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I'll be there!  I'm looking forward to hearing you perform.


Rapid Eye Movements

This new release treads the darker territory between Artifacts of Distant Memory and Only One Earth to Destroy. I wrote this not as a sleeping aid, but more as a sonic voyage through one's dreams and the secrets they can reveal.

Available as full quality OGG download.

Thanks for the link.  I really enjoyed your performance.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: April 10, 2008, 04:31:32 PM »
Goodkind rolling into pages of philosophical speeches from a character that would have been fine if he didn't repeat the same thing over and over clubbing you on the head over and over... and then he toned it down and got back to telling a good story with the last couple of books.   My fear is the last book drops back into preachiness.
I found that once the preachiness started, it never went away. ;) In saying that, I still enjoyed the characters and story as a whole and the last book in the Sword of Truth series is definitely worth reading.  I'm curious what his next endeavor will be.

Everything and Nothing / Re: WebDogme
« on: April 05, 2008, 09:57:16 AM »
Curious... Most of these rules were used when I made "movies" with my friends when we were 16.  But in my case, these rules are in place due to lack of a budget.  ;)
The problem with these rules is the way lenses and film (or CCDs in the case of digital video) record images is nothing like the way the eye sees a scene.  You need light to fill detail in shadows that the eye can see, yet the camera cannot.  In the case of only using location audio with no overdubs, if there's the sound of a plane in one shot and they cut to another angle, suddenly that edit is going to be very obvious, jarring and NOT realistic to the viewer.  If they go the route of making no edits, that could mean another "Russian Ark".  Technically amazing, but what a bore.

I'm a fan of Lars Von Trier's work ('Dogville', 'Dancer in the Dark' & 'Breaking the Waves' are among my favourites) and I get why he's interested in putting these rules in place, but personally it just seems silly to limit yourself so drastically.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: April 02, 2008, 06:35:53 PM »
Thanks 9dragons for the info on his new releases.  It kind of bugs me that he doesn't have this kind of info on his site though.

Looking forward to it.  :)

Everything and Nothing / Re: State of the music business
« on: March 20, 2008, 06:59:19 PM »
Including Windows-only software with the download, even if it's free, would seem like a slap in the face to a significant (and growing) segment of your potential audience.

I completely agree and I was going to make that comment but forgot while doing my googling.   ::)

Regarding the whole ISO "standard" not being standard, I know exactly what you mean.  The idea was that if the ISO you made worked with that freeware ISO burning software, then it's a moot point.  For Mac users, you could provide information such as this:
Not as elegant but still damn simple, and doesn't require the end-user to install any software which I think is a big plus.  But the question remains is can you make an audio CD ISO that will burn without issue on PC and Mac.

In the end, lets be honest... only those who are serious about sound quality in that they would purchase an ISO over MP3 probably knows how to burn an ISO without help.  But providing these tools and burning info makes the option available to anyone willing to take that step.

Everything and Nothing / Re: State of the music business
« on: March 18, 2008, 06:41:14 PM »
Although this is a Windows-only solution, it may be legally feasible to include this freeware tool along with the ISO. - BurnCDCC
It's really small and doesn't require to be installed.  I've tested it and it works like a charm.

I took a quick look at the license. As far as I can tell, as long as you distribute with everything in the ZIP and make it clear that the customer is only paying for the music and not the burning tool, it should be okay.  Obviously if it was something you were interested in doing, contacting the company would be a good idea.  ;)

As for making a "true" ISO file, try this: - LC ISO Creator
Again, extremely small and damn easy to use.  It only has one button: "Make ISO"  haha
I haven't tested this software.

I hope these tools might come in useful.

Everything and Nothing / Re: State of the music business
« on: March 18, 2008, 04:20:05 AM »
Interesting.  I really like the the idea of the disc image option.  The end user can't mistakenly burn the disc incorrectly, such as forgetting to remove two second gaps between tracks etc, hence ruining what the artist designed.  ZIP or RAR it and it could very likely match the filesize of a FLAC'd release.

Everything and Nothing / Re: State of the music business
« on: March 16, 2008, 07:49:56 AM »
The masses must learn and accept lossless audio formats.  The main codec that gets the most buzz is FLAC:
I'm sure many of you are already aware of some sites giving you the option to purchase a FLAC download instead of MP3, which is great to see.

As hard-drives get larger, broadband connections become the norm and bandwidth gets cheaper, people won't have a problem downloading ~350MB for an album.  If disc-burning programs like Nero and Toast were to support these codecs, people could easily burn them to disc without having to convert to WAV/AIF first.  That support is a big hurdle in people accepting the format.  And for the paranoid, they can burn the FLAC files to another disc as a backup.  ;)

Yes, this doesn't answer the problem for those who think that CD-Rs aren't good enough quality-wise but I personally feel that it's completely psychological.  In saying that, things like labels are a big no-no since the high quality ones that have a very good adhesive (read: not Avery) will, over the course of 3-5 years, actually eat away at the top layer of the disc, where the data resides.  I work at a duplication facility and have seen this problem first-hand.  Thermal printers are the way to go IMO, and look much more professional.

