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Spotify likely uses OGG to bypass paying MP3 license fees to Fraunhofer.

Yes this is the reason. Spotify  know ogg is a dead and obsolete format but it is free for them to use. Cash is king.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Jaja news
« on: March 11, 2017, 01:25:57 PM »
I still need to download that album you recommend me

Streaming is the new radio: While radio decays, streaming grows. But necessarily both the radio and the streaming service need to be financed: By advertising, by public or privat sponsorship, and of course by the loss of money. Compare a CD to a simple streaming option and you have the different price ranges and thats in the difference the loss of money. Easy to understand. This is mainstream.

Well, the underground scene with its small artists and labels always functioned in an other way.  There was and is always a commitment and devotion by the artist or label without that there would not come any support. Money has only second priority.

Todays artists are loosing their "images", more and more we become human musicians. That is a good development.

Well spotify is the opposite with underground, the problem is, streaming is still the best way for portable devices which most people use to listen to music,  so you might decide to listen to spotify or nothing at all.. just for convenience. 

I think bandcamp is best for underground stuff. I like it a lot, I just wish they are a price you could pay per month to get high quality streaming also..
Otherwise I think underground music is shrinking, it seems more and more important to listen to the same music as your friend do and keeping up with the trends, sure you can decide to be an outcast like myself, but not many people are strong enough to choose that path.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Keith Berry Elixir
« on: March 10, 2017, 08:15:39 AM »
Try to catch the fish  and give it a listen  trust me.

Never heard of Ulilith, interesting concept (the play from memory).

RE: Plex, I tried that for about an hour and quickly uninstalled it. Not only did it transcode files but there were latency issues as well. Junk IMHO.

Plex supports lossless audio it will not transcode, but you will need to set up a setting for it.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Keith Berry Elixir
« on: March 09, 2017, 09:29:53 PM »
I wrote a review of it on my blog, see link in my signature line. Surely someone else here has heard it as well, just over 20 people have purchased it on Bandcamp.

is it as good as the fish ? :)

streaming services, generally dumb people down and make people lazy, many people live in the illusion that spotify is all you need to listen to all worlds music, it might be true to certain extent in certain music genres for NEW music, but not for music that was released before spottily got well known

Before you had to hunt music down like an detective, now things are expected to be served to you, many people are even aware that not all music is available on spotify but they do still consciously not care to listen to music outside the spotify app because they are to comfortable and lazy..
Streaming services are perfect for mobile devices, where memory space is a big limitation, but also in general it is a big pain to transfer files locally,  even if you buy album locally and you only use smartphone to listen to music (like most people these days) it is still a pain, it usually comes as a zip file, you need to download an app to unpack it, and unlike computers to navigate to find the files etc in a file manger can also be hard, it can take time to find the folder etc, then you must add it to your music player and playlist, it is far away from the "one click" with spotify.

People who only rely on streaming services and legal services they really get a very limited and "formed " and selective library of the humanity's media library.
The list is probably endless of albums that never will be available on streaming services because of many reason, but legal reasons is one reason, lawyers will never come to agreements on everything, labels is not active anymore but still have the rights to the music etc,  also the fact that not all artists agree on spotifys terms for instance, the contract they have  sign this or fuck off more or less unless you are a really big artist then you get special deals.

Streaming services is a good compliment but you can rely to it 100% you still need to find a lot of the stuff outside of these sites.
If I would only rely on spotify like many people who have grown up with it since 2006 it is very safe to say that spotify have formed these people, they have formed the music taste of a whole generation...

Music Quality is another chapter.. the sound quality has gone better they also have a premium service, for better sound quality.
But spotify have gotten caught re-encoded 192kpbs files to 320kpbs files before. They also use OGG format wihch pretty much they use, OGG does not exist pretty much on file sharing sites or like that, I have know no one who have his collection in OGG, the reason is MP3 with the right codec (LAME) is a lot better sounding.  Spotify have made people indifferent to sound quality, the "coolness" factor and convenience  to be able to stream everything for (almost no money) do overlap and make people indifferent to sound quality, and that apples Iphones and their included headphones is the most standard way to experience music is also a very big difference.

