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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Ambient (ish) guitar video
« on: April 03, 2012, 06:03:40 AM »
I've set up a Youtube channel for some of my guitar noodlings that don't really get used in my ambient work.
Here's a short vid which is more on the ambient (ish) side of things though:

Thanks for your comments 'Broken Harbour'.
On that headphones post, I'm amazed to see how many people these days are plugged into their music players whilst out and about.

From memory, I struggled with this program back in '98 when I was at York Uni and we were using these uber-arcane SGI machines on some UNIX platform (I think). Makes me realise how straightforward sound processing is these days - in comparison to command-line cryptics of the past !

Out of interest, I tried again and remembered the headaches involved in using such things - CSound, Tcl/TK libraries etc...

I'd be interested to hear some of your examples, mind you.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Should I dump my website?
« on: March 27, 2012, 03:25:17 AM »
I can't see any content either.

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  :)

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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.

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