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Now Playing / Re: "Classical" Music or Contemporary Composition Listeners?
« on: February 12, 2008, 02:33:39 PM »
To say I really "know" a lot about classical would be a stretch - but it's always been in the background all my life and I've had deeper dabbles here and there.   My high school music teacher got me into Mahler.    I've love Debussy since I was a kid - Claire de Lune was my mom's favorite song.   I always loved the lack of tonal center - but not drifting into harsh atonality either...    I studied some of the Schoenberg stuff in college - played some Bartok from time to time.  I had a fantastic piano teacher that had me play lots and lots of more 'modern' classical that I have no idea who they were - wish I did.

I always enjoyed the 'biggie's' playing piano - Bach, Beethoven, etc...

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Everything and Nothing / Re: dave k
« on: February 12, 2008, 12:46:52 PM »
Jim - Sorry to hear about your friend.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 12, 2008, 09:19:21 AM »
I like IO quite a bit - love that cover art.

I've been listening to

  Peter James - Holding On Letting Go

Also on Atmoworks.   I've been diving through Peter James' and Dean Richards' work all week long and loving it.   

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 11, 2008, 05:12:49 AM »
Time of the Earth is very nice!  I had that on a few months ago (I play it about once or twice a year...).


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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient with lots of rain sounds?
« on: February 08, 2008, 09:40:36 AM »
I was going to recommend the Paul Vnuk release, but see it's already been mentioned - there's some nice bits of rain in there. 

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: February 08, 2008, 09:39:37 AM »
Hey - is that bit of blue gum on the top step?

*  Yes, it is "international pick on Wayne" day!

I hope to get my studio torn apart and rearranged over the next couple of weeks.  I just got my new Firestudio Project in the mail (woo hooo!) and I'll snap new photos after I get it all sorted out.   

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: AtmoWorks Releases
« on: February 08, 2008, 07:19:26 AM »
The work of Peter James and Disturbed Earth (and 'Still Earth', their collaborative project) is very strong. I rate these blokes highly.

Good on Atmoworks for making their music available.
 

I've been listening to several of these releases this week - wow - yeah, really good stuff.  I admittedly had never heard of these two until John pointed them out.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 08, 2008, 07:17:08 AM »
I'm still listening to the Run Lola Run soundtrack in the car between listening to Bob and Tom and NPR stuff...   The soundtrack is mostly good - it has the same themes throughout the disc so it gets a bit weary to listen to all the way through - but in short bursts it's quite nice.

Enjoying Meat Beat Manifesto - Subliminal Sandwich at my desk.  Some brilliant stuff on this 2-discer.   Also - Underworld - Pearl's Girl was also on the player yesterday.   

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Everything and Nothing / Re: TV: Lost
« on: February 08, 2008, 05:03:43 AM »
I taped it (wow - that's weird - I recorded it to dvd-rw... taped seems so 'right' though...) - anyway.   Both of us are a bit sick and went to bed.  We'll watch this weekend - can't wait!

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I have to agree... Pete deserves some sort of award for that comment...  ;D   

I always enjoy Alan's writing and posts... but his vocabulary is clearly 9x greater than mine.

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It's a fine line between a label promoting the artist and release in a way that excites people - and tripping over the line and saying things like "best artist in the whole universe - stars and planets weep at the magnificent sounds coming from this brilliant young artist".   

Hana - don't worry too much about not speaking English too well - my Korean and French is, well, horrible.  :)
 


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Everything and Nothing / Beatport... Basic Channel mp3's - remastered
« on: February 06, 2008, 09:41:08 AM »
I just saw a thread on discogs about the entire Basic Channel catalog being remastered and mp3's being availiable for sale though Beatport...  since these are all vinyl only releases, this is kind of an exciting thing.   I don't know if I'm willing to plunk down the money for them (at least until I actually buy an mp3 player... :) )    Have you bought from Beatport before?   Experiences?

https://www.beatport.com

Here's the thread...

http://www.discogs.com/groups/topic/156216


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Hypnos Label Releases / Re: CD release: Austere - Solyaris
« on: February 06, 2008, 07:06:29 AM »
I really need to order some of this "much-overlooked ambient duo's" work!   I'll fire up the credit card later on.  :)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: February 06, 2008, 07:00:23 AM »
I'm still on an Avengers kick - went through most of the black and white episodes and now watching a few of the campier (as if that's possible!) color episodes. 

Also watching Little People, Big World season 1 again.   I'll have no problem picking up season 2 on dvd if they ever release it.

Stumbled across my copy of the Run Lola Run soundtrack and been listening to it in the car... now I want to see the movie again... :)

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 05, 2008, 09:44:27 AM »
blur - moddern life is rubbish
underworld - dark & long e.p.
the circular ruins - falling into the sky
vir unis - mercury and plastic


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Tools for rhythm-making
« on: February 05, 2008, 07:22:09 AM »
Before I started my long break in 2004 - I was using Fruity Loops heavily (version 3.0 I think... older version even for then...) - I also liked Rebirth becuase it was so easy to work with.    On very rare occassions I break out my Alesis SR-16 which I personally think has a very lifeless and dull sound unless I really mess with it in effects...  I've always regretted that purchase.  Oh well!


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Audio Interfaces / Soundcards
« on: February 04, 2008, 09:00:21 AM »
I bought a Firestudio Project... it's on a truck somewhere on it's way...  :)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Your first Recording ever?
« on: February 03, 2008, 10:34:17 AM »
My first recordings are from I think 1984 - I don't have any of them transferred from tape handy to show you.   They're not great (ha!) - and sound a lot like Depeche Mode Speak & Spell era stuff.   Someday I'll transfer those and post one or two...     I also have a tape of one of the piano solos I wrote for high school "solo and ensemble" contest - which were always kind of fun since I was usually the only one who wrote their music instead of playing something classical (I either gained points due to the audacity of writing my music - or lost points - depending on the judge... :) )

For stuff 5 years later in 1989 - you can check my "archive" thread for downloads:  http://www.hypnos.com/smf/index.php?topic=68.0


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Everything and Nothing / Re: TV: Lost
« on: February 01, 2008, 01:20:24 PM »
Finished watching it today (we're both on a bit of an odd "snow day" situation - most of the Peoria area shut down last night/this morning - although roads are fine now...).

Anyway - it was a really good episode.   As usual, opening up a few new questions...

Jim/Gemini - a really good show - the first disc you rent from netflix will have you rivoted.   Oceanic Flight 815 crashes onto an island in the middle of nowhere... they soon realize the island is more than meets the eye - with lots of weird mysteries.   The show alternates between the 'present' on the island and flashbacks to before the island where you find that many of the characters have crossed paths before.   

We had the premier of season 4 last night.    The series will end with 6 seasons.  They had planned seasons 4, 5, and 6 to be 16 episodes each with a definite ending.   Unfortunately the current writers strike will limit the number of episodes this season.

You'll either love it or hate it - almost everyone I know that gives it a chance loves it.   

Note - it's a series that is all tied together like a long novel - you can't really jump into the middle.

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