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Everything and Nothing / Re: Single disc CD players
« on: September 06, 2008, 04:03:55 PM »

Loren: your post reminds me of a second-hand Onkyo DX-RD511 I picked up a couple of years ago for a good price -- really nice features, including digital in and out, and optical in, nice front controls, and with both a playback and a recordable drive, so you can copy from one to the other. But the damn thing stops working properly after about 45 minutes ... the controls on it just don't work anymore (if I remember rightly). Was great quality for those 45 minutes though. Took it apart to look for bad connections, but no joy.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 05, 2008, 05:39:50 PM »

- Charlie Haden: The Montreal Tapes 2

Some truly wonderful moments in these live trio pieces, especially the piano (Gonzalo Rubalcaba).

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Maybe They Will Sing for Us Tomorrow
« on: September 04, 2008, 03:41:14 PM »
"... sounding a little like Stars of the Lid, but at the beach."

Yep, that about sums it up :)

I have a couple of earlier things and just got the new one. All very enjoyable.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Prophet 08
« on: September 02, 2008, 01:32:29 PM »
I don't own an Andromeda, but I played it for quite some time in a store and thought it every bit as good as anything else I've heard. Beautiful rich sound. I'd love one too. Yep, they do appear on eBay, but rarely.

Mirko: must the synth you are looking for be analog ?   The new Virus range is remarkable.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 28, 2008, 04:49:30 PM »
Been enjoying these today

- James Bernard: New Life
- Between Interval: Autumn Continent
- Disturbed Earth: Island

Everything and Nothing / Re: Gold Farming
« on: August 25, 2008, 05:15:05 PM »
Related issue:
My daughter was playing one of these sorts of on-line games and wanted a new hat, which cost x units, and you could buy units for real paypal money. Fine. But the scam there was that the real hat was in fact only good for a few months, then you reverted back to the old hat !!  So if you wanted to look the same again you had to buy it again.  Nasty ... especially given the millions of players these bigger game worlds have.

Talk about an underground, and largely invisible, economy.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Gold Farming
« on: August 25, 2008, 04:58:54 PM »
I would normally have agreed that this is ridiculous ... paying for something that is merely status and advantage in a virtual game world.

But, then I thought its perhaps not that different from buying a new, more expensive, set of clubs for golf, or showing up in a new expensive suit for a board meeting.

If the game means something to you at this point in time, you will pay something extra to get ahead. Why not this field too?

It is, however, an unforeseen (by many) avenue of revenue for many game freaks.

Interesting stuff either way.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Most disappointing movie from book?
« on: August 25, 2008, 04:50:32 PM »
The last Lord of the Rings.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 24, 2008, 02:36:24 PM »
You are welcome, Joe.


- Paul Shutze: Dressing The Air
think this was to accompany some show/presentation. Fine 37min piece.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Moving threads?
« on: August 23, 2008, 01:40:58 PM »
Yep, threads can be moved by us Moderators.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 23, 2008, 07:59:57 AM »
I agree, Beta Two Agonist: Autumn Perdue is an excellent album.
Here is a link for anyone interested: DATABLOEM.

The joint album with Jason Corder  ("further to find closer", also on Databloem) is a continuous work divided into 9 tracks. To my ears its a tad more Beta Two Agonist in overall style than Jason Corder, but it has a more free-flowing, open style than the more structured Autumn Perdue. It has a fair bit of xylophone/vibraphone once it gets going, which is more a trait of Corder. I'd say its fairly mellow and, not surprisingly, full of fascinating little glitchy sounds, and occasional subtle glitchy rhythms. It really sustains a similar mood and feel throughout its 50 minutes, like it was one large laid-back live set. I really like it once the mood settles in. So yep, well worth having (as with anything Jason has a hand in). I certainly think you will enjoy it, especially as you like the Beta albums.

It also has strong similarities to some tracks from the free release by OffTheSky: Subtle Trees. But much less to the the very recent !escape Kit!, which is a more heavy-handed, broken-beat-oriented album.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 21, 2008, 12:50:23 PM »
Currently playing:  Between Interval - "Autumn Continent"

Definitely my favourite Between Interval album,  highlight for me is the brooding fourth track "the tides of time" with the gentle sequence accompanied by the haunting melody over the top. 

Yep, that's a fine album. Nice drawn-out phrases, with a gentle grainy/noise flow to the whole thing. I really enjoy this style.
Just giving it a spin.

Everything and Nothing / Re: 2008 Olympics
« on: August 20, 2008, 08:06:50 AM »
He ran through the tape. No slowing down this time.
Was astonishing.

Everything and Nothing / Re: 2008 Olympics
« on: August 20, 2008, 07:24:29 AM »

Everything and Nothing / Re: 2008 Olympics
« on: August 19, 2008, 06:16:06 PM »
Still be interesting to see just how close Bolt comes to Johnson's 200m record.
Bolt sure wasn't trying hard in his last heat. He could be surprising.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 17, 2008, 06:03:43 AM »
Fern: always good to hear a new voice. Welcome aboard !

Everything and Nothing / Re: 2008 Olympics
« on: August 15, 2008, 05:36:41 PM »
I've watched a lot of it, on Canadian channels mostly.

Track & field is a highlight, but I also especially enjoy the velodrome bike racing.
Coverage is a bit all over the place and unpredictable though (as usual).

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 14, 2008, 12:27:41 PM »
past couple of days

- Jason Corder & Beta Two Agonist: further to find closer
- Beta Two Agonist: autumn perdue
- Sgnl_Fltr: exhalo

Databloem recent releases that I've only just started listening to.

Phrozenlight: " ... it is not a good reason to let people pay for your music"

???   It seems to me a very good reason. If creating music didn't take time and work I think people would resent paying for it.

(I'm of course not saying that because it takes time and work you must charge money for it.)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: GOT GEAR?
« on: August 12, 2008, 08:44:44 AM »
On the presets issue ...

Having lots of presets is perhaps to do with the cheapness of physical memory these days. And yes, lots of presets is often a selling point for obvious reasons.

But lots of presets does give the composer more starting points for sounds. No need to build from the ground up each time if you have found something close to what you want among the presets. They have their virtues.

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