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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.


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.

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

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


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

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.


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.


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'  :)

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.


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

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 !


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.


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.


Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now watching...
« on: October 12, 2009, 02:40:12 PM »

'Keine Lust' by Rammstein, this is the 'normal' version !:


Packaging / artwork is one thing, but the music is the work. I would imagine in most cases, the
packaging /artwork is an afterthought. Looked at once the music has been finished, Sure, its
important (as are the album name and track titles) and part of the whole 'package', but its not the
primary artistic statement.

Anyone can release as much material as they want to these days.
In an increasingly 'instant' culture, I'd be curious to know how much time was spent on an album and
how much time an artist thinks might be needed to create the album. Forrest's comment on him taking
a year on a single track, shows a serious commitment to the work. I would say this level of
committing such a large amount of time is rare these days. I'm not saying spending 10 years on an
album is a good thing, but recording a 'jam' and releasing it as an album swings to the other side
of things.

My feeling is that over time, listeners will tire of all the huge amount of stuff out there. After
all, there's only so many hours in the day to listen to music. Equally some artists will tire of
releasing their work.

While it fair to say theres a lot of samey-ness/recycling in ambient, it doesn't apply to every
artist. Maybe one can tire of ambient ?. Certainly I'd like to hear a wider variety of interesting
sound(s) in the genre.

What do listeners want from the 'scene' ? I really don't know. For me, I think the bottom line is
Quality - quality work that can be listened to repeatedly and reveal new elements over time.
On the subject of fidelity, the content is king. A fantastic production is highly desirable, but not
at the expense of the content.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: The ambient 'scene'
« on: October 06, 2009, 12:38:35 PM »
Cheers Mike,   

I still think that the way people are coming across ambient music can be termed 'underground'.
People who don't 'follow the scene' can still pick up on ambient through Lastfm and MySpace for
example and people who like it already can listen to the Streaming radio stations and come across
new artists / material. Streaming radio shows like 'Drone Zone' and Stillstream are great for
artists (exposure) and listener (the aforementioned reasons) alike.

Then shows like Ultima Thule archive their shows as podcasts and then there's 'dedicated' ambient podcasts themselves. For an artist
its great to get this kind of exposure.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Igneous News
« on: October 05, 2009, 01:19:43 PM »
There's a review of my 'Electra' album over at the Hypnagogue site.

I won't quote the review here, as I'm sure some people get a bit sick of artists posting reviews and
the like. It can be read at his site here:

There's an interesting section on his site titled 'Lexicon' too.

lastly, John (the Hypnagogue) asked me the question:
'It seems to me that you are in a constant state of refining and redefining the essence of your
musical identity. How is the Igneous Flame of Oxana different than the Igneous who created Electra?'

My response is under 'Glimpse'


This is very true.

This is also why the majority of artists release CD-Rs instead of pressed CDs. Sure, it'd be great
to be able to sell a pressed CD, but there's not many ambient artists who can sell 500 CDs these

It's not a case of 'Doing it on the cheap'. It's the gloomy state of CD sales making artists ensure
they can afford to release their material now, and in the future.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: The ambient 'scene'
« on: September 30, 2009, 01:54:02 PM »

I stand corrected ! There's life in the old dog yet. Many interesting points, will respond properly


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: The ambient 'scene'
« on: September 25, 2009, 06:11:51 AM »
Yeah Bill,

The lack of response suggests that things have changed.
Self promotion / 'what I'm listening to' / 'lifestyle' postings and the like seems to be the order
of the day, hereabouts.

What about the bigger picture - the changes to the whole online ambient 'scene', from artists and
listener perspectives ?


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Guitars picking up noise from PC
« on: September 22, 2009, 02:48:55 AM »

I still think that you should ensure that the earthing is good on your guitar and that you use
decently shielded cables. Also, ensure the screws to the jackplate are tightened firmly. It's more
likely that this could be the cause of your problem.
Jeff's advice is good.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: The ambient 'scene'
« on: September 22, 2009, 02:47:49 AM »
Hi Robert,

Interesting comments. I'm not sure what you're getting at with the 'curation' point, though.
Perhaps you're right in that the listener is the winner with the way things are going now.

Ambient bands, now there's a thing :)


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