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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: Yesterday at 11:42:36 AM »
Ha ...  I was going to try out the Audio Technica ATH-M50x phones when at a store again. I'd heard very good things about their quality given their relatively affordable price point. Now I may have to spend more for the M70x !!!


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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CD vs. CDR
« on: May 19, 2015, 02:17:02 PM »
I think these days its wise (and relatively easy) to make sure you have a good MP3 (or whatever) rip
of physical albums saved somewhere. That way when your wife throws you out you don't have to
take all those damn CDs with you.  ;)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CD vs. CDR
« on: May 19, 2015, 09:29:28 AM »
Don't think there is much you can do if you have cleaned the disk and it won't read anymore.
I think the solution is to contact either artist and see if they will send you a replacement disk or a good digital version.

A number of labels were not always using the best blank CDr media for their releases.


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambient music and Mastering
« on: May 12, 2015, 08:26:48 PM »
Well you know, there are a lot more people creating finished music now than back in the previous century. Creating and recording good quality audio is itself a lot easier now that we have computer DAWs. And a lot of artists do get better not only at playing their preferred instrument(s) but also at editing and recording their own compositions, and mastering the final album, the end product. So the need for expensive studio time has certainly been drastically reduced. But it is not that the need has completely gone away, that would be presumptuous. It would presume that everyone gets everything right on their own albums. It would presume that a second pair of ears is not needed. It would presume that their album could not be improved in its audio quality or balance or overall arrangement. I think they generally can be ... in the hands of a skilled engineer. Of course, in the hands of a not so good engineer you may be wasting time and money, that goes without saying. But so often I hear albums that could have benefited from having better editing and mastering. That aside, I do share your view that ambient is a peculiar beast, and can be quite different from recording real world instruments where veracity of sound is the big thing, and different from the pop world where pumping things up and adding a new twist  to standard 4 piece bands and vocals is important. There is no way ambient should be. A particular way it should sound. It can be glitchy and lofi, for example. But no matter what it's style, there is still a musicality that should be achieved and it should be polished to the best it can be. Time and nurture should be given to it.

I have little interest when someone announces: I'm going to do an album a week for the next couple of months !  Am I not amazing !
No, you are not. It's probably gonna be crap.

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Just finished The Talos Principle (on Steam). 
If you like puzzles and realistic environments, and some quirky philosophy thrown in, this is a winner.
Very much enjoyed it.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: "Mythos and Music"
« on: April 23, 2015, 12:58:41 PM »
Just a note. Much of the music of Robert Davies is influenced by Lovecraft, particularly in relation to a sort of nature mysticism or animism. He often quotes Lovecraft on the covers and uses brief lines for track titles.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 19, 2015, 05:34:58 PM »
This evening (and many prior ones)

- Saul Stokes :: Formation   "Turn of Phrase" is wonderful !!

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 18, 2015, 05:28:20 PM »
- Loscil :: Sea Island  -- very durable stuff.

- Aplink :: Galatea Galante  -- this could go on forever as far as I'm concerned.


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: iOS - useful for an ambient musician ?
« on: April 17, 2015, 12:46:30 PM »
Good point about the price, Pete. If a lot of regular VST plugins are somewhat overpriced, the iOS apps are generally underpriced if anything. Not bad at all.

And definitely have to try the iFretless. Thanks for mentioning it.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: iOS - useful for an ambient musician ?
« on: April 17, 2015, 09:32:20 AM »
It is quite amazing to me just what can run on an iPad, and smoothly. Kinda things that would have choked on a Windows system not too long ago. Seems to be a good and quite innovative development environment. And the hands-on control abilities, like the Lemur stuff, looks excellent. And great for artists on the move doing live gigs.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 10, 2015, 06:04:47 AM »
Judd. I think if Dennis at Databloem doesn't have a download for sale via a link on the album page, then there isn't one. He organizes his own downloads.

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Love the cover, and really enjoying the first tracks on Bandcamp.   8)

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 29, 2015, 04:06:35 PM »
What are you doing in that piano?
I'm Haydn.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum software upgrade coming up
« on: March 27, 2015, 02:10:15 PM »
Ah, good point. And a good reason to get a nice looking default worked out.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum software upgrade coming up
« on: March 25, 2015, 02:39:37 PM »
And The Gray is fine. I'm using Chrome on a laptop. Was my desktop I earlier had problems on, but it is Chrome also.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum software upgrade coming up
« on: March 25, 2015, 02:37:36 PM »
Vertex is working fine in that regard.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum software upgrade coming up
« on: March 25, 2015, 02:36:12 PM »
Not happening with the Decal theme I'm now using, but I do remember that earlier. It was not wrapping at the end, but scrolled the screen.
Will check other themes right now.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 25, 2015, 08:47:23 AM »

- STEINBRÜCHEL :: Parallel Landscapes

Lovely minimal release from january on 12K. Tiny percussives, minimal sines, and suchlike.
Kind of thing I like late at night while reading.
https://12kmusic.bandcamp.com/album/parallel-landscapes

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Sure, Dave, let me know if you need anything.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum software upgrade coming up
« on: March 19, 2015, 12:24:59 PM »
We've been testing a few themes this afternoon.
Decal is particularly nice, and has neat changeable headers -- drop down on right.

I'm just checking out Back To Retro -- yeah !   8)

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