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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / [Tutorial] Creating Ambient Pads
« on: January 13, 2012, 01:05:12 PM »
As some people had requested I made a tutorial on how to create Ambient Pads in Reason. Maybe some people will have use for it.

Reason Tutorial #1 - Ambient Moving Pad

Computers, Internet and Technology / Grooveshark
« on: December 19, 2011, 09:22:45 AM »
I just realized that all my albums are available in full length on
After a few researches I realized that the content is mostly user-generated, so probably users uploaded it there. I'm pretty sure the label(s) didn't approve that.
What is your experience with that site? Can I or the labels request to delete the content?

Everything and Nothing / Field Recording Livestream
« on: December 15, 2011, 08:43:11 PM »
One of my dreams in the category "technically impossible at the moment" is the idea of having a network of microphones all around the world (in deserts, in the arctic, on a buoy in the middle of the ocean, and so on) which stream their input to the internet in high quality and you can access them all the time (wouldn't that be great?).
Of course this isn't feasible yet (power consumption, maintenance, network uplink, costs ...), but as a first step into that dream, I mounted a very cheap unused microphone outside one of my windows and stream it to my server using an unused laptop.
Maybe that's boring for most people, but I love to listen to it - even if the quality of that system is worse than bad:


Spatium Somniorum 24 is an upcoming experiment in Drone/Ambient/Dark Ambient.
Unlike the static mixes Spatium Somniorum I-IV, the fifth and last part will be something completely new.
The music will be dynamic and offered as livestream. It consists of 12 mix-pieces (each is exactly 1 hour long, more might be added later) that are intermixed automagically. That means the stream will continue forever and develop itself.
Start: December 24, 2011 (UTC+1)

In order to listen, you just have to "attend" the Facebook event or request the link here.

I will then send you a link when the stream starts. This link will go online automatically. You will be able to listen directly from the website or via stream from you phone, web-radio, etc. If you have any questions feel free to ask.

I won't post the link directly though (for legal reasons - don't want to get sued for this), hope you are ok with that.

I've recently released a Dub Techno 10" EP. Maybe somebody is interested in that kind of sound(?). If not just ignore this post...
Tobias Hornberger - Unknown(Original mix)

PS: If you'd like to buy the vinyl you'd better hurry up, it is almost sold out. You can get it here for example:

(sorry for not posting this earlier)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Max4Live (and some False Mirror Reason Patches)
« on: September 02, 2011, 04:21:35 AM »
Any m4l users here? I'm currently porting some of my old Max patches to m4l, here's the first one:

Noise Patterns
Noise Patterns was originally made as an example for a lecture. It is kind of a simplified version of its ancestor 'Windscape' (which will also be ported into m4l) and creates drones using additive synthesis with 64 voices.

Demo video:

PS: I'm currently also posting some of my Reason patches on my Facebook page, just like/follow it, I will post more. ->

Everything and Nothing / Nuclear Disaster in Japan
« on: March 14, 2011, 05:30:36 PM »
After the shocking images of the Tsunami I've been following the news very closely about updates on the Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant and it looks as if just now the absolute worst case scenario has come true:

The containment on reactor 2 has been breached and radiation is leaking in much higher amounts than before
The  personnel is getting evacuated except for 50 people (poor guys!!)
More than 8000 mSv (deadly) have been measured at the power plant
Wind is coming from the north and will disperse the radioactive material over Tokyo

I had been rather hopeful during the last days and had hoped it would be possible to handle the decay heat, but all my hope has been vanished minutes ago..  :(

Hell.. this absolutely reminds me of Chernobyl.  :(
I still was a little child in 1986, but I remember that I mustn't play outside and entire Germany was panicking.

If you live in Tokyo I think you should leave the city as soon as you can...


Spatium Somniorum is my yearly Dark Ambient/Ambient/Drone mix series I do every winter. I chose 70 tracks from some of my favorite CDs and created a 5 hour long sonic journey, trying to actually create something new by layering up to 4 tracks, editing songs and adding own sounds. As the mix consists of music from other artists, I will not post the download link here, but I will send it to you instead if you request the link here or on the corresponding post on False Mirror's Facebook page

Cold and dark greetings from Germany

False Mirror - Derelict World

The 3rd False Mirror Album "Derelict World is out now on Malignant Records.

