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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 05, 2013, 09:03:21 PM »
Gurun Gurun - Gurun Gurun
Sawako - Bitter Sweet


Fun experimental pop and ambiance from Home Normal and 12k, respectively.

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: MP3 vs. FLAC
« on: December 02, 2013, 09:32:05 PM »
EDIT: one thing more to add is that the CODEC of mp3s is important Lame is the best codec..the codec is more important then bitrate when you compare bitrates..so it can be good to know that codecs are being used...I wonder which bandcamp use for instance..I would feel fooled if it was not Lame.

The metadata for something I bought last night from Bandcamp lists LAME3.99

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 02, 2013, 04:27:21 PM »
Any good samples online for that Rale, Joe? I found the Bandcamp page, but they don't have samples on it. (Kind of defeats the purpose, imo.)

now playing: The Frozen Vaults - The Machine Stops
The Machine Stops is a new release from Wist Records as part of their book report series. The Frozen Vaults is a collective of musicians, including Pleq and Spheruleus, who focus on experimental electro-acoustic music (with an emphasis on strings and piano). I thought The Frozen Vaults had one of the strongest entries in the Headphone Commute ". . . and darkness came" compilation from last year, so I was eager to hear this release. Unfortunately, it is a mixed bag. The first track is quite cool; the second of the two tracks is a bit too cacophonous for my tastes. Nonetheless, I would recommend that people check it out if you're a fan of any of these artists.

Samples/Buy: http://wistrec.com/wistbook-010/

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Show us your Smartphone/Cell Phone
« on: December 01, 2013, 03:08:30 PM »
I had managed to say "cell phone free" until this time last year. Now, I have an iPhone5, and I have no idea how I managed to exist without one.

I mostly use it to keep in touch with my wife, surf the web while in line at stores, take spontaneous photos of the kids, carry new music to the office, and for audio books (I do a lot of walking and Audible is how I get most of my leisure "reading" done these days).

One of my friends has a Samsung Galaxy and, frankly, I find it to be a potentially more attractive option than the iPhone. But, truth be told, I have no complaints. It is so crazy easy to sync everything with the iOS system.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Show us your Smartphone/Cell Phone
« on: December 01, 2013, 02:59:40 PM »
Is that a photo of you? If so, please post the phone number for your Samsung Galaxy Note.  ;)

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: R.I.P. XP
« on: December 01, 2013, 10:01:03 AM »
You've inspired me to do the overnight backup this evening.

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/bump

This was an interesting read. I'm bumping it because I've seen a few older forum faces around lately and I'm curious to know if they have a different perspective on these issues almost four years later.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 27, 2013, 09:25:08 AM »
Redfish - Redfish
A relatively new release from Letna & Alexandre Navarro on their SEM label. Experimental electronics from outer space.

Samples/Buy: http://shop.semlabel.com/album/redfish

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I've been spending waaaaaayyyyy too much time playing games when I should be recording my next album. (Shame I know)


Get to work!

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Ack! And Shadow of the Colossus. I bought a PS3 just to play that and Journey. (And, well, because my son wanted one.) This is an incredible adventure/ landscape exploration-style game. Watch a few videos. Most of the youtube videos depict battle scenes (the core game mechanic involves defeating 15 or so giants), but 80% of the game involves exploring the breathtaking landscape to locate the sleeping giants.

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Damn, I almost forgot:

You absolutely must try Journey if you have a PS3. It is one of the best atmosphere + sandbox games I've ever played: http://thatgamecompany.com/games/journey/

The soundtrack is frigging amazing too. Stream it here, starting with the track "Temptations": http://austinwintory.bandcamp.com/album/journey

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I was wondering if anyone has suggestions for another free roaming game like Skyrim ?
I'm not into industrial/zombies and the like. The beauty of the Skyrim landscape was one of its big appeals for me.


Have you tried Minecraft? It has some beautiful landscapes. They are not photo-realistic, but it is fun game for exploration, roaming, creative-building purposes.

I also downloaded Dear Esther a while back, but never found time to play it. It sounds like it might be of interest: http://dear-esther.com/

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: what Tv series should I see ?
« on: November 24, 2013, 10:16:45 AM »
It is a bit silly, I suppose. I like it because it is a unique mixture of silliness, mystery, and "otherworldlyness." If it wasn't for Twin Peaks, I'm not sure I would have discovered as quickly my love of coffee.

Something my wife and I enjoyed a ton was Damages. I think there are 3 to 5 seasons available on Netflix, DVD, etc.
 

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: what Tv series should I see ?
« on: November 24, 2013, 09:18:38 AM »
By "cheesy" you mean the "best thing that ever appeared on network television", right?  ;D

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: what Tv series should I see ?
« on: November 24, 2013, 08:27:12 AM »
If you want to go "old school," Twin Peaks is excellent.

If you like comedy, 30 Rock is hilarious.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 23, 2013, 09:46:22 AM »
I haven't done anything serious with music in over 20 years, but I'm really enjoying this thread. There is a lot to learn here even for those of us who are mere listeners and fans of ambient music.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 22, 2013, 06:07:55 PM »
I preordered it too, Forrest. I didn't want to take a chance since Facture's stuff sells out so quickly!

I think you're right: there is the potential for powerful synergy between music and art/packaging. Part of what makes Facture's Light Folds such a powerful release is the art, the photographs, the posters, and the varied media for the music. The music itself is wonderful, but the packaging (both the detail and the depth) elevates it to a level that it would not have achieved on its own. Both Facture and TRS have mastered this process in a way that few other indies have.

Now playing:
Finval - Voyager
A new ambient release from the U-Cover label. Long-form, space synth tracks. I think fans of Oophoi and other like-minded artists will enjoy this. (But, like an Oophoi release, be prepared to turn up the volume if you actually want to bathe in the details.)

Listen/Buy: http://www.u-cover.com/mailorder/description.php?II=5319&UID=2013111108285666.249.64.4%C2%A4cy=eur

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I hear that Steve Roach pirated a copy of Windows on an iOS system.

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Thanks for the head's up!

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 16, 2013, 01:01:16 PM »
Birch and Meadow - Butterflies and Graves
Experimental ambient meets folk-like vocals by David Wenngren (aka Library Tapes) and Sara Forslund. On the Time Released Sound label. Pretty good.
Samples here: https://soundcloud.com/time-released-sound/birch-and-meadow-butterflies

Orla Wren - Book of the Folded Forest
Incredible. This also includes occasional vocals, but is largely a curious combination of glitchy manipulations and modern composition. I bought a digital copy, but there is a (somewhat pricey) physical copy that comes with a DVD that includes videos for selected tracks. I might break down and buy it too simply because this is Quality Stuff. Facture is releasing a new Orla Wren album in early December that contains reworkings of tracks from these sessions.
Samples/Buy: https://homenormal.bandcamp.com/album/book-of-the-folded-forest

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