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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Moog Factory Tour.
« Last post by Julio Di Benedetto on June 13, 2017, 02:01:30 PM »
Went to Asheville, North Carolina in May for some mountains & trees but did not know that Bob Moog had setup shop in Asheville. I have owned my Minimoog Voyager synthesizer for a year or so. The tour was the the highlight of the trip. The tour is free and lasts about an hour.

The Moog factory is right in downtown Asheville which struck my as similar to Greenwich Village, NYC in appearance and vibe.






The Moog Mother 32 (Eurorack) Synthesizer assembly line.....The "Mother" boards arrive already soldered so completing a Mother takes about an hour and a half.

The gentleman in blue is the tour guide who was full of interesting stories such as how the original Minimoog Model D was so powerful and deep that it was capable of inducing labor which is what happened when Geddy Lee's wife was very pregnant and happened to be at a Rush concert sound check when Mr Lee fired off his minimoog. Ambulance was called and their first child was born shortly after......Great story!








The Moog Sub 37 assembly line.....apparently their best sell synth.





The Minimoog Model D assembly line.....The lady at the back installs all the electronics, the man sitting works on just the mod wheel and pitch bend, apparently it is quiet involved to get right and the standing fellow finishes the synth. This is obviously the recreation of the original Model D and is the only minimoog in production as the Moog Voyage is not made anymore.

The Model D is made with about 95% sourced US materials....the birch wood comes from Tennessee, a good deal of the electronics are made locally in Asheville. Bob Moog established an electronics engineering course at a local Asheville college that a large amount of Moog employees have come through.







Minimoog burn in bench......All Minis are turned on for 24 hours and tested to be properly functioning.




The Moog Modular Synthesizer production line.....creation of these are slow. These two guys install and connect all the modules into their cases. The modules are built in another building. One modular was having a spring reverb installed as we came through and what appeared to be an small ordinary guitar amp was turned up......have to say I have never heard anything like it. It was not that the sound was loud it was that the sound penetrated everything and filled the factory with a sonic presence beyond description.







This building is where the Moog Modular Modules are made and custom work. It also houses the Moog Sound Lab Studios......graphic on the window is Keith Emerson's Modular.






Just outside the Sound Lab and the Lab itself. This was the end of the tour and where we could ask questions......I had many like was Moog going to make Eurorack versions of their big Modular but only asked one. "What was the chance of Moog making a polyphonic instrument like the Memorymoog?"
the answer....."There is always a chance."

We did not get to see the R&D departments where sixteen engineers work on the future of Moog instruments.......top secret.







On my way out I saw this little...shrine I guess.......can you recognized the people in the photographs?






It was an emotion experience and just such a cool place......there were many good pictures to be had but I would have missed much.  Their current philosophy seems to be taking the best of Moogs past and bring it into the present.....
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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Dark Cinematic Music Video - Iscuritat
« Last post by mebitek on June 13, 2017, 07:06:19 AM »
Hi this is my new video track



Track extracted from the album "Art Has No Diplomacy"

"The Unconscious is locked into a picture,, white or dark, she sees and loops crossing the  oceans of time to find you"

Dark Electronic Music Video of the track "Iscuritat" wrritten and directed by mebitek & Serena Pilloni.

https://mebitek.bandcamp.com/album/art-has-no-diplomacy

co-produced with nootempo.net Sardinia

Art Has No Diplomacy is a deep album full of cinematic atmospheres with dark sound environment that explores the unconscious and bring the listener in an introspective journey. Mebitek‘s music is a mix of visual dark and refined suggestions, acid beats travelling through orchestral soundscapes. An experimental and innovative musical approach that contains a social message pointing the light on anguish and human loneliness. An amazing work realized in Sardinia, showing once again a powerful artistic collaboration that goes beyond the sea creating connections between different artists , our island has produced independent high quality music and artistic projects.

The new album, officially released on 9th March, 2017, is available on CD in a special limited edition and in the most common digital stores.

feedbacks are welcome
best regards from Sardinia
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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« Last post by Julio Di Benedetto on June 13, 2017, 04:55:42 AM »


Came across these Sennheiser HD700....did not know they existed......at about half the cost of its big brother the HD800 puts these cans and type of sonic quality within reach of many more people.

Review from Headphone.com below.

