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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Overrated Ambient
« on: August 25, 2012, 05:07:49 AM »
They are intensely pleasurable in the way true ambient can be, and not tainted by the need to be annoyingly avant guard.

This a thousand times.

I get there's an audience for the really weird stuff, but sometimes it just sounds like they're trying so hard to be "cool" by making it as un-listenable as possible.  ::)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Stephen Phillips
« on: August 24, 2012, 05:08:25 PM »
I managed to get in contact with Stephen.

I'm glad to report all is well with him, but unfortunately he's lost his muse and hasn't been making any music lately. "Real Life" has taken hold as well, being a father of two children.
He's been staying creative though, finishing a book of poetry he'd been working on, although didn't provide any details on that.
He certainly plans on producing music again... just not sure when.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Stephen Phillips
« on: August 14, 2012, 04:13:14 PM »
Yeah, he sort of fell off the map around 2010.

It's curious that you bring him up. I was listening to StillStream a few days ago, and suddenly heard his voice... his usual "you're listening to" blurb during live shows. He hasn't been a host for years, but I checked to see if he was just doing a random live show (which he used to do from time to time). Nope. I assumed whatever was playing happened to have his voice recorded over top for some reason.
Anyway, it was kind of weird.

I know a few guys who were close to him. I'll ask if they know anything.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Soft Synths....What do you like?
« on: July 27, 2012, 06:14:43 PM »
I agree, the GUI for Absynth is bizarre, but I love it the sounds you can get out of it. As I mentioned before, loading in presets and tearing them apart teaches you a lot very quickly. The only issue is it tends to have a colder, more sterile sound... nothing a few effects in the chain can't fix, of course.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Soft Synths....What do you like?
« on: July 26, 2012, 07:28:15 PM »
Yes, I agree that's a problem.  But it think underscores the need for more curators on the netlabel scene.
While I agree, I still think netlabels have a stigma they need to shake.
Curators need to be strict in what they'll accept, and not be afraid to turn someone down because it isn't up to their standards. There's no question you have to pick through the chaff. But like any label (record or net), once you find artists who have output you enjoy, you can just follow them.

And to repeat/add to what APK and Mike said, the other issue is where artists will release EVERYTHING they produce, resulting in mostly mediocre music. I think that's the quickest way for an artist to tire their listener base and lose them.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Soft Synths....What do you like?
« on: July 25, 2012, 05:39:45 PM »
I donít see anything particularly elitist about learning to create sounds on your own.
You misunderstood my incoherent babbling. ;) I have a deep appreciation for those who enjoy the art of making sound, especially from scratch (Saul Stokes comes to mind). I'm talking about listeners who don't give music a chance simply because an artist uses software (VSTs and softsynths) instead of hardware (synths, outboard effects, etc) to create their music.

Also, I  prefer CDs to downloads, too---sorry!
So do I, but that's doesn't stop me from enjoying music released through netlabels (which is download only). I'm talking about those who turn their nose up at free music because they assume it's all crap.

I read this statement several times and still think it is a weird comment.
You're right. What I meant was to say was:
Just because you can pay for it, doesn't mean you're getting quality music.

I hope that clears things up on what I'm trying to say. Again, this isn't an attack on anyone, just general venting.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Soft Synths....What do you like?
« on: July 25, 2012, 04:18:21 AM »
Heh, thanks for taking my spaziness with a grain of salt. It wasn't aimed at anyone in particular. I'll admit I was in a 'mood' yesterday evening and sort of regret the tone in my post. In saying that, it's still something that really bugs me.

I seldom let people know the tools I use to a make music, simply because I know some people would judge me by the tools I use, rather than the music I produce from said tools.
These same people generally don't give netlabel/free music a chance simply because they believe it to be somehow inferior to a paid product... and I think we can all agree: just because you paid for it, doesn't mean you're getting quality music.  ;)

And then those who will only listen to music on CD. Download only is somehow the devil...
Like I said: elitism. It drives me crazy! Aughh!  :P

Ok, sorry... I'm getting all worked up again. And off-topic. I'll stop now. I swear! ;D

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Soft Synths....What do you like?
« on: July 24, 2012, 04:08:50 PM »
I've never tried Omnisphere, but I find it bizarre when a synth is marketed as an 'ambient synth'...
To clear up any confusion, Omnisphere is definitely not an 'ambient synth'. It's a diverse library, and the sounds you can make with it cover a lot of ground.

Judging from the posts here (and I could be reading you guys wrong so tell me if I'm off base) but I sense a tad bit of elitism that personally drives me crazy. It's not just here, but on other forums as well.
Whether you use hardware or software, it really doesn't matter. Judge an artist by their tools, and you're missing out. Because that's what they are: TOOLS!

