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PS.  New album by Robert coming out in the next week called Mercurial.

Hi there.
Great to hear you like Robert's music so much.
He does have his unique sound, and is so reliably listenable from album to album.
And as you say, introspective, but also relaxing and somehow mysteriously intriguing.

I master and release his work on DataObscura, and collaborate with him on The Winterhouse projects.

Yes, he is somewhat absent from the web, and from social media generally.
I did put some things up here years ago ::
but as you probably know, it's really just visuals with nothing personal or descriptive.
I must try to get more from the lad !

I can tell you a few things about him.
He's a really nice guy.
He lives in upper New York State in the USA, near the Finger Lakes.
He holds down a couple of jobs to make ends meet, which keeps him very busy beyond the music.
And he is not very web savvy. Or particularly tech-oriented.
I do know he records into the Reaper DAW, and uses software primarily.

He trained as a visual artist, and has had local shows.
But he is very committed to the music he makes, and is very reliable for working on new material.

Musically he is, so he has told me, especially inspired by Aglaia (on Stefano Musso's label), and Eno.
But of course he is also inspired by nature, and by the deep communion he finds with nature.
And by curious writers in the vein of H.P. Lovecraft and Algernon Blackwood.

I really should get him to write something about himself and his influences, and post it.
But he is somewhat reclusive.
I will see what I can do.

I should add that I have worked with him for many years, but have never met him face to face.


Everything and Nothing / Re: Blood moon 2018
« on: July 30, 2018, 07:56:36 AM »
Album cover  8)

Thank you, Fabio.

My latest ambient work:

Fictions and Poetics: Sands

Lost and Found
From The Air
Journey's End

The download is available here on Bandcamp -->  SANDS
It's the place to listen to the album.

Please do have a listen.
Comments always very welcome.

Enjoy !


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: C: Drive crash
« on: June 28, 2018, 04:28:56 PM »

SSD can be recovered, depending on the problem.
Same with memory sticks.
What you have probably heard is that a SSD has a set number of read/write cycles before it dies.
That is in fact true. But it is one hell of a lot of read/writes. 20 years or much more in normal use.
Which is why you do not de-fragment Solid State Drives ... you gain little in efficiency, but lose a lot of cycles.

But a SSD still has controller chips and other electronics that can act up, or go bad. And important index information that can get messed up, as with a hard disk. The hard disk rescue places will also work on solid state drives.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: C: Drive crash
« on: June 28, 2018, 04:19:42 PM »
I'm putting away the basket weaving kit, and back into music !  8)

Thanks for all the comments.  :)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: C: Drive crash
« on: June 28, 2018, 04:19:03 PM »
It boots !!!!!!!!!   ;D

Things work !!!!!!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: C: Drive crash
« on: June 27, 2018, 10:31:41 AM »
Crashed drive was recovered and cloned. Just got it back.
Files are readable -- possibly all of them.  8)
Right now copying all my music project files to SSD. Going well.
The drive might also be bootable, but Windows does report some errors on it.
Will copy first, run a check disk program later.
But positive results so far.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 22, 2018, 05:41:20 PM »
Slow Meadow: Those who rush across the sea

Gorgeous first track.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 19, 2018, 02:23:37 PM »
Dave Dorgan: Such Is Our Condition

Some nice pieces.
And free:

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: C: Drive crash
« on: June 19, 2018, 02:17:31 PM »
Meanwhile, this has been a good opportunity to play with hardware synths more than usual ...
especially sitting out in the sun with headphones on.

I am enamored by my little Roland System 1m (been on all my recent recordings, in small interesting ways).
Fed by the Arturia Keystep ... so very portable, yet capable.
Also enjoying the Korg Electribe 2.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: C: Drive crash
« on: June 19, 2018, 02:08:03 PM »
Update on that almost dead drive.

It is now off at a hard disk recovery place over here. Hopefully with useful results.
Will be expensive, but it was that or stop doing music altogether and maybe take up
another hobby (trout fishing, bitcoin mining ...) that I would not like half as much.  >:(
It was not only months of lost recordings, but also a lot of presets I have made for my
favorite soft synths and effects that would be lost.

Again ... clone that boot drive, regularly !  Don't just back things up.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: C: Drive crash
« on: June 12, 2018, 05:57:52 PM »
Jana ... yes, first thing I tried.

Swapping the controller board from a good drive to the bad one was promising, the disk shows up, but still not readable ... still not sure if it will save me paying a $1000 to a data recovery company though. They will take the platters (disks) out of the old drive and put them in a blank one, in a dust free environment, and try to copy the drive using the good read head.

Chris ::  I'd say they are transferable across machines, but you do have to cancel them on one and register them on the other. I don't find them much of a pain, generally. But it is a LOT of software. Much of the software is from smaller companies, or individuals, who are there to help make things easy.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: C: Drive crash
« on: June 12, 2018, 08:13:31 AM »
Sad thing is that the drive is no longer registering in the BIOS. SO computer does not see it.
It spins, but no reading. So can't run a rescue program on it.
It has been in a repair shop to see if they can clone it using a hardware cloner. No luck.

I will get it back today and try a different route. I have an identical drive and will remove the controller board on the good drive and put it on the bad one. Might work ... could just as easily be an electronic component problem as a mechanical one.

Last option is to seal it in a bag and put it in the freezer for a couple of hours, then try it. This has been known to work.

Yes, should have a more reliable SSD instead of the old style drive. My other three computers are all SSD.
Stupid really because the music computer is by far the most important one.

Problem is that when you put in a new drive you have to re-register/licence so much of the music software. And I use a lot of VST plugins. So I was being lazy.   :-\

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / C: Drive crash
« on: June 11, 2018, 05:44:03 PM »
Recently had my music recording computer boot drive crash (Windows).
Very depressing. Had not backed up for quite some time.
Had all recent recordings / projects on it.

A reminder to BACK things up.
Clone your drives.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 06, 2018, 05:15:27 PM »

Hirotaka Shirotsubaki :: Wet Petals  -- beautiful work.

Jana, do check out the Naviar label.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 06, 2018, 05:12:26 PM »
Chris, that reminds me :
Year 2000 was a long time coming. Now its a long time gone.   :-\

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

Sounds like yet another analog is best thing. Analog mono synths are the original essence of electronic music.  ;D

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 02, 2018, 05:18:42 PM »
Yes indeed, that's a really fine album, Jana.
Now listening to Forbidden Temple ... also very good.

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