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Rant: let's ditch the term "long form"

I have repeatedly seen the term "long form" in discussions of ambient music, and I would like to lobby to delete the term entirely, since it is quite meaningless. As far as I can tell from the pieces to which I've seen it applied, "long form" just…See More
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"Liftoff" - Ambient space music - performed on Alesis Andromeda A6 analog synth

Hey all, here is my latest space ambient composition titled "Liftoff", performed on the Alesis Andromeda A6 synth: This track uses step sequencer, delay + phaser effects. I also tried a different concept with this video -- multiple angle video…See More
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Rant: let's ditch the term "long form"

Posted by Chronotope Project on September 2, 2014 at 2:03pm 0 Comments

I have repeatedly seen the term "long form" in discussions of ambient music, and I would like to lobby to delete the term entirely, since it is quite meaningless. As far as I can tell from the pieces to which I've seen it applied, "long form" just means "long." It's not a musical "form" in any sense of the word. Duration and structure are two different things. "Form" has a specific and useful meaning in musical discourse--it refers to structure, or how a piece is organized, such as theme and variations, cyclic / minimalistic, episodic, etc. A drone piece which goes on with few discernable changing elements or motifs doesn't change "form" when extended from 5 minutes to 20. It is simply a long drone piece. (Nothing against this kind of music, by the way!) So when a piece is long, let's just say it's long. OK?

Dark Nebulae

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Dmitry Trupgerg on Didgeridoo

Gearphoria a-mag - a lot of guitar pedals in this

Posted by John K-N on September 2, 2014 at 7:20am 0 Comments

http://www.gearphoria.com/e-mag/v3n1/?utm_content=bufferbb932

I just discovered this today and thought I'd share. 

New old track: Kloob - Feed your spirit

Posted by Dani Kloob on September 1, 2014 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

Back in 2010 I started to make Ambient / New Age tracks like the next one. After four years my style has changed, but I think this deserves a listen ;). There is no intention to release:

https://soundcloud.com/dani-kloob/feed-your-spirit

"Liftoff" - Ambient space music - performed on Alesis Andromeda A6 analog synth

Posted by synth4ever on September 1, 2014 at 6:36pm 0 Comments

Hey all, here is my latest space ambient composition titled "Liftoff", performed on the Alesis Andromeda A6 synth:


This track uses step sequencer, delay + phaser effects. I also tried a different concept with this video -- multiple angle video shots.

Hope you enjoy the music and space flight theme/artwork by amazing artists.

-synth4ever

Dealing with daily issues at Home Studio

Posted by Dani Kloob on September 1, 2014 at 6:30pm 2 Comments

Hello,

This is my first post here :). John Koch-Northrup introduced me on July 20th e-mail "rM - introducing Dani and Beth" because of my 2015 upcoming release on rM.

This time I would like to share with you an interesting subject: how to deal with daily issues at home studio. Why talking about it? Well, lately I have experienced two special negative situations regarding first, my computer and after, my new synth purchase.

At the beginning of this year I bought a PC to a colleague (from my hometown: Vigo) who assemble personal computers for music / design production purpose (Hackintosh). Hardware specs were: I7 3,4 Ghz Intel processor, 16Gb Ram, 256 SSD, 1 TB HHD, well a 'little beast' hehe. Software specs were very interesting too: dual boot (Win 7 Ultimate or Mac OSX Mavericks 10.9.3), Logic X, Ableton Live 9, Final Cut Pro, Adobe bundle, Spectrasonics bundle, Arturia bundle, etc. 

The performance of the computer was nice, I was really glad, but in few weeks I started to have unexpected reboots. Fortunately, these unexpected restarts did not take place when I was making music and I was not very worried about it. Anyways I started to look for system logs, OS settings, configurations... and of course informed to my colleague that had sold me the computer. 

