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Everything and Nothing / Re: The price of CDs
« on: March 21, 2010, 05:00:19 PM »
Although I still purchase significant physical product, I open the cover, rip it to FLAC, put it back in the cover, and doubt that I will ever touch it again...barring files on 2-4 hard drives being wiped and bac-kup DVDs being destroyed.

I predict that as the home music server takes its place in more and more homes, my experience will be more common among you.

You can see where I'm going...

Just give me the lossless files with the high-res art work.

This will save the artist, the label and the distributor with the costs of the physical product.

This will add the costs of digital distribution.

This will save me the resources necessary to store the physical product, and the time to transfer the files to FLAC or whatever.  This might save me some money if some of the savings to the artist, label and distributor are passed onto me.

You might say this will increase the cost of backing-up these files, but I'm already doing that.

To repeat: just give me the lossless files with the high-resolution artwork.

Reasonable price for an album?  I dunno.  Maybe $7-10?

Timeline?  Can't happen soon enough.

I've been in conversations with several independent labels about this, and I even called in and spoken over the air on the NPR show "Sound Opinions" about digital distribution with FLAC files.


Everything and Nothing / The Residents - Live in Austin
« on: February 13, 2010, 03:46:32 AM »
I saw The Residents who are on tour for the first time in 20 years.

They played at Stubb's, an outdoor venue, here in Austin.

The concert was well-attended, and the performance was classic Residents.

Great stuff.

As many of you may know, The Residents have never been seen outside of their performances and they always obscure their identity on stage.  The full identities of the group has never been made public in their 35+ years of existence.

I first discovered The Residents at the first record store I ever went to just off the campus of LSU in Baton Rouge.  On the checkout counter was a 45 RPM record of Duck Stab.  I have been following them ever since.,+The

Everything and Nothing / Re:
« on: January 24, 2010, 08:29:39 AM »
I just wanted to revisit this topic that I started.

I now have been using for a little under a year.

I now understand it better.

It's a musical discovery and social networking site!

1.  If a listener likes a particular artist, they can check out the artist and his other works.   There are usually links to purchase more.

2.  If a listener likes a particular artist, they can find other artists that have similar sounds.

3.  If a listener befriends someone else with similar tastes, they can discover artists on the friend's playlists.

4.  Listeners are given a heads-up on live performances in their area by artists on their playlists!!! [Four Tet and The Residents are coming to Austin!]

5. will compose an internet audio stream for the listener that consists of artists on one's playlist so that if I don't want to pick a CD or turn on my server, will do it for me.   My music server (Squeezebox) even allows me to listen to this stream throughout the house by pressing one button.

6.  I can listen to similar streams from any of my "friends" including other listeners and artists on

7.  I can contact artists via with questions and comments.

8. allows me to visualize my listening habits in lots of cool ways:

...and there's a bunch more cool stuff.   All basically free or you can support the operation for 3 bucks a month.

I would encourage all the musical artists on to check it out and take over your wiki.  The site encourages the legitimate sale of your music.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Parks "Hidden" on Infraction
« on: January 24, 2010, 06:05:07 AM »
Thumbs up.

I have to add it has a sense of drama and suspense that adds quite a bit.

Please have a look here:


Thanks.   This makes it lot more clear how to order multiple discs.

I can't seem to be able to order the discs together.

So each disc is ordered separately and the postage is already included, so double the postage is charged.

Does that mean the extra postage will be refunded?

I wish the system was a bit more user-friendly.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Non-Hypnos Artists & Labels
« on: December 21, 2009, 05:18:12 AM »
For me personally, this section of is the best place to find new ambient goodies (outside of all the great Hypnos artists which are a given).

I give thanks for this forum and its posters, and I look forward to more such information into the next decade.

Happy Holidays.


Depending on how your Mac Mini is connected, you can always add the Squeezebox software (which is available for the Mac) and then any other Squeezebox device in other rooms to expand your listening experience.  The Mac Mini can serve as your Squeezebox server.

Happy Holidays.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Wixel - 12 albums in 12 months...
« on: December 12, 2009, 12:00:03 PM »

Everything and Nothing / Re: good old vinyl... yet another article...
« on: December 12, 2009, 06:52:14 AM »
I lost almost all my vinyl during Hurricane Katrina, but I will admit to purchasing a vinyl album per month over the last couple of years.

Recently there was an annual vinyl record convention in town for a weekend.   The place reeked of mildew and older men like me.  I was able to replace a lost record or two.


Squeezebox is the framework of my home music server.

I have an energy efficient Atom-based desktop in a closet upstairs, hardwired by Ethernet to my home network via my router.   Connected to it is a single "green" 2TB external hard drive with about 1.8 TB of FLAC and MP3 files (72,000+).  The Squeezebox software is installed which indexes and streams the music.   Squeezebox will also serve up any internet radio stream including Live365, Pandora,, BBC, NPR, etc.

On the player side of things, I have a Boom by my bed, a Radio by the guest bed, a Duet in the living room attached to the main stereo, and another Boom in my office.  Each player is connected to my home wi-fi network and each has a remote control (even the Radio can be controlled by the Duet remote control).  In fact the entire system can be controlled from the Duet's remote control from anywhere in the house.  I have mentioned before that a home music server has revolutionized the experience of music for me, releasing me from having to change CDs, and allowing me to have music on at all times.  This last aspect is hard to appreciate until it happens: it's incredible.

