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Everything and Nothing / Re: itunes or no itunes
« on: October 16, 2017, 12:13:58 PM »
I decided years ago to let it go on all digital platforms - whether for sale or streaming.  Which is a good thing because sales dropped to nothing streaming is the only source generating any pennies.

Bandcamp still the best deal for an artist selling music.   But you have to drive people to you on there. 

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Fretless Bass (for ambient)
« on: June 20, 2016, 07:58:40 AM »
The red one is my fretless.  Love that thing though I do not play it well. 

left to right:  fender jaguar hh guitar, g&l l1000 bass, fender fretless jazz bass, gibson grabber, 1960 gretsch corvette (I permanently loaned that to my nephew.)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Fretless Bass (for ambient)
« on: June 19, 2016, 03:38:22 PM »
Nice looking bass, Pete! 

I have a japanese circa 2000 fretless jazz bass.  Someday it'll find it's way into a tune or two.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Software Modular
« on: June 16, 2016, 06:43:22 AM »
I just ran across an article on Softube Modular...  oddly (to me at least since I prefer hardware) - seems kind of interesting how they are recreating specific modules.

"Created in close collaboration with Doepfer, Softube Modular gives you both the sound, flexibility and expandability of a true analog modular synthesizer. But Softube Modular is more than just another virtual synthesizer plug-in—it's an entirely new modular synth standard."

"Basic system contains six Doepfer modules (A-110-1 VCO, A-108 VCF, A-132-3 Dual VCA, A-140 ADSR, A-118 Noise/Random, A-147 VCLFO)

Basic system also contains over 20 Utility modules (such as MIDI to CV/gate, mixers, slew, sample & hold, switches, multiples, delay, offset, sequencers, clock dividers, logic and signal tools, as well as a Polyphonic MIDI to CV/gate module).

Additional authorized emulations from Intellijel is available as add-ons (uFold II, Korgasmatron II, Rubicon). Many more modules from other quality hardware Eurorack vendors to be released"

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: June 15, 2016, 08:13:18 AM »
I get a little excited every time I look in this thread.   :o

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: June 08, 2016, 09:52:13 AM »
I was reading this at a fast clip a couple months back and then took a break from reading.  Awesome.  I love all the period drama chinese movies set in the Three Kingdoms era - thought I should read a translation of the book.  Only the abridged version was available for my Nook - so... stuck with abridged...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Any opinions on TANGE ?
« on: June 08, 2016, 07:56:32 AM »
He stopped doing the Stillstream show quite some time ago.  He was doing it from like midnight to 3 am (I'm sure I'm off an hour or two) - and that HAS to be hard to keep doing week in week out. 

Everyone needs a break now and then.

He's one of the nicest people... my wife loved how he said her name - so whenever we were listening he'd be sure to do a shoutout to Heidi.  :-)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: recording for beginners
« on: June 04, 2016, 06:38:53 AM »
There are a lot of recording software apps out there...  tinker with something with a free trial - or try Reaper maybe.  Everyone kind of finds the DAW that works best for them over time.  I run Logic 8 on an iMac - I'm still tempted to try Studio One from Presonus.  Some love Ableton, some love Reason, or ...

box is amazing...  he's kind of a wonder that saul.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: New Release - Common Ground
« on: February 17, 2016, 02:31:29 PM »
Good luck with this one, guys!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: February 17, 2016, 02:30:13 PM »
I go away for a few weeks... and THIS HAPPENS!


The bad thing with me is I listen to stuff all the time and rarely note if it's new or years old.  ;-)  in the "new to me" department: 

I discovered Porya Hatami this year and have been enjoying his work. 

Discovered mininal techno from Donnacha Costella.

finally really listened to Pillowdriver - really good stuff.

Also discovered Martin Nonstatic. 

A couple of friends started Ascendant - they seem destined for great things.  (Don Tyler / Phase 47 and Chris / S1gns of L1fe)

Dove deeper into Martin Voigt / Gas.   More Yagya, Deepchord, Ishq.

Labels Silent Season and Dewtone continue to be consistently good.  Ultimae always a favorite.

Rhian Shiahan had one heck of an album.


We had a hell of a year at Relaxed Machinery releasing many new to us or totally new on the scene artists.   Really proud of what we released this year.

Everything and Nothing / Why I still love Ello
« on: December 22, 2015, 09:50:28 AM »
It's been almost a year and a half since I joined Ello.  I've lived through the early beta - the growing pains.  I never stopped loving it.   

For a long while I tried to encourage people to join with me - but I stopped asking, because most people don't like it. 

However, if you want to read about why I love it - the founder posted an end of year look back - and looking forward for Ello that's worth a skim.  This network is built for creators - and we're all creators here.  You might like it - you might hate it. 


The First Year: Looking Back (and Forward) with Ello

This past week I gave a few interviews to online news organizations.

One of the journalists scoffed when I told him that Ello is built on principles we believe in, and that in 2015 we did everything we could to grow slowly. Rather than sell out and make another giant network the world doesn’t need, we decided to take our time to build the beautiful and inspiring place we have today.

I felt sad for the guy. It's awful going through life never believing in anything.

