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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 emusic.com. 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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. :)

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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

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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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Everything and Nothing / Re: Best of the Internet, Round 2
« on: January 05, 2008, 10:51:30 AM »
You're not really a SERIOUS timewaster until you try this site.  www.widro.com/throwpaper.html   ;)   Harry D

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Hypnos Forum move
« on: January 04, 2008, 02:37:00 PM »
I'm in and that old guy in my avatar came along, as well.  ;D    Harry D

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Everything and Nothing / Re: ~Happy Holidays~
« on: December 24, 2007, 04:40:15 PM »
Wow! Bill, those pictures do make me cold. It does look like Christmas, though. It's supposed to get down to 36 here tonight. I may have to look for my jacket. It's around here somewhere, I know. I think I used it once last year, or was that the year before?  Hmmm...   ;)  Merry Happy and Happy Merry to all.   Harry D

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Everything and Nothing / Re: For the audiophile who has everything
« on: December 23, 2007, 04:14:52 PM »
  ;D That's pretty good. It would be even better if the speakers were in the other end  ;)      Harry D

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Everything and Nothing / Re: The holiday food you're waiting for
« on: December 19, 2007, 10:23:17 PM »
Speaking of things that SOUND absolutely disgusting... my oldest friend has a party dish he makes which is fairly common, actually.  It's a dip involving canned chili and velveeta pseudo-cheese, melted and stirred into a sloppy goo.  Sounds disgusting, yes, but if you try a taste you'll find yourself eating more and more and more until you have a bellyache and salt poisoning.
                                                                                                                       Oh, yes.  That is good. My wife makes a similar dish with Velveeta and a can of Rotel tomatoes and green chilis. I don't worry about it during the holidays, though. I just double up on my cholesterol medication and ,of course, have another beer. OMG, Angel Food Chocolate!!!  I need some now!!!   Harry D

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Everything and Nothing / Re: The holiday food you're waiting for
« on: December 19, 2007, 10:17:52 PM »
Damn!! I don't know about you, but I'm getting hungry ;D   Harry D

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Everything and Nothing / Re: The holiday food you're waiting for
« on: December 19, 2007, 02:36:03 PM »
Here in San Antonio, it's homemade tamales. I'm not of hispanic descent, but I have friends that always invite us over during the holidays plus I have a source of a family that makes them at home for sale. They are delicious! Nothing like the store bought kind. Sadly, I hear that many of the younger Mexican - American kids aren't interested in carrying on the time consuming family tradition of the Tamalada :( .  Anyway, I'll enjoy them while I have them.  Harry D

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: pro sessions
« on: December 17, 2007, 02:26:11 PM »
i picked up some loop bundles by pro sessions. wow! these have some very cool sounds and they were CHEAP! - $9.99 per set. i got 3 - tension theory, spooky ghost and sounds of unseen worlds. has anyone else ever used or heard of them?
   Hey Jim, those sound pretty interesting. Where did you get them?  Thanks,  Harry D

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: December 13, 2007, 07:39:13 PM »
"Dali: The Endless Enigma", ooh, I have forgotten about that release. That is a really good recording! I need to go back through my extremely well organised ::) cd collection and find it. I haven't listened to it in quite sometime.   Harry D

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: December 12, 2007, 10:20:43 PM »
Can't wait to hear his new release, "Arc of Passion". I'll probably pick it up after christmas or so. How does it sound actually? A bit like "Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces"?
"Mystic Chords and Sacred Spaces" is one of my favorite Steve Roach releases. but "Arc of Passion" sounds nothing like it.    Harry D

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