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Other Ambient (and related) Music / The ambient 'scene'
« on: September 20, 2009, 07:01:46 AM »

I started looking on the Internet around 2003 for forums, review sites and radio stations that were
concerned with ambient music. I was surprised with how much I found back then.

It seems to me that the ambient 'scene' has changed, in that in a sense, it has become more
'underground'. There aren't the number of review sites around that there were, for one thing. The Internet radio
thing such as Somafm, Stillstream, lastfm et al, all 'broadcasting' 24/7 is an interesting
phenomenom. Myspace and lastfm (in particular) have shown to me that there is a much more diverese
audience for ambient music than I realised. The musical element of the networking sites have changed
things significantly, as has podcasting.

Regarding this here forum, it's interesting to see people come and go. People who were once very
prolific in their posting now don't post at all (that's just an observation, not a criticism).
I think this forum is still a significant resource for ambient music. For example, the
self-promotion element hasn't changed - most artists still do that (myself included). However, the
sheer volume of releases out there and all the free stuff made available seems to have diluted
things somewhat, When I first came here there was quite a 'buzz' regarding new releases. There seems
to be less debate about ambient music and more in the way of recommendations, promotion and
opinions.

Curious to hear other people's thoughts, particularly people who have been part of the 'scene' for
some time.

cheers
Pete

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Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Upcoming Hypnos releases?
« on: September 20, 2009, 02:55:21 AM »
Ta for the reply Mike,

I would imagine it would be a lot of work to setup, but I see that you've got the name and a shop
front template sorted already.

cheers
Pete

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Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Upcoming Hypnos releases?
« on: September 18, 2009, 02:05:40 AM »
Mike,

Packaging aside, I'm still curious about the Hypnos download store idea.

Pete

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Guitars picking up noise from PC
« on: September 16, 2009, 06:46:55 AM »
Hi Mike,

Listened to 'noise4'. Yep, thats pretty noisy. Here's some points that may be relevant:

Is there some kind of noisegate in your setup ? May account for the 'pauses' depending on the threshold at which it kicks in.

Are you using an older CRT monitor ?. These alwys caused buzzings, particularly with single coil pickups

Obviously noise comes with a high gain / overdrive setup. How are things with a clean sound ?

Is your guitar earthed properly ? - does the noise increase when you take your hand off the strings ? I've found that liberal amounts of copper tape does the job here.

I presume you know that some noise reduction software can do a pretty good job of guitar noise. Make a slection of the noise itself then apply the NR.


cheers
Pete

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Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Upcoming Hypnos releases?
« on: September 13, 2009, 07:19:29 AM »
Jesse,

These days, I think the vast majority of ambient artists would be pushed to sell 1000 CDs.

Mike, out of interest, why have you held back on the mooted Hypnos download store ?

cheers
Pete

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Igneous News
« on: September 10, 2009, 02:27:06 AM »
Radioplay of a different sort...

'V' from 'Harmonium' and my 'Lyke Wake Dirge' rework on the Atmoworks compilation were played on the
'Sideways through Sound' radio program yesterday (9/9/9)
http://www.sidewaysthroughsound.com/

Broadcasting on the Sydney (Australia) based radio station 2ser. The shows are archived as podcasts
and can be downloaded from the sideways website (playlists section).
Its a primarily folk music based show (and is damn fine too), so I'm pleased that the DJ (Thee Sonic
Assasin) played something ambient. I'm dead chuffed !

cheers
Pete

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Igneous News
« on: August 16, 2009, 05:04:44 AM »

'Harmonium' review at Hypnagogue
http://hypnagogue.netfirms.com/

Igneous Flame & Disturbed Earth, Harmonium

'Listening to Harmonium, the new collaborative work from Igneous Flame and Disturbed Earth, is like
spending an hour wrapped in a warm bank of fog that sighs around you, spectral shapes forming out of
the mist to laze and drift past. It is complete immersion in an unimpeded stream of gentle sound
that utterly calms the mind and spirit and slows the breath. Elegantly simple in feeling but
offering so much when listened to deeply, the tracks here are expertly layered, with Dean Richardsí
pedal harmonium creations floating and rolling quietly through Pete Kellyís sonic manipulations, the
alchemical blend turning them to softly pulsing dreamspaces. This is a perfect CD for meditation or
for low-volume looping during sleep. For pure, atmospheric drifts, this is one of the best releases
Iíve heard this year. A brilliant piece of work, and a Hypnagogue Highly Recommended CD.'


cheers John !

Pete

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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

555

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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