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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Help?! My new Lexicon PCM 81
« on: August 21, 2012, 05:34:20 PM »
When I started making Ambient music, I always thought hardware determines the sound at the end. In other words, buy one of the known reverb units like a PCM 70, tweak some parameters and you sound like Steve Roach. Well.....it doesn't really work like that. It took me a while before I understood that it's more about your FX chain and how to use each individual effect in the chain itself. I think I started with something simple like a delay + reverb in series. Nowadays, I'm using multiple stomp boxes and 19" FX units. I think I'm able to create a classic ambient sound pretty quickly but you don't want to know how many hours I have spent to get there ;-) But if you ask me to recreate particular sound of an artists or one of my own tracks, it is impossible to exactly nail it or even come close. I have developed a useful set of FX patches during the years by experimenting a lot. People like my live sound, it has become part of my "trademark" and thus a critical component of a live performance and studio recordings. Example:

I often use the following chain existing of 4 elements: short delay -> reverb/delay/pitch/distortion multi FX -> 2 long delays with feedback control -> reverb. So basicly pre-looper FX feed a looper and is post processed with reverb. Lexicon is indeed a good starting point for reverb, I use a PCM 91. Another interesting Fx unit I use is the Eventide Space: it offers very good editable sounds based on H8000 patches. But there are many good and useful FX boxes out there.

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Just to let you know that I have a new Premonition Factory album out called "The Sense of Time". To give you a an impression of my music, you can now download a promo EP with 2 tracks from this new album and 2 from the previous one http://music.premonitionfactory.com/album/ep-promo-tracks-free. Enjoy! :)

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambient music and Mastering
« on: April 05, 2011, 03:02:05 PM »
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I realize your talking about doing this as "live" recording and as such makes it evan more complexed.......perhaps have a friend/fellow musician you are confident with run the mixer and deal with all of these engineering aspects while you get on with the performance!

Thanks for yor reply. And this is exactly my challenge.

Anyway, I want to continue with the current way to record everything as live as possible. Regarding the engineer, that's certainly possible for real live performances but not practicle in a studio situation. To give you an idea of how I work: with the last album "The Sense of Time", I had about 15-20 hours of live recorded music over a period of 9 months, and 1 hour of these recordings ended up on the album as and excerpt. I think the engineer would go crazy! ;-) Still a good idea though

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambient music and Mastering
« on: April 01, 2011, 02:57:16 AM »
Interesting topic...and a controversial topic. Some background info regarding my ambient project Premonition Factory: I record all my songs live in the studio as 2-track stereo, 24/96. The reason for this is that I want to capture all the "live sound" elements and to keep the recordings as organic and unpolished as possible. Post-production and mastering has been done by Markus Reuter/Lee Fletcher and Dirk Serries in the past. This gives me the opportunity to have a second opinion from a technical point of view, and, although the options are limited with 2-track recordings, to change a few things (EQ, compression, stereo image).

This formula has worked well so far for me but there are a couple of mastering related questions left I want to hear your opinion about. One of them is how to deal with low volume levels you often get during when recording ambient music. So far, I've avoided to use compression/limiting to "fix" this issue because I wanted to leave that to the mastering phase. This sometimes resulted in recordings with a little noise in certain passages of songs. Another problem is how to avoid clipping during the loud passages.

Anyway, I've been experimenting a lot recently with different compression/limiting settings on my input channels and on the master channels to add some glue to the recording. I must say, it's certainly possible to significantly improve your recordings but you have to be very careful not to ruin them. I personally think I should keep the compression/limiting on input channels to avoid noise and clipping issues, but I'm wondering if I should continue using it on my master channels and leave that for the post-production and mastering phase. What are your opinions about this?

Sjaak

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich Tour Blog
« on: May 25, 2010, 01:48:41 PM »
Publicity, timing, and venue are critical.

Yep. I have been organizing a few small ambient festivals myself the last 2 years, Dirk Serries (VidnaObmana) played on both editions. I was pretty happy with the 60-70 people this year but it required a lot of effort to get where we are now. Honestly, for me it's not the number of people who attend the show, it's the overall atmosphere which counts. Some ingredients which worked well for us: a theatre like venue with seats for the public, light show, good quality PA, a sound engineer who understands the genre.

Timing is also important, we moved our small festival from end of May to early March: less competition from the weather and other events.

Publicity: internet communities like twitter, facebook and music forums seems to work well here. In addition to that, a good website and connections with the experimental music media is very important.

My two cents ;-)

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I agree live improvisation is completely different from composing in advance, and I find it more fun.  Of course it depends on either doing it yourself, or collaborating with someone in tune with your way of doing things.  I can't imagine improvising with strangers.

Definitely more fun, and for me also also very creative and productive, it consumes less time. I also think this formula is very usefull live on stage. I have done a few live shows last year and although it's impossible to reproduce your studio improv's for 100%, it is possible to re-create a similar athmosphere live using certain themes. Anyway, that's something I want to work on for 2010-2011.

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That album was a lot of fun to make, a very enjoyable and easy approach to music-making.

I think the way you recorded this album is close to the way I recorded mine, if I'm well informed. For me, the benefit of recording and improvising live in the studio is that the result is pure and unpredictable. You never know up front how your piece will develop itself, it depends on the atmosphere and the magic of the moment. What's your opinion about this?


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Hi Mike,
I have been listening to Viridian Sun a few times now and I'm really impressed with what you have achieved. It's also interesting to see that you guys have been using guitar as well. As far as I know, this is not very common in the ambient scene. And that's what I like about "Infinite In All Directions": the way you guys use guitars is functional, it serves the compositions, it sounds refreshing to my ears. Very well done, definitely one of my favorite CD's at the moment.

