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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Moving eye-candy
« on: October 20, 2011, 04:54:07 PM »
Dave,
Nice work on your timelapse experiment.  There's something so fascinating to see how it reveals details in the world around you that generally go unnoticed.

My first attempt at timelapse was back in 1999.  I set up a video camera, shot an hour of footage, and sped it up 1000-3000% depending on the content.

More recently, I've shot some timelapse with my canon dslr hooked up to a laptop for remote control.  Is that how you shot yours?

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Moving eye-candy
« on: October 14, 2011, 07:20:20 PM »
While not quite in the same vein, I finally watched Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" yesterday and enjoyed it immensely... aside from the pretentiousness of it all.  Beautiful cinematography, and he really captured "childhood moments" in an amazing way.  It filled me with nostalgia.
Throughout there are a number of wide, sweeping shots that reminded me of Ron Fricke's work.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Samsara (follow up to Baraka)
« on: October 04, 2011, 04:12:17 AM »
I've been following production news on Samsara for years, and it's great to know it's finally DONE.  Now I just need a way to watch it, though I'll likely have to wait until the Blu-ray release.    :-\

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Omnisphere.....who's using it?
« on: September 29, 2011, 05:24:05 PM »
I've used Atmosphere for years, and when I heard about Omnisphere, I jumped on it as soon as it was released.

While Omnisphere has a lot of "single key" patches that play themselves, that's the tip of the iceberg of its capabilities.  It does have a wide variety of simpler, cleaner sounds that can be used for sound design.  It also allows you to build complex patches from multiple sources.  Each patch can consist of eight soundsources, be it sample-based or generated sounds.  I doubt anyone would want eight soundsources in one patch, but the fact that the option is there is nice.

It's a damn powerful tool, and can be as simple or complicated as you want it to be... you just need to dig down to find all the extra control it offers.  It's a shame that they promote it the way they do, because it's seen more as a toy instead of a serious tool.  FL Studio has the same problem, but that's a conversation for another day.

For me, while I do dig down once in a while, I like the simplicity of it.  I'm more interested in making music vs sound design, and it is a great tool for making music.  If you do plan on using it, just don't choose the easy patches and your music won't suffer from "I know that patch" syndrome.   And if you do use the easy patches, beat the crap out of it first and make it your own. ;)

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Sometimes, I think my posting reviews seems, somehow, that I'm blowing MY horn, not the artist's! (okay...poor choice of words on my part  :o ).  So I don't post many any more.
That's so curious you'd feel that way, but I can understand why.
Let me say that having a reviewer such as yourself post on a third-party website, such as CDBaby, brings with it an extra layer of "authenticity" that can't be matched if the artist just posted the review themself.  I would say that you posting it would mean a lot more to the artist and listeners.

Someone (yourself or anyone) taking the time to write their thoughts and feelings about a release to share with others is gratifying and humbling to an artist (to me at least).  Even if the review isn't glowing, which I think folks would agree is a nice change of pace, a productive review that makes valid points should be embraced not shunned.

Back to the original topic:  I have to agree with the majority that changing this forum would cause more harm than good.  There's nothing wrong with it.  Why change it?  Ebb and flow happens to all forums and sites of this nature.

I admit I'm very much a lurker, but then I'm generally a man of few words in person so that's my excuse.   ::)
I enjoy the conversations on this forum, and there's just enough content to not get bogged down by visiting every other day.

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Try "Lightness of Being" on Endless Ascent:
http://www.endlessascent.com/ea005.html

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I figure Jesse brought up this article since, you know... the world's ending tomorrow.   ::)

In my opinion, religion and spirituality is such a personal thing.  Whether any god exists or not, it doesn't really matter.  What does matter is how it changes one's life (hopefully for the better).  Yes, you could assume that these people are deluding themselves, but who cares?  If believing in something makes their life better, that's all that really matters.

I think the big problem with religion are churches, which act as an authority.  These "leaders" put their own personal spin on things, and speak it as gospel.  It's done with good intentions, but it usually will to lead to conflicts in each listeners personal belief.  Even worse, they'll change their own personal view to match what's being said.  Ugh!

For the record, I don't believe in any "commercial" god.  I was brought up going to church as a kid, but when I was 13 or 14 my parents said it was my own choice from there on.  Needless to say, I rather be with friends on a Sunday morning rather than listen to a boring sermon.   ;)

I do like the idea that there's some unknown, sentient force at work... even though it's highly unlikely.  As is the case, we won't know until we die.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Altus - Sleep Theory Volume 1
« on: April 15, 2011, 07:16:15 PM »
Hey everyone.  I'm glad to hear you've been enjoying it.
Thanks.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Altus - Sleep Theory Volume 1
« on: March 29, 2011, 04:12:11 AM »
Blood, sweat and tears?  Nah, doing this stuff is pure fun and pleasure.  :)
Thanks Chad.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Altus - Sleep Theory Volume 1
« on: March 27, 2011, 06:09:52 AM »

Sleep Theory Volume 1


on Youtube

Introducing a new series from Altus called “Sleep Theory”.

Originally I had planned this to be warm drone style release for sleeping purposes, but I found what I had created to be tedious and boring. In fact, after completing the first pass of the three tracks, I considered scrapping the entire project.

Instead, I decided to re-purpose and re-design the existing elements into something more pleasing to my ears. These are tonally active yet hypnotic soundscapes, and in my opinion require multiple listens to get the most use out of them.

It’s best experienced at lower listening levels, and headphones are encouraged. Available to download in 320kb MP3, and FLAC for those who rather to burn to CD.

