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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.

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 Duruflé's Requiem. Its beautiful and sublime.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Favourite dramatic piece of music
« on: July 13, 2008, 07:46:30 AM »
There's another BBC series called "Blue Planet" that uses the same composer at "Planet Earth", and while they sound similar, it has an even better theme.  Very emotional/dramatic music for something so short.

My favourite piece of music that gives me shivers every time?  Vaughan Williams' "Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis".
It's curious though.  I've listened to a lot of Thomas Tallis and none of it sounds like this piece, so I don't know what the deal is with that.

Sounds like a rip-off of Eno's "An Ending (Ascent)"
I've heard it used many times... "28 Days Later" was the first thing that came to mind.

The whole song:

Looking forward to hearing it!

Everything and Nothing / Re: the concept of "the album"
« on: June 24, 2008, 06:27:10 PM »
I use the shuffle feature, however I use the "album shuffle" feature so the albums are kept intact.  That way I can give listen to music and let the player choose the next album for me.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sigur Rós
« on: June 11, 2008, 06:09:31 PM »
Thanks for the heads up. I wasn't aware this existed.

Very nice.  Thank you!

Short review at Sonic Immersion (Bert Strolenberg)

Altus – Rapid Eye Movements
CD-R, Private Release, 2008

Mike Carss, aka Altus, explains that this album is not meant as a sleeping aid, but as a sonic voyage through one’s dreams and the secrets they can reveal.

Sonically, the seven flowing textural parts follow a rather darkening path that stretches out in the direction of his previous albums "Artifacts of Distant Memories" and "Only One Earth". In addition, they venture into deeper lands of the subconscious, as the music slowly evolves into hypnotizing shapes and vapours.  This is both mesmerizing as cinematic mind music revealing a new side of Altus’ impressive musicianship.

The music is available as free download from the Rain netlabel through a link on the Altus website.

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

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