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Craig Anderton once wrote that he felt the player would imbue an instrument with "soul" which would continue after it changed hands and could influence a new owner.

Craig was talking guitars then. I feel that when I'm designing and storing patches in my synths, then I'm storing pieces of my "soul" in them... but, so easy to erase them.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach & Robert Rich
« on: June 23, 2017, 03:46:10 PM »
Roach and Chong?

Everything and Nothing / Re: Quad Corner
« on: June 05, 2017, 07:16:47 PM »
Dueling Dark Sides!

This is a pair of interviews with James Guthrie and Alan Parsons regarding the SACD surround mix release of Dark Side of the Moon.

Guthrie discusses creating his newer 5.1 mix and how all the band was involved, which led to mix revisions. Parsons discusses both his original quad mix and the new 5.1 mix. Both producers give a track by track breakdown of their mix choices and subtle and bold details.

I found it fascinating. Both mixes are included in the Dark Side of the Moon Immersion Box so I've had my own chances to compare and contrast.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Twin Peaks revisited
« on: May 21, 2017, 10:43:34 PM »
Lynch & Frost are still keepin' it WTF!    :o   8)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: May 19, 2017, 11:59:37 AM »
I agree that the sound in the Ants demo did not encourage me
and I agree that the Lifeforms SV-1 while sounding better in their demo,
does not match the 0-Coast colouring, while the Ants even have the same knob style.
It's interesting how the visual appeal is important to us as artists too.

I can see the Ants as 4 LFOs, 2 ARs and sundry modules for an 0_Coast, that also can make sound on its own, as a bonus.  ;)

I can also image it as all of the above plus more Oscs for my MicroBrute - so it's still tempting.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: May 18, 2017, 11:48:17 AM »
Nice! I'm thinking about a 0-Coast myself, cause I like small these days. Ants seems like a good partner for it, so I'm pondering this one too.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 08, 2017, 11:06:57 AM »
I've been listening to the new Northumbria this morning. Deeply beautiful soundscapes made with just guitar and bass (and some field recordings).

It must be the drones that give this a celtic vibe for me.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Quad Corner
« on: April 14, 2017, 04:39:31 PM »
There's an excellent deal available for Gentle Giant's "Octopus" album for $11 now at

This has an outstanding new surround mix by Steve Wilson (of Porcupine Tree). Steve Wilson's name will come up regularly in this thread as he has been remixing a truly significant amount of classic prog albums by King Crimson, Yes, ELP and this gem by Gentle Giant. The sound is full and the instruments and vocals are clear and exciting. If you have an appreciation or interest in Gentle Giant and a surround system with a blu-ray player, this is a great place to start.

(Please note - I just edited this post to correct the link - which had pointed to the CD version instead of the Blu Ray.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 11, 2017, 07:09:10 PM »

Robert Rich + Alio Die - Fissures

Probably considered a classic by now, but I only just heard it for the first time today. Great album. Distinctly different from the solo albums I have from either artist.

Great Album indeed 8)

Yeah, certainly one of my all-time fave albums!!!


Thanks for the reminder you two... I lent this album to friends some years ago and it never returned... but I know where they live.  ;D   I agree that this is an outstanding work.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: March 18, 2017, 05:33:06 PM »
Squire's bass is much fuller in this new surround mix, the guitars crisp and the floating space section of the title track is a beautiful dream.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Korg Electribe 2
« on: January 23, 2017, 11:29:34 AM »
Not a single drum beat. Lovely.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: NI Maschine Jam
« on: January 18, 2017, 12:52:53 AM »
Thanks. Intrigued now.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: NI Maschine Jam
« on: January 17, 2017, 11:14:02 AM »
How consistent and accurate are those touch strips? On any instrument I own, they're slow or iffy, though they're great in theory.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Quad Corner
« on: January 15, 2017, 12:25:49 AM »
A Pete Namlook discussion is surely in order under this topic later
but right now, a fellow on the Quadrophonic Quad forum (which is excellent)
is selling about two dozen of the Namlook DTS surround discs (without the CDs & cases)
for $10 each which is excellent for this OOP music. I paid way more for my collection.
Here's a link to his thread. (I have purchased a couple of discs from him before.)

Cool!  8)

The Komplete Kontrol keyboards will work with anything, they are optimised to work with NKS/Komplete instruments but not exclusively. Ridiculously expensive though!
Failing that pick yourself up a second hand Novation SL MK1 or MK2, but don't use automap, just make your own templates. these are their older controllers so should be able to pick one up at a reasonable price.  ;)

I'll second the rec for a second hand Novation SL and avoiding Automap. They have sticks instead of wheels and the xy pad is not stellar (tho handy anyway) but they have lots of knobs/sliders and readouts ( in mk1). USB plus full MIDI with 2 outs.

Nice to get to know you better Ekstasis. I hope you achieve your dream of creating ambient music in your own boat some day.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Quad Corner
« on: November 09, 2016, 10:12:25 AM »
For any Americans who need cheering up today, has Pink Floyd's final album "The Endless River" on sale today for only $8. IMO it was already worthwhile at $20 or whatever.

This is a small box set with a CD plus a Blu Ray with 5.1 mixes of the album by Andy Jackson (who is very good) and additional audio and Audio Visual materials. There's a slim hard bound book and a few art cards included.

It's all instrumental pieces (except the final track) culled from the leftovers from "The Division Bell" sessions and is quite enjoyable if your expectations are low. This is no "Wish You Were Here" or "Dark Side" but more the level of "More" or perhaps "Obscured". There's melancholy pleasure in hearing Rick Wright's final keyboard work and more of Gilmour's guitar playing. The surround mix, which leans towards quad, is the special sauce here which elevates the experience.

Many call this their ambient album and I'll just say that it leans in that direction and has the gentler feel of a David Gilmour album. This package is an excellent bargain at $8.

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