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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 19, 2009, 07:40:28 AM »
echo of small things by Robert Rich. Sparce and entrancing - a good start for my workweek.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach Starting Point ?
« on: January 18, 2009, 11:47:33 AM »
Dreamtime Return and Structures From Silence were my first two Steve Roach CDs and they're great starting points.

Everything and Nothing / Re: How to stay interested in music?
« on: January 17, 2009, 04:13:59 PM »
How to stay interested in music?
Listen to music that is new to you!

Classical piano music maybe?
Youtube a is great way to start discovering this music.

Richter: Rachmaninov - Prelude Op. 23 No. 4

Zimerman: Chopin - Ballade No. 4

Lugansky: Rachmaninov - Moment Musical 4

Kissin: Liszt - La Campanella

And of course... John Cage's 4:33

or a more dramatic version:

Everything and Nothing / Re: Hi from New Zealand
« on: January 17, 2009, 04:05:37 PM »
Hi Mirko - When I was young, my Mom had a friend/pen-pal in NZ and they'd send us
these stunning colour brochures and such of the mountains and countryside.
It always seemed very storybook to imagine living there.

BTW - I rarely compose from the moment I'm in (unless it's a jamming situation)
but just absorb and it all becomes part of the life-synthesis/jumble that oozes out later.
(Perhaps many years later.) We have started renting a cottage by the water
in last few years though - and I drag up my laptop, hard-drives, small speakers
and headphones and enjoy setting up by the lake (with a loooong extension)
and editing tracks, experimenting and following no serious agenda.  For me - that's relaxing.
Lynn snapped a photo here:  (It's no NZ but it's ours for 2 weeks)  :)

Everything and Nothing / Re: "I am NOT a number"
« on: January 16, 2009, 12:34:35 PM »
There's some discussion on Wikipedia of whether the Secret Agent (Danger Man) was the Prisoner or not.
I always assumed that he was. 

Everything and Nothing / Re: For Audiophiles Only!
« on: January 16, 2009, 10:08:50 AM »
Just what I needed!  My system was lacking athleticism, attitude and alacrity.

Mike - I'd recommend the tube version of the HoleyStone to balance the attitude with some warmth.
I believe that Steve Roach used this model on the special-edition of his Early Man album.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Tauern
« on: January 16, 2009, 05:21:39 AM »
Hi Matthew. It's good to read your "voice" again.

I'll go checkout those tracks with the dreaded "rhythmic" elements.    ;)

Everything and Nothing / Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
« on: January 12, 2009, 08:53:39 PM »
Hi - Scott M2 is an abbreviation of Scott McGregor Moore. I'm also from Ontario - born here in Toronto and returned in the 80s.
I've been seriously into electronic music all my life and began to create ambient music in 95 and performing it live since 97.

In the last two years I've expanded my ambient obsessions into exploring ambient visuals: photography, films & installations.
This year is off to a good start with a small video installation running through January, my first DVD Single released this weekend
and a DVD Album very close to completion. This is exciting for me not just for the visuals, but the chance to release music
in surround sound. Space... another frontier.

I've also been curating THE AMBiENT PiNG live series here in Toronto since 2000 with Jamie Todd - my partner in dreamSTATE,
our main ambient project. Though I've been creating ambient for over a decade it always feels like I'm just getting started. Every pebble is a world.

My girl is Lynn Harrigan - a poet and teacher who has recently become a fiber artist - where she's found her deepest artistic obsession.
We were introduced by a mutual friend to see if dreamSTATE would be interested in creating soundscapes for her multimedia installation
in a historic gaol. Very soon we were a couple. We have several wordsoundart projects in development together.
A dog named Charlie completes our family.

Everything and Nothing / Re: my extended holiday season
« on: January 03, 2009, 11:11:10 PM »
Hey! Congratulations Jim!

Everything and Nothing / Re: The Shoplifting Dog
« on: December 26, 2008, 02:12:37 PM »
Hi Jesse - As a dog lover, you'll surely get a kick out of this video. It also relates to that other winter snow thread.

PS - you might want to turn the sound off.   ;)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Artistic Expression with Original PhotoMontage
« on: December 22, 2008, 06:30:13 PM »
Beautiful images and rich colours!

Everything and Nothing / Re: 2008 winter weather
« on: December 18, 2008, 12:57:37 PM »
And weather is what EVERYONE talks about - ALL THE TIME. I'd hazard a guess that more people in Minnesota can explain
Doppler radar, wall clouds, and "hook echoes" than just about anywhere else. Ya, you betcha!

Thanks Bill!  I now have more titles for pieces on my next album.    ;)

Everything and Nothing / Re: 2008 winter weather
« on: December 17, 2008, 12:05:38 PM »
Hi Mike - We have a steep hill by our house and sometimes watch cars sliding/gliding down the hill into parked cars.

Since you asked - From the Weatheroffice at Environment Canada:

WOCN11 CWTO 171519 CCA
Special weather statement
Corrected by Environment Canada Ontario region.
10:19 AM EST Wednesday 17 December 2008.

Special weather statement issued for..
City of Toronto
Windsor - Essex - Chatham-Kent
Sarnia - Lambton
London - Middlesex
Simcoe - Delhi - Norfolk
Dunnville - Caledonia - Haldimand
Oxford - Brant
City of Hamilton
Halton - Peel
York - Durham
Huron - Perth
Waterloo - Wellington
Dufferin - Innisfil
Grey - Bruce
Barrie - Orillia - Midland
Belleville - Quinte - Northumberland
Kingston - Prince Edward
Peterborough - Kawartha Lakes
Stirling - Tweed - South Frontenac
Bancroft - Bon Echo Park
Brockville - Leeds and Grenville
City of Ottawa
Prescott and Russell
Cornwall - Morrisburg
Smiths Falls - Lanark - Sharbot Lake
Parry Sound - Muskoka
Renfrew - Pembroke - Barry's Bay
Burk's Falls - Bayfield Inlet.