After several months (March, April) we went deeper into the issue trying to solve it: we were checking hardware settings, power supply, mother board connections, looking for the 'kext' files, upgraded the BIOS and Mavericks, but reboots still took place from time to time. One day, reading the system log after…

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My review of "Archive Three" CDr by Anomalous Disturbances

Posted by Richard Gürtler on September 1, 2014 at 9:23am 2 Comments

Anomalous Disturbances, a drone guitar project driven by Terrence O'Brien from Vancouver, Canada, belongs to the most active members of The Ambient Ping community, which, by the way, celebrated two weeks ago its 15th anniversary (I am wishing many happy years to come!!!). "Archive Three" is comprised of 5 tracks recorded during 2007 and 2008 as a part of "Archive Two" recording sessions. Originally released in digital formats in the middle of October 2013, now, since May 2014 additionally available on pro CDr format packaged in a nice 4-panel eco sleeve with disc flap holder. Definitely a great decision, Terry, for all those nuts-collectors like me!!!



The title of the opening track, "A Sad And Beautiful World", exactly displays the atmosphere of this gorgeously floating ambience. A very calm and deeply evocative soundsculpting with hauntingly interplaying passages of soaring, slightly high-pitched wistfulness and soothingly permeating stillness. Nearly 11 and half minutes of virtuoso guitar aesthetics!!! "Pipe Dream # 1", although revealing calmly, incorporates more intense and cascading texture, yet keeping throughout a very warm approach with graciously unfolding immense panoramic touch. My ears are continuously bathed in splendidly embracing drone blissfulness, more please!!! "Mysterium Tremendum # 17", as indicated by its title, straightly dives deeply into a giant, chasmal realms filled with remote, eerily monochromatic hums, which are persistently pierced by mysteriously undulating and illuminating tenseness. A journey into a truly mindscaping zones, where spectacular, shadowy subterranean images are revealed with massively towering sceneries. "When Darkness Falls", with 16 minutes the longest piece on "Archive Three", begins with tensely penetrating dissonances,…

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My review of "Intention" CD by Byron Metcalf & Mark Seelig

Posted by Richard Gürtler on August 31, 2014 at 3:00am 0 Comments

Virtuoso drummer and shamanic powerhouse, Byron Metcalf, and bansuri player and throat singer, Mark Seelig, both certified transpersonal therapists, joined their spiritedly galvanizing forces on "Intention" album, which was released at the end of April 2014 on Projekt. Jaw-dropping cover art by Kancano of deviantART gang and additional graphic design by Sam Rosenthal make from this 4-panel digipak a pure visual bliss!!! Let's fire the journey...



The title track "Intention", the longest one on this album, goes just over 22 and half minute mark and unfolds this powerfully creative sound wizardry with rather slower, but utterly mindscaping medicine bridging Byron's mesmerizingly passionate hand drumming with Mark's mysterious overtone voice magic hovering above and bansuri flute delicacies. Kindred spirit, didgeridoo par excellence player Dashmesh Khalsa (known from celebrated works such as "Dream Tracker" or "Live At SoundQuest Fest") delivers on the stage his immense talent as well. Primordial languages of these shamans are precisely dissolved into a highly ecstatic amalgamate curing the listener's body and mind. You simply can't go wrong with such line up, so the gates to the tribal-trance paradise are unlocked, enter now!!! "Surrender" kicks with much more vibrant palette of drumming, while Mark's throat singing is still safely riding atop. But the artistry of Byron's volcanic drumming can't be stopped, so Mark levels the tension with his overtone turmoil. Emerging spasmodic didge barks are provided this time by another world-class ace of this instrument, Rob Thomas of Inlakesh. A truly thunderous performance and a serious workout for your speakers!!! Feel the heat, feel the beat!!! "Encounter", with 16 minutes the second longest track, slows down the tempo a bit, at least…

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Thought Radio Playlist for August 30, 2014.

Posted by Bill Fox on August 30, 2014 at 1:47pm 0 Comments

Thought Radio Playlist for August 30, 2014.
http://soundscapes.us/thoughtradio/playlists/2014/140830.html
http://billfox.blogspot.com/2014/08/thought-radio-playlist-for-august-30.html

RECAP:
In Phase 1, I continued the special on Sequences electronic music magazine. In Phase 3, the Artist of the Month is The Flower Kings. I played music from Space Revolver. I also played new music from Neal Morse as well as music by Trespass-The Music of Genesis who play at the River Street Cafe tonight.

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