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Everything and Nothing / A Tapestry of Guru Nanak’s Travels
« on: January 12, 2022, 08:22:54 AM »
I have a Sikh Friend who I was discussing the foundation of his beliefs and he suggested I watch this Documentary Series on the spiritual journeys of Guru Nanak, the first Sikh "teacher" from the 15th century .....

Right now there are 13 episodes of the 24 available to watch.  It is a wonderful immersion into India culture and beautifully filmed.  It can be watched in many ways.  Thats up to you.  It is rich in philosophy, color, music and sung poetry.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 01, 2022, 01:35:28 PM »
Started the New Year with this......

The Comet is Coming : Summon the Fire......

Happy New Year!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: December 13, 2021, 06:02:04 PM »
Well, the videos I think don't do it justice or perhaps Im not fond of that type of sounds the demos express, perhaps the second one....however I really like the possibilities. At a quick glance I can realize its potential.  in your hands it would shine.  The design and look of the module is very nice.

I often think back to Eno and his generative music, actually not so far back as its quite recent.....a possible repeat music scenario in maybe 2000 years.  I can't remember if its that long but that stuff messes with the mind in a wonderful way and I wonder how hard it is to commit to complete self generation and the natural human element to want to interact.  We are all drums in some shape or form.   That was the original shared instrument and it is our nature to interact.  Its in the DNA and it does not require one to be good at it, drumming   

Hard to keep the hands behind the back.   ;)   

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: December 13, 2021, 04:35:28 AM »
Thanks Chris for posting the mod grid links to your system.  I like the used book store idea.  My own bookstore was very busy!

Very interesting selection of modules.  I was a fan of Mutable Instruments, still am though I don't have any modules anymore.  My system was based around subtractive synthesis with a big nod to self generation which was achieved through random generators, multiple LFO's and odd CV generation that really all came together in my 2 ADDAC Quintet mixers that excepted lots of CV for modulating/manipulating 10 channels of audio.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: December 09, 2021, 06:32:02 AM »
Enjoyed listen to the release and your youtube videos.  You have created generative soundscapes of quiet gentle complexity and I agree it is a difference quality of music that usually emanates form modulars. 

Not sure if you ever use modular grid to plan out your system but it is a good way to post the system for others to see if you are so inclined. 

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: What moves the drone?
« on: December 01, 2021, 05:35:14 AM »
I think who creates a drone that lives and breathes (however they conjure it up) is close to building the universe.

Jana your answer to the question is beautiful and so true and much more important than technical wizardry.....I just quote the last sentence.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: What moves the drone?
« on: November 29, 2021, 05:41:28 AM »
Personally I did not hear a lot of movement in the 2 examples though I did enjoy listening to both of them. Creating motion from front to back is tricky which the 2 examples did show this to some degree. What Grassow Album(s) are the 2 tracks from?

What I am describing is from a mixing perspective, not programming a synth.

There seemed to be no automated panning of sounds in the tracks which is moving a sound across a horizontal axis, left to right and vice versa.  This can be subtle of exaggerated. 

Front to back motion is about understanding space by imagining, as I do, a stage as though a concert was being performed.....where do you place the instruments?  For front to back motion it is about reverb / delay and also doubling of tracks.  For example slightly pan a sound left in your Daw, with no reverb or very little, create a second track of the same sound and pan the sound hard to the right and add a judicious amount of reverb.  Listen to the two sounds together and a long delayed tail is create but not from the first source.  Adjust volume levels by creating and ADSR envelope using volume automation in your Daw as Seren suggested.   Experiment!  Listen!

I feel it is more useful to animate the mix and the way sounds are placed in the mix then laboring at a synth with various types of modulation.  The sounds you create should be interesting to you, should inspire you as you build your drones but the real surprises occur when 2 different tracks come together and create a third. This in itself creates motion.   

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 21, 2021, 06:21:48 AM »

Arovane : Reihen
I have enjoyed Arovane's music such as Lilies & Tides from around 2000, wonderful electronica but now he has this new release on 12k.

Hammock : Elsewhere
From shoe gazing to modern classical to this beautiful guitar driven ambient.

