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Old 19th October 2019
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New ambient piece I've finally finished and mastered:



This was composed with:
  • Oberheim OB-6
  • Roland Juno 106
  • Waldorf Pulse
  • Highland Guitar

Strap on a pair of cans and zone out for 7'14"
Old 22nd January 2020
  #812
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Latest release. Ambient electronic:

https://remotevision.bandcamp.com/al...of-similitudes

Old 3 weeks ago
  #813
Didn't know there was an ambient thread

Here is one of my latest tracks - hope you enjoy!

https://thedeccantraps.bandcamp.com/...being-numerous
Old 3 weeks ago
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Didn't know there was an ambient thread [..]
https://thedeccantraps.bandcamp.com/track/yule
get a Matriarch. the Sub37 and Pro3 are great synths but I'm hearing a Matriarch in my mind here. (*cross thread post). thanks for joining the thread!
Old 3 weeks ago
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Didn't know there was an ambient thread

Here is one of my latest tracks - hope you enjoy!

https://thedeccantraps.bandcamp.com/...being-numerous
I've noticed you followed my advice, welcome! I like this track, brings some nostalgia.
Old 3 weeks ago
  #816
Thank you to you both!
Old 3 weeks ago
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@ Soothing Sound : like your new avatar. Is that from "Der Himmel über Berlin" ? (great movie)
Old 3 weeks ago
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@ Soothing Sound : like your new avatar. Is that from "Der Himmel über Berlin" ? (great movie)
Thanks! Yes Wim Wenders is one of my favorite directors!
Old 3 weeks ago
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Thanks! Yes Wim Wenders is one of my favorite directors!

I could watch the opening 30 mins of that over and over and over again
Old 1 week ago
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Originally Posted by James Lehmann View Post
New ambient piece I've finally finished and mastered:



This was composed with:
  • Oberheim OB-6
  • Roland Juno 106
  • Waldorf Pulse
  • Highland Guitar

Strap on a pair of cans and zone out for 7'14"

Finally completed a nice video clip for the above track...



Enjoy!

James

PS Didn't really want to 'double-post' the same track to the thread but I can't edit the original post anymore. Hope that's OK - the video is well worth it!
Old 1 week ago
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Finally completed a nice video clip for the above track...



Enjoy!

James

PS Didn't really want to 'double-post' the same track to the thread but I can't edit the original post anymore. Hope that's OK - the video is well worth it!

Very nice James, love the visuals of the film strips and projector. Did you make that?
Old 1 week ago
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Very nice James, love the visuals of the film strips and projector. Did you make that?
Hey thanks.

No, I didn't do any of the amazing visuals myself - way above my pay-grade! See the video credits at the end for the clever people who did - the concept and imagery came out better than I could possibly have hoped for! Takes the piece to a whole new level I think, which was why I thought it worth posting again.
Old 1 week ago
  #823
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Since we're all under lockdown for the time being, I've dropped this album to "name your price" on Bandcamp. Take a trip on me if you like electronic ambient and want to (virtually) get out of the house:



https://remotevision.bandcamp.com/al...of-similitudes
Old 1 week ago
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Old 1 week ago
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https://soundcloud.com/lines-3/transmitter


See what you think.

Cheers.
much enjoyed listening to that !

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Old 1 week ago
  #826
Well thanks! Much appreciated
Old 1 week ago
  #827
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Since we're all under lockdown for the time being, I've dropped this album to "name your price" on Bandcamp. Take a trip on me if you like electronic ambient and want to (virtually) get out of the house: https://remotevision.bandcamp.com/al...of-similitudes
I'm massively enjoying this Dan - beautiful work for these dark times, thanks!

I have your 'Meridian' album already so no surprise that I like this too!
Old 1 week ago
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I'm massively enjoying this Dan - beautiful work for these dark times, thanks!

I have your 'Meridian' album already so no surprise that I like this too!
Cheers, James - thanks!
Old 1 week ago
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Since we're all under lockdown for the time being, I've dropped this album to "name your price" on Bandcamp. Take a trip on me if you like electronic ambient and want to (virtually) get out of the house:



https://remotevision.bandcamp.com/al...of-similitudes
Thanks ! So you are _the_ Ascendant ? Got many of your tracks listed in my "little book of favourite tunes" :-) (e.g. Fortran Drift, Vector, Probability, Remains, ..) Nice work !
Old 1 week ago
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Thanks ! So you are _the_ Ascendant ? Got many of your tracks listed in my "little book of favourite tunes" :-) (e.g. Fortran Drift, Vector, Probability, Remains, ..) Nice work !
That's awesome, thanks. One half of Ascendant, yes!

I do Remote Vision when we're not Ascending...
Old 1 week ago
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That's awesome, thanks. One half of Ascendant, yes!

