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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Echospace Detroit CD's
« on: Today at 06:36:14 AM »
I love this dub techno label, but every time I look at their Bandcamp page, all the CD releases are sold out.  And this is stuff only out for a couple weeks.  Luckily the Amoeba record store here gets copies so I don't always miss out, but some of this stuff just can't be found anywhere after its sold out.  Anyone else into this label with similar frustration?

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Everything and Nothing / Remasters: To tweak or not to tweak?
« on: September 22, 2014, 01:02:23 AM »
I have to admit I've been suckered into the whole remaster craze where when a band or artist remasters their whole catalog, I immediately buy them and replace my originals.  I've since learned to be more cautious these days as some of these remastering jobs are really horrible and do more harm than good.  I have found myself going back to music stores and buying back all my originals because the remasters were so bad.  Below is a list of remaster series I have found extremely disappointing, with my reasons why:

RUSH ("The Rush Remasters")--these were issued in 1997 and whoever did them effectively took out the warm bass harmonics of the music.  It is sad that all these Rush fans buying the box sets think they have the definitive editions of these albums when in reality they have total garbage repackaged.  Apparently I'm not alone in this opinion based on the Rush forums I've perused.

COCTEAU TWINS (remastered by Robin Guthrie).  Very disappointing that Guthrie ruined his own music.  He cranked up the volume and sucked the warmth right out of the music.  Luckily the original 4AD UK cd's are easy to find because most fans sold their originals for the "upgrades." 

DEAD CAN DANCE (remastered by various).  Same as above, basically.  To me these were too loud and the bass harmonics were compromised.  Not nearly as bad as the Cocteau Twins hatchet job.  I only have the original 4AD UK discs now in my collection. 

OTHER 4AD LABEL BANDS LIKE CLAN OF XYMOX, THIS MORTAL COIL, ETC. --John Dent of Loud Mastering did a real hatchet job on the first Clan of Xymox CD and the followup Medusa.  One of the worst remastering jobs I ever heard.  This Mortal Coil I think didn't need an upgrade and I think the originals are still perfect.  I can't tell much difference with the recent remasters. 

DAVID SYLVIAN.  Again I found these too loud and the subtle bass harmonics missing.  Secrets of the Beehive was especially bad, way too loud for such an intimate vocal album.  The only ones that benefited from remasters were Brilliant Trees (which always sounded muffled) and Alchemy. 

Here are some series I thought were good:

BRIAN ENO. Really subtle and tasteful job on these.  An improvement over perfection, if that's possible.

THE CHURCH.  If you go back and play this band's original CD's from the 80's, boy did their music not transfer well to CD.  They sounded like total crap compared to the awesome remasters, which took away the tinny sound and muted volume. 

SLOWDIVE.  Although one of my favorite bands, I always thought their studio recordings were pretty lackluster compared to their live performances, and the CD's sounded, fidelity-wise, slightly better than awful.  Great remasters I thought on these.  So much more listenable.

They call it "loudness wars" these days.  I don't think the issue is just cranking up the volume, but robbing the original recordings of what made them special.  Also, I think it's interesting that Amazon advertises certain albums as "original recording remastered" when they WEREN'T remastered, just reissued.  Best example I can think of is the Klaus Schulze reissues.  On the KS website it states these were not remastered. 


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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Bad Ambient
« on: September 03, 2014, 10:32:18 AM »
Sometimes on paper ambient music can look good.  Until you actually hear it and it sounds like cat farts. 

How about the term "bad ambient" (proposed pronunciation: buh-DAM-beeyunt)?

Do you have any warnings about stuff that is just plain awful?

The one that inspired this topic is "Variations for Organ, Keyboard, and Processors" by Vidna Obmana + Willem Tanke.  I really do want to like this.  Great cover art.  But music sounds like a 5 year old playing the organ.  I will have to give another spin just to be sure.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Slowdive reunion and tour 2014
« on: August 24, 2014, 10:45:12 PM »
Been waiting 20 years for this and sadly found out over a month too late.  Their show in San Francisco on November 7  has already sold out.  Geez, I hope some greedy scalpers will take my big bucks, if I can find one by then.  There's some video footage on YouTube of the reunited group and while they don't sound quite as visceral as I remember when  they were all around 24 (back in '94 opening for Catherine Wheel), they sound pretty good.  Hope they make some new music.

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I can't remember seeing any discussions or comments after the last couple Hypnos CDs were released.  This would be Antonio Testa and Subradial.  Just wondering why ?.......

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Any Genesis fans?
« on: August 06, 2014, 11:10:38 PM »
Any opinions on Gabriel vs Post Gabriel, favorite releases, etc?  I just got Seconds Out, excellent live album where Steve Hackett was still in the band.  How about those 2008 reissues which many fans condemned for remixing the music, however slightly?

