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Everything and Nothing / Extra copy of Inade Alderbran(sp)
« on: August 22, 2008, 05:19:28 AM »
....I ended up picking this one up plus another I didn't have and when it arrived I looked at the cover and thought...hmm, this looks familiar. I hope I don't have it! I listened to it once and put it away and saw I have it with slightly different artwork. So this one is up for sale for $11.00 shipped in the US, $12.00 shipped outside the US via paypal.

Mike

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Latest ultra-realistic character animation
« on: August 22, 2008, 05:16:15 AM »
We're approaching that threshold where computer animation will be able to replace real actors. 

http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article4557935.ece

Never mind the computer game industry... Imagine what this will mean for the porn industry!


A-HAHAAHAHAHA. It was pretty good!

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 14, 2008, 05:22:52 PM »
Daylight Dies - Lost to the Living (great doom band from North Carolina, was a pleasure to play with them last year!)
Opeth - Watershed (I bought the special edition with bonus DVD w/5.1 recording of whole CD as well as bonus tracks, videos, etc...plus I love em, go see them if they come to your area!)
Void of Silence - Criteria ov 666 (another awesome doom band, especially  Human Antithesis with singer from Primordial)

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I released Dreamscapes on Earth Mantra awhile ago and a french nelabel which appears defunct now (been down for a long time...not sure what's up) as well as over at last.fm.

I try not to charge too high a price for my releases, I think it's reasonable what I (and others) charge for time put in making the music, getting them printed (either professionally or in your home, hey, ink, etc...costs). I have been on the fence on doing a run of 100 for my 2nd and split release but seeing I have had hardly any sales on them (not for a real lack of promoting them) I am on the fence on it. I'll eventually release my 2nd release on a net label, probably Earth Mantra again. I am not looking to get rich as I have no delusions that I'll be able to sustain my lifestyle by doing that. With that said I think it's great folks put stuff out for free as well as sell their music. Hey, we all put a lot of time, effort, sweat, blood, whatever into our music/craft. It isn't unreasonable to try and recoup some of the costs for it. Be it for software updates, new gear, etc...

But in the end for most of us it's a no-win situation with regards to being able to recoup and maybe make a few bucks to the plus. I know I'm way down with regards to investment in software/updates and hardware. Even when I was playing in the band (for 4 yrs) we hardly saw squat with regards to money from doing shows. Even on tour we all paid out of pocket >$600 apiece to do 10 shows in 12 days. Times that by 6 for the 6 members on the tour + ~$1200 in gas = a big loss. We had fun for damn sure, a LOT of laughs, some good shows (less than the mediocre ones of course, low turnouts, etc...) but it was interesting. Playing the Heathen Crusade II back in Jan. 07 was a BLAST! We all had a great time, but again, we didn't make diddly for money, met a lot of great people, et al.

But to me in this style of music, you have to have a label in order to be able to at least meet what you spent on time/sweat/gear, but then again that's my opinion. At least some of us do this as a hobby/project (me), others are deeper into it for the longer haul (most likely). I don't know when I'll stop. I would like to continue putting out releases now and then, not the *yearly* thing like most artists. But when sales are null/little to none it makes you think twice on continuing some times. At least it does to me. Probably since it's ROIC that I look at more than others (RIOC = return on investment capital, i.e. gear and software mostly). But as long as I'm a) having fun, b) enjoying myself and c) putting something out that at least some folks enjoy (I love hearing from the few who've purchased in the past and ask when a new one will be out!) I am content. Of course I'd love to make a few grand or so a year on this but I know better ;-)

Anyways, off my soapbox. I'll still contribute to the Drone Download Project, any other label that's putting a compilation out and is interested in having me on it and any label that's interested in doing a release by me. Stephen Philips is next on my list for a release to the masses ;-)

Mike

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Everything and Nothing / RIP Isaac Hayes
« on: August 10, 2008, 05:08:42 PM »
Some may remember him from Shaft (theme song), others from Escape from New York or other films, or from him musical career. Or Chef from South Park. He'll be sadly missed either way! Rest in Peace Isaac!

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkest Ambient
« on: August 10, 2008, 05:05:43 PM »
For me Dark Ambient doesn't have to come off as scary. To me it makes you think/mind meander to the music and see what it provokes in your head. To see if you get/understand where they are coming from on the songs. I enjoy it, some more than others. I have wanted to go the Raison d'Etre/New Risen Throne route for a long time (and other similar artists) but I just work with what I have for samples and go with the flow when something starts to jell and take form. I've stopped/restarted so many times on some tracks because I wasn't happy with where it was at the time, etc...

