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Old 25-04-2016, 06:34 PM   #21
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Your ears, inspiration and a firm understanding of how important silence is and how it works in a track..everything else doesn't really matter. If you grasp what I've just said and spend a little time trying to really understand it, then you'll be able to make ambient music with anything.

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Old 25-04-2016, 10:16 PM   #22
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Can we make this more interesting?

The best acoustic instrument to have for Ambient?

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Old 25-04-2016, 10:23 PM   #23
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Can we make this more interesting?

The best acoustic instrument to have for Ambient?
Pushed..I'd go with a stringed instrument..mainly because of I loved the sound you get from strings, but you can also work wonders with recorded strings..turning them into practically anything you want.

Which strings would I personally go for? Cello every time.

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Old 25-04-2016, 10:26 PM   #24
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Your ears, inspiration and a firm understanding of how important silence is and how it works in a track..everything else doesn't really matter. If you grasp what I've just said and spend a little time trying to really understand it, then you'll be able to make ambient music with anything.
The Ambient Authority weighs in!

Big up "silence" I wish more modern productions were more subtle... Unfortunately not much of that these days...

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Old 26-04-2016, 12:12 AM   #25
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Big up "silence" I wish more modern productions were more subtle... Unfortunately not much of that these days...
I just started a project as it so happens..more of a kind of personal therapy thing really..coming to terms with a few things in my life and using music to work through and deal with them.

Guess you can say I'm going back to my roots..basic soundscape stuff, but very still and low-key..something you might be interested in hearing when it all finished. I'll shot you a PM when it is, if you want.

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Old 26-04-2016, 01:31 AM   #26
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I just started a project as it so happens..more of a kind of personal therapy thing really..coming to terms with a few things in my life and using music to work through and deal with them.

Guess you can say I'm going back to my roots..basic soundscape stuff, but very still and low-key..something you might be interested in hearing when it all finished. I'll shot you a PM when it is, if you want.
Please do! I'd love to take a listen.

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Old 27-06-2016, 12:47 AM   #27
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I love using guitar with many effects pedals hooked together to mix the effects and create sustained ambient tones to cut up and edit. Delays mixed with reverbs, pitched delays, etc.
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Old 27-06-2016, 12:51 AM   #28
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A guitar with a shit ton of delays

Or a synth with a shit ton of delays

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Old 28-06-2016, 02:27 PM   #29
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Your ears, inspiration and a firm understanding of how important silence is and how it works in a track..everything else doesn't really matter. If you grasp what I've just said and spend a little time trying to really understand it, then you'll be able to make ambient music with anything.
A nice example of this that comes to mind is Atom Heart live at s/e/l

In all fairness, though, a lot of ambient I like seems to be devoid of total silence. Are you referring to silence in specific frequency bands? Certainly all have broadly speaking a significantly attenuated volume level. Is it a nuanced use of volume levels you're thinking of?

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Old 28-06-2016, 10:14 PM   #31
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A nice example of this that comes to mind is Atom Heart live at s/e/l

In all fairness, though, a lot of ambient I like seems to be devoid of total silence. Are you referring to silence in specific frequency bands? Certainly all have broadly speaking a significantly attenuated volume level. Is it a nuanced use of volume levels you're thinking of?
No, I was talking about the space between the notes as you play them, something both Claude Debussy and Mozart believed in, as is clear from the often quoted saying attributed to both composers - "Music is the space between the notes."

You could say it's merely about timing..but there's something more to it than that..perhaps a little too "romantic" for some, but I think it has more to do with developing an awareness of the feelings that can be expressed by that silence or space between the notes played.

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All of your suggestions sound lame. There's nothing better than kazoo, air horn, vuvuzela & fridge combo. They all together bring a whole new dimension to ambient music, a true out-of-this-world harmony that makes listener cry of joy and pain.

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All of your suggestions sound lame. There's nothing better than kazoo, air horn, vuvuzela & fridge combo. They all together bring a whole new dimension to ambient music, a true out-of-this-world harmony that makes listener cry of joy and pain.
Fridge quartets are so out of vogue, ms. You need to step up your game to dishwasher quartets.

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Old 26-07-2016, 10:56 PM   #34
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pull the attack off of everything not playing a lead, reverb/delay most instruments playing the chord progression, slow things down, don't rush your key changes or introductions to melodies. Ambient music can be created with any sounds/instruments, as long as they are used in "ambient" ways.
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made this with fridge sounds, an 808 kick, and a 707 kick along with one analog synth track
you don't need much for textural soundscapes, tonal ambient is harder to create though.



also, I just counted, for this track I used 43 effects in total (2 different reverb types, ping pong delay, glue compression, eq, etc...)

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A guitar + some fx pedals is a good place to start. Same goes for any basic synth / keyboard with flexible parameters. Ambient (for me at least) is about making as few things as possible as meaningful as possible, so in this sense you don't have to have a setup that is super complicated until you really start to get into tweaking textures etc.

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