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Everything and Nothing / Re: Nuclear Disaster in Japan
« on: March 17, 2011, 05:06:01 AM »
I hope we all can learn from these mistakes and make some changes for the better.

+1 for that

What´s the point of learning a lesson yourself if those in control refuse to learn anything and change direction accordingly? Chernobyl might have become too old a hat for many, I´m afraid, so it was about time to warm it all up again.

Man is an evolutionary dead-end street. To be discontinued.

Stephen

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Nuclear Disaster in Japan
« on: March 15, 2011, 04:19:22 PM »
[...]

it almost looks as if they try to calm down the people trying to prevent mass-panicking.


What would you do? Do some (not very clever) crisis PR, or take the risk of causing a riot? Either way the shit has hit the fan, and it will get even worse than we can imagine.

This is the beginning of the end of the world as we know it, and I don´t mean to cause major concern but we ought to get used to this thought.

Stephen

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Nuclear Disaster in Japan
« on: March 15, 2011, 03:53:40 PM »
One of my students is from Tokyo. His parents are alive and well but some of his relatives live near Fukushima so he´s quite concerned about that.

I remember Chernobyl very well, and I was in the process to stage a concert to commemorate the 25th anniversary of this accident, and now this... apparently Godzilla has been unleashed.

We´re witnessing history being made. It´s not a pleasant sight.

Stephen

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Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: New Robert Rich interview
« on: February 15, 2011, 05:13:48 AM »
Robert is one of the few souls out there I cannot only take seriously, but also have a lot of respect for.

Stephen

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: February 13, 2011, 04:21:57 AM »
For mixing, mastering, monitoring, and plain listening I prefer the long-discontinued MB Quartphone 90 and 95 (they are now being produced under the "German Maestro" brand). Very comfortable on the ear, very transparent-sounding.

For live and studio use I also have a Beyerdynamic DT-770 which is nice because it shuts out ambient noise quite effectively but I think it´s a bit -mid-heavy and very tight on the head so after an hour or two I get some hearing troubles and a headache.

I used to have a Jecklin Float some years ago. Nice as it was, it was quite, erm, impractical to use (espcially in the studio).

Stephen

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Where you people sell gear these days?
« on: January 30, 2011, 03:30:46 AM »
Peter Forrest´s VEMIA auction would be the place to go for me, both when buying and selling more expensive or "vintag" studio gear, guitars, accessories etc. Expensive, yes, but you get what you pay for.

eBay´s always a bit of a risk, got cheated there twice in the last month so I´m a bit pissed off with it.

Stephen

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDs are Dead....Almost!
« on: January 28, 2011, 05:24:43 PM »
Mankind died because of ignorance.

What a loss.

Stephen

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDs are Dead....Almost!
« on: January 17, 2011, 05:36:53 AM »

[...]

I pressed 1000 cds of my debut release, a double cd digipack.......an unknown musician pressing that much in this market place was crazy, but the reality was/is that to press less would mean the cost would be much more per unit, so I could not pass that along to potential listeners, so pressing more than I thought I could sell to keep cost down even though that meant sitting on inventory that may or may not move in the future, was the only way to go!

[...]

Artistic expression has absolutely nothing to do with convenience.


Absolutely, but unfortunately it is mistaken as such by many these days. Blame it on a lack of proper education.

1,000 copies of a 2CD set as your debut album... kudos to such a lot of bravery.

Stephen

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDs are Dead....Almost!
« on: January 17, 2011, 05:32:48 AM »
Like I´ve pointed out many times, downloads are *one* alley to follow. I think they´re useful when it comes to releasing material which would otherwise not be suited for CD release due to playing time or sheer lack of commerciality.

If they become the only way to go, well... freedom of choice would be lost, wouldn´t it?

Stephen

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDs are Dead....Almost!
« on: January 16, 2011, 06:13:02 PM »

[...]

Those of you who still love CDs or records or both, bear in mind that the labels and the self-released artists who are still putting out materials in these formats need your support more than ever. The break-even point for releasing a CD used to be very easy to reach, with a bit of promotion and word of mouth. Now, even for a more established artists released on a well-known label, it can be difficult to sell enough CDs to justify pressing the discs in the first place.

Conversely, those of us who release music must remember the vital importance of releasing materials of high quality, with an appealing presentation. It's not enough any more to just slap something together and put it out there. We need to be more selective about what we release and put greater care into making it look, feel and sound the best it possibly can.


You´re taking the words right out of my mouth. Very well-put.

Stephen

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDs are Dead....Almost!
« on: January 16, 2011, 09:28:36 AM »

Why press 500 cds and only sell 500 downloads or more or less when the cds sit unloved in boxes....


You have to educate your listeners. Make the CD the only option they have. A lesson I had to learn from past experience. I will make a new album only available when it has paid off. The sooner you make the download available, the less you will be selling of your CDs.

