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Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Ambient on youtube
« Last post by jpharr on Yesterday at 05:09:58 AM »
I can see value to both approaches (listening with / without accompanying visuals). Certainly the listener's own imagination and the mental images, feelings etc. that the music can create on its own are the most important. Without that personal connection, there would be very little purpose or content in the whole thing! I feel that's true to enjoying any artform, whether audio/visual or otherwise.

With ambient music in particular, I think there are many layers to the listening experience, and there are potentially several ways to listen to an album. Sometimes I let my imagination wander freely, sometimes I enjoy letting the artwork play more of a role (and often it's a mix of the two). Often it depends on the time of day as well and where I am. The question of whether or not some image / video, or other "extra element" (such as text) fits the music or not is of course very subjective... and also depends on the type of artwork involved, whether it's completely abstract and textural, or something more concrete.

As for the marketing element, it is obvious that this plays a role for any musician who is making their living from the art they create. Regardless, I like to think it's possible to go an extra mile with this and do one's best to produce work that has some sense of soul to it, even if it's just part of the packaging or a promo video. Of course, when creating such things, I can't guarantee everyone will agree with the outcome... in this sense at least, it's a very similar process to music-making! My attitude towards this may also be "somewhat" biased, since I spend a fair amount of my free time in this area, for better or worse ;)
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by Castleview on September 20, 2014, 07:15:46 PM »
Duff Egan - Kenosis Loop

https://duffegan.bandcamp.com/track/kenosis-loop

Another strong drone piece from Duff Egan.
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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Eventide UltraReverb
« Last post by Julio Di Benedetto on September 20, 2014, 04:43:52 PM »
Just did an ABC between the Eventide Eclipse, Exponential Audio Phoenix reverb (software) and the Ultra Reverb....Medium Hall preset and also on the eclipse I auditioned their recreation of the PCM70 a favorite of mine......Ultra Reverb to my ears came out ahead.

Anyone else?
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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Eventide UltraReverb
« Last post by Julio Di Benedetto on September 20, 2014, 12:27:28 PM »
I have to say I'm really impressed.....lush, warm and sounds extremely close to my Eventide Eclipse, perhaps a little warmer and lush @ $79!  Very versatile verb.
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by DeepR on September 20, 2014, 10:25:01 AM »
Raison d'Etre - Myse en Abyme

Nothing new but of high quality. He is perfecting his style on this one. Recommended.
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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« Last post by Julio Di Benedetto on September 20, 2014, 04:26:47 AM »
Hi Tomas...have you looked at these. Shure SRH1540.  They were on my audition list but I stayed with the Focal Spirit so never did hear them.  Not cheap but what is.

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And thanks to you too hdibrell, you are the first to purchase a copy. If you want a copy of the CD when it's ready, just let me know and I'll get one shipped to you.
I agree with you by the way, good ambient music should put people to sleep. By the way, there's an accompanying track to the album, featured on this recent compilation. https://ambientonline.bandcamp.com/album/ambient-online-compilation-volume-3
It's a little frightening at the start, but I feel the concept justifies that.

Thanks again!
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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sorry Pete Kelly....On Inspiration
« Last post by petekelly on September 20, 2014, 01:42:25 AM »
Good advice from Mike and Forrest's notebook idea I concur with, I keep a log (more as a diary) and it's very useful.

Don't expect everything to be great (especially in it's initial stages), just try to get to a point where it's momentum carries it forward. Working as a solo artist is difficult in some respects, for myself, I'm always concerned with repeating myself or that certain areas of my music really need improving.

Also remixes (competitions) are a great way to work on something anonymously and not to be too precious about the outcome.
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His album Angel Song is one of my all time faves.
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Everything and Nothing / Re: Robots and Donuts - the art of Eric Joyner
« Last post by Scott M2 on September 19, 2014, 08:38:23 PM »
Very neat!   I think there's a Robocop connection to be explored.  ;)
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