..Could this be snow-mageddon?..

Environment Canada is generally not prone to exaggeration unless
there is deemed to be a real threat. We evaluate weather information
and prediction models in a measured, scientific manner and couple
that with overall impacts for significant events.

Mother nature from time to time will line up a near perfect set of
conditions that generate a series of significant events. That time
appears to be the coming week or so for many portions of southern
Ontario in the form of snow storms. There appears to the right
balance of sufficiently cold air in place, with Arctic highs to
The north and a storm track along the lower Great Lakes. The term
'snow-mageddon' is not meant to alarm anyone or make light of the
situation, but to highlight the cumulative effects and impacts that
A series of snow storms can have on a wide region.

A blanket of 10 centimetres has just fallen across much of the lower
Great Lakes. But a much more significant snow storm is targeting the
region on Friday. Most weather guidance continues to track a storm
centre from Colorado on Thursday to just south of the Great Lakes on
Friday. It appears heavy snow accompanied by strong easterly winds
will create a particularly nasty snow event. Accumulations may well
reach or exceed 15 to 20 centimetres. Strong easterly winds gusting
to 50 or 60 km/h will compound the severity of the storm with
appreciable blowing and drifting snow and very poor visibilities.
There is also the possibility of ice pellets or freezing rain mixed
with the snow from the southwest and east across Niagara. A winter
storm watch will likely be issued later today for this Friday event.

There are strong indications of another significant storm on Sunday.
It may very well be similar to the Friday storm with strong easterly
winds and heavy snow possibly followed by a wintery mix of ice
pellets, freezing rain or rain for more some locales.

Total accumulations from the Wednesday, Friday and Sunday events may
reach 50 centimetres in some areas. The cumulative effects of these
three storms will make travel over this pre-Christmas period very
difficult at times. Stay tuned for Environment Canada updates on
these developing situation.

*** PS - My calculator says 10cm is about 3.94 inches

A photo of the gadgets I was manipulating to create the tracks in the previous post.

Everything and Nothing / Re: How the CD format compromise the music
« on: December 05, 2008, 10:49:16 AM »
For pop/rock/jazz/electronic/etc... I prefer a shorter high-quality album to a high-quantity album.
Leave the padding out - it only dilutes the quality.

For ambient, if the quality is there, I prefer 60 minute CDs. As a human raised on planet Earth,
I've been raised into those cycles and I like the idea that for the next hour I'll be in a particular zone
as created by a particular artist. I'll usually be striving to create one hour dreamSTATE CDs
unless there's a reason otherwise - ie: a 45 minute live set.

That said - I do have an 8 Hour recording of our waveforms installation titled Longshore Drift in the can.
(As a 172kps mp3 it all fits uninterupted on a regular CDr.) The installation was designed to be infinitely
changing and so while it has a recognizable character, its always rearranging. We have previously
released a different (live Calrec Soundfield-microphone) recording from this installation titled
Between Realities which very-consciously is one hour long.  ;)

The new Buddha Machines - Version 2 have arrived in North America in November.
They seem identical to the later V.1 edition but with 9 new loops and a new dial to adjust the loop-speed/pitch.
They're in 3 new colours and are at least as Lo-Fi as before). I'm looking forward to spending some time with them.

This reminded me that two pieces which had I previously posted here in 2007 were lost in the Hypnos Forum meltdown last year.
I've now reactivated the files and hope you'll enjoy these Lo-Fi escapades - each created using real-time mutation of 2 Buddha Machines and later reduced by editing.

Kan - HiFi -
     - LoFi -

Sidd - HiFi -
      - LoFi -

*A Buddha Machine is a small plastic soundart object/toy designed by Chinese duo FM3 to play their ambient loops.
It's very Lo-Fi but is a charming device.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Ergonomically speaking...
« on: November 21, 2008, 11:32:44 AM »

Scott, did it take you long to use your left-hand 'fluently' ? I'm finding it's coming on quicker
than I would have thought.


Hi Pete - No, surprisingly it didn't take too long at all - though some people freak out a little when then use my computer.
At home & at work I try to remember to remove my hand from the mouse when I'm not actually using it and that also takes away
some of the irritation to the bone on the outside of my wrist.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Ergonomically speaking...
« on: November 20, 2008, 10:34:52 AM »
I'm a righty but when my right wrist gets sore these days I move my mousepad to the left of my keyboard for a month or two and that gives my right wrist time to recover. I've gotten pretty used to it. This is only for the dayjob, as my current setup at home is less spacious/flexible and I couldn't work too well with photoshop or such with my left.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: I am trying to imagine...
« on: November 17, 2008, 09:48:45 PM »
Ive got lots of Oberheim stories I could tell.  :D

Sounds like a thread I'd enjoy reading!  Stories O' The Oberheim

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: I am trying to imagine...
« on: November 13, 2008, 03:14:11 PM »
Immersion - Here's some good info links for you:

Xpander -

Matrix 1000 -

(BTW - 2 slightly detuned Matrix 1000s (they're mono) can make very fat sounds - but as Mike said - you need an editor.)

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