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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 28, 2008, 04:08:32 AM »
Cathal (Wereju) kindly sent me a copy of his 'through the depths of unknowing' 2006 double CD release. I
enjoyed it, very 'dank' and fog-like to these ears. Nice artwork/packaging too.


Good interview.  It prompted me to pull out the excellent "Halo" and then order "Flicker" from El Hypnos Store-O.  Looking forward to hearing this one.   

Thanks for that. Hope you like 'Flicker' - it's very different to 'HALO' !


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: November 26, 2008, 02:42:49 PM »
This link should work


Hi Phil,

Thanks very much for the informative, imaginative and lucid reviews of the 'HALO' and 'Flicker'
Igneous Flame/Achromus albums.

There's a particularly evocative line in the 'HALO' review:

'This is all about abstract sonic textures in varying shades from grey to black. At times I imagine
a deep dive into the Marianas Trench; and just when it seems we might be getting closer to the
light for a time, we dip back down again.'

Ta also for giving me the opportunity to air some of my thoughts in the interview.
Topics include:
* Info about my next Igneous Flame release 'Electra', Spring 2009 release
* My production of the debut 'Achromus' album, 2009 release
* Town versus Country,
* guitars, musical background, composition and more...

cheers Pete

Everything and Nothing / Re: Ergonomically speaking...
« on: November 20, 2008, 01:11:24 PM »
I'm fortunate in that I only have problems with my right wrist and shoulder, not neck or back.
In my case, I don't think it's about muscle strength / flexibility - it's more about sheer
repetition. Naturally, 'correct' posture is a contributing factor.

The unique thing about this mouse, is that it forces a handshake-like position, which I find to be
more comfortable, and perhaps more significantly, learning to using both hands for the mice will
lighten the repetitve load.

Scott, did it take you long to use your left-hand 'fluently' ? I'm finding it's coming on quicker
than I would have thought.


Everything and Nothing / Ergonomically speaking...
« on: November 20, 2008, 09:14:26 AM »
I know this isn't the most fascinating topic, but I'II guess it affects a lot of people here, so
here goes...

For about 8 years now, I've been working on my computers usually 6 to 9 hours a day (pretty much
every day) and I've developed pretty bad RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) in my right wrist and right
shoulder. This was due to using the mouse (I don't have any problems with keyboard use). It was
significantly debilitating, so I started to look at solutions that could address the problem.
After a fair bit of research I settled on this here rodent:

It's a Microsoft (I know :o) Natural Laser Mouse 6000
It's a so-called 'ergonomic' mouse and forces the wrist to rest in a much different manner to a
conventional mouse. At first it felt like a potato, but I've adapted to it pretty quickly.

Info here:

I use two computers - one for Internet browsing/writing documents and another just for music. I
recently had the 'brilliant' idea of using a mouse for each of them, but learning to use one with
my left hand to distribute the usage. It feels a bit 'cack-handed' but I'm getting to grips with it
I am naturally left-handed which probably helps. I'm also using mouse mats with wrist gel supports.
It's hard to say at such an early stage, as to how well this may work out, but my right wrist is
starting to ache less already.   

Anyone else with RSI experiences ?



Everything and Nothing / Re: If you could recommend one book
« on: October 30, 2008, 01:18:48 PM »
'1984' by George Orwell

More relevant now than ever.

Everything and Nothing / Re: ebow
« on: September 30, 2008, 01:53:43 PM »
Hi Jim,

The Ebow is great, I waxed lyrically about it on the old forum, I seem to remember.
I don't know how it works on an acoustic instrument, as I have only used it on an electric guitar.
I think it's actually a very subtle device capable of a great range of tones.
Here's some things that I do with it:

* Always use it on the neck pick-up with the tone rolled right off fully and the volume pot backed off a
fair way
* Try it on a clean sound, there are a lot more dynamics available
* Don't just play over the 'hot-spot', you can get an overly 'hot' sound there, experiment with its
position relative to the pick-up
* In my experience, it works equally well on single-coil and humbucking pickups
* Use it cleanly - like a slide you can get a lot extraneous noises when skipping strings
* Don't overdo the reverb - it creates harmonics which can get very loud, I almost always use a compressor with it 

Here's a short mp3 of a cello-like sound that I get from the Ebow:


Everything and Nothing / Re: Do you speak English with an accent?
« on: September 26, 2008, 02:38:14 PM »
I have to say that I couldn't differentiate between most american accents (with the exception of a New
York accent perhaps).

Having lived in Northern England all my life, I have the same trouble with southern accents. London,
Essex, Somerset yeah, but the rest just sound generically 'southern'. However, I can certainly pick up on
most Northern accents. I'm from the North East (Middlesbrough) and we have a very strong accent,
particularly the 'Geordies' (Newcastle), apparently it's more akin to Norwegian (those dashed Viking
invaders) than the rest of the country. Mancs (people from Manchester), Scousers (Liverpuddlians) and
Brummies (citizens of Birmingham) all have very recogniseable accents, as do Leeds and Lancashire folk.