Squeezebox is just about to release the Touch which will have a bright touchscreen and a higher fidelity chip, likely it will replace the Duet's receiver.

Each Squeezebox player can play something different or you can sync them up.  You can also control the whole shebang from any computer that connects to your home wireless or wired network.

Sonos has a similar system that is very sleek and a bit easier to set up but it's about twice as expensive and limited to 65,000 files unless you install Windows Home Server.   If you like the Mac aesthetic, you will like Sonos.

Other major players are getting into the home music server game, but Squeezebox and Sonos are more developed at this point.

The other options are mentioned at the end of this article.

I hope you guys have a musical and wonderful holiday.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Roomful of vinyl reduced to a hard drive
« on: November 29, 2009, 07:11:41 AM »
I have multiple redundant backups:

2 other external hard drives
DVD-R backups
backups on my main computer hard drives
backups on external hard drives on my main computer
...and I have the original CDs.

However, I do need to move some of these backups offsite in case of fire, tornado, or nuclear apocalypse.

Everything and Nothing / Re: What's the verdict on Thanksgiving?
« on: November 26, 2009, 07:31:28 AM »
The verdict from me is as follows:

1.  Have a nice vegetarian meal
2.  Enjoy the splendid Austin fall weather
3.  Post my pictures from a recent trip to Big Bend National Park
4.  Listen to some ambient music
5.  Watch a few episodes of Lost, Season 4, on DVD
6.  Exercise at the gym - if it's open

I don't have any family nearby and friends doing their own thing, I guess.

Black Friday:  well, I'll enjoy it online, but I doubt any substantial purchases.  I'm trying to think of handmade items, gourmet fruit, or just CDs this year for that upcoming gifting holiday.

On now: a northern holiday - low light mix (found on this site)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sigur Ros' first CD
« on: November 26, 2009, 07:21:47 AM »
I've been listening to "Von" and I'm really enjoying it.

I give thanks to Sigur Ros.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Selling my CD collection
« on: November 23, 2009, 04:51:44 AM »
As a service to my fellow forum member, I placed his CD for-sale list on my site.

Blackinfinity, if you want me to take it down, let me know.

Everything and Nothing / Roomful of vinyl reduced to a hard drive
« on: November 22, 2009, 11:44:04 AM »
I moved into my first home in 1998. 

I had a huge vinyl record collection which I had collected from 1976 onwards, consisting of approximately 15,000 units.

Unfortunately the room that held my vinyl records was inundated by flood water from Katrina in 2005.  I was heartbroken (although I did get a huge tax write-off for uninsured losses).  Also when I moved to my current home, I didn't have to move and store the roomful of vinyl (a huge heavy task)

Over the past year I have been ripping and downloading music files for my music server.

By my estimates, I now have 2-3 times as much music as I had in the roomful of vinyl on a single 2 terrabyte external USB drive.

Somehow in 1998, I never thought that the roomful of vinyl could be reduced to the size of a book.  This makes backup possible and future loss much less likely.  Also, moving this amount of music is effortless.

Technology is still surprising to me.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Web browsers -- what do you think?
« on: November 21, 2009, 12:14:01 PM »
I have both browsers and, no, although I notice a difference, it's not too significant FOR ME.  I guess I'm not too impatient?

One or two seconds here and there doesn't mean a lot to me, but that's a personal valuation.

I checked on both browsers and Firefox was actually a little faster on my page. opened faster on Chrome.

I'd just prefer to have the ability to add functionality as desired or needed.

Have a good day.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Web browsers -- what do you think?
« on: November 21, 2009, 08:29:50 AM »
I like the extra functionality available from the hundreds of Firefox extensions.

In my opinion, if you have a good internet connection and a reasonably contemporary processor, the difference in speed will not be terribly noticeable.

And if you value the ability to add functionality to the browser, module by module, FF is the best.

I use the following extensions:

Google toolbar
Delicious bookmarks (web-based bookmark storage)
DownThemAll! (download all the links on a page)
LastPass (web-based password manager - I couldn't do without a password manager
Better Gmail 2 (adds features to Google mail)


np: 40 songs by Celer

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDR prices too high
« on: November 19, 2009, 04:15:18 AM »

...don't get me started on this thread ;)

I'm still ripping music into my Squeezebox music server.  I currently have over 67,000 files on the server.  My experience with a few CD-Rs has been bad, but also a few pressed CDs have not held up to the test of time.  The CD-Rs that were bad were mainly from one artist/label.  So in terms of durability, I don't see a big difference between pressed CDs and CD-Rs.

I also download FLAC files and lately due to space limitations for storage of physical media, I am increasingly in favor of downloaded files.  Naturally they need to be redundantly backed up.  I store them on the music server's hard drive, my main computer's hard drive, and I burn them to DVD-R.

Based on my experiences over the last couple of years as I assemble and use my music server (which in my opinion is the best way to listen to music in the 21st century), the transport medium for music is not important.

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