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We've agreed, after much debate, that most ambient musick out there in the last 3-4 years has been shite.

Further elucidation, fellers ?

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Everything and Nothing / Re: MySpace pratting around
« on: January 02, 2010, 08:55:10 AM »

Yeah its getting steadily worse. Their spam, other peoples spam, pointless bulletins etc...

Here's an example:
I just got a friend request from an artist, I had a look at their page (as I always do before accepting a request) and there has been 20 profile
views (so its a new profile) and he's already got 230 'friends'. So I'm presuming that a lot of artists aren't aware of this new 'auto-accept'
behaviour.

For me, I think its important to decide who I want to have as 'friends' (and who I don't want either), otherwise its just a pointless cattle-market.
I know that MySpace isn't the 'real world', but low as the SNR is, I've found it to be very useful and have had a lot of communication with other
artists and people who listen to my music through it, so I'm still on there.

cheers
Pete


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Everything and Nothing / MySpace pratting around
« on: December 27, 2009, 01:15:24 PM »
Logging into my MySpace profiles, I noticed some new 'friends' whose requests I didn't remember accepting.

It seems that Myspazz is now setting itself to auto-accept any requests, making a mockery of having any kind of a 'real' profile.
Here's what I did to stop this:

Log in, go to 'My account', then 'Spam' and uncheck the following boxes:

Friend Requests
'Automatically accept all requests'

and

Messages   
'Allow non-friends to send me new messages'

Its either a bug or they're losing the plot... ???

cheers
Pete

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Everything and Nothing / Re: We all get old
« on: December 24, 2009, 03:19:29 PM »
Show some respect people,

He's been to outer space and that's no small thing in my book.
Of course, Mirfield's finest (Jean Luc) is the real deal.

Make it so, our kid !

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Everything and Nothing / RATM versus X factor clone
« on: December 15, 2009, 08:42:24 AM »

I've never watched the X-factor thing, but from what I hear, its a right load of tripe.
Here's an interesting thing going on over here:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8413557.stm


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Interesting thread, Mike

I try to use different approaches to different albums. I like to diversify.

I'm currently working on a project with 'Achromus' which is instrumental/beat-based. There's quite a bit of recorded guitar on it and I've really
gotten into how to edit parts in a way I don't do with my ambient material. Its all done in FL studio and I've had to learn it pretty well to do what
I want to do.

I like to do collaborations and reworks - they keep me fresh. Under my 'Formbank' guise, I've recently done quite a few reworks of some tunes by a
British artist called 'Mrs Jynx' (who is great), I learnt a lot from doing them.

Having played guitar for a long time kind of 'roots' me in a way. I'm a rubbish keyboard player ! I very rarely use soft-synths in my ambient work,
as I don't have the interest in editing presets to make unique sounds - I'd rather process sounds instead.

My way of working is almost entirely based on the computer, yes It's a pretty bleak way of doing things and I would imagine that approach won't suit many people.
For me, working on different types of music (hopefully) stops me from going into repetition mode, but saying that I'm a big fan of 're-cycling'
sounds. Taking the output from a process and putting it into another process etc - many times !

cheers
Pete


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Everything and Nothing / Re: Favorite movies
« on: November 23, 2009, 01:20:08 PM »
I haven't watched many recent films. My favourite is still 'Wings of Desire' by Wim Wenders. I found it inspiring.

cheers
Pete

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Our new dog!
« on: November 23, 2009, 10:20:19 AM »

You get the gold star of the week!

Indeed you do John !

Looks a very nice creature. I've always liked dachshunds, someone said the black and tan ones think that they're Dobermans, because nobody told them otherwise.

Cool to hear about your new beastie too, Anthony.

cheers
Pete

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I think this is a great idea myself. Personally, I'd like to hear a Hypnos 'best of' (according to Mike) podcast.
Voiceover is a good idea, but perhaps could do with less reverb and some LF rolloff.

cheers
Pete

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Sound quality still matters....
« on: November 18, 2009, 09:07:12 AM »
Now, using compressed mp3s and your $3 earbud headphones as your one and only listening environment, that's just sad.  It's like saying you admire art, but only looking at paintings in black and white newsprint reproductions.