I guess it's conveying a message/feeling/thought that goes into this stuff moreover than anything else. I don't look for the creepiness in general, I look at a) who the artist is, b) what I have heard/have of theirs already and maybe c) what I find online for reviews for some of the stuff. Some is hit and miss, I'll agree, even on my stuff!

But what I am finding hard is to find that sound to fit what I have in mind for a track to get the vibe going and build upon that till I am done with the track. Sometimes it's in one sitting, other times I come back to it and scrap it or continue on (usually scrap...lol).

But stuff like Inade, Troum, Desiderii Marghinis, Sephiroth, etc... moves me. Not in a morbid way (maybe!)...I was playing in a doom metal band, I still love the stuff, I find it very beautiful/moving in a lot with regards to the music foremost, lyrics secondary (at least to me).



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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkest Ambient
« on: August 10, 2008, 04:59:20 PM »
For the record, I also love ghost stories and scary music, but I HATE roller coasters!

Come on, take the PLUNGE on the roller coaster!  ;)

Never again!

Last time I was on a coaster was at Cedar Point, many years ago. There was a dark tunnel you go through, while a camera snaps rapid-fire photos of the people in the cars, which are then displayed at the entrance of the ride. My face in the photo was so twisted with horror and agony, that people in the crowd were actually pointing it out and laughing!

I'm a real roller coaster wimp! :-[

Pansy!   ;D  j/k

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grabbing it from rapidshare. Thanks for making it available for free!


You're welcome, enjoy!

Hmm, maybe this thread would be better in the listening booth subforum.

Check with the guy over at www.earthmantra.com to get it on his netlabel as that's where I released Dreamscapes. He's got a lot of free stuff he put out there from a bunch of different folks/styles of ambient.

Mike

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkened Soul
« on: August 03, 2008, 04:56:07 PM »
All the tracks are listenable (one may be downloadable) from my artistserver.com site. So now it can be heard  in its entirety online there. I'll be adding them to my soundclick.com page probably this week as well to get broader coverage.

Mike

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: BeatMaker for the iPhone
« on: July 31, 2008, 09:41:31 AM »
Here's another reason about overdoing things on phones:

http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-health/20080730/MED.Oblivious.Texters/

Not trying to rain on anyones parade. It's just that some folks obviously can't and shouldn't multitask!  ;D


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: BeatMaker for the iPhone
« on: July 30, 2008, 07:16:07 PM »
I was about to say the same thing, Jonathan.  The iPhone has more in common with a laptop computer, than with a cell phone.

It won't be too far in the future that people have a small device that they carry around with them that acts as a voice phone, video chat, mp3 player, personal organizer, web browser and ecommerce device all in one.  The idea that "a phone is just a phone" is a backward-looking view, and the iPhone is  a forward-looking device.

 

Well call me old fashioned. I can text with my current VM phone (virgin mobile, pay as I go) as I don't need/want anything like an iPhone. I just don't see the need. When the cameras started coming out there were the pervert up-skirt shots, porno images being shared by high-schoolers, etc... that to me went beyond at that point with regards to what a phone should do (yes, it was those using it, but it was because it was there in it). I don't need/want all that in a phone, it's to converse with someone. Making music is with a computer/instruments/singing/banging items/etc... yes I know it's the *wave* of the future but I'll pass for now. Yes it's easier than dragging laptop out of the bag but so far it's limited (and yeah as time goes on more will be able to be done...).  My buddy was gonna buy one but he had ZERO signal at his house, maybe a bar out by his street...so much for great coverage. Verizon was better! lol

So, use it as you see fit I suppose, I just won't be purchasing one for some time. Land-line mainly, rarely use my cell. I may just run through the minutes and dump it since I am not touring/road tripping in a band. OnStar in the car!

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i have been doing some ebay shopping this weekend and have some cool stuff coming my way:
1. a "traditional brass 7" chinese gong"
2. a blue lagoon didgeridoo
3. a fire sketch beeswax-bamboo didg
4. an 11x7 djembe
5. a monkey talking drum
6. a sioux native American flute

i am waiting on bids on a quartz crystal bowl, a frame drum and another talking drum. i am psyched for this stuff to get here!

(does anyone have any recommendations on the 'learn to play the didg' cd's or dvd'd?)


Where you getting all the spare cash for this stuff? I could use some cash! ;-)  j/k. Interesting to see what your getting. I'm still working on playing guitar. I do need to sit down and PRACTICE more often than I really do.


