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Now Playing / Re: Too much music?
« on: December 24, 2012, 02:00:56 AM »
It's not up to you to decide how much bliss we experience through music. Next lesson please :)

Did I say how much?  ::)

Now Playing / Re: Too much music?
« on: December 23, 2012, 08:25:11 AM »
Did somebody tell you guys that you had to become museum curators? Did you feel some sort of need to support the music industry? Are you going to start a radio station?

If you have a huge CD collection that's any good then it should be worth repeated listenings, and that means you don't need to buy more music, just chew on what you have.  It should sustain you for the rest of your life. If you just listen to it once then its disposable.

A lesson in consciousness - 

The first level is - is everything ok? Do I have enough?
The second level is - who has the power? Who is top dog?

I can see from this syndrome that all of you are stuck in these two areas instead of enjoying the higher levels of bliss from the music itself. Its good to "zoom out" from time to time and take a look at yourself.  You might even try picking up an instrument and learning how to play it and maybe even creating some music yourself. I just spent over four months learning how to play a classical guitar piece by ear in my spare time. Didn't buy one CD.

Just got an email about a new Ishq release.  Considering I just spent $20 on a new Ishq disc which came out last week (on his own label, Virtual), in addition to a boatload of other music, my wallet hasn't had time to recover.  This release is called "Lyght" and is a 100-copies CDR, which does not get released until 12-21-2012. 

Releasing a CDR on the day the world is supposed to end seems odd to me. Maybe release it a couple days earlier so you can get to the bank!  ;D

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Hard Drive Clicking
« on: November 24, 2012, 06:41:46 AM »
I've owned several hard drives over the years - Western Digital and Maxtor predominantly, not sure what's in my laptop, never had to pop the hood, but none of them have ever clicked once.  8)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: RIP Pete Namlook
« on: November 18, 2012, 10:23:08 PM »
Too bad he went so early. Although I've never heard of him I liked what he was up to in the first video and I really like watching him drive along in that red Triumph TR3. I had a baby sitter that would drive me to school in one exactly like that when I was a kid in the early 60s with the top down. I'll have to check out more of his work now.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Windows 8 and your music rig
« on: November 18, 2012, 09:53:54 PM »
Long time Windows guy here. One thing I've noticed with all Windows OS's is that they come with a manual to learn the basics - and as an added bonus people like to write books on them as well, not to mention oOdles of articles in PC mags, and also YouTube. I've noticed quite a few people don't care for Win 8. The thing that seems to most hated is the Start screen with its tiles and lack of a Start button. There are a few "how to get your start button back in Win 8" videos on YT! There's even Classic Shell you can install.


A few years ago I upgraded to a 1080p front projection TV and BluRay. There's no "tube" so you can project the picture as big as you want, within the limits of the size of your room. I think our screen is something like 140 inches, and it makes for a movie-viewing experience just a notch below the sounds and visuals of the movie theater. Once you factor in the audience distractions mentioned above, the ability to pause and rewind, and best of all the ability to sit there with food and drink of your choice, the home theater experience to me is far more enjoyable than "going to the movies."

This reminds me of something I saw a few months back at the Billy Wilder theater in Westwood. I went to see a couple of pre-code Jean Harlow films(now there's a reason to go a theater) and in between films there was an intermission so I walked around outside for a bit and came upon this wall outside in a hallway on the second floor and it had this video artwork going on but it was right on the wall like a projection but I looked all over the place for some kind of projection device and couldn't find one. You can  walk right up to the wall too and you don't cast a shadow or in other words the artwork isn't on you. I have read that for some time now there is video paint that you can paint on a wall or anything and it acts like a monitor. That's the future folks although right now its probably a bit expensive.

Perhaps for ambient music you'd have one staff at the top of the page with the notes to be played (or sequenced) and underneath the rest of the page would be reserved for notes on synth and effects tweekings. Then after a few of these pages you could have an actual page full of staffs for actual conventional instument playing over the loops you've created a la Robert Rich with a flute.

I've watched a few Aidan Baker vids on YouTube and I keep expecting him to actually play his guitar but instead he keeps coaxing a variety of horrendous inharmonics noises to be looped, and my favorite part is when he puts the guitar down, then goes over to either the effects or laptop to make the loops even more horrendous. Then when its over he gets thunderous applause.  8)

I think it would be incredibly comical if some ambient artists actually released the sheet music along with their CDs. Some would have a total of maybe ten notes or less, and then there's the problem of finding the right timbres to go with them. I don't think there's any notation for loop.  ;D

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: 808 documentary
« on: September 20, 2012, 05:07:47 PM »
I've got a Roland R5 which is the son of the R8. I've never read anything about these two machines! They do feature some 808 samples that I never used. Never cared for the thump, thump, thump of the 808 or that style of music, but I do prefer what some people have done with it as opposed to  sampled drum loops. The moment electronic music becomes danceable my ears reject it outright. The R5 Human Rhythm Composer was better at sounding like a real drummer and I got away with foraying into jazz fusion with it for awhile.

The Police
Weather Report
Allan Holdsworth

Does anybody dislike Skrillex as much as I do?

sraymar:  Check this out.  I don't know if it will help your particular situation, but a few years ago we had problems with sarcoptic mange with our dogs.  I still use this soap.  It makes your close smell like a burnt match, but all skin and mite problems dissappear.  For $6.95, it may be worth it.

