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Well I've given up on Myspace, I've set my profile to be 'Inactive' - in that I'm not going to be updating it / checking on it from now on. I've read that Myspace is still pretty active regarding search engines, so I decided against deleting it completely.

My recent 'recommendations' have been 'Hulk Hogan' and 'Lady Gaga' - says it all really...

I'm shocked. I wasn't in contact with Lucette, but I thought her 'Golden Sun' and 'Radiant Stars' albums were unique and very accomplished works. Very poignant to read the words regarding her music and her illness.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: February 16, 2011, 03:32:07 AM »
'Jdh', I had the ER4Ps and wasn't hugely keen on them, very detailed yes, but I prefer the Shure E500s - each to their own.

Incidentally, here's what I use to listen to the phones:

SPDIF from the soundcard gives a good, clean sound.

and here's a really good headphone amp I use for critical listening:
DUAL AMP (AD8610 option) 
'Neco Soundlab' is the guy who makes it:

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: February 14, 2011, 02:52:49 PM »
Sennheiser HD280 - all day, every day use. Good workhorse phones.

Shure E500 - for more critical listening.

GK Ultraphones
- for noisy days... (Sony 7506 drivers)

Previous Headphones:
Sennheiser HD-580 - very nice but one of the drivers died
Beyer Dynamic DT250 (as above)
Etymotic ER4P - lost them (curses...)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Jazz-electric
« on: February 14, 2011, 09:36:10 AM »
'Jazz-electric' is now available from CD Baby (download only):

and iTunes:

Everything and Nothing / Re: Cassette tapes..
« on: February 11, 2011, 02:33:58 AM »
Forrest, I should add that at the time I was very into cassettes, but I wouldn't want to go 'back there', so to speak.

I sought out the best chrome and metal tapes I could get and I've still got a big box of them from my 4 track days TDK SA-X, Thats metal etc.). I bought a Bang and Olufsen Beocentre from a carboot sale recently to listen back to them, but most have stretched. I seem to remember the commercial album cassette releases were pretty shoddy construction-wise, my copy of Thomas Dolby's 'A Flat Earth' has certainly seen better days ! 

Everything and Nothing / Re: Cassette tapes..
« on: February 10, 2011, 02:48:12 PM »
Cassettes were dead handy but that's the best you can say about them. To think that here were 'audiophile' Nakamichi cassette decks and metal tapes and all manner of esoteric Noise Reduction systems for such a sonically awful medium.

Apart from the 'arty' element, I can't see the point of a cassette release. I'm sure there are hiss and wow / flutter plugins that can be put onto a soundfile to emulate the 'sound' of tape, why not go the whole hog and go for a 32kbps mp3 release as well ? :)

Everything and Nothing / RIP Gary Moore
« on: February 06, 2011, 02:48:25 PM »

That didn't do much for me, mirth-wise.
'Father Ted' on the other hand...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / 'Celerium' - free download
« on: January 30, 2011, 04:42:38 AM »
'Celerium' [20:17]
Unreleased track, free download.
2009 rework of an (un-included) track from the 'Satu' album sessions.


Everything and Nothing / Re: Ambient video ?
« on: January 18, 2011, 06:32:21 AM »
Bumping up the thread a bit, here's some recent videos I've made:

'Heart of Darkness'

'Lost at Sea'


Just re-watched the Sylvian / Sakamoto 'Steel Cathedrals' film, the imagery certainly adds to the music.
Perhaps I need to nip back to Teesside to get some more Industrial imagery.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDs are Dead....Almost!
« on: January 16, 2011, 10:08:58 AM »

From my point of view, the experience of listening to the music is the primary thing - whether it's being played
back on a portable device listened to by someone on a train, a plane or up a mountainside. Equally if it's
being experienced at home on a good system / headphones, it's all the same to me.

Very nice video, suitably evocative.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Jazz-electric
« on: January 13, 2011, 07:54:49 AM »
'Jazz-electric' by Formbank (Pete Kelly) and Achromus (Michael Stringer)

Due to be released in the near future.
Difficult to categorise and describe, a fusion of hyper-electronica with occasional ambient lull. Hints of Japan, Sylvian and Peter Gabriel pervade throughout. Pete Kelly's real and fake guitar parts combine with Michael Stringer's melodic sensibilities to make for an intriguing, sometimes oblique listen.

Soundcloud link:

(moved from 'Everything and Nothing' section)

Everything and Nothing / Ambient video ?
« on: January 12, 2011, 10:13:57 AM »
I must admit that I was somewhat 'sniffy' about ambient videos until I came across a posting on a forum where people listed their favourite ambient tracks and pretty much everyone posted a youtube video link - either of a video someone had made of an existing track or the artists 'official' video.

This made me re-think about making some videos as 'ambient eye-candy' for my material (I'm always looking at ways to get my work out there). So I did some research and found Sony Vegas to be a very good tool for creating videos. Years ago I used to make animations for installations / projections in a program called 'Swish' (cut-down version of Flash), but that never really worked as I would have liked, but Vegas does the job indeed.

I've posted some initial pretty rudimentary videos on my Youtube channel, but now I'm now starting to make them a bit more interesting (hopefully), I recently made one from Kati Astraeir's images that were used in the 'ION' artwork. I'm at a bit of a lull regarding working on my next album, so I'II be working on this side-project for a while.

I've now noticed quite a few ambient artists have been making videos for some time.


My Youtube channel is here:


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDs are Dead....Almost!
« on: January 09, 2011, 10:36:18 AM »

I find some of the original comments by 'Leaf' to be somewhat puzzling. Why
wouldn't an artist want as many people as possible to hear their work ? Do you
have to be in an exclusive 'ownership of the lovely physical object' order to have
access to the sacred sounds ?

Unusually, I find Eno's comments a bit irritating as well, it's easy to have made
your career from selling music to turn aroud and say 'it's just a blip' - well
that's easy to say in hindsight.

Mike , I hope you're not under the impression that all UK ambient types are off
fox-hunting during the day, then settling down with a copy of 'the Telegraph' in
front of the roaring fire on an evening. :)

Oh and I don't think CDs are dead, either.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best Releases of 2010
« on: January 05, 2011, 01:21:16 PM »
Two very good quality releases in 2010 (both free)

'Koude Handen' by Matthew Florianz

'Domestic Aerospace' by Ensueno (a very under-rated artist, IMO)


Everything and Nothing / Re: Mick Karn has passed away
« on: January 04, 2011, 02:06:39 PM »
Sad news indeed. He was a truly innovative bass player.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Can we have a serious talk about vinyl?
« on: December 23, 2010, 03:31:13 AM »
I can see the appeal of vinyl as 'art object', but I always felt that static
ruined ambient (and choral music). An album like 'The Pearl' played on vinyl
didn't do it any favours, as I found the static very distracting.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Any last-minute 2010 gear purchases?
« on: December 21, 2010, 02:28:11 PM »

Bought recently a Schatten pickup for my nylon string guitar and the preamp to go with it.

Installation wasn't too easy (to say the least !) but I'm pleased with the sound - much better than the guitars I tried with under-the-saddle piezos. Will be using the combination to record the nylon string parts on my next album.

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