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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Koude Handen
« on: October 09, 2010, 07:11:25 AM »
I think this is a very accomplished work Matthew. Evocative, imaginative and
subtle, it works on lots of different levels, tonally and dynamically.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Igneous 2010 releases
« on: October 06, 2010, 11:20:10 AM »

I think I've sorted the Paypal 'Buy now' buttons going to an error page issue now (hopefully !)

After doing some research it appears the advice is to select the option of the button opening
a new window when Paypal creates the code for the button. Apparently if you don't
it can cause problems, depending how the web site is constructed.



Not really, I 'upgraded' to the new profile and while its better in some ways
(they give you a 'banner' effectively), its still very frustrating to use and some
parts are inaccessible (well to me they are).

Yeah, MySpace isn't what it was, but even then it was pretty ropey. Saying that,
it's still going and thats why I (as an artist) am still on it. If the 1 in 100
connections is 'real', then its worth hanging in there.

Anyone have any experience of using Facebook as a 'band type' profile ?


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Igneous 2010 releases
« on: October 04, 2010, 12:19:31 PM »

Albums now up on CD Baby for Download:



David, not sure about that error. I think its an Internet Explorer thing that I can't replicate here.

Mike, no more 'bumps' - honest :)


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Igneous 2010 releases
« on: October 02, 2010, 06:18:45 AM »

'ION' and 'Orcus' 2010 Igneous Flame albums have now been released as limited-edition DVD-ROMs.

Go to for details
Clips from each track are downloadable via a Soundcloud player (which I can't embed here).

Download availability:
Will be up on CD Baby shortly and then on all the major digital
distribution sites.



I was beginning to wonder if I was the only one who doesn't play games ? ('Chess titans' not included)
I used to play 'Asteroids' as a kid, but nothing now.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: AAS String Studio synth deal
« on: September 28, 2010, 09:19:53 AM »
Ta for the link to the review, Scott.

Much easier to read than the whole of the manual  :)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / AAS String Studio synth deal
« on: September 28, 2010, 06:14:20 AM »

AAS String Studio for $20

I heard about this synth offer on a another forum and I bought it. I like it, a lot of the presets are pretty samey, but once you start to play around with it, it gets pretty interesting.

It takes a while to get the serial number details (for some people) and the challenge-response registration is a bit of a hassle but the sounds the synth makes are worth it (to me, anyway).


Everything and Nothing / Re: Sheeba ?-9/18/2010
« on: September 28, 2010, 06:12:57 AM »

Sorry for your loss Wayne, well done for looking after her.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Live coding
« on: September 18, 2010, 02:25:42 AM »

I think for some people the challenge of doing something 'difficult' outweighs the artistic considerations of 'but is it any good ?'.
But hey, look at the code - check out the variables !

I went to quite a few 'digital art' shows a few years ago and found this to be a prevalent way of doing things. Not my cup of tea at all.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Igneous 2010 releases
« on: September 13, 2010, 05:00:38 AM »

'ION' cover
Artwork by Kati Astraeir, design by Pete Kelly

'ION' and 'Orcus' will be released October 2010.

They will be available as downloads through the usual sites and at CD Baby throughout the month.
They will also be available as printed DVD Data discs containing wav's, 320 kbps mp3s, full resolution artwork and a 'free' track for each album (unavailable elsewhere).

These albums are longform works - 95 minutes (Orcus) and 130 minutes (ION) and would have been 'double albums' if they were released as CDs.
I decided to release them in this way, so that people who wanted a physical 'object' and/or higher quality audio will have that option. Also, I
didn't want to just have a 'digital release', these discs will be more of a limited edition archive disc.

More information will be posted on the LuminaSounds site nearer the release date.



Listened to the samples, which I know they won't be properly indicative of the audio quality of the release, on the Spotted Peccary site. I don't know what you're referring to regarding the 'very bad' use of reverb. Could you post some examples of 'very good' use of reverb, to enlighten us with ?

Getting back to the original point. There's some irony here, when a lot of 'glitch-ambient' is full of 'audio errors' (from a technical / mastering point of view) ) and its completely accepted as being part of the music.

Context eh ?


Having more gear would be nice, but I think I've got enough as it is. Having used 'old school' studio setups in the past, it's amazing what is available now for a fraction of the cost of say, a 1970s home studio.

'GAS' (gear acquisition syndrome) can become quite a distraction regarding getting anything done. There's always that compressor or that reverb or
that hyper-spatial multi-band transmogrifier that you NEED to improve the material. I'm guilty regarding building up collections of programs for
'Nebula' that I'II probably use rarely, but they are inexpensive at least.

Regarding guitars, if money was no object, I'd like to have a white Gibson 335 (ala Alex Lifeson 'Hemispheres' period) and a Gibson Les Paul Black Beauty (both left-handed), but I don't need them.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Igneous 2010 releases
« on: September 02, 2010, 11:37:38 AM »

'Orcus' cover

Artwork by Kati Astraeir

Very interesting thoughts Matthew, I was wondering why you were releasing 'Malbeek' and your new album as free releases.
Listening to 'Malbeek' now - very wide range of textures and tonal colours, quite unlike a lot of ambient. I'm liking it a lot.

I'm on a 'smallband' connection at present so I downloaded the mp3 not the Flac file, sounds good to me. No complaints here !


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.

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 :)

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 :)

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...

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 !


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