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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 16, 2008, 05:47:57 PM »
Picked up some used cd's on a trip to Austin, TX last weekend at Waterloo Records and Cheapo's.
  • "The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter" by The Incredible String Band
  • "Just A Collection Of Antiques And Curios " and "From The Witchwood" by the Strawbs
  I have all of these on vinyl, but seldom get them out to listen to. I guess I needed a little rennaissance style folk again. It's like running into some old friends.   Harry

Most of my stuff is from the 60's and 70's. Psychedelic bands like Quicksilver, Jefferson Airplane, 13th Floor Elevators, etc. I also have a lot of Cream, Traffic, Van Morrison, Hendrix, Soft Machine, Led Zeppellin, Dylan etc. In the 70's I got more into prog-rock stuff. ELP, Yes, Genesis and everything by Jade Warrior and a little jazz. Later in the 70's and early 80's started picking up some Eno, Steve Roach, Patrick O'Hearn , Kitaro and lots of new age. I VERY reluctantly made the switch to cd as lp's became harder to find.    Harry

Everything and Nothing / Re: Favorite toys from when we were kids
« on: February 15, 2008, 02:20:31 PM »
Ooh, ooh!  I remember most of those.  My all time favorite was the Mattel Fanner 50. My brothers and me must have had a half dozen of these over the years in the late 50's and early 60's.  .    Harry

I agree.! I recently purchased "Desert Landscapes" from Hypnos. This is an excellent recording. Get it and enjoy.   Harry

Everything and Nothing / Re: Your first Recording ever?
« on: February 03, 2008, 03:53:47 PM »
My first recordings were in college and shortly thereafter (approx. 1972-1977). I have them on reel to reel somewhere. I have been looking for them for awhile. I then jumped to about 1984 and the recordings I made on 4-track cassette. I still have some of those. I'll see if I can find a decent copy and post some.   Harry

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Tools for rhythm-making
« on: February 02, 2008, 04:47:43 PM »
I mostly use the Roland HPD-15 Handsonic for creating percussion parts. I will sometimes pull out my old Sequential TOM to lay down a basic rhythm and then lay down percussion parts over that. I don't use the TOM part in the end. I just use it to keep me from trying to fill in everything with my first percussion part. Sort of a reference point. I tend to play to much when I first start laying down percussion.     Harry

Everything and Nothing / (What shoud a small label do?)
« on: January 31, 2008, 02:39:44 PM »
In regards to the topic in parenthesis, I was wondering what opinions on are. Is this a legit site? I download quite a bit of music off  this site. I am under the impression that the artists are paid for the downloads. Is this true? I know several forumites have releases on emusic. Just wondering.   Harry

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Alesis Andromeda----Worth the Effort???
« on: January 27, 2008, 09:58:41 PM »
$1700 sounds like a pretty good price. I agree with Loren, though, go check it out. I had one on order when Alesis went bankrupt. I really wanted it bad. I was in the music store at least once a week playing with the demo and waiting for mine to arrive. Unfortunately, I got nervous about the long delay and the bankruptcy situation and got my money back. I've always regretted that. I'm thinking about trying to acquire one again. Although, the prophet 08 may be the way to go. I haven't played one and I'm not sure a polysynth is what I need. I have plenty of gear, I just can't seem to finish anything, but that's another story. Bottom line is, no one can tell you what to do. Try it and go with the Force ;D .     Harry 

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: January 22, 2008, 02:25:05 PM »
I've just finished re-reading T.R. Fehrenbach's  "Comanches: The Destruction of a People". I read it many years ago and decided to read it again recently. This is a great book for those that enjoy history. Fehrenbach keeps it very interesting and not dry as so many history books can be. This is the most balanced telling of the Native Americans story I have ever read. The author doesn't assign blame on the "whites" or the Comanche, just tells the story of how the clash between cultures and eventual destruction of the Comanche was inevitable. It explains how the Comanche were almost single handedly resposible for the halt of the Spanish and later Mexican expansion into Texas and other parts of the Southwest. A great read.   Harry

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: The Winterhouse: Slow Promises
« on: January 21, 2008, 10:09:29 PM »
This is a really good release. Like a lot of my favorite works, I didn't really get into this at first. I listened to it upon receiving it and thought it was nice, but it didn't really grab me. Today was a cold, foggy and drizzly day. I put it on and was captivated. I have listened to it twice today and love it. Good job Anthony!

