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Everything and Nothing / Re: Morbid topic but need feedback
« on: November 11, 2008, 04:33:07 PM »
Hi Bill,

What about donating the CDs to a Goodwill, Salvation Army, or a church rummage sale?  I doubt that CDs with a promotional sticker would be an issue with them, but I guess you never know.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Help needed on copyright alternatives
« on: November 11, 2008, 11:43:34 AM »
While it's true that the "mail it to yourself" approach is not a substitute for copyright registration, I think that the postmarked sealed envelope would at least be some evidence that the piece was in existence as of that date.  A general resource book like "This Business of Music" would probably have a discussion of the pros and cons of copyright registration.  I remember that the "mail it to yourself" approach was pretty common in the DIY-80s, but maybe it only served as a placebo.  I've checked Randall Wixen's 2005 book, "The Plain and Simple Guide to Music Publishing," and he recommends formal copyright registration, because registration is required before you can bring a copyright infringement suit in federal court and registration is prima facie evidence that you are the owner.  The copyright registration fee is pretty nominal and the copyright forms are not all that complicated, so it shouldn't be that big of a deal to register, anyway.

An FAQ on the copyright office website also suggests that registration would enable you to claim attorney's fees from the other side in the case of a post-registration infringement.  This is no small thing.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Help needed on copyright alternatives
« on: November 08, 2008, 10:05:10 AM »
Oenyaw,

You don't actually actually have to formally register your copyright, though it is recommended that you do.  One thing you could do (though it does not offer you as much protection) is to mail a sealed copy of the disc to yourself.  The postmark date on your sealed package would be evidence of your claim to a common law copyright (assuming, of course, that you claimed a copyright on the liner notes of the disc itself).

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Concession speech = classy
« on: November 08, 2008, 10:01:28 AM »
Actually Judd, I wasn't thinking specifically about your comments.  I was thinking about comments of others like, "After all the name calling and losing so decidedly," which make the poster's editorial point of view very clear (and which I found annoying, notwithstanding whether I actually agreed with them).  I can't speak to oenyaw's comments, because I did not see them before they were deleted.  My point was that if you can't talk about it, you shouldn't--it's more of a bright-line test for me.  Maybe I have more of a hair-trigger about these things because the opposing parties I have had to deal with in my day job test the "boundaries" on a regular basis, and not always in an honest sort of way.  I also feel that people here don't even have the same understanding about what is implicit and what is acceptable, so what is the point of arguing about it.  There are too many other things that are worth doing and can be done.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Concession speech = classy
« on: November 07, 2008, 06:06:31 PM »
Well, I guess if we can't talk about "it," we can still talking about talking about "it," right?;)

I think this whole discussion (and what appear to be attempts to get around the limitations in this section of the forum) seems to support the argument that Mike did the right thing in keeping the "ho holds barred" section closed.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 07, 2008, 06:02:58 PM »
Joe,

I think that Orsi' Audio For Lovers will grow on you.  I've only heard it twice, and like it so far, though I think his "Wild Light of the Moon" CD is better and more focused.  One minor criticism I have with Orsi is that his production values are a bit rough for my taste (for example, his crude looping of simple guitar lines could be more interesting), but this may have to do with there being so many of his releases out there in a relatively short period of time.  Of course, you could make a similar argument about other similarly prolific artists like Brian Grainger/Milieu, who seems to release albums like they were newspapers.

Today's listening:

Arvo Part - Alina (minimal, beautiful and hypnotic; sparse piano and cello)
Juana Molina - Un Dia (even further out there than her prior releases, great!)

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 03, 2008, 08:09:04 PM »
Ville Moskiitto - Thousands Fall Every Day (quirky electronics, sparse acoustics and loops; from Finland; comes in a handsewn cloth bag)

ThrouRoof - Infinity Less Moontales (spacey processed/bowed guitar with a slight psychedelic feel and occasional keyboards; from Italy)

Forrest

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Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: abasio live
« on: November 03, 2008, 08:03:01 PM »
It is slightly too early:o
Question! to you "Triskaidekaphobia"What does it mean?
Please tell me if someone know this meaning. :)

Fear of the number "13."

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Who you will vote ?
« on: October 31, 2008, 12:49:04 PM »
Unfortunately, web forums are not good at self-policing.