The Vent
Constant Descent
Uncertain Shelter
A Sunken Dream
The Sea Of Oblivion

8 tracks, 74 minutes
6-panel digipak
20-page booklet with short story by author Bjørn Springorum
hidden bonus features for very clever fans



Official press text:

In the beginning it looked like an ordinary storm...

After three years of intense work, Dark Ambient disciple False Mirror returns with his third full-length journey, aptly entitled "Derelict World".
With the timeless drones of his debut "Chronostatic Scenes" and the icy soundscapes on his highly acclaimed sophomore masterpiece "North" still resonating through space, solo artist Tobias Hornberger delivers "Derelict World", his most massive and epic undertaking so far.
As its two brooding predecessors, also his third work of masterfully crafted Ambient has become a monumental alliance of dark drones, frostbitten soundscapes and warm vibrating tones from the deep bowels of the earth.
Famous for his skilled use of field recordings from an extrem ely diversified range (some of the recordings stem from an old monastery, the medieval city of Ulm or the Arabian sea) and for his ability to cloak the superior forces of nature into menacing, yet beautifully devised sounds, "Derelict World" also offers a truly apocalyptic concept that blends perfectly with the dense wall of sound on this mysterious Ambient challenge: Nothing less than the end of humanity, brought upon this world by the relentless forces of nature forms the basis on which the resonating and thundering tracks develop into chimaeras of terrible momentum, ever-changing and ever-increasing their dramatic potential.
Devised with sophisticated software he solely created for composing this album, False Mirror easily evokes elemental feelings like sublimity, fear or trepidation - culminating in an impending sense of doom that never leaves the listener and brings to life the destructive side of nature that surrounds us every day.
From the sheer force of a tornado set loose to the beguiling calm within the eye of the storm, "Derelict World" is a 74 minute long sonic journey into a desolated, depopulated world.
A 20 page booklet with a conceptually linked short story written by author and journalist Bjørn Springorum accompanies the release. The album is moreover equipped with a number of hidden messages that lead to a rewarding "Bonus World" on

... and the rest was silence.

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Everything and Nothing / Beyond Ambient (Let's hear your non-Ambient music)
« on: September 16, 2010, 02:42:19 PM »

I'm wondering what kind of music you make besides Ambient (if any). 

Speaking of myself... when I started making music I was mainly into Techno (Projects "Q33U" and other), Dub Techno ("Deep Night Session/DNS" project), switched to Clicks & Cuts/Electronica/Ambient ("Gras" Project) until I came to Ambient/Dark Ambient which seems to be the best genre to express what I want to express. Still I'm always trying to look beyond the horizon and try some other Genres and actually I'm trying hard to create something more monotonous, more functional, more club-oriented.

However here are some of my most recent non-Ambient (but still Ambient-influenced) tracks (all of them not more or less unfinished):

Untitled (Deep Techno/Techhouse)
The Art Of Drowning (Techno)
Dub XI (Dub Techno)

Now let's hear some of your non-Ambient music productions!

Everything and Nothing / Windharfe (Aeolian Harp) Livestream
« on: February 26, 2010, 04:08:33 PM »
Hi all.
This evening I finally put a livestream of our Windharfe (Germ.: "wind harp") online. Windharfe is a custom-built drone instrument, an electric harp that is mounted on a huge mast outside the Musisches Zentrum. Unfortunately the levels aren't optimized yet, the sound is clipping from time to time...
Please notice that the Windharfe will only work when there's some wind outside (like right now).


More info (only in German) and pics:
Even more (also in German only):

PS: The stream is only mono right now, but we will set up a stereo stream soon. The problem is that we had to use a wireless transmitter from the harp to the icecast server and the one we have right now only transmits one channel...

I'm member of an experimental music group called EMU. We often have improvised sessions and (what is no doubt result of my membership) getting more towards ambient from time to time.
Here's my post-production of a session we had in December. It was raining cats and dogs outside and the music had some really shamanic/ritual character so I called it 'calling the sky'.

