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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 06, 2008, 09:06:48 PM »
This evening

- beta2agonist: zero point field  (finely composed album that deserves more exposure)
- Maps and Diagrams: polytuft-tech  (one of my regular plays)
- Fennesz: black sea (bit bombastic and scattered in places, but when its good its very good)

1522
Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Periskop
« on: December 03, 2008, 08:53:24 AM »
Again, the whole link will have to be copy/pasted.

Looking forward to giving these a listen, Danny.

1523
Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 01, 2008, 05:20:57 PM »
The double LP doesn't have all that text on the back, its very similar to the front.
But it also has 8 full size pages inside of photos and text and interesting musical score examples.

1524
Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: December 01, 2008, 05:13:54 PM »
I was reading Anathem by Neal Stephenson, but after 150 or so pages I gave it a thumbs down and stopped.

1525
Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 01, 2008, 05:10:49 PM »
X is great. Certainly one of my favourite Schulze. I still have to 2 lp vinyl release here ... and Mike, those graphics are even bigger !

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 28, 2008, 09:00:55 PM »
today

- Plastikman: Artifakts (favourite Hawtin release)
- Carbon Based Lifeforms: Hydroponic Garden (classic)
- Keith Berry: A Strange Feather (maintains its value)
- Murcof: Remembranza  (ahh, if only there were more like this!)
- All Sweels and Billows 2  (the Alan L. mix compilation of Brit-type drones. A tasty dish.)

1527
Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 28, 2008, 08:47:32 PM »
Which reminds me: good to see the US dollar getting up against the euro again.

1528
Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 26, 2008, 08:28:56 AM »
- Biosphere: Autour De la Luna

this undestated release from 2004 has really grown on me.

1529
Everything and Nothing / Re: CD-R Deterioration
« on: November 23, 2008, 03:13:48 PM »
I was going to add that I've had more CD Drives go bad than CDs. One just this past week.
They are mechanical and simply wear out with a lot of use, then they don't read/burn so accurately.

1530
Everything and Nothing / Re: CD-R Deterioration
« on: November 23, 2008, 02:38:03 PM »
This is an oft discussed topic.

I've actually had more regular CDs go bad than CDR's. Which surprises me. People's mileage varies though. It has a lot to do with how they are treated and stored. The sun is a major enemy. But there is the problem of some CDR blanks simply being better than others, and labels/individuals should not blindly use the cheapest they can find.

Of course backing up the music is a good thing to do to all disks. I used to backup vinyl to tape back in the day ... but the disks lasted much longer than the tape  ;D

At DataObscura I will automatically replace any CDR that goes bad. But I've had to do that with just 2 or 3 in total over the years.

1531
Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Nekton Falls 3-CD compilation
« on: November 22, 2008, 03:35:57 PM »
Had an earfull. Yep, its an odd thing throughout.

Metallic underwater sounds. Sometimes cavernous and warm. Grainy, & watery drones. Hiss. Curious samples. Deep and lush, occasionally rising to intense & piercing. Underwater insects and winds blowing on a mic. Only a couple of clearly rhythmic tracks. Experimental pieces more than composed and overtly musical. Some very nice atmospheres. An odd collection for sure, and lots of it, but more or less unified by the watery detritus throughout. Certainly a fascinating listen.

Its a 3 disk digipack thing, and the cover is almost unreadable. You need a good light to decipher it. Looks cool though.

If I could edit it I'd have it down to 2 disks at most.

1532
Now available:



Entia Non: Updrafts
On Updrafts, Australian sound artist James McDougall serves up another gorgeous
helping of scrambled field recordings, reconstructions, brittle textures, warm mechanisms,
environmental rumblings, and a host of minute sonic abstractions and abrasions. The aural
canvas is a rich shimmering, and sometimes skittering, collage of our human sound-world.
Ripe with details, subtle developments, and underlying ambience, but flowing down
unforseen channels like a stream-of-consciousness narrative.

Microtonal and minimal, yet often lush and so very human, Updrafts is a welling up of the
sonic world surrounding us every day. It is a testament to a world heard ... but not heard.

An admirable follow-up release to the earlier Fold.

tracks & samples:

- still
- with Paucity
- vmr 81 seaway tower
- endemically speaking
- in all things divided
- cast

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

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

Thanks.

APK
------------------------------
www.dataobscura.com

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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.

1534
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  ;)

1535
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!

1536
Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 18, 2008, 01:19:41 PM »

- Robert Henke: Signal To Noise
very attractive noise.


1537
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 !

1538
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

1539
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.

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