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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Antelope Audio Zen
« Last post by Crossing_The_Threshold on April 06, 2014, 07:36:02 AM »
Hi Scott,

Can you describe a bit your workflow? Do you record plenty of outboard synths/instuments?


Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
« Last post by chris23 on April 06, 2014, 07:24:36 AM »
Someone turned me on to Monument Valley yesterday. It was a blast. It is an iOS iPhone/iPad kind of game; I don't think it is meant for a desktop, but I could be wrong.

The graphics are beautiful and there is a quasi-ambient soundtrack that accompanies the 10 levels.

It is a puzzle game in which you have to navigate your character from one end of the "maze" to the other. What makes it unique, however, is that it embodies Escher-like principles in which two paths might be broken from one angle, but, if you rotate the display, you might be able to find an angle that enables those paths to connect. Many of the puzzles require thinking in 4 dimensions, which is a fun exercise.

Anyhow, if you're in the US and you're looking for something interesting to do during commercials of the NCAA tournament, this is your answer. ;-)
Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by chris23 on April 06, 2014, 06:59:37 AM »
Thanks for the head's up on Sea Change, Joe. That absolutely belongs in my Wish List--along with Anthony's new one. (I just wish the Wish List wasn't growing so fast!)

Recently playing:
Ashlar - St. James' Gardens
A neat collaboration between Wil Bolton and Phil Edwards. It is mostly guitar and various electronics being looped and processed over urban field recordings. It seems kind of meh on a first pass, but it quickly grew on me. It is easy to get lost in these soundscapes; supreme mind-wandering music.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by Joe R on April 06, 2014, 06:04:32 AM »
This morning:

I revisited Specta Ciera & The Circular Ruins- Middle Distance- Yup, this one is destined to become one of Anthony's great albums.
Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: What is Youtube to you?
« Last post by Altus on April 06, 2014, 05:24:10 AM »
Unless I'm mistaken the Youtube tagging thing has changed, I can't see any tagging options recently (?)
Tags entered by the video creator are invisible to the end-user, but are used when searching and YT displaying related video suggestions.
Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by Joe R on April 05, 2014, 05:34:58 PM »
I had a feeling that you might like it, Anthony. I bet Joe R. will too; it has a Porya Hatami quality to it.

Chris- you and Anthony are both right! Excellent album, I downloaded it at Bandcamp after I read your post this morning. I also downloaded Sea Change, a previous album by Ginns. More of the same- wonderful stuff!

Please keep up your musical explorations, Chris. You're discovering some real beauties :)

I'm also getting into Anthony's collab, Middle Distance. The first and ninth track are incredible, and probably the most accessible tracks on it. Tesla, (the ninth track) is especially tense and eerie, a really captivating piece. The rest of the album is falling into place for me, and although it was disorienting at the first listen, I think I'm really gonna love this one. It was a matter of becoming familiar with the uncharted musical terrain that I was treading through- it has a very unusual, unpredictable quality that's rapidly sounding like a strength to me --the music morphs continuously, but seamlessly. Quite magical really, a trip into a cryptic fairy world...  I don't even know why "fairy world" comes to mind, but somehow that's what it reminds me of.
Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Laptop Cooling Pads
« Last post by Scott M2 on April 05, 2014, 12:52:38 PM »
Jamie and I (dreamSTATE) use PC laptops and have been employing simple rubber spacers (about 3/4") which we slip under the back corners to allow more airflow and it works quite well.

Some artists performing with MACs at THE AMBiENT PiNG have had crashes from the extra heat of stage lights and such. Bases with fans like you have seem to help with that problem, so from my observations, this will be a help.
Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Antelope Audio Zen
« Last post by Scott M2 on April 05, 2014, 11:36:19 AM »
I haven't done any serious comparisons but I thought I'd drop in and note that I've been using an RME Fireface UCX for the last couple of years and I've been very happy with the sound quality and the way it locks up reliably with outside clocks or serves as master. Jamie & I always have our systems linked together in dreamSTATE concerts and now we can send high quality audio back and forth through ADAT lightpipes as well as our MIDI links. We also appreciate the compact size to fit our live systems. (I did immediately hear an audio improvement from our previous PreSonus units.)
Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by thirdsystem on April 05, 2014, 11:31:09 AM »
Tangerine Dream - Wavelength OST re-issue from La La Land. Brilliant music on this and nice sound quality. Extensive sleeve notes about the film and music.

New purchase Specta Ciera + The Circular Ruins - Middle Distance. Another lovely atmospheric album from DataObscura. Several plays already, love it.
Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: What is Youtube to you?
« Last post by Scott M2 on April 05, 2014, 11:02:14 AM »
I've found this thread interesting and stimulating. I think discussions and arguments between worthy participents are valuable but can easily end up with feathers ruffled and some cuts suffered when people swing too hard. Hopefully retreating from a thread or the forum for a week instead of leaving altogether is a viable strategy because we value our long distance friends here. Cheers!
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