The Sennheiser HD700 is an audiophile dynamic headphone with acoustic performance and price perfectly perched between the HD800 and HD650 model. Although not quite as expansively detailed, listeners familiar with the flagship HD800 can expect richer bass response and a fuller low-end presentation in the HD700 with very solid bedrock textures. It's definitely a less stringent sound and one which may appeal to listeners who enjoy the HD650's smooth tone but seek better midrange focus and upper treble extension. Detachable HD700 cable employs mono 'mini' 3.5mm Y-plugs into each earcup. Sorry, Sennheiser HD700 can only ship within USA due to manufacturer restrictions.

What We Think:
HeadRoom had an early opportunity to spend ear time with the Sennheiser HD700 headphones at CES in Vegas back in January 2012 and later when one of our favorite Senn big-wigs dropped by our Montana shop with them secretly in tow for our store. After enjoying extended quality listening time, our impression is the Sennheiser R&D team may have struck yet again with one of the most musically dynamic and lively headphones we've heard from their high-end audiophile arsenal. Delivering an audibly more textural, rollicking low-bass presence versus its big brother, the claimed 'King Of Headphones' HD800, the somewhat similarly-sized HD700 offers welcome 'corrections' for those listeners turned off by the relentless analytical precision of the HD800's lightning transient accuracy. Significantly easier to power (150 Ohms vs. the HD800 rating @ 300 Ohms) and sporting a new ventilated magnet system said to improve signal response time and 'airy' timbral transparency, the HD700 indeed sound like a mid-way approximation between the classically smooth, warm-toned Sennheiser HD650 approach and the highly critical, uber-revealing resolution delivered by the reference HD800 presentation. We hear it as almost a 'light-years better' improvement on the heavily lauded [now-discontinued] HD595 presentation with the same lively sense of acoustic immediacy. So expect a slightly more forgiving overall sound but without completely trading away the engaging presence of its pricier brethren. We don't think the HD700 has the same soundstage openness or massive dynamics but those who may have thought the HD800 perhaps too lean in bottom-end bass punch will be appreciative of the HD700's effortless vigor into the lower bass and low-midrange frequencies.

The Sennheiser HD700 are full-size, open-back circumaural ('around the ear') headphones with zero isolation or noise-blocking ability, so they're not well-geared for mobile or portable use in situations where others will hear your cans 'leaking out' your beauteous music to the world. The ergonomic fit proved equally as comfortable for all our testers as the excellent HD800 design, if perhaps even a bit lighter-feeling on the head. The HD700 headphone cord is a unique, owner-detachable 'Y-cord' design featuring monophonic male mini [3.5mm] plugs into each left / right earcup. Free premium 2-year Sennheiser manufacturer's warranty with your HeadRoom authorized dealer purchase receipt!/i]
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dreamSTATE vs. Heiki "Stone Shore" CDr

More than 4 years have passed since the phenomenal collaboration "The North Shore" between renowned Canadian dronescapers dreamSTATE and their fellow Toronto based electronic veteran Heiki Sillaste, who is also the driving force behind Paper+Sound label. dreamSTATE's Scott M2 and Jamie Todd as well as Heiki Sillaste are the core members behind The Ambient Ping, a Toronto based creative community of audio artists, performers, musicians and visual artists, who will celebrate this summer already their 18th Anniversary. Of course I always keep an eye and ear on their activities and I was eagerly awaiting the follow-up to "The North Shore". Actually, as far I remember, the next chapter was tentatively entitled "The South Shore", however, it ended up as "Stone Shore" CDr EP format packaged in a standard jewel case with 2-page front insert ("Stone Shore" is available also on cassette). Released at the end of April 2017, at the very first point, when revealing "Stone Shore" I was quite disappointed as the track list consisted of 3 pieces only with running time around 22 minutes. But after inserting the CDr into my player, I was a bit confused as the index showed 5 tracks with total run time over 43 minutes. It obviously reached its pinnacle when the track number 4 followed with one minute of silence. Fortunately, the 5th track was a real one and as later informed by Heiki, it was a kind of hidden gift for all those who buy a physical edition of "Stone Shore". Thus the EP album, which was recorded live at Christ's Church Cathedral, Hamilton, Canada on May 10th, 2013, is now extended to a rather satisfactory length. But nice trick, guys!

