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Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: January 25, 2008, 09:49:06 AM »
That's abslutely true.   I forget how an old co-worker of mine put it exactly - but looking at IMDB ratings...

* if it's over 8.0 regardless of genre, it's probably a good bet
* if it's over 6.5 or 7.0 and you like that genre - then you'll probably like it

So a 7.0 sci-fi or anime title - there's a good change I'll like it.  On the other hand - a 7.0 western... eh, maybe not.

I've found his rating system to be fairly accurate - not always, but most of the time.



Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 25, 2008, 05:16:11 AM »

Yeah, I love old Plastikman stuff.... I just wish Mr. Hawtdog were doing better things these days than playing bad techno and drinking Grey Goose. (sorry, got a chip on my shoulder maybe).

What you think of Consumed?

Yeah - it was funny to see his face on all the magazines a couple years back as the poster boy of techno...  of course, nice that the music was getting center stage at all.

Consumed is my favorites of his by far... followed closely by the earlier releases - Artifakts and Musik.  I still toss on Sheet One from time to time.  Closer I thought was really mediocre/bad/sucked - on the first few listens - I came back to it 6 months later and found I liked part of it more than I thought... There are some good moments.

Back to the BC/CR stuff discussed earlier...

I've got a few of the metal tin releases - yes - first thing I did was pull the discs and put them in something else.  Nasty packaging...   here's the collection..   (nice site for this stuff: )

porter ricks - biokinetics
various - decay product (although I've misplaced it lately...)
monolake - hongkong
various - ...compiled
fluxion - vibrant forms II (non-tin)

I admit that I have a few copies of other CR albums (not listed).

I've also got the tin versions of BC-CD and the Maurizio M-CD.

I was so close to buying one of the complete set BC vinyl reissues... but didn't.  :(

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New here....
« on: January 24, 2008, 02:31:56 PM »
Welcome to the forum!  We love new faces around here.   Looking forward to listening to your tracks.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 24, 2008, 12:27:35 PM »

But I have a currently listening favourite track I just discovered on 12" by Shinichi Atobe - a bloke I never heard of. This one is just gorgeous, and properly termed, ambient techno

Color me jealous!   I don't have any vinyl from cr/bc... on my wish list for some day.   I have 7 or 8 of the cd's I think... Fluxion 2 is very nice.

I like "Gigi and Mathias's Euro-Ambient All-Star Band."  Or do the famous Nebula UK (or rather Nebula IT - or Nebula EU would maybe make more sense.)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum Suggestion (Gear Thread)
« on: January 24, 2008, 07:49:40 AM »
Whichever makes the most sense/easiest to maintain for you...  we're walking the fine line of too many sections vs. finding the right threads.   

I like the idea of Everything and Nothing have it all in it - but 'gear' as a section also makes sense due to the high number of gear loving folks in the forum...       

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 24, 2008, 07:13:44 AM »


plastikman - artifakts  - still a fave.


the winterhouse - slow promises - really beautiful stuff.

various - chain reaction... compiled - not the best cr release - but there aren't any bad ones in my book.

next up:

foy vs. elf machine - 10,000 headless budhas - one of my all time favorite titles for an album...

Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum Suggestion (Gear Thread)
« on: January 24, 2008, 07:10:45 AM »
Yeah - that actually would be a good thing.   I have to do a 'search' to find old posts to bump them to the top.   We'll see what good ole' Hypnos boss Mike things about it.  ;)   I know one of his goals is to not have too many sections - but this one seems a good one to me.

I'm happy to move the threads if he decides to create the section.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: January 23, 2008, 11:54:20 AM »
Picked up Odd Couple 3 yesterday!  Watched one episode before falling asleep last night.

Now watching...  MASH - "5 O'Clock Charlie".   :)

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: January 22, 2008, 02:25:17 PM »
Dividing my reading time between R.A. Salvatore's 'War of the Spider Queen' series, and Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin seafaring novels. I need to find time to read Tolkien's 'The Children of Hurin'.

Someday i hope to read a single book that isn't a part of a vast series....

I read the Spider Queen series a couple months ago.   Good stuff through most of it.   Not great, but not bad, enjoyable...

I started Hurin, but haven't gotten in the mood for it yet so haven't gotten very far.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 21, 2008, 06:49:05 AM »

Several cd's that I've been spinning a ton in the last week or two that I'll sum up with "I love 'em" - all great - all recommended - I'm very happy with all of these.