But if they do not play with the included Iphones headphones, they will stream it to Bluetooth speakers, and as we know Bluetooth sound is anything but hifi sounding, it impact the sound quality once again. 

But on the other hand for those people who really care about audio there is even better possibilities then before , it is possible to buy 24 bit releases etc.
I have not tried TIDAL but it is said to have Lossless audio.

We are in a technological time where we have to compromise a lot, the limitation of internet speed, storage, and mediocre DACs and headphone amps in portable media devices where sound quality have to be compromised, I think a lot of things will solve with time,  5G is only a few years from release it will solve the internet speed problem which make lossless streaming no problem, storage also gets cheaper for companies like spotify, and also local sdcards get bigger (sandisk have a 1TB sdcard now),  new audio DAC and headphone technology will improve a lot since smartphones and portable devices is the future when it comes to listen to music, some companies like LG with their quad dac from ESS, and Audeze with their Cipher cable DAC.
Time will solve a lot of these technology developments need to be done, but for right now we need to compromise quality for convenience.

HiFI nerds will always exist but what I am saying is the CD generation was in general exposed to better quality speakers,  it was the way you did listen to music, with a home system, today generation they listen to music on the go with portable music players and in most cases IEMs...

Have you tried plex ?
I guess it becomes most impressive if you buy the premium which have fingerprinting to catalogize your music collection.  I use this to stream local content from my computer to my smartphone, it is like you have your own spotify, It can also stream videos to your devices such as chromecast.

When I play music locally on my own computer with my high quality speakers I use  uLilith
I have tried a lot of music players and the difference is absolutely notable, I have tried many but uLilith sounds the best, and there is plenty of other people who can confirm if you read around.  It probably does not fit your way of listening to music, I do not make any fancy playlists, I simply drag and drop folders of albums I want to listen to. When I get serious about listening to grasp full audio quality uLilith is the only way. It plays audio only from your memory since it preload all audio into the memory, this is better since it has been proven it is bad to stream directly to your hardrive since it introduce jitter.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Keith Berry Elixir
« on: March 09, 2017, 08:25:41 PM »
He did release an  full length album recently, his last full length was from 2005 12 years ago, I was a really big fan of that album "The Ear That Was Sold to a Fish"  I have not heard elixir yet.. but I can only assume it will be another masterpiece. Have any one else heard it ?
I think he is the master of this type of drone.

Listening to this now on Spotify...

It kind of reminds me of old-school downtempo trance circa 2000, but without the percussion components.  Carbon Based Lifeforms was one of the groups that initially took me down the path of ambient music and this vaguely reminds me of some of their older soundscapes.  The mix of overlapping arpeggiated synths melodies mixed with delay/reverb effects can be a beautiful thing... and I think you've done a wonderful job with this technique!

You just earned another follow/listener!  :)

Yes, but also worth mentioning is that this album is kind of a big departure form his other albums in my opinion is other albums are more analogue sounding for sure, this sounds more "modern ".  It is not the first album I would recommend for sure.  Consider to give his other albums a chance.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Teufelsberg Reverb
« on: March 09, 2017, 08:10:10 PM »
this is just another convolution reverb, I have always found these kinds of plugins silly, they usually have good interface, with pictures of the real hall etc, but convolution  reverb is only good in a few certain scenarios, but since M7 did enter the world it is not even justified to use convolution   anymore at all. 

(I will not even try the plugin)

I have said it before but HH is one of the most underated ambient artists.
Really good and epic quality music, I like the cinematic quality it has.

I did listen to this album a couple of times when I was in Gothenburg some weeks ago.
Overall it is a really good album.

Absolute stand out tracks for me is the the track "Great Expectations" , very emotional track that opens up doorways into past memories but also make you reflect about the future of your existence and life, kind of introspective journey into yourself.

I hope HH will get more fans, I have made a few threads recommend your albums here on hypnos.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 24, 2017, 10:12:33 PM »


1.What the Earth Bore 04:44
2.The Dead Fire 06:35
3.Burrows 05:19
4.Echo 05:36
5.In An Arched World 06:39
6.Omission 05:13
7.Eschatology 06:00
8.Drawn Like a Moth 07:21
9.All Dreams Mined 06:46

Simon, Pär and Robert are back together again after their last album Onyx.

