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Everything and Nothing / Re: Chef Thread:
« on: Today at 04:45:45 PM »
"Flame Acres"..... ;D

its easy enough to create great dishes with unusual exotic and often expensive ingredients, its considerable harder and challenging to make great dishes with simple ingredients cooked in unusual ways.... such as Moroccan cuisine and the use of a Tagine....a unique clay braising device.  (Internet stock photos)

   

Likewise on the curry Pete......I recently got a book from the UK...."The Curry Secret,  how to cook real indian restaurant food at home by Kris Dhillon.  Its so simple I actually dont believe it.  Theres just one base sauce and then a few additional spice depending what the recipe is.  Compared to what Ive been doing, grinding, pureeing, tempering roast spice this that and the other all based on traditional indian cooking. One simple sauce sounds nuts.  Still haven't tried it yet though

I understand the shortcuts...use them all the time, like those potato cakes above were browned and par cooked as shown a 3.00pm....first order came in at say 6.00pm and a cake was finished at the same time the halibut was cooked for the order.  Those Potato Rosti's take a good 10-15mins or so to get to that golden brown and more to cook all the way through.  You cant do that in service unless you have 20 cooks in the kitchen.  I have 5 including myself.

Heres a link to the best "Indian Butter Chicken" I found so far....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0E_1AuGVVfU

Seren that Trout sounds really good!

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Chef Thread:
« on: Today at 04:58:08 AM »


Potato Rosti (Hash Browns).....2parts grated raw potato to 1 part grated raw onion.  Mixed together in a bowl add salt and pepper to taste. Heat up non stick blini pan3"or small frying pan add clarified butter.  Form potato in hand and place in pan.  Potato cake should appear to be swimming in butter...it will be absorbed.  Cook until brown on both sides and finish in hot oven if necessary.  Concerned about excessive butter.  Clarified butter is ok since the butter fat has been removed.  Indian cuisine call it Ghee and is an important part of cell regeneration.



Pan Roasted Alaskan Halibut, Potato Rosti with a Fricasse of Lobster, Roast Brussel Sprouts & Cauliflower, Grain Mustard Sauce & Basil Oil




Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna Bowl.  Udon & Soba Noodles, Teriyaki Glazed Bok Choy, Kimchi, Wakami Seaweed Salad & Ramen Broth.

Thanks for getting this thread going Seren...I will come back and add recipes to these dishes like Quick Kimchi and Ramen Noodle Broth

Pictures are from last friday night dinner service

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Good thread drone on.....above illustrates what the problem is an you can clearly see what is meant when some one says its been slammed. This is what you are hearing.  The dynamics of the music are gone, every instrument, voice etc. is as loud as each other and to make matters worse its distorted.  Now convert that to mp3 which will remove information and play it back on and iPod through ear buds.  :o

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Eventide UltraReverb
« on: Yesterday at 08:52:10 AM »
Great Mike....Glad it work for you.  Im going to authorize the demo shortly.  Really love this verb!

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Eventide UltraReverb
« on: September 20, 2014, 04:43:52 PM »
Just did an ABC between the Eventide Eclipse, Exponential Audio Phoenix reverb (software) and the Ultra Reverb....Medium Hall preset and also on the eclipse I auditioned their recreation of the PCM70 a favorite of mine......Ultra Reverb to my ears came out ahead.

Anyone else?

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Eventide UltraReverb
« on: September 20, 2014, 12:27:28 PM »
I have to say I'm really impressed.....lush, warm and sounds extremely close to my Eventide Eclipse, perhaps a little warmer and lush @ $79!  Very versatile verb.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: September 20, 2014, 04:26:47 AM »
Hi Tomas...have you looked at these. Shure SRH1540.  They were on my audition list but I stayed with the Focal Spirit so never did hear them.  Not cheap but what is.


