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  • LOL, we think alike there! Am *not* a fan of noisy clubs at all, nor drunken people for that matter!
    Yep, heavily dynamically compressed stuff sounds quite "muddled" to me. Then there's the "lossy" data compression with MP3 and whatnot too - it's quite bizarre that in the main, sound quality seems to have taken quite retrograde steps compared with say 20 or 25 years ago! But not many people seem to care either! Maybe they just had their ears blown out in noisy clubs???
    Some of it is, I guess! And "samey samey" couldn't be more true in terms of a lot of the dynamics processing that a lot of recent music releases suffer from - known as "brickwalling" where the waveform looks like a brick wall - because the volume level is pretty much the same throughout the entire song - Loudness war - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - so the music lacks "punch" and dynamics. *Very* obvious on the hi-fi in the lounge!!!
    So do I! In fact, I'd say my favourite genres are electronica, New Age and classical. As well as liking a fair bit of pop, rock, trance, etc and whatnot too!
    Do you reckon I should do some "electronica" type stuff a la Jean-Michel Jarre as well as just New Agey chilled stuff then???
    Thank you :)

    Here's a couple more "acoustic" tunes for you...

    http://tunes.ruthmills.me.uk/windflowers.mp3 - piano and two flutes - November 1994 for that one - me and two cassette recorders in the chapel of Harris Manchester College in Oxford. Recorded the piano part, and then one flute part, and then the other flute part. Playing each bit back on tape and recording that and the next part onto another tape! Very low tech! But I didn't have a computer with music software on it back in those days lol...

    http://tunes.ruthmills.me.uk/faerie-waltz.mp3 - just piano, in my lounge in my old house in Trowbridge. Now the piano's behind the sofa under the stairs in our lounge, and I haven't played it for ages! I *must* move the dog bed and get to playing it again lol...
    Aye, doesn't time fly!!! 20 years ago, I was 15!!! I do feel quite geriatric now lol...

    Glad you like Heavenly Dreams; one of these days I'm going to get my act together and record an entire album of relaxing music like that; I have LOADS of ideas for music in my head but have had so little time to do any for ages! Haven't even played flute for far too long too; I used to play in an amateur orchestra in Somerset!

    Oh well, maybe in November, I'll finish turning our front bedroom into a photo/music studio; that won't have whirry computers in there, so it would be a good room to record flute in; then I'll plug all the synthesizers in properly in the computer room and start playing again on those too...
    The chord progressions on "Heavenly Dreams" are a bit more sophisticated than "The Ice Maiden" too - it changes key several times and goes between major and minor harmonies a lot as well...
    Thank you :)

    I like that one a lot myself; although I was worried that it sounded a bit "sparse" - maybe it doesn't matter? The "swooshy" sound on that is the reason I bought that synthesizer in the first place - it's called "CosmoSweep"; we had a Roland Alpha Juno 2 at school that had that sound on it; I borrowed a load of kit from school over one weekend when I was in the 5th year back in 1989 (I was doing GCSE music back then amongst other things), and recorded a tune called "Cozmik" that sounds rather a lot like Jean-Michel Jarre lol... will have to find where I have put the MP3 of that! But I bought my Alpha Juno 1 synthesizer back in 1995 second-hand from a music shop in Warminster down in Wiltshire - a month or so before I sat my final exams at uni...
    Here's another one incidentally, http://tunes.ruthmills.me.uk/heavenly-dreams.mp3 - again very dreamy synthey stuff, but this time with harp and synth choirs... think that dates back to April 2003. I really *must* get my studio together again and record some more! Think that's one of the last things I recorded of my own stuff; it's finding the time though! The computer room (where the synths are) is chaos at the moment and needs a real tidying up! Then I need to get a sound card for my laptop so I can do proper recording on that...
    Cool, glad you liked that! It was one I recorded way back in December 2002 when I was still living in Trowbridge in Wiltshire. It's just a flute improvisation over synthesizer chords - B flat major, E flat major, F major and B flat major again; I recorded the flute part in a single take, and then re-recorded the synthesizer line while gradually changing the synthesizer parameters; the synthesizer is a Roland Alpha Juno 1, so it's got analogue filters and you can get some *lovely* sounds out of it!
    Funny you should say that - Sonia and I have got zillions of sets of windchimes between us; we used to have some hanging on our oak tree in our back garden too but unfortunately the wind got the better of them :green:

    I think it would be nice to get some really nice sounding windchimes and record them with a good quality microphone, and perhaps play around with them in a sampler and whatnot...
    Oh yes, I think so!!! I'm also a big fan of Enya, as well as lots of classical stuff, contemporary classical, instrumental music, etc, and anything a bit unusual and out of the ordinary. I'm always amazing Sonia by being able to name a tune that I know "just like that" when it comes on the telly or whatever...
    Talking of music that keeps cropping up on the telly, have you heard of Craig Armstrong? He's a Scottish composer, but has also collaborated with bands such as Massive Attack in the past. I'd recommend his albums "The Space Between Us" and "As If To Nothing"; he's another musician who mixes orchestral music with electronica.
    And "Music of the Spheres" is one of his most recent albums; it came out last year and is very much an orchestral album, although Mike Oldfield does feature playing classical guitar on there on some tracks. You've probably heard snippets from "Music of the Spheres" on the telly, as it keeps cropping up in various places...
    Oh yes, well worth a listen! Mike Oldfield is more a multi-instrumentalist rather than purely electronic (although Vangelis is similar in a way, I guess, on account of using instruments such as grand piano, Fender Rhodes electric piano, and acoustic drums, in addition to synthesizers)... however Mike Oldfield is also a talented guitarist too.

    "The Songs of Distant Earth" was inspired by the science fiction novel by Arthur C Clarke of the same name; the album came out in the mid 1990s, I think. Then Tubular Bells I came out in the mid 1970s - it was the first album to be released on Virgin Records. I'll place a fair bet you've heard at least a snippet or two from that album; it was the theme to "The Exorcist" as well as appearing in a scene in "Weird Science". Then, Tubular Bells II came out in 1992, and Tubular Bells III in 1998.
    Wow!!! Well, if you like Jean-Michel Jarre and Vangelis, you may well be in for a treat then! I'd be inclined to start off with "The Songs of Distant Earth" - that's my fave Mike Oldfield album - then there's the "Tubular Bells" trilogy, and "Music of the Spheres" that are also really good...
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