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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 21, 2013, 11:35:12 AM »
Though this strays off of the D/A topic, I agree with Seren that it's important to have some sense of what you are trying to achieve, especially if you are just getting started, before accumulating too much expensive gear.  I actually stuck with open reel four-track recording for a very long time before I finally felt ready to make the shift into digital in the early 90s with the purchase of an ADAT.  The economics of it can also be a big factor if you don't have the means to maximize the potential of the gear you are acquiring or if the gear doesn't really address the core of what you sense you need.  Who hasn't at least once purchased an instrument or a piece of gear and later felt buyer's remorse?  Though electronics has been a big part of my sound, I've always been partial to acoustic instruments, so I've never felt the need to acquire the biggest and baddest modular synth or processor.  But everyone has different needs, so one size doesn't really fit all.

Forrest

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Serafini's Codex Seraphinianus
« on: November 05, 2013, 12:08:52 PM »
I love this kind of stuff.  Art Brut, naive art, or whatever you call it.  Raw Vision magazine is devoted to this type of very personal genre.  H, If you're into Lesage's work, you'd probably also like Adolf Wölfli's work, too (saw a rare exhibit of Wölfli's strange art years ago):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolf_W%C3%B6lfli

Mike, I ordered the book from Amazon (it's a little pricy, but cheaper than the the hundreds of dollars for an earlier edition).

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 02, 2013, 11:51:47 PM »
Forrest Fang- Phantoms

Awesome album.

Agreed. Top-notch. Though I think "Animism" edges it.

Thanks, guys.  I appreciate it.

Forrest

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Serafini's Codex Seraphinianus
« on: October 31, 2013, 02:53:02 PM »
A favorite art book I have not seen for years is back in print--Luigi Serafini's Codex Seraphinianus.  Very hard to describe it.  I always thought of it as a reference book from another world.  I remember seeing a copy of it for the first time in the 80s and its weird images stuck with me for years afterward.  Very beautiful, odd scenes and figures that seem to well up from the subconscious:

http://dangerousminds.net/comments/codex_seraphinianus_a_new_edition_of_the_strangest_book_in_the_world

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 30, 2013, 09:54:33 AM »
I saw Lou Reed perform the New York album in Berkeley in the late 80s.  That's how I will remember him--performing some of his best work with two guitars, bass and drums.

Forrest

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Loop-Based Music
« on: October 22, 2013, 07:14:43 PM »
Hello Big Looper,

The pieces sounds a bit bare and raw, especially considering the brief duration of the samples you are using.  They might sound more finished if they were layered and processed, so that it would bring some other quality out of them beyond just the raw sound.

I would also spend a bit more time woodshedding with the sounds.  It would be time well spent; you wouldn't want to give listeners a negative or indifferent impression right off the bat.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: A Favor from my Hypnos friends.
« on: October 21, 2013, 01:59:07 PM »
That was very nice to hear from Trang.  Her work is very special, so I'm sure we'll be hearing more from her in the future.  Thanks for letting us know about her work (and your accompanying music), Loren.

I couldn't resist firing off a quick email to KCET questioning the use of a "competition" between two dissimilar projects, the lack of controls or clear parameters for voting, and relying on the effective use of social media as an accurate proxy for viewer interest or as a measure of each project's worthiness.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: A Favor from my Hypnos friends.
« on: October 19, 2013, 03:36:57 PM »
Uh-oh.  They're 18 votes ahead again.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: A Favor from my Hypnos friends.
« on: October 18, 2013, 01:39:39 PM »
They've apparently enlisted a gallery to Twitter on its behalf.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: A Favor from my Hypnos friends.
« on: October 18, 2013, 11:25:19 AM »
Lead down to 5.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: A Favor from my Hypnos friends.
« on: October 18, 2013, 09:14:33 AM »
Just voted.  The lead is down to 33.  The thumpers are attempting a comeback.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: A Favor from my Hypnos friends.
« on: October 17, 2013, 07:26:16 AM »
Re-voting doesn't work for me. It simply says they already have my vote.
Which is what I would expect.

Could it be the cookie in your browser from the last time you voted?  I voted again this morning  Lead is down to 40 votes.  Those DJS are busy beavers.

Forrrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: A Favor from my Hypnos friends.
« on: October 16, 2013, 08:41:50 PM »
That daily re-voting capability's kind of cool.  If only elections worked that way.  Vote early and often. :)

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: A Favor from my Hypnos friends.
« on: October 16, 2013, 03:47:14 PM »
Looks like she's pulling ahead.  Up by over 50 votes now.

Forrest

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Drone Masters
« on: October 16, 2013, 10:34:01 AM »
I would add Mirror, Andrew Chalk, Thomas Koner (most of his work, anyway) and Celer to the list of drone artists.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: A Favor from my Hypnos friends.
« on: October 15, 2013, 09:18:00 PM »
Hi Loren,

I voted, too.  Very beautiful music and painting--the music's sustained mood complements the flow of the painting very well.  The circles reminded me of little plankton.  One of the other paintings reminded me Clyfford Still and Indonesian ikats.  Hope she wins!

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 08, 2013, 10:06:52 AM »
Got this in the mail today:



Still need to listen to it though. I'm sure it's great.


I liked the second disc, but I thought the first one had too many darned birds!

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 08, 2013, 10:06:06 AM »
np.

- The Seaman & The Tattered Sail :: Light Folds

This is really excellent !

My physical copy of the a la carte version came yesterday.  No download code, but the DVD has audio from the LP, hours of additional pieces and even audio from the CDs, so I'm not complaining ...:)

Frpm what I've heard so far (about an hour's worth) it's a nice, if sprawling work, with neo-classical underpinnings.  Some of it even sounds like you, Anthony!  Artwork was especially nice.

My only slight quibble is that some of the extended pieces could have benefited from a shorter length.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 05, 2013, 08:43:43 PM »
Forrest: yes, I ordered the less expensive CD/DVD version ... the "few extra copies" in Chris' above post.
Received the codes the day after. Was a bit of an odd/obscure email, so I'd check that you have not overlooked it.

Seems that above page for those extra copies is no longer available. Can't find the page again.

Dang.  I think you were lucky, or I was too late, or both.  Oh well.  Maybe I'll get lucky when the physical copies come in.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 04, 2013, 11:15:45 PM »
I now have the downloads (they give you codes) ...  and it's the bee's knees !   8)
But I was already a big fan of The Boats and other things by Mr. tattered sail.

I didn't receive a download code (hmmph).  Did you order the less expensive version?

Mazzy Star - Seasons Of Your Day (pleasant--no big surprises, though more stripped down)

Forrest

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