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Everything and Nothing / Re: List of words it is not OK to ever say
« on: March 26, 2009, 02:52:32 PM »
'teh' and 'shyte' - Internet crap

it's 'the' and 'shite' - for feks sake

Ossome !

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 16, 2009, 09:47:37 AM »

ambrose field - being dufay [ecm] - an absolutely amazing album.  John Potter(Hilliard Ensemble) sings fragments of works by composer Guillaume Dufay (1397-1494).  The vocals are accompanied by live- and studio electronics performed by Ambrose Field, recycling and reworking Potter’s vocal input.  The result is spectacular.  Here their website...Being Dufay

It's a small world.
I studied under Ambrose Field when I was at York Uni 11 years ago. He
taught electroacoustic music composition. I heard a fair bit of his material at concerts
performed at the Jack Lyons concert hall there. I have to say I wasn't a fan. In fact, his
style of high octane, 'uber-Hifi' material made me want to do something of a much more
subtle nature.

Saying that, the track on the link is far more engaging.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 10, 2009, 02:47:23 AM »
Jaz Coleman is truly a warped individual, but I still love 'im.

Agreed, Mr Coleman is a visionary or a madman - probably both.
I don't hear the sheer intensity of the likes of 'Asteroid', 'Money is not our God' and 'Exorcism' anywhere else.

Quite an antidote to mediocrity !


It's sad to see any artist pack it in.

There's no harm in having high hopes, but you have to be realistic these days - and tenacious.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Igneous News
« on: March 07, 2009, 01:57:00 PM »

2 releases for 2009:

'Electra' Amorphous guitar-scapes. 7th Igneous Flame solo release

'Harmonium' Darkly serene, ambient Harmonium. Igneous Flame/Disturbed Earth

Artwork by Kati Astraeir

More details/info to follow...


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Fordlandia
« on: February 05, 2009, 01:40:56 PM »

I saw him play with Kitchen Motors in 2006 at The Shed in Hovingham, North Yorkshire.
They were extremely good and it was great to see such a 'hip' outfit play out in the middle of

Eccentric lot, those Icelandic people.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambient music and Mastering
« on: February 05, 2009, 01:35:39 PM »

I'm not devaluing the use of compressors, but as APK and others has pointed out, corrective Eq may
be useful to your needs.

I use a parametric Eq very often, it is a very useful tool for 'sculpting' harsh or peaky/boomy
sounds. Real-time spectrum analysers are also very useful as they allow you to see the frequency
ranges that are problematic, which you can cut with the Eq.

In 'corrective' cases I always cut the offending frequency ranges using High or Low Q values
depending on the case. Very high Q cuts are great for removing peaky resonances without unduly
affecting the rest of the frequency spectrum. Low Q values for say a 200Hz to 300Hz 'boomy' peak.

I should point out, that this is something I do on any of the sounds in a multitrack session that
are problematic - not just on the Mixdown.

Also, as has been mentioned, cutting the very low and very high end (to a lesser degree), is
good practice. 

Lastly, on a personal note, I would never use reverb at the end of any chain regarding mastering.


I'm in the headphone camp - well the earphone camp actually.

I use my Shure E500 in-the-ear phones for serious listening. They keep noise out and I love the
'immediacy' of the sound. Have to be very careful about volume levels though, as they are so close
to the eardrum.

Was wondering if any of the headphone people have heard good quality binaural recordings ? I've
been involved in surround sound in various guises and a good binaural recording is quite an


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 22, 2009, 03:24:28 PM »
kettel live in Rotterdam

Free download from 'ere:

Bit pedestrian in parts - in others, truly super. Rock on Reimer, he knows his onions - for sure.


Everything and Nothing / Re: For Audiophiles Only!
« on: January 16, 2009, 10:08:25 AM »
I don't think these will work. It's the knobs that are more important to the sound.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Tauern
« on: January 16, 2009, 10:07:01 AM »
Hi Matthew,

Cool to see you here, listening now to 'The DeadspellStorm' - fantastic atmospheric ambience.

I know what you mean about the physical CD release thing, it's getting harder. I do much better with downloads these days, but I still love the process of getting a CD released.


Everything and Nothing / Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
« on: January 13, 2009, 01:25:26 PM »
Pete Kelly, I record under the pseudonym 'Igneous Flame'

A few things about me:

I live a few miles away from the North York Moors in Blighty with my partner Denise and my hound
Maxa. I've left the 'real world' behind, in a sense.

I'm able to work on my music full-time at the moment. I work VERY slowly, I wish I could get more
material finished sometimes, but I just keep at it. I think tenacity is a much undervalued quality.

