I've previously extolled the virtues of PowerPC Macs still being great low cost recording platforms and posted links to the music I make on them - has anyone done anything creative on theirs recently (or ant time really) and care to share?
It's a sad fact but i've decided the music I like the most and what I'm best at writing isn't compatible with my age..hence retro electronica direction...This has declined over the past year since I've decided that bands are no longer for me, but it's still fun to see what I can come up with...
Great stuff! I'm not that familiar with that kind of music, but that's some interestingly catchy stuff!Shameless self plug here, but all of my music productions 2011 and prior were PowerPC based, however for our live shows I upgraded from my PB 15” 1.5Ghz to a MacBook unibody ‘08.
Here are tracks previews from our last LP released late 2010 called “Surfacing” by Empty:
If you’re interested, take some time to peruse my independent label website aphotic.com.au there are preview tracks for each album listing. Unfortunately I haven’t updated much since about 2012.
My band mate is still going strong under the name of Sleepless Droids.
I’ve been working on a few compositions since, mostly on my G5s, but I don’t exclusively use PowerPC and find myself mixing new and old hardware as part of my workflow and recording/virtual instruments setup.
Once I get closer to completing a series of work I’ll start putting together something to share.
EDIT: This was our first music video from our EP "Open Aeon" in 2006.
Empty - "Ghost Beside You"
Empty is all on iTunes/Spotify/Amazon/CDBaby/etc if anyone is enjoying it and wants to hear more.
Very dark droning ambience. Thanks for sharing @swamprockGreat stuff! I'm not that familiar with that kind of music, but that's some interestingly catchy stuff!
I always forget about this, but I've also got a collection of isolationist ambient stuff, done between 1995 and 2011, that was released by Stone Groove Records last year. You can find it on Bandcamp, Apple Music, Spotify, and Amazon Music under the project name Sublibrium. Much of the work was done with found sounds and analog sources, then mixed on my old Mystic G4 with a Sonnet 1.8ghz processor. The older stuff was dumped from cassette and remixed on the same machine.
I forget about it because I did much of it while I was high, and going through very dark periods of my life (blah blah blah). Not that I want to put it out of my mind, but I'm not that attached to any of it anymore. My friend Randy, who owns Stone Groove as a label and music shop, liked it so much that he had it all mastered and released. I just told him to go for it.
Thanks for sharing..I'm hear echoes of NIN in there...Shameless self plug here, but all of my music productions 2011 and prior were PowerPC based, however for our live shows I upgraded from my PB 15” 1.5Ghz to a MacBook unibody ‘08.
The video's not available in the UK, so had to use a US proxy to play it...very dark stuff, maybe not recommended for late night listeningI always forget about this, but I've also got a collection of isolationist ambient stuff, done between 1995 and 2011, that was released by Stone Groove Records last year.
I've always found such features are either too aggressive or not enough...never a real substitute for doing it manually, as tedious as that is..Even ICE misses some things, and it doesn't work on B&W or Kodachrome.
Thanks man. Yes, Reznor has always been an influenceThanks for sharing..I'm hear echoes of NIN in there...
I prefer the earlier stuff - Ghost Beside You is excellent
I'd have to concur with this. Age does change things, as well as children, and settling into a *good* life. "The Image" no longer matters at 47Thanks man. Yes, Reznor has always been an influence
It feels like a lifetime ago as it was all B.C (Before Children). My future sound has quite a different style. I think this comes from relaxing with life and dropping "The Image", so to speak.
I always loved fading in different waves of sound to capture a specific mood, which at the time consisted of dark, darker, and almost suicidal. I did find inspiration in the various past space missions, and in forbidden places that one cannot reach. I find it hard to listen to any of it these days, which is a shame.The video's not available in the UK, so had to use a US proxy to play it...very dark stuff, maybe not recommended for late night listening
Reconstructing found sounds is an art in itself - even recording the ambient silence in an empty room becomes something else when you timestretch it, amplify, add effects etc.
Now you're talking - great stuffThis first album was recorded on a OS9 Quick silver dual 1ghz to some 003s & a buncha preamps etc to board to pro tools.
Ya man - My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Ride, Mogwai etc. are favs of mine (especially Mogwai ), face melting baby eating shoegaze, post-rock etc. Success? No real financial success (like I’m not retired from it lol) but 3 albums, vinyl record, 3 er 4 comps (I dont remember), tours, music festivals some regional AirPlay in the mid 2ks etc. So commercial success? Not in the traditional sense but it was a pretty awesome 11 or so years none the less.Now you're talking - great stuff
Would you have classified your music as Shoegazing? Certainly feels influenced by that wave of 90s Brit rock..maybe a bit of Pavement too?
Did the band have any success - that kinda sound enjoyed a resurrgence around 5 years ago?
Great music Rhian, really loving the chilled riffs. What are your parts? I've always loved Mogwai and this reminds me in some ways to a similar vibe.
Have you ever used real Kodak ICE-both the software and hardware?I've always found such features are either too aggressive or not enough...never a real substitute for doing it manually, as tedious as that is..
1. I'd suggest trying the best hardware+software implementation of IR cleaning available before dismissing it-and at least to us normal folks that means a scanner with Kodak Digital ICE technology AND the corresponding Kodak software package. Most later Nikon, Epson, and Minolta scanners offer this WHEN USING THE MANUFACTURER'S SCAN SOFTWARE. Supposedly, the Nikon LS-9000, a scanner I'd really love to have, can even use ICE on Kodachrome. This is still a ~$2K scanner on the secondary market. Third party scan software like Vuescan and Silverfast have "infrared cleaning" but it's not ICE. Canon's FARE is also not ICE.No, any scanning is far and few between - in some cases the dust and scratches are part of the charm.
My original quote was more in relation to the labour saving gadgets and gizmos that have been added to Photoshop and other image editors over the years - they tend to be great for superficial use but fail on serious work. So, no - I'm not reallly qualified to pass judgement on pro scanner software and my limited use of the scanner I have certainly wouldn't warrant any exploration of pro software for it - Photoshop covers everything for my needs.I'd suggest trying the best hardware+software implementation of IR cleaning available before dismissing it-and at least to us normal folks that means a scanner with Kodak Digital ICE technology AND the corresponding Kodak software package.