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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Nekton Falls 3-CD compilation
« on: November 22, 2008, 07:58:37 AM »
You can hear a couple of samples here on Databloem

I have it and its indeed an odd set.
Maybe I will find the time for a renewed listen this weekend, and can give you more details.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Ergonomically speaking...
« on: November 20, 2008, 02:17:43 PM »
I've had some problems. And like John, also with prolonged piano playing.

I've lowered the mouse where I work (and raised my seat) and found it works well. You have to get the arm straight out rather than with the wrist at an angle when mousing. Did the same for my main midi keyboard for playing softsynths. Lowered it. Now its not bad at all.

Piano is still a problem, but I play it anyway and the pain goes away after a while. Its different from the mouse, so its not a compounded thing.

I don't think type of mouse is the final solution, its more the position of you relative to the mouse.
I used to use a track ball mouse that I velcroed sideways to a small shelf unit because it felt better at that angle.
But I use a regular mouse in the usual way now. Its that wrist angle you have to watch.

I shake my hand out occasionally too. Seems to help.
I also drink a lot of wine .. it definitely helps  ;)

1503
Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Pete Drake
« on: November 19, 2008, 06:18:41 AM »
Yep, great song.
Those were the days.

They were the hair styles too!

1504
Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 18, 2008, 01:19:41 PM »

- Robert Henke: Signal To Noise
very attractive noise.


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 17, 2008, 05:30:23 PM »

Off The Sky: Gently Down The Stream

a great album !

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: I am trying to imagine...
« on: November 17, 2008, 02:57:47 PM »
"Don't get too hung up trying to get the perfect gear - it's really not that important in the end."

Well, I'd have to disagree with this a fair bit, John.

Synths (for example) are not all the same, and can't all do what others can. Different complexities and abilities, different sound generators. And different working methods. The difference is, I think, quite significant.

Same sort of thinking for effects.
Same for percussion devices.

They are the tools of the trade, and you need what suits your temperament and artistic inclinations/desires. Not anything will do once you really get into it.

The right device, in the right hands. You need both.


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 15, 2008, 04:16:38 PM »
The Fennesz track prompted me to listen to

- Gas: Zauberberg

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 15, 2008, 02:29:37 PM »
That sure is a slow developing and heavily bit-crushed intense piece of fuzz.  Nice !
Thanks for putting it up, Alan.

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A bunch of these and a number of other DataObscura albums are on their way to the Hypnos store, should arrive about a week from today.

1510
Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 14, 2008, 02:30:58 PM »
Friday  :D

- Northern: Jessa (georgeous, drawn-out, slow ambience)
- Robert Davies: Geography of Memory (been playing it for a month ... could be his finest)
- Martinez: Solaris soundtrack (still excellent)

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Now available from DataObscura:



Robert Davies: Geography of Memory
There is a thread running through all of Davies' work, it can perhaps best be
named phantasy. Song titles signify these very visual, phantastic worlds, and the
music moves us through them as in a dream. We drift, transfixed, within uncertain
landscapes suffused with evolving visions, shadows, and apparitions. The land of
faerie, of phantoms, and of the unconscious. Robert's music is founded in this
subterranean, subconscious realm, and is grounded with deep drones that gently
weave a sombre and mysterious web of enveloping sound through which we return
to something more primal, but also to something more magical.

A geography of memory is not a remembering, it is a mapping ... the mapping of a
terrain. This is a cloudy dreamscape of innumerable hidden pathways and intriguing
solitary recesses; and it is home to the vast realm of the immemorial that flows
beneath our experience like a great, dark river. Immerse yourself in this river.

tracks & samples:

- Secret Cove
- Vista of Solitude
- Aurora
- Undulating Terrain
- Underworld
- Recesses of Time
- Persistent Presence

Available as either CD or Download encoded at 256kbs : DataObscura

A full track can be heard on the Radio page --  Here

Its a beautiful and immersive trip !
Enjoy.

Thanks.

APK

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Spectrasonics - Omnisphere
« on: November 13, 2008, 02:52:25 PM »
Yes, the fairly big update to Atmosphere.

Also not sure on the hype about it being a "glimpse of the future." (Native Instruments are MUCH better at that.) But yes, quality sound engine by the looks of it, plus many improvements over the rather limited Atmosphere engine, and of course a HUGE sample library. I suspect that, like Atmosphere, it will be a LOT of very big, complex presets that you will go "wow!" to, but never actually use unless you want quick "hold down one key" film-scores. And the price is also a tad high.

I was looking forward to it, looks very editable, but I'd wait to see if the price goes down and all the bugs get ironed out. There have been problems with the first generation.

You will, I think, get more bang for the buck with Native Instruments Komplete ... especially if you can find the reduced price on it.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 12, 2008, 06:10:20 AM »
Good to see someone playing Waki  :D
I had a hand in putting that album together.
Very fine collection of delicate techno-ambient tracks.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 10, 2008, 10:25:33 AM »
The Winterhouse - Lost - excellent recording, worth the price just for the title track.

Very glad to hear it. Thanks, Dave.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 09, 2008, 03:40:22 PM »

- Jonathan Coleclough, Bass Comunion, Colin Potter  (I think that's its title too)
Couple of fine mixes by Coleclough on this set.


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 07, 2008, 12:35:04 PM »
Lined up for the afternoon

- Biosphere: Cirque
- Tom Opdahl: Black Smoker
- Biosphere: Dropsonde

One of those rainy Biospheric days happening.
Its a good thing !

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Concession speech = classy
« on: November 07, 2008, 10:52:50 AM »
Of course, a new section could perhaps be added to the Wide Wide World section for politics, doesn't have to be a Free For All section where "anything goes" (that is asking for problems).

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 06, 2008, 05:59:01 PM »

- Paul Bradley: Twenty hertz

a dose of British existential drone.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 05, 2008, 06:44:01 AM »
Alan: did you say you like your Move D on a Bunn ?
 ;D

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 04, 2008, 06:38:52 PM »
I've also been spinning

Move D. and Benjamin Brunn - Songs From the Beehive

its certainly ok in places, but I'm not too taken with it.
Sorry Alan, but I'd take some of the Namlook collabs over this effort. The relatively recent Art of Love for example, which is a tad more on the ambient side.


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