I'd have to agree with this, and would go further to say that it's almost a universal truth.  Recent events have cast doubt on the viability of "enlightened" self-interest, and on a smaller level, isn't it always the case that it takes one or a few selfish people to spoil it for everyone else?  It's almost as if you need rules to keep people on their best behavior once you've exceeded a certain critical mass.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 31, 2008, 08:13:43 AM »
Well, after over half a year of waiting, my copy of Natural Snow Buildings, "The Dance and the Moon and Sun" finally arrived.  It was worth it (if you are into improvisational psychedelia, as I am).  The 2 bonus 3" CDRs are great, too (though they were only available for preorders).

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Who you will vote ?
« on: October 31, 2008, 08:10:20 AM »
As extreme protest I'm unsubscribing from this forum. definitively.
(BTW, there are previous bad record about my posts cut out by the censor) ;)
peacefulness and speaking calmly :)
Addio
giorgio

Sorry to see you leave, Giorgio.  Hope that you will reconsider.  Thanks to you, I've checked out Susan Alcorn's wonderful pedal steel music and hope you will continue to share your interests and insights in the future with us.

Forrest

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Darren,

Many thanks for your continued support.  It's really appreciated.

Forrest

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I think moderation is the key here.  I don't think there's a problem with announcing the CD per se; it's the hourly updates about the number of copies left and the gratuitous weekly "bumps" that are irritating.  Also, it would be nice if you made some non-ad-related comments every now and then, so we knew a little bit more about you.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Who you will vote ?
« on: October 29, 2008, 10:04:43 PM »
Having been singed the few times I participated in the "no holds barred" debates, I can't say that I miss the section that much.  But if that section were to be brought back, I think at a minimum that the use of real names should be required.  It's too easy to hide inflammatory remarks behind a fake name.  I want to communicate with a real person, not a avatar.

Forrest

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Speaking of annoying, I don't care a whole lot for "bumps" of ads, especially when the bumpers don't contribute to the discussion of the forum, other than to talk about how cool their releases are.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: automated political announcements
« on: October 29, 2008, 06:59:45 PM »
Actually, robocalls about my car insurance or carpet cleaning bother me more.  At least there is an end point to a political campaign.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: If you could recommend one book
« on: October 29, 2008, 06:56:14 PM »
OK, somewhat of a dark horse, but I'd vote for:

Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master & Margarita.

My second choice would be Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle, or maybe his Breakfast of Champions.

Forrest



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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 29, 2008, 06:41:54 PM »
Yep, I'd have to agree that the new Orsi (Audio for Lovers) is a really nice one, even with the overlap with his prior 3" releases.  The only Orsi releases that haven't done that much for me are "Wildflowers Under the Sofa" and "Find Electronica," both of which sounded like 5 minute pieces stretched to album length.  "Audio for Lovers" reminded me in places of mid-70s instrumental Eno and maybe even Laraaji's "Day of Radiance" (Ambient 3) album.

Been enjoying Haruomi Hosono's new CD (Archives No. 1), which compares favorably with his ambient work in the mid-80s.

Forrest

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Do you have anything else from Last Visible Dog?  I really like the work from Area C, Peter Wright (of course), and The Birdtree.
Fern


FYI, the new Fabio Orsi on Last Visible Dog has some previously released material on 2/3's of disc two.  I haven't heard it yet, but this dampens my enthusiasm somewhat.  I haven't seen any mention of this elsewhere, except on the listing at dscogs.com:
http://www.discogs.com/release/1492542

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Ancient Gugin Music
« on: October 12, 2008, 10:07:38 AM »
Not sure if I've mentioned the guqin player Sou Si-tai, but was listening to his recent album "The Fisherman and the Woodcutter" last night and it is not to  be missed by and guqin fan. He made his own instrument, and uses silk strings, and has a very old world, silent drift style that enhances the space and distance. Absolutely wonderful, with all kinds of clicky, cicada like microsounds going on in there.

http://guqin.mybesthost.com/en/index.cgi/SouSitaiNewAlbum2007

And once again I would recommend the great Portland, OR, store Timbuktunes as the place to get it:

http://www.timbuktunes.com/cd/cd-info.php?ttcode=TT-23882&title=China%3A+le+p%EAcheur+et+le+b%FBcheron+%28the+fisherman+and+the+woodcutter%29



Sounds interesting.  I prefer silk to metal strings on the gu zheng.  Has a quieter, more subtle sound like a koto, as opposed to the thin twang of, say, a Vietnamese zither.

Forrest

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