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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Best DAW for Ambient Music 2015
« Last post by LNerell on Yesterday at 02:29:24 PM »

Loren Nerell just bought a Nektar and I have to say - I've been looking at Nektar's for a long time as well.  But I don't really use softsynths so ...  not high on my list.

I'm not a big softsynth user except for samplers. I bought the Nektar because of the direct integration with Logic. Since I sold off most of my keyboard synths (I still have quite a few rackmount ones) I thought it would be nice to have a controller with some knobs and stuff. Here's a video that shows how it works with the latest version of Logic 10.2:
Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl is really back
« Last post by jkn on Yesterday at 12:13:59 PM »
I love that people love vinyl and cassettes.

What I don't love - is commercially, at least - it's all reissues and remasters and special collector editions.   Just glance through that picture - most are 60's to 90's.   

there are lots of little ambient cassette labels - and some new vinyl coming out...

but lots of it is the reissues - which... is sad.  Let's all rebuy our collections again for the 3rd, 4th or 5th time.  :(
Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Best DAW for Ambient Music 2015
« Last post by jkn on Yesterday at 11:58:51 AM »
wow - I didn't realize until Loren just pointed it out... Logic Pro X is only $199 now.   Logic 8 was like $600 when I bought it.  I'm still using 8.
Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Best DAW for Ambient Music 2015
« Last post by jkn on Yesterday at 11:57:13 AM »
Since he was thinking about Logic - using Garageband seemed a very logical stepping stone.

a logical stepping stone.


get it?  get it?   :o

I'll keep my day job. 
Independent Music Reviews / My review of "Ephemeral Blue" CD by Aglaia
« Last post by richardgurtler on Yesterday at 10:44:31 AM »

Aglaia "Ephemeral Blue" CD

After two albums released just before the Christmas 2014, "Primeval Nebula" and "Intangible Opacity", Aglaia's soundscape shaman Gino Fioravanti returns with another two new beauties, "Ephemeral Blue" and "Florealia Nocturna", both released during October 2015 under the usual flag of Stefano Musso's Hic Sunt Leones in limited editions of 300 copies. And it's obvious the CD comes in attractive 6-panel digipak with stunningly gorgeous photographs by Linda Serra (with additional artwork by Hic Sunt Leones), who already contributed her image mastery to several other Hic Sunt Leones releases, including above mentioned "Primeval Nebula" and "Intangible Opacity". This visual splendor immediately sets the distinctively enchanting woodland ambience Aglaia is celebrated for, a genius loci awaits you, enter now!!!

Nearly 10-minute piece, "Empty Nights", unfolds this fascinating ramble with sinuously poetic euphoniousness, reinforced by euphoric quietudes and spriralingly engrossing high-pitched subtleties. A very strong intro!!! "Holy Ghost", with almost similar length, delves deeper into weirdly organic terrains, with strangely oscillating texture painting mesmerizingly mindscaping mandalas. "Bright Venus" keeps firmly on spellbinding path leaded by graciously nuanced drones coalesced with warmly delicate moony meanders and gossamer hypno-cyber-biotic snippets. Journeying along "Dark River" is absolutely bewitching, euphorically cascading lyrical paradigms are meticulously amalgamated with bizarrely swinging traceries slightly evocative of processed bullroarer, while additional capricious twinkles stimulate the mind and illuminate the pathway guiding the listener through distinctively enrapturing atmospheric nocturnal enigmas. Undoubtedly all Aglaia's insignias are fully activated to rejoice this 8-plus minutes long night-blooming spectacle!!! Bravissimo, Gino!!! The next piece, "From The Stars", keeps its hauntingly disturbing measure, persistently radiating, which is intriguingly counterpointed with contemplative crystalline chimes, while ethereally-charged monochromatic layer continuously hangs above. Utterly captivating aural sceneries of a star-filled nighttime are revealed. "Quiet Wings" delves into desolately humming realms, hypnotically helical and surreptitiously permeated by crepuscular organics and chimeric oddments. "Cypress Trees", the longest track, clocking to nearly 13 minutes, follows the footsteps of its predecessor with mysteriously traversing backgrounds, isochronally sweeping with some medieval fragrances thrown in, while the fore blends a broad array of stochastic embellishments, from transient to abstruse, from calm to ear-tickling. With 6 minutes the shortest composition on album, "Invisible Forces" closes the journey with spaciously expansive harmonic drifts, insistently filled with engrossingly undulating balmy motifs, exhibiting undeniable signatures that can only be Aglaia. A true sonic elixir for my ears and a grand finale!!! I only wish this piece could be longer...

