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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 :)

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.

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

I need to get out more.

Only a small percentage of discs don't rip.

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.

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

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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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

Everything and Nothing / Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
« on: January 14, 2009, 05:41:14 AM »
Hey ya'll.  Jim Zachary here.

I'm a 52 year old ambient music nut and physician.  I moved to Austin, Texas a couple of years ago after Katrina destroyed my old hometown, New Orleans.  I had lived in N.O. for 26 years, but basically after K, N.O. was not the city I had signed up for.  My job, my home and my life suddenly became all hypothetical.  I decided to move to higher ground, literally and figuratively.  Austin is a great place to live.  It rocks...literally.  It's a nice mix of urban life and quirkiness.

I run the.zzzone which has been streaming ambient music on Live365 for 8 years now.  My website contains no advertising; therefore I do this as a way of spreading the gospel of ambient music and sharing my extensive collection of music with the world legally.  Some artists and labels give me deals or donate promos which I appreciate, of course.  I have music from every artist that has posted to this thread.

In my profession, I treat infectious diseases and HIV in folks who have no insurance.  I work for the City of Austin's community health clinics.  At my HIV clinic we treat about 2000 patients.  It is interesting to note that our patients get better care in many ways than I do from my own physician.  I am the medical director at the clinic.  We deal with quite a bit of addiction and substance dependence.

I live 5 minutes from the clinic.

I hope 2009 is a great year for everyone.


Everything and Nothing / Re: Organizing large music collections.
« on: January 12, 2009, 05:44:25 AM »
It's difficult to say the least.

The best way is also the most time-intensive.

I am systematically ripping all my music to lossless format (.flac) and storing it on a music server which naturally makes finding and accessing the music infinitely easier.

Hence my "adventures in ripping" thread in which I detail my problems with CD-Rs and CDDAs.

Everything and Nothing / Re: CD-R Deterioration
« on: January 11, 2009, 08:53:08 AM »
The latest title with fairly extensive errors is a CDDA title which was new: Robert Rich - Calling Down the Sky.  As on most CDs, the error-prone tracks are the last two.

It had about 130 errors on it.  As it take 5-30 secs for each to be re-read, it will be sometime before I find out if the error-correction process was successful.

I'm sure it will play fine in a CD player.

Several of Mathias Grassow's CD-Rs were so error-prone on the last track or two, I had to use an alternative ripper that apparently ignores errors and just plows through.  While those rips will not reflect what Mr. Grassow intended exactly, at least they can be accomplished.

The reason I am finding so many of these errors is that I am systematically going through my entire collection which consists of approximately 15,000 CDs.  The overall problem rate is actually fairly low.

As I am ripping the tracks to .flac, I am also converting the files to .mp3 for use on my stream at

Everything and Nothing / Re: my extended holiday season
« on: January 04, 2009, 12:01:16 PM »
Congrats Jim.

My partner and I have been sober for 7 years now.

Many of my patients suffer with the disease of addiction.  It's a tough one.

Take care.

Everything and Nothing / Re: CD-R Deterioration
« on: January 04, 2009, 11:57:50 AM »
I use dBpoweramp to rip.  It uses the Accuraterip database and C1 error reporting from the CD/DVD-ROM among other things to produce a precise copy of the music files. . . . . I placed the Baghiri disc in my crappy home stereo CD player, and it seemed fine.

Do you have access to another CD/DVD-ROM that can rip your discs? I'm wondering if you current DVDrom is the problem and not the discs themselves, especially if they play fine in your regular CD player. If the laser is going bad you would probably get lots of errors, using a different DVDrom device to rip with would probably eliminate one or the other.

Thanks for your reply. 

I am using a brand new computer with 2 drives.  Both get the same errors.  And it's not on all discs.  I'm getting the errors on probably 5-10% at most.  In many cases the software will correct the problem by reading and rereading until it acquires the "data"; however, in some cases, the data just is not there anymore.

I suspect the CD player does okay by interpolating.  I have very cheap hi-fi equipment.

However, as I mentioned, a couple of discs are totally unplayable even on the CD player: the Matthew J Harris "Blind Cinema" and the Robert Scott Thompson - "Blue Day" discs.  Both are CD-Rs with clear deterioration.

Unfortunately as I rip my large collection of CD-Rs by Mathias Grassow, I am getting quite a few errors.  Dang again.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Unknown Ambient CD-R
« on: January 04, 2009, 09:51:21 AM »

It takes a detective to figure out this disc.

I went to his discography and looked up any discs with "INS" as the first 3 letters.

The only match was "Insights 10 x CD-R"

The "g" got me but I realized that it could be a "9".  However, disc 9 only has 3 tracks and my disc had the silent first track.

However, although not exact, the times for disc 9 all match the times for tracks 2, 3, 4.

I'm not sure how the extra 30 sec blank track fits in, but this is Insight disc 9.

Thanks Jim.

Unfortunately, after I located the rest of the set, I am getting some frame errors as I rip the discs.  See my other CD-R deterioration thread.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Unknown Ambient CD-R
« on: January 04, 2009, 09:34:21 AM »
I concur.  I have received a bunch of CD-Rs from MG.

I'll check to see if it fits in with the rest in terms of brand of CD-R and labeling.

Thanks so much.

Everything and Nothing / Re: CD-R Deterioration
« on: January 03, 2009, 05:25:41 PM »
Squeezebox is actually a family of players which are linked by Wi-Fi to the server computer.

There is a high end receiver (Transporter) and low-end (Boom).

I have one Duet and one Boom, and I plan on more.

You can see my Boom review here:

Everything and Nothing / Re: Unknown Ambient CD-R
« on: January 03, 2009, 05:16:15 PM »
If you want to see if you can help me, check these files out:

I didn't include the silent 30 sec track although I will send it to you if you want it :)

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 / Re: CD-R Deterioration
« on: January 03, 2009, 01:18:29 PM »
I use dBpoweramp to rip.  It uses the Accuraterip database and C1 error reporting from the CD/DVD-ROM among other things to produce a precise copy of the music files.

If it hits unreadable errors, it reports them as frame errors and it rereads them repeatedly at reduced speed until the data is obtained or not.

The Baghiri disc (brand new, never played) had like 700 errors in the last track with no visible scratches.  It slowed down more and more to read the errors but never could.  I canceled the rip.

The Robert Scott Thompson disc was unplayable and unrippable.

I placed the Baghiri disc in my crappy home stereo CD player, and it seemed fine.

My "beef": I am unable to archive and stream these unrippable songs through my new system that is designed to replace CDs.

It may be debatable if that is a legitimate problem or not, but CDs may be going the way of vinyl because of their susceptibility to damage/poor manufacturing and because it is much "handier" to be able to dial up whatever music than to physically get a CD, put it in the player, and change it out at the end.

Squeezebox (my music server) has allowed me to rediscover so much of my music because basically it's playing all the time now...without having to change CDs or change out a CD changer.

I now have 37,000+ songs in .flac format on the hard drive of my music server.

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