Project BluBawx I
Project BluBawx I
Project Lumière Noire
Project 'Building Better Worlds'
Project CheckMate
Project C.M.C. Field Server
Project Cooler MaSteam-Punk
Project MicroSuperFly
Project BIO-A10
Project NOTalis (collab. with MNPCTech)
Project CLUNK
Project 'Movie Sign!'
Project LilyPC

About E.E.L. Ambiense Industries

E.E.L. Ambiense simply began as a banner (or 'record label') for my personal audio explorations hobby in the mid-'90s as 'Tarnished Records' and was quickly changed to 'E.E.L. Ambiense' as the latter sounded contrived. After hundreds of hours poured over my synthesizers and other instruments, I began to grow bored with stock computer cases and decided to start to customize them in some way.

I discovered that there were others like this out in the world, only my hermit-like withdrawn nature prohibited me from really interacting with the rest of the world. I stayed in the shadows; lurking on PC forums the world over and simply watching. During all this I began to accept commissioned work from clients built upon word-of-mouth and samples of my work passed around with clients from graphics work spilling over into the custom PC stuff. The line began to blur. After numerous projects already under the belt, I realized, albeit too late, that people were taking pictures of their work as well. My casemod hobby which had graduated and morphed into the watercooling casemod hobby (thanks to also being an 'overclocker') re-focused the graphic design efforts so I decided to introduce myself to the online community, offering advice from experience in the hobby. After finally registering an account in the mid-2000's on my favorite overseas modding forum, Bit-Tech, I began to interact with others and started to log my work (granted a little late but I digress).

Needing a handle for modding forums, I simply used 'E.E.L. Ambiense'. Many have asked before -- it stands for 'Experimental Electronic Linear Ambiense', as my audio hobby primarily dwelled in the ambient area of the electronic music spectrum.

I've been a part of the creation of previous modding forums such as the Mod Bros (now defunct) in which I along with Kyle van der Merwe and Bill Owen of MNPCTech fame, created the Mod Bros. Podcasts, which became a bit of a hit with the modding crowd. Those old podcasts are still available on the iTunes site, completely free of course.

After we left the Mod Bros. forum and it died a merciful death, Kyle and I schemed. Fast-forward 3-4 yrs. We really wanted to start a new modding forum but we couldn't get others to get on-board the idea. Eventually we convinced Bill to warm up to the idea, and along with the help of Cheapskate, the four of us founded The Mod Zoo primarily as an outlet for our newly-created Mod Zoo Official Podcasts show as well as a modding forum to act as a sanctuary for other modders that have gotten fed up with the politics on other modding forums. The Mod Zoo was founded on the idea of a no-bullshit community that is all about brotherly and sisterly modding love. Today, with the addition of other staff, we've established an amazing modding community as well as no-bullshit honest product reviews working with minor and major manufacturers in the industry that "get it".

©2015 E.E.L. Ambiense Industries. All rights reserved.

Mod & Scratchbuild Projects

Project BluBawx I

Designed from the ground up to be a state-of-the-art (at the time!) HTPC enclosure, I tried to walk the fine line between beauty and functionality as well as keeping the size small. Almost entirely consists of acrylic aside from screws, nuts, and other various fasteners.

Project LogFinal Photos • Bit-Tech MotY 2009 Nominee
Bit-Tech front page article - Nov. 2009 • CustomPC Magazine - 077 - Feb. 2010
CPU Magazine - Vol. 13 Issue 04 - April 2013 - "Modding Masters" article

Project Lumière Noire

Lumière Noire was built around a Lian Li PC-A70B. Personally, I tend to go for Lian Li cases most of the time for a new ‘canvas’ because they're just a joy to cut. Also, I'm a water cooling enthusiast through-and-through and Lian Li’s full-towers always offer lots of room for all the gear.

Project LogFinal Photos • Bit-Tech MotM Apr. 2008 Nominee
Bit-Tech front page article - Sept. 2009 • CPU Magazine - Vol. 10 Issue 07 - July 2010

Project 'Building Better Worlds'

A LAN mod project based on a beautiful chassis masterpiece from Cooler Master, the Praetorian. The mod theme is based around the film series of "Aliens"; this time the favorite ominous "Company" that is repeatedly sited throughout the films in the series. My much-maligned "Japanese Garbage truck" mod, as Cheapskate always liked to call it back in the day. I still get "hey, what's up with the colors?!" comments, which continue to perpetuate the masterminded sarcastic joke regarding the colors, etc. from the original project log after all this time!