The Winterhouse - Slow Promises
Seren Ffordd - Veils, Shadows
Various - Sounds of a Universe Overheard
Nverxion - A Look Within
Parallel Worlds - Obssessive Surrealism

now playing:

Lightwave - Tycho Brahe

Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: January 21, 2008, 05:01:09 AM »

Allan Melvin passed away...  we'll be doing a little marathon...  best known as "Sam the butcher" on Brady Bunch, but he was in just about everything.  We have him in a number of Andy Griffith and Dick Van Dyke episodes.   He was also on Sgt. Bilko (which we don't have on dvd).

Suzanne Pleshette also passed away - so we tossed in the Bob Newhart show last night.

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: Seren Ffordd - Veils, Shadows
« on: January 18, 2008, 07:34:06 AM »
Also enjoying this completely... I've spun it around 5 times now and it's good front to back. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bill Evans
« on: January 18, 2008, 05:10:34 AM »
Here's the Undercurrent album cover - original photograph.

Click 'view full image' - it's worth it.  :)

If you scroll down through the comments section - someone has posted other photos/postcards from the weeki wachee mermaids.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: January 17, 2008, 02:45:19 PM »
Ha... good choice on Kings of the Wild Frontier... I have very fond memories of that album from back in high school days - specific parties and drinking games...  :)

I have a love/hate relationship with vinyl.   I still love them - I don't play them often.   I can't part with any of my records - I still have them all.  They're all in plastic sleeves.   I love the process of picking out one from the spine - pulling it out of the sleeve, pulling out the record, putting it on the turntable, putting the needle on the record... there's a physical 'love' there that I just don't get from cd's - (and lets not even bring up the whole mp3 thing...)

One of my "life goals" (for want of a beter term) has been to release my music on vinyl.  

It's definitely a niche market (as if we're not already knee deep in one...).

Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: January 17, 2008, 01:02:05 PM »
I'm working my way through The Odd Couple, Season 2. But what I'm really looking forward to is the release of the second season of Barney Miller, finally. One of my favorite shows and it's been like five years since the release of season 1.

I'm also a big fan of Andy Griffith. Thankfully it's always on TVLand so there's no need to buy the DVDs. I think Don Knotts was one of the finest comedic actors ever.

Odd Couple season 3 is out later this month.

The TVLand versions of Andy Griffith are really close to 'uncut' - not quite - but very close.    I remember the old WGN and TBS syndicated versions were missing 4-5 minutes from each episode to make room for commercials (similar issue with MASH and pretty much any pre-1980 tv show).   

It's very fun to see the dvd versions of these shows - I saw colors in MASH I'd never seen before since the syndicated copies had become so faded and washed out.  And of course - fun to see those extra few minutes!

We've watched a few Dick Van Dyke episodes the last couple of nights - along with a disc of Odd Couple season 2 (coincidence!)...

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Audio Interfaces / Soundcards
« on: January 17, 2008, 12:59:10 PM »
Oh yes - always have your salt lick handy... sometimes a grain of salt just isn't enough.  The guy preaching about latency posted the same thing about 15 times in different threads so he's obviously got a bit of a vendetta - he appears to be a DAW builder.  The guy who builds DAW's at ADK Pro audio also posted a couple of times - praising earlier Presonus stuff, but not the Firestudio for some reason.   

All well worth reading more about. 

Also depends greatly on how they're going to be used.   

That and there's also the issue of products that sell a lot more tend to have more problems due to the sheer number of people with them.

In all honesty - I'm confident buying from either Presonus or FocusRite based on the users on this forum that already own the products - I know the people here (mike, you, scott, etc...) know what they're doing and record similar to what my plans are...


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Audio Interfaces / Soundcards
« on: January 17, 2008, 11:44:27 AM »
Just read a few lengthy threads on the Reaper forum on the various interfaces - the Firestudio gets panned pretty badly due to driver issues - and the Saffire Pro 10.   Both get nailed for something called "round trip latency" - which I don't fully get yet - but appears to be a problem if recording/monitoring while using software fx.   Of course - the recommendation is higher priced RME cards... :)

Guess I'll keep reading.   I can get into a little analysis paralysis right now since I'm not pulling out the credit card yet... :)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Audio Interfaces / Soundcards
« on: January 17, 2008, 09:57:16 AM »
Guitar Center's got that deal going on still (until Jan 31)... the control surface appears to be a FaderPort:

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Audio Interfaces / Soundcards
« on: January 17, 2008, 08:25:30 AM »
I saw it - just haven't watched it yet.   My only real hesitation is not having a knob or slider for that 'physical' thing... although I'm sure there's a control surface.

If I can get the mixing to work in the computer - I might sell the Mackie 1604 I bought off of Vnuk. 

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