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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Black Hole Reverb
« on: November 25, 2008, 10:57:28 AM »
Paul: that Bricasti is indeed a mighty fine reverb unit. Heard some gorgeous samples of it in action.

My general take on reverbs is that hardware units are the very best, and yep you have to pay a lot to get that final transparency and finish. But you also have to look at what its going to be used for. No point spending a couple of thousand dollars to add some reverb to a glitchy/noisy bit of grunge ambient. Its rather like the issue of microphones ... if you are recording fine vocals and orchestras you need the best quality you can afford so you capture it true and clean, but if its yer average garage band that money could probably be better spent elsewhere. In electronic styles of music we are not exactly aiming at truth to life, so that extra (and very expensive) 5% or so of quality often makes little or no difference in the mix.

I also like (and use) the CSR reverb set, they are very flexible. Also the Wizoo verb (bought by Steinberg), which is a neat mix of algorithm and convolution. And as Pete points out, Ambience is excellent quality for a 'free' plugin.




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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.

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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.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Black Hole Reverb
« on: November 23, 2008, 08:53:14 AM »
Do you have a URL for this Black Hole thing ?

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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.

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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
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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.

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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  ;)

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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!

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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.

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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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