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    Hey,

    I found this forum a while ago and since I do weird music that doesn't really fit anywhere, I thought I might fit in here ;-)

    Somehow I grew out of "normal" music over time.
    First jingles killed my love for radio (which I adored as a kid).
    Then "beats" under everything killed a lot of "normal" music for me.
    Then total boredom with the mainstream drove me even further away.
    By accident I found Sigur Ros, a total revelation at the time.
    I found more icelandic and other music that I personally find "authentic" and inspiring, Amiina, Tom Adams, Zoe Keating and certain kinds of ambient...

    As far as my own work goes, I'm on a life-long search for "my" music.
    The closest I can get to describing it ATM is a forest or landscape where all kinds of things/beings/objects/whatever create sounds which in turn may or may not have rhythms, harmonies, structure. I combine sounds I personally find beautiful/interesting into such "environments", often using generative elements as the basis.
    And that is what I personally listen to while I work, for hours on end - I guess it would driver others nuts ;-)

    I always work in surround since I love to sit "inside" my music.

    Here is a typical example:
    https://thomashelzle.bandcamp.com/al...gital-nature-2
    Works best in surround - the 5.1 multichannel flac comes as bonus item when you "buy" it (pay what you want).

    As for tools, I mainly use Bitwig Studio as my DAW, but the new Usine HH 2 finally has the timeline of my dreams so I may use that in tandem with BWS.
    Many plugins, some favourites are Molecular, Sandman, everything u-he, Chromaphone, StringStudio, Iris 2, Harmor, Ogun, Alchemy, Jamstix, Diversion, Tantra, Kontakt, Valhalla Vintage Verb, PIZmidi, everything ToneCarver...

    And I love my Sony PCM-M10 for field recordings :-)

    Thanks for having me!

    Cheers,

    Tom
    Last edited by Thomas Helzle; 03-24-2015, 05:40 PM.
    http://www.screendream.de | “Do not seek water, get thirst.” - Rumi

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    I remember your name from the bitwig thread over on KVR; you were the very helpful and informative fellow.

    I am sure you will fit in fine here--glad to have you!

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    • #3
      Hey aoVI,

      hehehe - yeah, the legendary "Cats" thread I guess ;-)
      I really digged the beta and the people behind the software and ended up working for Bitwig for 8 months last year as a freelancer doing controller scripts, artist support and all kinds of other things.
      If anybody should be interested, I have some Bitwig Tutorials on my blog:
      http://blog.thomashelzle.de/category/tutorials/

      Cheers and thanks for the welcome :-)

      Tom
      http://www.screendream.de | “Do not seek water, get thirst.” - Rumi

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      • #4
        I was guilty of posting a few pics myself--only in the one that had "cats" in the title though, I stayed clear of the actual thread.

        My favorite one;

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        • #5
          Having followed your Soundcloud some time ago, I'm glad to see you've made your way here! Thank you the informative posts you've already made 😃

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Windspace View Post
            Having followed your Soundcloud some time ago, I'm glad to see you've made your way here! Thank you the informative posts you've already made 
            Hehehe - yeah, it was actually your lead that brought me here :-)
            Your recently posted contribution to the AO Compilation brought me to the Bandcamp page, I liked what I heard and saw and thought I should finally join here...

            I enjoyed KVR for a long time but during the intense months where I moderated the forum for Bitwig I grew a bit tired of its often rather unfriendly and sometimes plain silly aspects.
            And I'm no longer that much into gearlust, I pretty much have my arsenal in place, although I keep my fingers crossed that Loomers !Epoch will become what I hope it will. :-)

            It's funny - during the time working for Bitwig I hardly made any music, but afterwards something had cleared up inside of me and I knew what kind of music I want to make (which eluded me for several decades...). It was a really life-changing experience for me.

            So now I'm looking for like-minded people and good vibes - both which seem to be found here aplenty :-)
            I enjoy reading the experiences and thoughts of others here and already learned quite a lot.

            Cheers,

            Tom
            http://www.screendream.de | “Do not seek water, get thirst.” - Rumi

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            • #7
              Yeah, I hope you didn't think me disrespectful of Bitwig and the hard work that went into it. I never trolled or got into the flaming that went on, just a couple of pics back before it was released, and like I said, never posted pics in the serious threads. All in fun. It seems to be doing pretty well.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by aoVI View Post
                Yeah, I hope you didn't think me disrespectful of Bitwig and the hard work that went into it. I never trolled or got into the flaming that went on, just a couple of pics back before it was released, and like I said, never posted pics in the serious threads. All in fun. It seems to be doing pretty well.
                No worries, that wasn't pointed at you at all - I posted cat pics myself and found them often rather brilliant - I mean, Bitwig WAS a long time in the coming... ;-)
                I'm not married to Bitwig, as much as I love it myself, there are quite some things I hope to see improved in future updates.

                It's more a general observation that KVR is quite a melting pot and more often than not it's about everything BUT creating music... ;-)

                Cheers,

                Tom
                http://www.screendream.de | “Do not seek water, get thirst.” - Rumi

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Thomas Helzle View Post
                  Originally posted by Windspace View Post
                  Having followed your Soundcloud some time ago, I'm glad to see you've made your way here! Thank you the informative posts you've already made 
                  Hehehe - yeah, it was actually your lead that brought me here :-)
                  Your recently posted contribution to the AO Compilation brought me to the Bandcamp page, I liked what I heard and saw and thought I should finally join here...

                  I enjoyed KVR for a long time but during the intense months where I moderated the forum for Bitwig I grew a bit tired of its often rather unfriendly and sometimes plain silly aspects.
                  And I'm no longer that much into gearlust, I pretty much have my arsenal in place, although I keep my fingers crossed that Loomers !Epoch will become what I hope it will. :-)

                  It's funny - during the time working for Bitwig I hardly made any music, but afterwards something had cleared up inside of me and I knew what kind of music I want to make (which eluded me for several decades...). It was a really life-changing experience for me.

                  So now I'm looking for like-minded people and good vibes - both which seem to be found here aplenty :-)
                  I enjoy reading the experiences and thoughts of others here and already learned quite a lot.

                  Cheers,

                  Tom
                  Well, I'm glad my post helped you find this forum. It has been a friendly and supportive community...I never posted a lot at KVR, but feel quite comfortable here as the folks here have been unremittingly helpful and fun :thumbsup:

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