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Need spooky soundscapes for Halloween tonight? :)

Posted by Har on October 31, 2014 at 4:30pm 2 Comments

Looking for dark spooky musical soundscapes for Halloween tonight? :) Why not consider: https://ambientguitarist.bandcamp.com/album/into-the-maelstr-m-vol-1-the-tower-by-night-live-november-6-2011

Roach/Reyes Ancestors Circle

Posted by Roy Mattson on October 31, 2014 at 1:42pm 0 Comments

4 minutes into "Ancestor's Circle" by Roach and Reyes and I all ready highly recommend it- simply stunning!

Galactic Travels Playlist #917 for October 30, 2014.

Posted by Bill Fox on October 31, 2014 at 1:02pm 0 Comments

Galactic Travels Playlist #917 for October 30, 2014.
http://soundscapes.us/gt/playlists/2014/141030.html
http://billfox.blogspot.com/2014/10/galactic-travels-playlist-917-for.html

RECAP:
On this show, I concluded the month-long focus on Craig Padilla. The Featured CD at Midnight was LP2 from "Sonar" on Fruits de Mer Records.

new release: Divina Commedia I - Nine Circles with Jack Hertz

Posted by Scott Lawlor on October 31, 2014 at 10:48am 1 Comment

Hello.

I am honored to have another collaborative effort out with Jack on his Aural Films label.

Here are the notes and the download link for the album.

Aural Films presents a new album release "Divina Commedia I - Nine Circles" album by Scott Lawlor & Jack Hertz. Read the following notes by Scott Lawlor who conceptualized this project:

I have always been fond of Dante's Inferno, having read it back around 1987 in a world Literature class and it wasn't recently until I thought how interesting it would be to render an ambient interpretation of this classic masterpiece.

Whereas with other compositions I've written that were inspired by different writings, I had utilized sound effects from freesound.org to assist in the interpretation of the work, I decided not to do that at all with this album. I wanted the imagination of the listener to lead the interpretation to a larger degree and felt that adding such effects would paint a sonic picture where there really wasn't much room for interpretation.

I did research on the poem as well as read through parts again and came up with song titles reflecting the mortal sin of each circle as well as putting a central character from each of those circles to give the tracks a bit of a narrative quality.

Besides using my Ensoniq ts-12, I asked Jack Hertz to collaborate and add his unique ambient voice to the project and his contributions are simply outstanding. He brought out sonic possibilities that take the tracks to a whole new plateau. The resulting effort will surely scare the hell out of you and lead you on a journey through Dante's inferno from the Vestibule where Virgil and Dante first embark on their journey to the chilling encounter with Lucifer himself who is eternally bound in the ice of the ninth circle.

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Music and Vulnerability

Posted by Chronotope Project on October 31, 2014 at 10:34am 3 Comments



Comfort, ease and joy can be cultivated through practice. To do this, we must give up excessive ambition and the desperate struggle for results, and let ourselves feel the pain of our longing, of having to wait to make music the way we want to. We can learn to relax with this longing and enjoy its soft, warm presence in the heart. This warmth will then shine through the music we make and touch the hearts of others.”

--Madeline Bruser, The Art of Practicing

Recently I've been reading several of Brene Brown's books (including Daring Greatly) that in various ways deal with the concept of vulnerability. It seems to be a place we take pains to avoid, but for those who wish to live wholeheartedly, or to make new personal discoveries, we often need to place ourselves outside our comfort zone. While reading these books, I keep observing how the field of music is an almost unlimited venue for experiencing and exploring vulnerability. The various skill sets required of a musician are demanding, and since they can only be acquired over a lengthy period of…

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THE MUSIC OF MIDDLE-EARTH, PART 1

Posted by John K-N on October 31, 2014 at 10:09am 0 Comments

This is posted on the excellent Make Your Own Taste site.  I love Tolkien - and Thomas Mathie aka Headphonaught / owner of We Are All Ghosts label is an excellent chap and one heck of a huge Tolkien fiend! 

Original: http://makeyourowntaste.com/2014/08/25/the-music-of-middle-earth-part-1/

by Thomas Mathie

I am a Middle-Earth nut. I love the work of J.R.R. Tolkien. He has created a universe which I can, and regularly do, escape within. Peter Jackson’s movies have helped, but for the most part it is Tolkien’s writings that have given me shelter and inspiration.

I am an avid, albeit amateur collector, having amassed a hotchpotch of books, films, artwork, and importantly for this article: music.

I love the music of the films and I love music inspired by the books. I am the person who runs out and gets the extended soundtrack … I am THAT guy!

On a recent record-hunting safari into deepest, darkest Glasgow I stumbled upon a CD I didn’t own: Johan de Meij’s Symphony No. 1, a suite that was inspired by The Lord of the Rings. I immediately snapped it up. The cover looked woeful but I was interested enough to look beyond the cover — and I was not disappointed. De Meij’s symphony is a wonderful, bright and vibrant orchestral piece. While it lacks the visual connotations that Shore or Rosenman’s soundtracks have, it certainly has a particular elegance about it, even at higher volumes. I am glad it is in my collection.

This find got Allister Thompson thinking … he asked if I would do a…

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Midi interfacing your hardware gear in the modern age....

Posted by Chad Kettering on October 30, 2014 at 9:40pm 9 Comments

I have always used multiple ported midi interfaces to connect my hardware synths to my DAW. But as time and technology moves forward there are fewer and fewer options for multiple midi port interfaces to use. Luckily I have found an option that works quite well and will work as long as you have at least one midi output port from your audio interface. I picked up a product from Midi Solutions called the T8. 

This unit allows you to connect one midi output port from your audio interface into it. It will take that signal and multiply it to 8 separate midi output ports. Basically a massive midi thru box. Then you will need set within each hardware synth its own midi channel. I use Presonus Studio One for my DAW. In your DAW you may have the option to create and define midi keyboards or instruments, name them and assign them to your audio interface's midi output with a specific midi channel that will match your hardware synth midi channel. Once that is completed you are set!

There are very few 8 port midi in/out interfaces. Many of them are no longer supported for new OS releases. The Midi Solutions products are a way around that problem so you can enjoy a studio full of hardware and use them with your DAW. No more drivers, no more USB issues, and it even doesn't require power! Hope you gain something from this and send me questions if you have…

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What makes it worth while for me

Posted by Brian Bourassa on October 30, 2014 at 6:34pm 4 Comments

It's all worth my time writing short comments on each album I purchase from Bandcamp.

Booyakasha! You just made something awesome happen.

Listen to Galactic Travels

Posted by Bill Fox on October 30, 2014 at 4:14pm 0 Comments

GALACTIC TRAVELS ON WDIY
http://galactictravels.info
Please SHARE so that more people can listen to and support the artists.

Tonight at 11 pm EDT/GMT-4 on Galactic Travels, I'll conclude the month-long Special Focus on Craig Padilla.  The Featured CD at Midnight will be LP 2 from "Sonar" on Fruits de Mer Records.  The Special Focus page is at http://soundscapes.us/gt/playlists/2014/focus.html#oct

Galactic Travels is an electronic, ambient, and space music show that airs each Thursday at 11:04 pm on WDIY 88.1 FM, Allentown and Bethlehem, 93.9 FM in Easton and Phillipsburg, 93.7 FM in Fogelsville and Trexlertown, and on the internet at http://wdiy.org.

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