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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 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 ;-)


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!  ;)

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 ;-)

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.

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

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!

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 SHE is georgous. But to get back to the movie...doesn't really interest me. May rent it when it hits the dvd scene.

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.

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