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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Mobile Listenings
« on: November 14, 2012, 05:41:44 PM »
Completely non mobile here...but I have some questions.

What portable device play wav, aiff, flac etc....I suppose it makes more sense to store lossless formats than fat wav files.

iPods can handle Apple lossless?

this is all new to me and something Im looking into especially with newer cars that have usb ports.....yes Im cars shopping.

Seren you have good taste in headphones.... I Love my Grado Sr325's


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Firstly, why release on a B quality format.....I know the minimum for pressed CD's is 300.  Not disrespecting CDr's and those that release their music on them, just saying so within the context of this artist who will clearly sell more than a 100, and apparently has.

Perhaps the music is more of a side note or older forgotten material because such a small pressing could suggest the artist lack of faith in the music......have not heard it mind you. 

Or this is a limited hard copy for those interested as the main release will be digital.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: External drive always running
« on: November 10, 2012, 05:00:39 PM »
I installed a 240g SSD in my Macbook Pro this year...had not even heard of this technology until Mike brought it up in another thread......thank you sir!  Snappy, yes, though it boots up about 5 - 10 seconds faster than my G5 @ 7500 rpm.  Nothing to write home about, however alll software apps, Logic, Aperture, Photoshop, Illustrator etc run "solid" Sort of feels like the  solidness of a Mercedes compared to a Buick....or I should say my VW Golf  :), actually the Buick could be faster than my.....well you get the idea.

When price permits I will switch my studio system drives over to SSD for all creative files.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: External drive always running
« on: November 10, 2012, 04:29:19 AM »
When the time for a new HD you might look at Solid State Drives.  No moving parts. 

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Everything and Nothing / Re: External drive always running
« on: November 08, 2012, 06:05:40 AM »
After several years my Glyph external HD would not boot.....contacted the manufacturer and  shipped it out to be firmware update.  During my conversation with tech support I mentioned  this constant disk spinning issue which had gone on for many years.  He came back with surprise that I had not turned it off and that it had be "spinning" for so long.  His solution which is what he does at a studio he moonlights at is to put my entire studio through one source like a power conditioner/surge protector with a on off switch.  Click of the switch off shuts the entire room down including all hard drive......click of the switch on and the entire room powers up.  Actually my HD's have on/off switches on the front but some are in closets and not convenient.  Also when I shut down my computer there is a audible difference coming from the  external drive which I believe is the the data head no longer in contact with the disk, disk is still spinning though.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Brian Eno...Imaginary Landscapes
« on: November 05, 2012, 07:13:00 PM »
Brian Eno Imaginary Landscapes


Ive seen parts of this before  but not as a whole......we all know the music, always interesting to glimpse inside his mind.

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Great move Gregory.....nice to be able to listen and buy your music as Hi Res files all at one place!


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Listening to the newest Oct 24 podcast.....just what I need to hear to make the tiger retract its claws from my day.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: 'Einstein On The Beach' revival
« on: October 24, 2012, 04:12:04 AM »
I can imagine he is complex......will check out the documentary.  I did see a while back a piece on how demanding it was for his orchestra to play Einstein on the Beach.  The woodwind section had to play their instruments using the inhale breath to play notes as well as the exhale so that the music was one continues stream without pause.



This is the one Chuck Close portrait that always comes to mind when I think of his artwork

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: 'Einstein On The Beach' revival
« on: October 19, 2012, 04:31:58 AM »
This was the last piece of vinyl I purchase, if my memory serves right.....mid 1980's. Robert Wilson had a show at MoMA, in NYC which is what stirred my interest.  Always look for Glass works and especial enjoy those surprise movie scores he does.  Happy to see the fire is still alive.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Finally... Sound Forge for Mac!
« on: October 06, 2012, 07:54:23 AM »
Waveburner here.....those iZotope plugging are alone worth the price or admission.  Something to look into!

