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Other Ambient (and related) Music / H G Fortune Passed Away
« Last post by phobos on November 13, 2014, 05:52:10 AM »
Very sad news indeed. After a short illness H G Fortune has passed away, and only aged 60. His excellent software synths were truly unique. My condolences to his family.
For those of you who dudn't know of him or his synths :-
 http://www.hgf-synthesizer.com/index.html
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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / A tribute to John Balance and Coil
« Last post by Cloud Hunter on November 13, 2014, 04:15:35 AM »
Hi everyone.

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the end of Coil, an experimental British music group, after its founder John Balance died in a tragic accident. Since Balance and I were both born in the same town, I felt that I should mark the occasion with a special track in tribute of the man and his work. It's quite different from my usual output and musical style, but hopefully everyone out there, especially and including other Coil fans, will join me in paying our respects today.

My track is uploaded to Bandcamp (https://thegreatschizm.bandcamp.com/track/balance-a-tribute-to-coil) and ICompositions (http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=206750).

Thanks.
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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Interstellar
« Last post by jdh on November 12, 2014, 03:27:17 PM »
Saw it yesterday.It was mediocre at best,5/10.There have been many comparisons with 2001.Kubrick would be turning in his grave. 50 years later,2001 is still a reference.In about a year,this film will be more or less forgotten. I really wonder what passes for culture now.Was it entertaining,sort of yes.Did it say anything,no. Music was OK,a bit cloying.Good point Drone on.Blockbusters use the same 2 or 3 composers for everything.You think a sci-fi pic would use more electronic based music like the film Under the Skin but it will never happen.

Anne Hathaway-Every scene she looked like she stepped out of a Vogue photo shoot.Do they have lipstick,eyeliner and rouge in hyper space.One scene Michael Caine is an old man,next scene it is supposed to be 20 years later,he looks exactly the same.BTW-He is the best thing about this.In the spaceship,one crew member has his helmet on and continues with it on,the other no helmet-Why the helmets men? What is with that TARS robot-I really laughed out loud when I saw that. Is that Nolans answer to HAL.What is with the "They" all time.You want to sound deep and mysterious,use "They".

I can relax and say it was just a film and that is fine.But when I read reviews comparing it to masters like Kubrick or that they consulted NASA and so on.Come on.

BTW-Dave is right.Boyhood is truly wonderful.
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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Interstellar
« Last post by drone on on November 12, 2014, 02:42:44 PM »
Saw it and it was awesome.  If you liked Contact and 2001 you will like this.  Concerning the music:  it was better than the overdramatized drivel these blockbusters usually employ, but I didn't notice much about it.   You know I really can't understand why some of these sci-fi projects don't use electronic space music.  A perfect one would be Redshift.  Their music is big and cosmic, alternating between bombastic sequencer to symphonic to atmospheric drone.  I could see a whole film being scored  to this music, and it would fit so much better than some boring classical music which is totally generic (and I don't mean 2001 because that music was perfect and not generic).

What is some ambient electronic music you'd like to see in a film?
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For me it is quite obvious it is an artifact. This is noise produced as an artifact from something within the chain. Or how do you explain the exact same noise is produced thru the whole album which is 15 hours ?

Perpetual is only 8 hours, not 15. Are you detecting the same problem in Somnium too, which is also included in the Blu-Ray release (leading to the 15 hour total)? If it is in both--and not in the original Somnium release--it could be an error.

For what it is worth, I can't hear the noise artifact you're referencing, but my ears are not as good as those of others here. There is a funny sound that comes and goes from about 30 mins in to 65 mins into Perpetual--almost like compressed air that is being released at an unsteady rate. I assume this is what Altus is detecting too. I assumed it was intentional, but perhaps not. I can't hear it on my bedroom speakers; I can only hear it with headphones or on my stereo.
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Have a great Promotions like this often.
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Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Bandcamp Streaming ?
« Last post by chris23 on November 11, 2014, 07:07:23 PM »
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/nov/11/bandcamp-musicians-subscription-services

This article has generated some intense discussion on the 3six Facebook page. In summary, Bandcamp is creating options for artists/labels to offer subscriptions services. To be clear, this isn't *instead* of what is currently offered, but an additional alternative for artists/labels who are looking for ways to lock in a certain form of cash flow.

I don't think I would subscribe to a specific artist myself; I like having the freedom to buy at will and I think that such a tit-for-tat process of doing so is a legit way to support the artists I love. I'm curious to know what others think of this.
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by chris23 on November 11, 2014, 06:33:19 PM »
Pleq - Sound of Rebirth
Chopped up, glitchy, moody electronic ambiance. Really looking forward to the collab with Offthesky on Infraction, which has been in production for almost a year.

Samples: https://pleq.bandcamp.com/album/sound-of-rebirth
Buy: https://www.normanrecords.com/records/122031-pleq-sound-of-rebirth
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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« Last post by chris23 on November 11, 2014, 06:25:58 PM »
Gillian Flynn - Dark Places
Such an awesome and disturbing book about Libby Day--a woman whose mother and sisters were murdered when Libby was a little girl. A local club of people who research crimes and collect murder-related items (the "kill club") hire Libby to share some information about her family's murder. Some of them are convinced that her older brother, Ben, who was arrested for the crime, is innocent, and they offer her money to visit people from her past and to learn more about what really took place that night. The narrative goes back and forth from the present to the past, culminating in the night of the murder when all is revealed. Great story writing. Super suspenseful and creepy.

Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning - Brown, Roediger, and McDaniel
Nonfiction. A nice book on learning and memory full of summaries of cool research. What makes this a particularly fascinating read is the discussion of discrepancies between the intuitions many of us have about learning and practice and the kinds of strategies that actually maximize long-term learning. For example, we often encourage people to practice a skill (e.g., 3 pt shots, performing a piece of music, learning a poem) repeatedly until they perfect it. But, holding study/practice time constant, intermixing that with other activities--activities that disrupt the practice--actually leads to better performance in the long-term.
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by petekelly on November 11, 2014, 02:08:29 PM »
'Motivation' by The Gasman - genius !

The Gasman - Motivation

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