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Be honest now....  ;)

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I bought this '94 Staalplaat CD recently.  The track times are totally different than what's shown on the back cover, plus there are 12 tracks but the label indicates 10.  Really don't understand how a label could f*** up this bad and put the product on the market.  Anyone have this CD?

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Everything and Nothing / Was this an insult?
« on: July 17, 2014, 04:15:34 PM »
I'm a 46 year old guy.  A female coworker asked what I did on some time off I took and I said "House sitting and dog sitting for my mom while she was on vacation.". Then she says, "Oh, don't you live with your mom?". I never said anything ever about living with my mother so I don't know where she would get this idea.  Plus, why would I call it house sitting if I lived there?  As living with your mom at my age is universally thought of as uncool, odd, etc,  if somebody thinks you do then they must think you're unable to live away from mommy and are socially freakish or something.  I take it as an insult.  Would you?

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PM me if interested.  Thanks

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Everything and Nothing / Lesson learned: NEVER ask out a Coworker!
« on: June 28, 2014, 12:32:17 PM »
And I don't mean dating them, don't even ask them out.  Period!  Unless you like things being awkward as f*** in the office and ruining a perfectly good friendship. 

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Everything and Nothing / Does this woman want me to ask her out?
« on: April 20, 2014, 01:52:47 PM »
Hey all,

I am looking for opinions on a dating situation.

A woman I'm interested in has shown signs of mutual interest.  She's a single mom who in unattached.  Last week while chatting she told me when she's not hanging with her daughter she volunteers at two separate organizations.  She commented that she wants to cut back on her volunteer hours "to have more time to herself.". She offered this information without me asking about her free time or what she does on weekends. 

Does this sound like a subtle invitation for me to ask her out or get her number?

As with many guys, I often have trouble reading signs that a woman wants me to make a move.

Any ideas/comments greatly appreciated.  Thanks!!

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Hypnos News and Announcements / 2014 Hypnos release schedule?
« on: April 14, 2014, 06:58:50 PM »
Hi, haven't seen any news about what's coming next this year and what month it's out?  Please let us know Mike!  Greatly anticipating Martian Chronicles 2 and Max Corbacho as well.

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Everything and Nothing / Insomnia treatments
« on: March 26, 2014, 05:12:31 PM »
I've had insomnia really bad the last month.  Fall asleep fine but wake up middle of the night.  In the morning I don't feel rested and have bags and dark circles under my eyes.  I tried Trazodone and I slept better but felt tired, foggy and depressed the next day.  Anyone suffer from this condition and can recommend things that work?  Any info greatly appreciated!

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All of a sudden I'm having problems playing Band camp tracks on my phone.  Buttons don't work, music starts then stops, etc.  Any ideas what this could be?  My HTC One device does not have flashplayer, could this be a possible culprit?

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Have you unearthed from your mountain of CD's lately something you forgot about or never gave a really good listen to?  I've been on this kick lately of primarily listening to stuff I never play, with surprising results.  So far here's what I got:

Ian Boddy--- the DiN label download series.  Man, much of this material should have been on CD and is even better than the regular releases.

Cell--Live at Kumharas 2006.  This is simply a psy trance masterpiece,from this Ultimae artist.  Can't believe I let this one gather dust for so long.

What are your dug up treasures?

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Marketplace / Ishqamatics Spacebound, Autumn of Communion 3 for sale
« on: February 10, 2014, 09:20:58 AM »
Only 150 pressed on each, both released on ...txt label, been sold out for awhile.  I am selling them for $15 each, plus shipping.  If you want both and you live in the US I will ship for free.  Let me know if interested.

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All $7 each, plus applicable shipping.  PM me if interested.

Steve Roach--At the edge of everything
Steve Roach--Spiral Meditations
Mathias Grassow--Tamanoshima
Rapoon--Psi transient
Stormloop--Arctic Conditions

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / King Crimson reforming
« on: January 24, 2014, 05:49:21 AM »
Guess this was announced last September.  Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto back in the band (see my other post about Stick Men).  I thought Fripp said a couple years back he was retiring from music.  Hmmmm.  Well that's what Harold Budd said too and he's still releasing music.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Stick Men 2014 tour
« on: January 13, 2014, 02:02:48 PM »
Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, and Markus Reuter (whoaaaa!!) Playing together in San Francisco on January 23.  Must check this out.  This is a rare chance to see these masters in person.  Years ago when I went to see Karn, Torn and Bozzio as Polytown it was an amazing experience.  This looks to be the same.

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