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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Is Analog the future for hardware synths?
« on: February 13, 2013, 08:28:18 AM »
Julio,
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.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 11, 2013, 12:47:31 PM »
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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...

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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.

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This is certainly significant.

Over here (in the UK), the Post Office has also increased it's overseas postage prices too. A single CD and artwork in a jewel case decently packed to the States now costs 3.86 - as small packet / airmail  (3.30 with minimal packing). Taking the jewel case out and using a flat-pack type case it's still 2.89 - not including the price of the postage materials. It's getting to the point where you have to think about significantly hiking up the price of an album to compensate.

So, irregardless of whether people have preferences for a CD / CD-R being the 'real' release (as opposed to a download), financial factors may well contribute more so to the demise of the silver discs and move artists more to the download only release 'model'. I find this discouraging myself, but things change.


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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...

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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:
http://www.godisinthetvzine.co.uk/2012/08/08/going-skint-for-a-living-to-spotify-or-not-to-spotify-2/

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 :)

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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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The album is now up on iTunes, CD Baby etc. The 24 Bit FLAC version is still only available at Bandcamp.

As a side note it took CD Baby 2 hours to get the album up on iTunes after I'd set it to be sent for digital distribution ! 

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Thanks again chaps !

I released my eponymous album 'Tolmon' on this date 10 years ago, the Hypnos forum was one of the few ambient online places I knew about and like a number of artists, my first post here was a self-promotional one. People were very encouraging (Scott playing it on Ping things, for example) and I decided to 'hang around'. I'd like to say I've found this forum to be a great info spot over the years. It isn't the biggest forum, but I think that's one of it's strengths and people here pretty much know their stuff.   


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Cheers, fellers !
Pete

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This January, I've been releasing my ambient music under my Igneous Flame moniker for 10 years. This is quite a milestone for me, even though I'm aware it is dwarfed by much more established artists longevity, it still means a lot to me. I initially released my material on 'Chillfactor 10 records' (not my title !) in 2003 and when that label folded, I set up my own LuminaSounds imprint in 2008. During this 10 year period, I released 11 solo albums and 24 albums in total.

Around 2003, I read some overly-optomistic 'career' articles for musicians about having 5 year and 10 year plans, I decided that they were far too idealistic and my plan was to simply carry on creating and releasing ! I've still got a lot I want to do and over time, more refinement will (hopefully !) come into the work. I hope to be able to carry on as I am currently able to in the future.

To mark my first 10 years, I'm giving away my 2005 'Binaural Soundtracks' release (as 320 kbps mp3s).

Full text and album download link:
http://igneousflame.wordpress.com/2013/01/09/




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Harry and Julio,

Thanks you both for your comments, I very much appreciate them !

Pete

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Thanks very much 'Ein Sophistry' - well observed, it is somewhat strange. I took things in a somewhat different direction with this one.
Julio, hope the album works for you too. 


I've created a video for the montage:



I read something about Kati's Astraeir's inspirational artwork. Here's her recent blog entry, she's created the artwork for the following recent albums:

http://astraeir.blogspot.co.uk/

Igneous Flame ~ Harmony Through Conflict
Steve Roach ~ Soul Tones
Extatic Continuum ~ Transpersonal : Beyond Cerebrotonia
Timas 23 ~ Live at Solar Culture Gallery 2011 ~ vinyl record
Broken Harbour ~ The Geometry Of Shadows

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 02, 2013, 10:06:07 AM »
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Igneous Flame - Pandora A very nice collaboration with Ensueno that I find myself hitting 'repeat' on a lot.

Thanks ! Rudy (Ensueno) really deserves more exposure. From what I've heard of his work his diversity alone is impressive

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Shimmering jewels in the deep mid-winter sky.

With 'Harmony through Conflict', I set out to create an album that allowed me to experiment beyond my usual ways of working. I used some of the more 'traditional' instrumentation and sound sources that are commonly associated with ambient music in musically diverse and subtley different ways. Oblique, rhythmic elements were added as part of this experimental approach and less emphasis was placed on sound-design and more on the compositional ebb and flow of the individual tracks.
The album could be described as being primarily 'dark', but I would prefer to use the term 'heavy', this 'heaviness' was offset with tonal elements adding contrast and balance.

Headphone listening recommended.
(composed, mixed and mastered on headphones)
Artwork by Kati Astraeir.
LS-08 LuminaSounds Records.



Currently only available from my Bandcamp site (though that will change in the new year)
http://igneousflame.bandcamp.com/
Exclusive 24 Bit FLAC version and 320 kbps mp3.


Downloadable Montage:
[soundcloud]http://soundcloud.com/igneous-flame/harmony-through-conflict[/soundcloud]

Free track: 'The End of Days'
[soundcloud]http://soundcloud.com/igneous-flame/the-end-of-days[/soundcloud]

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He seems to contradict himself somewhat and his advice concerns the commercial world primarily, but there's some very good advice there nonetheless.

Social media leads us to believe that everything is great and it ain't necessarily so...

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Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: 2012 feedback? 2013 suggestions?
« on: December 20, 2012, 03:42:26 AM »
Mike, you've talked about this Hypnos digital shop idea for some years now and it still hasn't manifested, is it really viable ?

As I said earlier, I'm interested to know what you have in mind for future Hypnos releases. Talking about different packagings and the like is interesting, but any ideas for your view on the Hypnos 'musical agenda' would be more relevant, I'd say.

As I said earlier, a 'physical releases only' venture may be sufficiently niche in these changing times, as everyone else makes a mad dash to downloads.

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Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: 2012 feedback? 2013 suggestions?
« on: December 19, 2012, 04:11:26 AM »
I would imagine that being a label that sticks to physical media only to release and sell on, Hypnos may well carry on a 'niche' outlet in the ambient world.

Out of interest, how many albums did Hypnos release last year and what's the release plan for the near future ?

Things are changing so fast and even established artists are giving their music away now. CD / CD-R runs are becoming rarer and are released in decreasingly smaller numbers. Saul Stokes made a good point recently, wher ehe refered to his recent 'pay what you like' album on Bandcamp, this could be where things are going.       

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A very strong work, with a very contemporary sound / production.
Thanks, Julio !

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Very interesting points Saul,
I think it's could be very informative for listeners to hear how artists are striving to carry on releasing their work in a meaningful way these days.

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