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Minitaur is just everythiing you need for all kind of bass sound and its sound is so good in mix. I use it in this video with a bass guitar to fill the bottom end, but also you can use it alone. For the drones it's great when you put some good analog distorsion (just a little), and also great when you shape it with some stereo widener (stereo savage for me it's best). Thanks to your reply.

P.S. Moog Minitaur + afterneath ---- paradise!
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Maybe those people with huge collections on Bandcamp only stream music in a playlist like a radio station. They just  pay money to have it in their app.
Most music is "pay what you want" and you can get music cheaper than a streaming service. Of course they need to pay more for a commercial album or a CD format.

As passionated listener and musician I have a very special taste and demand. Peninsula therefor was a treasure to find.
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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Out now : NUNC STANS - Peninsula
« Last post by APK on September 19, 2017, 08:55:47 AM »
Many thanks for this Jaja.
It is heart-warming to see an earlier work get some honest appreciation.

Too often, I think, people are seeking the next new thing rather than appreciating what already is and spending time with the better works. Living with them a while. I see people with Bandcamp collections in the thousands, and that surely exceeds the possible of serious listening. Who has the time!! Ah, consumerism ...
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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: New effect, new sound, opinions
« Last post by Castleview on September 18, 2017, 03:51:31 PM »
Welcome to the forum!

Looks like you have a great setup, and the sound quality was great.

Stylistically, I wish there was more of a dream pop feel to the track but that's just me. I don't really care for the drum loops. I typically don't care for them in my ambient music at all. Tribal drumming would have been nice but it would have been impossible for you to do that and guitar by yourself on a live take like that.

How do you like your Minitaur? I've thought a little bit about getting one to use for ambient drones.
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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / New effect, new sound, opinions
« Last post by weirdcop on September 18, 2017, 05:31:19 AM »
Starting new project, with some new/old gear, new Make noise 0-Coast, old analog four keyboard and moog minitaur, and couple of old/new stompboxes for guitar - new surprisingly good Zoom MS70-CDR and old beautiful Memory boy deluxe and Earthquaker devices Afterneath.

Opinions?  :D

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Independent Music Reviews / My review of "Fragments Of Life" CDr by Zalys
« Last post by richardgurtler on September 17, 2017, 06:23:51 AM »


Zalys "Fragments Of Life" CDr

Zalys, a French one-woman project driven by mysterious M., is releasing drone ambient outcomes since March 2013, when the album "Wandering Through Space" debuted. Since then, if I am right, another eight albums were released (including three split collaborations, two with Ukrainian Saturn Form Essence, one with Hulduefni from Portugal). What really counts for me, almost all of them were available in physical CDr formats, so kudos for that, although most of them are now sold out items, but of course you can always grab a digital format. I believe the only exception is a glass mastered CD edition of "Sublime" album published by Swedish Reverse Alignment label in November 2015. But I will focus on the last Zalys' self-released CDr album entitled "Fragments Of Life", which is out since December 2016. The album comes in a rather simple, but intensely immersing 4-panel eco wallet with foam CD hub, designed by the artist herself through Icelander Studios. At some point this one was available as a bundle with already mentioned "Sublime" CD (Sander, thanks a lot for your hint!!!), but "Fragments Of Life" limited edition sold quite quickly, so now "Sublime" remains as the only available album on physical format. I don't know how big are the limited runs, so I would strongly recommend to keep a focused eye on each future album by Zalys.

Nearly 16-minute title track "Fragments Of Life" unfolds the engulfing journey with nebulously carved extraterrestrial layers, while auxiliary hallucinogenic choir glimpses, dizzy glitchy subtleties, consonantly rumbling titillations, transient hissy traverses and oracularly echoed groans join this fascinatingly labyrinthine, dark ambient scented scenario. Magnifique!!! "The Helix" shifts into gracefully monumental realms, painted by spellbindingly mesmerizing towering helixes, warmer cinematic vistas and ascending incandescent whooshing sci-fi meridians. "The Lament Of NovA" keeps on the path of expansive euphoniousness, although persistently coalesced with amplifying eternal spirals and ear-tickling glistening tapestries. "Out Of Time" glides tightly into tenebrously immense zones, amalgamating sweeping choir-like drones with repeating cascading motifs, before clandestinely delving into unfathomably sonorous and tenaciously solitary magnitudes. The next piece, "The Whisperers", with 3 minutes the shortest cut on the album, juxtaposes desolate winds with epic, nearly symphonic panoptic crescendos and billowing undercurrents. "Escape From Reality" clocks over 12-minute mark and it's fueled my more massive drone, calmly drifting and undulating, yet later reinforced by unforeseen eruptions of rawer buzzing signals, which slightly dissolve into abyssal magmatic stratums of the void. These massive walls gradually amplify, metamorphose and reach few truly jaw-dropping, voluminously ominous vertexes. Then waning, waxing and waning again, while relentlessly guarded by thrilling reverberations with occasionally outbursting fragments. A drone phenomenon at its most transporting!!! The last two tracks, "Flares" and "Solar Wind Downfall", are listed as bonus and are remixed by jonnie13black. As additionally informed by M., "Flares" and "Solar Wind" originally appeared on "Towards The Sun" EP (January 2014), while "Downfall" was featured on "Reminiscences" album (March 2015 on Arecibo Records). "Flares" again masterfully merges helically celestial choirs with continually permeating piercing apexes, staggeringly engrossing, and phantasmally resounded mirages. The closing "Solar Wind Downfall" invades with barren monochromatic layers, yet quiveringly surging and unlocking the gates to the awe-inspiring transcendental sceneries. A pure drone elixir, well-done, M. & jonnie13black!!!

These 70 minutes long "Fragments Of Life" are utterly powerful and offer to each drone connoisseur a genuinely mind-blowing odyssey, intriguingly confronting deep space enigmas with dissonant dark ambient ventures. A very solid recording by M. aka Zalys, exhibiting her talent, insignias and potential in forging dronescaping cosmic spectacles. Sure, there is still some place for extra polishing that would bring even more multi-dimensional spectacularity to your headphones, but otherwise "Fragments Of Life" album gets my highest recommendation!!! Bravo M./Zalys and keep on droning, I will definitely keep an attentive ear to the ground!!! And last but not least, according to the latest updates, M. is also considering to reissue "The Icarus System" album (September 2014) along with the EP "Infinity" (March 2014) on a physical CDr format as both were available previously only as digital downloads. Good news indeed!

Richard Gürtler (Sep 16, 2017, Bratislava, Slovakia)
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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« Last post by stargazer on September 16, 2017, 01:32:14 PM »
These rainy days I am reading novels from The Human Comedy by Honoré de Balzac (one of my alltime favorite writers).
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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Out now : NUNC STANS - Peninsula
« Last post by stargazer on September 16, 2017, 12:48:08 PM »
It has already become rare that I discover a music and stop listening to the second piece to return to the beginning of the album to hear this album from beginning to end (with the careful notion that it will be a good album). On our way as musicians and artists, we are always moving forward, we are developing, we live our lives, we are changing and yet we are what we are, steadily and strong. We leave on our way the music that others will find on their way. This path may be different and yet the encounter proves that we will be connected in a moment. Peninsula is a highly interesting, epic and timeless work. Thank you for this music Anthony.
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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Storms and Studios
« Last post by Castleview on September 16, 2017, 12:42:19 PM »
Great to see you back Julio, and glad to know that your studio survived.

Good thing that storm weakened a bit over Cuba.
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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Storms and Studios
« Last post by stargazer on September 16, 2017, 11:45:59 AM »
Wow, welcome back Julio  :o  :)
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