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Judging by the cover artwork, perhaps Robert was going for some 'jungle / rainforest ambience' ? When I've watched documentaries about the Amazon rainforest (for example), I'm always surprised with how much of a sonic event it is, the noise of the insects and bird calls and general animal whoopings seems to be constant - and very loud !

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its amazing what can be hidden away in people attics.
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Hopefully there will be some winter. I'll keep my eyes open for a post. Sounds like fun.
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Thanks for your feedback, Forrest.
I love the sound of cicadas, at least the species that produce a more tonal sound. To me, that is the sound of lazy summer afternoons. :)

Further to Pete's mention of using a textured sound to subtly fill the range (usually higher frequencies), I do this quite often myself. It brings an air to the mix that would sound muddy without it.
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Mike and Robert,

I've been listening to Nest lately and I think what you're hearing on Tracks 3-5 are cicadas or a relative very close to them.

Forrest
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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Interstellar
« Last post by Dave Michuda on November 10, 2014, 07:48:30 PM »
I saw Interstellar over the weekend & enjoyed it very much.  Not my favorite movie of the year, that would be Boyhood, but it sure was an excellent ride.

It's a bit long, probably could have cut 20-30 minutes from it.  I love the big, grand scale of the film.  The score, while maybe not as bombastic as usual for Zimmer, is still very intense at times.  The volume in the theater I was in was just on the edge of too loud.  Overall I liked the score.
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it sounds like a air valve which seeps constantly while the "pressure " in this "valve" does vary the sound does come and go a little bit.. disappear for a few seconds but always come back...
Hmmm . . . this sounds like the exact same problem I hear in "Nest". It starts up around the end of track 3, and continues through to the end of track 5. The entire album is bathed in forest environmental sounds, but these field recordings are quite noisy. There's something very raw about the recordings that I can appreciate though, and I figure that was Robert's intent, but the hiss during those parts is especially distracting.

Looking at the spectral analysis, those tracks have a wide band of noise covering 3.5-10k range. From your description, this seems like the hissing sound you're talking about. As you said, it's not a consistent hiss. It sort of reminds me of bad noise reduction where the noise is sitting on the threshold of being removed or not.
The noise actually extends beyond that to the ceiling, but there's a clear drop in gain beyond the 10k range. It looks similar to MP3 compression, but without the smearing.

I wonder if it's a bizarre chorus of bugs of some kind.

I'm glad someone mentioned this! Thank you Altus. :)

I love 'Nest', you see, except I have always found that 'hissing' noise that runs from track 3 to track 5 pretty bizarre and distracting. Part of me usually likes seemingly 'strange' sonic decisions like that, but for me it's strange because it's actually such a plain sound. Sometimes when listening I can't even tell if it's a field recording or just some constant modular white/pink/whatever noise layers simmering in and out! I found it so odd I was going to email him to ask about it, but never got round to that.

He is obviously a master of sound, though, and I generally find his work technically flawless and wonderful on all systems. That's what makes that aspect of tracks 3-5 all the stranger (as deliberate as it obviously is.)
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I've watched your video and the noise is different than the sample I heard in part 1 of Perpetual on Robert's site. In any case, I still think it's intentional. Robert knows what he's doing, and wouldn't let something like that pass unnoticed.

Do I think it sounds good? Nope. ;D
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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Pink Floyd in Fall
« Last post by thirdsystem on November 10, 2014, 04:26:55 PM »
I received  my CD / Bluray box yesterday.

4 listens in and I am enjoying it. Going to get right into the music then blow my mind with the 5.1 DTS  8)
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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Pink Floyd in Fall
« Last post by jdh on November 10, 2014, 04:18:25 PM »
LP released today.I listened to all the samples on Itunes while I wait for my CD.Some of the sounds are a bit Wish You Were Here,The Wall and of course The Division Bell.You can also see video samples at the end of the preview of the band in the studio.Will it be a classic as the final PF product,time will tell.
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