Andhi Pabst - Ballastsaite
Axel Baune - Ballastsaite
Christine Söffing - Ballastsaite
Dieter Trüstedt - Windharfe, Ballastsaite, effects
Isolde Werner - voice
Klaus Schmidtke - voice, recording
Tobias Hornberger - synthesizers, effects, field recording, post-production

Ballastsaite is a custom-built string instrument, it consists of a drum or any other resonant body (in this track we had 2 with drums and two with large metal canisters). The resonant body is hanging from a tripod and a violin string is mounted on the lower part of it, weight down by heavy pieces of metal. The Ballastsaite is played with violin bows.

Windharfe is a custom-built drone instrument, an electric harp that is mounted on a huge mast outside the Musisches Zentrum. There will be a 24/7 live-stream for the Windharfe very soon (probably next Friday).

Hi there.

Actually I had wanted to start this topic quite a while ago, but I was afraid I could be the only one asking oneself such questions...

While doing my daily evening shopping (bread and other stuff) today I was listening to Ambient on my headphones (I think it was Max Corbacho's "Breath Stream") and once again I was realizing that most other people out there probably don't have the slightest clue about this music. So I was asking myself why Ambient isn't much more popular and this question itself developed into three different sub-questions:

1. I think one main difference is the kind of emotion the music awakens in the listener. Ambient very often takes me back to some almost lost childhood memories, especially while creating my own music. Those moments are sometimes very intensive.
Popular pop/rock/etc music most often deals with very different emotions. I think (prove me wrong) that somehow "basic emotions" are topic of almost 90% of that music - especially love, sex and so on.
Perhaps this is only a personal thing as I've never experienced such emotions and I can therefor identify myself much more with Ambient - I don't know.
What are the emotions that lead to Ambient music? Are we all some kind of psychopaths?

2. Of course the first thing that would come into mind are different musical properties, atonality, no discernible rhythm, no clear and structured arrangement. A while ago I was attending a harmonic theory class at my university in order to give myself more understanding about the harmony basics. The problem was that I almost always had to object the lecturer. He was a very conservative person (leader of some boy's choir) and somehow wanted to convince me that all musical sensing follows a common structure.
Of course this is true in some major aspects, but surely not in general (best example: quartal harmonies - many people (like my parents for example) cant' get along with them, but I love them). Then he wanted me to present some of my music. And when I did (I think it was Chronostatic Scenes) - his statement was: "This is no music!".
I suppose some people need structures they can follow - but why?

3. You probably have heard this yourself much too often when non-Ambient-listeners comment on your music:
"I can't get along with it, I would fall asleep listening to something like that."
"I don't like those long notes..."
"You should send it to some filmmaker."
"Nice movie background music, but I'd never listen to that itself."

Especially the last statement puzzles me. Does Ambient offer too little sensoric input for most people?

Maybe I'm once again thinking much too much about useless questions...

I think I hadn't posted that here (probably only in the Phobos I thread).
Here's the recording of my concert in Wuppertal together with the video projection I had used.

Cheers and thanks for listening  :)

PS: If you prefer the filmed video of the concert:


40 tracks
3hrs of music

Each winter I take about 100-150 of some of my most beloved tracks from ambient, dark ambient and related genres and create a long mix out of some of them. I solely make those mixes for myself and maybe some friends, but now I think other people would be pleased to download those mixes as well.

As posting mixes is a legally gray area, I will not offer a download link directly, but if you participate in this thread I will send you a download URL.
I don't want to make this too easy for you so you will need to contribute an association to the association chain I will start now with the word "ice".
So the first user who wants to download needs to write one of his associations to "ice" into this thread. I will then send the link via private message. The next user will then need to write an association to the first user's association.

Start: ice
User1: water
User2: pirates
User3: gold

Go! :)

PS: Some feedback about the mix would be nice, too.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / False Mirror says hello
« on: December 16, 2009, 04:08:37 PM »
Just joined this forum and I already like it. So I started this thread to say hello to you all.
Please forgive me if this is offtopic for this subforum.

Tobias aka False Mirror

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