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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Something on the Lighter Side
« Last post by phobos on August 08, 2016, 01:49:30 PM »

This doesn't really fit with the usual Phobos stuff, but I always wanted to do a track with some female voice in it. So it is still ambient, but not as dark and its short!!!
Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Last post by LNerell on August 08, 2016, 10:57:43 AM »

Well, a 2600 or a Putney are (semi-)modular in nature

The VCS3 or Synthi are fullly modular in nature, they don't make any sounds unless you make connections with the pins on the matrixboard.

It's a great educational toy. So is the EMS.

They are hardly toys, I would say they are great synths, maybe a bit more limited then a full modular synth.
Independent Music Reviews / My review of "Chakra Noir" CD by Al Gromer Khan
« Last post by richardgurtler on August 08, 2016, 09:18:22 AM »

Al Gromer Khan "Chakra Noir" CD

"Chakra Noir", the newest album by iconic German instrumentalist, sitarist and composer Al Gromer Khan is out since April 2016 on his Rasa Music label. Again packaged in rather simple, but elegant 4-panel digipak. After deep sonic meditations on "Day Of The Beloved", released at the beginning of 2016, the Maestro shifts his filigree soundsculpting into mesmerizingly illuminating and exceptionally textured transcultural sonic paradise. Enter these nectarous realms now!!!

5-minute "A Simple World With Flowers" reveals with ethereal chants of, I believe Al's wife Ute, supported by laid-back percussive downtempos, serpentine drones and sitar piquancy. A truly ear-tickling potpourri awaits here, which gorgeously interacts with its title. The next composition, "Degrees Of Tenderness", embodies placid, balmily enveloping jazzy influenced patterns with pellucid strings of sitar. Chirping subtleties along with intangible glimpses of bells paint contemplative images, then clandestinely metamorphosing into calmly evanescing monochromatic drone horizons. "Shedding Light" shifts into subtly enigmatic expanses, soothingly nuanced and guarded by elusive choirs, and reinforced by stringed poetic lyricism. The title track, "Chakra Noir", clocks to 5 and a half minutes, actually most of the compositions are hanging around 5 minutes in length. Mysterious zones are permeated by Ute's voice fragments, glistening rumbles, sitar curlicues, titillating chimes and ephemeral choirs. Pristine, crystalline, minimal, yet richly scented. "A Summer Tale" delves into more drifting sceneries counterpointed with translucently tantalizing sitar. Celestial choir-like washes and leisure, jazz-driven tempos sneak in as well. "Adya Shakti", with 3 minutes the shortest piece on "Chakra Noir", immediately attracts with gorgeously poignant acoustic guitar, meticulously embraced by gossamery halcyon zones and pervaded by expressive sitar transiency. Encircling beauty!!! "Tan & Maroon" keeps on evocative path, melting variety of strings like acoustic guitar, sitar, cello or viola..., ranging from enchantingly warm to sinuously weeping, with hypnotically sculpted percussive beats, temporary bell diaphanousness and glancing piano solitudes. Another sonic splendor!!! "Im Nu" blends masterfully assortment of heavenly choirs and voice fragments with intricately helixing undulations and mellowly insistent melodic patterns. Exquisitely ambrosial composition!!! "The Train And The Crow" returns to flamboyantly colored terrains, where thrillingly crafted and distinctively fragranced instrumentation, perfectly evoking an adventurous railway journey, cleverly melts with western-influenced ambient soundscaping. An utterly gorgeous piece, where South Asian perfumes spectacularly bridge with the Wild West magic of abandoned ghost towns. Wow, this was a truly unexpected sonic exploration!!! "Rose Of All My Days", as displayed by its title, remains in calmer, poetic territories, where occasional spicy sitar tapestries coalesce with captivatingly immersing laid-backness and airy cinematic blankets. Eloquent violin announces "The King's Companion", gentle strings emerge as well along with piano glimpses. Scenic passages inconspicuously awake too and commingle with beautifully tearful bowed strings, sensuous sitar embellishments and rattling traceries. Transmuting, cascading, meandering, drifting... "Into Blue", with 6:38 the longest piece on the album, closes this strikingly magnificent ride with euphorically colored texture, which moves surreptitiously through different twists and nuances, always fascinatingly perfumed with sitar, tabla or harmonica passages, and sporadic whispers, no matter if exotic or again with strikingly distinguishing infusion of the Southwestern heat haze. A virtuoso conclusion!!!

