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Everything and Nothing / Re: CD-R Deterioration
« on: December 01, 2008, 01:08:55 AM »
It's there, Jim.

You didn't see your own name?

dBpoweramp put your name instead of "Rigel Orionis" as the folder name.

Look again.

So much for karma.

Everything and Nothing / Re: CD-R Deterioration
« on: November 29, 2008, 12:49:36 PM »

I just ran across another CD-R that gives multiple frame offset errors (24,000+) with dBpoweramp.

The disc in question:  Kwook - Unidentified Feathered Object

I was able to rip it using WinAmp Pro but I suspect that the errors were included or skipped.

Visual inspection of the disc reveals it to be pristine without dust, scratches or fingerprints.

I have had no problems with a CDDA except for one (Two Lone Swordsmen: Tiny Reminders)

The score is 3 CD-Rs to 1 CDDA bad so far in my ripping adventures.

It looks like Matt Harris' label has found a replacement disc for my copy of Blind Cinema :)

As an FYI you can see the ambient folder on the third hard drive that I recently added to my music server:

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 / Re: CD-R Deterioration
« on: November 26, 2008, 05:12:40 AM »

I've been trying to figure out how to contact Mr. Harris.  I searched the forum using keyword "Harris" and came up empty except for my posts.

Mr. Harris' website is not functional.

If you have info on how to contact him, let me know.

Aucourant who published his CDs is also working on the problem for me.

Thanks for all the great comments and info.

Everything and Nothing / Re: CD-R Deterioration
« on: November 23, 2008, 03:11:36 PM »
I have tried many drives for each of the "faded" discs with no luck.

From now on when I get a CD-R, I will rip immediately, then place it in an opaque vacuum container, and store at -70 deg F in the basement where gamma radiation is less prevalent.   ;D

Everything and Nothing / Re: CD-R Deterioration
« on: November 23, 2008, 02:56:52 PM »
I am also using dBpoweramp in secure mode.

So far I have approximately 30,000 tracks ripped.

By the way the Matthew J Harris disc was produced in 2001.

So far I have not run across any unreadable regular CDs, but I remember an old Gothic disc I had that had the "CD rot" that was supposed to eat my whole collection someday.

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.


Everything and Nothing / Re: download to cdr>
« on: March 15, 2008, 06:30:24 AM »
You need to select "audio CD" format in Nero Burning ROM.

Then drag the files to Nero or browse to them.



I run which is a site devoted to ambient artists & music.

I recently moved to Austin and spent quite a bit of time unpacking and trying to organize my collection of antiquated optical discs.


PS If you are in the links section of the site and want to be updated, just let me know

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