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Everything and Nothing / Re: Do you still want to learn?
« on: February 12, 2009, 04:30:50 PM »
Yes, as I feel right now, there is no doubt in my mind that my interest of learning new things does fade with time.
And I am not sure that to collect as much knowledge and read as many books as possible is the ultimate goal in life.
I have a more transcendental/cosmic approach to life, There is no definitive meaning of life as human on this planet we are born..  I see the life more as an dreamlike presence...
The meaning of life is to me to collect new experiences and just enjoy this mystery of life..And dream...
Music is for me the essence of my life, since it fills a void and makes me dissolve into inner dimensions and beyond...without it I think I would just feel a lot of emptiness...
Or maybe..I would find other passions to dispossess the time.

Now Playing / Re: "Classical" Music or Contemporary Composition Listeners?
« on: February 11, 2009, 10:19:25 PM »
Has anyone heard Giya Kancheli ???

He is kind of comparable with Pärt...both have en spiritual approach to the music, kancheli is maybe more minimalistic and bleak....

I can recommend the following albums....

In l'istesso tempo
Magnum Ignotum
Abii Ne Viderem
Simi; Mourned by the Wind

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 11, 2009, 10:14:09 PM »
Jorge Reyes and Piet Jan Blauw "Pluma de Piedra"

This album is a real trip. Many playful and wild things going on. At one point there is the bizarre looped sound of a cackling old man, among many other delights. This is one of my favorites, and like other Reyes albums, is deep as well as entertaining. The songs on his solo albums are very focused and tend to be relatively short compared to other tribal style ambient. Any fan of Jorge should track this album down...

I will give it a try....

Now Playing : Al Gromer Khan - Mahogany Nights

Everything and Nothing / Re: Too loud!
« on: February 11, 2009, 04:59:01 PM »
If there is one thing good with the more modern masters and more powerful/rich sounding cds, is that they sound good on all volume levels, both low and high, I guess that is the whole make a more stable and powerful output...while 90s album usually sound way more weak/thin/one dimensional....And you do not need to play it loud as fuck to get the full dynamic range within all sounds like with 90s albums ..As long as you do not overdo and create a brickwall...max the sound volume at Zero...then I think it is alright...
And not all mastering jobs are good either..there is both good and bad example of loud mixes.. but their is certainly not impossible to make good/smooth sounding mixes using compression technology...The limits is within the master engineer...

Also there is many ways to bring up the volume we shall not generalize..And say that everyone just want to sound as loud as possible...I am quite sure that the artists themselves decide what they feel sound best... But I could agree that it easier to be "fooled" that louder sounds better though...the louder it is mostly the more powerful and overwhelming it sounds...
It might be true that not all artists are aware of the phenomenon when doing mixes...

depending on the music..some music sounds way better on lower volume levels...
Steve Roach Immersion series is a good example..  even though I think he have taken the low volume concept to the extreme with "A Deeper Silence", I always need to put the volume up a lot when I listen to that cd.

But Yeah even though I can agree that the ambient music as an genre gets louder and louder mixes I must say the ambient genre sounds better and better...
so I do not see this at an problem at all..

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 11, 2009, 04:37:40 PM »
mathias grassow - calibration (2009)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Fordlandia
« on: February 05, 2009, 02:11:01 PM »
The last track of this album is amazing (have forgot the name).

Everything and Nothing / Re: Does any one here perform ambient music?
« on: January 31, 2009, 05:09:46 PM »
I have not played live yet with my ambient music - but am slowly setting up to do so. Only problem is trying to work out if I can do the level of sound twisting I use in the recorded sound in a live situation.

Which raises the issue of using CD/Minidisc/MP3 as part of the performance....

and how important are the visual aspect of playing live?

The only thing you need is a laptop with the music, and maybe a mixerboard that is not plugged in :)

I guess he is checking is email or something he look busy :)

I'll jump in ... Immersion,  they are a couple of Korg Kaoss Pads, looks like version 1 and version 2.

ah ok I think Steve Roach did mention he used some of those. But the one I remember is Red and black ?
I guess that is a newer version...

I did really like "dead of winter" thank you...

Out of curiousity, what are those touchpad devices to the right on the picture ???
They look interesting :)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: The Foundry: Closed
« on: January 19, 2009, 09:46:27 AM »
Not sure...what releases it was on the label...but the Seafon album is amazing...

Sounds great Jim, will try to get these cds somehow.
And really nice that Steve Roach did help with the mastering.
lest anyone get confused and not realize that immersion is joking, that would be steve philips.

Ah sorry :)
For me there is only one Steve! :)
But anyway you both did a great job as it seems :)

Sounds great Jim, will try to get these cds somehow.
And really nice that Steve Roach did help with the mastering.

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