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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now watching...
« on: October 14, 2009, 11:40:57 AM »
I believe that "most" Blue-ray players will up-convert DVD quality a bit too.
I'm looking at the OPPO BDP-83 Blu-ray - primarily because it also plays
both SACD and DVD-A surround-sound discs - keeping all my libraries alive.  8)

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I came across your other "Rain 1" while reading another thread on the forum:
http://www.archive.org/details/wh082

I'm preferring the "Rain 1" from this thread as it has less very-high-frequencies,
which are not to my personal taste. I'm listening on good headphones at the moment
and it took me a while to stop my brain from thinking something was clacking behind me to my left. ;)

Looking forward to absorbing some of "Harmonic Field" next.

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I say we get M. Griffin, Numina, Loren Nerell, and Forrest Fang to do a 4-man ambient masterpiece album and faux reunion tour and then do an in-store... with hopefully bringing in fans with similar results!

I'm game, but instead of a bunch of middle aged guys in black t-shirts can we have a few women instead?  ;D

Darn! I'd been looking forward to attending.   :(

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach News
« on: October 04, 2009, 08:02:24 PM »
After my first listens, I'll name Immersion 4 as my current fave of the set.
Its foundation sounds are rich and satisfying to my ear and because of the
fairly stable nature of the piece, it should serve as a great sleep album for me.

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Another thing I would really love to see is a greater respect for the notion of the album as a unified statement, a planned and edited document that is shaped and refined until it's as perfect as possible.  That is, instead of artist just going into the studio and hitting the "record" button, and then every few months when they've accumulated 70-74 minutes worth of material they enjoy, giving the album a title chosen at random from a list of cool-sounding words and releasing it.
 

Well said. I cherish well-executed albums with a unified sonic mood or a well-thought-out path or concept.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: a few photos...
« on: September 30, 2009, 08:38:39 PM »
Grin... yeah - I switched my Facebook, flickr and AtmoWorks avatar's over to that already.

I've been my 7 or 8 year old Star Wars/Battlestar Galactica happy self here at Hypnos for quite a while now.

I saw your new avatar at AtmoWorks - Made me smile!   :)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: The ambient 'scene'
« on: September 30, 2009, 05:20:59 PM »
More hair from established artists!        I'm also thinking ambient haircasts are a missing element.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 29, 2009, 08:42:16 AM »
I've been listening to Jeff Greinke's Cities in Fog here at work
and enjoying Volume 2 in particular and especially the second half
which feels more oceanic. Had to play it twice.

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Gosh darn... I sure love a happy ending.   :)

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 27, 2009, 12:56:48 PM »
Roxy Music - Avalon
One of my all-time favorite pop/rock albums.  Just so evocative of a certain time and a certain feel, so sensitive, so compact.  I know cool music hipsters are supposed to dismiss the most popular albums by their favorite artists as being absolute crap, and it would probably be cooler for me to say "They were shit after Eno left" but the fact is, this album is just sublime.

Mike - If you have a surround sound system with an SACD player - the 5.1 mix of this album is one of the best ever!
Ferry's "Boys and Girls" album is also blessed with a wonderful 5.1 mix.

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Well, here's a deep vein for this thread - an entire album of pieces for free download.

rik maclean, proprietor of ping things, invited us to create a release for the ping things label
in honour of THE AMBiENT PiNG’s 10th Anniversary (August 18th, 2009) and we assembled a
12-track album of soundscapes selected from 10 years of dreamSTATE performances at the PiNG.

a decade dreaming is now available as a free and legal download (240 kps mp3s) at
the ping things label blog and we hope you enjoy this journey through the past with us.
These aren't throwaway tracks but works that contain the deepest aspects of our sonic essence.

We're honoured to include contributions from many of the great artists we've played with
throughout these years: Alan Bloor (Pholde), Jim Field (spacenoiz), Eric Hopper (Sylken),
Wally Jericho, James Johnson, cheryl o and Steven Sauvé (karmafarm).

