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Throwback Thursday #1

One thing I’ve been avoiding is the latest “Throw Back Thursday” trend. But after sifting through some old photographs, I can’t help myself at this point. These were moments during my Musical Evolution that have defined my Sound Engineering skills …Never to be forgotten (Click pic to enlarge):

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One of my early Recording Studio’s Circa 1990. Found and combined 2 pictures  …Ensoniq Mirage, Yamaha DX-100, Casio CZ-100, CT-670 and HT-700 instruments, all tied together with a MIDI Xpander to Commodore 64 running the Syntech Studio 1 MIDI Sequencer, and a Yamaha MT-120 Portastudio. In this picture, I was editing Sampled Waveforms during the creation of an Ensoniq Mirage Sample Library using the Sonus Sonic Editor. 

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Speaking of which, I pulled the E-MU Ultraproteus out of the closet yesterday to try out the new plethora of sounds I just acquired …All 6 official E-MU ROM cards! After going through all 1524 new sounds, I was seriously disappointed. The original programmers didn’t use the Z-Plane Filters and Function Generators to their fullest. This made me realize I need to keep the Ultraproteus out, and continue to sample, adding new sounds to the Ultrapro Sample Library for everyone.

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The Ultrapro is a sample library based from the the E-MU ULTRAPROTEUS sampled exclusively by Myself, and currently on Version 2.3 featuring 11 Multi Presets, 7 Single Presets, and 6 X-tra Muti Combos. Future incremental updates are currently planned, and will include addition Samples and Presets. Although not uploaded at this time, you will find the UltraPro available shortly within the “Sound Design” section of this website.

AstronomicA

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Although still a Work In Progress, I thought it was due time to share a sample of this new Sound Set…

AstronomicA – An Electronic Demonstration of my all new Sound Set for Zero-G’s Epica virtual synthesizer powered by Kontakt, currently a work in progress. All new Resonant Filter types, Routed through Cascading Modulated Group Inserts, using Sam Spacey’s Sample base as the main Oscillated Sound Source. Zero external FX used. All FX Internally Enhanced exclusively for this Sound Set.

Sounds used in this Demo:

  • What Dreams May Come (Atmos Pad)
  • Star Traveller (ARP Pad)
  • Ethereal Morphing Crystal Tine (Bright Lead)
  • Harmoniousphere (Atmos Pad)
  • Polyopus Solarina (String Pad)
  • Near Death Experience (Drone Pad)

Whats Epica you say? Click here to learn more!

Sounds that Make Music

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As an advanced designer of sound, and a passion to actually  travel within the sonic landscapes I’ve created, I realize it’s not  unlike the graphic artist, who’s beautiful paintings one could envision a lifetime living within the boundaries of a seemingly infinite moment in time …Such is the power of imaginative creativity we, as beings, are given.

During the creation of my latest sound design, a sonic achievement I have so boldly named “Near Death Experience”, a Drone Pad programmed exclusively using Sam Spacey’s latest release, Epica, a great epiphany emerged:

“I make sounds that make music, instead of making music using sounds.”

As silly as this may sound, (pardon the pun), it summarizes the life of a sound designer. Although most, if not all sound designers are definitely musicians by nature, I would fathom to guarantee that the vast majority of composing sound designers are inspired by the creation of sound itself, not unlike how the painter mixes a pallet of beautiful colors to compose a work of art for those to partake of upon a canvas of light, reflective within the imaginations of the viewer.

As I design each aspect of the sonic palette, I can’t help but notice a cosmic rhythm within the sound itself. Each oscillator, or “sound source”, if you will, connect as a complete image, to give one the visualization of an imaginative realm of individualistic internal stimuli responding with an emotional outcome, created by this sonic vibration we have termed “Music”.

Harmonic tones, repeating drones, filterscapes controlled by low frequency oscillations, from ones creation, to another’s inception of internal emotional translation, I can honestly say from experience, is the universal language of perception …indeed, the Magic of Sound creates Light without Sight. It is an honor to hone this ability. It is an honor above all to share this with you, as I construct my latest Ambient endeavor.