8-plus minutes long "Strange Harbour" is announced by a soothing shoreline field recordings, which are soon joined by subterranean choir-infused drone cascades, calmly buzzing, at times nearly didge-like groaning dissonances, introspectively engrossing blankets, invading cinematic vistas and glimpsing cyber-tech gossamers. The track glides consistently through stunningly awe-inspiring crepuscular seacost sceneries, masterfully exhibiting picturesque vast realms of Georgian Bay. "Laurentide" clocks to nearly 6 minutes and it straightly dives into enigmatically weeping panoramic expanses bringing back the memories of freezing rugged solitaries of "The North Shore". But this time it glides even further and immerses the listener into a kind of sonic timelapse exquisitely evoking the glacial period, when the Laurentide Ice Sheet covered most of Canada with a massive sheet of ice. Tenebrously undulating epic dronscapes are carefully bridged with ambiguously rumbling undercurrents. Breathtakingly sonorous! 7-minute "Stoney Beach" returns into gorgeously scenic quietudes guided by the stoney shoreline, where infinitely mesmerizing nocturnal symphonies persistently commingle with embracing tranquilities of drifting panoramic stratums, subtly crescendoing patterns, intangibly lyrical pillows and perpetually ascending rattling meridians. Soothingly rewarding journey! Then transmuting through the silence into the veiled closing, 21 minutes long opus named "Secret Shore", a composition driven by intensified drone helixes, intriguingly reinforced by a gamut of warmly panoptic glimmers, mindscaping disruptive vertexes, intricate hypogean gleams and cyber-biotic elixirs. As much engrossing as disturbing aural climax to close this strikingly venturous dronebalm, bravo, gentlemen!!!

Sure, I will always missing the longer story of "The North Shore" as well as its glass mastered format packaged in an attractive 4-panel digipak with additional signed art cards, however, "Stone Shore" is another powerful drone tour de force focusing on the magic of coastal sceneries of The Great Lakes and Georgian Bay, a truly ethereal environment serving the deepest inspiration for Scott M2, Jamie Todd and Heiki Sillaste. Explore "Stone Shore" now!!! And in case you are not familiar yet with "The North Shore", grab a copy of this one too!!! As mentioned by Heiki, two follow-up collaborative albums are in the works, so I will definitely stay tuned! And when focusing on the most recent solo releases, dreamSTATE has a new "DRoNE DAY" CDr out since May 22nd, 2017, on their own e-SPACE Editions. The album was recorded live on the first National Drone Day on May 10th, 2014 at Array Space in Toronto. Since then, Drone Day became a celebration of drone, experimental, and ambient music, and is celebrated annually in May. Regarding Heiki Sillaste's latest projects, he has compiled the latest "Quiet Drones 8" compilation, featuring 7 various projects from Canada, marking the 50th release for Paper+Sound label.

Richard Gürtler (Jun 11, 2017, Bratislava, Slovakia)
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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / New - Robert DAVIES :: Estuary
« Last post by APK on June 11, 2017, 12:06:03 PM »
The new Robert Davies release ::



Robert Davies: Estuary
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Estuary ::
A special meeting place where the land greets and refreshes the sea,
creating a unique environment for an abundance of specialized flora and fauna
... and endless wonders for the eye and ear.

Four beautiful 15 minute minimal ambient pieces that flow
like gentle water across the sedges and rocks at the tide's edge.
Immersive, subtle, relaxing, and as captivating as nature herself.

Fans of Robert's work will be entranced and delighted by this
new musical excursion.

Download version available on Bandcamp ---->  Estuary
It's the place to listen to the album.

CD version available at www.Dataobscura.com: here

A very mature work of pastoral ambient.
Its certainly one of his best.

Enjoy !

APK
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Other Ambient (and related) Music / At Sea
« Last post by diatonis on June 10, 2017, 05:04:33 PM »
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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« Last post by Seren on June 10, 2017, 03:33:34 PM »
New release on Bandcamp



Inspired by the following BBC image - particularly at 20,000,000,000 years in the future....

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140105-timeline-of-the-far-future

(I did try to attach the image but too wide....)
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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / New - NUNC STANS :: Secret Passages
« Last post by APK on June 10, 2017, 10:54:16 AM »
My latest Nunc Stans release ::



Nunc Stans: Secret Passages
...........................................................................

More deep ambient journeys from Nunc Stans.

Suspend time, and drift away .... who knows where
you will end up .......


Drone based, expansive, detailed, musical, and always in flux.

Composed and performed
by Anthony Paul Kerby.

Download version available on Bandcamp ---->  Secret Passages
It's the place to listen to the album.

CD version available at www.Dataobscura.com: here

Please do have a listen.

