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Everything and Nothing / Re: Selling CDs in a Download Society
« on: May 02, 2009, 04:57:21 AM »
I certainly have had an addiction to music and pre-internet, I slogged through record stores in every place I lived or visited looking for those gems that I had read about.  At first it was vinyl but in 1983, I began the transition to CD.

In 1991 I discovered the net and shortly afterward, I began doing business with a record and CD dealer online who was able to gather together and send me a lot of unusual electronic music.  I still went to a local Tower Records store but mainly got music from Bent Crayon in Ohio.  As my DJ "career" came to an end, I focused more on ambient and downtempo music and transitioned over to the EAR/Rational in Colorado for mailorder music.  And finally over the last 6-10 years or so, I have discovered Hypnos, Atmoworks, CDBaby, Dark Duck, Aucourant (grin), and even Humpty for great mailorder.

Just lately, as .flac as become more common, I have ventured forth with a few downloads from Boomkat, Zunior.com, and MusicZeit.  I suspect that if the prices on these downloads come down a bit, I may increase this type of activity.

So where do record stores fit in now?  Well, not very well as you can see above.

However, just this past weekend, I too entered the sacred halls of Waterloo Records in Austin, and I was blown away by the huge selection of new and used CDs as well as vinyl and DVDs.  Everywhere you look there is some sort of music-related item.  I could literally spend days in there.  It brings back the thrill of actually being able to look at a physical product prior to purchase.  Additionally the place is full of fellow music lovers so you get a feeling of comrardary.  I had that sense of nostalgia/youth that I only rarely get these days.

http://www.waterloorecords.com/home.html

Ironically (?) when I went to the Waterloo website, I noticed they have a prelaunch download store.

Jim

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As a physician, I find it hypocritical for me to recommend diet and exercise to my patients while I sit around loafing and drinking gravy.

I've been exercising for about 25 years with light weights and some form of aerobics in a 50-50 mix.  I usually get to the gym 3-4 times per week.

I really enjoy, it turn outs, to exercise while listening to my some of my favorite tunes on a portable player.  Surprise.

Medically I have a strong disposition toward heart and bone disease which hopefully I can overcome and have so far.

Get thee to the gym!

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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.

http://flac.sourceforge.net

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 MusicZeit.com.

http://www.musiczeit.com

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.

Jim

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Everything and Nothing / Re: CD-R Deterioration
« on: April 11, 2009, 04:54:28 PM »
So be it!

Adios "CD-R Deterioration"!

You were a long, boring thread, but you were there when I needed you.

R.I.P.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: CD-R Deterioration
« on: April 11, 2009, 05:04:02 AM »
I just ripped 6 or 7 CD-Rs from AtmoWorks and not one error was present :)

Now off to the wildflower plant sale:

http://www.wildflower.org/

Cya.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: yay mike, lena and hypnos!
« on: April 04, 2009, 07:15:30 AM »
I second that praise.

I have received outstanding service from Hypnos over the YEARS.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Synthpop's Alive!!!!
« on: March 29, 2009, 05:49:59 AM »
This had my jumpin' around my office.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Now Watching
« on: March 29, 2009, 05:45:11 AM »
Religulous: Bill Maher's documentary on religion.  Funny.  Keyword: rational.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: CD-R Deterioration
« on: February 16, 2009, 08:33:43 AM »
Another CD-R this AM with several errors that evidently could not be read successfully resulting in an "insecure" rip:

James Johnson - Surrender

~sigh~

 :-\

Addendum:  ...and the next disc up was even worse...Luis Paniagua - La bolsa o la vida

This disc had over 600 and is a commercial CD.  All the errors were on the last song.

The James Johnson disc had 6 errors.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Jorge Reyes (R.I.P.)
« on: February 14, 2009, 05:45:30 AM »
As a big Reyes fan, I too am saddened by this loss.

R.I.P. Jorge Reyes.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: CD-R Deterioration
« on: February 06, 2009, 04:01:00 AM »
As much as I complain about this "problem", I have never had a problem with HSS :)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: R.I.P. - Klaus Wiese
« on: January 29, 2009, 03:59:47 AM »
As a big Wiese fan, I am quite saddened.

My thoughts and prayers go out to all affected by this great loss.

Rest in ambient peace, Klaus.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: CD-R Deterioration
« on: January 24, 2009, 04:05:22 PM »
This is one of my most frequent activities lately:

http://zzzone.net/photo/2009/dbpowerampripping.jpg

I need to get out more.

Only a small percentage of discs don't rip.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: CD-R Deterioration
« on: January 23, 2009, 04:51:44 PM »
I appreciate the help but all I want is the original music on the disc.  A brand new computer and two brand new drives cannot read the data so it's likely just not there.

I'm not sure how a cassette arrangement or converting to analog and back to digital will give me the original .wav with which the CD was created. 

That's what I purchased and that's what I want to archive.

Call me stubborn and/or hard-headed.

Thanks again.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: CD-R Deterioration
« on: January 23, 2009, 04:43:18 AM »
Anther CD-R with a paper label with many problems, brand new out of the wrapper:

Matthew J Harris - The Cure May Never Come

http://www.discogs.com/Matthew-J-Harris-The-Cure-May-Never-Come/release/1555332

It has 99 short tracks, all untitled.  It's dated 2002.

The last 50 tracks or so have multiple errors each, many of which are not correctable.

What a shame about these new discs.

I heard from Mr. Harris, likely as a result of this thread.  His Blind Cinema disc is set for a re-release.


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Everything and Nothing / Re: CD-R Deterioration
« on: January 19, 2009, 08:30:29 AM »
The latest problem child is a conventional CD:

Blood Box - The Iron Dream

The last track (as usual) had nearly 3000 errors that prevented ripping it.

This CD was brand new and in cellophane.

To reiterate the problem: when tracks appear like this, I cannot rip them to the exact equivalent lossless state for future listening.   

Reason: for whatever reason, the disc does not contain the original music information.

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I use my server exclusively for music, Mike.  I'm iin the process of ripping my collection to .flac files.

The "server" is just a plain ol' HP Slimline computer which is very energy efficient.

Here's my review of the Squeezebox music server which I am quite satisfied with:

http://www.epinions.com/review/Logitech_Squeezebox_Boom_epi/content_455811108484

It's more of a how-to than a review.

I've considered a NAS but the cost is a bit higher than my setup.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: CD-R Deterioration
« on: January 17, 2009, 07:57:58 AM »
So I ran into a CD-R with a paper label that had turned yellow and the disc was unplayable and unrippable.

I probably purchased the disc 6-8 years ago.  I do not have a receipt.

I approached the CD label about replacing the disc...a direct swap even - bad disc for good disc.

The label stated that they their policy was to NOT replace any discs except those that were purchased directly from the label.  They stated that I should seek replacement from the vendor from whom I purchased the disc; that vendor could purchase a replacement from the label at cost.  The implication being that I would pay AGAIN for the privilege of having the CD.

This comes despite the fact that I link in three places to the label on my site, and I legally stream the label's music (royalties are paid) which hopefully promotes the label.  Also I have no ads on my site to make money off the label's music.

Geez Louise!  What kind of malarkey is this?

How much can it cost to send me a replacement disc in exchange for a defective disc?  How do I exchange the disc with the third-party vendor when I obviously do not have a receipt from 6-8 years ago?

Talk about customer and fan UN-friendly!

I just needed to vent.

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

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=99355656



If you want to watch entire episodes:

http://www.amctv.com/originals/the-prisoner-1960s-series/

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