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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Koude Handen
« on: October 16, 2010, 07:38:11 AM »
Matthew:

Thanks for the great album.

Fortunately I just purchased a piece of audio gear that supports your files: Logitech Squeezebox Touch.

http://www.logitech.com/en-us/speakers-audio/wireless-music-systems/devices/5745

The files sound great, and the music is sublime.

Thanks again.

Jim


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I switched to Chrome version 5.xx as my default browser.

I am amazed at how much quicker it starts and renders pages.

Additionally Chrome has quite a few extensions which I can add on to slow the browser down if desired.

Lastpass, a password manager, is the essential extension for me.

Jim

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I just listened to Maalbeek.  Beautiful record.

I am a former subscriber to emusic.  It's one of the best download sites for independent music but they don't support lossless files.

I'm curious as I am sure you are how they are offering your music without your permission, Mr. Florianz.

BTW Shopsonic.com is a good site too and they offer free shipping to the U.S. for orders over a certain dollar amount.

Jim

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Everything and Nothing / Re: The price of CDs
« on: April 19, 2010, 03:39:55 AM »
I had not read the comments until you mentioned them.

Most of them are as expected negative but based on misunderstanding and lack of interest.

I, for one, would like the files to contain more info so that I could check lyrics and see graphics as I listen to music and control my system with a slate device.

The main downside as I see it is royalties for the use of the new file format.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: The price of CDs
« on: April 17, 2010, 09:12:14 AM »
Hey, how about this:

http://www.musicdna.info/

"Make music?

If you play in a band, make tracks or write symphonies, run a label or a publishing house then you can use musicDNA to map all your musical activity. You can share this on an event by event basis so you can keep some stuff private while pushing public data to your fans and customers. You can attach webpages, graphics, audio (in fact anything with a URL) to any topic in the index, letting you build a browseable index of your catalogue, gig listings and track downloads"

More info at:

http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/01/is-the-world-ready-for-the-successor-of-the-mp3/

I think the bottomline here is that there is progress toward making music files more informative and substantial, especially if you have some sort of slate device as a control or as a player.

I predict that in the future the CD will be delegated to the same status as vinyl is now.  But of course if one wants a CD, one can always burn one with your own purchased files.

I hope all my favorite artists will embrace the changes ahead.

Also I hope there's a lossless format.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: The price of CDs
« on: March 31, 2010, 04:44:55 AM »
Not to belabor this too much, but...

In the digital realm it is possible to provide a vast array of full size graphics including video.

Slate products such as the iPad will allow one to admire and look over full size graphics while they listen to their favorite tunes on a home music server or directly through the iPad.

Squeezebox, my home music server, has a web interface, which displays album graphics while the music is playing.  There are a bunch of third party products which can be used instead of the Logitech interface which also display album graphics.

Currently on each of my digital music files, I store at least a 600x600 graphic embedded into each file.   That art work is displayed on my remote and on my laptop or netbook as I listen to the file.  When I finally interface my computer with my HDTV, you can imagine what the album graphics experience might be.

In the future, with each digital album, the artist could choose to include the same high res graphics they might have included for an LP plus video plus future graphics formats that we can only imagine (3D?).  

Hell, if I want to physically handle the graphics, I could print them out.

Forrest, I hope you can embrace my enthusiasm for the future because I value your music output.

Take care.

Jim

PS I remember being blown away by Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon while sitting and lying on bunk bed in a dorm room in Baton Rouge in the mid-70's.  I think I bought a prism after looking at that LP cover.  A couple years later I saw PF in concert less than a block away.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: The price of CDs
« on: March 28, 2010, 06:35:50 AM »

I'm at the other end.  I generally won't buy a new release without a package, unless it is the only available format or I'm only testing the waters with a less expensive version.  I find archiving releases in mp3 format that are not keepers a useful way to keep the size of my collection under control.  When people stop buying the physical format, I'll probably stop releasing altogether.

Forrest

Sir:

This would make me sad. 

I am curious why the format that folks want their music in would make you reconsider releasing your music.

As I see it, your music is independent of media, and my media desires have to do with practicality (space to store CDs).

As more people feel this way, I don't see them losing interest in any artist's musical output.

It's similar to a lot of vinyl only releases these days.  Although I still buy vinyl, I greatly prefer lossless digital format or CD and I just don't buy THAT much vinyl.  I hate to miss an artist's output just because they for some reason wish to limit the media choice.

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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.

Jim

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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.

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=the+residents&search_type=&aq=f

http://www.flickr.com/photos/41674530@N02/sets/72157623364548874

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.

http://www.discogs.com/artist/Residents,+The

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

I now have been using last.fm 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.  Last.fm 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, last.fm will do it for me.   My music server (Squeezebox) even allows me to listen to this last.fm stream throughout the house by pressing one button.

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

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

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

http://playground.last.fm/demo/musicuniverse/share?user=zzzoneDOTnet&seed=d0310

http://playground.last.fm/demo/listeningtrends/share?user=zzzoneDOTnet&peers=none&palette=prairie&num_months=12

...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 hypnos.com to check it out and take over your wiki.  The site encourages the legitimate sale of your music.

Jim

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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.

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Please have a look here:

http://www.el-culto.eu/english/shop/index.html

Cheers,
Tomas

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

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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.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Non-Hypnos Artists & Labels
« on: December 21, 2009, 05:18:12 AM »
For me personally, this section of Hypnos.com 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.

Jim

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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.

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

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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.

http://www.austinrecords.com/

Heaven.

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Squeezebox is the framework of my home music server.

http://www.logitechsqueezebox.com/

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, last.fm, 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.

http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-930-000074-Squeezebox-Touch/dp/B002LARRDA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1260621535&sr=8-1

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.

http://www.sonos.com/

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

http://www.hometheatermag.com/convergence/multiroom_magic_with_sonos/

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

I hope you guys have a musical and wonderful holiday.

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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.

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