Project LogFinal Photos • Bit-Tech MotM Feb. 2008 Nominee
CPU Magazine - Vol. 13 Issue 10 - Oct. 2013 - "Modding Masters" article

Project CheckMate

Originally a LAN mod project based on Lian Li's brand-new (at the time) PC-A05 chassis, and one of the 1st out there as well as being one of the 1st "black n' white" projects, and an introduction to individually-sleeved cabling which has become a mainstay for modern modding. The mod theme was simply an elegant black and white repeating feel, with trademark E.E.L. custom acrylic grills to open up the chassis to its full potential.

Project LogFinal Photos • Bit-Tech MotM May 2009 Nominee

Project C.M.C. Field Server

A mod project converting a 4U server-rack into a desktop chassis and throwing in some watercooling as well. The mod theme was based on the film ALIENS; namely the Colonial Marine Corps, and what they might use out "in the field". With more trademark E.E.L. custom acrylic work and weathered powder-work.

Project LogFinal Photos
CPU Magazine - Vol. 13 Issue 10 - Oct. 2013 - "Modding Masters" article

Project Cooler MaSteam-Punk

A mod project based around an old Cooler Master ATC-210, giving it a "steam-punkish" style/feel to it. With trademark E.E.L. custom acrylic work and powder-work. Project was also used to showcase MNPCTech's new Steampunk rad-grills designed by E.E.L. Ambiense.

Project LogFinal Photos • 3rd in category in Cooler Master's 2009 Case Mod Contest

Project MicroSuperFly

A mod project based on Ultra Microfly case, giving it a major makeover including a custom front panel with increased cooling abilities. With trademark E.E.L. custom acrylic work and powder-work. Project was for a friend.

Project LogFinal Photos

Project BIO-A10

A mod project based around a Lian Li PC-A10 chassis, giving it a "biohazard-destroyed" style/feel to it and tossing in extensive watercooling. With trademark E.E.L. custom acrylic work and weathered powder-work, along with lighting and control mods. Project was for my best friend.

Project LogTeaser/wrap-up filmFinal Photos
CustomPC Magazine - 113 - Feb. 2013 • CPU Magazine - Vol. 12 Issue 12 - Dec. 2012

Project NOTalis

A mod project collaboration with mod pioneer "Overkill Bill" Owen of MNPCTech. Was the result of a 3-day trip to MN to visit Bill for the 1st time. Bill and I spent a majority of our time outside of the shop just chilling and spending time. The trip resulted in the infamous "Nautilus" grill that became a big hit with the modding crowd. I designed the grill to be reminescent of the iris port on the Nautilus submersible craft in the film "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea". Based on a Silverstone SG05 case, giving it a makeover including the custom front panel and weathered effects. Project was a surprise gift for Mr J. Hanlon.

Project Log"Project NOTalis: The Case Mod Movie"

Project CLUNK

A mod project based within the post-apocalyptic world of Mad Max; namely taking place in between the 1st two films. Phases 1 & 2 of the project have been completed, but the secretive Phase 3 is still in progress.

Project LogFinal Photos
CPU Magazine - Vol. 14 Issue 12 - Dec. 2014

Project 'Movie Sign!'

(currently in progress)

A mod project based on an old AMS CF-1006 chassis -- one of the best underknown chassis in the history of PC cases. Mod project theme is of one of the best TV shows ever to exist -- Mystery Science Theater 3000! Was started to be built for my younger brother in college. He's now graduated and employed out of town. :/

Project Log

Project LilyPC

A mod project based on a Lian Li Q-07 ITX chassis. Mod project theme is based on and for my step-daughter, Lily. Trademark EEL acrylic design work and powdercoating to create the flowery beauty theme.

Project LogFinal Photos

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annul - Planets & Stars

(1998) EEL#001

Collaborative side project with an ex-associate. A spacey, ambient drone and processed impromptu guitars mixture. Explorations of ambient drone space music along with guitar improv. Idea was to create spontaneous electronic space music that had a jam kinda feel to it.

