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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: old equipment.
« on: November 08, 2021, 04:17:32 PM »
That's a major decision. Kudos to you for having the fortitude to make it and follow through with it.

We'll all be making music on our watches in 10 years. Might be good to sell off the equipment now while there is a market for it. :D

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 10, 2021, 07:25:26 AM »
Abrašo de Vapor - Nocturn I​-​V
Blissed out ambience, with the occasional 200 BPM jungle-like moments.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Jaja music now on Spotify
« on: October 02, 2021, 10:49:00 AM »
I can hear Jaja better on Spotify than on Bandcamp and CD. Are they using an algorithm that raises the volume of your tracks or compresses them in some fashion? Or did you remaster some material before uploading it to your digital distribution partner?

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: October 02, 2021, 10:47:30 AM »
Well, that's a bummer to hear. But, at the same time, it seems like a very mature way to handle what is undoubtedly a complex set of creative decisions.

I'm also finding that it is hard to create the kinds of atmospheres that I can create fairly easily in my normal software/DAW workflow. But, at least for now, I'm really enjoying the challenge. And there is so much to learn, which makes this endlessly entertaining.

I did hear the collaboration with APK. You two paired well in that album!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: September 25, 2021, 04:04:33 PM »
Haha, thanks for the input and suggestions, all. Scott: I did end up getting an Arbhar. It is probably my favorite toy right now. And the mono-in doesn't trouble me too much given that it will bounce grains across the stereo field as output. Thus, it sounds rich and lush when all is said and done. I'm tempted to pick up the Nebulae too because I think "my style" is more along the lines of working with textures rather than bleeps and bloops. And, as you noted, the potential for elastic audio options in a rack is very tempting.

Julio, I messed around with VCV Rack for a long time before diving in and was able to figure out fairly well what I would need in order to create the kinds of atmospheres in which I was interested. But, of course, VCV Rack is an approximation to real systems, and there are some key modules (e.g., Arbhar) that don't exist in that space. So there is still a lot to discover, and many experiments in what fits and what doesn't lay ahead.

Having said that, my approach has been to go "all in" rather than to slowly build something over the course of months or years. I don't mind a bit of trial and error, especially since the resell market it excellent. I've already started selling things back that didn't quite work the way I had hoped. Most surprisingly, I ended up selling my MI Beads. It is a cool module, but I wasn't connecting with the sounds I was getting from it. I don't have Clouds either.

My goal is ultimately to settle upon a system that is well-suited to generative, drifting ambient. I want it to be self-contained so I can take it on adventures and use it. Technically, I could take my laptop on adventures too, but there is something special and mysterious about modular that I had to finally stop resisting.

Julio, your post implies that you ended your eurorack journey. I might have missed that explanation in a previous thread. Do you mind sharing?

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: September 23, 2021, 07:55:12 AM »
Bumping this so I can find it more easily.

I started exploring the modular world in earnest about a month ago. I'll share some stuff when I'm ready, but, in the meantime, I want to be able to go back and re-read this thread on a regular basis.

If anyone has new input, ideas, acquisitions that they're excited about, please post. :D

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 21, 2021, 11:17:57 AM »
Love that record!

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Jaja music now on Spotify
« on: September 21, 2021, 11:13:50 AM »

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Contemporary and Vintage Laptops
« on: September 04, 2021, 08:35:55 PM »
Brings back memories.

I use a mechanical keyboard on my computer. It is a good compromise between the traditional and the modern.  8)

Everything and Nothing / Re: CD Distribution and Postal Costs
« on: September 04, 2021, 08:32:39 PM »
Brief update for anyone who is interested in this issue:

I decided to try 8Merch for my most recent release. The CDs were fantastic, and I suspect that whatever reservations I had about other discs they pressed (see above) were grounded in design choices made by the labels/artists rather than the manufacturer per se. The discs came out exactly as I expected (no color surprises or blemishes).

They're holding on to about 50 CDs and shipping them out of their warehouse in Poland. It costs approximately 9 USD to ship/warehouse them, which is about half the cost of shipping from the US to overseas. That cost includes VAT and registered mail. The discs are also packaged carefully, in a cardboard box that is inside a standard plastic mailer.  Once an order is placed on Bandcamp, I simply copy-and-paste the buyer's mailing address into an 8Merch webpage and the rest is taken care of. Nothing to pack. No custom forms to complete. No trip to the USPS office.

5/5. I will definitely use them again.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 01, 2021, 09:37:03 AM »

Thanks for the update. One of my favorite artists. I wonder if the Spotify account is legit or whether it is someone else uploading his work.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Innesti - In Letters
« on: August 22, 2021, 02:43:11 PM »
Thanks! The cover photo is by Katia Chausheva. She's one of my favorite modern photographers: She has a great eye for color and texture, has a creative way of bending light, and both her portraits and her stills have an ineffable sense of majesty, mystery, and grace. Amazing work; it feels classic and contemporary at the same time. I've licensed her photography for many of the Innesti releases and have incorporated it into the "look" of Innesti now.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Innesti - In Letters
« on: August 22, 2021, 06:35:59 AM »
I just released the next INNESTI album, "In Letters." It is available on CD and as digital on Bandcamp.   

"In Letters" contains ten ethereal, minimal ambient soundscapes created with field recordings, organic synthesis, a sense of longing, and the slow movements of shadows. Hope some of you will check it out--and enjoy it. I've pasted a few Bandcamp codes below for anyone who is interested.


Thanks, Jana! It has been a fun adventure for sure, and I'm glad that there is an audience for this kind of ambient music--something that sits at the edge between the kind of deep space ambience that I "grew up" with (e.g., Steve Roach, Vidna Obmana) and some of the modern hazy, loopy, melodic work that characterizes a lot contemporary ambient releases.

I've experimented with some hardware components, but keep returning or reselling the stuff. I feel most at home in a fully digital environment. It is mostly an artifact of being a programmer, not by trade, but as a hobby. I still have modular envy, however. I don't think that will ever go away.

Everything and Nothing / Re: ....genre of music - what's it about??
« on: July 12, 2021, 11:36:10 AM »
I'm not a big fan of jazz. I don't dislike it, but I've never really had it click with me. One of my friends from long ago, however, was an avid collector. His take on it was that jazz was a visceral experience; you have to play it or experience it live before you can begin to listen to and appreciate recordings.

I can appreciate his perspective. I really enjoy seeing live jazz. There is something about the fever of the stage, the way the musicians can implicitly communicate with one another, the disharmonies, etc.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: what are you listening on?
« on: July 12, 2021, 11:31:10 AM »
Oh my. That looks beautiful.

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