In my experience, there's far less of an accent from people living in Hull, York, Nottingham and
Leicester. For such a small country, there's a lot of diversity.
Naturally, I'm one of the few people who can 'speak proper'.

'innit ?'


Everything and Nothing / Re: Autumn Ambient
« on: September 18, 2008, 12:02:14 PM »
For about a week and half I've been rolling Christopher Orczy's "Transition" constantly. It seems to match the slowing of the season and the cooler evenings. Nice deck listening, and Orczy's slow-breath harmonium work seems to fill the house very nicely.

Good call John,

Chris Orczy is (IMO) a major talent and an under-rated one too.
I find it odd that the talents of Chris, Matthew Florianz (has there been one post about his last
album 'Malbeek'?) and Diatonis aren't discussed here as of late.

I love the Autumn too, as David Sylvian sung so elquently (when he was good) 'September's here again...'


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: EXUVIAE -NEW RELEASE - JAMAIS VU
« on: September 16, 2008, 01:54:30 PM »
Very good work Brooks !

The tracks 'Jamais Vu' and 'How we are Finite', in particular are outstanding.


Everything and Nothing / Re: The "free for all" section of this Forum
« on: September 11, 2008, 06:58:43 AM »
Personally, I'd like to see this section permanently closed.
I never saw its relevance to the rest of the forum.


Hey Alan,

Close - but no cigar.
I think they are similiar - but not that similiar, will report back later when the files have been sent
to the 'sonic laboratory' :)

I take it this is the sequence:
A(1) Gel-Sol
B(1) Hammock
A(2) Gel-Sol
B(2) Hammock


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: A nice video of the Moog Guitar
« on: September 03, 2008, 12:12:42 PM »
Yep, Giorgio and Jeff are right, the volume pedal is a major ambient guitar tool and very cheap too.

Not sure about this Moog guitar, I would certainly like to try one out mind you - but I don't think there
is much chance of that :)

Incidentally, I used to have a Gibson RD Artist

I had the maple body version, which had a Moog designed circuit onboard, with a fantastic compressor and
some bizarre eq circuits. Best bloody guitar I ever had that one, wish I'd never sold it.


Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Grace Jones remix
« on: September 02, 2008, 02:12:11 PM »
Fierce remix, fantastic production too !

Well done.


Speaking for myself as an artist, this is one of the most important developments in the ambient world of
late (and beyond) which I think will make some artists considerably re-consider their practice. For me, I
think Mike has made some very important points / observations (which I agree with) regarding this, and he
certainly pulls no punches in his response to 'Snapping Turtle's post, where he said:

'...Implying that a huge influx of "free download" amateurs have glutted the ambient music market does
not say anything about whether the genre has peaked. How is one connected to the other?  I think the work
being done by the best artists is as good as it has ever been, but I see no contradiction in asserting
that the average level of quality is dropping due to the huge crowd of less-serious beginners using
Reason or Acid to throw together a few pieces of music and offer it for free download...'   

I wonder how the 'free culture' will change in time after its initial lustre has worn off - the
prevalence of the 'free' may develop into a general apathy / significant lack of quality control which
won't make for a healthy scene for anyone. For example, Where's any kind of sustainability for 'serious'
artists - artists in it for the long-term ? Seren's point regarding nothing being really free is a very
interesting one. Philosophically, nothing is free - in terms of the energy that is put into any project.
Will some artists just give up, if the feedback (alone) isn't sufficient to sustain them ?

My plan is to carry on releasing CD(r)s and just see how things go, whilst also making all my material
available on the (legal) download sites. I'm curious to hear people's experiences of their download sales
vs. CD sales ? I'm finding a much larger audience from iTunes et al and having a relesased a reasonable
number of albums helps.

Lastly, anyone know the arcane workings of Lastfm ? I've noticed that Mirko / Deepspace is pretty active


I liked his last collaboration with Lustmord, but his solo stuff just doesn't work for me.


Om Shanti and deep winds

Why don't Robert Rich and Steve Roach release free music ?

I think the truth is that they know people are prepared to buy it.
Given the choice, I imagine all the artists who release free material would prefer it if people were
willing for pay them for their music.

Personally, I don't intend to release any free albums. My albums may not sell in vast quantities, but I'm
not prepared to give my work away. Like a number of artists (I imagine), I could release 3 albums next month if I wanted to (from all the
work-in-progress / unused material that I have), but I would rather take the time to make one good
release next year. 


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New work and changes...
« on: August 12, 2008, 08:07:40 AM »
Thanks Joe, it's appreciated  :)

'HALO' was kind of a side-project to the 'Flicker' album, I approached it in a more 'experimental'
fashion and incorporated some spatial processes I'd developed / stumbled across.
There's some processed binaural stuff on there as well.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Forum members on
« on: August 06, 2008, 02:26:36 AM »

I've had all my material up on emusic for a few years now. I don't have a subscription with them, but they seem a good set-up and there is a lot of ambient stuff on there.


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