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I know this isn't directly relevant to the world of ambient, but interesting nonetheless, in terms of an artist endeavouring to release their work in a different format. I'm quite a fan of Beck and it's cool to see his imagination at work and the enduring legacy of 'sheet music' even today.

Hope you enjoy it Julio !
Thanks for the comments 'h' too.



I've just uploaded a free montage of 30 second clips from each of the tracks on the album on my Soundcloud page:


'Pandora' by Igneous Flame / Ensueno

Montage of the eight tracks on the album, video by Igneous Flame

Exclusive 24 Bit FLAC version now available at Igneous Flame's Bandcamp page:

This is the first ambient digital-only album released on LuminaSounds and will be available on iTunes, Amazon and the like through CD Baby in the near future, more details to follow.

Press Release:

'Pandora' by Igneous Flame / Ensueno

'Pandora' is the album that arose out of the collaboration between Igneous Flame (UK) and Ensueno (Russia).

In 2011, Rudy (Ensueno) got in touch with me asking about the possibility of us releasing a collaborative album. From what I'd heard of Rudy's work, I was always impressed with what he had created, so I was happy to agree to this. He sent me a considerable amount of music, which I listened to intensively, chose the work I preferred and then proceeded to work with this material.
The source material for the album was entirely Rudy's and my involvement was primarily reworking and production. I added certain sound elements, manipulations and (spatial) processing in particular. Rudy's original material was extended and 're-composed' extensively. This collaborative process took seven months and resulted in our album 'Pandora'.

The Internet facilitated the work, from Rudy initially sending me his full resolution source material from his studio in Russia to my studio in England via download links, to the final stage of releasing the album on CD Baby to be digitally distributed to the major download sites.

Pete Kelly (Igneous Flame), August 2012.

Produced and Mastered by Igneous Flame at Nimbus Studios, England.
Artwork Image by Kati Astraeir.
LuminaSounds Label release, catalogue number: LS-07.

Titles and running order:

1) Imagination (rules the world)
2) Deep Purple
3) Persephone
4) Light on Water
5) Lightstorm 
6) Fiat Lux
7) I Walk the Earth
8] Immaculate

Duration = [80 minutes]

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Soft Synths....What do you like?
« on: July 29, 2012, 05:20:30 AM »
I have to say I founds IRIS's sounds a tad underwhelming - a very interesting concept and GUI, but it didn't really do it for me, sonically.

Just come across a free / Beta modular vst synth, which is pretty good in my view:
'Sonigen Modular'

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Soft Synths....What do you like?
« on: July 27, 2012, 01:32:37 AM »
I think this is a really valuable discussion, I don't wish to sidetrack Julio's original post, but it would be great if this was a separate topic.

Also, it would be great if other Netlabel owners and Artists contributed as well as Mike, to get a more balanced view on things. I've written a fair bit about these points in the past and I'd be interested to hear other people's views.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Soft Synths....What do you like?
« on: July 25, 2012, 02:24:11 AM »

I didn't mean to say that Omnisphere is an 'ambient synth', as I said, I've never tried it. However, they are a number of synths out there that are termed as such and an awful lot of libraries, loops etc. that are described as 'ambient'. My point was that I choose to make my own sounds and I find it to be one of the most stimulating elements of ambient. When I was studying, I was exposed to electroacoustic music techniques and a big part of that is the sound design element, it's an 'anti-preset' music if there ever was one. I took this from the genre as it was probably the only thing that resonated with me in the whole 'eam' thing.

On the tools point, I flippantly referred to the Strat as only having three sounds - but it has a massive potential to use all manner of playing techniques to create anew these basic 'presets'. Saying that though, I've heard some synth presets that do sound great, but you know that because they have such instant appeal, they may well be used considerably - unmodified.

No problem with the 'venting', it's good to see more discussion hereabouts !