Noveller : Arrow
I was browsing Steve Roach's Bandcamp site and saw this at the bottom of his new cd page with Michael Streans....."if you like this you may...."  Rarely see portraits used for ambient inspired music.  She currently plays guitar in the Iggy Pop band.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 08, 2021, 07:14:42 AM »
Samual Barber :: Adagio for Strings

Possibly the most beautiful 8 + minutes of music ever written?.....

I think it is "just" one of many
For example, here's a piece that is more or less similar in sound and profoundly moving as well, the Adagietto from Mahler's 5th symphony.

Definitely.....just one of many which this is profoundly beautiful!  I first heard this Mahler Adagietto used as a film score for  "Death in Venice".  When I saw the film I don't know it was Mahler, though looking back now the lead character appears like Mahler. 

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: old equipment.
« on: November 07, 2021, 05:01:31 PM »
Well Seren I do understand that we do need to purge from time to time.....get things, in this case a studio down to its bare essentials to possible rebuild at a future date or just to let it go.  It is something that has been working at me for a while, not to stop per se but to scale back.

I have had such a passion for recording sound that I have gone to great lengths to create a studio environment with well chosen gear to rival commercial studios.....does not mean the sound is equivalent because the skilled and gifted engineer is missing from that equation.  I am not but I try and really have enjoyed the journey.  That being said with music technology being so advanced these amazing Daw interface of today can get music from ones instruments or microphone into the on board preamps and through converters that makes all this external "character" producing equipment somewhat obsolete.  I suppose its coming to terms with hearing the difference, which I can and asking if it makes that much of a difference.  I am questioning it now and feeling a need to simplify. 

This is my perspective and Im really happy that your joy is just to listen.....something I have to work hard at because to listen can inspire and makes me want to create which is in its way a disservice to the art of listening.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: November 05, 2021, 05:34:05 AM »
Nice Cans Seren.....Im very curious about the Audioquest Dragonfly DAC.  I have been plugging directly into my laptop mini jack and the sound is decent or my expectations are just not that high so I would be curious to hear the improvements.  As far as my phone goes I connect via bluetooth in the car and it sounds pretty bad so going from the Dragonfly into the aux input in the car should be much better.

After my SPL Phonitor 2 headphone amp broke for the third time two years ago I got it repaired and sold it which left my Sennheiser HD 800 without a dedicated amp.  The headphone outputs on my mixer and daw interface were decent but not up to the task of driving cans like the HD800's.  At the time sinking heavy money into another headphone amp was not possible so I also sold the HD800 headphones as well.

Im using these Shure SRH 1540 headphones now.....sound very good and very comfortable. I still have the Grado's and the Audio-Technica.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 29, 2021, 05:24:17 AM »
It is a beautiful piece of music, such emotion.
And here is another

Indeed.....Albinoni's Adagio is exquisite. 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 17, 2021, 09:14:10 AM »

Samual Barber :: Adagio for Strings

Possibly the most beautiful 8 + minutes of music ever written?.....

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: October 04, 2021, 04:18:41 AM »
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.

With your music talent Chris you will tame and entice these wild natured instruments.   Rex Probe the man behind Serge Modular said and I bet I already quoted this in the thread " Modular synths are playgrounds for electrons". It really is true, much like a child in a playground who's appetite for discovery is limitless.  It also runs true for us as the operators of these machines.  I would work on a patch for days often loosing it and rebuilding it to arrive at something unexpected or quite often create just a bunch of nonmusical noise but oh it was never dull and a wonderful way to learn electronic synthesis.

As great a time as it is in the world of hardware synths with analog, digital and hybrids, probably software too though Im not that familiar......nothing still can touch imho the sonic world of modular synthesis especially the eurorack system where module designers are bring so many amazing, crazy and innovative concepts to market.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: September 26, 2021, 05:34:29 AM »
Julio, your post implies that you ended your eurorack journey. I might have missed that explanation in a previous thread. Do you mind sharing?

