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Messages - michael sandler

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Why do the worst songs go on the longest?
« on: March 23, 2010, 06:10:00 AM »
Is it just my subjective perception, that I want it to end so badly that it seems like it never does, or is it really part of the badness that the composer doesn't know when to say "enough"?

MikeS
;D  It does seem true. Also, when I used to work in a music store I noticed that the worst musicians always seem to play the loudest.

I swear I read somewhere that the volume knob on Steve Roach's didgeridoo only goes up to 9.

MikeS

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Environmental "concern"
« on: March 14, 2010, 01:35:58 PM »
Where are the samples from? (Please don't say Raleigh NC).

MikeS

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Michael Moore - Capitalism: A Love Story
« on: March 13, 2010, 03:26:36 PM »
. . .  well what about socialist states that have been an absolute repression on their citizens?  I don't even have to mention them by name. 

Actually please do, I would like to know who you are referring to here...

I don't know who Judd had in mind, but one example is the National Socialist German Workers' Party.

MikeS

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P.S. Ted Nugent's favourite handgun (think of his song "Kiss my Glock")...

Isn't that one of those plastic guns that melt if you leave it on the dashboard on a sunny day?

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 07, 2010, 10:09:39 AM »
Listening to a Mister Vapor track ("Trackless Depths") on Stillstream.com. Very spacey and uncluttered.

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Everything and Nothing / Speaking of movies...
« on: March 05, 2010, 06:44:19 PM »
...why do film critics feel compelled to use at least two adverbs in every sentence? And why do they feel compelled to use the word "compelling" in every review?

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Michael Moore - Capitalism: A Love Story
« on: March 05, 2010, 02:56:32 PM »
The conclusion of the whole film is  . . .

I just hate it when someone gives away the ending to a film I haven't watched yet.  ;D

There's not usually much suspense in how a MM film will go...(movie criticism, not a political comment).

MikeS

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Board Advice
« on: February 26, 2010, 12:39:59 PM »
But I will put out what I can/feel like when I can. I also had some nasty thoughts recently of dropping all of this completely and selling off gear/software. Shame on me! ...

No shame. I have run out of ideas and motivation and haven't even tried to make any original music in months. I bash out some blues or Who on the guitar on occasion and that's about it (I still get a kick out of those chords...Meet the new boss...G! D!...). Sometimes you're just fed up. I wouldn't sell the gear, though. You never know when you'll wake up in the middle of the night burning to record something.

MikeS

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Board Advice
« on: February 25, 2010, 05:24:05 PM »
I might add that I would never actually dream of forcing any one of you to listen to something I have written unless you want to. That's one thing I love about music-- there's so much out there-- you can always find something different to enjoy if you like.

Many people have been critical of my prolific nature. Few have praised it. But it was all done in the name of art, and was a learning experience.

I don't mean to be bitter or rude. Just be assured-- you should never feel you HAVE to listen to mystified.

On the other hand, if you ever want me to recommend my stronger works, you know where to find me.

If you have Free Passage, that's all you need.  ;D

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Board Advice
« on: February 25, 2010, 05:20:07 PM »
For me an album takes 2-3 years, including many discarded ideas, periods of thinking about it (and almost hating it and wanting to discard everything (which I sometimes do))...

That's how I know when a piece is done: I can't stand to listed to it any more.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Board Advice
« on: February 25, 2010, 10:29:06 AM »
So my son just gave me a BRILLIANT piece of advice.  Do not download music from the internet, because any download will have to be burned to a CD-r, which means ALL downloaded music is inferior.

Only buy music printed by large corporations and sold in franchised stores.

(And I thought I was harsh)

You could put it on your iPod, then you woulnd't have to burn it to the dreaded CD-R. And I don't care what anyone says, you can't tell the difference beyween 320k mp3 and uncompressed. Flame on.

MikeS

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Everything and Nothing / Re: last.fm
« on: February 24, 2010, 10:44:22 AM »
I've been there awhile and have 2 of my albums listed for free download (and are also same way elsewhere) and the link is:  http://www.last.fm/music/Darkened+Soul but haven't been posting much there since not much has been going on in the dS camp until recently. I like it better than Myspace (also at) and haven't gone the music route at facebook yet.