True, but saying that, listening to material encoded at 320 kbps played on a good mp3 player and a good set of earphones is a pretty good listening
experience nonetheless. When I was looking at mp3 players a few years ago, iPods were generally not recommended from a sound quality point of view.

Interestingly, lots of electronica net-labels are releasing albums at 320 kbps mp3s these days, it seems to be becoming some kind of 'standard' for
good-enough audio quality.

cheers
Pete


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: One for the reverb-heads
« on: November 17, 2009, 12:58:02 PM »

Not Heaven, just Hall...

Seriously, I'm finding it useful for 'mega-verb' guitar solo parts and I actually like its simplicity, makes a refreshing change.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / One for the reverb-heads
« on: November 16, 2009, 07:20:27 AM »
Free TC M30 plug-in:

http://www.tcelectronic.com/freeTCreverb.asp

I've just grabbed it and will now find out whether it transports me to 'verb heaven'

cheers
Pete

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Sound quality still matters....
« on: November 16, 2009, 06:47:25 AM »

I remember audiophile cassette decks and the use of metal tape cassettes. How things have changed and no doubt will change
again.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Alcohol at lunch?
« on: November 11, 2009, 04:06:29 PM »
Live and let live.

Sensibility is not for everyone,

I'm no saint myself, I've had a colourful life, so I'm not judgmental.


 

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Voluntary simplicity, or lifestyle minimalism
« on: November 10, 2009, 02:56:41 AM »
I live a relatively simple life by most people's standards here in the UK, but a hugely
'consumerist' life compared a lot of people in the world.

I believe that stuff is there to be used and I try to work 'lean', I've gotten rid of quite a bit of
audio equipment that I don't use in the past few years. I've known people with loads of musical
equipment languishing in an unused studio and I don't see the point of that.

Having the time (and making time) to make music is far more precious than having 10 guitars.

cheers
Pete

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Everything and Nothing / Re: College football 2009
« on: November 03, 2009, 03:47:44 AM »
What is this about Mike ?
No mention of Scunthorpe United at all, or Accrington Stanley

I take it it's not 'the beautiful game'  :)


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Everything and Nothing / Re: Tinnitus, part two
« on: November 03, 2009, 03:44:22 AM »
Sorry to hear about your problems Lena,

There's nothing wrong with using headphones for guitar (or anything else). For sure, its very
different than hearing a hefty guitar sound from an amp. I use phones primarily as I prefer the
sense of 'immersion' you can get, particularly with ambient music.

Of course, you have to be careful with the volume levels. In my experience, a worse-case scenario is
electronic music with beats listened to repeatedly when creating a track on phones (and particularly
earphones). Now, that's potentially damaging.

cheers
Pete

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Tinnitus, part two
« on: November 02, 2009, 07:12:06 AM »
You fellers have my sympathies. I'm lucky in that I only have it very mildly (despite years of
listening to music, primarily on headphones/earphones). I did have an ear infection about 18 months
ago and got a very unpleasant High frequency 'zinging' sound which was loud and uncomfortable,
luckily it went away with the infection.

Blackinfinity don't worry about being thought of as boring - you're right to look after your
hearing.

Sundummy, I think thats a good point. I love silence too and maybe there's some link between this
and ambient music ?

I know it's stating the obvious but be careful with earplugs/earphones, from a hygiene point of
view. The inner ear canal is a great place to breed nasty infections !

cheers
Pete

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Everything and Nothing / Re: VISTA
« on: October 26, 2009, 09:25:18 AM »

I have Vista on my dedicated music machine,  I don't love it and I don't hate it. Its stable, but I
had to do a lot of tweaking to get it to run 'lean'.
 
Not having it connected to the Internet is a big thing, without having to run antivirus and firewall
programs, it boots up and shuts down very quickly - which is nice.

cheers
Pete

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Sad News
« on: October 19, 2009, 01:23:49 AM »
RIP Jim Brenholts

His final post here aptly showed the boundless enthusiasm and positivity that he had, for the music
that he loved.

Sad news indeed.

Pete

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