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I'm in the headphone camp - well the earphone camp actually.

I use my Shure E500 in-the-ear phones for serious listening. They keep noise out and I love the
'immediacy' of the sound. Have to be very careful about volume levels though, as they are so close
to the eardrum.

Was wondering if any of the headphone people have heard good quality binaural recordings ? I've
been involved in surround sound in various guises and a good binaural recording is quite an


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 22, 2009, 03:24:28 PM »
kettel live in Rotterdam

Free download from 'ere:

Bit pedestrian in parts - in others, truly super. Rock on Reimer, he knows his onions - for sure.


Everything and Nothing / Re: For Audiophiles Only!
« on: January 16, 2009, 10:08:25 AM »
I don't think these will work. It's the knobs that are more important to the sound.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Tauern
« on: January 16, 2009, 10:07:01 AM »
Hi Matthew,

Cool to see you here, listening now to 'The DeadspellStorm' - fantastic atmospheric ambience.

I know what you mean about the physical CD release thing, it's getting harder. I do much better with downloads these days, but I still love the process of getting a CD released.


Everything and Nothing / Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
« on: January 13, 2009, 01:25:26 PM »
Pete Kelly, I record under the pseudonym 'Igneous Flame'

A few things about me:

I live a few miles away from the North York Moors in Blighty with my partner Denise and my hound
Maxa. I've left the 'real world' behind, in a sense.

I'm able to work on my music full-time at the moment. I work VERY slowly, I wish I could get more
material finished sometimes, but I just keep at it. I think tenacity is a much undervalued quality.

I try to create music that is unique (in as much as anything can be, realistically). I very much
believe in the value of ambient music - of what it can do for people. I'm not interested in what I
consider to be 'ambient muzak'.

I'm extremely opinionated and my opinions are quite extreme - I don't believe in what we're told


Everything and Nothing / Re: How to stay interested in music?
« on: January 12, 2009, 01:07:07 PM »
Wowweee :D

IM-AARP-O, I tend to see video games as a dividing line between people over and under 50.  A not all inclusive number, but you get my drift, daddy-o.  I won't go either way on what games do to people, because I don't play.  I consider adventure games the biggest waste of time in the modern world. 

I'm under 50 and I agree with Wayne on this one. The only game I found remotely interesting was Peter Gabriels's 'EVE'. But hey, I do the MySpace thing which is probably an equally great waste of time as well !


Everything and Nothing / Re: How to stay interested in music?
« on: January 11, 2009, 02:03:59 PM »

I have to say, I don't understand the whole 'gaming culture' at all. I last played anything
resembling a computer game, (an arcade game actually called 'Asteroids') when I was a teenager.

I don't feel I have missed out, I've known lots of people people spend heaps of time on them. I'd
rather spend time working on music instead.  I have to profess that I know very little about 'Music
for Games' (Ambient 5 perhaps ?)

I do know about music burnout though, personally I tend to do more photography when that occurs.
Yeah, sonic stillness is fantastic, but sadly unattainable in most people's lives.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkest Ambient
« on: December 17, 2008, 03:02:04 PM »

(Insert album title), the latest release from (insert artist), at once transcends and resettles traditional definitions of space, congruence, and integration. Drawing from his well-honed intuition of the meeting of space and motion, (artist) creates here a collection of soundscapes at once introspective and demanding, unfolding in the geschichte of their own (s)pace while remaining tethered to the eclectica of diverse musical underpinnings. These tracks demonstrate (artist)'s expansive vocabluary of both the mathematical edges of sound and the sonic borders of psychology. Expanding even as they collapse in on themselves, these works reach for a galactic understanding of inner barenness, resulting in a clean, wide messiness that bootstraps itelf into Vastmusic.

Great 'review' Michael and not too much of a parody in some cases. I used to work in the Arts and used to read a lot of 'clever' hyperbole all the time, I grew immune to it.

I have to say I find a lot of the self-consciously 'pitch-black' dark ambient to be a bit er, 'forced'. I'd much rather hear an element of 'mystery' than eternally damned, angst-ridden sonic groanings.   


Everything and Nothing / Re: Tinnitus
« on: December 10, 2008, 01:16:39 PM »
Mike's observation is interesting, the sheer level of noise in most people's daily lives masking
any minor tinnitus they may have. I would imagine this is not the case for people with more severe
forms of the condition.

I was wondering whether one of the 'functions' of ambient music is to drown out noise in a different
manner? Replacing unwanted sound - noise, with something you want to hear. I'd like to think that
amongst all those commuters out there, some are lost in their own ambient world in their earphones,
slightly more relaxed amidst the sonic chaos around them.


Everything and Nothing / Re: Tinnitus
« on: December 09, 2008, 01:53:35 PM »
I must say I sympathise with you people who suffer from Tinnitus, I had a bad ear infection earlier
this year, causing considerable (temporary - thank god!) hearing loss. This was replaced by very
loud high frequency ringing, as well as experiencing a very unpleasant sense of isolation, which
gave me a glimpse into the world of people with hearing loss issues.

It cleared up, but I have some slight ringing, which isn't a great surprise considering all the
loud music and headphone listening I've exposed myself to over the years.

Otherwise, my hearing is VERY sensitive and I hate noise generally and find low-flying military
aircraft to be the worst. At least you voluntarily choose to expose yourself to huge levels of
sound at a Rock concert !