So in the spirit of the New Year, and because it was clear that this journalist wasn’t going to believe anything I told him anyway, I figured I'd publish a short list of things Ello will never do:

1. Diverge from our mission to empower and support creators to inspire one another, and move the world forward.

2. Tolerate hate. Ello has many tools, some visible and others not, that help keep this network positive.

3. Sell ads or user data to third parties.

4. Sell out.

5. Suck.

A little more than year ago Ello blew up in the media. All at once, it seemed like everyone in the world wanted to join our fledgling network. By October I had 200 name-brand VC firms in my inbox begging to invest in this company. The catch was, we had to change course and live up to the hype of “Facebook-killer” instead of building the inspiring network we’d already begun.

Ello's seven founders got together and unanimously said, "fuck that". We share a collective history of pursuing things we believe in. For me personally, a successful career is defined by having the freedom to choose what I do (and don’t do).

I choose not to do things that suck.

Instead, we committed to stay the course, and to create the network we ourselves want to use. We took on friends as investors, who unconditionally agreed to support our mission, and let us to keep complete control of our company. The Ello we are enjoying today — safe, inspiring, and remarkably positive — is a direct result of that choice we made a year ago.

Ello’s first users were artists, designers, photographers, animators, and videographers. We now have storytellers, adventurers, DJ’s, chefs, creative coders, curators, minimalist poets, cartoonists, ski inventors, futurists, activists, car lovers, fly-fishermen, and mushroom hunters.

@arinewman from Techstars, a DJ and one of our committed investors, pointed out that Ello is the only visual network in the world that isn't filled with selfies. I'm not sure that's strictly true, but the selfies that are on Ello are usually amazing, too.

So, here’s Ello’s commitment to you in 2016:

Ello is not going to grow as quickly as possible. Last year we did everything we could to slow growth, and to allow time for Ello to grow the right way. We’re keeping that course.

Ello will grow in other ways — in quality, in positivity, through community, and in new features and updates designed to support a visual network filled with love, light, and unbridled creativity.

2015 was the very beginning. Lots more amazing things to come in 2016.

Thank you for helping create this wonderful place!



PS: If you're new here, or just want an Ello refresher, please check out The Ello Manifesto, The Ello Bill of Rights, and the Ello WTF section. Ello's PBC Charter outlines legal commitments we've made that govern this network's growth. You can also read hundreds of posts by Ello's founders, or talk on Ello to many long-term members of our community.

PPS: Yes, the Android App is coming in 2016. We built the Ello iOS App first to make sure we got it right. Now that we have 5-star reviews in the App Store (thanks everyone!) we'll bring Android out next year.

wow - Loren - that was wonderful information.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: December 01, 2015, 01:18:29 PM »
I've gotten bitten by the reading bug again (finally).

* The Sign of Four - Arthur Conan Doyle
  ... my mini review:

* King Solomon's Mines - H. Rider Haggard
  ... my mini review:

I finished the 2nd Edgar Rice Borroughs Mars book and am half way through the 3rd. Mini reviews later but... in a nutshell.

Book 1 - Excellent fun. Had me wanting to keep reading all the way through.
Book 2 - also Excellent. Exploring parts of Mars hinted at in Book 1.
Book 3 - ...and... ok this is getting old. Unless the back half saves the book - this one was phoned in. (or telegraphed more likely).

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl is really back
« on: November 30, 2015, 12:13:59 PM »
I love that people love vinyl and cassettes.

What I don't love - is commercially, at least - it's all reissues and remasters and special collector editions.   Just glance through that picture - most are 60's to 90's.   

there are lots of little ambient cassette labels - and some new vinyl coming out...

but lots of it is the reissues - which... is sad.  Let's all rebuy our collections again for the 3rd, 4th or 5th time.  :(

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Best DAW for Ambient Music 2015
« on: November 30, 2015, 11:58:51 AM »
wow - I didn't realize until Loren just pointed it out... Logic Pro X is only $199 now.   Logic 8 was like $600 when I bought it.  I'm still using 8.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Best DAW for Ambient Music 2015
« on: November 30, 2015, 11:57:13 AM »
Since he was thinking about Logic - using Garageband seemed a very logical stepping stone.

a logical stepping stone.


get it?  get it?   :o

I'll keep my day job. 

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Best DAW for Ambient Music 2015
« on: November 30, 2015, 08:12:30 AM »

Exactly Ekstasis - that was my point. Start small... and Mr. Rocket has already said he's leaning towards Mac which makes Garageband a perfect start.   

I'm fairly positive it comes with an array of synths and effects to get started with.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steaming services
« on: November 30, 2015, 08:09:22 AM »
Apple was banking on it's millions of users trying their service out because everyone is already connected to their service via itunes, ipads, apple tv's, etc... and... good for them.  Because it worked.   I love apple - and if I listened to more music from home I might consider their music service... but I don't.  We have XM in our cars - and I listen to my ipod or stream at work.  (my boss prefers I not stream... :-) 

Spotify - I personally refuse to sign up due to how badly they pay artists. I find the Venture Capital people continuing to support them losing money a bit disheartening.  Has Pandora made a profit yet?   I don't think so - but I'd have to look it up.

I tried Pandora years ago and didn't like it because you pick a song and then it plays songs it "thinks" are like that song. Hopefully the program has improved a lot.

I love streaming from Bandcamp.   Youtube has a ton on their music service in the US.  You can pay like $10 a month to remove the ads. 

I was loving Mixcloud with all it's great mixes - quite a few awesome ambient ones... but all of a sudden it started having streaming problems for me at work - so ... I've abandoned it for now.

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