First of two annul releases. Early primitive recording. Analogue and digital sources. I do not recall much about recording this as it was a blur. I know it was a pain in the ass, due to the primitive computing system used for recording. I wish it had been recorded better, but I still love this material.

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tacit - A Ripple in Time...

(1999) EEL#002

Early tape-manipulation work involved. These tracks were originally recorded and mixed, poorly, on analogue equipment. An attempt to preserve the original raw sound was executed, however it is merely up to the equipment's fidelity limits. This is the follow-up material I worked on following 'Somnolent Melancholy'. A more refined sound to it with the typical tape-work.

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tacit - Somnolent Melancholy

(1996 - remastered 2000) EEL#003

Main project & brainchild of mine. Started out as simple tape-manipulation & experimental soundscapes project & has grown into a pseudo-motion picture score / ambient drone synthesizer mixture.

Although the EEL # on this release is # 003, it's actually the first ever material I ever did. It was recorded on and off during 1996. Exact dates are unknown. Really early primitive recordings. Analogue cassette sources only. Actually a mixture of two different cassette projects; a full-length and an EP. Oddly enough, some of my personal favorite material. All analogue recording and mix. The earliest, dirtiest, most un-listenable rubbish you can subject your ears to. Tape-manipulation materials. This is before the digital age so it's really primitive. These recordings are very old and extremely low-fidelity. The sound quality is pretty awful to say the least, but I just wanted to make that clear so no one who may be listening to this material destroys their entertainment equipment and attempts to blame me for it. Use this music at your own risk.

Some trivia: Original self-humored cassette "Somnolent Melancholy", which contained most of the tracks on this audio archive; this is what started my experiments in audio. All this material is primitive, including the art for the cassette boxes. One thing I can recall off the top of my head is how difficult it was to painstakingly make those cassette labels by hand when I didn’t have the sticky labels to use. One other thing I recall is how fun it was to keep my little sister awake in the middle of the night by blasting low-cycled feedback and distorted noise through the walls of my bedroom.

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tacit - Perfect Cure For Insomniacs

(1998) EEL#004

Sessions plagued with computer crashes & data loss. I was going for a sarcastic feel with the title. Ironically, it turned out sarcastic, but in the wrong way; definitely NOT anywhere near perfect. As the computer died, it took the multitracks to the ocean floor. These are the surviving mixes (with an experimental compression algorithm added), which I wasn’t happy with. Hateful time of life. Screw all brand-name computers. Just build them the way you want them. All-Digital recording & mix.

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Hiatus|Dot|Execute

(2000) EEL#005

Electronic music side project (complete with drumbeats!) that was a break from the normal droning mundane music. About as close to "dance" music that I'll get. Very electro-industrial feel. Feels dated to me now listening to the material, but I enjoyed sequencing it. Lots of mathematics and sci-fi sampling going on. I doubt I'll make any more of these.

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Hiatus|Dot|Execute - RMXs

(2000) EEL#006

Remixes / alternate mixes of some of the tracks from the album I enjoyed the most.

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Audio Vehicle - Superstition is the reservoir of all truths

(2001) EEL#007

One-off side project that was originally meant to be the 2nd annul album or a possible collaboration with another musician I knew in town at the time but never made it that far. Very odd material, and beautiful in its sojourning bliss. Lots of mathematics going on here.

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annul - lumière bleue

(2002) EEL#008

Second album was more studio-based emphasizing spacial mixing for awesome headphones listening.

All digital recording and mix. Recorded in a week, front to back. Double CD. Over 2 hours of sound. Lots of good memories I have of recording this. I recall it being cathartic, almost therapeutic considering the enourmous amount of stress I was under at the time, as I moved to Orlando briefly at the beginning of this recording in an attempt of change but it didn't work out well at all. I also lost my beloved cockatiel as well, most likely from overstress due to the move. I love this material personally.

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tacit - Tree of Sorrows

(2004) EEL#009

Worked on for over three years during a horrible bout of depression brought on by a few things gone wrong in my personal life at the time. It was cathartic, I suppose. I don't believe in medication for depression so this is my form of therapy. Lots of piano work and orchestral sequencing. Drone on.

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tacit - Insection

(1997 - remastered 2002) EEL#010

"Live" album, as in recorded entirely improvisational from beginning to end. Recorded sometime in 1997 one night straight to a metal cassette tape. Remastered sometime in 2002. Virtually unlistenable as usual.

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