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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...

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.

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.       

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

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.

Thanks Julio !

I would imagine is was just a turn of phrase - hardly the most salient part of the review, methinks.

Yes, wryly observed. :)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: How to delivery music? CDR vs FLAC download
« on: December 13, 2012, 02:15:23 PM »
I agree with Loren, Bandcamp is pretty much set up for FLAC.

Pandora review over at the Hypnagogue:

Pandora, from Igneous Flame and Ensueno, is a different kind of collaboration. Ensueno, a Russian ambient artist, created a series of tracks which he then handed over, digitally speaking, to Igneous Flame (aka Pete Kelly). Kelly took a select set of the sounds and then “added certain sound elements, manipulations and (spatial) processing in particular,” and “re-composed extensively.” The outcome is a lush common ground filled with huge, warm synth pads and misty, deep-dream atmospheres. Each of the pieces here moves through certain changes, most in the form of a rising low end, just on the benign side of marginally menacing, that nudges its way through the flow before being swallowed into it, so there is some textural change in what’s otherwise a breath-slowing mass of classic ambient. Kelly’s always been good for that, though; his cloudy sound-shapes offer up touching chord changes for a distinct emotional content. It’s easy to get fully lost in these eight tracks only to become aware, somewhere mid-stream, that you are responding to it viscerally. The music here can be quite moving in those places where it rises in your awareness–but Kelly and Ensueno seem intent on keeping you deeply immersed and offering no reason for you to come out until they’re done. After four tracks of this, though, the duo make the excellent decision, on “Lightstorm,” to break the drift with some rich percussion. It’s brief but effective, an unexpected shot of adrenalin before they let you drift back into the enveloping flow.

Like many projects in which Igneous Flame is involved, Pandora is a disc to put on and just leave running to let the sound and feeling fill up the space–or your headspace. Needless to say, headphone listening is quite richly rewarded. Kelly had some stunning material to work with, thanks to the deep talents of Ensueno, and the alchemy between the two artists indeed turns out some ambient gold. (my 'glow' :) )

Available from Luminasounds.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Brian Eno "Lux"
« on: December 05, 2012, 03:27:49 AM »
A return to form, I'd say. Some odd occasional atonalities, but definitely 'his sound'. (I'm currently at 40 minutes-ish)

For all the focus on his theorising and cultural musings (which are starting to eclipse his recent musical offerings ?), he can still create a pure, beautiful sound - shut up and play yer piano, Brian ! :)

I didn't say that at all.
Most artists aren't 'cheap', they try the best they can. Saying that, there isn't an excuse for releasing something knowingly 'shoddy'.

Not wishing to hijack this thread and considering that the CD / CD-R issue has been discussed to death here, but I feel I should comment on the following:

'CDRs are barely worth publishing' and that they are 'pitiful and cheap'

Neither statements are true in my view, The CD-Rs I've had made up aren't cheap to make at all. More to the point. APK made the valid point about the music being the message. The time spent on creating music should dwarf the time spent on releasing the music and the accompanying medium considerations.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Finally... Sound Forge for Mac!
« on: November 19, 2012, 09:41:25 AM »
Are your thoughts on this one forthcoming, Mike ?

I'm curious, I downloaded the demo, but it wouldn't install on my machine as I didn't have SP3 for Vista and I'm not going to risk the stability of it, just for a demo.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Mobile Listenings
« on: November 16, 2012, 01:06:15 PM »
I'm not saying that I think there is a discernable difference for everyone (regarding 24 / 16 bit), but I like to hear them both out of interest. I should point that I'm no audiophile (I can't afford it !), but I try to get the best gear I can to use and listen to, hence the thread.

Regarding mobile listening devices, things have come on Mike, check this beast out:

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Mobile Listenings
« on: November 16, 2012, 09:18:24 AM »
A fine choice of phones and good to see a purple player - they sound the best :)

I'm not entirely sure but (apart from the 'Rocoo' players), there are other players that play lossless formats. I was keen to try 24 bit wavs, hence my choice. There's a company called 'Colorfly' that also plays flac / wav etc

Good points indeed, but as an example, there's some dudes on those forums who swear that the  hi fi man players are no good, while other rave about them.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Mobile Listenings
« on: November 14, 2012, 04:46:06 AM »
I've been upgrading my out and about listenings set-ups. My venerable Sony NW-HD5 is an old hard disc based player and I think it may be on it's last legs, so I did some 'research' (internet mooching) and got the folllowing :

Sansa Clip Plus (in purple !)
A tiny thing but very good. At first I thought it was a toy, due to it's diminutive proportions. Great sound and with a 32GB micro SD card, lots of space. I've 'rockboxed' it, ( but I'm still not convinced that that's such a great thing as it's made out to be.

Etymotic HF-5s
Poor mans ER-4P, very detailed sound with 'lean' bass (as they say on audiophile forums), great isolation. Replaced my old Etymotic ER6i's.

Rocoo BA
Daft name but a great little player. No Eq or any other sound modifiers, really basic User Interface and no bells or whistles at all, just great sonic performance. Plays 24 Bit wavs - which is great for auditioning work-in-progress mixes and is almost completely hiss free ! My Shure E500s hiss with pretty much everything, but not this beastie.

So, I've now got some good gear to listen to music out and about, certainly not the last word in Hi-fidelity, but pretty good to these ears. Regarding those audiophiles on the Head-fi forums and the like, I was wondering do they really enjoy their music / lovely gear or are they constantly craving the 'even better' model(s) ? I really like the immediacy of in ear phones, but I find all earphones really uncomfortable after an hour or so. However, for that hour or so, listening to high quality playback is something thats important to me (as well as listening to less than brilliantly mastered favourite works as well). 

Am curious to hear what gear are others listening to ? How are mobile phones  / iThings these days for music listening ?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Eno interview
« on: November 12, 2012, 03:28:29 AM »
I agree, those Warp covers are pretty ghastly, but that's their aesthetic isn't it ? :)

Independent Music Reviews / Re: Wind and Wire is back
« on: November 12, 2012, 03:24:18 AM »
Great news, Bill !

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Eno interview
« on: November 11, 2012, 10:20:19 AM »
Eno interview in the Indy (including some shocking typos !):

Not a wildly exciting interview, but good to see he's still at it. I'm interested to hear this 'Lux' album.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: VST / Software Suggestions?
« on: November 10, 2012, 03:15:59 AM »
Regarding Komplete, I had the opportunity to get it at a good price with a NI crossgrade offer, but I decided not to. The thinking was that I felt I would just spend so much time looking at all the stuff there, where I could use the time more constructively. As things turned out, I bought a Reaktor license instead and now have downloaded over 200 ensembles from the NI Reaktor user library - spending lots of time on that instead !

Incidentally, Second hand NI licences are regularly sold (quite legit) on KVR and there's some great deals there compared to the retail prices.

Reverb - that's a big one, lots of differing opinions there.

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