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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Best way to organize studio layout
« on: May 10, 2009, 08:06:29 PM »
Some very nice designs.  The price is outrageous, but I'm not that surprised given it's a niche product.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Best way to organize studio layout
« on: May 10, 2009, 12:12:52 PM »
Einstein,
I have the exact same problem where my midi keyboard is at a 90-degree angle from everything else.  Seren, I see you do the same thing as well.  ;)  I've been on the lookout for a desk with a very wide slide-out shelf that would be long and strong enough to accommodate a midi keyboard (instead of a standard computer keyboard).

Has anyone seen such a desk?

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Everything and Nothing / Re: last.fm
« on: May 10, 2009, 12:03:36 PM »
Indeed.
http://www.last.fm/music/Altus

It's an interesting tool to see what people listen to, which in turn tells you what people are enjoying.  For example, one track I wrote called "Magellanic Clouds" has a huge spike in plays compared to anything else.  As a result, I'll be re-working and expanding the sound of that relatively short track into a longplay album later this year.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: found sounds
« on: May 04, 2009, 04:43:14 PM »
"The researchers add that the tones are far beyond the edge of human hearing, some 12 octaves below the lowest detectable note. While orchestras tune up to the A above middle C, at around 440 Hertz, the Earth rings at a much more stately 100-5000microHz. That is one vibration every 278 hours, or 11.5 days."

As much as I'd love to hear it too, I don't think it's possible.   :D

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Music, free or for sale ?
« on: April 10, 2009, 06:37:07 AM »
Also, I think that if you give something away once, people may be unwilling to pay for something in the future.

I'd have to disagree on that.  The model to give something away, and then charge for more is a model that's used in the games industry with much success.  For example a company will release a free demo of the game, allowing access to a few levels or limiting access in an open-world type game.  It gives players a chance to check it out first before dropping their hard-earned money.  The massively multi-player genre (such as Warcraft) usually allow players full access to the game for 10 days for free, to get them hooked.

Now take that model to our music.  Give away an album or two and use those as a hook to garner attention and fans.  Then charge for the third, fourth and fifth release, etc.

Another idea to really hook your fans, give away your sixth album as a thank you to everyone who's purchased your albums.  The idea is to create loyalty in your fans, who are the best at spreading the word of your music.

I could be used as an example.  I started releasing my work publicly in 2001 as free downloads.  At the end of 2006, I setup my first (and probably only) release available to purchase (Winter Embrace II) as a benefit for StillStream.  Between 2001 and 2006, I had 11 free releases.  Since I already had a fan base, it actually made money.  It's been purchased around 350 times.  The fact that it was benefit for StillStream definitely had a part to play in those purchases, but it's also available on iTunes and eMusic which has no mention of StillStream... and that's where 85% of the purchases came from.  I can guarantee that if I charged for all my releases, would be far lesser known and would result in less profit.

And I still consider myself in an obscure deep hole of a sub-basement when it comes to underground "unknown artist".  ;)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: US Copyright rant
« on: April 07, 2009, 06:52:25 PM »
and he also might decide the $600 or $1500 or $3000 he might make is a lesser consideration than the possibility of getting 5,000 people to hear his work as a free download, rather than just hundreds who might have bought it.
Exposure is the main reason I release through CC.  Sure, a lot of people might download my stuff casually, listen to one track and just delete it afterward.  But at the same time, I know that there's a lot of people downloading it, enjoying it and keeping in their library.

Loren, I may be reading you wrong, but you seem very defensive on the subject.  I hope you understand that these are my personal opinions and certainly don't think my way is best.  It's just what works for me.  :)  I'm just glad to see other artists take the same approach.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: US Copyright rant
« on: April 07, 2009, 04:23:50 AM »
No, CC is not about compensation or money, just sharing.  Distribution?  I would imagine freely distributing your work to anyone and everyone gets your music out there quite well.  And yeah, I agree it can be used as viral marketing by the big boys, such as Radiohead and NiN.  But the plus side of having well known artists use a license they really don't need, I think it legitimizes the whole CC concept and in turn helps people like me.

Anyone have any other thoughts on this?

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Everything and Nothing / Re: US Copyright rant
« on: April 06, 2009, 07:26:38 PM »
Curious.  Why would you think releasing through CC would mean giving up the rights to one's own work?