61-minute "Chakra Noir" is utterly extraordinary recording by Al Gromer Khan, showcasing on one side his traditional insignias with long lasting perfumes, but this time stirringly amalgamated with strikingly unique and blazingly imaginative arrangements shifting this album into a brand new level, where electro-acoustic brilliance melts with awe-inspiring invention. I believe this is another huge achievement in Al Gromer Khan's stellar musical career that spans five decades. A truly special listening adventure awaits when exploring "Chakra Noir", don't miss it!!!

Richard Gürtler (Aug 07, 2016, Bratislava, Slovakia)
Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Phobos - An October Evening
« Last post by phobos on August 08, 2016, 04:19:46 AM »
The disc set is now sold out. Download still available of course.
A very big thank you to everyone on here who has bought the album and particularly the physical discs. I am very grateful to all of you for your support.
Best Regards
Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Last post by doombient on August 08, 2016, 02:31:24 AM »
So here is a successful musician with lots of modular toys......Oxygen was the first electronic music I had heard, guess I was about 12 years old when it came out.  Still love to this day!

Well, a 2600 or a Putney are (semi-)modular in nature but due to their size and the limited selection of modules closer to hard-wired synthesisers like an Odyssey or Mini Moog. Patching is a nice bonus but not the main purpose of a 2600.

It's a great educational toy. So is the EMS.

Hi everyone,

First of all thank you for welcoming me on this forum. I introduce myself, my name is Malo (ZANN) from Paris.
I released 3 new tracks , Farö I-II-III tribute to Ingmar Bergman.
I give you the link to my bandcamp :

Hope you'll enjoy it

Thank you and see you !

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Home Music Server
« Last post by Ekstasis on August 07, 2016, 09:27:19 AM » is the best software to make your local archive as your own local spotify.

works across devices.
Everything and Nothing / Re: Nobody Cares about your Photography!
« Last post by stargazer on August 07, 2016, 09:15:51 AM »
I also do not think that there actual is a difference between the authentic and the creative. Art and artifice belong to the natural, to nature, as commercial and underground are relative to each other and arise out of each other. I think that there are the things, that are, that should one lift out and appreciate. This is the ground of the importance and art in general in my eyes. Creating for others is not necessarily of other quality. It's maybe almost as if you entering into a connection. Creating something that others do not like is not necessarily of other quality. Perhaps it is only ahead of its time. Of course there is also much waste and a lot of over-attention and a lot of inauthenticity in today's world.
Everything and Nothing / Re: Nobody Cares about your Photography!
« Last post by Julio Di Benedetto on August 07, 2016, 06:17:17 AM »

But, outside of commerce, the goal should never be to create art that others will care about. It should always be about creating art that you care about. And one of the joys in life is finding those connections--meeting people who resonate with your art--whether it is visual, aural, or writing--in the way that you do. But that is a bonus; it isn't the endgame.

I agree, Chris.  I would go a step further, and say that, at least for me, the more I am immersed in the process of creation, and less preoccupied with how it will sound to others, the more likely I am to create something that is more pure and to my liking.  I think the narrator's view is a little too binary; he seems to suggest that you either cater to someone else's tastes or you try to create something "meaningful."  I think there is a whole other middle ground--a process of trial and error that requires both an interest in the creative process itself and a baseline of technical knowledge that will help control or facilitate the conditions under which you create your music.  That is the part of the process of creating music that I enjoy the most.  Considering what is most "meaningful" for me comes much later during the editing process and in deciding which pieces should not only be finished but also be included in a release I would make publicly available.


Very well put Forrest and I do agree with you and Chris yet I didn't get that he was suggesting to create works so that people would care about them, which of course is what makes a discussion like this interesting......peoples interpretations vary.

What I come away with most from the video is the challenge.  He is calling anyone who listens to task.  Dont give up.  Push forward.  Fail, then fail again and discover what being true to yourself means and dont listen to "Nobody" 

Personally, its has always been about the journey and not the destination.

As Garrison Keillor says at the end of each Writers Almanac on National Public Radio......"Be Well, do good work and stay in touch"   Perhaps this is all that we can do.

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