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Now Playing / Re: the ultimate 'ambient'?
« on: May 04, 2009, 06:15:14 PM »
"Do you smell what the Rach is cookin'?"

Love the distinct Russian bass profundo emerging at the 3 min. mark. Excellent piece.

At Apple, business is booming, since whatever formula they use to combat the recession seems to be working. So, thanks to blessing Divine and Apple's favor, I've got a promotion waiting in the wings and a pretty secure spot regardless. My division is actually an expanding one, and as for the details, well, I don't want to get hunted down by Steve Jobs for divulging...

On top of that, my fianceÚ just got a raise as well, which bodes well for our upcoming wedding.

If nothing else, while I'm thankful for our blessings, I do find unsettling the growing numbers of our unemployed friends here in Denver.

Hey, Apple is everywhere, right?


iTunes can be a pain to set up, and I've spent hours on it as if I were tinkering with an old car. What I'd recommend after disallowing iTunes to manage the library:

1) Get the music folders and files all organized, since this is how iTunes should read them from now on.

2) Select "Add Folder to Library" and bring them back to iTunes. The tags should be the same, only iTunes will point pack to the location from which the songs were added.

3) If you haven't deleted the existing songs, you could either do that, or use the search field (top right) to narrow down the culprits. Then you can arrange by "Date Added" (the view option should be present, and if not, View > View Options > Date Added) and delete the older, misaligned songs.

Hope that helps.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Asperger's syndrome
« on: April 29, 2009, 03:14:06 PM »
As one who has the aforementioned syndrome, I'd say that I find it less of a crutch and more of a motivator. I didn't get to be socially adept until I realized I had an issue with that, thus giving me the impetus to overcome that hurdle. That bit is a relief. I've tried to use its positive side-effects (obsession, secluded focus, perfunctory perfectionism) to my benefit, via my position at Apple Corporate (in this case, something that requires great problem solving ability and logical deduction) and writing a novel (a good outlet for obsessive, artistic outbursts).  Though I find myself getting burned by some eccentricities, but really, as part of who I am, I let it make me the best. Make it work!

As 1) an AppleCare employee who deals with iTunes issues daily and 2) deft enough with iTunes, I'd advise *not* letting iTunes do any of the music organization. No "keep my library organized," no nothing, just leave that unchecked. Compilations get ruined utterly, and if nothing else, keeping the library organized is only helpful when exporting to an external drive. And even then, it's utterly a pain.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 16, 2009, 11:43:26 PM »
Randy Greif - Alice in Wonderland (Now that is something else indeed. Works well while writing.)
Miles Tilmann - Smallest Flame (Lovely song, and I only repeated it once to fall asleep. Soundly.)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 30, 2008, 02:48:40 PM »
Andrea Marutti - The Subliminal Relation Between Planets

Holy dang. Just when I though Gel-Sol's "IZ" would dominate my playlist, along comes this on the jukebox. He sounds somewhat like Aglaia's dark side. That's a good thing.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 16, 2007, 08:44:00 AM »
V/A - Beirut Cafe Vol.2  -  Don't have volume one for some odd reason, but two serves just fine. Good ambient, electronic, lounge-ish material here. Perfect for a, uh, cafe, actually. The vocal tracks balance well with the pure electronica interspersed within, and if Beirut were as laid back as this album, send me there.

Blank and Jones - Relax Edition Two  -  More chillative work, but not as solid as the aforementioned Beirut Cafe. However, the tracks featuring Mike Francis are exceptional, and they make this disc worth having.

Steve Roach - Immersion: Two  -  Good night. Literally.

Saul Stokes -  Fields  -  Can't say why, but this is an eerily organic album with that quintessential element that grows on you. Can't explain it; all I can do is listen and enjoy.

O÷phoi - Dreams 3 - No too much to be said here, save for the fact that I fell asleep blissfully to this one. The tonal shifting in the first track is a treat for sure.

Jah Wobble and Bill Laswell - Live at the Knitting Factory This could have been one of their better collabs if it were not for the shifty, random execution of it all. But it's live, improvised, and it does bring key elements of Laswell's and Wobble's work together. That's always fun to hear.

Vir Unis - The Drift Inside This is his finest work. Never heard anything of his approach the magnitude of this tour de force.

Daft Punk - Earthbound Before Daft Punk became, well, "Daft Punky." Straightforward, yet solid trance on this venture.

Alio Die - Incantamento Goodness almighty. This album is almost unnecessarily good. Serene, natural, beautiful.

Mylo - Destroy Rock & Roll One of the most innovative, quirky, and rocking electronic albums out there. "Drop the Pressure" alone is worth the album. Bonus for Mylo being a Mac user.

Jah Wobble - Umbra Sumus Although I like his heavier bassic exploits, this world music groove outing is bouncy enough, bassy enough, and worth a passive listen.

Aril Brikha - Ex Machina Thank the Lord for Sweden. Brikha seems to have mastered the ambient minimal techno thing, and his sophomore effort showcases it. Had to listen twice; it was soothing, engaging, and replete with flair. Highly recommended.

Kerri Chandler - Essential Mix 9/23/06 Essential Mix. What more can I add? I give it a 7/10.

Ashera - Enviro Gorgeous. Simply gorgeous. Everything Ashera produced is essential. This album slides in right behind Cobalt 144, but the vocals on this one are beyond heavenly, among the best he's done.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 10, 2007, 02:15:12 PM »
Dave Clarke - Live @ Locomania (Not too bad, not too good, but the spontaneity is to be relished.)

Klaus Wiese - Ming Noir (Played this for my early morning read. Wiese, Grassow, and Oophoi are my holy trinity for bedtime or sub-chill relaxation [However, Dead Weather Machine by the Sleep Research Facility proves to be the winner among stand alone bedtime tracks.] The last track, "Rosewood Room," is sheerly gorgeous.)

Lustmord - The Place Where the Black Stars Hang (This is his best solo outing, no question. The early section with the "riding a giant winged beast in the air" effect is worth the price of admission here.)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 09, 2007, 08:23:35 AM »
Wagon Christ - Tally Ho!
Muslimgauze -  Opaques
Sasha - Essential Mix from 5/21/95 (the Holy Grail of Essential Mixes)
Pete Namlook - Air 4 -- Elle a Du Shell
Miles Davis - Cool & Collected
Pan American - Quiet City
Mathias Grassow and Jim Cole - The Last Bright Light (went to bed on this one)
Bill Laswell - Divination: Sacrifice

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: December 07, 2007, 02:00:37 PM »
'Twas Loren who said it, but having not heard the track yet, I see not how the split makes sense.

Vine, Bark, and Spore was solid, "The Holy Dirt" spectacular.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: December 06, 2007, 07:59:50 PM »
Would someone be so kind as to enlighten me as to why the title track was split across the two CDs? Help sate a man's curiosity.

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