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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Black Hole Reverb
« on: August 07, 2009, 12:17:16 PM »
'Immersion'

You're barking up the wrong tree with this.

Reverberation isn't an instrument and it's not going to be an integral part of writing interesting
material. The 'input' to any reverberation process is still the primary point of interest

Incidentally, The best quality reverb we hear every day - natural reverberation. Its a 'descriptor'
of acoustic spaces. Clap your hands in different rooms and places, go to a cathederal and get a
longer decay, try the same in tunnels and the like. It's still not a musical parameter as such.

Saying that, Jim Cole's overtone singing in a water tower is an instance where an artist used a
particular (physical) acoustic to interact with in a performance:

http://www.spectralvoices.com/secondpg.htm

Pete

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For me, I don't get a link between ambient and classical.

I know thats a very broad statement and it only applies to my limited knowledge of classical music
and what I consider to be 'good' ambient.

I think the distinction between the two is that the ambient to which I'm referring too can create
'new' sonic spaces. What I mean by that is the element of manipulation of sound - so that even
acoustic sources can be drastically transformed. The sound becomes amorphous. I get a sense of the
mysterious and the ethereal from some ambient, which I don't get from classical. 

Structure is an entirely different matter, as is tempo, how does a drone have tempo ?
'Play very very slowly with feeling' :)

I can't see a link between the electronic textures in ambient and any kind of instrumentation in
classical, or the use of field recordings, vocal samples, glitch etc.

Have there been many scores written for ambient music ?

cheers
Pete

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Igneous News
« on: August 03, 2009, 01:30:14 PM »

'Full Spectrum Dominance'

Unreleased track.
To be played LOUD - on headphones (constructed from binaural recordings)

http://www.petekelly.eclipse.co.uk/full_spectrum_dominance.mp3

cheers
Pete

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To add a different viewpoint to this thread:

"Classical music is a dead fish"

guess who ?


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Other Ambient (and related) Music / 'Compiled' on AtmoWorks
« on: July 27, 2009, 03:46:12 AM »
Taken from the AtmoWorks site:

http://atmoworks.ning.com/profiles/blogs/atmoworks-presents-compiled

'AtmoWorks is proud to bring you a first in our label's history; a compilation of AW and other highly respected ambient and electronic artists into one cohesive release that we like to call 'AtmoWorks Presents: Compiled'. AtmoWorks owner Matt McDonough (MjDawn) had this to say about this new and exciting venue for the label.

"We at AtmoWorks are very excited to bring together a collaboration that speaks about our label, artists and vision. This compilation is the first in what will be a series of "AtmoWorks Presents:" albums. Our hope is that we will be able to showcase our established artists, but also bring light to new talents we are exploring. You can look forward to future releases involving these great artists."

A seamless blend of styles and influences carefully mastered and molded together by the tag-team of Vir Unis and MjDawn, 'AtmoWorks Presents: Compiled' is a wide-ranging set sure to please the most discerning electo-heads. From the deep drones, guttural drones of Gydja and Bunk_Data, to the minimal beats of Interstitial and the organized choas of MjDawn, this collaborative effort has something for everyone.'


I'm pleased to have a track included on the compilation. My track is called 'Lyke Wake Dirge' and is an ambient rework of an ancient folk-song sung by monks as they walked across the North York Moors to bury their dead.
I was inspired by Pentangle's fantastic version of it, which is on their 'Basket of Light' album. Also I live near the moors, which are very inspiring in their own right.

cheers
Pete

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now watching...
« on: July 14, 2009, 02:06:41 PM »
Clouds (again)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Igneous News
« on: July 11, 2009, 06:57:24 AM »
I purchased both of these albums, as well as your Formaria project's 8 Shades of Sound from Atmoworks.  After just one listen each, I can say I'm very impressed!  Great atmospheres.  Loved the two little bonus tracks that came with Harmonium as well.

Thanks very much for the comments !

Dean and myself had done some collaborative work prior to 'Harmonium' and we decided to include these two tracks, as we both thought they worked pretty well.

cheers
Pete

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Every now and again you come across something that is REALLY good. I'II post some further thoughts when I've listened further, some of the material on this release is sublime.

Pete

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Igneous News
« on: July 08, 2009, 12:51:46 PM »
Here are some words about the making of Harmonium which may be of interest.

'Harmonium' is an album that was almost not made - but fate thought otherwise...

Here's the story:
In July 2008, Dean Richards (Disturbed Earth) sent an unreleased album of his harmonium material to Pete Kelly (Igneous Flame), with a view to him doing a rework of that album. After repeated listenings, Pete did some initial musical 'sketches', but he wasn't satisfied with his initial input and as he was also working on other projects, he temporarily put it aside.

He returned to it frequently (without a great deal of success) and proceeded to do a significant amount of wotk on the material in January 2009. At the end of that month, something 'clicked' and he realised he could actually 'do something' with it. So, he then worked intensively on it and finished the project at the end of February. At that point He felt confident to tell Dean that it was finished and here it is !'

cheers
Pete

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 08, 2009, 12:48:30 PM »
Thanks for that !

We're both pleased with how it turned out (and it almost didn't !)

I've posted some words regarding the making of this album on the 'Igneous News' post in the 'Non-Hypnos Artists and Labels' section   

cheers
Pete

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Unwanted resonance
« on: July 07, 2009, 12:23:24 PM »
I have to deal with this kind of thing quite a lot. An ebow can create really peaky sounds, its the
nature of the beast.