Enjoy !

APK
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Independent Music Reviews / My review of "Be Left To Oneself" CD by Keosz
« Last post by richardgurtler on June 08, 2017, 08:25:17 AM »


Keosz "Be Left To Oneself" CD

Keosz is for me one of the biggest discoveries during the last few years and certainly the most unexpected. Erik Osvald, the sole protagonist behind Keosz, comes from my homecountry Slovakia (the town of Dubnica nad Váhom) and he has released his debut CD "Be Left To Oneself" on renowned Cryo Chamber label more than one year ago, but he was quite safely escaping my radar for many months to come. Shame on me for this!!! Fortunately, I am very thankful to Emil/Strom Noir for his hint on this talented dronecarver. Yeah, along with Strom Noir, this is another acclaimed soundsculptor coming from a country where drone ambient scene is basically non-existent, so it's always a truly exiting moment when I can focus on a recording made by a Slovak soundscaper. Based on two previous digital albums "Sollicitus" and "Insecure", "Be Left To Oneself" is out since April 2016 in a 6-panel digipak with stunning artwork created by the artist himself.

Exceptionally immersing journey is ignited by the opening 6-minute title track "Be Left To Oneself", which straightly drifts into massively embracing and ambiguously colored drone landscapes, bridging tenebrously nuanced dense layers with constantly permeating epic vistas. A very strong beginning!!! "Occurred" keeps tightly on intense traces, it even culminates the droning scenario, where helixing deep bass meridians persistently commingle with intangibly rawer glimpses and awe-inspiring cinematic expanses. The gates to the Drone Eden are unlocked, enter now!!! "Forfeited", the longest track on the album covering nearly 7 minutes, shifts clandestinely into calmer, cyber-tech infused terrains, illuminated during the unfolding passage by solitary pulses, then slowly metamorphosing into powerfully immense stratums, where emerging panoptic undulations alternate with multi-dimensional monochromatic monoliths, all exquisitely guarded by mesmerizingly elusive industrial oscillations. Another aural bliss by Keosz awaits here! This guy rules!!! Bravo, Erik!!! "Forlorn", the shortest cut on the CD, moves back to grandiosely atmospheric poignancy, powered by gracefully weeping spirals and introspectively engrossing hums, while sacred choirs and contemplative tinkles are occasionally riding atop. "Traitor" reveals with spiraling intensity exquisitely amalgamated with fascinatingly crescendoing and profoundly longing, nearly orchestral hymnic horizons. An all-inclusive drone elixir is served here!!! "Insecure" dives deeply into abysmally pensive sceneries, where infinite hissy coils relentlessly coalesce with evanescent voice-like mirages and ear-tickling high-pitched glimmers. Wow, this must be Keosz at his most transcendental!!! Lowest end drones safely navigate "Clearance" through breathtakingly climaxing and thrillingly enigmatic plateaus, while "Low Down" glides through unfathomably infused oracular realms, propelled by breathing machineries wrapped by steam and reinforced by remote chants (bringing back my DCD memories...). The closing track, "Before The End", is carried by balmy rain and organic sounds, which are carefully bridged with serene cascades of rawer quietudes and ambrosial evocativeness. A tranquilly dissonant conclusion!

Man, I am so proud of the talent of Erik Osvald, who is not only an extremely gifted dronescaper and visual artist, but he has a very good eye as a photographer too. And keep in mind, this is not the last sound magic by Keosz!!! Since April 19th, 2017, his second album for Cryo Chamber entitled "Ava" is out and it even shifts Keosz into another, artistically magnificent level, which deserves to be immediately explored and praised!!! And when focusing on Erik's soundsculpting wizardry, certainly don't miss also his other sonic endeavors, more beat-driven, available in digital formats through his own Bandcamp page. In any case, 49 minutes long "Be Left To Oneself" is a really outstanding debut album by Keosz, hats off to you, Erik, keep on droning and keep on unfolding your multi-talent!!! No mistakes allowed on my side this time, so I will always keep a focused ear to the ground!!! And by the way, this guy doesn't even know many of my ambient heroes as his main influences rather come from the videogame soundtracks sector, so the more I am delighted by his inherent sonic visions!!! And last but not least, kudos to Simon Heath of Cryo Chamber, who gets the mastering credit, for exploring Erik's dronescaping potential!!!

Richard Gürtler (Jun 07, 2017, Bratislava, Slovakia)
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