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: January 18, 2008, 02:41:15 PM »
I'd ask anyone who wants to vote for "vinyl really does sound better, you CD guys don't know what you're talking about," to speak up.

Finally, there are just too many obscure, rare, or relatively unpopular recordings that will never see the light of day on CD and for that alone I will never surrender to CD totally. Or, those rare recordings will get released on CD at inflated prices. For example, the debut album from the San Franciso hippy era-band It's A Beautiful Day was released on CD but the price is like $25 (which I still paid, shame on me). If I could have found it as a used LP for $5.00, I'd rather that because, while I like the music just fine, I really only wanted it for a few songs (remember the days of "filler" on LPs as an accepted practice?). There are many recordings that I would gladly pay a few bucks for on LP from those days but I don't want to buy for $20 (another one that comes to mind is Quicksilver's "Just For Love" which has that great song "Fresh Air" but also some wretched stuff like the title song. Yeah, I could download the songs I want I suppose, but damn, I'm nostalgic for the LPs (the cover of that Quicksilver album was pretty cool)

Anyway, some day when I'm finally done with a zillion home repairs/renovations/etc. and I have a dedicated music listening room, I will renew my love affair with records. Until then, well, it's still a fond memory.
     Bill, the first It's a Beautiful Day album is available on I've found quite a few old "hippie era" albums on there. I also bought the Quicksilver Messenger Service box set some time back. It's pretty good as most of the filler has been eliminated. I have to agree that was a great cover. Unfortunately, like you said, a lot of the music on it was crap. On a side note, I got to see It's A Beautiful Day live at the second Atlanta Pop Festival in 1971. They came on right before dusk. It was magical.  8)   Harry

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: January 18, 2008, 02:32:43 PM »
Like many people, Lynn and I have the bad habit of piling CDs and DVDs onto the turntable
because it's a handy flat surface - and then it takes concerted effort (a round of CD filing)
to spin the next LP, reducing the odds that vinyl will be the next choice for tunage.   :(
   ;D That's funny, Scott, because I do exactly the same thing. It takes me an easy 10 minutes to clear off the top of my old Kenwood turntable to play an LP. When I'm finished the cd's slowly start piling up again.   Harry

Everything and Nothing / Re: Kombucha tea
« on: January 17, 2008, 03:37:19 PM »
I may be crazy but I felt a bit of a "buzz" from it... nothing too crazy but just a sense of mellow well-being.  I bought a commercial, bottled type of kombucha with a little bit of flavoring added.  I'm not into trying to "grow" my own tea cultures -- too much work. 
  The growing of the cultures isn't really that much work and it's kind of fun. It's just that I would get out of the routine and forget and then the culture wouldn't be active anymore and I would have to get another one. I also forget to feed my dog, but he's pretty good about reminding me ;D    Harry D

Hypnos Label Releases / Seren Ffordd - Veils, Shadows
« on: January 17, 2008, 03:01:13 PM »
I picked this up a little over a week ago from the Hypnos store and am really enjoying it. The Hypnos site describes it as "hypnotic and dreamy, with a touch of the surreal". I think that is a very accurate description.  I especially like trying to figure out what each of the sounds are by looking at the list of instruments used. I'm having a hard time getting this one out of the cd player right now. Highly recommended.    Harry D

