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Everything and Nothing / Re: A world full oblivion
« on: September 22, 2018, 09:20:30 AM »
Well, I went to visit the Yew tree. Was very much a first visit, a sort of introduction and saying hello.

It is an amazing tree - though not in the usual sense of hugeness. It was more a collection of micro ecologies, each deeply connected.
   The split trunk rises up out of the ground, which was covered in a deep layer of fallen yew berries - so many that when I walked out I had to scrape about an inch deep off my shoes and then hose them clean back at home.
   It is possible to walk up and through the gap between the trunks where the original tree centre appears to have turned into soil. There are numerous roots running from both sides interweaving with each other and forming rudimentary steps.
   There are the usual higher branches, many of which, yew like, are skeletal and patterned or twisted.
   There are burls both on the outside of the trunks and within the inner space that are sprouting dense short branches that look more like yew hedges.
   Some of the burls have died and the wood is a mixture of the yellow/brown and green. There are lichens growing in various places.
   In the centre of the trunks the wood is decomposing and some holes are visible through all the layers of wood. In one of the centres is a thick yew root that is clearly feeding another tree somewhere up in the crown area - impossible to tell where the old and newer begin and end.
   There are spaces where spiders webs have clearly been a long time and a profusion of thin and thick dead branches within the crown and central space.

The tree is clearly used by non-Christians, I saw a coin pushed into the dead wood in the centre and a variety of things hung up in the centre.

Here are some photos from the web - I took a few myself but I'm not on any image websites, so if anyone can assist I'll send some pictures over....

Note the root growing up through the centre of the tree.

Everything and Nothing / Re: A world full oblivion
« on: September 16, 2018, 11:28:39 AM »
I found out recently that a yew tree not far from here has been identified as 5000 years old - will go to visit it sometime soon.... 8)

Everything and Nothing / Re: A world full oblivion
« on: September 13, 2018, 12:26:37 AM »
How is the tree looking now?

Everything and Nothing / Re: Epic music?
« on: August 14, 2018, 04:29:38 AM »

Great music - What does the brass player have attached to his instrument at 0.48?

As well as being part of Throbbing Gristle before CTI

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 12, 2018, 12:41:09 AM »
Paul Vnuk Jr and Oophoi - Distance to Zero.

Very interesting mix of sounds and atmospheres

Everything and Nothing / Re: A world full oblivion
« on: June 20, 2018, 12:28:11 AM »
I've been reading 'The Overstory' by Richard Powers - highly recommended for nature / tree appreciators.
It carries both the awe and wonder and the concern / stupidity we have been discussing here...

Jokes, Nonsense and Amusing Links / Re: The Hypnos Joke Thread
« on: June 14, 2018, 01:25:03 AM »
A friend of ours was helping his young son get ready to go to school.

He noticed his son had put his shoes on the wrong feet and told him.

His son looked down, clearly confused, and he said 'I don't have any other feet'.....

true story.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: C: Drive crash
« on: June 12, 2018, 12:39:56 AM »
Ouch, sorry to hear that.
Is there no way to get the stuff back?
Given the technology  - can't you take the disks out and take them somewhere?

Hi Tardigrade, I was purely reflecting on my own thought processes, in response to what others have been saying, not making any judgement on anyone's actions.

As I said, given the technology available to do whatever with whatever, changing what someone has put out is an extension of making mixtapes.

I know that when I buy cd players I always by single disc players as I want to be conscious of what I am choosing to listen to. I don't have streaming services, don't use computer's to play music and never use random/shuffle mode on CDs or MP3 players - just my own personal preferences for listening.

Similarly when I am out in some beautiful part of the world I don't carry a music player as I want to listen to what's going on around me.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 04, 2018, 12:52:55 AM »
I was just listening to Roach and Obmana's Live Archive album yesterday. 8) 8)

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

Everything and Nothing / Re: A world full oblivion
« on: June 01, 2018, 01:28:57 PM »
good to see new leaves - but also !Ouch!  :o

Everything and Nothing / Re: A world full oblivion
« on: June 01, 2018, 05:37:33 AM »
How is that tree doing as the spring and summer comes?

I think the discussion around digital Vs analogue is very circular - there are pros and cons for all formats - all have their individual artefacts.

As much as I loved the turntable and speakers of my youth, I hated the hiss, crackle, warp and scratches.....I kept my records very carefully, always buying solid inner and outer protective sleeves (was always amazed how many people kept records with all the 'gaps' lined up so the record would fall out when you picked the cover up...)

Given most of us are recording digitally, even the records have DAC converted bits and bytes on them. If we use digital sound sources then we have bits and bytes right at the start.

It would never occur to me to remaster someone else's music.
   I try to get into the mind of the composer - but I also prefer instrumental music because I am free to imagine whatever the music inspires in my mind, rather than having my thoughts directed by lyrics.
   But I suppose the remastering Tardigrade describes is just an extension of how I used to record tracks to cassette to create compilations - taking what is given and changing it for my own preference. It's amazing that the technology to achieve it is now so easily available.....(showing my age there a little....)

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: May 21, 2018, 06:23:52 AM »
Any Brandon Sanderson fans in here? I'm currently reading the second book of the Mistborn series. I love it! It's a pretty chunky book too, which is awesome.

They are a great series - enjoy them all.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 17, 2018, 12:13:29 AM »
Oophoi - Dreams, never tire of this music.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 25, 2018, 07:05:01 AM »
Mathias Grassow - Dissolution - very dense drones.
Alio Die and Yannick Dauby - Descendre Cinq Lacs Au Travers D'Une Voilé. Great piece of drifting music.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: 4K movies and documentaries
« on: April 12, 2018, 10:33:48 AM »
Criminal - with Kevin Costner - not kept this one, interesting story but not one I'd watch again.
Everest - snow whites very stunning....very tragic story.
Prestige - great story telling, enjoyed it much more this time round. I like the way the story is told through 3 different people, 2 of them reading each others books about each other...
Inception - always enjoy this film, even better in 4K
Blade Runner 2049 - great film, interesting story and great visuals.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Brilliant visuals, but not sure about the story - too much running/flying  around for me -  A bit like more recent Dr Who....also I have not decided if the retelling of IV is a good thing in exploring different themes or just lazy story telling.

Looking forward to 2001 and The Matrix.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 28, 2018, 02:30:36 PM »
more rhythm tonight...
24 Frames per second - compilation by musicians from the modulatorESP forum - I particularly like the track 'Red Sky at Night' by The Glimmer Room - great rhythms and excellent build up...

Ian Boddy - The Deep - particularly flow current flow and aquanaut

Tangerine Dream - Oasis

and then the first track from Seven Letters From rhythm and stunning atmosphere...

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