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Everything and Nothing /
« on: May 10, 2009, 06:56:44 AM »
I have recently discovered

I'm not much of a social networker, but I like the idea of being able to set up a playlist which then generates a "radio station" that then plays to my tastes.

Whenever I play my Squeezebox, the information is fed to  Additionally I can play my radio station via my Squeezebox.

I'm curious how gets the rights to artists' stuff.

Very cool.


Anyone else have a page?

Everything and Nothing / Lossless .flac vs CD
« on: April 13, 2009, 06:24:30 PM »
As many of you are aware from a previous thread, I'm converting all my music from CD to .flac files for a home server.

How do the readers of this forum that include artists, label owners and fans feel about digital downloads of lossless files such as .flac?

I see that Robert Rich and several other ambient artists have some of their music at

As I see it the listener gets the music without any sonic loss nearly instantly after the purchase, and the artist and label don't have to worry about shipping around a physical product if they don't want to.

And if you don't have a home system that plays .flac, you can just burn to one of my favorite pieces of media: the CD-R.

There are likely other positives and some negatives but I'll leave those to you.


Everything and Nothing / "I am NOT a number"
« on: January 15, 2009, 05:26:34 AM »

Everything and Nothing / Unknown Ambient CD-R
« on: January 03, 2009, 04:25:50 PM »
I just found a CD-R in a plain white envelope.  There are no identifying markings on the CD-R.

The envelope is marked with "INS. g" on the back with a pen.

There are 4 tracks.

1.  0:30 - seems totally silent
2.  30:36 - lovely drone with some superimposed echoes and field recordings
3.  29:29 - a lower pitched drone
4.  15:13 - another slowly changing drone

Sorry, I'm not very good with these descriptions.

I tried using all the databases (AMG, FreeDB, MusicBrainz, GraceNote, etc.) and there were no matches.

I can send post some MP3s if anyone wants to try to figure it out.


Addendum:  I am uploading some .mp3 versions and will post links when they are up.

Everything and Nothing / CD Artwork and Packaging
« on: November 28, 2008, 11:02:48 AM »
In this day of digital downloads, I still prefer the CD.  I like vinyl records, too.

The packaging is a definite plus, but it does take a tremendous amount of space (for my collection.)

I would like to nominate the Faria Records label as having some of the best packaging:

Each release includes a LOT of artwork.

And the music is excellent too IMHO.

I'm ripping the Robert Rich & Faryus release "Zerkalo" for my music server as I type this message.

What other packaging has caught your attention lately?


np: World Domination Enterprises (with samples from Dr. Who)

Everything and Nothing / CD-R Deterioration
« on: November 23, 2008, 02:08:37 PM »
Hi ya'll.

I have this ridiculously large collection of music on CD that I am ripping to .flac files for my music server.

As the title says, I have run across at least 2 CD-Rs by ambient musicians that have deteriorated to the point of being unreadable by all the drives I have (4 CD players, 5 DVD-RWs, etc).

Why do I bring this up?

There are a lot of musicians using CD-R now and hopefully those discs will retain the beautiful music as they should...or will they?

One of my bad discs has been replaced by the musician.  The other disc is apparently not replaceable as the disc is out of print (Michael J Harris: Blind Cinema).  If anyone can give or sell me a copy of the latter I would appreciate it.  I can email you a picture of me holding the disc and cover for proof.

Anyway, musicians should consider shying away from releasing their "timeless" ambient music on CD-Rs that appear to be timed to deteriorate.  :-\

Happy Holidays, ya'll.


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