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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.


Hi Kirk

From what I remember, Saul originally posted the idea on the old forum in December 2005
He sent out DVDs of all the source sounds used in each track from his 'Vast' album.
I got 'Chrome Garden', which I sent on to another artist as this was part of Saul's idea.

I think in the end, only APK and myself actually finished the reworks. My rework took me a Long time to do
as I incorporated versions of Saul's beats and worked in a very different way to the way I usually do. It
was a very interesting project though, I was quite pleased with my rework and I learned a lot in the
process. Saul seemed to like it too !

Kahvi released a mini-ep including the remix I did here:


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New work and changes...
« on: August 04, 2008, 12:23:11 PM »
Cheers 9 Dragons,

I chose Kati's artwork. Yes, she is a fantastic artist and has done the covers for quite a few ambient artist's albums (Numina comes to mind) and recently for the British 'Doom-metal' band, 'Esoteric'.

The tree image was her Myspace avatar for some time and I think it's a very strong image.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New work and changes...
« on: August 02, 2008, 02:35:45 AM »
I'm chuffed to say that...

Igneous Flame and Achromus have now released their two collaborative 'sister' albums, 'Flicker' and 'HALO'

'Flicker' is a CD release and is available from the LuminaSounds site:
and from CDBaby here (with all tracks streamed for your listening perusal) 
It will be available as a download from all the major sites soon.

'HALO' has been released on AtmoWorks and is available as a download on their site here (cheers 'John's' !)
It will be released as a CDr through Hypnos shortly.

A lot of work went into these albums and I have to say I'm rather proud as to how they've turned out !


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New work and changes...
« on: July 07, 2008, 08:49:54 AM »
Thanks for the comment, Ben  :)

Here's some more info about the upcoming releases:

The Collaboration
‘Flicker’ and ‘HALO‘ came out of a collaboration between UK based ambient artists, Igneous Flame (Pete Kelly) and Achromus (Michael Stringer). In February 2007, Michael gave Pete a pool of synth based material that he had been working on and Pete produced the albums ‘Flicker’ and ‘HALO’ from that pool. The material became split into two, the more sonorous material was reworked and guitar textures were incorporated, this material became the ‘Flicker’ album. The other darker and more ‘raw’ material was extensively processed and this resulted in the ‘HALO’ album. Some of the original material has been used in both albums - albeit in a ‘Re-cycled’ manner.

The more accessible of the two releases, ‘Flicker’ is primarily tonal with an under-current of ethereal mystery and depth. Constructed from Achromus’s synth textures and Igneous Flame’s e-bow guitar lines and abstracted harmonic shapes, melodic phrases are woven around tonally shifting soundscapes. The album’s dark luminosity shines throughout.
Composition, guitar, sound-design and production by Igneous Flame
Composition and synths/pads (source sounds) by Achromus
'Sinuhe' (edit)
'Salve'  (edit)
'Colourfield' (edit)
'Sense of Return' (edit)
'Accumulator' (full track 4:23)

‘HALO’ is a hypnotic, visceral and primarily textural long-form work, vivid in colour and dynamics, ranging from intensely industrial to pastoral with an underlying esoteric subtlety present throughout.A significant element of the album is the result of extensive sound-design and spatial processing, for which headphone listening is recommended.
Production by Igneous FlameComposition by Igneous Flame / Achromus
'Halo' (edit)

Artwork by Kati Astraeir


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New work and changes...
« on: June 30, 2008, 07:45:30 AM »
Whoops, forgot to mention that,
cheers 8)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / New work and changes...
« on: June 30, 2008, 01:42:17 AM »
My self-release imprint 'Chillfactor10 records' is no more. It was something
that I inherited and I think its outlived its purpose. I've set up a new label
with UK based artist 'Achromus' called 'LuminaSounds' The website is at an
early stage of development, but I'm adding content daily.
It's here:

I've made a link to the Chillfactor10 site which I'm keeping 'alive' as an archive
as theres a fair bit of info there. 

Achromus and myself will be releasing two albums in July, 'Flicker' and 'HALO'
We've set up a MySpace profile for the collaboration:

'Flicker' will be released as a CD-R on 'LuminaSounds', and 'HALO' will be
released as a download on AtmoWorks.
More info to follow...


I think this 'Ning thing' has considerable potential - it's the realisation of the amalgm of things that this new fangled web 2.0 promised. Good on Atmoworks for running with it !

cheers Pete

RIP Gordon. Very sad news

Other Ambient (and related) Music / 1000 True Fans
« on: April 22, 2008, 01:39:23 AM »
1000 True Fans

Very interesting blog on Robert Rich's MySpace page:


Everything and Nothing / Re: Ambient Guitar
« on: April 22, 2008, 01:36:28 AM »
Well it appears I may well have been wrong about 'ambient guitar' being overlooked,
judging by the many artists (mostly unknown to me) named here

Dave, I checked out the Scott Solter album's mp3 snips - very nice.
Hi Jeff, cool to see one of the top (IMO) ambient guitar geezers reply. I tried that Ebow thing - wierd one ! I couldn't get much out of the one Sundummy posted - maybe I was doing it wrong.  ???