Thanks for the tip but I've officially snuffed them all out with the holy water that is rubbing alcohol.
It took about three bottles but I haven't been bitten in over a week.

You have my sympathies. I've been fighting body lice since July. I discovered that rubbing alcohol kills them off pretty quickly but their eggs hatch in a couple of days and you have to jump back on them because they multiply exponentially and chomp down, they're very resilient. Its amazing how nature springs to life. I got these buggers from the exercise room downstairs. Since then the Orkin man has been through the whole building but the lice keep returning. The first mature wave was the worst, I was just a buffet for them. I'll just keep thinning the herd. Also this would be an intensely hot August! Can't wait for fall in a few weeks.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Soft Synths....What do you like?
« on: July 29, 2012, 04:44:19 AM »
Thanks for posting about IRIS sraymar.  I remember VAZ, didn't that come on the scene around the same time as NI's first generation of Reaktor?

I've only  checked out some videos for IRIS so far, seems pretty cool. VAZ has been around since '96 or so and it plays samples too. Now if you tweek a sample with IRIS then run it through a soft synth(like say VAZ modular) many new possibilities are available to keep you busy for a long time.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Soft Synths....What do you like?
« on: July 28, 2012, 12:23:05 PM »
I like VAZ Modular myself, there's enough in that synth to keep all of you scratching your heads for an eternity or two, it sounds amazing and its still very supported but its for Windows.

On another forum there's some talk about iZotope IRIS, anybody tried it yet? 

Everything and Nothing / Re: RIP Andy Griffith
« on: July 06, 2012, 04:29:43 PM »
Andy, the Godfather of ambient music. He'd sit out there on the porch tweeking away at his Moog modular late into the evening.....just amazing. Gomer would stop by and say, "Shazam! What the hell is that?". Of course nobody in Mayberry would ever "get it" but he didn't care.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Aliens/UFO are Demons/Fallen Angels
« on: June 27, 2012, 05:54:16 PM »
Thanks for the comment, although, as I said in my original post, not really looking for any X-files jokes or "Gee I dunno there could be UFO's" type comments.   ;)

I didn't make any X-Files "jokes", I really liked the program. Sorry that my seeing a UFO in the desert wasn't good enough for you.

PS:  You also imply that because the "demons/angels" theory was from the 70's it is some kind of old wives tale, and thus a "joke" like some view the phenomenon.  I think if you actually did some research on the subject and look at the arguments for this conclusion, you would stop laughing.

Well I don't believe in demons or angels, nor any kind of battle for our souls. My personal view is that there's only one soul which is more of an Eastern viewpoint. I wasn't laughing at the theory, I just don't buy it. I have heard an "out there" theory that all governments are run by an illuminati that is controlled by aliens. I'm up for the idea that there may be aliens but I'm not sure if they're trying to control us. There may even be aliens among us for all I know.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Aliens/UFO are Demons/Fallen Angels
« on: June 25, 2012, 09:17:21 PM »
I remember seeing a UFO out in the desert on the way to Vegas as I was traveling in Grayhound Bus at night just after the Calif./Nevada border. I was on a window seat listening to my walkman back in '91 or so looking out at the mountains which were just a bit darker than the night sky. Then I noticed a green light just above them flying from side to side for a few miles and also up and down. I was going to mention it to a passenger just behind me when it was gone. Bare in mind I had absolutely no interest in UFOs prior to that, I just wanted to get to the crap tables.

I used to spend quite a bit of time looking up at the sky with my old telescope before it was ripped off, and I used to just stare at the stars too without it. A couple times now within the last 14 years I've looked up at a set of stars and then noticed one just took off after being stationary for quite awhile.  You wouldn't see this kind of thing if you were inside at night.

As for a NASA coverup, abductions, its made for some good X-Files shows but I really can't say if that stuff is for real or not. Are UFOs demons or fallen angels, boy that's an old one! I first heard that one back in the 70s and its probably a lot older.

I was walking along a parking lot at Sunset Beach a couple months back at night taking a paper bag full of credit card bills, ATM slips, telephone bills, and other stuff that I didn't want to toss in the garbage for fear of identity theft but instead burn the bag in a firepit on the beach. While walking along there was a little band set up playing a poor rendition of a Pink Floyd tune but what struck me was the sound of the drums echoing away and how real they sounded. I've yet to hear any CD or DVD or movie in a theater come anywhere near sounding that real. The same thing happened in Laguna Beach a few years back at sunset a couple of guys were playing some big congalike drums in a tribal manner and they had this incredible real sound recordings don't capture. All recordings fall short of  the real thing period.

To me all recordings sound like a recording. So why split hairs over 16bit over 24bit? Eventually they'll probably have 128bit recordings that don't sound as real as the real deal. I don't have a problem with recordings sounding like recordings. I'm glad reality will always sound better.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Guitarist Ronnie Montrose dies...
« on: March 06, 2012, 01:56:25 AM »
A friend bought me a ticket to see a new band called Areosmith at the Forum back in '74. We came in durring the last tune of the first act Mott the Hoople. Then Montrose came on and that's when I first heard Ronnie play. Didn't really take notice of him until Open Fire came out. Seems like I was really getting into this other world of instrumental music by this time. Town Without Pity was a fav from that one. Saw him live one more time with Allan Holdsworth back in the 80s and he had like four other guitarists in a guitar section within his band playling more of that instrumental stuff which led me down to that eventual path of ruin - ambient music.  ;D

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