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Everything and Nothing / Re: US Copyright rant
« on: April 03, 2009, 06:40:14 PM »
Creative Commons is the way to go in my opinion... although I have a feeling you were being sarcastic.  ;)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Discovering New Labels
« on: March 04, 2009, 05:17:25 AM »
hearing a recording of a small dog constantly barking and what sounds like someone urinating on a sidewalk looped for minutes on end can catch one off guard and start the questions coming :-\
Haha!  Wow, that does sound irritating.  I understand completely your thoughts on whether the artist is trying to express something important to them, or just trying so hard to be different that they fall flat on their face because it's horrible music that nobody could enjoy.   ::)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Discovering New Labels
« on: March 03, 2009, 08:12:50 PM »
Here's something to consider...  How many people out there don't "get" ambient music in general?  They say it's pointless... where's the melody, etc.  You could say the same thing about us not "getting" the really avant-garde stuff.  Just playing devil's advocate here.   ;)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Fringe - anyone watching this show?
« on: February 14, 2009, 07:00:06 AM »
Yeah I'm enjoying it as well.  Sort of like X-Files for the 21st century.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Too loud!
« on: February 13, 2009, 05:12:09 AM »
maybe my receiver has some kind of internal gizmo that automatically "adjusts" quieter sounds
My amp has a setting like that.  It's called Midnight Mode.  The idea is you have the volume fairly low, so it brings up the quieter parts so you can still hear it.  No chance a settings like that is on?

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I enjoyed this release in bed last night, very soothing.  The final track "Heavenly Ascension" I especially enjoyed.
By the way, I'm really digging your new netlabel.  I like the fact that it caters to one style of ambient music... it means that there's a very good chance I'll enjoy every release.  :)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
« on: January 21, 2009, 08:42:45 PM »
Greetings from Mike Carss (aka Altus) from Ottawa, Canada.  31 years old.

I've always felt I could express myself better with music than words, hence why I'm usually lurking around not saying much.  But this is a fun thread so I decided to come out my hidey-hole and say hi.

My actual job is in the film and television industry, working with many companies as a consultant, and supporting them in terms of mastering and duplication of their work.  I was planning on starting a film company with another producer, but given our economy, that'll have to wait.

Music has always been a big part of my life, and my need to create music seems to be ever-growing as the years go on.  It's been over 15 years since I started, and I'm finally at a point where I'm completely happy with my work.  So that probably has something to do with my release schedule.  ;)

I'm quite new to your forum (a couple of years), but it's a pleasure knowing all of you.
Here's to hoping 2009 is productive to all of you, no matter how to express yourself.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Wasting time on the web... Auditorium!
« on: December 05, 2008, 07:03:20 PM »
Heh Jim, you're supposed to eat and play.  ;)
Thanks for the hint SunDummy.. that got me past 3:4.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Wasting time on the web... Auditorium!
« on: December 04, 2008, 08:54:03 PM »
Thanks for the link, it's lots of fun!  But I can't get past Spring Act 3:4.  Did you finish it?

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Netlabels have a lot of potential.  But I find that, as Forrest mentioned, they'll release anything just to say: We have a new release.  I find even the big players, for the most part, release too much mediocre music.  Or more often stuff that's just so off the wall that it's not that enjoyable (at least for me).  I enjoy a good drone/glitch/noise release every now and then, but 50 of them?  No thanks.

By the way, I just want to stress that there's no ill will towards you guys who feel the way you do about free music.  I understand your feelings completely, and in some respects completely agree with you.  (I guess that makes me a small hypocrite as well)  It's just that this isn't the first time this topic has come about and seems like the next "bad thing" that people turn their nose up to, like using softsynths.   ;)   But that's a whole other can of worms.  heh

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APK, you just released "Land" as a free download.  I'm saying this in the nicest way possible:  From your comments here, doesn't that make you a hypocrite?   ;)

Personally, I enjoy the simplicity of uploading my music to my site and having it readily available to everyone.  Generalizing that an artist giving away his/her music means that they didn't put a lot of time and work into it is silly.

Judging from the numbers of my only release that isn't available for free, I could have enough money to buy all those music-making tools I've been drooling over.  But it's more important to me that people have unlimited access to my work.  Sure, there's going to be a lot of people who may download a release and never even listen to it.  But there's also going to be a lot of people who will enjoy my work, but wouldn't have purchased it because they didn't want to take a chance on an unknown artist.

In the past, a label decided who was heard and who wasn't.  It wasn't really a problem because we didn't know what we were missing.  Now, thanks to the Internet, everyone has the ability to be heard.  We all have a choice of who we want to hear, but as you mentioned the drawback is a huge dilution of music.  Nothing is perfect and you have to take the good with the bad.  I'd take dilution over never having the chance to hear a particular artist.

In my opinion, there's no right or wrong way to distribute music... only different thoughts on what's right or wrong.  I have no problem with an artist charging money for their hard work.  But it boggles my mind if you feel that my choice to release my music freely is ruining the genre.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Favourite dramatic piece of music
« on: July 13, 2008, 07:05:18 PM »
That's because the piece is not in fact by Thomas Tallis, a 16th c. church composer, but by Ralph Vaughan Williams, an early 20th c. secular feller
Heh, sorry I guess you misunderstood.  I know that was written by Vaughan Williams.  My point was the piece doesn't sound at all like Tallis' style to me.  However, I haven't listened to THAT much Tallis so maybe that's why.

Vaughan Williams on the other hand... I'm a huge lover of all his works.  But his 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 9th symphonies are my favs.

But for sheer dramatic (and emotive) import I'd go for Maurice Durufl's Requiem. Its beautiful and sublime.
Absolutely!

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