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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Exotica / Lounge / Tiki Classics
« on: August 28, 2012, 10:17:33 PM »
Seems like you find the "quiet" in other music genres. Nice ability to have! I still enjoy the "quiet" in solo lute music, and got a couple more of these type albums recently. Although it's more jazz/bossa nova I did like Astrud Gilberto for awhile.

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Now Playing / Re: Too much music?
« on: August 28, 2012, 10:10:54 PM »
Hi.

Sorry to revive an old thread, but I have my own story here:

Last fall, I sent a large box to Goodwill (for those that don't know - it's basically a business that operates thrift shops). I already had quite a few CD's in this box that I knew I wasn't going to be able to get rid of by selling. I also decided to check through some old cassette tapes. Dear God!!!!  :o While I quickly checked through a few of them, there were others that I just plain knew I didn't ever want to listen to again! I must have put at least 75 tapes in that box. That's not a big amount to some, but I was surprised at how my music taste had changed, even if it's slight. Some things didn't stand the test of time for me.

headonist -- I understand, I have approximately 900 Cd's now!!! I have to get rid of the ones I don't like anymore and watch how many I take on because I might be planning to move elsewhere in USA in two years. (City is picked out). This move depends on a lot of things, I can't leave immediately. So while I do plan to move a safe area, I must take into account available apartment space, crime etc. in new area. I may need some extra storage and renter's insurance anyway!! I don't know if I will be able to put the music on a server right now.

jdh --  I had 6 Cd's by a well known artist (who shall remain nameless here). I sold 4 and I'm keeping only two of them. I do see your point about artist's starting to sound the same after a number of releases, although it depends on if the artist finds a profitable "sound" to exploit and one's personal taste.

I will probably never get rid of my Robert Carty CD's. He varies his music a bit. Most of them are CD-R's too so they can't be sold anyway. Same with Oophoi, but for slightly different reasons.

The "housecleaning" continues...... :-\



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Hi,

Haven't been here for a long time. All told, I've been a bit of a techno-holdout.    :-\

I have two general options to consider:

One:

I'm wanting a device that can archive audio tape to MP3 files or maybe a CDR.

I have seen a device about the size of a Sony Walkman that can hook into a computer via USB and make the files, but these are inexpensively priced ($50USD or lower) so I don't know how good the sound quality is.

There is a rather expensive device from TEAC ($400 USD) that can record to CD from tapes all in one unit.

Are their options between these extremes?

Also, while i **don't** advocate illegal copying, I do have some unique things (semi-classical music tapes made by a very generous musician/university professor - now since dead) that I would to transfer to another medium to keep them accessible to me.

I'm not a musician myself. I was just in 2 general education classes he taught.

Anyway, I guess it's probably time for me to move from tape/disc/file to at least disc/file.    :D

I don't want to deal with a music server or anything pretaining to "cloud services" for right now. I don't have much bandwidth either, and can't change that for right now.     :(

Two:

I have also found out that the Audacity software might be worth a try. It would let me export the files to .wav format (I prefer this format) so I could burn them to CD too. A brief search of the forum indicated that some forum users liked it. Are there any pitfalls/quirks that I should look out for if I decide to use it? Any useful "hacks?"

I have also been looking the Audacity online manual!!!

Thanks.



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Everything and Nothing / Re: Happy Birthday, Mike!
« on: June 12, 2011, 08:32:12 PM »
Happy Brithday Mike! (A bit of a belated message)..... :D

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Whoops! I just remembered I have this on the computer! I'll give it another listen! Thanks anyway!  :-[

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Hi,

I like his netlabel release "Neptune is a Gas Giant." Any suggestions on something similar?

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 01, 2011, 09:12:38 PM »
Steven Berkowitz - Floating Texture

For me this recalls the best of the "deep drift" music of Steve Roach.


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Until I got Jonathan "Synthetic" Block's "The Anatomy of Waves" I was not that big on that sort of sound. Now I enjoy it. Any suggestions for something similar? Oh, I also enjoy David Parson's "Jyoti" too, sounds similar.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Jewel Cases
« on: March 19, 2011, 06:13:38 PM »
I have been noticing a couple of things as I continue to rip my collection and transfer the original CDs from jewel case to bags:

1.  Many of the CD-Rs are turning gold-colored with time.
2.  More and more artists are using thin, but gatefold paper sleeves on their CDs.
3.  CD-Rs are increasingly common among new releases

...in case you are interested.

