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Messages - Julio Di Benedetto

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Apple have always put form and function together in a successful way that few if any other computer manufactures have.

My old dead G4 sitting in the garage is beautiful (IMO) industrial design.  It has huge handles top and bottom smoothly incorporated into the design.  The G5 or "cheese grater" as it was called also has handles incorporated into its design so the handle issue is just Apple staying with its design philosophy.

I tend to agree with the rest of the video presenters points.  Apple have continued to dumb down their pro software such as the new Final Cut Pro which seems nothing more than an upgraded iMove and thus making it accessible to the prosumer market. They maybe doing the same with their hardware regarding function.  I like the new design of the Mac Pro, though it does remind me of a stylish wine bucket.   I bought my 17" Macbook pro just before Apple stopped production.  I image it was just to big to be portable enough....anyway as its my main music, photography and design computer I have USB, Firewire & Thunderbolt cables all over the place so the lack of internal connectivity in this new Mac Pro would not bother me.

Im not in the market for a new mac but I will be curious to see how this is received.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Drone Masters
« on: November 11, 2013, 04:41:53 AM »
I just recently purchased a used Klaus Wiese's Soma cd for $43.97....the most money Ive ever spent on a single cd.  A perfect copy it is but thats crazy or I am. 

Tomas are you listening.  Digital editions of Klaus Wiese out of print music as Castleview suggested.  :)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Drone Masters
« on: November 09, 2013, 04:59:00 PM »
As Im coming to understand this peculiar side of ambient music from what I have been listening to these past weeks is as drone on suggest...."one chord held over the duration of the piece".....and this is where it gets really interesting because within this apparent minimal approach lies beneath the surface a kaleidoscope of such subtle shifts in tone and structure that the somewhat relentless  "drone" is anything but that.....or is it simply relentless and it is my mind filling in the gaps so to speak.....yet the purpose of minimal repetitive droning trance inducing music is about losing the least for a while.....right? 

What you will not see on the new OSX.....the real Mavericks :o.  I have surfed good size waves but nothing like this nor will I ever.  Like Mike Im waiting

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 03, 2013, 05:46:52 AM »
^You know, I've been meaning to listen to that album for some time but I've never gotten around to it. I bet it's as wonderful as Paul Horn's masterpiece, Inside The Taj Mahal.

As good as electronically created ambience is theres quite a difference from the real thing......I will have to check out the Horn piece.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 02, 2013, 04:37:22 PM »
Deep Listening : Pauline Oliveros, Stuart Dempstar & Panaiotis

A very special to me though released in 1989 on New Albion Records. Trompone, Accordion, Voice, Garden hose & Conch shell to name some of the instruments performed improv in a unique drone space.

From the Liner notes......

"A warden approached us as we prepared to descend 14 feet down into the 186 foot diameter cistern that once held 2 million gallons of water. The warden reproached us for parking a van on the dirt covered ceiling. Pot holes suggested that perhaps the ceiling was not so stable. Once we had made our decent and after my eyes had adjusted to the dim cavern, I realized almost at once that the warden had probably never been inside: the cavernous cylinder is made of reenforced concrete with more pillars per square yard than a skyscraper. The water tank, built in 1970 on an army base, was probably designed to withstand heavy bombing. Our van was the equivalent of a mosquito on a housetop.

The remarkable thing about the acoustic space is the long reverb, which could approach 45 seconds, and the lack of slap echoes and distinct early reflections that are often characteristic of large cathedrals; only pure, smooth reverb, the type that can be simulated electronically but is thought to be unrealistic and fantastical.

The space is real, and unique. A large cathedral will return slap echoes and uneven resonance characteristics. The cistern showed a very smooth frequency response and no echoes, only a smooth reverberation, the amplitude of which appears to begin at the same decibel level as the source. Consequently, it is impossible to tell where the performer stops and the reverberation takes over. One additional aspect of the reverberation field that does not seem to record easily and which makes simulation very difficult, is that it slowly moved from the sound source along the walls until it enveloped the listener: a most remarkable and beautiful phenomena."

Everything and Nothing / Re: A Favor from my Hypnos friends.
« on: October 21, 2013, 06:44:29 PM »
Also Loren...its so easy to get wrapped up in this mini politics I failed to emphasize your special role in this wonderful project....your music was the emotion behind the story. 

Everything and Nothing / Re: A Favor from my Hypnos friends.
« on: October 21, 2013, 01:12:27 PM »
It is disappointing for Trang especially when the work is so beautiful and meaningful.  Thanks for letting us know about her.  I will follow her work.