"Ephemeral Blue" is a very solid, almost 69 minutes long album by Aglaia, always prodigiously enigmatic, yet euphorically flavored within gorgeously organic terrains with incredibly unmatched moonlit feel. This is certainly the hallmark of Aglaia, an Italian project with extensive discography, featuring solo releases of Gino Fioravanti or as a duo with Gianluigi Toso. Also acting under Nada Experiences and Momenti Per L'Armonia monikers. All in all, this abundant body of work counts over 60 albums with many of them being enormously challenging to track down, especially for physical formats. And while surveying, pay attention also to already mentioned "Ephemeral Blue" album's companion "Florealia Nocturna". Join this fascinating nocturnal magic now!!!

Richard Gürtler (Nov 29, 2015, Bratislava, Slovakia)
Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Best DAW for Ambient Music 2015
« Last post by Ekstasis on Yesterday at 10:32:51 AM »

Exactly Ekstasis - that was my point. Start small... and Mr. Rocket has already said he's leaning towards Mac which makes Garageband a perfect start.   

I'm fairly positive it comes with an array of synths and effects to get started with.

The name Garage band give such bad vibes about a audio program they really need to change that :)

Anyway Reaper is probably a better choice...
Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steaming services
« Last post by Ekstasis on Yesterday at 10:32:05 AM »
I do not like streaming services.

some of the reasons.

1. Money goes into wrong pockets and more middle hand is introduced here.
2. The quality is not satisfying
3. you must be connected to internet
4. The selection of music is terrible my favorite cds and music is not on streaming services. It is a bigger problem for albums that was released pre spotify.
5. Streaming services limit culture, people growing up today lives in the illusion that all music is on spotify.
Releasing all culture will never be possible to legal services because of legal reasons and labels that does not exist anymore.
6. People today grows up listening to playlists rather then albums, little do they know that spotifies "magic" properties to know what you like and select perfect playlist for you is much based on who have paid most to be features on more playlists, so in other words it is another type of advertisement in order for them to brainwash people to listen to music.
7. Streaming services makes people lazy and careless, they do not care about albums any more they do not care about sound quality anymore all they want is the flexibility and to push the play button then let it rest in the background and let the streaming services decide the music, the danger with this method is that music will always be a "background" just to fill the silence in the room.

I like Bandcamps model the most so far it is more album oriented, and you can choose the price you want to pay for many albums. You have still option to buy offline files and you can also if you want stream it.

I agree that digital format and non physical formats is here to stay but I do not like streaming services.
The artists need to get a lot more of the income, many artists I know have said they get so little so instead of getting ass fucked by spotify they prefer people download them from pirate bay.

Personally I do not agree that Spotify is a faster and more flexible way to listen to music,
sure it takes some time to build up a local library but if you have passion for music you have no problem doing that.

All in all I think streaming is just a stupid way to use internets resources.
Also I find more calm in my mind listen to local files I will not need to worry if the sound will start to buffer
or something like that. If you have a big local library with your favroite this will give you a superior way and flexibility to listen to your music, You can even make your own spotify and create your own server and this is not hard to do.
Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by thirdsystem on Yesterday at 10:14:04 AM »
Divine Matrix - Atmospheric Variations - superb Berlin Scool type melodic ambient. Really is a class album.

Picture Palace Music - Curriculum Vitae . Thorsten Quaeschning from TD. Great tunes.

Robert Rich - Live Archive , volume 1 - wonderful.
Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steaming services
« Last post by thirdsystem on Yesterday at 10:02:57 AM »
I love Spotify. It has masses of music from from my genres, including loads of ambient and electronica. I use it like I would Bandcamp, to check artists and music out first. I have bought loads of stuff both physical and download as a result of listening first on Spotify.

Bandcamp is utterly superb and is another place I go to to first to check out music, purchase downloads and I emphasise CDs  I also use the app to stream my purchases frequently. What a superb concept, really is the way forward. Would love to see all the FAX catalogue on there but that will never happen.

I have purchased many iTunes downloads over the years , in fact loads, however this declined massively when I started having extensive problems with incorrect album art showing constantly on all my apple devices. This seems to have improved recently with new iOS updates so that is good. Not sure if I will try the new Apple streaming service or not yet. I am happy with the options I am using at present.

I have also just bought a new streaming hifi . Denon CEOL mini all in one unit as a secondary system for the other room.  Superb sound and I am actually streaming more than listening to CDs at the moment which is really quite a change for me.
Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Best DAW for Ambient Music 2015
« Last post by jkn on Yesterday at 08:12:30 AM »

Exactly Ekstasis - that was my point. Start small... and Mr. Rocket has already said he's leaning towards Mac which makes Garageband a perfect start.   

I'm fairly positive it comes with an array of synths and effects to get started with.

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