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New work and changes...
« on: December 03, 2008, 03:37:04 AM »

'Flicker' is a CD-R. The company who made the discs use a particular Sony silver disc that have
bar-codes on them, so they actually look like pressed CDs.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New work and changes...
« on: November 30, 2008, 01:45:51 PM »

Just heard from Misha over at the New Age Sampler (WWSP) radio show that 'Flicker' was #1 in his
November top 20. 'HALO' was #1 in his September top 20 listing.

He posts these charts over at 'Ambient visions':
I know some people may tire of hearing artists 'big themselves up' with reference to such things,
but this is the kind of feedback that encourages me to 'keep at it'. I know 'Achromus' (man of
mystery) is very chuffed too !


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 28, 2008, 04:08:32 AM »
Cathal (Wereju) kindly sent me a copy of his 'through the depths of unknowing' 2006 double CD release. I
enjoyed it, very 'dank' and fog-like to these ears. Nice artwork/packaging too.


Good interview.  It prompted me to pull out the excellent "Halo" and then order "Flicker" from El Hypnos Store-O.  Looking forward to hearing this one.   

Thanks for that. Hope you like 'Flicker' - it's very different to 'HALO' !


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Black Hole Reverb
« on: November 26, 2008, 02:45:14 PM »
One of the liberating aspects of the way in which a lot of artists make their music these days is
that there are a lot of affordable tools available which are (arguably) almost as good as expensive
(and unattainable for most artists) high-end gear. I agree with APK's earlier point in this regard.

Yep, like Burgundy, Eqs and vintage guitar valve amps, its down to 'taste' ultimately. Naturally
some people have a lot more experience to judge their choices by, but others shouldn't feel that
their opinions are not valid. 
Immersion, you might want to try out these Lexicon Impulses from 'Noisevault':

There's PCM70 and PCM91 sets there amongst many others.


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: November 26, 2008, 02:42:49 PM »
This link should work


Hi Phil,

Thanks very much for the informative, imaginative and lucid reviews of the 'HALO' and 'Flicker'
Igneous Flame/Achromus albums.

There's a particularly evocative line in the 'HALO' review:

'This is all about abstract sonic textures in varying shades from grey to black. At times I imagine
a deep dive into the Marianas Trench; and just when it seems we might be getting closer to the
light for a time, we dip back down again.'

Ta also for giving me the opportunity to air some of my thoughts in the interview.
Topics include:
* Info about my next Igneous Flame release 'Electra', Spring 2009 release
* My production of the debut 'Achromus' album, 2009 release
* Town versus Country,
* guitars, musical background, composition and more...

cheers Pete

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Black Hole Reverb
« on: November 25, 2008, 03:19:22 AM »
Ah, reverbs...

For me, I don't see the point in using outboard reverb units, when my 'studio' is almost totally
computer based. Factoring in the cost of the case, the PSU, circuit board etc., when it's just the
algorithm thats the important thing.

Here's a highly recommended and cheap reverb plug-in (with an appropriate name!):

I prefer the convolution verbs, I understand that some people prefer the sound of certain algorithm
based verbs, but I feel that actually using an impulse of a real space is the better approach -
regarding realism.

Actually, I don't think that reverb is the holy grail of ambient fx either, I use time-
stretching and (multi-tap) delays much more frequently. I think there's quite a difference between using a
huge reverb and creating a very wide spatial spread (by some other means).

When I was doing surround material, I experimented with some multi-channel reverbs - panning a
sound in some kind of created virtual space and setting up a short, bright reverb at the front and
a large, darker one at the rear. Panning a sound around this 'space' was interesting.

I do find the whole concept of reverberation fascinating, I'm very interested in the
inter-relationship between sound, the listener and the medium through which the sound propogates.


Everything and Nothing / Re: Ergonomically speaking...
« on: November 20, 2008, 01:11:24 PM »
I'm fortunate in that I only have problems with my right wrist and shoulder, not neck or back.
In my case, I don't think it's about muscle strength / flexibility - it's more about sheer
repetition. Naturally, 'correct' posture is a contributing factor.

The unique thing about this mouse, is that it forces a handshake-like position, which I find to be
more comfortable, and perhaps more significantly, learning to using both hands for the mice will
lighten the repetitve load.

Scott, did it take you long to use your left-hand 'fluently' ? I'm finding it's coming on quicker
than I would have thought.


Everything and Nothing / Ergonomically speaking...
« on: November 20, 2008, 09:14:26 AM »
I know this isn't the most fascinating topic, but I'II guess it affects a lot of people here, so
here goes...

For about 8 years now, I've been working on my computers usually 6 to 9 hours a day (pretty much
every day) and I've developed pretty bad RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) in my right wrist and right
shoulder. This was due to using the mouse (I don't have any problems with keyboard use). It was
significantly debilitating, so I started to look at solutions that could address the problem.
After a fair bit of research I settled on this here rodent:

It's a Microsoft (I know :o) Natural Laser Mouse 6000
It's a so-called 'ergonomic' mouse and forces the wrist to rest in a much different manner to a
conventional mouse. At first it felt like a potato, but I've adapted to it pretty quickly.

Info here:

I use two computers - one for Internet browsing/writing documents and another just for music. I
recently had the 'brilliant' idea of using a mouse for each of them, but learning to use one with
my left hand to distribute the usage. It feels a bit 'cack-handed' but I'm getting to grips with it
I am naturally left-handed which probably helps. I'm also using mouse mats with wrist gel supports.
It's hard to say at such an early stage, as to how well this may work out, but my right wrist is
starting to ache less already.   

Anyone else with RSI experiences ?



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