing depth and air. Each track is centered on a fixed tonal structure, recurring sounds and themes appearing throughout giving an overall coherent sound to the album. Spatial and spectral processes add to the subtle colour of the work. In terms of spectral balance, 'NYX' has a tempered upper frequency range, resulting in a softer sound than is usually present in ambient music. For this release, I felt that less was more and focusing on a somewhat band-limited spectra allowed for a more tempered overall production.

The album is 'long-form' in terms of its overall duration - it's a 'single' album of just over 2 hours in length. In the traditional sense of defining an album by what can be fitted on a CD, it would be a 'double' album, but as 'NYX' is a digital only release, there's no requirement to define it as such.

Headphone listening recommended / suggested (album was composed, mixed and mastered on headphones)

Cover Images:
Pete Kelly (Igneous Flame)

24 Bit Flac version (and all other download formats) available at my Band camp page:

CD Baby page will be 'live' soon - both these sites are the cheapest place to get the album.

Soundcloud Montage:

Youtube montage:

More details at my my Blog:

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Acoustic Synthesizer
« on: June 06, 2013, 12:23:36 PM »
Yes, very interesting. I've not heard / seen anything quite like that.


Everything and Nothing / Re: New PayPal fees for artists on CDBaby
« on: May 23, 2013, 07:47:37 AM »
Of course, there is probably some private financial chicanery going on between CD Baby and PayPal, but at least CD Baby are letting people know about this new arrangement and giving them the option to raise their payment threshold.

Everything and Nothing / New PayPal fees for artists on CDBaby
« on: May 23, 2013, 02:20:59 AM »
Received this message from CD Baby yesterday - doesn't PayPal make enough money already ! ?:

'We wanted to let you know that on 06/06/13, we’ll begin charging a $1.50 fee for each CD Baby payment sent to you through PayPal. We have to pay PayPal for every transaction, and since we send thousands of payments per week, those costs have really added up!

If you’d prefer to keep receiving payments through PayPal, we suggest you raise your CD Baby “pay-point”, thus helping you avoid some of the fees you’d incur for smaller, more frequent PayPal payments.'

'NYX' upcoming Igneous Flame album update.

Early July release (hopefully !) , more info here:

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: AMBIcon 2013 Update
« on: May 15, 2013, 04:43:29 AM »
Just watched the intro piece in Jeff's concert. Great stuff ! - not many people play the ebow (I'm presuming it was an ebow !) so cleanly and tastefully.

Will watch the rest soonest.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
« on: April 12, 2013, 10:04:40 AM »
Very sad news.

May his spirit live on through his sublime music.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Vintage Gear
« on: March 31, 2013, 08:27:57 AM »
I pretty much agree with everything here. Vintage gear is marketed in such a way to lead people to believe it will add that elusive 'sound' that will make out music complete. In reality, ideas and inspiration are much more desirable (irregardless of what gear people use), but these qualities cannot be bought.

'Mojo' schmojo...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Robert Rich Guitar player video
« on: March 30, 2013, 01:02:39 PM »
Very interesting to see him at work:

Yes, perhaps that isn't the most informative or imaginative of reviews, but I would imagine the artist is pleased with it. I think some musicians would like more of a technical appraisal of their work, but I like to hear the emotional reaction the work has for a reviewer too.

On the broader subject of online reviews, I'd have thought having some kind of web presence (Blogs are pretty pain-free these days) to archive the reviews is a good move. if (heaven forbid!) the 'host site' folds (Hypnos or the RM Ning, in our case), where would there be any archive of the reviews ?. On another point, reviewers who choose to review only physical releases are missing out on a lot of music and potential readers. The whole review 'scene' has certainly changed from the days of Binkelman, Bienowski, Bebbington et al - I'm not saying the changes are for the worst, just that the whole online ambient music world itself has changed.

The Hypnagogue site is a great site methinks in terms of content, diversity and also how to use a Blog to set up a review site.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Is Analog the future for hardware synths?
« on: February 13, 2013, 08:28:18 AM »
I'm not sure on this one,

I think there are some really interesting things going on with software synthesis. I'm thinking primarily about some of the Reaktor synths and ImageLine's 'Harmor', that does some pretty unique things. I think there's a lot of interesting things that can be done with granular synthesis (granted thats hardly new), in particular.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 11, 2013, 12:47:31 PM »
Iron Maiden-Live After Death.  I would say if you could only have one IM album in your collection, this should be it.  Recorded 1985 at the peak of their game. 

I'm showing my age here a bit, but I saw the Maiden on their first tour with Paul Di'Anno at Middlesbrough Town Hall. I liked their stuff very much then but I think they haven't really changed musically from their early days.
Incidentally, I also saw a band called 'White Spirit' at the same venue (well, in the Crypt) with Janick Gers, before he joined Iron Maiden. My last blast from the past was seeing an AC/DC soundalike band with a Mr Brian Johnstone as singer - before he joined AC/DC.

Jolly days...

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 01, 2013, 10:50:20 AM »
'Lux' by Eno.

Reminds me why I got into ambient music in the first place. It's economy is it's appeal, it may sound simple but it's very cleverly crafted. He doesn't need to add the proverbial 'kitchen sink' of sonic 'embellishments', just beautiful sounds.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Spotify - your experiences ?
« on: January 20, 2013, 09:35:08 AM »
Hi Forrest,
I take your point and they are ripping off artists if they're charging £10 a month for their service, which I think is a lot.

However, I see it as an airplay thing primarily and if it gets my music heard by lots of people, then I'm all for that. I could be naively mistaken about the whole thing, mind...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Spotify - your experiences ?
« on: January 19, 2013, 12:55:18 PM »
I don't use Spotify as such, so that's why I was curious regarding the listener 'experience'.
Apparently that Lady Gaga article is pretty much out of date, here's an interesting recent article:

I'm starting to get more royalties from Spotify, still tiny amounts, but much more than before. Perhaps it has a value to artists regarding some kind of airplay / exposure thing and even if they pay you next to nothing, listeners (and there seems to be a fair number of them) may decide to buy your work ?

'crap' and 'useless' ?  tell us what do you really think, Tomas :)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Spotify - your experiences ?
« on: January 17, 2013, 09:32:05 AM »
Wondering what people's experiences of Spotify are ? Listeners and artists, alike.
cheers, Pete

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