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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.


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:

* Both are exclusively avaialble (for a limited period) as downloads at the AtmoWorks store

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 !


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. :)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Omnivore's Dilemma & Local Food
« on: June 29, 2009, 12:31:25 PM »
There's a cool thing they have here in darkest North Yorkshire.

There's a few farms that have an 'on the wall' set up. They sell their veg and eggs literally on the
wall outside the farm. Theres a tin to put the money in and thats it. Its seasonal naturally, so
theres no veg in the summer. Its a all free-range, mis-shapen and dirty, but it actually tastes of
something. Rather than pristine, glowing carrots from Tesco, from some uber-farm on the continent.

Same goes for the poultry farm here in the village, walk to the farm pay 80p for 6 massive
free-range aggs and leave the money in a tin. Can't see that happening in London !


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Igneous News
« on: June 23, 2009, 01:06:57 PM »
'HARMONIUM' Igneous Flame / Disturbed Earth

Disturbed Earth: Harmonium
Igneous Flame: Treatments and Production

Track Listing and samples:

1  'I'

2  'II I'

3  'III'

4  'II II'

5  'IV'

6  'II III'

7  'V'

Artwork by Kati Astraeir

More info to follow


Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: June 22, 2009, 01:02:49 PM »

Can I presume that 'Tone' and 'Ant' would also be unacceptable ? :)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Igneous News
« on: June 17, 2009, 03:19:52 AM »
'ELECTRA' 7th album by Igneous Flame

'Amorphous guitar / ghost voices'

Track Listing and samples:

1  'Trident'
2  'Chromashift'
3  'Ad Astra'
4  'Geiss 2009'
5  'Chromaflow'
6  'Ghost Voices'
7  'Purify'
8  'Shimmer'
9  'Shadowplay'
10 'Mountain Breath'

Artwork by Kati Astraeir

More info to follow


Everything and Nothing / Re: Help the podcast N00b
« on: June 09, 2009, 12:29:52 PM »

Personally, I think 128K is the limit really. Ultimathule go for 56K - which is pushing it a bit I think.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 07, 2009, 01:54:33 PM »
I hope my taste is decent since I own all of the Igneous Flame albums.  ;)

Very decent indeed Fern :),

Just a bit confused as to what Alan meant as this topic is an ongoing one.
Anyway, here's a current fave of mine:

'Indigo' by a very talented Canadian artist called Erin Merle. What a voice !


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 05, 2009, 07:04:27 AM »

Glad you're back, by the way. Was wondering what had happened to any talk about interesting or decent music.

I'm not sure what you mean here, Alan ?


Everything and Nothing / Re: They Don't Make Them LIke they Used to
« on: June 03, 2009, 12:12:45 PM »
Good God are these fellers still going ?

I was quite keen on the Priest when I was a young 'un. Never that taken with David Coverdale's
Whitesnake though. Hard to believe he's from Teesside with that plummy voice.

I think SUNN 0))) is the way forward mind, I think I tried one of their amps once many moons ago -
it caused a turgid firmanent of gloom to envelop me for some time :)


Hypnos Label Releases / Re: Viridian Sun
« on: May 27, 2009, 12:26:15 PM »

I think that one way to keep the CD alive in such a niche genre as ambient is to make the CD as 'art
object'. I've seen a number of posts on this on this here forum and I think this is a good idea.


So is it about 'quantity' as opposed to 'quality' ?

The natural landscape here in our little old UK is stunning (in parts)
It certainly isn't an 'impoverished version' of itself.

The problem is ever increasing population encroaching on what is left unspoilt.
An individual's experience of the natural world is just that - 'individual'.
Saying that, I agree that there are very few people who have any real connection with the natural
world anymore.


Hypnos Label Releases / Re: Viridian Sun
« on: May 27, 2009, 07:21:00 AM »
Am curious to know what is going on with Hypnos in general.



'...a much impoverished version of nature...'

What a bizarre statement ???

I think walking is one of the best forms of excercise. especially If you can get out somewhere into
the natural world. A long walk really clears the mind, I get some of my better musical ideas this
way. It's free too.

On a related note, the amount of short car trips most people make is crazy. I live in a small
village and notice people driving to each others houses which are literally just around the corner.

Think yourself fitter :)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Music, free or for sale ?
« on: April 15, 2009, 12:25:11 PM »

CD Baby in my experience do a good job.

$35 dollars set-up fee, you send them 5 copies (4 of which they sell) and they do all the digital
distribution stuff for you. They set up a page for the album with streaming mp3s.

Takes a while but they give you a lot of information about the status of the release when you login.
You can also just send them a single CD and specify it as a 'download only' release.

IODA is a better bet (more sales) but isn't open to everyone.

Interesting to hear people's opinions. I'm still of the same mind though - I still have some issues
with (some) free stuff and quality control. Saying that, I think what Kit Watkins has done in making
some of his albums available for free is very commendable - especially as they are of such high
quality. A known and respected ambient artist choosing to give some of his material away is unusual.


Everything and Nothing / Re: Music, free or for sale ?
« on: April 12, 2009, 12:06:36 PM »
Anyone else interested in this, or is the new Star Trek series more pressing ?

Everything and Nothing / Music, free or for sale ?
« on: April 09, 2009, 12:20:24 PM »

I didn't want to hijack the 'US copyright rant' thread, so I've started this one.

My take on this is that i have no intention of giving my music away for free. Here's why:

Value. I spend a lot of time on my material. Even if the amount of money I make on selling my
material is small, the fact that people are prepared to buy my work is very significant to me.

How much more Exposure (let alone feedback) would I get if I released a free album ?
I would presume that the appeal of net-labels who have some 'visibility' might be a better way of
doing this. As opposed to simply uploading an album to some server space and posting a link on
forums, MySpace etc. Incidentally, I'm finding lastfm to be a great way to get exposure currently.
There's a lot of people on this forum up there.

Also, I think that if you give something away once, people may be unwilling to pay for something in
the future.

Lastly, I'm selling considerably more downloads than CDs at present and I recently was told the
following by a Japanese distributor, who has recently folded:
'...but music retailing has changed, CDs are no longer a profitable means of music distribution, and
we would like to move on and put our energy and effort into other projects.'

The times are changing, indeed.


Yeah, good on you Wayne,

Its the same over here in the UK. Some people just don't think when it comes to getting a pet and
looking after it properly.

I got my dog from a dog rescue centre called the 'Dogs Trust'. My partner and me would go to the
centre to walk dogs every weekend for 3 years. We very much wanted to 'adopt' some of these dogs,
but I wasn't able to cut down on the hours that I was working. But that changed and we were then
able to adopt a dog, knowing it wouldn't be left home-alone every day.

'Maxa' was the first dog I've 'owned' (even though I've always loved dogs) and in the early days she
was really hard work !. Unfortunately, quite a number of people give up at this stage and bring the
animal back to the centre, which makes the dog even worse.

I've seen some people actually be disappointed that they weren't able to just adopt a dog there and
then - almost as if they were shopping.   


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