1. "Bronzing," a type of CD-R rot is probably going on.  Keep Transferring!
2 & 3 can't comment.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: February 28, 2011, 08:10:39 PM »
Steven Berkowitz -- Light Pools

Initially got Ec(s)tasis from CD Baby, exchanged that with Light Pools. Like it much better. 3 separate
drone tones merge and diverge almost randomly and very beautifully with each other over 1 hour with plenty of silence and space between.

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Hi,

Speaking of cassettes lately and such....................

I have been sorting thru personal belongings lately, and attending to other personal issues as well (hence my absence from the forum) and I recently rediscovered Pete Bardens "Watercolors."

Had it on an old tape. Anyone remember him?

With the exception of "Is it any Wonder?" (kinda smooth jazz,) I enjoyed hearing the originality, passion and positive energy of the music, especially the title track! It didn't sound like, say, Yanni to me. (Please, no offense to anyone, but I'm not exactly a big fan.)

Any more music like this out there these days? The only ones I know of who might have anything like this is Davol & Mars Lasar. (Have CD's from them too. I'll be keeping those!!)


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Everything and Nothing / Re: Jewel Cases
« on: February 28, 2011, 07:58:06 PM »
If my mail order CD's have broken Jewel Cases/center spokes I just put the CD & liner notes in a new case. Maybe Goodwill or some other organization can recycle some of your many cases after other have taken what they want!

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Your favorite O÷phoi releases!
« on: February 28, 2011, 07:54:39 PM »
Mare Vaporum
Mare Imbruim
Athlit
Arpe de Sabbia
Dreams of Shells
Behind the Wall of Sleep

and more!  :)

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I am guessing that the laser heat causes a chemical reaction with the paper glue/adhesive and the plastic? Anyone have a link that explains "CD-R rot?"

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I have now seen serenity, it was a good film..a quite good ending to the tv series I suppose...

I will now download Twin Peaks, I have heard a lot of good things about it, and I know David Lynch is one of the directors.
Usually Prefer Sci-fi ..but since David Lynch is director I need to see it.



You wouldn't happen to enjoy older British Comedy?? Just asking. I may try to obtain "Yes, Minister" sometime this fall. From what I heard, you don't need to understand Brit politics to enjoy the show!

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Hmmm. I'll see about trying Iron out. I like the privacy features. Didn't even know that Chrome could do the tracking it does. Shame on Google!!  :o    >:(

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Best Ambient cd to have sex to ?
« on: August 19, 2010, 06:31:12 PM »
I got another crazy idea. I know this is silly, but could not resist:

What would an ambient version of Barry White sound like? After all he was know for some sexy pop.

My guess is "stretching out" him saying "oh baby" by half an hour at least!   8)




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Everything and Nothing / Re: Best Ambient cd to have sex to ?
« on: August 17, 2010, 09:19:41 PM »
Gee, there must still be a heat wave somewhere!  :o  I guess a topic like this was inevitable.

Anyway, while more in the "world chill" category and "intended" for yoga, Deosil's "Centering" album does have a few tracks the could be considered sexy I guess.

Good luck on what you decide!!!

 ;)


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Everything and Nothing / Re: Classical Lute Music
« on: July 28, 2010, 09:42:28 PM »
I'm a recent lute convert, too.  Just picked up Paul O'Dette's "Marco dall'Aquila: Pieces for Lute" on Harmonia Mundi.  Great disc. It was recorded live in a castle so there's  tons of natural reverb on this recording. The classical purists are poo-pooing this recording for this reason but being an ambient fan I think it adds rather than takes away. Highly recommended CD.

I recently obtained this one. Haven't heard it all the way through. The melodies are what I expect for lute music but my stance on the reverb is neutral.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 28, 2010, 09:39:47 PM »
I'll have a bit of catchup too:

Oophoi: Whispers from the Noisy Void

Much "darker" from his other releases in my view, and I have a lot of them! It makes me think if David Parsons had recorded "Dorje Ling" on another planet on the other side of the universe it would sound somewhat like "Noisy Void."

Antonio Testa: Inframundis

Love the "organic" sounds in this recording. I didn't know that stalagmites could be musical!

Mathias Grassow: Calibration

Didn't enjoy the first track. The rest is alright. I haven't really heard all that much from him. I don't know if he tends towards darker moods as a rule or not.

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