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Everything and Nothing / Re: Tour de France - starts July 4
« on: July 10, 2009, 09:32:21 AM »
'Greatest Sporting event of the Year' - not for me.

I'd rather watch 'drunk football' or the 'drug-enhanced olympics'. I think they'd be much more
interesting. :)

Come on now Pete, you're not getting into the real spirit of the Tour. Everyone knows that bicycle racing is the most 'drug-enhanced' sport in the world today.  :D ;D

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Random MP3 snippet software...
« on: July 08, 2009, 10:02:05 AM »
When I worked for Phillips Media back in the early 1990s we did something similar for a Todd Rundgren disc called TRI (Todd Rundgren Interactive). It was a similar idea to yours but it was geared toward the consumer, they could remix the songs using a built in interface. Each bit of audio had meta data imbedded in each fragment so you could rearrange the fragments at will based upon what tags were in each bit of audio. Of course this used custom made software, and you had to use Phillip's special CDi players to do the remix otherwise if you played the disc is a regular CD player it just played the tracks normally.

Just wanted to make a correction, the CD was called No World Order, not TRI, Todd was referring to himself as TRi.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: July 01, 2009, 01:17:18 PM »
Here's one I'm currently reading:

A friend of mine gave this to me to return to the UCLA library, I thought it looked interesting. I better finish this one soon so I can get it back.

Everything and Nothing / Re: It's celebrity R.I.P. week
« on: June 26, 2009, 11:14:12 AM »
Yesterday was a bit of a surreal day.  On my way to work I heard that Farah Fawcett had died, then after getting to work I found out that one of my professors from my graduate schools days, Dr. Nazir Jairazbhoy had also died. He was a great guy, use to really care about his students. He had an open house every Friday where the real important issues got discussed, especially after he had a few drinks in him, and of course lots of ping pong was played. :) And then of course MJ kicking the bucket. What really made the day surreal was my office is just down the street from UCLA Medical Center, so whenever I went outside I could here/see several helicopters hovering above, and I could also here Michaels music playing in the distance.

One other famous or formally famous person died yesterday, Sky Saxon the lead singer in the old 1960s garage band The Seeds also died.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Help the podcast N00b
« on: June 10, 2009, 08:26:32 AM »
Audio-mavens... Right now my podcast is kind of piggish, size-wise. My 90 minute cast is 85MB in size. By contrast, Ultima Thule's 'cast of the same length is half the size (about 38MB).

I have to say I find Ultima Thule's podcasts unlistenable because of the low bit rate they use, they sound very harsh to my ears. I say offer both a high bit rate and a low-res version for people who use dial up. After a month or so you will see what your audience prefers.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Happy (and relieved) to be alive
« on: June 09, 2009, 11:59:26 AM »
Maybe my true mission in life is to put out more albums.

That's the ticket! May Phantoms be the first in a new and continuing volley of new music!

I'll second that.  8)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Happy (and relieved) to be alive
« on: June 08, 2009, 09:47:07 AM »
The timing of my hospitalization was really lousy (two weeks into a new job), but my new employer is very supportive and am grateful for that.

The timing may have sucked for your job, but it sounds like it was perfect timing for you in that you caught it in time before any major damage was done. I'm glad to hear that you are back on your feet and doing so well, just in time for your new release.  :)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Loren Nerell's upcoming..
« on: June 08, 2009, 09:36:59 AM »
Yep, all true and more. Terraform is being re-released on Projekt, probably this summer. This time in a regular jewel case and not the expanded DVD style packaging.

The new full length is not entirely new, its going to be an expanded version of The Venerable Dark Cloud. It will have all the original tracks from the original Amplexus release but with three out takes from the original session and three new tracks. In total it will be about three times the length of the original mini CD.  The newer tracks will be intertwined with the old ones, for one long continuous play much like the original release, and will be mastered by Steve Roach probably this summer if all goes according to plan.

I also have a nearly completed 60+ minute drone piece that just needs a few touch ups. The label that was going to release it sort of went away on an extended leave, so I'm looking for a label for that one if anyone is interested . . . .

Also the disc with A Produce is still in the works and is making slow progress. Barry and I got together just yesterday for the first time in about two months and did a bit of work on one track. We are probably a couple tracks away from completing that one, of course we then have to mix and master it.

Perhaps once BC is logged and mined flat and the salmon are gone, our ambient scene will pick up steam! ;)

Well if you don't want to wait you could move to Northern Alberta and find inspiration in the Athabasca Tar Sands.  ;D

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Best way to organize studio layout
« on: May 12, 2009, 09:34:10 AM »
the bad thing is that I have a Tascam FW-1082 control surface and I am afraid that if I used one of those keyboard slide out trays, it won't hold the weight of this thing and go crashing right into my keyboard:).......

