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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by chris23 on September 19, 2014, 07:50:31 PM »
This Mortal Coil - Filigree and Shadow
Still incredible, even (almost) 30 years later. The jewel in the 4AD crown.
Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sorry Pete Kelly....On Inspiration
« Last post by einstein36 on September 19, 2014, 06:06:36 PM »
Here here...
well said Mike....
Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« Last post by El culto on September 19, 2014, 05:21:51 PM »
Being a DT 770 Pro (250 Ohm) user for many years, i was recently looking for a second headphone to double check mixes. So, I´ve ordered for a test:

:: Focal Spirit Pro

:: Shure SRH 940

The Focal looks very stable and HQ made but unfortunately it´s not an over-ear model. The ear-pressure of this closed HP is quite heavy and makes the wearing uncomfortable after 10 minutes already. Mid and high end are sounding very neutral to my ears but the bass definitely lacks power and definition. Spending an hour with this HP was enough to return it back.

The Shure is a closed over-ear model and very pleasant to wear (even for many hours). Though, it doesn´t look stable like the Focal and my DT…it feels more like a DJ HP with a lot of plastic and quite week in each day usage. In contrast to the Focal, the lower end is very precise and "full" sounding. The mids are VERY precise and easy to judge. So far so good if there wasn´t the high end…totally disappointing for me! Obviously there is (like on many speakers) an increasing made for the high end. When listening to jazz and especially classical music all sounds fake in this frequency region…violins are sounding like someone is cleaning a window (shrill and "plastic"). For spotting problems in the high end this HP might be a perfect solution but it can be very annoying for other purposes.

I´ve read here and there people complaining about the DT concerning the bass ("hyped") but when comparing it with this 2 models the DT is a real easing! Yes it pushes a tiny bit the bass but acoustic instruments (i.e cellos, violins) are sounding so real as they supposed to be. Another issue is the spatial issue..while the DT offers a "room" in the head the other tested models sounding just straight left-right.

I know, many people swear on AKG´s, but i never liked any of their models (construction, sound). BTW: My search was for an closed model only!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sorry Pete Kelly....On Inspiration
« Last post by mgriffin on September 19, 2014, 04:44:08 PM »
Every creative person has times when it happens more easily than others.

Some of you may know I also do some fiction writing. It's always interested to me that everyone knows what "Writer's Block" is but nobody talks about Painter's Block or Guitarist's Block or Photographer's Block.

In my experience, some people have a difficult time getting started not because they've lost the creative knack, or the impulse to create, but because they've begun putting pressure on themselves to create something "great" or "important" rather than just creating for the fun of it.

When we start out, we often just goof around and explore, and follow whatever weird path we discover. It's fun! There's no sense of "Tonight I must create a wonderful new album."

Eventually, after we have been creating for a while, and especially if we are "known" as a creative person, we can start thinking that each new piece of music or writing or art has an audience out there who will judge it. "This stuff better be good," we think, and the process doesn't flow as naturally or intuitively as it used to.

Very often writers I know who become blocked are like this because they've started to think their first drafts need to be sharp, polished and well-organized. It's even happened to me before, when I fell into the trap of thinking this way.

The way I avoid it is by always insisting that the "first draft" stage -- whether we're talking about writing or music or any other creative endeavor -- should be loose, and fun, and have no expectations attached. I believe "All first drafts must suck." I mean, I really believe it. I don't just let myself think that in order to try to relieve pressure in the early stages of the creative process. I really believe you'll do the best work when you remove any self-judgement in the first steps. You'll never get anywhere if you're judging your words (or your playing, or your composition) in mid-process. Just get it out, have fun, dare to make mistakes, then go back later and tidy it up.

Some art forms seem to deal with this better than others, and I think it's because of this that some creative people get stuck or blocked less than others. Most bands jam and goof around a lot. Most artists make a lot of loose sketches or studies. A solo ambient artist in a studio without anyone else there to play off of, it's tough. Same with a fiction writer, staring at a blank page.

Give yourself freedom to jam, to sketch, to run wild and act crazy. Don't let the "editor mind" interfere with the process. The editor mind will get its chance to judge, to alter and try to perfect, but only later.
Thank you very much for taking the time for feedback Castleview, that is much appreciated. I will be sure to return the favour and listen to some of your creations.

No problem.
Everything and Nothing / Re: Robots and Donuts - the art of Eric Joyner
« Last post by chris23 on September 19, 2014, 03:43:38 PM »
Robots AND donuts?!?! What a great idea!
Everything and Nothing / Re: Robots and Donuts - the art of Eric Joyner
« Last post by hdibrell on September 19, 2014, 02:41:58 PM »
These are great! I especially like the kid and robot watching Star Trek.
Interesting album. I did really enjoy it. My favorite track is Perception Shift. I also enjoyed World Without Sky. Actually there weren't any bad tracks. I did catch myself starting to drift off while listening to this album. I was thinking that ambient music is one of the few forms of music where falling asleep while listening can be considered a compliment.  ;) Look forward to hearing more from you.
Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Kenny Wheeler, British jazz star, dies aged 84
« Last post by LNerell on September 19, 2014, 12:15:19 PM »
I saw Kenny Wheeler live once, as part of David Torn's Clouds About Mercury tour back in the mid/late 80s. It was an amazing band consisting of Torn on guitar, Bill Bruford on electronic and acoustic drums, Mick Karn on bass, and Kenny replacing Mark Isham on trumpet. Such an amazing group of musicians and Kenny easily held his own with them. One of my all time favorite concerts that I was fortunate to see.
Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sorry Pete Kelly....On Inspiration
« Last post by einstein36 on September 19, 2014, 12:12:24 PM »
sooo, are we going to get any of those chef awesome recipes????:) ;D

Soon.....just feeling out a format that will work :)

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