I'm rambling...  ;D

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient with lots of rain sounds?
« on: February 06, 2008, 08:14:33 PM »
I'm not sure if this is what you're looking for but if this isn't ambient rain, I don't know what is.

Ananta - Inside My Room, Watching The Rain
4 hours, 10 minutes

The recording from the live show last Saturday is now available to download. Aptly named "The Grey Horizon" by Hannah Shapero (Altocumulus), this is melodic melancholy.

Altus - Live (Jan 26, 2008) "The Grey Horizon"


Thanks to everyone who came.  I hope you enjoyed it.  The video stream seemed to be a hit as well.  :o  I'll post a link for those who would like to download the performance (higher bitrate, of course) soon.

Altus will be performing live on Blue Water Drift Dive. The show starts at 11pm EST, and the live performance will begin around midnight. There is a chatroom you can join during the show to chat with other listeners.

For the curious, I will also be feeding a video stream to watch while I perform. You'll see how simple my setup really is.  ;)
No audio will be streaming through this site, so you still need to tune into StillStream to hear the show.
Note that you DO NOT need to register on this site to view the show.  Thanks to Jason Sloan for bringing this site to my attention.

If it looks like the page isn't loading properly, you'll need the latest version of Flash.

Hope to see you there!

Everything and Nothing / Re: High definition home video
« on: January 09, 2008, 05:27:29 AM »
Interesting site.  It's a perfect thing to show those who think DVD is "good enough for them".

I own an HD set (rear projection LCD) but still have yet to purchase an HD player.  I've been enjoying HD cable for a while now... although working in the industry I get to see true uncompressed HD quite often, so when I come home and watch TV, all I see is compression.  ;)
My plans from the beginning was to get a dual-format player so I could buy whatever I wanted... be it Blu-ray or HD DVD.  But given that it appears more film companies are jumping ship to Blu-ray, getting a dual-format player may be a waste of money.  Either way, I'll be buying a player some time this year.  I can't wait anymore.  haha...
I remember just before the two formats came out, Sony and Toshiba (I think... whichever company owns each format) got together and tried to create one unified format (like DVD) but of course, they couldn't agree on anything in the end.  And us, the consumer gets f**ked.

Yeah, I really enjoyed the show too.  Cool site you setup for that as well, although the mono mix was a shame.
In any case, I hope you do another show again.   ;D

Everything and Nothing / Re: What's HOT and what's NOT
« on: January 08, 2008, 05:32:05 AM »
While I do enjoy a drone now and then, there is only so much you can get out of it.  I'm more into the melodic drones as opposed to dissonance.  Anyone who's heard my music knows I certainly have a love for stringed instruments... unfortunately for me I can't play a damn thing in real life.  ;)  So synths and samplers will always be my weapon of choice.
Of course, as with any music, just because you use acoustic instruments doesn't automatically make it good.  It takes a talented artist to walk the line when using more melody & traditional instruments and keeping the music from becoming too sickly sweet.  You don't want the music to wander off into the realm of something that gets played on the "Soundscapes" channel on digital cable.
This is usually a concern of mine in regards to my music...  and I know I've crossed the line a few times.  Oh well.  :P

Any ever play World of Warcraft?
Yup, I did the WoW thing for about 8-10 months.  As far as MMORPGs (massively multiplayer online role playing games) go, there's a reason it has over nine million subscribers.  It's fun, and very rewarding to play casually... unlike most others that require you to spend way too much time to get ahead.

Speaking of Mario, has anyone checked out Mario Galaxy for the Wii?  I've only watched my brother play it for five minutes, but it looks quite different from any Mario game I've seen in the past.  Very open form as opposed to "levels".  Even though the Mario franchise has been going since the late 80s, Nintendo seems to be able to do no wrong and keep innovating.  Too bad it's still almost impossible to buy a Wii, after a year of the console coming out.   :P

Ahh, another who played Daggerfall.  That will always be one of my all-time favourites.  ;D  Am I crazy to have enjoyed Oblivion much more than Morrowind?

Right now I'm playing The Witcher, which has been called an action RPG but it's anything but.  Sure, there's combat but it's much more story driven, which is a nice change of pace from the usual grind.  It also has a much darker atmosphere which I love.  If you enjoyed Baldur's Gate or Neverwinter Nights, you'll enjoy The Witcher.

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