It's how you one uses those tools that make all the difference.

Sorry for the vent... straw that broke the camel's back and all that.  ::)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Soft Synths....What do you like?
« on: July 22, 2012, 06:58:58 AM »
What Im noticing as I demo the software discussed here is that some of the best have a tendency too take away a certain amount of the joys of layering sounds that is so crucial to ambient music.  I say take away because these virtual instruments do it for you in the most seductive manner.
This was a concern I heard voiced from a few artists when Omnisphere was released. I would say a quarter of the sound/sample sources in that library are too complex to use in useful manner. Most of these complex sounds contain built-in chord structures that severely limit their usefulness.
But the best part of excellent pre-made patches (built from simple and layer-able sound sources) is to deconstruct and learn from them.  :)

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Purchase advice requested
« on: June 28, 2012, 07:10:21 PM »
Even if you were to use an external Blu-ray unit, I'm not sure Apple supports Blu-ray playback. And the "DVD Player" software that comes with the OS is (for lack of a better word) shit.
I didn't have much luck finding any third party DVD player software either, but that was a year or two ago so things might've changed.

Mike, jkn: Sorry to hear you had a bad experience with PS3. :-\ I have the old 40 gig fatty and it's still working fine after many years.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Purchase advice requested
« on: June 26, 2012, 03:20:44 PM »
Another option is a Sony PS3. Blu-ray, Netflix, Hulu, etc. $250.

Thanks for the link, Antdude. I have to say, I'm glad they cut out a "fight scene" between Shaw and the Engineer. I hope this 20 minutes of footage is sprinkled throughout the film to fill the needed gaps.

Have to say the one link to the original Alien 1 movie that was messed up is the Super Human chases  Shaw after his spacecraft crashes  near the end of the movie.  In the first Alien the Superhuman is  found in the chair thing with its chest exploded out.
There's a good reason for this: It's not the same planet as Alien. They were on LV-223, not LV-426. ;D

Saw it yesterday. I loved it, yet was disappointed by it. My main gripe was the characters and their inconsistencies (Bill mentioned this).
Despite being just over two hours, the pacing of the film felt like an hour had been cut out. Aside from a few roles, character development was shallow at best. There were the "good" guys and "bad" guys, but their alliances weren't completely explained. I have no problem if they didn't explain it to keep you guessing, but the way it was portrayed felt like bad writing.

In spite of all this, if you have any interest in the film, definitely go see it. While it does leave many questions unanswered, it DOES answer the question I had ever since I watched the original Alien film so many years ago. That alone was worth the price of admission.

**********  WARNING: HERE BE SPOILERS **********

An example of inconsistent characters:
Take the two who were left in the pyramid (what they called it) when the storm arrived. At first, they reacted in a realistic manner when they found the bodies stacked in the hallway. Then they entered the storage room containing the oozing vases, and the mutated worms came. Now one of the characters is completely fearless, practically begging to be killed like an idiot in a horror movie.

Another example is when David has Shaw on the table, telling her she's pregnant, and then sedates her. She wakes to find two people prepping her for hypersleep. She fights them off (why didn't they give chase?) and uses the auto-surgery machine to remove the alien.
Then she returns to find David and some others, who seem completely okay that she escaped. In my opinion, this is a clear example of something that was left on the cutting room floor.

Another comment: While I love Guy Pearce in pretty much any other film, he can't play an old man to save his life...  ::)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Soft Synths....What do you like?
« on: June 06, 2012, 04:21:09 AM »
Alchemy with the Luftrum: Ambient pack is very nice.

Don't forget Absynth. An oldie but goodie.

Another I use is Omnisphere, but it's more of a ROMpler with a synth built in. Despite that, the amount of control it gives you allows you to easily make your own patches without it sounding like Omnisphere. All in all, it's a very fun, easy tool to use.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Samsara
« on: May 25, 2012, 04:29:23 PM »
I've been waiting for this film for ... man, too long. 5-6 years maybe? I can't wait. Fricke is a genius.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Diablo 3
« on: May 21, 2012, 04:14:36 AM »
I'm pretty sure you aren't supposed to hot-switch skills in the middle of battle.  :o

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Diablo 3
« on: May 15, 2012, 07:55:48 AM »
Played it for around four hours this morning (where did the time go?)
Yeah.  It's fun!  ;D

Everything and Nothing / Re: "Album only" tracks on iTunes
« on: May 08, 2012, 04:19:26 AM »
They should cost each track respective of their length so that the total comes to the same amount as purchasing the album as a whole. So, for example, one track will be $2.35, another $1.97, etc. The 99 cents per track thing doesn't work in all cases.

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