So far, I have “mindcrafted” 6 new ultimate Epica presets, that have taken hours day’s to program to perfection:

  • Harmoniousphere (Atmos Pad)
  • Near Death Experience (Drone Pad)
  • Polyopus Solarina (String Pad)
  • Skyworld (Atmos Pad)
  • Star Traveller (ARP Pad)
  • What Dreams May Come (Atmos Pad)

The small sample above have no less than 4 – 6 Oscillators per voice, which in this case I have dubbed “Elements” instead of Oscillators. Each Element is an Oscillator in it’s most complex form. Containing a massive amount of virtual circuitry …Multiple filter chains, morphs, FX, advanced modulation routing’s, and timed sample precise triggers to name a few. Pushing Epica to the limits as an advanced ambient synthesizer in it’s own right. Stay tuned for continued development, and an audio preview in the near future, as I create an ambient composition using this sound set only.

Foot Note: I have also updated the “Sound Design” section of this site, to include many sound designs I’ve created, previously only available through Metascape Media, to become available upon the achievement of downloadable storage space.

Manda Ophuis …Awesome Vocalist, True to her Fans, and down to Earth.

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One of the greatest things an artist can do besides share their wonderful talents with the world, is to make sure they stay “down to Earth”. As we all know, there have been artists who’s ego has become so inflated, they loose touch with the very reason they decided to share their music to begin with; their greatest asset of all …Their Fans!

Manda Ophuis lead vocalist of the great band Nemesea, is such an artist. She consistently stays in touch with her fans, and is VERY down to Earth. That in itself inspires me beyond the Music. To be humble, and to care about those around you enough to interact with a large fan base can be difficult considering your only one person. But Manda, and those like her, find the time to “stay connected” with their fans. She recently answered her fans questions, and I happened to be one of many fans she answered:

“Michael Lyon: If you had one wish …What would it be?”
“Manda Ophuis: I wish to be happy and carefree.”

We should ALL wish to be Happy, and Carefree! What an awesome world it would be! Thank you Manda, for answering my question, and staying in touch with your fans. I highly recommend that anyone who hasn’t had the chance to experience the awesome Music of Nemesea to do so …A very unique sound you just can’t stop listening to. A great song to start with, and one of my favorites …AFTERLIFE. Enjoy the song, and as an artist, we should ALL make sure to “Stay In Touch” with those who spend their time enjoying our Music. As one such artist, this I can promise :)

Amy Lee …A Reminder of Sonic Evolution, the true Artist’s Path

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I finally had the chance to listen to Amy Lee’s new solo release: Aftermath, and have been reminded of the true artists path …Sonic Evolution. It’s not the first time I’ve experienced this reminder. For instance, just listen to the discography of RUSH between 1974 to 2002 …Evolution of the true artist is inevitable …an accumulated wealth of experience, transformed into the wisdom of cultivation.

As I listen to, and experience the beginnings of my Sonic Journey up to this period of the creational process, I feel this cultivated evolution rising, taking form, and manifesting from the evolutionary consistency of advancement. Make no mistake in the harmonic delivery of this evolution. The complexity or simplicity of an Evolved Composition is not a factor of final determination …It is the sonic delivery of evolvement itself that determines the path of the artistic soul.

Amy, like so many true artists who naturally evolve beyond their original fan base despite expectations (Evanescence), remind me that I am on the true path of Sonic Artistry. Thank you Amy :)

FN: Very good article in Rolling Stone Magazine from Amy, and her thoughts on this Sonic Evolution Here. Also, enjoy Amy’s official YouTube releases below :)

Welcome to the Sonic Journey of AmbieticA

After sharing logov1my Music within countless posts on many Social Media sites, I started to notice that everything was turning into an unorganized form of chaos. Between Sound Cloud, Face Book, and Google+, it was becoming harder to find “that exact song” you heard a week ago, buried within the posts of yesterday!

I had previously owned the domain and site, Metascape Media, and everything was in perfect working order …Well, that’s if GoDaddy servers were up lol. Anyway, I thought to myself today …HEY, make another site, and make sure all of the Music is in Order …And here we have it!

Welcome to the site! Every Musical endeavor I have shared recently, and others not so recently, are in pristine order from my older projects, to the latest endeavor; AmbieticA. There’s even a new and improved “About” section, if you so dare to ponder into my mind lol.

I will be adding to this site in both the form of Posts, kind of like blogging, but definitely musically oriented, and of course more Ambient music as my inspiration kicks into gear. In the mean time, enjoy the music …it’s an honor to share!