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Everything and Nothing / Re: Robots and Donuts - the art of Eric Joyner
« on: September 19, 2014, 08:10:43 PM »
These are really good...thanks for sharing.  I like the line up. He paints with a lot of texture and yet the robots gleam so smooth and metallic.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sorry Pete Kelly....On Inspiration
« on: September 19, 2014, 08:07:16 PM »
sooo, are we going to get any of those chef awesome recipes????:) ;D

Soon.....just feeling out a format that will work :)

Are they midi compatible?   ;) ;D

Thats funny Loren  ;D ....another moog cookbook.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sorry Pete Kelly....On Inspiration
« on: September 19, 2014, 06:57:44 AM »
sooo, are we going to get any of those chef awesome recipes????:) ;D

Soon.....just feeling out a format that will work :)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sorry Pete Kelly....On Inspiration
« on: September 19, 2014, 05:27:44 AM »
Let's forget all about this, indeed this went out of control and won't happen again. Sorry if I offended someone.

I'm not looking for trouble. And I don't want to spend my energy with virtual fights.

Cheers.

Your good Crepuscule.....apologies if I offended you.  By the way "Cosmic Fabric" was a great name and whatever you choose is cool, just thought Id mention it.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sorry Pete Kelly....On Inspiration
« on: September 18, 2014, 07:04:33 PM »
Your are right Loren and it was my intention to be silent but it must be the protective side in me that flamed up....my passion was miss placed or rightly placed  and got  too caught up in virtual drama.

History showed how the ill placed word has caused revolutions and world wars.....sure this is just the humble Hypnos forum.  But still I wonder why cant people respect the musical peers here....not me, but the forum members that have respected labels behind them or their own labels.  There is such a wealth of "inspiration" to exchange that this last fiasco is another embarrassment.....Im sad / pissed and maybe need to identify between what is virtual and real.

   

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Sorry Pete Kelly....On Inspiration
« on: September 18, 2014, 05:13:51 PM »
Pete you proposed such a beautiful thread that went to hell and was shut down.  I was to blame and the result was so uninspired. My apologies.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: On Inspiration - Chuck Close quote
« on: September 18, 2014, 04:35:27 PM »

My studio fits into the little gear category.  There is really not much there.


I just feel that you answer like a politician, you aren't truthful, clear or concise. I think you're confused with what's little and what's too much.

What's the difference between a person like you that claims to have ''little gear'' (clearly not true the pictures don't lie) and me and Extasis? Are you saying that you are better than us? And that's the explanation why you have that big set of tools?
Because we have less stuff than you, but still, we are witch hunted for some unknown reason that has too do with having too much and unnecessary gear.

I just want a clear answer to those simple questions.



Who are you?  You call me a liar, vague, confused, egotistical and a witch hunter!  Wow!  What stings the most is the politician.....so unless you standing holding a baby somewhere and we should meet.... *** EDITED - we can't allow profane personal insults here *** Thats about as clear and straight forward as I can be.

"WE can't allow any profane personal insults here"...really.  They do on television!  I care a lot about this forum and the members but this is well out of hand.  Moderators you are smart and talented people and a few individuals can come here and make a mess of this respected and I would say best ambient forum around.  Sadly to keep the peace you edit me....understood.  Theres a part of me thats having fun with this and a part thats really pissed.   

Good...then the message was delivered.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: On Inspiration - Chuck Close quote
« on: September 18, 2014, 04:32:21 PM »

My studio fits into the little gear category.  There is really not much there.


I just feel that you answer like a politician, you aren't truthful, clear or concise. I think you're confused with what's little and what's too much.

What's the difference between a person like you that claims to have ''little gear'' (clearly not true the pictures don't lie) and me and Extasis? Are you saying that you are better than us? And that's the explanation why you have that big set of tools?
Because we have less stuff than you, but still, we are witch hunted for some unknown reason that has too do with having too much and unnecessary gear.

I just want a clear answer to those simple questions.



Who are you?  You call me a liar, vague, confused, egotistical and a witch hunter!  Wow!  What stings the most is the politician.....so unless you standing holding a baby somewhere and we should meet.... *** EDITED - we can't allow profane personal insults here *** Thats about as clear and straight forward as I can be.

"WE can't allow any profane personal insults here"...really.  They do on television!  I care a lot about this forum and the members but this is well out of hand.  Moderators you are smart and talented people and a few individuals can come here and make a mess of this respected and I would say best ambient forum around.  Sadly to keep the peace you edit me....understood.  Theres a part of me thats having fun with this and a part thats really pissed.   