That tray is pretty heavy duty, its not  like a keyboard tray on a cheap computer desk. It should easily hold your 14 pound Tascam controller with no trouble. My concern would be is the tray long enough to hold both your controller and keyboard.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Best way to organize studio layout
« on: May 11, 2009, 09:32:30 AM »
Here's a cheaper alternative, I was using one of these up till a couple of months ago:

You can find them pretty cheap on the used market, I think I paid $200 for mine when I got it. Speaking of which here is mine as it was, its now sitting in my garage waiting for me to figure out what I want to do with it.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Downloading Music and Rights
« on: May 06, 2009, 09:16:53 AM »
You seem to be assuming that all downloads are from people who would not buy a CD in the first place. If this was the case then CD sales would not have tanked like they have with the introduction of high quality downloads. There is enough empirical evidence to indicate there is a connection between the two. As a personal example, when Terraform was released on CD the sales were much lower then expected based upon previous sales of my own releases and Steve Roach's normal sales for a new release. We found shortly after the album was released that someone had made high quality mp3s (320kps) of the tracks, had scanned all the artwork including the front cover, inside foldout, the extra postcards, and the CD itself. All were then zipped into a file and uploaded to a bittorrent site. This was the first case any of us has encountered of this kind. You could argue that no one was interested so they didn't buy the CD, well thousands of people were interested enough to at least download it. I won't argue that all of those thousands of download were potential sales, but sales have been so low that the label has yet to recoup its costs, and this has made it difficult for me now to release any new material.

I just wanted to add a postmortem to this thread as related to my quote above. I got an email last night from my label informing me that Terraform is now out-of-print for the reasons I stated above and it will not be repressed.  :'(

After my two years of going through the job wringer I'm finally coming out on the other side in a better position. For the past year I've been working at UCLA as a part-time recording technician, when I started their were four of us. As of now we are down to two, but my position has become full-time due to me taking on the work load of the other techs who were laid off or retired. I am also now in charge of facilities for the school of music, and if I can make it through and prove myself then I should be getting a raise, it will have to be a big one as the facilities work is an MSO position.

As for budget, they have pretty much cut staff to a minimum, next on the block are various performance ensembles which will be cut from the next school year, including my beloved gamelan. Interestingly they will be offering more summer classes as they tend to be more of a money maker for the departments.

I would say this is more like a collection of tracks than a cohesive, flowing thing.

That's because it is a collection of tracks, they were tracks that Ruben sent to Barry over time. Barry suggested that they might make a decent CD release. If I remember "My Minimalist Life" was a live improve, not composed which is why its probably a bit too long. Barry is aware of the problem with sticker labels. He's thinking about investing in a CD printer but it may be a while before he has the funds to do that.

No they are two very different people. BTW Ruben lives in New Mexico at the moment.

Of course, those "in the know" realize that New Mexico and LA are the same place! ;)

Come on now, LA sprawl hasn't gotten that bad.  ;D

Everything and Nothing / Re: Podcasts and compensation
« on: April 29, 2009, 09:11:55 AM »
Thanks Brian for the link to Rusty's blog, I haven't seen it before. After reading the first page of his blog it seems his main beef is with SoundExchange which is a royalty collection group set up by the RIAA and which is very aggressive. He never once mentioned BMI or ASCAP so I assume that they are not a problem for him.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Podcasts and compensation
« on: April 28, 2009, 09:31:06 AM »
"Forced" is not what I was told. What do you consider a high fee for them? I don't think they are focusing on netlabels more then before, right now as I type this they are playing Vidna Obmana and most of their current playlist seems to be similar. I was in a meeting with an ASCAP representative last week and she said they don't force anyone to join and fees are negotiable. She said the only person they have taken to court in the last 20 years was the owner of a bar in New York.

Back to the topic at hand, I wouldn't worry about fees right now, podcasts are sort of a gray area, and its always good to have another avenue for ambient music to get heard.

I forgot to mention the ASCAP rep said broadcasters pay a flat fee, so playing more non-represented artists don't save them any money.

No they are two very different people. BTW Ruben lives in New Mexico at the moment.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Podcasts and compensation
« on: April 28, 2009, 08:32:59 AM »
Ultima Thule is actually a radio broadcast so the radio station probably has a license to broadcast copy written material. Some internet radio stations like SomaFM have also gotten licenses with BMI and ASCAP, others have not. HOS is an interesting case, I was told that they put aside a sum of money into a trust, which at some point in the future will pay artist they have broadcast from their podcast. When this will start is anyone's guess. I would think that small time podcasts would be outside of most of this.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Downloading Music and Rights
« on: April 23, 2009, 09:18:05 AM »
Hmmm, so if I lose the original copy or it's stolen, or wears out, then I have to erase the shifted copy?  Guess so...

Good point, I have no idea. Lots of gray area here.

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