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  • #16
    I wish!

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    • #17
      Yeah, I'm an 'old-timer' myself, I've been doing music in one form or another since I was 17, over forty years- and I started getting into ambient type experimentations since the early 80's. I started with two reel-to-reels doing sound-on-sound, bouncing tracks back and forth- one of my reel-to-reels had a button on it that gave me an unbelievably spacey echo-delay, so I had a great onboard effect. I also had a cheap Casio keyboard, and another tiny cheap Casio keyboard. I have always thought 'differently' in my approach to music than the other musicians I was hanging out with at the time. I used to listen to artists like Jean Luc Ponty and Jean Michelle Jarre back in the early days, along with Tangerine Dream and Synergy. There were some albums of Mike Oldfield that I was very familiar with as well, such as 'Ommadawn' and 'Hergest Ridge'. Some might classify him as classical, but he had an unusual approach to music, as well, incorporating decidedly 'un-classical' elements into his recordings. It's always been my belief that to be the best musician you can, you have to have an eclectic palette, listening to a very wide variety of musical styles- I listen to anything from classical to prog rock to hard-edge metal to ambient to dub-step, chill, and even some country in limited amounts. Not much into the top-forty 'American Idol' type thing, because although I have my favorite singers, they don't generally fall into that category. I don't like the commercialism of the whole thing because it feels to me like they're just cranking out new 'artists' on an assembly line. It loses its appeal quickly, even when the young artist has great singing talent, but I'm mostly into instrumental music with limited amounts of vocals.

      My setup for recording has improved immeasurably since those days, of course, because among other things, music is as much about making progress in its creation as anything else- experimentation with new tools, new 'toys', etc.

      Gah! I'm rambling... so, what about you? What's your 'history'?
      "All we have to do is decide what to do with the time that is given to us" - Gandalf, Lord Of The Rings

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      • #18
        I first got in to the whole late 70s early 80s synth stuff I was maybe 10 then liking OMD ultravox bands like that, but I always really liked the slower more moody things that turned up on b sides and albums. Like most got a Casio when I was 13 and still at school and did the whole cassette to cassette multitrack thing, wish I still had some of those recordings remember some of them being quite disturbing.
        started work in 85 and started to get my hands on real synths still very much into my synthpop but I experimented a bit with instrumental things. By this time I had got hold of the garden by john foxx that album changed everything I loved the pastoral and Englishness atmosphere of it. Had a bit of a detour in the 90s where I played in a indie band and I recorded a more industrial project as well. Then my kids came along and I stopped the band thing moved further away from London didn't do much for a few years then I started on some slower pieces that would eventually become the tomorrow's Tuesday album. In that time I managed to collect a lot of great synths even some classics from the 80 that where way to expensive then like the Yamaha tx816 rack. But sadly these all gradually got sold off to pay for car mots and mundane stuff broke my heart but there you go. Thankfully I still had a good selection of vsts so I could still mess about and record.
        Last edited by Theglimmerroom; 07-15-2017, 01:58 AM.

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