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Eventide UltraReverb
« on: September 18, 2014, 04:02:15 PM »
These gentleman are right Seren...online is only needed for initial authorization....sorry for the miss information.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: On Inspiration - Chuck Close quote
« on: September 18, 2014, 03:55:19 PM »

My studio fits into the little gear category.  There is really not much there.


I just feel that you answer like a politician, you aren't truthful, clear or concise. I think you're confused with what's little and what's too much.

What's the difference between a person like you that claims to have ''little gear'' (clearly not true the pictures don't lie) and me and Extasis? Are you saying that you are better than us? And that's the explanation why you have that big set of tools?
Because we have less stuff than you, but still, we are witch hunted for some unknown reason that has too do with having too much and unnecessary gear.

I just want a clear answer to those simple questions.



Who are you?  You call me a liar, vague, confused, egotistical and a witch hunter!  Wow!  What stings the most is the politician.....so unless you standing holding a baby somewhere and we should meet.... *** EDITED - we can't allow profane personal insults here *** Thats about as clear and straight forward as I can be.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Eventide UltraReverb
« on: September 18, 2014, 04:36:15 AM »
It does look good, and I assume sound good too - never had to consider an ilok - what are the problems?

The computer I will be using it on (if i buy it) will not be 'online' itself - could that be an issue?

Yes Seren it will be an issue.....for ilok to work it must be online so that your computer an the ilok license manager can be synced from the ilok website.  Its very straight forward but does require online connection.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Eventide UltraReverb
« on: September 16, 2014, 06:10:26 PM »
Tomas brought to our attention the Ultra Channel.......now this, except its not free. The algorithms are from the H8000 I believe.



Link to video.....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeVi2FikcDw

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Todays newsletter from Sam

My 20-something friend, Case, and I were messaging about music. She wrote:

I feel like having access to so much of something devalues it. I had few toys growing up. The toys I had were very valuable to me. I knew each of them by name and played with them often. When I went to the houses of other kids my age, I found them filled to the brim with plastic toys and junk. Entire floors covered like a scene from Hoarders, the reality TV show about people living with too much stuff.
Many people are digital hoarders. They acquire something simply because it is there (in this case, music) yet rarely look at it again, or savor it. When I dug out my hard drives from 12 years ago, I found 250 gigs of music. Almost all of it was crap. I realized that I had only acquired it because I could. Once I had it, there was too much to listen to. I didn’t savor each song because everything was the same, a name in a digital list. Compare that to my dad’s music. Thought I would make fun of him for purchasing so much, especially what I considered overpriced CDs, that’s where I got the most joy out of listening. Each CD or album or cassette in the living room was a new experience waiting to be explored.

I feel like the MP3 culture was anemic. Growing up, most of the people I knew who downloaded MP3s had absolutely awful taste in music. They didn’t respect it. At LAN parties we’d trade entire hard drives full of music. Did it make anything special? Did we cherish any of that music? Absolutely not. It was just hoarding behavior. The understanding of a limit had been lost. The exceptions were people with parents who passed down their excitement for music.

I realize now that some people learned about music from siblings, or friends, physically bringing records over, or going to record stores and listening there, or at local live shows. How did you get introduced to the music of Brian Eno or David Bowie?

 
I've been thinking about this. How did I discover music when I was young?

I was introduced to David Bowie on the radio, along with Kraftwerk, The Strawbs, Frank Zappa, the B52s. It was strange music, compared to the popular mainstream rock of the time: acts such as Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Meatloaf, Molly Hatchet, Lynyrd Skynyrd – remember, I lived in South Florida! WSHE (103.5) was our local rock radio station mixing in unusual tracks along with the mainstream hits.

The first song I remember hearing a million times on the radio was Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” (which went to #9 in the USA in 1976). It is a weird rock song! Can you imagine something that bizarre getting radio play today? I remember being at the beach with a friend (and his mom) and the song blasting out of car windows in the parking lot.

Wow! WSHE played odd music, which led to finding more odd music.

I cannot honestly say I remember the first time I heard Bowie on the radio; but it must have been “Space Odyssey” or “Starman.” It was the end of the 70s, but his tracks of 5 years earlier were still new to us. Bowie's music came before his image. I'm sure I was interested in the space theme (teenage boy in the 1970s, of course I was into SciFi), and also the alienation. You know: feeling like an outsider in your own world.