Any thoughts to doing a Kickstarter type campaign. 

Ive been involved in several specifically for Yoga teacher Elena Brower who raised $75,000 to make her book "The Art of Attention"  Just a thought :)

Everything and Nothing / Re: A Favor from my Hypnos friends.
« on: October 21, 2013, 05:24:30 AM »
The DJ's are ahead by one vote as of 8.22am eastern US time....ONE vote.   I cant vote again at least not yet.  Where every you are in the world...Vote!

Everything and Nothing / Re: A Favor from my Hypnos friends.
« on: October 20, 2013, 08:21:34 PM »
Grabbed some phones from people at work today and voted on them and add 3 more votes from home just now.  I actual listen to the Dj's music to see what Trang was up against.  Cant imagine how this is so close...makes no sense to me. 

Everything and Nothing / Re: A Favor from my Hypnos friends.
« on: October 19, 2013, 04:41:41 PM »
We have seen this surge for the DJ's before.....a few more hours and and we can vote heavily again here on the US east coast.

Everything and Nothing / Re: A Favor from my Hypnos friends.
« on: October 18, 2013, 09:23:06 PM »
3 more of 12:16 am eastern time Trang is 33 votes ahead by my calculation.  Respect to the DJ's but Trang's art is too important to let music get in the way.

Everything and Nothing / Re: A Favor from my Hypnos friends.
« on: October 17, 2013, 07:58:38 PM »
I got 3 votes in this morning and another 3 just now...must be the time difference as Im in Florida and its almost 11 pm.  537 votes for the DJ's and 589 for Trang as of 10.54pm eastern time.  I think I will corral people at work tomorrow with smart phones and ask them to do me a favour and vote or let me use their phones.  There are a lot more phones than computers.

Everything and Nothing / Re: A Favor from my Hypnos friends.
« on: October 17, 2013, 05:27:09 AM »
Glad you mentioned the re-vote capabilities Forrest.  I did not realize we could.... 2 more votes this morning

Everything and Nothing / Re: A Favor from my Hypnos friends.
« on: October 16, 2013, 04:34:12 AM »
Hi Loren.....Trang can use anything Ive said about her work and your music.  I have watched the video many times and paused it where the full painting is in view.  It is very comforting and peaceful.  As a surfer I am familiar with the world below the ocean surface and this is what I see. As the power of the ocean holds you under....hopefully not for to long....the kaleidoscopic colours and thousands of bubbles within the silence envelopes until the ocean release you back up into the air.  I will think of air bubbles in the ocean as "souls at rest"  Thanks so much for introducing Trang's beautiful art to me/us

1 computer vote and 2 iPhone votes so far.....will do more later at work

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Drone Masters
« on: October 15, 2013, 05:09:15 PM »
Yes as I come to understand the subtle innuendoes of drone music what you say excites me about the creative possibilities from a compositional perspective.

Everything and Nothing / Re: A Favor from my Hypnos friends.
« on: October 15, 2013, 04:36:27 PM »
Loren there is this beautiful darkness to the music when the video begins that suggest the meaning behind the work of art.....until later in the video when the truth behind all those painted circles is explained.
Cant say when i have been so emotional moved.  As a viewer & listener to the piece there is a calmness and purpose to the experience even if it has not been for the artist.  I wish I could see the work.  The music takes the backstage, as a score should yet lifts the the visual art and documentary to a point of quiet elation.  I will vote as often as I can!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Drone Masters
« on: October 12, 2013, 02:24:00 PM »
Thanks for the input Chris and Anthony.  drone on your forum name shall forever be my definition albeit way too short considering the nature of drone. :)

I suppose it is a bit of a tough question with different options of what drone music maybe.

I have be curious about it as a genre of ambient music yet I have listened to it as I would avant garde classic music such as Karlheinz Stockhausen or Cage.....more intellectually and yet from what you say Chris there is a meditative and trance quality which is the opposite  and has nothing to do with mind

Oophoi's Hypnos release Athlit would be considered drone?  It is one of my favorite recordings of his regardless of genre.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Drone Masters
« on: October 11, 2013, 03:49:27 PM »
I have been think about drone music and what it actually is, who makes it and what defines it as such.
I feel I have quite a few recordings that could be called drone but really I could not swear that this music is drone because I can't for sure say what it is.......Who are the Drone Masters?

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Experimental Exotic Wood Synth
« on: October 04, 2013, 05:21:10 AM »
Stumbled across this yesterday.....its pretty far out there.  Interesting and very amusing at times

The Shnth Comes to England - with Peter Blasser on Vimeo

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