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Quick disclaimer as things have been rather sensitive recently with "Youtube" I did contact Loscil / Scott Morgan asking if he was cool with my posting this which he said he was though he thought it was not visually very interesting.  Dirk Serries never responded....So?

As to the visual element I feel it works very well just because it isn't and I sense it is the style of the filmmaker and anyway the music is just wonderful!

Loscil live at [F]luister on Vimeo

Dirk Serries live at [F]luister on Vimeo

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Lexicon PCM Native Sale
« on: May 27, 2014, 02:10:07 PM »
Not sure if this is US wide, world wide or just a Vintage king store special but the Lexicon PCM bundles are 50% off so instead of $999 for the reverb & fx bundle its $499.  Follow the link to see the various bundles offerings.  Good through 6/30/14

Personally I have not settled on a software reverb solution yet....this maybe the time to decide!

Vintage King is one of the best recording equipment stores in the US but shoppers beware, a few choice items and you'll need a second mortgage  ;)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: NI Reaktor 5 Sale
« on: May 23, 2014, 10:54:59 AM »
I think your right Tomas....Komplete 9 for $499, one does get a lot for the price! 

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / NI Reaktor 5 Sale
« on: May 22, 2014, 04:17:01 PM »
NI usually have some crazy sale on Komplete from time to time but this came across to me and for $99 I jumped when the retail price is $399 .....My first soft synth was NI's Generator, and then the first release of Reaktor. After that I drifted more to hardware so 15 years later Im really enjoying seeing some old time ensembles included and a whole plethora of new sonic ends May 28th  :)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Backup?
« on: May 10, 2014, 04:28:20 AM »
I have all projects backed up on a 1T external hard drive…actually I have no files on my laptop.  I have been using drives for the past 10 years and they are able to retrieve all data even if they can't fix one of their hard drives.  I had 2 issues that turned out to be a simple update of some sort, nothing serious and the drives were fix for free.  In one way the manufacturer is my ultimate backup.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 17, 2014, 05:17:13 PM »
Disturbed Earth ::  Castles in Spain

I stumbled across Castles in Spain will searching this artists work due to recent mentions ......excellent production where to my ear the dual tape machines and recording setup really shine and not to mention the music is stunning.  Recorded in 1976 / 1976 I was 14yrs old and had no idea what ambient music was nor Brian Eno..... yet.  That this was recorded that far back sets this music apart for me. It is contemporary though transcends the ambient timeline.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Laptop Cooling Pads
« on: April 13, 2014, 05:18:26 AM »
I did have a look around ebay usa and found heatsinks that were even more expensive up to $150 for large ones......perhaps aluminum is more expensive this side of the atlantic ???.

The company I linked to has a 2 inch heigh extrusion but the price jumps to $98 for the size that would fit the bottom of the Macbook.

The way I see it.....New iMac 27" with good specs (SSD & Ram) $2500 +- or a $100 heatsink for a perfectly good 17" i7 Macbook Pro.

I will search around some more before I commit......thanks for all your help Tomas!

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Laptop Cooling Pads
« on: April 11, 2014, 09:26:05 PM »
Cooling pad update......well for one thing the fan on this Zalman cooling pad is so quiet I had to hold the unit up to the light to check if it was on or off.  It is a single 6" fan that does move a lot of air.

Improvement.....not enough for my use.  I do believe it will extend the life of the the macbook and I have not had any hair dryer episodes so this is better but not what I am looking for more.

I did find an extruded aluminum heat sink company here in the usa... A 10" x 15" x 1" piece will run around $53.

I am coming to release the laptop is not the best studio computer....perhaps if you perform and you want one computer it will surface but as a quite solution...not the best for audio.

Everything and Nothing / Re: My coworker stopped talking to me
« on: April 09, 2014, 10:44:49 AM »
Because of the close quarters best to confront him and get it out in the takes a fair bit of courage to be direct.  You could also inquire if things are all right with him in his world as you notice a difference recently, sort of being the caring co work, which Im sure you are.....this might get him to talk.  Perhaps others in office may have more insight....anyone he's friendly with that you could talk to.

Its horrible when you just cant walk away and there seems to be no other solution...good luck.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient Music Download Pricing
« on: April 07, 2014, 05:48:15 PM »
For some reason 24 bit master quality seems to have garnered  a premium.....sort of like a luxury tax on a $200.000 Rolls Royce or whatever they may cost.  Bandcamp will level the the playing field which is sort of silly for labels who should pay attention to this and not push themselves out of the market place!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Ambient Music Download Pricing
« on: April 07, 2014, 05:56:06 AM »
I was just over at the Spotted Peccary label website checking out some of their great music and talented roster of artist and happen to click on the music buy option , i.e. cd or download format and was surprised to see such high download prices.


What I am trying to figure out is the reasoning for this pricing structure, specifically the high res downloads..... almost $12 for a flac file and near $16 for 24bit file ???  $2 less the a physical cd or $2 more.

I love this label so understand Im not going after them and one can find some crazy pricing out there when you get into audiophile HD downloads sites.

Could the high price reflect addition storage cost for large file size?
Did the label have additional mastering cost to run a second pass, one @ 16bit for cd replication and another @ 24bit for HR download?
Is the pricing a deterrent to encourage more physical cd sales?
Is this a way to stay alive in a seemingly every shrinking ambient community? 