Echo explores mankind's weakness to self destruction. As nature is cyclical so is man's will to destroy. Like a Moth drawn to pulsating light, the painful histories of the past echo with terrifying glee.

Rumbling drone hits your chest, a smooth contour of bass stroking a distant piano. Subdued humming flows out of Pär's nightly studio into the cold Swedish winter. Across the horizon Robert's angelic choirs boom. The smell of burnt circuits as he cranks his distortion to the melting point within the deep woods of Pennsylvania.

Available in 24 bit FLAC
released January 10, 2017

Written, Produced, Performed:
Apocryphos - Robert Kozletsky
Kammarheit - Pär Boström
Atrium Carceri - Simon Heath

Artwork & Mastering by Simon Heath


1.The Preparation 14:42
2.The Departure 13:38
3.The Journey 08:51
4.The Final Campsite 10:05
5.2-2-59: Kholat 09:27
6.End. 09:31

From the release "Dyatlov" by Sana Obruent

All tracks were recorded and mixed at TSC studios somewhere in California - 2015 - 2017.

Sana Obruent is - Paul Lopez.

The Dyatlov Pass incident is the mysterious deaths of nine ski hikers in the northern Ural Mountains on February 2, 1959. The experienced trekking group, who were all from the Ural Polytechnical Institute, had established a camp on the slopes of Kholat Syakhl when disaster struck.

During the night something made them tear their way out of their tents from the inside and flee the campsite inadequately dressed in heavy snowfall and sub-zero temperatures...

To this day their deaths are still a mystery.

Dyatlov Photographs used by permission
All Rights Reserved
released January 23, 2017


Ambient drone from Russia stand out tracks are Farewell and Icebound very good.

1.Clarions Of Arrival 05:09
2.Siren 09:55
3.Icebound 08:20
4.Farewell 06:58
5.Solid Heaven 05:18
6.Oculatory 07:53
7.Dissolve Me 07:45
8.Nomad Amongst Stars 10:44
9.Last Frontier 06:08
10.Beyond 06:52


My previous work, "Northreach", was a separate tale about lone person, who is travelling to the northern edge of the earth, constantly meeting different wonders of wild nature.
"Last Frontier" continues this travel of a lone man to the far lands, filled with their own vision of life, full of solitude and denial of elf-conscience, fully devoted to universe and the unknown.
released January 10, 2017


From Comradery to Sustenance 05:40 video
Uprising of the Spirit 12:01
A White Sea 09:21
Glow From the Depths 06:21
Rainout 04:29
The Monument of Power 05:32
The barren soundscapes from Finnish duo Kolhoosi 13 paint a bleak picture. A world in the aftermath of reckless experiments and actions made in the name of power. Manifesting complete disregard of life and man's own habitat. A world where both lives and nature are expendable. Where the grim consequences are just another record erased and forgotten.

Raspy upbeat vinyl recordings reverberates through dilapidated buildings. A Putrid stench of oil mixed with gunpowder seeks out nostrils clogged with soot. Machine gun shots echo through emptied streets. The subdued march of a thousand men makes the ground shake as you hide from the bombs about to drop.

For fans of the European style of militaristic dark ambient and industrial.

Available in 24 bit FLAC
released August 2, 2016

Written, Produced, Performed - Niko Salakka, Juho Lepistö
Mastering - Simon Heath
Artwork - Erik Osvald, Simon Heath

For more information on Kolhoosi 13:

Ekstasis:: Yep, you are right, Lush is a very fine synth, looks great too. I've owned it for a few years. Great for layering and also for rhythmic/arp things.

Another fine sounding newer VA synth is the xils PolyKB. You might like this one. Just came out with v2. I'm tempted.

Video is of the earlier version.

I am glad you like the lush synth. I agree it a very good looking synth, I think D16 does probably the most realistic looking plugins, they look fucking awesome.

I tried the xils PolyKB, but never version 2.  From what I rember it was buggy the first one ?

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