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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Storms and Studios
« Last post by Julio Di Benedetto on September 16, 2017, 05:34:16 AM »
Thanks everyone.

I saw the typo but thats all one can really do.....drink or "whine" because its so damn hot if the power goes out. ;D

Studio safety.....If damage to gear happens its 99% of the time from water from a compromised roof so I cover the studio desk with monitors and outboard gear with a tarp, same with the keyboards.  I have in the past emptied the studio of "precious" pieces and placed them high in the strongest part of the house, the middle and this time I was going to do as APK suggested to fill our cars with equipment which were in our garage.  That is the best, well and insurance as a backup.

The worst part of a hurricane is waiting and trying to second guess direction. People got really scared with this one and caused a nightmare of an exodus either away from the coasts of Florida or actually leaving the state altogether.  I know people that left my area on the east coast to go to the west coast of Florida as Irma's was supposed to hit us only to find out that her path changed and slammed in to the west coast instead where they had gone for safety.  Best thing to do is just batten down the hatches and wait it out.
Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Storms and Studios
« Last post by Scott M2 on September 15, 2017, 08:58:40 AM »
Glad you weathered the storm well Julio and "wine" really did work in that sentence.
Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Storms and Studios
« Last post by chris23 on September 15, 2017, 04:52:14 AM »
Great news! And you really meant "wine" and not "wind", right?  ;D

Strom Noir "Maľované Kvety & Xeroxové Motýle" CD

As I have mentioned before few times, since I am a Slovak, it's always a very special and highly treasured moment, when I can focus on a drone ambience Made in Slovakia. We have only a few acts delving deeply into these fascinating soundworlds and Strom Noir is undoubtedly the leading protagonist. Applauded discography of Emil Maťko, the sole creator behind this project, is certainly the best proof. His fourth album for Polish label Zoharum, "Maľované Kvety & Xeroxové Motýle" CD is out since the end of April 2017 in a limited edition of 300 copies. The black & white cover images just look absolutely gorgeous on a matte 6-panel eco wallet, so well-deserved kudos go to Praetorian for the photographs, to Michał Porwet for the cover concept as well as to Maciej Mehring for the cover design. All you guys have done such amazing work that precisely displays Strom Noir's soundscapes!

The album is divided in two parts, which were originally intended to be published on separate cassette releases. The first one entitled "Against A Dwarf" features five tracks, mostly recorded during August 2015 and March 2016, but the title composition was created between December 2012 and November 2014. 7-minute "Widely Opened Window" reveals the first half with mesmerizingly shimmering drone introspections, particularly displaying its title. A truly gorgeous soundscape!!! "Rozkyv Duše" (in English "Weaving Of Soul") shifts into slightly rawer terrains, where persistently helixing drones are intriguingly juxtaposed by starker hissy reflections. Hauntingly disturbing collage! "Saturday Is Gone" keeps on the path of poignant sonorousness, when propelled by mindscaping consonant spirals. Above mentioned title piece "Against A Dwarf", with 16 minutes the longest one on the whole album, unveils harmoniously glimmering sceneries, exquisitely reviving long forgotten memories. An emotional aural delight gratifying the listener's soul!!! "Echo V Tebe" (translated as "Echo In You") bridges intangibly evocative blankets with engrossing dissonant meridians. Then 10 seconds of [silence] closes "Against A Dwarf" part. The second half, "Painted Flowers & Xeroxed Butterflies", which is also an English interpretation of the Slovak album's title, consists of 5 tracks, mostly older ones recorded between January and August of 2011. The only exception is the opening cut "Tlkot Dreva & Bzukot Kovu" ("Throb Of The Wood & Buzz Of The Metal"), which was carved between December 2012 and February 2014. The piece is sculpted of rather monochromatic drone motif masterfully amalgamated with remote, yet pensive acoustic stringed poignancy and euphorically swirling hazy undercurrents. Intensely enveloping listening bliss awaits here, bravo, Strom Noir!!! The title composition "Painted Flowers & Xeroxed Butterflies", reaching nearly 11-minute mark, dives into slightly subterranean colored domains, merging vivacious organic rumbles and enigmatic tapestries with an array of tremulously hanging strings. Another big one and this uniquely stirring soundscape fully blossoms with your headphones on! "Shattered Like A Glass Goblin" returns to more soothing, although perplexingly engulfing drone zones, navigated by flatlined desolations and guarded by phantasmal choirs. "Ttoollosk" remains in calmer territories, where peacefully droning stratums commingle with lush stringed imageries. The closing shorter "Pure II" follows the static trace, yet this time illuminated by glitchy quietudes and it makes a very suitable conclusion of this wonderfully immersing dronescaping ride.