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: BeatMaker for the iPhone
« on: July 27, 2008, 03:36:13 PM »
Oh My GOD.....what is going on with the industry? A phone is a PHONE! HELLO! I can't believe some of the stuff that is being put out for these things.....granted it's probably a first...but still. Come on, it's a phone, you know, to make calls, check voice mail, maybe snap a picture or two...to me this is getting a bit much. I use a phone to call someone, not to work on drum patterns/music. That's what my laptop or desktop is for. Don't we have enough distractions on the phone anyways?

Now don't think I'm trying to berate you or any such thing. I just find it ridiculous with what is being put into phones. It's to talk to someone, use in emergency. Now we'll see some major accident where someone is hurt (or worse) because they just had an epiphany on their drum track that they just HAD to get down before they lost their train of thought...oops, tractor trailer ahead....crash, bang, POOF....

Seriously they are putting too much stuff into a PHONE....

Ok, off my soap-box rant/joke/rave ;-)

Mike

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkest Ambient
« on: July 27, 2008, 03:31:20 PM »
For the record, I also love ghost stories and scary music, but I HATE roller coasters!

Come on, take the PLUNGE on the roller coaster!  ;)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkest Ambient
« on: July 26, 2008, 03:32:09 PM »
What most people call "dark ambient" now, didn't really exist when I got into ambient music.  When people talked about "dark ambient" 10 years ago or so, they meant ambient music that was darker, deeper, and slower... stuff like Lustmord, Thomas Koner, or Trances/Drones.  More like what I'd now refer to as "night ambient," not meant to be spooky, just sedate and subdued.  By this definition, stuff like Oophoi or Vidna Obmana or even my own work might be considered "dark ambient."

Then a bunch of black metal crossover artists sort of took the words "dark ambient" and it became sort of industrial-ish, abrasive ambient with overtly "spooky" or aggro elements.


I don't know if I'd say it didn't exist 10 yrs or so ago. Think about early(ier) Tangerine Dream stuff, like Green Desert for one. Fabulous album, but fairly dark from what I remember of it. A fair piece of their earlier stuff could be considered dark ambient, even though a lot was/is sequenced.

I played in a doom metal band, I've been into extreme metal now for 18 yrs or so. Prior to that was Trower (still!), Rush, Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and the list can go on and on. I still listen to that stuff when I'm in the mood (nostalgia some times, especially for Rush/Trower as they are my two favorite guitarists).  Some of the black metal crossover artists as you pointed our are so-so, some good, some not so.  I like the dark ambient for the mood it tends to bring across, I just let my mind wander/relax listening to it. Same goes for Doom metal (prefer extreme to stoner - I don't even know why it's lumped in with Doom as it has nothing to do with it). Doom doesn't depress me at all, I love the stuff. Same for dark ambient, moving, emotive, scary, pensive, thought provoking. At least that's what I get out of listening to it. Same with most other forms of music.

In a bad mood? Crank up Meshuggah - Rational Gaze (or pissed off at neighbor ;-) ) as that's a killer song and my guitar instructor commented at how they put a lot of effort into that song with regards to structure and vocal delivery. To me, that says a lot coming from him as he's old school/classic rock type....haha, I pummel him with brutal stuff now and then ;-)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkened Soul
« on: July 26, 2008, 03:20:46 PM »
Darkened Soul - Bathys is now available off my website. I finally got off my duff and get an image uploaded. I replaced Dreamscapes with it since I released it for free last year.

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grabbing it from rapidshare. Thanks for making it available for free!

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkest Ambient
« on: July 24, 2008, 10:27:12 AM »
Hmm, my favorite genre ;-)

Darkened Soul (shameless plug), Nether, Profound as a Thousand Nights (formerly from Nothingness Records), The Victim Shudders, Inade, Troum, Yen Pox (as previously stated), Angel of Decay (jonathan's newer project, he did Hollow Earth - Dog Days of the Holocaust bug AoD is very dark), New Risen Throne I like, very CMI-ish as usual.  But I love a lot of the stuff from CMI (raison d'etre, etc...). And a lot from Cyclic Law's label are quite good as previously mentioned. I really liked the Nord Ambient Alliance (I think that was the title) which inroduced me to those artists on it. I think there may also be another release from Frederic's first ambient project before Visions which I very much look forward to if it ever sees the light of day. I should email him about that as it's been awhile since we conversed. I met him last year at a show in western mass. Nice guy!

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Everything and Nothing / Re: wanted
« on: July 13, 2008, 04:48:42 AM »
Well, does anyone remember Son of the Beach? Porcelain Bidet in particular ;-)  aka Amy Weber....now SHE is georgous. But to get back to the movie...doesn't really interest me. May rent it when it hits the dvd scene.

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