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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Acoustic Instruments
« on: August 09, 2010, 12:46:20 PM »

I'm not sure if this topic has been discussed before, maybe some time ago ?

Anyway, I've just restored my Classical guitar. By 'restoring' I mean that I've put some new machine heads on it, put on some new strings and given it a general clean-up. This guitar is now 25 years old (Cuenca Model 40, if anyones interested) and sounds great. It was bought for me in 1983 and I played it intermittently since then.

As someone whose material is almost entirely 'electronic' in the way its created and produced, I found returning to this acoustic instrument to be
an enjoyable musical experience. Just playing it with my fingers and feeling the resonances of the notes and chords through the body and hearing the subtle (and not so subtle) variants in tone and volume was quite 'grounding' in a way. I would imagine playing a real grand piano would be quite a thrill for a keyboard player.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Soundcloud
« on: August 07, 2010, 02:43:04 AM »
I'm starting to get into Soundcloud a bit more and it's been pretty positive so far.

Everything streams well - I'm on a stone-age 'broadband' connection and everything plays without stuttering

The free account allows a user to have 2 hours of music and from what I can make out, that could be in any number of formats - uncompressed wav or whatever rate mp3s. You're not limited by file size, but by duration.

The timeline comments idea is quite unique (and useful).
Pity its player can't be embedded in this forum - well I can't figure it out, that's not to say it can't be done !

Mixcloud is more of a cloudcast/radio thing - different but still interesting, though.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Igneous 2010 releases
« on: August 03, 2010, 08:27:43 AM »

I've posted pre-release montages of my upcoming albums up at Soundcloud.

They are both constructed from 1 minute excerpts from each track on the album.
They are downloadable and encoded at 192 kbps.

'Ion' ('synth-album')

'Orcus' ('dark album')

More info to follow, am planning on a September date for the releases.


'The Royle Family'
Quintessential British humour (big in Finland apparently)
Doesn't get much more unglamorous than this.


try 'Shameless' for a more hardcore take on low-life culture (not recommended for more sensitive souls)

Computers, Internet and Technology / Soundcloud
« on: August 01, 2010, 06:29:39 AM »

I recently bought a Soundcloud 'lite' account and I've started to use it a bit more actively now. I think it could be a very useful thing -
particularly having a 'widget' that you can paste all over the sites you frequent.

The 'private' features are pretty interesting as well.

Any one else using Soundcloud ? Thoughts, tips ?


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Igneous News
« on: August 01, 2010, 02:00:26 AM »
Just to let people know, my 2008 collaborative album 'Halo' (with Achromus)
which was an AtmoWorks exclusive download, is now up on CD Baby and will be up everywhere in a few weeks.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Igneous 2010 releases
« on: July 13, 2010, 08:48:12 AM »

Following on from my original post:

1) Am getting to the completion stage of my 'ION' album.' ION' has been created using soft-synths exclusively and lots of new fangled electronic jiggery-pokery. This will be a double album release / a large digital release (there's over 2 hours of material), depending on what I decide to do with it. Needs mastering and final auditioning. 'ION' has turned out to be primarily ethereal / pastoral ambience

2) 'Untitled' (at present) very dark 'outerstellar-dronescape' album pretty much completed. Lots of processed binaural recordings and tempered
industrial sound-age. Needs mastering / 'nebularising'. Not for the faint hearted, this one !
Probably will be a digital release.

Both will be released on my LuminaSounds self-release label in the near(ish) future.
I have some plans regarding my back catalogue and these albums, more info to follow...

3) To work on next (still plan to release this year)


Everything and Nothing / Re: World Cup anyone ?
« on: July 12, 2010, 02:20:50 AM »
I'm glad that Spain won too, they looked like they always wanted to win the games they played - and with flair.
I enjoyed the World Cup very much, as a whole, but the amount of play-acting and 'gamesmanship' was lamentable.
I don't want to see players trying to pressurise the referee to get players booked / sent off, or lots of rolling around on the floor after a tackle
then getting up again once the ref was looking the other way. As well as the usual cynical fouling.

I'm not a great sports fan, but this event is a one off and even though there's a lot of it that is very 'corporate', I believe its for the 'people'

Who'd have thought that a psychic Octopus would play such a part in it all ?

Everything and Nothing / Re: World Cup anyone ?
« on: July 07, 2010, 02:13:21 PM »

'Paul' was right - those octopi they do not lie !

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: One or Two computer monitors?
« on: July 02, 2010, 06:22:55 AM »


I don't know how relevant this is to your set-up, I'm currently just using one monitor - with two computers (there's a pic I recently posted in the
'studio shots' thread)

I have to say, I much prefer having the space on my desk than a second monitor and for me, the lack of distraction (focusing on one thing at a time) is a plus too.

Everything and Nothing / Re: World Cup anyone ?
« on: June 28, 2010, 06:13:41 AM »

I've learned never to expect anything from England at the World Cup, so I'm not totally surprised by their pretty dreadful performances, nowadays I
just enjoy the event.

