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Everything and Nothing / Re: wanted
« on: July 10, 2008, 05:59:22 PM »
Wow, talking about killing a thread! Hahaha, but seriously I believe she went and got herself done. Not that it's that bad, but seeing her in earlier films and later makes you go hmmmm...sort of the same for Selma Hyak (now she's georgous IMHO).

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Tools for rhythm-making
« on: July 10, 2008, 04:52:28 AM »
Impulse from Ableton Live, Sampler to select a specific section of a loop for something percussive (also Live instrument), Battery 2 or 3 or my Triton Extreme for some snare stuff. That's pretty much what I've been using along with percussion samples.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambiloop
« on: July 10, 2008, 04:49:00 AM »
There is an overdub button on the toolbar/transport bar in Ableton Live. I've never mucked with it but it is there. Check the manual to see if it goes into any detail on its use.


Everything and Nothing / Re: wanted
« on: July 03, 2008, 03:41:29 PM »
Check her in Hackers and then *now* and notice she appears to have gotten augmented on the chest area. At least that's my take as she wasn't like *that* back then. She does have some lips  ;D and a helluva figure but doesn't do a lot for me. Movie premise doesn't interest  me either. I do like Morgan Freeman as he's played some interesting parts. I want to see the Bucket List!  But I'd take Jessica Alba or Biel over Jolie personally  ::)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Mired In Twilight
« on: June 28, 2008, 06:34:23 PM »

MIT is my other project I got off the ground last year with a couple tracks over at but it sort of stagnated for awhile....(like months!). BUT! The good news is that it's got new life finally as we started recording some stuff and I have a rough mix/arrangement my counterpart put together from our recording session a week or so ago. It's about 6+ mins long and I am trying to see if we need to add any more instrumentation to it/layers I may put it up off the site linked possibly to get some feedback if anyone cares to check it out. We recorded drums/strings from his Triton Studio and used a couple tympani from Ugly Remnants loop set which sounds pretty good/deep. But it's a rouggh mix/arrangement and needs a little massaging/effects if we leave it as is. But there are two tracks we did last year (I did the arrangement for Dirge for Grace) and we both worked on the arrangement for A Call To War. This new track I'm feeling would be good for an ending track on a full length...just the vibe I'm getting from the arrangement.

Anyways, check it out if you like. It's more martial than dark ambient but I'm planning on adding that in there somehow....

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: CD release: Darkened Soul - Bathys
« on: May 27, 2008, 04:09:59 PM »
That's ok Jim. That wouldn't be a bad thing though!  ;D

Everything and Nothing / Re: TV: Lost
« on: May 27, 2008, 03:18:00 PM »
I'm caught up (and only 3 episodes to watch for Terminator series finally...) and I can't help but still try to figure Ben out other than he's one cold hearted SOB (and that's being nice)...I can't seem to figure out where he's coming from/what his background is other than being on the island with his dad and killing the folks there initially....and not sure about the dude who doesn't age either...and now the twist with one of the islanders (blonde...) and her *dad*? I was like *WHAT?* HUH?

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: CD release: Darkened Soul - Bathys
« on: May 27, 2008, 11:36:24 AM »
awesome cd! this has some great dissonance, dark drones and experimental timbres! pete surrounds it all with some very cool metallic textures and harsh edges. it works very well.

Pete? I've been called other things but never Pete to my recollection!  :P

Everything and Nothing / Re: Hypnos forum and web site problems
« on: May 21, 2008, 07:14:58 PM »
Well, I've been with for several years now for $7.77/mo and I've been pretty happy overall with the uptime of them. Pretty active community forums and support is pretty decent as well. A lot of add-in packages available, etc...if you're considering switching hosting providers lemme know so I can recommend you for a bit of a  break on my yearly fee ;-)  but I'm pretty happy. Check out what they offer for a single monthly/yearly fee. I think it's reasonable.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkened Soul
« on: May 04, 2008, 05:34:48 PM »
Ok, announcement  ;D Bathys by Darkened Soul is being released on Hypnos Secret Sounds! I am in the process of fine-tuning a different shopping cart for my website. I found osCommerce to be a bit more than I needed and a pain in the ass w/regards to getting things working with paypal. So now I'm using a different one and it's the starter version (5 pages, 15 items max) which suits me just fine. I'll probably redo the background to make it look a bit better or change it once I find a suitable replacement for it (free of course!).


Yay!  ;D  Thanks Mike!  8)  Hopefully it does well on the SS side of things at Hypnos!

Everything and Nothing / Re: Ambient Guitar
« on: May 02, 2008, 10:07:02 AM »
I have been taking lessons for a bit to learn to play the guitar. I've got the following:

Fender Acoustic starter pack kit, not a bad sounding acoustic and wanted it to do something along the lines like Desiderii Marghini does in his later works
Ibanez RG7321 7 string electric with low B 7th string for that nice low end ;-) (hey I am a doom junky!)
Ibanez GAX70 SG style 6 string standard tuning which I use mainly at lessons, my first electric I bought, then got the acoustic.
Peavey Predator Plus 6 string tuned down to A for the real low end (my buddies band Evoken's latest album was tuned to A and I want to learn some of the songs - waiting on Nick to get me some tabs ;-) ) and it has the floyd rose floating bridge. I have it locked down and no whammy action on it (it's low enough and i wasn't planning on wanking on the strings with the whammy bar at that low of a tuning)

V-amp 2 processor/pod unit w/Behringer FCB1010 footswitch (one I used w/my Triton Extreme for patch switching)
Peavey 15w 8" speaker guitar amp (makes enough noise for me and I am not looking to get into a band to play guitar live any time soon/at all actually.

