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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 ? :)

Perhaps slightly off-topic but interesting nonetheless, regarding future formats. He's a bit full-on, but he makes an interesting point:

Julio, Regarding the CD release, It's hard I know but at least you went for it. Releasing a pressed CD is a dream for most artists and one which they can't / won't take the risk on financially. Going for it shows a commitment to the work, which I think is laudable.

All true, I think sometimes it can be thought that an artist is being a bit 'unprofessional' for not releasing their work on a pressed CD, there are good reasons for this.

For an independent ambient label, (I would imagine) the whole scenario of having thousands of silver discs in the garage must be no fun.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Two free tracks
« on: May 09, 2012, 06:09:55 AM »
I've now uploaded these two tracks to my (much underused) Bandcamp page, if people want Flac and other audio formats:


Tectonic Mass

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Two free tracks
« on: April 29, 2012, 03:45:44 AM »
Two tracks that were only previously available on the DVD disc releases of my 'ION' and 'Orcus' albums released in 2010.
I felt that they've been 'exclusive' for long enough and I'm now making them free to download. They are both 320 kbps mp3s and tagged:



Tectonic Mass


Thanks Forrest, I was quite a fan of old Bob back in the day, the trem thing is perhaps more Sylvian influenced.

Anyway, here's a new one that is 'ambient' as opposed to 'ambient(ish)' :)
For the patient folk, there's a quite psychedelic 'melting' bit of video FX towards the end.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 10, 2012, 11:06:24 AM »

I too went out for a walk in a fairly remote spot on Easter Sunday and sat with the sounds of the natural world for about 20 minutes - it was medicine for the soul. The opportunities to do this are few and far between these days (unfortunately).

Thanks fellers !

I think I may well be doing some more 'psychedelic' / video FX guitar vids soon.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Ambient (ish) guitar video
« on: April 03, 2012, 06:03:40 AM »
I've set up a Youtube channel for some of my guitar noodlings that don't really get used in my ambient work.
Here's a short vid which is more on the ambient (ish) side of things though:

Thanks for your comments 'Broken Harbour'.
On that headphones post, I'm amazed to see how many people these days are plugged into their music players whilst out and about.

From memory, I struggled with this program back in '98 when I was at York Uni and we were using these uber-arcane SGI machines on some UNIX platform (I think). Makes me realise how straightforward sound processing is these days - in comparison to command-line cryptics of the past !

Out of interest, I tried again and remembered the headaches involved in using such things - CSound, Tcl/TK libraries etc...

I'd be interested to hear some of your examples, mind you.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Should I dump my website?
« on: March 27, 2012, 03:25:17 AM »
I can't see any content either.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: March 26, 2012, 07:31:18 AM »
Better still, aurally transport the sonic goodness psychically to us :)

Seriously, I'm envious. I presume you read this review:

Interesting how the audiophile take on Headphones seems to be changing.


I've recently added quite a bit to my Blog recently and just put a guitar video post up for a new Youtube idea. Also, more ambient related posts have been added too.

'Even better than the real thing' ? :)

Cheers Harry,

I intend to be updating the blog pretty regularly, adding some of my thoughts on ambient music and appending a 'studio blog' sideline as well

I've created one of those new fangled blog things:

It's fairly sparsely populated at the present, but I intend to build it up as I become more familiar with things at Wordpress.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Under-rated Ambient
« on: February 19, 2012, 10:58:26 AM »
Following from the recent over-rated albums post. For sake of balance,I thought I'd add an under-rated artists / albums post.
Here's a quick list of artists I feel deserve more exposure:

Matthew Florianz
Lucette Bourdin (RIP)
Peter James
Rudy Ensueno
Jim Cole

Speaking about under-rated albums, 'Out and About' by Alp (Roger from 'O Yuki Conjugate') is a really refreshing sound.

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