I think its great that they offer such a wide variety of formats yet Im must say there's some sticker shock involved.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Laptop Cooling Pads
« on: April 06, 2014, 07:44:14 AM »
Thanks for the link Tomas.....I see what you mean now.  Do you put anything between the heatsink and the computer to prevent metal on metal scratching.  I release direct contact is vital for heat transference.

Thanks for the confirmation and suggestions Scott.

I will report back and with results.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Laptop Cooling Pads
« on: April 04, 2014, 08:47:47 PM »
Ok Tomas, makes sense.  I did replace the HD with SSD but not the dvd drive....most of the heat is from the middle back towards the lcd to the left where the thunderbolt, USB & Firewire ports are.   No heat on the button here.  The heat sink sounds interesting. Can you post a link or describe what you mean.  I did see a thermpak heat absorption pad that seemed decent but people said that once it got warmed up after a few hours of heavy use it just acted like a blanket and made matters worse.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: What is Youtube to you?
« on: April 04, 2014, 06:20:18 PM »
Yes Tomas....Im am wine drinker too, but Ive been watching some All Blacks Rugby history recently and some how wine just does work in that scenario, though New Zealand makes great wine so maybe. ;D

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: What is Youtube to you?
« on: April 04, 2014, 05:43:04 PM »
drone on, with respect, please, a great effort has been made to construct a valid discussion about the possibilities of ambient now and in future.

If people disagree and get passionate about it more the better...bring it on.  When we are done we'll all go down the pub and have a beer or two but in the interim this needs to run its course.

Mr Griffin Sir.....I sense you are ready to release your dragons of reason...sorry, 4th season of Game of Thrones airs april 6th

Computers, Internet and Technology / Laptop Cooling Pads
« on: April 04, 2014, 03:19:15 PM »
Just purchased this Zalman NC3000U Laptop cooling pad for my 17" Macbook Pro.....$43.  Seems the most power at the least db 17.  Not sure if Ive just bought a glorified spacer that would be better cooling me down or not. 

I have enjoyed my Macbook but for low volume mixing & mixing in general through monitors the fan adds way too much noise.  I see an iMac in my future but for now Im hoping this may cool things down a bit.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: What is Youtube to you?
« on: April 04, 2014, 01:07:05 PM »
I also suspect that we need to rethink *who* the consumers are in this genre. I assume the potential market for ambient music isn't college students who like to attend dance parties. It is probably composed of people who are collectors, audiophiles, and musicians themselves. So, finding ways to get more money from Spotify, for example, might not be the right kind of strategy for increasing the financial viability of ambient labels. But exploring other options, such as bundling digital downloads (available on purchase, as with BC) with purchases of the physical product, might be one solution that both embraces new technology while appealing to the collector mentality. I also think one solution is to focus on high-quality releases. Just because you can release something doesn't mean you should. Also, simply acknowledging that there are communities out there and embracing them can help a lot. I know people here have expressed their disdain for self-promotion. I can relate to that. But simply "knowing" who someone is--even via online platforms--makes them more human. And, at least for me, that makes me want to buy their work.

This is the sort of think for the future I like to see.......because ambient must look there.

I read recently through the hyprreal ambient emails I get that some weird label is ripping sound cloud music from artist and selling "meditation" compilation downloads on iTunes.  That is blatant theft.

Forrest & guys are put forward some powerful concepts/truths and Im not sure how, or maybe I dont understand how it got a little out of hand but perhaps we can use some more ... :), to be  make sure points are taken in the right way.  This is important what is being discussed and many will read it.

Ultimately if I want to promote the music I love and want to bring it to the attention of others I suppose I will have to live with any negative, unseen scenarios because the worst thing possible would be silence.

Wouldn't the worst thing possible would be being sued by Lars Ulrich?;)


Forrest, from a non legal perspective James Hetfield scares me more ;D

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 04, 2014, 06:20:41 AM »
Thanks for the heads up drone on......I had Exit Stage left in vinyl an never bought it again when I switched to over to cd. I will check this out.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: What is Youtube to you?
« on: April 04, 2014, 06:16:10 AM »
This thread has certainly got me think about the many issues at work here.

I dont think there is a solution to this....there is however evolution and as such we have no choice but to evolve or.......

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: What is Youtube to you?
« on: April 03, 2014, 06:38:04 AM »
It's sort of funny in a way, the last Youtube post I made here was "Disintegrating Loops #6" in the now playing thread  without a thought to anything we are was just there. I did not think.

Should I have?

In my opinion: yes.

There are two outcomes for people who hadn't heard the album before. After listening to the samples you linked: 

(a) they decided not to buy the album
(b) they decided to buy the album.

In the first scenario, the artist neither lost nor gained anything. (And there is always a chance that the listener was intrigued enough to return to the choice in the future.)  In the second, the artist gained something. Something > nothing.

There is a chance that there was someone out there who was considering buying the album "site unseen" in 2014, but who has now realized that there is no point in doing so (thanks to your link) because they can hear it for free on YouTube. My intuition is that this probability is smaller than that associated with outcome (b).

Interesting Chris......I feel that the act of sharing should only work in one way and that is a positive one, however a very negative aspect also exists as is being discussed.  Ultimately if I want to promote the music I love and want to bring it to the attention of others I suppose I will have to live with any negative, unseen scenarios because the worst thing possible would be silence. 

The question remains.....with this free music mentality ingrained in society, what is the solution.....i dont know but so long as we keep talking about the music we love and there is exposure in all forms then it will prevail.

Good debate.  :)     

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