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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Twitter
« on: August 31, 2010, 01:52:36 PM »

It seems to me that the world is 'speeding up' exponentially these days - massive sensory overload.
For me, ambient music is an antidote to all of this - to slow down and reflect.

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Twitter
« on: August 31, 2010, 02:49:59 AM »

Like Facebook, I feel reasonably virtuous avoiding the twittering thing.

Off to press up some parchment and crush some insects to make ink with. I've got to write to my people today :)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Andrew Lahiff
« on: August 31, 2010, 02:45:27 AM »

From what I've heard, he is under-rated - Quality work.

It seems some artists are a bit 'quieter' when it comes to self promotion :)


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Everything and Nothing / Re: Spoof audiophile reviews
« on: August 27, 2010, 03:06:46 AM »

Crazy ! Oh for such ears.

The shaking advice seems sound though and a libation to the Gods does no harm either...

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The Goodies - Ecky Thump indeed !
The Mighty Boosh - like the curates egg - good in parts

I quite like 'The IT crowd' (UK), 'The flight of the Conchords (NZ) and 'King of the Hill' (US).
I find very little 'modern' comedy to be particularly funny actually. However, I can watch 'Father Ted' indefinitely.

We all need a good laugh these days !

cheers
Pete

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Szymon contributes here on the forum, as well as posting about his new album - thats cool in my book.
Others simply promote their own work or their label without taking part in the discussions here - thats not so cool.

For a listener / someone who hasn't released anything, it's perhaps difficult to see how eager an artist can be to promote their new work and if a
number of artists are doing it at the same time (which is usual) it could be seen as overkill. However, I think this here Hypnos forum is one of the
few informed places left to do it.

Yeah, there's a distinction between promoting and spamming - especially if there are 10 new releases a week coming from someone / somewhere.

cheers
Pete

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Igneous 2010 releases
« on: August 14, 2010, 03:45:51 AM »

Thanks for the comments fellers !

Yes Chad, they are two very different releases.
'Voidbient' - good ambient sub-genre descriptor !

cheers
Pete

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Acoustic Instruments
« on: August 14, 2010, 03:43:26 AM »

It's quite amazing how a good instrument (acoustic and electric) can hold its value.

I sold two really good guitars and an amp to buy a computer 10 years ago, which was virtually worthless 3 years later, if I'd spent the same amount of money on a quality acoustic guitar, it would be worth a lot more now.

Regarding my classical guitar, I really like the Woods (Red Cedar top) used that give it its tone. I recently went to a large music shop and looked
at some really high quality classical guitars. They were works of art as well as fine musical instruments, the inlays and exotic woods used were
quite stunning.

Here's a rosette detail pic of mine:



cheers
Pete

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Phobos Track
« on: August 11, 2010, 07:56:09 AM »
A heavy track David,

Impressed !

cheers
Pete


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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.



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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.

cheers
Pete

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

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')

http://soundcloud.com/igneous-flame/ion-pre-release-montage

'Orcus' ('dark album')

http://soundcloud.com/igneous-flame/orcus-pre-release-montage

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

cheers
Pete

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'The Royle Family'
http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/theroylefamily/index.shtml
Quintessential British humour (big in Finland apparently)
Doesn't get much more unglamorous than this.

or

try 'Shameless' for a more hardcore take on low-life culture (not recommended for more sensitive souls)
http://www.channel4.com/programmes/shameless

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

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 ?

cheers
Pete

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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.



http://cdbaby.com/cd/igneousflame15


cheers
Pete

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

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)

Pete

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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'
primarily.   

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




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

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

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/10521867.stm

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

Loren,

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.

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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 :)

Pete

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