But where was the connection from Bowie to Brian Eno? You might think it was via the Low album, but I don't remember getting into that side of Bowie until a while later. It was the very early Ziggy Stardust-period that was familiar to me.

There were two magazines – Cream and Circus – which covered rock music. Lots of Bowie, Alice Cooper, Stones, etc. Rolling Stone Magazine was a bit too square for me (Hall & Oats, Fleetwood Mac, Peter Frampton) and SPIN didn't exist yet (it started in 1985).

Ah ha! Here's the holy grail. I remember buying the October 1978 issue of Trouser Press with Peter Gabriel, Robert Fripp and Brian Eno. This was the doorway to a variety of amazing English music I didn't hear on WSHE. Trouser Press covered mostly prog and English artrock; then in the early 80s it morphed into New Wave & New Romantic. There were also UK magazines (cannot remember the name, but probably Smash Hits, Slash, Underground or something. I still have some of them in a box in my storage space.)

The three magazine covers included in this blog are iconic in my mind. They bring me right back to that era, pouring over the words before I heard the music, and then eventually entering the new sounds and new worlds created for me within this music.

By this time I had bought the Eno Working Backwards 11-LP box set, yet I cannot honestly say that I listened to the first two albums. I was a fan of Before and After Science, Ambient 1, and Discrete Music. I was more about his ambient side, and wasn’t interested in his glam / pre-punk sound. Nowadays, I love Here Comes the Warm Jets; it's a really catchy and quirky album!



Moving along with the “weird electronic” music, I was introduced to Gary Numan when a redneck friend in high school gave me the “Cars” single. It was alien, distant, bizarre. I liked it and dug into Numan, purchasing The Pleasure Principle, but more importantly, Replicas. From Numan, I leaned about an obscure band that influenced him, Ultravox! (Check out "I want to be a machine:" Ultravox! produced by Brian Eno.) I was late to the game, John Foxx had already left the band. The week it was released, I bought Midge-Ure-era Ultravox's Vienna album. I also hit upon other electro pop / synth bands, such as Depeche Mode (bought the first album when it came out!) and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. A friend in high school turned me on to “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell, and I had a new favorite band! And let's not overlook DEVO! Are we not men? was an amazing find (again, produced by Eno).

For me, then, it seems RADIO served as my introduction to music in middle school. In high school it was MAGAZINES, FRIENDS and exploring at RECORD STORES.

There was a amazing shop -- Open Books & Records (1979-1994) -- that stocked all the imports and the local bands and underground USA music. I would read about a band in a magazine, then go to Open to check if they had a copy. I’d listen to a track or two to see if I liked the music. Sometimes I picked things up, based purely on the cover (such as The Last Man in Europe Corporation.) Leslie at Open would say, “David Sylvian’s solo album is coming out in two weeks, would you like me to order one for you?” or “You like Ultravox, have you checked out Visage? There's a different singer but Midge Ure and Billy Currie write the music…"

Case talks about trading hard drives of music, but it having no real value, being merely unseen data without context, unsavored. Our situation was just the opposite back in the early 80s; we had to intentionally work to discover music. Each new musical experience was gained by overcoming obstacles, finding something unique. The hunt gave the music a lot of value. While most of my classmates were listening to The Doobie Brothers' "Minute by Minute," or "Sgt Peppers" for the seven thousandth time, I was adventuring into the musical unknown. These albums I found meant so much to me. The obscure music we followed was wrapped deeply into how we identified ourselves. We were underground, individual, non-mainstream. Music was part of that identity,


I began my fanzine, Alternative Rhythms, to cover a mix of the European bands I was interested in, plus local South Florida bands I'd hear about from singles at Open Records. South Florida's music scene was diverse; we had electro-pop from Futurisk ("Split Second Decision" 1982, on YouTube) and Stones/Velvet Rock-n-Roll from Charlie Pickett ("If This is Love, Can I Get My Money Back" 1983, on YouTube). Writing about music served as a pretext to get into bars when I was underage, I went out to cover these bands for the 'zine.

Music discovery meant everything to me. That's still true today. My job at Projekt is finding new music, and spreading the word. It's a different era, yet it's similar to 35 years ago; the difference is now I have taken on the role of being the person who exposes new music to people. Music is part of who I am.
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