Although the recollection on "Maľované Kvety & Xeroxové Motýle" album covers about a five year time period, all compositions coexist quite well and homogenous even if more colorful throughout the second section and showcase during 73 minutes a gamut of Strom Noir's greatly praised insignias. Certainly a top-notch highly recommended album, both audibly and visually!!! Kudos to Emil Maťko/Strom Noir as well as to Zoharum's guys and Praetorian from DeviantArt network!!!

Richard Gürtler (Sep 12, 2017, Bratislava, Slovakia)
Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Storms and Studios
« Last post by APK on September 14, 2017, 12:30:56 PM »
Good to hear all is well, Julio  :)
Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Storms and Studios
« Last post by petekelly on September 14, 2017, 03:53:57 AM »
Great to hear you're okay, Julio !
As you know, we don't get hurricanes and the like over here in the UK, but when we do get storms / bad winters, it makes me very aware of the power of nature.
Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Storms and Studios
« Last post by Julio Di Benedetto on September 13, 2017, 09:51:07 PM »
Thats a great title by the way.

Thanks so much for your concerns.....all is well, myself, family and studio.

It was very sketchy for a while as Irma was slotted to plough through the east coast of Florida and hit my area with a Cat 4, 130 mph winds   It ended up going to the west coast so we got lots of wine (I only wish though there was not much else to do) and rain but nothing too serious.  Lost power for a bit but no real hardships, which would be no AC in September is sort of like no heating in winter, sure you live but its very unpleasant.

This was my 5th Hurricane, 3 in 2004,2005. One last year and now Irma.

Hurricane Jose is out there but looks to stay in the Atlantic and send some good waves to surf.

It is always a humbling experience to feel the power of our plant and the fury of mother nature....she gives and she takes,
Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by chris23 on September 13, 2017, 06:16:48 PM »
I've recently been on an Echospace [Detroit] kick. I've always appreciated the music of Modell, Hitchell, and their friends, but I've found myself deeply absorbed in these three beatless, abstract ambient spaces this week:

Shorelights - Summer Cottage Soundscapes
Subtle glitches, field recordings (Mantra), and electronics. A beautiful, deep coma of sound.

Echospace plays Michael Mantra - Sea Shell City
Excellent recycling of Mantra source material. Slow and atmospheric. This would have been one of my favorites of 2016 if I had heard it then rather than hearing it recently.

A601-2 - Shibuya Hynagogia
A single longform piece that works well at low volumes. Urban field recordings + electronics.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by thirdsystem on September 11, 2017, 03:03:13 PM »
Move D / Namlook - The Audiolounge .......... and Wired. 

I suppose fairly beat orientated, but massive ambient leanings with a bit of a jazz vibe thrown in. Love it.
Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Storms and Studios
« Last post by thirdsystem on September 11, 2017, 02:57:44 PM »
Watched that horrendous storm unfold on CNN last night. The reporter lad that was in Naples , Florida , deserves a medal for his reporting. Unreal stuff.

I think Julio stays near the coast in Florida, recall his beautiful, coastal, photograph album cover. Hope all is ok with him and his family/home/studio.

For me it would be wife/bairns/dugs/cats/Fender/FAX/etc into the motor and head North. Would be gutted about the rest of my gear though.
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