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: January 17, 2008, 02:42:51 PM »
As mentioned before, I like vinyl more as a nostalgic thing. I, too, have great memories of getting a new album and rushing home to listen to it as I read the album cover. CD's don't give me the same feel. The CD cover as art just doesn't compare favorably to the LP cover as art as far as I'm concerned. That being said, I don't buy LP's of new releases anymore. CD's are just too convenient and the sound quality is better (yeah, I know, Heresy). My albums bring back memories, but I only get them out rarely to listen to.     Harry D

Everything and Nothing / Re: Kombucha tea
« on: January 16, 2008, 10:23:38 PM »
Yeah, Mike,  My wife and I tried kombucha several years ago and I can't say we had any negative experiences with it. I also can't really say we had any positive results with it either. It's sort of hard to make any conclusion without long term use. You have to grow the "mushrooms" and make the tea on a regular schedule and we kept getting off the routine and having to get new "mushrooms" from relatives. In the long run , we just lost interest. I wish we had kept it up , because it seem like we were doing something positive. As far as health benefits are concened, we only did it for about 8 months and really didn't see any benefit in that short amount of time. I am still interested and would consider doing it again if the situation presented itself. I just don't know anyone in this area still trying it.      Harry D

Everything and Nothing / Re: Album Cover Wallpaper
« on: January 15, 2008, 10:24:14 PM »
Great work.  I have to agree with Bill, though. If I did that, I would be in BIG trouble. I could get away with it in my studio. Hmmm? I do have approximately 400-500 lp's out in my garage that I don't know what to do with. They are not in "mint" condition , as I played them alot. I just can't seem to part with them even though I seldom give them a listen. I have about 50 or so that I have brought into the house that I will rarely give a spin. It's just that they are like old friends... :(  and I can't seem to part with them. Anyway, good job Dave. It looks great!    Harry D

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: CD release: Nverxion - A Look Within
« on: January 10, 2008, 02:45:25 PM »
I just got the copy I ordered of "A Look Within" last week. It has been played a lot at my house and in my car since then. I am terrible at reviews, I prefer to leave those to people like Bill and others. I will say that I do enjoy it a lot. Highly recommended!   Harry D                                                                                                                    P.S. I said it on the old forum, but will repeat it here. Mike and Lena do a great job of getting products out. I have ordered quite a few small orders recently. I usually order on a Sunday and have my cd's by Wednesday or Thursday here in San Antonio. Who knew the Pony Express could move out like that. Great job you two. :)

Everything and Nothing / Re: What are your plans and goals in 2008?
« on: January 08, 2008, 10:15:20 PM »
I want to clean up my studio, finally paint my modular cabinets and put my modular back together so I can use it again. Then, I can post a photo of my studio to the forum. That is, if I can figure out how to do it. ( Mike, get ready for a bunch of stupid questions). I want to post some music for forumites to hear and critique. It has been so long since I have exposed any of my music for review by my peers. It is way overdue. I need to get more excercise. I sit on my butt everyday driving 150+ miles a day. Lose about 5-6 pounds and eat better. Appreciate life and enjoy my family and friends more, because that's what it's all about.  ;D     harry D

Everything and Nothing / Re: New flatscreen TV recommendations?
« on: January 07, 2008, 02:24:13 PM »
Hi Bill,  My wife and I just bought a 26" Westinghouse LCD at Best Buy about 3 months ago for a little over $500 with tax. Our 25" Toshiba that was a demo at the company I worked for gave out on us. I bought it for $150 in 1986 and it just gave up the ghost after only 21 years. Piece of junk!  ;) I'm real happy with the Westinghouse set. I also was limited as to how big the set could be in width. One thing you need to remember is that when you are in a showroom, anything under 42" looks small. In your home, however, a really large set can swallow your room unless the room is very large. I have installed sets in the past that were way to big for the room they were to be used in. BTW, as one of the elders here I also remember some of those things you mentioned. Does any one else remember sign off of the tv stations at about 11 p.m. ?    Harry D

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