David, they could have played 'the Boro' instead of the England 11 and they probably wouldn't have been so ineffective :)


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: June 23, 2010, 03:59:58 AM »

Here's a shot I took today of my current studio set-up. As you can see, it's based around two computers (one connected to the Internet and one not).

I use a KVM switch to use a single keyboard and monitor with the 2 machines. I like things to be minimal and uncluttered.

The blue elephant wallpaper is a remant of the previous owners of the house, but I kind of like it.

Those two guitars are my Yamaha 112 and my Tokai 'Love Rock' (Les Paul copy), both great 'workhorse' instruments.

The book is a yearly diary / log that I use to document what I've done on a day-to-day basis and has proved to be very useful.

I'm a headphone man, I pretty much do everything on phones, the KEF Q3.5s speakers I rarely use are out of shot.

The thing I take most inspiration from is the view outside;


Everything and Nothing / Re: World Cup anyone ?
« on: June 20, 2010, 06:43:12 AM »
I'm getting more into this World Cup now, there's been some dreadful shooting, but either a lack of initial nerves or circumstance are making for more open games.

The South American teams in general are looking good, making most of the European teams look jaded (apart from Holland).
God knows why England have been so bad - still we are still world leaders in Darts (and gurning)  ;)

Everything and Nothing / Re: World Cup anyone ?
« on: June 14, 2010, 06:15:12 AM »
Shame about the keeper fumble in the England/USA match

Ouch  - you're not joking there !

Everything and Nothing / World Cup anyone ?
« on: June 14, 2010, 01:35:48 AM »

I know that there probably isn't a great deal of interest here regarding the world cup, but I thought I'd start a thread anyway.

Watched the Germany / Australia last night - wow ! the Germans looked impressive.
I look forward to seeing the really good teams and players showing off their talent, am always keen to see Brazil, Holland and the like.

I know football isn't to everyone's taste, but its a massive global cultural event nonetheless.
People go a bit mad over here when England are in it, but that doesn't usually last beyond the opening round :)



From an artist's point of view, a finished album is a collection of wav or aiff files (presuming that the work was created/mastered on a computer).
Historically the 'master' format has been:
Reel to reel tape / ADAT tape / DAT tape / Minidisc and more.
The next format conversion stage is to CD / mp3 / Flac etc.

The spinning silver disc is obviously just a format. The 'art' is the music and the act of listening to it, and that hasn't changed.
The appeal of the ownership of the silver disc I can see, but its still a physical copy of the original.

Just because an artist decides to release a digital release doesn't mean that it's a 70 minute jam over some loops that he/she did last night.
I think there is still a feeling that if its a download, its not a 'proper' release. Well, I'd be interested how this pans out in the next few years,
when (I suspect) they'll be even less CD releases...



I have to say that I would much prefer to have a CD made up for my releases, but practicalities are dictating otherwise.
Perhaps I am in a similar situation to yourself, I've got albums I want to finish and release this year, but I don't think I can justify getting a
run of CDs made. It makes me a bit sad but its the way things are going. So the releases I'm planning for this year will probably be digital
releases. I use the term 'digital releases' to differentiate from the term 'downloads' because I prefer the sound of it :)

I'm thinking of having an option for people to buy a DVD of the WAV files / Flac files if they are after the best sound quality.

On a positive side, there isn't the constraint of a 74 minute release with a digital release. The albums that I'm planning on releasing are both
significantly longer than 74 minutes, this was a factor in my choice of how to release them.

I agree that download prices are too expensive, but it's mostly out of the hands of the artist.

There's quite a buzz in the Hi Fi community around people using the computer as the primary sound source as opposed to a CD player and using a high quality USB/SPDIF DAC to connect to the amp and speakers. People are listening to music in a different manner at home as well as out and about.

I still play CDs and have kept a 'master' copy CD of all my releases, as it's quite important to me to 'document' the album and its artwork. In the
future, who knows...


Everything and Nothing / Re: Spoof audiophile reviews
« on: June 09, 2010, 09:20:59 AM »
So Mike,

I take it you're not one of the 'gold-pressed-latinum-fairydust' brigade ? :)


Everything and Nothing / Spoof audiophile reviews
« on: June 08, 2010, 03:25:50 AM »
Whilst checking out snake oil/valid opinions on the merits of HiFi interconnects. I came across this gem:

Nice one  :D

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich Tour Blog
« on: June 04, 2010, 01:18:14 AM »
Diliberto's blog didn't challenge me or make me think at all. It's an old argument and it seemed rather mean-spirited including Robert in it. As Jesse says, he's been touring in this way for years.

Sure, watching some dude operating his laptop perhaps isn't the last word in entertainment, but watching a lot of 'real' instrumentalists isn't
necessarily that exciting either. What ever happened to 'stage presence' ?


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