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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Social Website Burnout
« on: June 06, 2011, 11:30:28 AM »
Yeah, I've come to the conclusion that social networking is over-rated for an artist - well for an ambient artist anyway. Particularly considering the time needed to maintain and update multiple profiles. I agree with Saul having your own site as a 'node' behind all these profiles is a good idea. I think the days of having (say) My space as a sole artist page without some kind of artist website may be coming to an end. Even with Soundcloud (which looks cool), I'm not convinced about the value of doing all the 'networking' that is needed to get things going.

Regarding exposure, I think airplay is more significant. Somafm, Stillstream and others all 'broadcasting' 24/7 every day certainly gets the music out there.

I also look at Lastfm too to see what is being listened to. I also created lots of videos for YouTube
as that seems to be where a lot of people are these days. Apart from updating the LuminaSounds site, I don't spend much time on the social networking sites for exposure these days.

That's some press release.

Thanks 'Stellardrone', great descriptions !

cheers, Pete

I've been creating a lot of videos recently and uploading them to my Youtube channel. Unfortunately, Youtube doesn't really show them as I intended, so here's the original video for 'Vitreous Flow' (audio edit) from my 2007 album 'Hydra'.

Dropbox link:

The file size is 112 MB and the video is at 1920/1080 resolution (wmv file)

For those interested, the original footage was shot with a Sony HX5V camera, processed with Pixelan plugins and constructed in Sony Vegas 10 studio. I'm planning on a DVD release of a compilation of my videos later in the year.

Hope people find it to be interesting.
Lots more to be viewed here:


Bill, Petrol / Diesel is currently approx. 6 a gallon over here and we hear very little about it on the news.

Back on topic, I don't use facebook myself, I was tempted but I resisted (so far !)

I'm pretty much against anything that promotes shallow, facile, etc, social interactions.
And things that promote a dumb self-importance.

I agree.

There appears to be an increasing 'opinion culture' where people's opinions are deemed to be almost necessary. On Youtube for example, there's the option to say you dislike a video and I wonder (unless you find it offensive) what's the point of that ? Same with the BBC website - "What do you think about so and so..."

April Fool, eh John ;) (I hope !)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Igneous Flame 2011 news
« on: March 30, 2011, 01:25:26 AM »
I'm thinking of doing a DVD, yep.

I'm using Sony Vegas Studio 10 with Pixelan plugins (which are very good) and I've recently bought a Sony HX5V which does pretty good video for a compact camera.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Igneous Flame 2011 news
« on: March 29, 2011, 11:30:59 AM »
some great looking videos

Thanks Seren ! and I thought audio rendering could take a long time - nothing compared to video rendering with loads of fx.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Igneous Flame 2011 news
« on: March 28, 2011, 05:27:48 AM »
Igneous Flame 2011 news:


I'm currently working on my next album 'Lyra'.
'Lyra' will be my 10th solo release since my first album 'Tolmon' was released in 2003. It will be a guitar based album, incorporating nylon string guitar as well as electric. I'm endeavouring to make something different / unique on this one and a lot of work has already gone into the project to date. I'm planning on a late 2011 release for 'Lyra'.


I'm steadily adding videos to my Youtube channel, there are now 33 videos there now. I'm enjoying the process of making them, but they certainly take a long time to render !

Here's the most recent one, 'Isotropic' (from 'ION')

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Redoing my studio
« on: March 22, 2011, 03:09:00 PM »
It was a suggestion.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Nuclear Disaster in Japan
« on: March 15, 2011, 02:16:29 AM »
Yes, this is a massive disaster and the volatile nuclear situation is very concerning.
It's hard to imagine what it must be like for the Japanese people to have to endure this disaster.

Everything and Nothing / Re: 24-bit for the masses
« on: February 26, 2011, 08:28:59 AM »

At the risk of going 'off topic', the reason I mentioned Ambisonics (which is a superior surround system to 5.1) is that I remember that there was once quite a bit of debate as to whether people would still be listening to stereo at all 'in the future' and multi-channel was the way forward. Times change. 


Everything and Nothing / Re: 24-bit for the masses
« on: February 25, 2011, 12:39:05 PM »
I studied ambisonics when I was at Uni and I believed then (13 years ago) that we would all be listening to 24/96 multi-channel audio today. It didn't happen (I recently sold my DVD-A player for peanuts on ebay :( )

I'm very interested in any developments towards higher quality audio, but I also think there's a place for 256/320 kbps mp3s as well. I have to say, I'm still to be fully convinced about 24/96 - the 24 bits part I get, but I'm still not sure about the 96 (kHz) bit.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 24, 2011, 02:25:41 AM »
Igneous Flame - Ion  (started listening to this last night; a mighty fine release, especially over phones, sort of like Grassow on steroids; nice going, Pete!)

Thanks for your comments Forrest, much appreciated !


I'd say that for artists with an existing profile, it may be still useful for search engine purposes, I just googled Robert Rich and Steve Roach and their Myspace profiles were pretty high up.


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...)

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