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Hi Phil,
Thanks for reviewing my Premonition Factory album, it's always good to get some feedback from the scene itself. I'm glad you like it, thank you :)

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Gefeliciteerd met het succes, Sjaak!

Thanks! Btw: the 3rd edition is scheduled for March 5, 2011 and headliner will be Theo Travis (Robert Fripp, David Sylvian, Steve Wilson, Porcupine Tree, Gong, Cipher).

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Hi Mike,
The preview sounds promising, congrats. I ordered a copy, and will let you know what my thoughts are once I have listened to it a few times.

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Hi,
I wanted to let you know that this edition of the festival was a big succes. The atmosphere and vibe were great, the music too, that's where it's all about. If you're interested, I have uploaded high quality video's, including the performance of Dirk Serries' Microphonics. Enjoy  :)

http://euroloopfest.com/festival/archives/2010/videos

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich New CD and Tour
« on: February 22, 2010, 01:18:18 PM »
I hope Robert will be touring Europe again in the future. Alfa Centauri Festival was in 2000...

Good idea :)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Microphonics
« on: February 16, 2010, 02:14:38 PM »
Dirk,
Good to hear you've uploaded the tracks to
http://www.last.fm/music/Dirk+Serries
. I think it's a good platform for musicians to promote music and for fans to discover new music. My 2 cents :)

PS See you Saturday at the venue, I'm looking forward to it!

Sjaak

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Thanks! Btw, also http://www.myspace.com/premonitionfactory contains 3 tracks of the album. Enjoy :)

Sjaak

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Hi all,
I'm happy to announce that "59 airplanes waiting for New York" is now available from the Premonition Factory store http://premonitionfactory.com/. I have attached some info for you, and you can listen to full previews of 3 tracks on
http://www.last.fm/music/Premonition+Factory/59+airplanes+waiting+for+New+York
. I hope you will enjoy this album.

Sjaak


Premonition Factory - 59 airplanes waiting for New York

Release date: February 20, 2010
Label: Longstreet Records, LSR001

Produced by: Sjaak Overgaauw
Mastered by: Dirk Serries

Package: Ltd edition 6 page digisleeve
Format: CD


"59 airplanes waiting for New York" is the debut album from Sjaak Overgaauw's Premonition Factory. Overgaauw, who lives in Antwerp, Belgium, has been writing and performing as Premonition Factory since September 2009 and worked as keyboardist and mixer on other projects in the past. The album contains six improvised ambient pieces, mastered by Dirk Serries and is released on Overgaauw's imaginary label Longstreet Records.

The music on this album is introspective, contemplative and occasionally dark. The palette of sounds is limited, unusually for a keyboard player, but the sound design is carried out with great taste and with stunning attention to detail. You won't hear typical synthesizer sounds here, but this has the effect of allowing the listener to focus solely on the performances. A great deal of the music's mesmerizing vibe draws on the fact that it is played in real-time. While some other players use multi tracking to layer different shades of sound, Overgaauw chooses to work with interactive live looping, which means sidestepping the usual linear production and mixing scenario, to give birth to the music as it manifests itself in real time.

"59 airplanes waiting for New York" will be available as a CD in a luxury digisleeve package from the Premonition Factory website and as a digital download from all good online retailers. A promo performance has been scheduled for February 20 with special guest Dirk Serries' Microphonics as support. Premonition Factory will also perform at the Antwerp Live Looping Festival on March 6 and the Ambient-Art festival in Innsbruck, Austria, later this year.

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Interesting discussion. The debut album of my ambient project Premonition Factory (release date Feb 20, 2010) has been mastered by Dirk Serries which many of know as Vidna Obmana. So I'm probably an example of "a relatively new artist using a known ambient artist who does the mastering" ;-)

Anyway, making an album  is a complex process and I liked the idea to ask an experienced artist to do the mastering, ask him for a 2nd opinion about the track selection, to give you a few examples. You know, your own ears get tired after listening to your own tracks for the 50th time so outsourcing a few things can be a good thing. But personally, I would not outsource the production process because it's an integral part of the way I work. I'm not using the usual production and mixing process but prefer to record my music the way it manifests itself while playing, like in a performance situation. 2-track stereo, no overdubs, no remixes.

Great forum btw!

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Chihei Hatakeyama - The river
« on: January 03, 2010, 03:59:01 PM »
I bought is album a while a ago and I think it has some excellent Ambient tracks.

Sjaak

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I recommend http://tonefloat.com/. Although not a pure ambient label, they released ambient projects of Dirk Serries like  Microphonics, 3 Seconds of Air and VidnaObmana. Other ambient related artists are Bass Communion, Theo Travis and Robert Fripp.

And I almost forgot: I wish you all a fantastic musical year 2010!

Sjaak

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: The ambient 'scene'
« on: December 30, 2009, 03:38:44 PM »
Great topic, great posts. Let me introduce myself: 41, I'm a musician when not working, ambient lover, organizing small Ambient festivals here in Belgium and "active" in the ambient/experimental scene since 2007/2008. Familiar with the known ambient artists I've seen in this thread: Roach, Rich, Vidna, Oophoi etc. For me, it's difficult to say how the ambient scene "overall" is doing compared to the past because I'm not sure I'm 100% up to date with the latest ambient releases and developments. It's underground, difficult to discover, took me 2 years to find out about Hypnos ;-)

What I recommend every musician is to cooperate with other musicians, organize your own gigs and promote the ambient scene that way. Imo, there's nothing above a good ambient gig, that's where you experience the real thing, the deep and the beauty of this style. Take the initiative and you will be rewarded.

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