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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Camel Audio stopped business
« on: January 23, 2015, 09:11:59 PM »
Since I like to manipulate samples, in the future this could end up as my replacement for Alchemy:

Everything and Nothing / Re: RIP Edgar Froese
« on: January 23, 2015, 02:22:21 PM »
Phaedra and Rubycon rewired my brain. RIP Edgar.

Cool (and moist)! Ordered it and will squeeze it into my new Pono for some deep listening in the future.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Camel Audio stopped business
« on: January 11, 2015, 12:15:16 AM »
Alchemy is my main synth too. Supposedly Alchemy 2 was on the horizon, so that "could" be launched by a new owner.

I've been listening to your app for the better part of this evening, Scott.  Really gorgeous and expansive ambient textures that seem to morph continuously.  Very hard to tell at times whether a piece is beginning or ending, which in this case is a good thing!  Congratulations!

My favorite of the Eno apps is Scape.  Great textures in that one, though the ability to save textures you've created seems to be limited.


Thanks Forrest!

Yes, Scape is very cool. They did make an update this year to allow you to name the scapes you've assembled and saved and that simple change made it more enjoyable for me. Instead of Scape 23 and Scape 24, it's now Natural Order and A History Of Cheese.   ;)

Forrest, I'm a bit new to all this 'i-stuff'. I couldn't see it on the Appstore on the iPad, but I can on iTunes on my PC, will try it out.

Like APK says... if you're in the App Store in an iPad, you have to click the "iPad Only" dropdown at the top and switch to "iPhone Only". It didn't use to be like that but they "improved" it.  ;)

This direct link "should" work even on an iPad. Let me know if it doesn't.

Ha! Yes, I have the Eno apps myself.

Bloom gives that immediate gratification but I'm quite fond of Trope for sleeping. It's less percussive sounding and will also drift into a different mode from time to time, to gently engage what's left of my mind.

We've just released the new dreamSTATE album "Ephemeral City" via the Apple App Store.

We call it an iAlbum and it's designed to play a fresh infinite arrangement of the soundscapes every time it's played.

There's also evolving urban ambient art by yours truly. We see this as an ambient installation in your iPhone (or iPad or iTouch) and it's based on principles from our very first installation in 1996.

The cost is $2.99 and here's a direct link to download it now from the App Store:
or you can just seach for "dreamstate' and you'll find it easily.

We recommend downloading in a WiFi zone or to your computer, as there are many high-quality soundfiles involved.

So... Of course I would love you to get "Ephemeral City" and experience it, but I'm also very interested in your thoughts on the new paradigms of ambient music in apps. Not owning an iDevice is an obvious barrier, for instance. The general super-low pricing of apps is also quite mind-boggling. For instance, you can buy superb synths for your iPad for $5 to $30 that one would pay $100 to $300 for in VST form. This is a new wild-frontier and exciting to explore. Your thoughts would be appreciated.

Everything and Nothing / Re: All the Best for 2015
« on: January 03, 2015, 04:45:01 PM »
Best wishes for everyone in 2015... and especially for drone on!   ;)   Cheers!

Now Playing / Re: the ultimate 'ambient'?
« on: January 03, 2015, 03:04:56 PM »
Wow! That Chesnokov piece slayed me. T'was like it was already sampled and pitched down to slow it. Delicious ambience. Thanks.

Everything and Nothing / Re: My Mom, age 72, has a boyfriend! Ugh.....
« on: December 18, 2014, 01:43:52 PM »
My Mom had a couple of boyfriends over the many years after my Dad passed away. I had no particular bond with them, but was always civil in our social situations and treated them as I would expect my girlfriend to be treated. They were decent guys. I don't think my Mom even thought they measured up to my Dad but I was genuinely happy that she had someone close in her life again. Carrying on in life despite all the losses and changes is vital to finding and maintaining contentment. Good for your Mom and good luck to you to find the inner acceptance that you need.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Arturia - Prophet V
« on: December 04, 2014, 09:05:18 PM »
That's sure a lackluster video... it seems like a single nothing-special patch played throughout the entire thing.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Seaboard Piano
« on: October 12, 2014, 09:01:18 AM »
That's heavenly... a beautiful piece played well on an expressive controller. I'm so glad to see the left/right pitch sliding appearing in controllers and synths. It really suits finger/hand/arm mechanics and instinct.

