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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient Music Generator
« on: January 24, 2012, 03:50:53 AM »
Hi Tobias,

I'm afraid you've lost me a bit on the 'attractor functions' :). I liked this for the physicality of having the 4 discs spinning - a bit like the original tape loops.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Ambient Music Generator
« on: January 23, 2012, 02:46:55 AM »
Interesting take on looping random-ness:

the Ambient Music Generator by Charlie Slick

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: MP3 vs. FLAC
« on: January 18, 2012, 01:13:59 PM »
Something I find odd in these fidelity comparisons, is the nature of ambient music in comparison to say, acoustic instruments /  vocal recordings.

I can see purists having a problem with less than loss-less audio for certain types of music, but I think ambient is an odd one in that a large amount of 'electronic' sound is used in its production and while high fidelity is desirable (in my view), I'm wondering what the detrimental effects of 320 kbps mp3s might be in the case of ambient ?
Soundstage, stereo issues, high frequency distortions etc ?

Thanks for the feedback Forrest, it's very much appreciated.

Cheers also for the comments on the videos, that's the first feedback I've got from them (apart from Youtube commenting).


! count  = 16 ! :)

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Igneous Flame 2012 News
« on: January 03, 2012, 04:48:57 AM »
Igneous Flame 2012 Releases news

2011 was a reasonably productive year for me, I released the 'Jazz-electric' album with Achromus in March and my 10th solo album 'Lyra' in November. I also created 50 or so videos to accompany tracks from my previous albums, as well as other work-in-progress projects.

As regards 2012, I plan to release at least two albums, one collaborative and one solo.
The collaboration I'm keeping under wraps for the time being as I've barely started working on it and the solo one could go a number of ways at present. I've spent 4 months on creating work-in-progress material, some of it quite diverse.
I've been getting into samplers and sample libraries recently to expand the sound sources I can work with and plan to use the following synths on the 2012 releases:

NI (Native Instruments) Razor and NI Prism
(NI Skanner - possibly)
Wusikstation (for wave sequencing synthesis)
Ambitron - a new one to me, with lots of potential.

On a personal level, I wish people all the best in these times of great change and uncertainty.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 28, 2011, 03:23:08 PM »
My Brother very kindly gave me an iTunes card for christmas, so I downloaded a selection of some of me favourite tunes:

Trampled Under Foot - Led Zep
Pack it up (and Go) - UFO
The Sails of Charon - Scorpions
Unchained - Van Halen
The Royal Scam - Steely Dan
Billion Dollar Babies - Alice Cooper
Halo of Flies - Alice Cooper
Escape - Journey
The Rhythm of the Heat - Peter Gabriel
San Jacinto - Peter Gabriel
Mustapha - Queen
Hanging on the Telephone - Blondie
Velvet Green - Jethro Tull
Led Boots - Jeff Beck
Birthday (Icelandic) - Sugarcubes
Snake Dance - The March Violets
Alice - Sisters of Mercy
I'm Nin'Alu - Ofra Haza
God is God - Juno Reactor
Sugar is Sweeter (Original Mix) - CJ Bolland
Cornflake Girl - Tori Amos
Precious Things - Tori Amos
Subdivisions - Rush
Adorations - Killing Joke
European Super State - Killing Joke
A Light in the Black - Rainbow

Lovely stuff !

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 25, 2011, 02:37:28 PM »
'Vitriol' by The Gasman

Free Download from 'Polymerase' EP.
Sounds like Yes might sound if they were still around in 2011 and were on pills.

Now Playing / Re: FILE://Access/Rip/Play
« on: December 19, 2011, 05:42:06 AM »
Mrs Jynx - The Standoffish Cat - good call, indeed !

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Novelty in Electronic Music
« on: December 17, 2011, 07:41:23 AM »
I think this is an interesting thread as it questions things, this is one of the virtues of the Hypnos forum. I don't feel that the 'its all good' mindset is necessarily helpful regarding how the genre is going. I certainly agree with Mike's comment:

But there's the fine line between just creating music, and creating music worth listening to.
and I also agree with Drone On's comment too on artists releasing work after their creative peak - David Sylvian being an example to my mind.
The recycling element is something that I see and recognise in my own work too much and it's something I'm trying to address. On the other hand, a trademark sound still can have a lot of scope for variety and development. For me, I think 'imaginative experimentation' is the way to go.

Just sent you a PM.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Native Instruments Thanksgiving Offer sale:
« on: November 26, 2011, 03:56:45 AM »
50% off some of their stuff (til monday). I'm tempted by a few things, I must say... :)   

Great title and Artwork.

Still 'digesting' the music - sounds very promising.

Thanks for the comments !

'Lyra' is now up at CD Baby:

I've also written a fairly detailed 'Process Log', for those interested in the technical side of things:


Released 11/11/2011

Artwork by Kati Astraeir

A year in the making, Igneous Flame has released his 10th solo album 'Lyra'

Since his 2003 debut release 'Tolmon', Igneous Flame has sought to create an evolving body of work and whilst 'Lyra' continues in that theme, it differs in that the approach taken to creating this work was significantly different to that taken for his previous albums.
The work was created using a previously unused set of tools and processes in order to experiment and explore in new directions. A diverse range of sounds sources and textures were employed and extensively processed. The primary instrumentation being electric guitar, nylon string guitar and synthesizers.

The work was created whilst engaged with the natural world as a primary source of inspiration - work in progress mixes were auditioned whilst walking through local woodland and re-worked back at the artist's studio. This process was repeated many times, until they were felt to be finished.

The material is primarily ethereal and meditative, with intermittent high-energy bursts and characteristic 'trans-tonal shifts'. In terms of production, a 'clean' approach was employed - full dynamic range was observed and preserved.

Special thanks to Kati Astraeir for deeply connecting with the music, to create the artwork for the album.

'Lyra' is a long-form double album release, both discs 1 and 2 run to almost 80 minutes of material each. Available as a limited edition high quality double CD-R package on the LuminaSounds site or digital download through CD Baby soon.



Everything and Nothing / Re: Advice topic for newbies (live performers)
« on: November 07, 2011, 10:05:58 AM »
I don't know how helpful this may be but my advice is to just go for it and do what comes naturally.
I played guitar and bass in lots of bands (all unknowns) in the 80s and mostly really enjoyed the experience, apart from one performance which started a near riot !
I was pretty much full of ego in those days - which probably helped, as did being in a band - as opposed to performing solo.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
« on: November 07, 2011, 08:41:45 AM »
Not being a games person, I wonder what their primary appeal is ?

From what I've seen, they can sure eat up a big chunk of time.
I played arcade games as a kid, but now I think I'II just stick to 'Chess Titans' - 3 games a day - to keep the old noggin ticking over :)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 27, 2011, 02:29:49 PM »
Juno Reactor 'God is God'

Brilliant surrealist video for a cracking track:

Juno Reactor - God Is God [HQ High Quality]

'Real names', sock-puppetry - the plot thickens !

cheers, that works !

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