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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. 

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 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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!

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.

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.     

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.

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 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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Mini Synth Recommendation
« on: September 28, 2012, 03:37:01 PM »
How do iPad users find the audio quality....minijack?  How about voice count and general soft synth behavior on this platform.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 25, 2012, 04:34:22 PM »
Altus : The Sidereal Cycle 2......A beautiful gem & free download at bandcamp.....step up to the plate and pay for it.  Well worth it!
Carbon Based Lifeforms : Hydroponic Garden..... :)
Ben Fleury Steiner : The Places that Find You......a familiar tone to "Keep a weather eye open" yet with more ethereal space.  Very Special!
Bruno Sanfilippo : Urbs.....I usually don't have a taste for too much field recording in the ambient music I like but this is really so intrinsic to the music and adds just enough to deepen the experience, and it is deep, subtle, curious and meditative.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear Acquisition Syndrome releated blog post
« on: September 22, 2012, 04:53:05 PM »
Some times I look back at what I had in the 1980s, basically a sampler and a few analog synths. Everything was much simpler to use back then, I sometimes miss that simplicity.

Well put Loren.......this is what I have been after, the simplicity.  Im sure you all  know of ambient artist Rudy his music but what impressed me was the majority of his music was composed on one keyboard, a yamaha Sy 88 or something like that.  Just one synth.  Talk about knowing you instruments. 

I have had a good selection of keys to play with in the past but Ive whittled it down to an Matrix 12 & a Virus TI......really, if you can't  create with this combo.

Also I feel theres not much happening out there regarding new instruments for sonic perhaps. 

The last recent hardware synth that inspired me was the Hartmann Neuron, I had the funky misbehaving software version.....very unique sounds though.

As Ambient Electronic musicians we have this vast world of sonic possibilities and it was the gear that defined and shaped electronic music at its origin.


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