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I'm another where subscriptions are a bad fit.

I'm slow finishing and releasing work. A superprolific artist like Steve Roach suits this concept better or an artist not obsessed with concepts, production, flow, etc...

As a listener, my music collection (on a wide variety of media) is so large now that I'm selective about what I choose to listen to (besides material I'm working on) so a regular flow of demos and sundry pieces building up for listening is not a pleasurable idea to me. I'm not everyone, of course.

Node has put out 3 great collections of Subotnick's music with surround mixes. My fave, Vol. 2, has both Sidewinder and Until Spring. They're getting harder to find now.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Windows ambient
« on: August 31, 2015, 06:06:20 PM »
I like em!  8)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Camel Audio stopped business
« on: August 28, 2015, 09:37:17 AM »
I've seen reports that Alchemy still runs well on Windows 10, so there's hope I can still use it once Win 7 is no longer supported.

Still... first Logic, now Alchemy...  :'(  complain, complain, complain... :o

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Michael Mantra RIP
« on: August 26, 2015, 12:56:38 PM »
Thanks Drone On, I had missed this sad news.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: That Audiophile thing again
« on: August 19, 2015, 12:40:27 PM »

I remember being thrilled to hear the Echoplex tape hiss on "side 2" of Phaedra when I first heard it on CD.  :)

I had a similar experience when I could hear cello players breathing as they played on CDs - often the timing fits the playing in some way or other. for me it added to the music rather than distracted  - though if they were snuffling with a cold and sneezing that would not be nice.

That's the sonic layer they leave out in sample libraries.  ;D

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: That Audiophile thing again
« on: August 18, 2015, 01:06:05 PM »
Now on the subject of audiophilia...yes it gets crazy. Many of these guys have playback systems better than the gear used to originally record the music.

Yep, so often people with very expensive gear are looking for qualities and subtleties in recordings that are simply not there.

I remember being thrilled to hear the Echoplex tape hiss on "side 2" of Phaedra when I first heard it on CD.  :)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach Etheric Imprints
« on: August 10, 2015, 05:11:28 PM »
Phobos, it's ok, you can say it sucks ;)

IMO, Steve writes his own press releases, as they are written the same way he discusses his music verbally.  Could be wrong though.  Pretty sure Ian Boddy writes all the press releases for his DIN label.

I'm guessing that Linda is an important part of the voice in Steve's press releases.

The comment by DSPAudio in this thread comparing Kyma, MAX & Nord Modular is pretty interesting/entertaining.

Best wishes for endless endurance and open hearted happiness on your journey Julio!

My wife and I have many albums by Canadian fiddler Oliver Schroer but our most loved and most played one is Camino, which he recorded in churches while walking the trail himself. I'm sure you'll connect too. Here's a link to a very good article about his journey with his friend photographer Peter Coffman and their wives.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Dieter Moebius passes
« on: July 26, 2015, 08:07:05 AM »
Another great electronic musician down, Dieter Moebius passed away last Monday.

Sorry I haven't returned to discuss more about iOS music making yet Pete, but I thought I'd point out for some other folks that the previously discussed Steel Guitar app is on sale today for free - though there is still a $12 IAP (In App Purchase) for all the rest of the FXs and such. I like it a lot but haven't devoted time to practicing on it yet. (I usually spend most of my music making time in iOS with AniMoog and, recently, iDensity.)

Nothing is as important as everything.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Modal Electronics 008
« on: July 20, 2015, 08:32:39 AM »
A handsome beast and I do like black (though I prefer wheels to a joystick and resent that my Novation controller uses a stick).

I just read a verry long thread yesterday on a modular group I'm on initiated by a member's purchase of a Schmidt - which would be another dream analog synth costing 20,000 dollars or Euros or whatever. Of course some people had to pipe in and state they could probably make the same sounds on their Volcas.  ;D

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: July 15, 2015, 09:23:41 PM »
I like what I'm hearing on soundcloud and the title suits the music well.

A four-minute trip into our infinite iAlbum/iPhone/iTouch/iPad app "dreamSTATE - Ephemeral City".

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 24, 2015, 12:46:21 PM »
Damn spacebirds!   :o

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CD vs. CDR
« on: May 19, 2015, 10:54:43 AM »
Hi, gang. Quick question from a novice's point of view:

I went to listen to my copy of Lost at Dunn's Lake (Johnson/Philips) last night, but it wouldn't read on my stereo. I loaded the CDr into my computer, and no luck there either.

Is there a solution you use when and old CDr appears to be giving up the ghost? I really like this album and was pining for it a bit last night. I'm sad to realize that the music might be lost to me forever.

I searched around the forum and found a great thread, but it is now locked:

I had the same problem with Dunn's Lake. I think the problem is actually rooted in the sticky labels James was using at that time more than the CDrs themselves - though I'd bet the CDrs are not of Taiyo Yuden quality either. Those were the early days of CDr releases and there was still a lot to learn the hard way. So far I have only had problems develop with CDrs with sticky labels.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl Reissues vs Originals
« on: April 24, 2015, 12:57:01 PM »
I tried a little googling on digitally cut vinyl and found some long discussions on the Steve Hoffman forum and such. Apparently some European pressing plants ask for the masters as Redbook CDrs. Also, when you think about it, for quite a while people were mixing to DAT tapes anyway, so while vinyl may "warm" the mix, it's still a 16bit 44.1 or 48 source.

This is just stuff I hadn't really thought about before - I'm not a vinyl nut - though I have a wall of it. I currently like to spend my money on SACDs, DVD-As or Blu-rays with surround mixes. That's my personal audio treat. BTW - I highly recommend Diatonis for excellent ambient music surround mixes.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: iOS - useful for an ambient musician ?
« on: April 20, 2015, 10:53:28 AM »
(People do amazing things on even an iPhone screen.

Well I'm not an apple supporter, and I think making music on an ipad with my butt sitting on a coffee shop chair is a not a step forward, but if you think it makes you look cool, then go ahead :)

Hey Horizon, I'm with David L. and have never watched a TV program on my phone let alone a film. My wife enjoys watching Netflix on her iPad though. I'm not fond of Apple either but sure like many of  the instruments independent designers have created for iPads. And while "I" think it's cool that I can be working on sound-design for my next show while in a coffee shop waiting for my wife, I'm sure any outsiders assume I'm reading e-mail or playing video games. ;) 

This is bringing back a memory of when I travelled by bus from Ottawa to Toronto back in the seventies to buy a Synthi-AKS. I remember waiting in the lineup at the bus station to return to Ottawa, thrilled to be carrying my new modular synth home and knowing that outsiders saw only a young man with a briefcase. Cheers!

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