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Hi Drone On,

Disc 2 of the Hypnos release of"Soundtrack for an Aquarium" is the Soundtrack performed live at Comopoly Hamburg, June 5th 1993 so say the cd liner notes.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Overrated Ambient
« on: October 05, 2012, 03:37:32 AM »
A lot of what I like to do comes out of the love of hearing what different combinations of timbres and textures sound like together.  Not that I worship at the altar of Brian Eno, but I liked his description of part of his creative process as "playing with paints."  It's that joy of experimenting and finding something unexpected and interesting that keeps me doing it.

Yes....the "playing with paint" is spot on Forrest.  I had not heard that before but as I painted first before writing music I have always thought along these lines and it is those unexpected moments that occur on the sonic canvas that inspire me to keep stretching more canvas.

How did this all start, this creative journey......somewhere, someone asked a question, my creative expression is the coming to terms with that question. Interpreting the meaning,  It is not the answer.  Anyway once you think you have the answer most often its just another question.     

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Overrated Ambient
« on: October 04, 2012, 03:44:19 PM »
And clearly Rainforest is not overrated?  Ive not heard it.....need to change that.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Overrated Ambient
« on: October 04, 2012, 03:41:23 PM »
So then... it's OK that Julio comes up to Robert and, intending to offer a compliment, asserts that Rainforest is a favorite... but it's not OK that Robert replies by asserting that he himself thinks he's done better work later on, and hopes that lower-profile work wont be ignored?

I would love to have such a conversation with the man......and hopefully a genuine one.  I think when we meet people that are an inspiration we tend to want to let them know what and how they have been so and then they can hopefully except the complement and next elaborate and express how they moved in new directions.....in the light of Rainforest.

This is a fascinating topic. In academia the drift has been towards the audience, not the artist, and towards the autonomy of the artwork ... meaning the artwork once let loose (released in the case of music) is on its own, and has its own history within a community. The original artist is just another member of the audience for the work, and is not necessarily the most perceptive of its virtues or place in the genre.  And later the artist dies, but the work continues on its way ... speaking anew to new audiences.

This says it all...well put APK

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Overrated Ambient
« on: October 04, 2012, 06:11:58 AM »
I have this idea that and artist is given......a gift which is the creative force that makes the person an artist in the first place.  This "gift is not defined to begin with but is so powerful it drives the artist constantly to give this source shape and form until often with much struggle, frustration & failure it is born.  What is created early on is the purest conception of this "gift"  after that it is developed, explored & refined.  However this source energy contained in the artist first or early offerings can often be the most honest.   Perhaps this it what people hear.

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These sort of comparisons only occur in audiophile circles.  Science proves that a Flac & Wav file of the same source is a perfect match.  There can be no dispute.  Things tend to get a little grey once the human element is add and that $100.000 "Hi-Fi" system.

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Thanks for the response guys.  I know of Earth Mantra but did not know flac was available.

There is a fair amount of hi res classical music download sites with wav, aiff & flac options but I fear not much ambient.  People need to know Ambient music is the new classical, right.

I did not know iPods played apple losses files.....

I have never done a comparison between ALAC, FLAC & WAV but I have read that wav is considered superior to flac although it seems by a very small  margin, still I have no complaints with Flac myself, just wish there was more ambient in losses format.


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Mini Synth Recommendation
« on: October 03, 2012, 04:06:32 AM »
Thanks for the info Modulator & Scott.  I have seen a few of the cool synths for iPad and without being able to demo them was concerned they were more toys then serious instruments.  Not so!

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I have been searching for sources that have Hi Res downloads,.....ambient / electronic.  By Hi Res Im referring to cd quality 16 bit @ 44.1k and 24bit Flac files  etc....

Bandcamp is the only place Ive come across that makes these available.......anyone know of other sites.

Has iTunes done anything with Apple lossless yet.

Perhaps we are not there yet and if you want this quality then simply buy the cd and put it on your computer.  Which is what I have been doing as I will not buy mp3's.  I don't have an iPod and if I did I would make the conversion myself if need be.

Thanks

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