But since I have Native Instruments Guitar Rig 2 and 3 on my laptop/desktop systems I can plug into my Omni Studio breakout box and mess with it there. I figured I could eventually come up with some evil sounding stuff after I figure out processing of it in the application level. Any insight appreciated. I wouldn't be using the v-amp for any of that. I figure it'd be interesting to try and do some droney stuff with it.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 29, 2008, 11:42:41 AM »
Virgin Black - Requiem - Fortissimo = GODLINESS!  WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Rowan can certainly growl with the best of him! This is the 3rd of the trilogy of releases, Requiem - Pianissimo is still to be released down the road and is the first of the three. Don't ask me why they released them in #2, #3, #1 in that order. #2 is very symphonic and this one revisits some of the music from the 2nd release. VERY heavy, angelic female vocals, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra used again on it. Utter despair on this baby! It'll be getting several rotations to allow me to let it all seep in! Plus they're coming on tour again to the US (were here last year but couldn't get to NY to see them during the week...  >:( ) with Amorphis, Leaves Eyes and Samael (gonna be a killer show!). Very much looking forward to this one to see them finally! I hope to meet them as well.

Disincarnate - Dreams of the Carrion Kind (james murphy - ex-death/obituary/testament) and this is a classic from '93 for technical death metal! I had to get it since I never owned the original and this is remastered with 3 bonus tracks.

Did I say how amazing the new VB is yet?!  ::) I've got all their releases except the EP which I can't seem to find....great musicianship/lyrics (interesting)/arrangements. NOT for the faint of heart.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Audio Interfaces / Soundcards
« on: April 25, 2008, 04:33:45 AM »
Hi Mike,
I'm thinking you mean samples for Villa Gallaxia? I should have some samples ready the end of next month.


Hi Saul,

No, I was talking about VAST. I will have to check out your site again soon and poke around.

Aren't they the makers of Melodyne? I thought in that you could manipulate the notes provided you had expanded things out to see them within the waveform? My buddy has it, it's an interesting piece of software. I am not sure how often he uses it though.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Audio Interfaces / Soundcards
« on: April 24, 2008, 05:02:16 AM »
Hey Mike, since you're "rocking" Vista, maybe you'll enjoy this video:

OMFG....are they RETARDED!? GOD that was AWFUL! Man, that was pretty lame if you ask me! Especially trying to spoof sprinsteen......

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkened Soul
« on: April 18, 2008, 08:12:01 PM »
Title of the release will be Bathys. At this point I'm not going to make any announcement as you'll be hearing it soon enough here somewhere ;-)  Working out details on it. But it's coming soon! Yay!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Audio Interfaces / Soundcards
« on: April 17, 2008, 05:10:59 AM »
DS, I use ableton as my main brain these days. I wrote VAST on Sonar and it was really hard for me. A few friends kept nagging me to try live and as soon as I did I realized it's perfect for the way I write my music.  I like the simple nature of the program and I also really like the closed instuments and effects.  I wrote Villa Galaxia entirely in Live.


Hi Saul, DS (Mike) here. Nice to know! I'm still learning this beast even though I've been using it for some time now (well...having gotten into it back in 3.02 days and slowly messing with it, really slowly....). There's a lot to it than meets the eye IMHO. I am still waiting on m-audio but they have yet to respond to my request to beta test the drives (3 wks since I think I put in the request). Maybe because I flamed them for taking so long on getting Vista 64 drivers as a way of getting back? If that's the case I'll move on to other hardware!  Not that I am running Vista all the time, I haven't fired it up in weeks. I suppose I should but I'm avoiding SP1 for the time being due to issues still with it apparently.

Do you have samples of VAST online at your site? I'll have to go take a look.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: WURM SERIES: OOPHOI
« on: March 31, 2008, 09:35:39 AM »
Well I am currently listening to Rapoon - Time Frost. I am really enjoying the final track - Ice Whispers - which clocks in at over 34 mins in length! It's shimmering movement and darker tone is awesome! The others were on the lighter side for me but were ok. But the last one is definitely my favorite as it shifts/shimmers along the way. Nicely done!

Next up is Oophoi's An Aerial View.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Audio Interfaces / Soundcards
« on: March 30, 2008, 03:52:51 PM »
I put in to get onto the beta testing for Vista 64 driver testing but haven't heard from M-Audio yet on it. I'll check to see if they have anything available as beta tonight. I just noticed it last week when I went to check on any updates there. It's for my Delta66 card which Vista doesn't know about. I'm also probably going to stay away from SP1 until they fix some issues with it/re-release it.

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