Not wishing to hijack this thread, but I think it might be interesting to open out the 'ambient
guitar' discussion into a wider er, forum. So I've started a separate thread in the 'Everything and
Nothing' section, if anyones interested.


Everything and Nothing / Ambient Guitar
« on: April 14, 2008, 09:11:54 AM »
The electric guitar as the primary source for creating ambient music seems a tad overlooked.

I agree with Alan that it can be the processing that makes the sounds interesting, but not
necessarily just a bit of scratchy, glitchy jiggery-pokery kind of thing. The software available now
can really transform the source sound - naturally, it helps if people play something interesting in
the first place ! All manner of looping, granular synthesis, spectral manipulations and the like
allow for a lot of scope.

I was pretty much introduced to ambient by Eno's music, so I initially thought it was all treated
synths and Rhodes Piano, but I discovered lots more.

For me one of the most evocative 'ambient guitar' styles is David Sylvian's volume pedal / tremelo
arm combination. 

I've used electric guitar as the primary sound source on almost every one of my albums and I'd like
to develop some guitar ideas further - I'm working on a technique to get a kind of a Harold Budd
'sound' on the guitar and am still working on various ebow techniques.

Interested to hear people's thoughts.

Pete K

To me, the 3 minute sample of 'Static' really does sound very good.
I have to say I'm somewhat ambivalent about a lot of material that is raved about on this here forum - but this is right up my street.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: March 31, 2008, 01:32:55 PM »
Curious to know why this kind of debate is always about Steve Roach ?

How come you never see something like this about Robert Rich (for example) ?
It seems Robert is allowed to just get on with his music without some people feeling the need to
publicly 'big him up'/chastise any 'off-message' nay-sayers periodically.

I'm stating the obvious, but any artist isn't going to appeal to everyone and saying something
to the effect that a listener 'doesn't get it' if they don't like artist 'X' is a bit pointless. 


Everything and Nothing / Re: State of the music business
« on: March 14, 2008, 10:23:26 AM »
Part of the changing nature of the Record Industry is the way that music is made.
The 'democracy' of doing everything in-house (or 'in bedroom' more typically :) ) naturally has positives and negatives. One area this applies to is mastering. The tools are now affordably available (I'm referring to software here primarily). Given experience and a good ear, the artist can do a good enough job themselves. I agree with Tony's points, but there's also great sounding 'bedroom creations' out there as well.

I would imagine most ambient artists can't afford to have their work externally mastered any more than they can afford a pressed CD run (and have hundreds of lovely pressed CDs in the basement for years to come)

For most people, 256/320 kbps mp3s are indistinguishable from CD quality audio. I'm not making any judgements on this, but I agree that a higher quality option would be a welcome option for the people who are more concerned with fidelity. Ian Boddy's 'Musiczeit' venture offers Flac downloads as well as mp3s.

Personally, I don't think there's any difference between a pressed CD and CDr in terms of audio quality - unless (as has been said previously) the CDr has been burned too quickly. I also believe that audiophiles should enjoy their systems as much as most people with average to good quality gear enjoy their music collections - Depeche Mode's 'Songs of Faith and Devotion' album sounds pretty lousy to me these days, but I'm not going to stop listening to one of my favourite albums for that reason alone.

The download music genie is well and truly out of the bottle, the big record labels are doomed and piracy is rife. I wonder how the indie labels will fare in time...


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 06, 2008, 02:24:57 PM »
'The line between plagiarism and intertextuality/recontextualiztion has become blurred anyway, as notions of authorship and originality have been problematized.'

Alan, could you explain your point a bit more lucidly ?. I'm curious as to what you mean by this statement.
How has the the issue become 'problematized' ?  - is it a problem ? 

Transcontextuations !


Have had chance to listen to this properly now, here's some of my thoughts.
I actually think it's quite a diverse compilation (I don't get any 'theme' as such)
There's a high production standard throughout and the artwork is very effective (as is the title).
Well done Mike, a very professional production all round !

The hilight tracks for me are the following:

'Scarecrow' by Kirk Watson - Very interesting sound design / textures

'Ghost Nebula' by dreamSTATE - Probably my favourite track, great use of Tonal colour and texture

'Strange Attractor'by Seren Ffordd - Very dark and very effective as a dark ambient piece - ominous bass !

'Behold the Trampled Wheat'by Dwight Ashley - Builds ominously then concludes with a beautiful outro section

I also particularly enjoyed the M. Peck and Justin Vanderberg tracks.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 15, 2008, 01:22:50 PM »
The Gasman - bloody marvellous IDM. It's like some kind of warped mental excercise 'following' his stuff, such is it's quirk. Current faves from his 'The Grand Electric Palace of Variety' album:

'Electric Coconut' (says it all really)
'Bontempi Lutein'

and 'Spector' from his 'Love Collection' album.

Also listening to (and reworking) the fantastic Mrs Jynx

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