Yes Chris I did end my Eurorack journey.  I sold all 3 cases of modules......everything about 3 years ago.  The primary reason was that I realized that I was not a very good synth builder and what I strived to create was physically and financially unattainable. What I needed was a wall of modules for the sounds I wanted to create and I wanted polyphony.  Perhaps I was being greedy but I could hear the possibilities and this was leading into "module acquisition syndrome" which is ok as you can really get to fine tune a system as modules go out and come in but after a while you want to keep them all because each on has a special function that adds to the "the sound".

It was a wonderful voyage and one I may go on again with a much better understanding now.

Also the collaboration I did with APK, if you did not hear it....... was an interesting experience and I was very happy with how it came out, yet I was happier with Anthony's ambience and pads etc than my own modular contribution.  He did wonders with my he responded to the abstract bleeps and noises was very special but it was something I could not do myself very well.  I had a hard time integrating those modular sounds with my other synths that are the foundation of my music.  Probably a contributing factor to my decision to move away from Eurorack.  I don't think a single eurorack performance  ever made it onto a release of mine other than the Dataobsura release with APK.  Of course I have not been very prolific.

I believe a single case of well chosen module can be more than enough and for myself as I said I would go with a system designed by a maker who I believe knows what they are doing.

So good of you Jana to post APK's new music releases.  He has been the longest Hypnos forum member I know of, other than Mike Griffin.  Hope he comes back or stops in from time to time.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: September 23, 2021, 02:22:28 PM »
Very exciting for you is a bizarre and wonderfully crazy journey that will assist you in making sonic poetry.

I had a lot of eurorack modules during my journey, many more than my three cases could hold so be vigilant about buying and selling as it is gloriously addictive.

Please post modules that interest you and if I / forum members know we might be able to suggest.....naturally there are no bad modules.

I first got a Make Noise system and learnt from there.  12 years back I had a 3 panel Serge Modular system so I was not a stranger when I got into eurorack.

If I was going to get back into it I most likely would get a system.  One system I would look into would be Verbos.  I had a few of his modules and they were special. 

for you Chris a system might be a go place to start......Pittsburgh Modular are doing good things. Mutable Instruments is another I would like to make a system of.  I had quite a few of theirs.



Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 22, 2021, 03:35:05 AM »

I have seen the name Eluvium around but never connect until yesterday when I got this cd from Bandcamp.  Very special guitar drones and ambiences from 2005......

I must have been away from the forum when Pete started this thread.

Jana I have an Instagram account and I joined to share photographs but these days I really have no desire. I never had any issues with them 

I think an important distinction is the choice of we share or promote.  I suppose to ultimately share there should be no charge, it should be free and many do.

I have an ello account that I will cross post on from here but I do not put much effect into it.

i do not have a facebook account.  I don't want to be followed, liked, shared(I do the sharing, don't share me  ;D) Snapped and especially Tweeted unless you really are a bird. All that being said I am a very friendly and social person but it happens in the really world.

Social Media and the internet in general is becoming more and more about "Content Creation" and "Artists" are becoming "Content Creators"
who's work is quick, short and usually not good or thought out because it is just content....stuff that distracts without depth and meaning.  That seems a bit harsh considering many of these people are talented and unique but the issue is the platform and the need to package the most intense experience into a tiny amount of time for the attention deficient.  Imagine we, well, I think a 10 minute ambient space music track is short, 20 minutes, 40 minutes now things are happening.  What person deep into Snapchat will listen to a 40 minute ambient piece of music.

Chris said....."I'm skeptical that an independent artist can "make it" without working the social media angle as hard as the studio."   I would say that the social media angle requires even more commitment and perseverance.  Which will take its toll on the music.  It would for me.

Pat Metheny whose music I have listened to and loved for many years said about his first album "Bright Size Life" which did not do well when it was released in 1976 on ECM.....that the people that would come to appreciate it and make it one of the most seminal jazz albums would not be born for another 15 years.  Let alone that the bass was played by an unknown guy called Jaco Pastorius. This  is not something social media could ever achieve because the people lost in social media would never look up to notice.



Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 17, 2021, 04:36:36 PM »
David Sylvian : Approaching Silence

I have had this spinning in my car for the last few weeks.....Such a spans form Angelic to Robert Fripp distortion.   

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