Enjoy!

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I store them in dark, cool places.
This is key. I always knew sunlight and any form of optical media was a bad mix.  However I discovered recently that any light is bad (such as fluorescent and incandescent) for optical media.  Of course, burnable media is more susceptible.

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... and I remember people saying CDs would last 100 years.   :P

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: MP3.com = 404
« on: March 05, 2011, 04:21:14 PM »
Wow Numina.  That's the first time I've heard one of these sites actually do as you ask.
Congratulations.

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I predict said CD-R has a label on it?

I've discovered over the years that the glue on most labels eats the top layer of the disc, and the data is sitting on that top layer.  For those curious, DVD-R is a different story.  The data layer sits between two layers of plastic so it's safe to apply labels.

You could try contacting the artist here:
http://www.youtube.com/user/elevenonerecords

There's a track that appears to be from the CD in question (judging by the description) from the same user:


Good luck!   :)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: 24-bit for the masses
« on: February 26, 2011, 04:37:16 PM »
Yeah, I see what you're saying.  It's just that it seems so close to our grasp.
Also, isn't 24-bit more of a processing medium?
Sure, mastering at a higher bit depth has it's advantages, but there's no reason it can't be used for playback as well.  It would certainly be a bonus for classical movements where the dynamic range is huge.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: 24-bit for the masses
« on: February 26, 2011, 10:20:27 AM »
Googling Ambisonics.  Very interesting stuff.  Thanks Pete.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: 24-bit for the masses
« on: February 26, 2011, 07:35:07 AM »
Forrest:  Yes, I agree that everything we're talking about here only works for download models of selling music.

I believe the decline of the CD is greatly overstated and will be around for MANY years.  Manufacturing CDs is so cheap that as long as profit can be made, the format will stick around... even if it's only for us "crazy" people.   ;)

If and when 24/44.1 or 24/96 becomes the new standard, would a physical product still be viable?  I certainly hope so.  Just so everyone knows, I'm actually not a huge advocate to purchasing music from services such as iTunes.  The main reason is audio compression.  But a close second is, like most of you here, I enjoy the physical product in my hands.
Any music I purchase is almost always on CD, unless it's not available in that format of course.

Also, I have to say that comparing 24-bit stereo to 5.1 surround doesn't really work as an argument.  Any serious producer already works in 24 or 32-bit float, whereas those producing in 5.1 are far and few between.
To be fair, I understand and fully acknowledge your side of the argument though.  Just call me a dreamer.   ;D

JKN:  I love the idea of moving away from local storage and streaming everything from the "cloud".  Given that my content would be stored on redundant raid arrays, it's safer there than on a flash memory or a drive.  I think it's only a matter of time until it becomes a popular option, or even the norm in the far future.

Pete:  If I understand you, I agree that the time for MP3s isn't over yet.  If anyone attempts to make such a change overnight, they're just shooting themselves in the foot.  I just want to see MP3 become less desirable as new formats become available until it's not needed anymore.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: 24-bit for the masses
« on: February 24, 2011, 07:25:03 PM »
I think you guys misunderstood the main reason I posted this, and I think my "masses" comment started it.  Let's ignore the masses and centre on what I know we all care about: audio fidelity.

The prospect of moving away from lossy audio formats as the norm means it's a step in the right direction.  The next logical step would be have lossy formats removed altogether.

While the article was about Apple, let's be honest - This is about Apple offering 24-bit audio, and everyone else following suit (as per usual).  This is what I care about: Starting a trend.  Maybe soon it'll be "cool" to own your music in 24-bit depth.   ;)

I'm actually surprised to hear such negative reactions about this though (unless I'm just misreading you guys).  I thought you'd all be pleased and shocked that this would even be considered.  I've read a number of complaints here and on other forums about how kids growing up listening to MP3 algorithms won't understand the importance of uncompressed audio.  Now an opportunity is coming, and you just make negative comments about that...

Really?  Are we all so jaded?   ;D

Arguments about larger filesizes (for download and storage) is, in my opinion, narrow-sighted.  The capacity of portable players will only expand as time goes on.  Hard drives are dirt cheap.  Limitations on bandwidth will diminish as infrastructure grows.  Where 100GB monthly internet usage is considered fine now, soon 1TB will be considered paltry.
And to be clear, nobody is talking about downloading WAVs or AIFs.  I'm talking about lossless compression techniques.  I don't dismiss that the filesize compared to MP3 isn't small.  The average bitrate for 44.1/16 FLAC is ~1mbit, 44.1/24 is ~2mbit and 96/24 (the beast) is ~3.3mbit.

But it seems such a small price to pay for audio perfection.

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Everything and Nothing / 24-bit for the masses
« on: February 23, 2011, 05:15:06 AM »
For a number of years, I've long wanted the MP3 format (and similar lossless formats such as AAC) to disappear.  In its place would be a lossless, high fidelity format (preferably open source).  But unfortunately the masses don't know any better and simply accept what's given to them.

The other problem of course is that most handheld players don't accept or support these audio file formats.

I read this interesting article on Engadget, and it certainly sounds like they're FINALLY heading in the right direction.
http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/23/apple-and-other-music-retailers-purportedly-looking-at-24-bit-h/

...Slowly working towards 24/96 being the standard.  Well, we can dream.  ;)

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Chatting with other artists and fans at Stillstream last night, it seems nobody knew how ill she was.  Gordon McMillan (Tange) played her music for a number of hours last night as a tribute.

Her music made an impact in my life.  She will not be forgotten, but she will be sorely missed.

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