There's been some similarly expressive instruments appearing (in smaller form) for iPads like AniMoog (my fave synth app), MorphWiz and BeBot (which appears like a child's toy but which can be very expressive and which can be enhanced with distortions, delays and verbs).

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: RIP Pete Namlook
« on: October 10, 2014, 09:34:48 AM »
I forgot to mention that Dave at Ear/Rational has a reasonable selection of the Namlook DTS albums for sale at reasonable prices:

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Seaboard Piano
« on: October 09, 2014, 06:19:59 PM »
Decades ago after an electronic music history lecture in Ottawa, I had the chance to play an Electronic Sackbut (by Hugh LeCaine) for a few minutes. Maybe it's because I play guitar but I had often found my hands rocking side to side for (imaginary) vibrato on piano keys. The (monophonic) Sackbut had keys that moved side-to-side bending pitch and up and down for volume and it was just the most natural keyboard instrument I'd laid hands on. Making vibrato at whatever speed and pitch bends was simply intuitive and a joy. Nothing afterwards has had that feel, but the Seaboard looks like it has a very similar approach. Space and cost will be large barriers for me to buy one, but I'd love to try one out some day.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: RIP Pete Namlook
« on: October 09, 2014, 05:40:47 PM »
Great to hear you have your surround active Loren. Being immersed in sound is treasure to me.

The 30ish Namlook albums I have are kind of a blur to me to recommend faves to you because I choose them somewhat randomly from their section. Last January I tried playing them in chrono-order daily with breakfast (my prime surround-sound time) while reading and the experience just left me hungry for the works. There's some sameness but they're in areas I enjoy and treat as ambient/chill while I'm reading so a 25 minute slowly evolving groove is a plus, not a minus.

The only one I know I did not enjoy was "Virtual Vices VI". The "Urban Meditation" series isn't for everyone (industrial ambient?) but you might want to try one. I recall enjoying the last (26 minute) track on "Music for Urban Meditation III (Namlook XXII) quite a bit though it's completely different from the rest of the album.

This morning I was enjoying Pearl (Namlook XXIII) so I'd recommend it. I have "Labyrinth 2 and 5" with Montana and am fond of them. The (long) series with Move D is very enjoyable if you you're cool with chilled techno grooves and voice clips. I often pull out Move D / Namlook XVII or XVIII as Lynn and I dig the feel. "Outland V" (PW 51) Pete Namlook & Bill Laswell has a much darker tone, in case that's of interest to you.

These days, unless you're up for some internet scouring, these DTS discs are getting harder to find, so you may just have to investigate what's available at a reasonable price. (Checking various Amazons (.com .ca .uk .de and 3rd party vendors) plus Discogs can turn up several options). Look for a Red DTS box in the lower left of the front cover to find the surround albums.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: RIP Pete Namlook
« on: October 07, 2014, 09:15:47 PM »
As I'm sure I've revealed before, I'm very keen on surround music.

Pete's last 30 or so albums were released as CD + DTS-surround sets and
I'm very fond of them. There's 8 albums I'm missing and I'm hoping that
some of you on the forum might be interested in selling me the DTS disc
in one or two of these albums while retaining the CD and packaging.
(Sell me the whole thing if you like.) Here's what I'm missing:

PK 08/173 - Air V - Jeux Dangereux
PK 08/182 - Dark Side of the Moog XI
PK 08/194 - Namlook XXIV - Pearl III
PK 08/196 - Move D/Namlook XXII - Stranger II

PW 50 - 2350 Broadway - 2350 Broadway 4
PW 52 - Namlook/Montana - Labyrinth (1)
PW 55 - Namlook/Montana - Labyrinth 3
PW 56 - Namlook/Montana - Labyrinth 4

My fingers are crossed. Thanks.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Twin Peaks revisited
« on: October 07, 2014, 08:53:54 PM »
The Lynch-directed episodes were always the coolest... and he's directing all of the new episodes.  8)

Brownouts can also be destructive. I use a UPS for my computer related gear and another for my synths/mixers/FX/etc...

Currently use CyberPower 1000VA but there's lots of choices out there.

Jamie has a somewhat portable UPS that he'll bring to our dreamSTATE shows in locations with suspect power.

May your Furman RIP.

Everything and Nothing / Re: What is the Hpynos Forum to you ?
« on: September 25, 2014, 10:51:52 PM »
This forum is a favouite online community for me. I enjoy the sharing and discussion of ambient and gear related topics though my contributions are usually just injections of bad humour.  ;D

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