The prime details are included on the DIY "CD" cover and tray card but I've also been building
a bloglike page of Extended Liner Notes at: http://www.dreamstate.to/decade
for people who like to know what's behind the music.

Here's the download page at the ping things blog:
http://pingthings.blogspot.com/2009/08/download-decade-dreaming-by-dreamstate.html

For people, like me, who prefer CDs, we’ll also make a Redbook CD version available
(in a standard jewel case) at a very low price in the very near future.
(Review copies will be sent out at that time.)

We hope you enjoy the scapes...


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Everything and Nothing / Re: Get Well for Jim Brenholts
« on: September 24, 2009, 09:39:53 AM »
Damn!  Take it easy and take care Jim.  (Time to go vegan?) 

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: September 21, 2009, 08:28:40 PM »
Strong cover!

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Guitars picking up noise from PC
« on: September 21, 2009, 10:03:50 AM »

I have to be quite near the PC when recording as I'm always playing about with plug-in settings etc...

Frustrated  :(

Can you move your CPU/Hard Drives farther away and keep your Monitor/Mouse/Keyboard
closer to your performance spot?

Then, you could try rotating the CPU for minimum interference.

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Wow!  What a lineup and what a price! 

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Guitars picking up noise from PC
« on: September 17, 2009, 08:41:59 AM »
Agree - External soundcards can definitely help - and well-shielded cables.

Can you record to another device (MD or DAT or Handheld digital or whatever)
in your studio and compare the sound with your computer turned on and off?

In general - wherever I record guitar, I look for the quietest spot in the room
and the magic compass-direction to hold the guitar and try to place the remote
or the keyboard there when recording. You know, the voodoo stuff.


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Thanks for watching and for the comments guys.

Yes - "The Great Gig in the Sky" is my favourite piece from "Dark Side".
I'd declare "Shine On You Crazy Diamond - Parts 1-9" as my personal favourite song of all time.
Rick was a huge contributer to this beautiful and emotional creation.

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A year ago today, on September 15th, 2008, Richard Wright, keyboard and synth player for Pink Floyd passed away.

dreamSTATE was scheduled to play an AMBiENT PiNG concert later that week (with Eric Hopper & General Chaos Visuals).
I suggested that we play our opening piece as an homage to Rick, who had been an important early inspiration for us,
and all agreed. I fashioned a ping on my Korg Kaossilator to begin and we winged it from there.

The concert was filmed by Jeff Howard & additional footage was later taped of the moon & water (Rick loved to sail),
so that in the last week I was able to create a video in honour of this anniversary of Rick's passing.

We hope that you enjoy the piece and that it may inspire reveries or memories of Richard Wright,
a wonderful and sensitive musician who was, perhaps, not fully appreciated in his time.

Here is the direct link: 

Cheers,
Scott M2

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Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Upcoming Hypnos releases?
« on: September 03, 2009, 04:29:57 AM »
We haven't dropped releasing CDs, just having a slow re-start after re-assessing how we will package our Hypnos CDs going forward.

We've released a couple of Hypnos Secret Sounds albums in recent months and we're about to start a Seren Ffordd series on HSS as well.

I should have something more to report on upcoming Hypnos-proper releases very soon.  First will be Viridian Sun - Infinite In All Directions and we'll catch up on other pending releases soon after.  Then once things are rolling forward again we'll start adding items to the "coming soon" queue again.

Thanks for your patience, everybody!  The good news is, we'll be able to sell our upcoming releases at a slightly lower price due to the simplified "green" packaging.



I'm praying that there's some sort of printable/readable spine on the simplified "green" packaging. 

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Korg M3 Xpanded 61 key synth
« on: September 02, 2009, 09:19:03 AM »
guess I'll have to wait a bit on the M3. Need to really get back to work before I get it or just go with a good midi keyboard (Akai for use w/Ableton Live comes to mind). Lord knows I got enough VSTi's from NI and freebies to mess with.

Now seems to be a perfect time to work on some self-generating "systems-music" patches for your VSTi's.

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