I do Remote Vision when we're not Ascending...
Have you heard this album: so awesome

Care to share any production "secrets", like favourite gear, how your tracks come together (any live elements in there?). What's it like working in a duo ? (ok, I know the answer to a certain extent but my partner died a long time ago :( )

To be honest, my biggest issue with producing ambient music is that it takes me at least ~2..3 weeks to "decouple" from everyday life before I finally feel "free" enough for this. I listen to it every day, though. *a bit sad*
Old 1 week ago
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Have you heard this album: so awesome

Care to share any production "secrets", like favourite gear, how your tracks come together (any live elements in there?). What's it like working in a duo ? (ok, I know the answer to a certain extent but my partner died a long time ago :( )

To be honest, my biggest issue with producing ambient music is that it takes me at least ~2..3 weeks to "decouple" from everyday life before I finally feel "free" enough for this. I listen to it every day, though. *a bit sad*
Thanks for posting that link. I had not heard that one before, it's great! I have his CDs for Music for Nine Postcards & Green (classic!) around here somewhere. This sounds like the same (mid-80s) era as Green. I need to find those CDs and rip them into the computer. Good stuff! I fear this one is probably long out of print, but I'll hunt for it on iTunes later. I love that era of electronic music.

For myself, I like working with hardware, and started with hardware back in the day. I've used software in the past, but for me it just led to preset surfing, which I found uninspiring after a couple years. Making the sounds is a big part of the whole process for me.

Being in a duo is great, especially if you have your own project to fall back on when the other half of the duo is pre-occupied with life, babies, or whatever comes up. Life happens and you can't always sync schedules, so it's good to have your own outlet - the spice must flow! - hence the Remote Vision project.

I had a similar situation as you describe with the inability to decouple from the daily grind. It was the early 90s and I'd just started as a mastering engineer and I'd be so burnt-out by the time I got home I couldn't focus on creating my own music at all... and that lasted basically until about 2000 or so.

I was never away from the synthesizers and stuff though - I loved to get home, turn out the lights and fire up the gear and just sit there and explore sound - make patches, etc. I'd just make cassettes of the sound design sessions in progress and then listen to them in the car the next day on the way to work. Rinse & repeat. Good times.

In a way, it was still "making music" but I was not mindful of the process and there were no arrangements to speak of - just sounds. I did learn about my own preference for minimalism though through those sessions, plus the sound design experience made it time well spent in the long run. It's not necessarily a production "secret" but I can tell you that "less is more" is an important adage when it comes to electronic ambient.

There's more Remote Vision (and a whole bunch besides) here if you're interested and thanks again for the kind words!

https://exospheremusic.bandcamp.com
Old 1 week ago
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Thanks for posting that link. I had not heard that one before, it's great! I have his CDs for Music for Nine Postcards & Green (classic!) around here somewhere. This sounds like the same (mid-80s) era as Green. I need to find those CDs and rip them into the computer. Good stuff! I fear this one is probably long out of print, but I'll hunt for it on iTunes later. I love that era of electronic music.

For myself, I like working with hardware, and started with hardware back in the day. I've used software in the past, but for me it just led to preset surfing, which I found uninspiring after a couple years. Making the sounds is a big part of the whole process for me.

Being in a duo is great, especially if you have your own project to fall back on when the other half of the duo is pre-occupied with life, babies, or whatever comes up. Life happens and you can't always sync schedules, so it's good to have your own outlet - the spice must flow! - hence the Remote Vision project.

I had a similar situation as you describe with the inability to decouple from the daily grind. It was the early 90s and I'd just started as a mastering engineer and I'd be so burnt-out by the time I got home I couldn't focus on creating my own music at all... and that lasted basically until about 2000 or so.

I was never away from the synthesizers and stuff though - I loved to get home, turn out the lights and fire up the gear and just sit there and explore sound - make patches, etc. I'd just make cassettes of the sound design sessions in progress and then listen to them in the car the next day on the way to work. Rinse & repeat. Good times.

In a way, it was still "making music" but I was not mindful of the process and there were no arrangements to speak of - just sounds. I did learn about my own preference for minimalism though through those sessions, plus the sound design experience made it time well spent in the long run. It's not necessarily a production "secret" but I can tell you that "less is more" is an important adage when it comes to electronic ambient.

There's more Remote Vision (and a whole bunch besides) here if you're interested and thanks again for the kind words!

https://exospheremusic.bandcamp.com
Thanks for sharing that. I am definitely figuring out the "Less is More" philosophy.
Old 1 week ago
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Since we're all under lockdown for the time being, I've dropped this album to "name your price" on Bandcamp. Take a trip on me if you like electronic ambient and want to (virtually) get out of the house:



https://remotevision.bandcamp.com/al...of-similitudes
Many thanks. I enjoy your music very much, a value my token payment doesn't express.

Old 1 week ago
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To be honest, my biggest issue with producing ambient music is that it takes me at least ~2..3 weeks to "decouple" from everyday life before I finally feel "free" enough for this.
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I had a similar situation as you describe with the inability to decouple from the daily grind. It was the early 90s and I'd just started as a mastering engineer and I'd be so burnt-out by the time I got home I couldn't focus on creating my own music at all... and that lasted basically until about 2000 or so.
I think this is an important point you both raise.

Having composed and worked across loads of different musical genres, ambient is that one I find hardest to clear the mental creative space for and finish pieces. All too often I'm just not in the right mindset to even switch the gear on - and that can last weeks.

I don't know why that is, but it helps knowing I'm not the only one!
Old 1 week ago
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Many thanks. I enjoy your music very much, a value my token payment doesn't express.

Cheers - thank you for the support & kind words.
Old 1 week ago
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Made a small ambient kind of track with Eminent 310

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