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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.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Overrated Ambient
« on: February 17, 2012, 06:22:59 AM »
I think it's tricky for an artist to state what they think are over-rated albums (or other artists, for that matter), as accusations of jealousy and general mean-spiritness generally may abound. It seems to me a general trend these days not to criticise anything ambient music wise, which I think is unhealthy. This leads to a situation where nothing is (publicly) considered to be awful, but a lot of mediocrity is deemed to be great.

In my view, certain works (and sub-genres) are over-rated, equally there are a number of significantly under-rated artists / albums out there as well. Some artists are deemed to be 'hipper' than others and other artists fall under the radar - sometimes for reasons which have nothing to do with their material.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: SoundExchange ?
« on: February 16, 2012, 12:19:44 PM »
Thanks for the replies, I'II look into things a bit further.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / SoundExchange ?
« on: February 13, 2012, 08:49:02 AM »
I got a recent email from CDbaby regarding 'SoundExchange' and I'm on a list of artists that may be owed money by them. Apparently I have to register with them to get any owed royalties.

Anyone have any experience with them ? I'm sure it'll only be a few quid, so it's more curiosity than anything else.

Hearts of Space Airplay  :)

   PGM NOTE : a deep dive into the winter atmospheres
   FEED DATE : 1-27-12

  "Silent Currents 1 (Part 6)" (part)< 0:00->2:21 >
  "Silent Currents 1 (Part 7)" < 2:21->8:10 >
  "Silent Currents 1 (Part 1)" (edited)< 8:10->9:56 >
  "Silent Currents 1 (Part 4)" (edited)< 9:56->12:57 >
   : Info:;

  "Earthflow Trance" (edited) < 12:57->17:56 >
   : LOST LINKS; Relaxed Machinery rM_0018; 2011
   : Info:;

  "Back to Earth" (edited) < 17:56->23:38 >
   : LYRA; LuminaSounds LS-06; England 2011
   : Info:

  "Distance to Zero IV" (part) < 23:38->27:54 >
   : DISTANCE TO ZERO; Hypnos hyp2649; 2006
   : Info:

  "Over the Summit" (part) < 27:54->34:44 >
  "Thoughts Locked in the Ice" < 34:44->45:59 >
   : OVER THE SUMMIT; Glacial Movements GM009; Italy 2011
   : Info:

  "Slow Thunder" (edited) < 45:59->54:17 >
   : LOST LINKS; Relaxed Machinery rM_0018; 2011
   : Info:;

  "Number of the Mind" (edited) < 54:17->58:59 >
   : TREPANATION; Lotuspike LS-0010; 2006
   : Info:;;

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient Music Generator
« on: January 24, 2012, 03:50:53 AM »
Hi Tobias,

I'm afraid you've lost me a bit on the 'attractor functions' :). I liked this for the physicality of having the 4 discs spinning - a bit like the original tape loops.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Ambient Music Generator
« on: January 23, 2012, 02:46:55 AM »
Interesting take on looping random-ness:

the Ambient Music Generator by Charlie Slick

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: MP3 vs. FLAC
« on: January 18, 2012, 01:13:59 PM »
Something I find odd in these fidelity comparisons, is the nature of ambient music in comparison to say, acoustic instruments /  vocal recordings.

I can see purists having a problem with less than loss-less audio for certain types of music, but I think ambient is an odd one in that a large amount of 'electronic' sound is used in its production and while high fidelity is desirable (in my view), I'm wondering what the detrimental effects of 320 kbps mp3s might be in the case of ambient ?
Soundstage, stereo issues, high frequency distortions etc ?

Thanks for the feedback Forrest, it's very much appreciated.

Cheers also for the comments on the videos, that's the first feedback I've got from them (apart from Youtube commenting).


! count  = 16 ! :)

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Igneous Flame 2012 News
« on: January 03, 2012, 04:48:57 AM »
Igneous Flame 2012 Releases news

2011 was a reasonably productive year for me, I released the 'Jazz-electric' album with Achromus in March and my 10th solo album 'Lyra' in November. I also created 50 or so videos to accompany tracks from my previous albums, as well as other work-in-progress projects.

As regards 2012, I plan to release at least two albums, one collaborative and one solo.
The collaboration I'm keeping under wraps for the time being as I've barely started working on it and the solo one could go a number of ways at present. I've spent 4 months on creating work-in-progress material, some of it quite diverse.
I've been getting into samplers and sample libraries recently to expand the sound sources I can work with and plan to use the following synths on the 2012 releases:

NI (Native Instruments) Razor and NI Prism
(NI Skanner - possibly)
Wusikstation (for wave sequencing synthesis)
Ambitron - a new one to me, with lots of potential.

On a personal level, I wish people all the best in these times of great change and uncertainty.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 28, 2011, 03:23:08 PM »
My Brother very kindly gave me an iTunes card for christmas, so I downloaded a selection of some of me favourite tunes:

Trampled Under Foot - Led Zep
Pack it up (and Go) - UFO
The Sails of Charon - Scorpions
Unchained - Van Halen
The Royal Scam - Steely Dan
Billion Dollar Babies - Alice Cooper
Halo of Flies - Alice Cooper
Escape - Journey
The Rhythm of the Heat - Peter Gabriel
San Jacinto - Peter Gabriel
Mustapha - Queen
Hanging on the Telephone - Blondie
Velvet Green - Jethro Tull
Led Boots - Jeff Beck
Birthday (Icelandic) - Sugarcubes
Snake Dance - The March Violets
Alice - Sisters of Mercy
I'm Nin'Alu - Ofra Haza
God is God - Juno Reactor
Sugar is Sweeter (Original Mix) - CJ Bolland
Cornflake Girl - Tori Amos
Precious Things - Tori Amos
Subdivisions - Rush
Adorations - Killing Joke
European Super State - Killing Joke
A Light in the Black - Rainbow

Lovely stuff !

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 25, 2011, 02:37:28 PM »
'Vitriol' by The Gasman

Free Download from 'Polymerase' EP.
Sounds like Yes might sound if they were still around in 2011 and were on pills.

Now Playing / Re: FILE://Access/Rip/Play
« on: December 19, 2011, 05:42:06 AM »
Mrs Jynx - The Standoffish Cat - good call, indeed !

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Novelty in Electronic Music
« on: December 17, 2011, 07:41:23 AM »
I think this is an interesting thread as it questions things, this is one of the virtues of the Hypnos forum. I don't feel that the 'its all good' mindset is necessarily helpful regarding how the genre is going. I certainly agree with Mike's comment:

But there's the fine line between just creating music, and creating music worth listening to.
and I also agree with Drone On's comment too on artists releasing work after their creative peak - David Sylvian being an example to my mind.
The recycling element is something that I see and recognise in my own work too much and it's something I'm trying to address. On the other hand, a trademark sound still can have a lot of scope for variety and development. For me, I think 'imaginative experimentation' is the way to go.

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