Mike


Isn't FB's music app non-functional or non-existent? If no, someone please let me know so I can also put some songs on my page.

MikeS

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I don't think uniforms for low-wage jobs are meant to cause humiliation, at all.  Well, maybe at Hot Dog on a Stick.  Uniforms are a way of getting the company's public "face" to bear the brand imprint, the colors.  It's a way of having a sort of dress code, and ensuring a certain sort of presentation up front.  What do you think people at Taco Bell would wear if they were allowed to wear anything they wanted?

Jeans and a T-shirt. I agree that the uniforms are not intended to cause himiliation, but to the person with a Ph.D who can't get a job in his field and has to make a living asking rude customers, "hot sauce or mild?", the uniform can be a tangible symbol of their professional humiliation. Which is, of course, subjective. If you are happy just to have a job, you won't feel humiliated.

MikeS

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"Do you ever notice that the people who make the lowest wages have to wear uniforms?"

Yes, I have noticed that, with notable exceptions like Generals and big name Motown acts. A uniform can be a source of pride or a source of humiliation. Cops are in the middle, as they take pride in their uniforms even though they don't make tons of money.

I wonder why you have to wear a uniform if you work at Taco Bell. My guess is it's branding. They want everything in the store, including the appearance of their employees, to promote the brand. A uniform is like a little advertisement (even though you're already there; marketers and brand managers never let up).

Just guessing. I have no fast food experience.

MikeS

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Everything and Nothing / Why do the worst songs go on the longest?
« on: February 21, 2010, 03:38:19 PM »
Is it just my subjective perception, that I want it to end so badly that it seems like it never does, or is it really part of the badness that the composer doesn't know when to say "enough"?

MikeS

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Everything and Nothing / Re: No Such thing as "Ambient Vocal?"
« on: February 21, 2010, 08:28:22 AM »

Ha! I missed it too because, and I'm not joking, I broke both arms (one needing titanium parts) in a nasty cycling accident. I'm typing left handed now!

!! :o

Hope you have a speedy ambient recovery.

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Good questions. I like questions.
And I liked Steve's initial responses. They surely go a long way to answering things.

It would perhaps be useful (as people usually can't seem to agree on a definition of ambient)
to consider a classic ambient work or two and think about why the piece is so damned good
and yet not too popular.

I liken good ambient to good poetry ... enjoyable, often powerful, and usually unpopular.

Structures From Silence: To slow!

MikeS

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While doing my daily evening shopping (bread and other stuff) today I was listening to Ambient on my headphones and once again I was realizing that most other people out there probably don't have the slightest clue about this music.
I've been in the same situation where I'm shopping, and suddenly realize that if the people around me heard what I was listening to, they'd likely take a few steps back in confusion.

I've always liked the fact that ambient is such a fringe genre of music.  It makes it feel more like "my own".  It's like a secret only a few people in the world share, and I'm in on it.

Anyone else feel that way?  :)

I do recall that the first time I heard this kind of music, it was as if aliens had come in my window. I did have a strong sense of encountering something not of this planet. (That sense was no doubt heightened by the fact that the name of the show was Star's End, but still...)

MikeS

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Making a drone (do we have a thread on this?)
« on: February 18, 2010, 05:27:04 PM »
Sounds like I'm more low-tech than you guys. (And in reference to the mastering debates, I'm not bragging about that  ;)). I have resorted to a paper clip holding down a key on my synth. I have also recorded things and lowered the pitch and added effects. One happy surprise has been the Buzz virtual synth. It's a tracker that at first seems more suitable to techo beats or Berlin school chugalongs, but you can also get nice drones out of it.

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Hi there.

Actually I had wanted to start this topic quite a while ago, but I was afraid I could be the only one asking oneself such questions...

While doing my daily evening shopping (bread and other stuff) today I was listening to Ambient on my headphones (I think it was Max Corbacho's "Breath Stream") and once again I was realizing that most other people out there probably don't have the slightest clue about this music. So I was asking myself why Ambient isn't much more popular and this question itself developed into three different sub-questions:

1. I think one main difference is the kind of emotion the music awakens in the listener...

I have seen this. Some people get very nervous or emotional in a bad way when they hear ambient music. This music is very subtle and very evocative. It can sneak in and stir up feelings you'd rather pretend aren't there.

MikeS

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