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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« Last post by mgriffin on October 27, 2014, 12:35:54 PM »
Wow, Loren. Great pix!

My old Mac Pro accumulates dust in the front vent too.
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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« Last post by LNerell on October 27, 2014, 12:30:42 PM »
Wow great space Loren!!! I would love to come over and check it out on one of my NAMM trips  ;D

Sure come on by, more than likely Robert will be staying over again. Maybe we can a little NAMM party.  :)
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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« Last post by LNerell on October 27, 2014, 12:27:49 PM »
Curious about your monitors.....they are very deep (physically).

They are made locally, called Exacta, hand made by a guy named Ken Goerres. I bought them off of Paul Haslinger when he upgraded to a bigger floor mount versions. Brian Lustmord also uses these monitors. They are by far the best monitors I have ever owned. They are two ways, I also have a Hafler sub that you can't see in these pictures which helps with the low end.
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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« Last post by Paul Vnuk (Ma Ja Le) on October 27, 2014, 12:22:41 PM »
Wow great space Loren!!! I would love to come over and check it out on one of my NAMM trips  ;D
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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« Last post by jkn on October 27, 2014, 12:14:52 PM »
Loren Loren Loren...  I love your studio.   :-*
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Independent Music Reviews / My review of "Farshadow" CD by Within Reason
« Last post by richardgurtler on October 27, 2014, 10:17:18 AM »


Within Reason "Farshadow" CD

"Farshadow" is fourth album by Within Reason (including "Substrate: Collected Elements") and third released on Darren Bergstein's Anodize/Periphery labels. Driven by its sole protagonist, Gregory Kyryluk, the man behind Alpha Wave Movements and now inactive Open Canvas. "Farshadow" was released in the middle of June 2014 in limited edition of, as far I remember, 100 copies. As usual for the latest Anodize releases, the CD is packaged in hinged rectangular tin with window displaying the CD, while the credits sticker is on the back panel. I have been reviewing "Subtle Shift" as well as "Transient Broadcasts" and both albums were absolutely masterful, so let's dive deeply into "Farshadow" now!!!

Nearly 10-minute long title track "Farshadow" unfolds the journey with hauntingly enigmatic drifts, smoothly evolving into mesmerizingly spiraling auralscape fastidiously reinforced by ear-tickling high-tech pulses and fragments. Invading beats keep on striking until the transmutation into vibrantly pounding escapade is fully accomplished. Wow, Within Reason rules once again, this is electronica cybernetica at its most transcendental!!! The next piece, "Gossamer Mechanics", is the shortest one with clocking to nearly 7-minute mark. It safely keeps on the cyber-tech path, yet this time much more relieving and earthy, incorporating crystalline grooves, buoyant tribals, organic traceries and all meticulously surrounded by utterly gorgeous, luminously spellbinding melodies. Sonic bravura continues throughout!!! "Pacifica" swiftly shifts into highly spectacular realms, bridging hyper-modern trancescaping soundfields with electrifyingly chillout rhythms, while voice transmissions, cyber biotics and even some didge groans emerge here and there. This is almost inexpressible, pure sonic bliss or call it whatever you want, maybe even a nominee for Composition of the Year Award. I take off my virtual hat to you, Gregory!!! "Port Of Call" remains in hypnotic terrains with droning nostalgia, enriched by spikier elements, rather less vigorous and more insistent, although later the track elevates into fully pulsing vortex wrapped by some wistful blankets. A quite peculiar soundcarving, but to be true, it's not easy now to compete with phenomenal tracks like "Pacifica" or "Farshadow". "Shizen" is occupied by arctic drones, slowly growing into more dramatic scenarios. Distant heartbeat permeates, shortly joined by industrialized rhythms and hissy sheets. The overall soundwall becomes utterly monumental, the gates are unlocked and the listener is confronted with stunningly expansive horizons filled with breathtaking intensity. A true epic tour de force performance!!! The closing track, "Shores Of Symmetry", opens with sibilant drones, but then follows chameleonic metamorphose into gently pulsing texture, steadily mesmerizing with tricky nuances thrown in.

"Farshadow" is according to my ears a magnum opus by Within Reason, thrillingly flavored, exuberantly detailed and intricately manifold, but amazingly compact and balanced. And as always for this ambient icon, polished to pristine perfection. Unfortunately, this Anodize CD edition is sold out already, but a re-release on pro CDr is available on Gregory Kyryluk's Harmonic Resonance Recordings with different artwork packaged in a standard jewel case. So don't let this gem to slip under your radar!!!

Richard Gürtler (Oct 27, 2014, Bratislava, Slovakia)
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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Eventide UltraReverb
« Last post by Julio Di Benedetto on October 27, 2014, 06:12:44 AM »
Hi Mike....just came across your post. Not sure if you meant it to be here or as part of the Live thread as it seems to have more to do with Live than Ultrareverb. 

Good read & tips nevertheless.
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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambient sound packs for synths ?
« Last post by Julio Di Benedetto on October 27, 2014, 06:05:46 AM »
Generally speaking I have thought the use of "sound packs" as being lazy.....or for film composers on really tight schedules who dont have an army of sound designers as some big names do.

Often the process of sound design is where the joy of composing music can be and where those beautiful accidents take place.  Its about the journey.  Take that away from me and I would stop writing music...well ambient electronic music.

There have been times recently that I had some Live packs available to me and I downloaded them out of curiosity....turn out to be very education, not the sounds themselves but the way Live instrument racks had been set up and suggested to me how modular Live could be.

Presets to can be educational.  Im still learning the depths of my Solaris synth and there are some presets that are very good.  I do like to take time to study what has been done within the patch to create the sound and I have learnt quite a of lot new techniques.  Also these preset patches can give birth to my own sounds as well.

As you suggest Pete, the programming is the joy and the path to our individual voice(s).
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by phobos on October 27, 2014, 05:37:27 AM »
Agreed, all the tracks on the first album are superb, but for me the one most affecting is A Symphony Pathetique, absolute bliss.
One hopes they will release a DVD of that Barbican gig, unfortunately the video on You Tube is no longer available. :'(
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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Ambient sound packs for synths ?
« Last post by petekelly on October 27, 2014, 02:30:35 AM »
I've always found the appeal of such things a tad strange, what do other people think ?
For me, the interesting part of exploring and programming a synth (software synths, in my case) is to create your own fairly unique sounds, buying a selection of sounds that someone else describes as ambient, I don't get. Surely this is an area where exploration and imagination may well yield more personalised results ?

Slightly off-topic, but some synths have such a distinctive sound - Native Instrument's 'Razor' for example, that all these presets sound similiar anyway ?

I should say I'm not against using presets at all, it's the marketing of presets that are considered to be specifically 'ambient'
(or for any other genre, for that matter) which escapes me somewhat.
 
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