I try to create music that is unique (in as much as anything can be, realistically). I very much
believe in the value of ambient music - of what it can do for people. I'm not interested in what I
consider to be 'ambient muzak'.

I'm extremely opinionated and my opinions are quite extreme - I don't believe in what we're told


Everything and Nothing / Re: How to stay interested in music?
« on: January 12, 2009, 01:07:07 PM »
Wowweee :D

IM-AARP-O, I tend to see video games as a dividing line between people over and under 50.  A not all inclusive number, but you get my drift, daddy-o.  I won't go either way on what games do to people, because I don't play.  I consider adventure games the biggest waste of time in the modern world. 

I'm under 50 and I agree with Wayne on this one. The only game I found remotely interesting was Peter Gabriels's 'EVE'. But hey, I do the MySpace thing which is probably an equally great waste of time as well !


Everything and Nothing / Re: How to stay interested in music?
« on: January 11, 2009, 02:03:59 PM »

I have to say, I don't understand the whole 'gaming culture' at all. I last played anything
resembling a computer game, (an arcade game actually called 'Asteroids') when I was a teenager.

I don't feel I have missed out, I've known lots of people people spend heaps of time on them. I'd
rather spend time working on music instead.  I have to profess that I know very little about 'Music
for Games' (Ambient 5 perhaps ?)

I do know about music burnout though, personally I tend to do more photography when that occurs.
Yeah, sonic stillness is fantastic, but sadly unattainable in most people's lives.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkest Ambient
« on: December 17, 2008, 03:02:04 PM »

(Insert album title), the latest release from (insert artist), at once transcends and resettles traditional definitions of space, congruence, and integration. Drawing from his well-honed intuition of the meeting of space and motion, (artist) creates here a collection of soundscapes at once introspective and demanding, unfolding in the geschichte of their own (s)pace while remaining tethered to the eclectica of diverse musical underpinnings. These tracks demonstrate (artist)'s expansive vocabluary of both the mathematical edges of sound and the sonic borders of psychology. Expanding even as they collapse in on themselves, these works reach for a galactic understanding of inner barenness, resulting in a clean, wide messiness that bootstraps itelf into Vastmusic.

Great 'review' Michael and not too much of a parody in some cases. I used to work in the Arts and used to read a lot of 'clever' hyperbole all the time, I grew immune to it.

I have to say I find a lot of the self-consciously 'pitch-black' dark ambient to be a bit er, 'forced'. I'd much rather hear an element of 'mystery' than eternally damned, angst-ridden sonic groanings.   


Everything and Nothing / Re: Tinnitus
« on: December 10, 2008, 01:16:39 PM »
Mike's observation is interesting, the sheer level of noise in most people's daily lives masking
any minor tinnitus they may have. I would imagine this is not the case for people with more severe
forms of the condition.

I was wondering whether one of the 'functions' of ambient music is to drown out noise in a different
manner? Replacing unwanted sound - noise, with something you want to hear. I'd like to think that
amongst all those commuters out there, some are lost in their own ambient world in their earphones,
slightly more relaxed amidst the sonic chaos around them.


Everything and Nothing / Re: Tinnitus
« on: December 09, 2008, 01:53:35 PM »
I must say I sympathise with you people who suffer from Tinnitus, I had a bad ear infection earlier
this year, causing considerable (temporary - thank god!) hearing loss. This was replaced by very
loud high frequency ringing, as well as experiencing a very unpleasant sense of isolation, which
gave me a glimpse into the world of people with hearing loss issues.

It cleared up, but I have some slight ringing, which isn't a great surprise considering all the
loud music and headphone listening I've exposed myself to over the years.

Otherwise, my hearing is VERY sensitive and I hate noise generally and find low-flying military
aircraft to be the worst. At least you voluntarily choose to expose yourself to huge levels of
sound at a Rock concert !


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New work and changes...
« on: December 03, 2008, 03:37:04 AM »

'Flicker' is a CD-R. The company who made the discs use a particular Sony silver disc that have
bar-codes on them, so they actually look like pressed CDs.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New work and changes...
« on: November 30, 2008, 01:45:51 PM »

Just heard from Misha over at the New Age Sampler (WWSP) radio show that 'Flicker' was #1 in his
November top 20. 'HALO' was #1 in his September top 20 listing.

He posts these charts over at 'Ambient visions':
I know some people may tire of hearing artists 'big themselves up' with reference to such things,
but this is the kind of feedback that encourages me to 'keep at it'. I know 'Achromus' (man of
mystery) is very chuffed too !


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 28, 2008, 04:08:32 AM »
Cathal (Wereju) kindly sent me a copy of his 'through the depths of unknowing' 2006 double CD release. I
enjoyed it, very 'dank' and fog-like to these ears. Nice artwork/packaging too.


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