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Everything and Nothing / Re: Blood moon 2018
« on: July 30, 2018, 07:56:36 AM »
Album cover  8)

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Thank you, Fabio.

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My latest ambient work:



Fictions and Poetics: Sands
...........................................................................

Mirage
Sands
Lost and Found
Illusions
From The Air
Sandcastles
Caravan
Journey's End

The download is available here on Bandcamp -->  SANDS
It's the place to listen to the album.

Please do have a listen.
Comments always very welcome.

Enjoy !

APK

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: C: Drive crash
« on: June 28, 2018, 04:28:56 PM »
Pete.

SSD can be recovered, depending on the problem.
Same with memory sticks.
What you have probably heard is that a SSD has a set number of read/write cycles before it dies.
That is in fact true. But it is one hell of a lot of read/writes. 20 years or much more in normal use.
Which is why you do not de-fragment Solid State Drives ... you gain little in efficiency, but lose a lot of cycles.

But a SSD still has controller chips and other electronics that can act up, or go bad. And important index information that can get messed up, as with a hard disk. The hard disk rescue places will also work on solid state drives.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: C: Drive crash
« on: June 28, 2018, 04:19:42 PM »
I'm putting away the basket weaving kit, and back into music !  8)

Thanks for all the comments.  :)

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: C: Drive crash
« on: June 28, 2018, 04:19:03 PM »
It boots !!!!!!!!!   ;D

Things work !!!!!!

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: C: Drive crash
« on: June 27, 2018, 10:31:41 AM »
Crashed drive was recovered and cloned. Just got it back.
Files are readable -- possibly all of them.  8)
Right now copying all my music project files to SSD. Going well.
The drive might also be bootable, but Windows does report some errors on it.
Will copy first, run a check disk program later.
But positive results so far.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 22, 2018, 05:41:20 PM »
Slow Meadow: Those who rush across the sea

Gorgeous first track.

https://slowmeadow.bandcamp.com/album/those-who-rush-across-the-sea-you-felt-like-home

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 19, 2018, 02:23:37 PM »
Dave Dorgan: Such Is Our Condition

Some nice pieces.
And free:
https://subterraneantide.bandcamp.com/album/such-is-our-condition

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: C: Drive crash
« on: June 19, 2018, 02:17:31 PM »
Meanwhile, this has been a good opportunity to play with hardware synths more than usual ...
especially sitting out in the sun with headphones on.

I am enamored by my little Roland System 1m (been on all my recent recordings, in small interesting ways).
Fed by the Arturia Keystep ... so very portable, yet capable.
Also enjoying the Korg Electribe 2.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: C: Drive crash
« on: June 19, 2018, 02:08:03 PM »
Update on that almost dead drive.

It is now off at a hard disk recovery place over here. Hopefully with useful results.
Will be expensive, but it was that or stop doing music altogether and maybe take up
another hobby (trout fishing, bitcoin mining ...) that I would not like half as much.  >:(
It was not only months of lost recordings, but also a lot of presets I have made for my
favorite soft synths and effects that would be lost.

Again ... clone that boot drive, regularly !  Don't just back things up.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: C: Drive crash
« on: June 12, 2018, 05:57:52 PM »
Jana ... yes, first thing I tried.

Swapping the controller board from a good drive to the bad one was promising, the disk shows up, but still not readable ... still not sure if it will save me paying a $1000 to a data recovery company though. They will take the platters (disks) out of the old drive and put them in a blank one, in a dust free environment, and try to copy the drive using the good read head.

Chris ::  I'd say they are transferable across machines, but you do have to cancel them on one and register them on the other. I don't find them much of a pain, generally. But it is a LOT of software. Much of the software is from smaller companies, or individuals, who are there to help make things easy.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: C: Drive crash
« on: June 12, 2018, 08:13:31 AM »
Sad thing is that the drive is no longer registering in the BIOS. SO computer does not see it.
It spins, but no reading. So can't run a rescue program on it.
It has been in a repair shop to see if they can clone it using a hardware cloner. No luck.

I will get it back today and try a different route. I have an identical drive and will remove the controller board on the good drive and put it on the bad one. Might work ... could just as easily be an electronic component problem as a mechanical one.

Last option is to seal it in a bag and put it in the freezer for a couple of hours, then try it. This has been known to work.

Yes, should have a more reliable SSD instead of the old style drive. My other three computers are all SSD.
Stupid really because the music computer is by far the most important one.

Problem is that when you put in a new drive you have to re-register/licence so much of the music software. And I use a lot of VST plugins. So I was being lazy.   :-\

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / C: Drive crash
« on: June 11, 2018, 05:44:03 PM »
Recently had my music recording computer boot drive crash (Windows).
Very depressing. Had not backed up for quite some time.
Had all recent recordings / projects on it.

A reminder to BACK things up.
Clone your drives.

 :(

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 06, 2018, 05:15:27 PM »

Hirotaka Shirotsubaki :: Wet Petals  -- beautiful work.

https://naviarrecords.bandcamp.com/album/wet-petals

Jana, do check out the Naviar label.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 06, 2018, 05:12:26 PM »
Chris, that reminds me :
Year 2000 was a long time coming. Now its a long time gone.   :-\

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I know there are even discussions about Mono being the best and only true representation of music.

Sounds like yet another analog is best thing. Analog mono synths are the original essence of electronic music.  ;D

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 02, 2018, 05:18:42 PM »
Yes indeed, that's a really fine album, Jana.
Now listening to Forbidden Temple ... also very good.

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I'm often reminded of Sartre talking about images.
When I look at a photograph of my friend Pierre, he says, I don't see an image of Pierre, I see Pierre.

An LP 's grooves are an analog(ue) of the music.
As is the electric signal generated via the needle that plays the LP.
So are the bits and bytes on a CD.



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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Drone/pad EQ-ing.
« on: May 28, 2018, 07:38:38 AM »
Try a dynamic EQ on resonant frequencies. Like the good and inexpensive one by Toneboosters.
Operates similar to a multiband compressor.
Its a parametric EQ, but with a threshold control (per node) so it only reduces a frequency if the signal exceeds the threshold.
Invaluable tool, I think.

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