You can experiment with turning the volume down on the guitar, using less gain on an over-driven
sound and (most critically) moving the ebow away from the hot spot.

As has been said, try to prevent the issue at source. As further processes can make things worse.
Yes, eq with a spectrum analyser of some kind will improve things, but its less than ideal with a
problematic recording.

cheers
Pete
 

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Igneous News
« on: July 07, 2009, 06:23:50 AM »

'Electra' and 'Harmonium' have been released today.

* Both are available as high quality CD-Rs at my LuminaSounds site:
http://www.luminasounds.com

* Both are exclusively avaialble (for a limited period) as downloads at the AtmoWorks store
http://store.atmoworks.com/

Also, I've teamed up with AtmoWorks to make my entire back catalogue available as downloads.
Even though all my releases are available on all the major download sites, getting them from
AtmoWorks has the following advantages:

* 320 kbps mp3s

* Artwork included

* Low price ($6.98 per release)

* 'Binaural Soundtracks' is exclusively available from AtmoWorks

Particular thanks to jkn and Geoff, for their input on this one !

cheers
Pete

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Tour de France - starts July 4
« on: July 05, 2009, 11:38:54 AM »
'Greatest Sporting event of the Year' - not for me.

I'd rather watch 'drunk football' or the 'drug-enhanced olympics'. I think they'd be much more
interesting. :)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Omnivore's Dilemma & Local Food
« on: June 29, 2009, 12:31:25 PM »
There's a cool thing they have here in darkest North Yorkshire.

There's a few farms that have an 'on the wall' set up. They sell their veg and eggs literally on the
wall outside the farm. Theres a tin to put the money in and thats it. Its seasonal naturally, so
theres no veg in the summer. Its a all free-range, mis-shapen and dirty, but it actually tastes of
something. Rather than pristine, glowing carrots from Tesco, from some uber-farm on the continent.

Same goes for the poultry farm here in the village, walk to the farm pay 80p for 6 massive
free-range aggs and leave the money in a tin. Can't see that happening in London !

cheers
Pete

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Igneous News
« on: June 23, 2009, 01:06:57 PM »
'HARMONIUM' Igneous Flame / Disturbed Earth

Disturbed Earth: Harmonium
Igneous Flame: Treatments and Production


Track Listing and samples:

1  'I'
http://www.petekelly.eclipse.co.uk/luminasounds/I_edit.mp3

2  'II I'
http://www.petekelly.eclipse.co.uk/luminasounds/II_I_edit.mp3

3  'III'

4  'II II'

5  'IV'

6  'II III'
http://www.petekelly.eclipse.co.uk/luminasounds/II_III_edit.mp3

7  'V'
http://www.petekelly.eclipse.co.uk/luminasounds/V_edit.mp3





Artwork by Kati Astraeir

More info to follow

cheers
Pete

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: June 22, 2009, 01:02:49 PM »

Can I presume that 'Tone' and 'Ant' would also be unacceptable ? :)

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Headphones ?
« on: June 21, 2009, 12:38:38 PM »
Good call Alan,

I've got those HD-580s too and they are very good.

I'm a bit of a headphone fan, currently I'm using:

The aforementioned Sennheiser 580s - great sound and very comfy. Not recommended for wearing on the
bus though, as you'll look a bit daft (I speak from personal experience)

Etymotic Er6i - not great, weedy bass response, very good sound isolation (I got these to replace
some Er4ps that I lost - Doh !)

Beyer Dynamic DT250 - use these everyday, great, comfy studio phones. Dead solid.

Shure E500 earphones - fantastic, very good for ambient material IMO.

cheers
Pete

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Igneous News
« on: June 17, 2009, 03:19:52 AM »
'ELECTRA' 7th album by Igneous Flame

'Amorphous guitar / ghost voices'

Track Listing and samples:

1  'Trident'
http://www.petekelly.eclipse.co.uk/luminasounds/trident_edit.mp3
2  'Chromashift'
http://www.petekelly.eclipse.co.uk/luminasounds/chromashift_edit.mp3
3  'Ad Astra'
4  'Geiss 2009'
5  'Chromaflow'
http://www.petekelly.eclipse.co.uk/luminasounds/chromaflow_edit.mp3
6  'Ghost Voices'
http://www.petekelly.eclipse.co.uk/luminasounds/ghost_voices_edit.mp3
7  'Purify'
8  'Shimmer'
9  'Shadowplay'
10 'Mountain Breath'
http://www.petekelly.eclipse.co.uk/luminasounds/mountain_breath_edit.mp3




Artwork by Kati Astraeir

More info to follow

cheers
Pete


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Everything and Nothing / Re: Help the podcast N00b
« on: June 09, 2009, 12:29:52 PM »
John,

Personally, I think 128K is the limit really. Ultimathule go for 56K - which is pushing it a bit I think.

cheers
Pete

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 07, 2009, 01:54:33 PM »
I hope my taste is decent since I own all of the Igneous Flame albums.  ;)


Very decent indeed Fern :),

Just a bit confused as to what Alan meant as this topic is an ongoing one.
Anyway, here's a current fave of mine:

'Indigo' by a very talented Canadian artist called Erin Merle. What a voice !



cheers
Pete

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