Stephen

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDs are Dead....Almost!
« on: January 14, 2011, 05:21:26 PM »
I'm not too worried about cd's going away, but I did hear a rumor that 45's may be on their way out!  :o  We can't allow that to happen! What will I do with all of the little spindle inserts I still have?

I can´t remember having seen 7"s for at least fifteen, if not twenty years. The last 7" I recall buying new was Kraftwerk´s 1991 "Radioactivity"...

Stephen

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Top 10 Ambient/Space Music albums
« on: January 14, 2011, 05:16:39 PM »
Another thread to consider carefully, but in the meantime, Stephen, applaud your choice of Lightwave's "Cités Analogues", a superb early cassette of theirs (crying out for CD reissue!) that predates their masterpiece "Nachtmusik" (which isn't quite "ambient" music, but certainly could be termed "experimental space music", awkward as that might sound).

"Cités" is such a wonderful album. I did a remaster for Christian and Christoph back in 2001 when they were planning to release their early back catalogue through Beyond the Horizon but nothing has ever come of this. They later wanted to use their own first-generation master tapes but I guess they must have lost touch with their own work at some point and saw no more relevance in re-issueing it. Shame...

Stephen

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Top 10 Ambient/Space Music albums
« on: January 14, 2011, 02:24:13 PM »
Robert Rich -- Below Zero
Robert Rich -- Illumination
Lightwave -- Cités Analogues
Steve Roach -- Dreamtime Return
Steve Roach -- Magnificent Void
Michael Stearns -- Planetary Unfolding
Michael Stearns -- Encounter
Telomere -- Astral Currents
Brian Eno & Harold Budd -- The Pearl and Plateaux of Mirrors
['ramp] -- oughtibridge

oops, that´s more than ten... uh, well...

Stephen

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDs are Dead....Almost!
« on: January 14, 2011, 02:18:31 PM »
CDs in LP-sized packages would indeed be fantastic. Unfortunately it would take at least four CDs to fill a 12" sleeve with more than just, erm, air...

Stephen

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDs are Dead....Almost!
« on: January 13, 2011, 05:23:24 PM »

[...] tablet remote control

[...] tablet remote control


Why do these words make me think of "retirement home" and "medication" every time I read them...?

Stephen

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDs are Dead....Almost!
« on: January 09, 2011, 05:45:15 PM »
When I'm listening to the music, I can check out the CD art in full size form on my tablet in my lap.

I'm not saying the technology is neither any good - or in itself wrong, just explaining my relationship with it - I have to recognise what works for me and use it in that context.


"Replicants are like any other machine, they´re either a benefit or a hazard. If they´re a benefit it´s not my problem." (Rick Deckard / Blade Runner)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDs are Dead....Almost!
« on: January 09, 2011, 05:38:08 PM »
Telling from my experience as a teacher all I can say is there is absolutely no learning effect involved with using a computer-based dictionary, for a start. There´s nothing to beat browsing through an old-fashioned dictionary, making one´s own mistakes (and learning from these) like there´s nothing to beat a real book, a real CD (player) on a real home stereo with great speakers etc.

Call me old-fashioned but not every technical innovation is a godsend. And as a musician I´m far from being anti-tech, it´s only that the more technology is around the more discriminating I get as to whether I really need it in a creative process or not.

Stephen

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDs are Dead....Almost!
« on: January 09, 2011, 01:51:52 PM »
PS

[...]

When I'm listening to the music, I can check out the CD art in full size form on my tablet in my lap.

I can also swipe my finger and get online information with all the lyrics from the currently playing song if applicable.


I love ambient music with vocals in it.

I guess this is a generation gap becoming very obvious... apparently you belong to the generation that enjoys reading e-books rather than real ones. I for one will never understand why on earth people would go for reading an e-book other than being hip or jumping the novelty factor.

But this is only me, of course.

Stephen

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDs are Dead....Almost!
« on: January 08, 2011, 02:21:32 PM »

I was about to quote exactly the same section of Robert's remarks, until I saw you did already!

The key here is that if you give listeners something truly special, as Robert does, they will love it, and appreciate you for giving it to them to such a degree that many of them will want to support you. [...] It's up to us as music-makers, whether we're artists doing our own thing, or small labels working with multiple artists, to give people recordings they feel strongly enough about to break through the large amount of music readily available, often free.  If we can't do that, then we shouldn't blame net labels or the mp3 format or convenience or ipods or cheap CDRs.

That´s very well put. A download can impossibly be something vaguely "artful" because how do you want to download the artwork that comes with the medium and makes it an entity? I for one very much appreciate the idea of selling a piece of "art" to my listeners rather than a commodity.

There´s nothing bad about being a bit more "artful" in the future, just to be different from the rest which isn´t (or doesn´t care to be).

Stephen

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