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Kontakt !
« on: July 24, 2012, 07:09:32 AM »
Cheers David,
Am currently digging into it, that's now 2 weeks with still nothing to show for it !
But I am learning it and there's a lot there. I can see this getting a lot of use.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Soft Synths....What do you like?
« on: July 24, 2012, 07:06:42 AM »
I deleted a lot of the Wusikstation presets as they just seemed to be pre-made sounds in their own right, with no real means of manipulating them. I don't work that way, so they were of no interest to me.
I've never tried Omnisphere, but I find it bizarre when a synth is marketed as an 'ambient synth', as if we musicians don't have the imaginations to make ambient sounds from anything and everything (within reason) ! 

Time to revisit the ACE demo, methinks.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Soft Synths....What do you like?
« on: July 23, 2012, 01:20:51 PM »

I think Wusikstation is an interesting one, not terribly easy going (regarding the installation of /  figuring out what it can do) but it's quite unique.
The library that comes with it is absolutely huge - not in terms of size, but in the number of presets and I've had to do some heavy duty 'pruning'. For me, the most interesting sounds are the wave sequencing ones where you can start with your own sounds.

Slightly off-topic, but I've just bought a really interesting sample library, Orange Tree Sample's 'Lap Steel Guitar'
still getting my head around it, but possible (unusual !) ambient usage, methinks.

APK, same with a Strat, just 3 (or 5) 'presets', what were they thinking ? :)


Mike, You'd hardly expect a 'regular gal' be the bass player in Pixies, of course she's a 'wierdo' :)
Kim is a rockin' bass player and vocalist. 'Cannonball' is such a great track.

I would imagine people will have heard this :

'As cool as Kim Deal'

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Kontakt !
« on: July 16, 2012, 08:51:56 AM »
I finally bought the full version of Kontakt as NI were having a 50% off sale recently, I'd stumbled along with the Kontakt player for a while as I had bought some libraries that were compatible with it.

I was pleasantly surprised that there was quite a bit of good to very good stuff in the full (43GB) Kontakt library - there was very little available info on the library that I could find.

So now, I've got lots to get my head around in the spirit of lifelong learning. It's funny, I find some things just don't entice me to really get to grips with them (Reaper was a case in point), I tend to spend most time on the things I think I'm most likely to use in the future.

Am liking 'Prism' and 'Early Rain' very much, Forrest.

Quality work here, Julio.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 01, 2012, 02:32:43 PM »
Sheer Genius:

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 01, 2012, 02:20:57 PM »
Asteroid - coming in from the void.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: June 21, 2012, 01:53:10 AM »
Panasonic RP-HTX7 'franken-phones'

Okay, so I got kind of sucked into the headphone modding thing. I bought these cheap phones (37) which sound great for the price. I then found out there were quite a few mods people were doing with them to make them sound better - mostly involving Blutack !. I will spare people the sordid details of what I did, but with many modifications and a pair of Shure SRH840 pads attached, they sound really improved. The bass response is mighty and they are probably the most comfortable phones I've owned. Isolation is much better now as well.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Two free tracks
« on: June 16, 2012, 12:41:14 PM »
'Starlit' video

I've made a video to accompany 'Starlit', it uses processed footage of wind motion in a wheatfield. I find these 'natural rhythms' to be fascinating. In this case, the patterns formed by the wind appear to be akin to wave motion.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: June 10, 2012, 09:21:27 AM »
After doing a fair bit of research regarding getting a better pair of phones for mixing, I settled for the Shure SRH840


Initial impressions are promising, much more detailed than my Sennheiser HD280s, a lot more comfortable (the HD280's have very strong clamping), but with slightly less isolation. I was going to get a pair of AKG K550s, but I tried them on in a local hifi shop and I couldn't get a decent seal with them (on my rather large head !) , so I couldn't get a decent bass response.

From what I've read on various forums, you can go a bit mad with the eternal hunt for the 'best', so I went for something affordable that will hopefully do the job for a few years to come.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: 10 from John @ Echoes
« on: May 14, 2012, 03:17:29 AM »
Pretty relevant but fairly obvious points mostly.
By the same token, are musicians also allowed to be critical of a DJ's / critics musical taste as well ? :)

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