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There is an analogy to be made with the realm of photography.
There are lots of sites where people post their photographs and holiday snaps and so on, and you can view and download them for free.
But professional photographers only put up small, lo-res versions. Their full size prints and images are only available for sale.

A lot of people stringing samples together and making some music in their spare time are happy to just put it out there for free.
You won't see, for example, Steve Roach doing that. He's a professional musician who puts a LOT of time and work into his music. He expects to be paid for that work just as people do in their own types of daily 9-5pm jobs.

Yep, I do think all the free stuff dilutes the pool and can divert attention from the best in a genre.
When stuff is free or cheap it will attract an audience on that basis alone, rather than on quality. Its like people attracted to fast food because its cheap and easy to obtain.

Free stuff, when it becomes the norm, leads people to think it should ALL be free. Which leads to file sharing and mindless posting of artist's works as though its some amorphous unattached product and not a work of labour that took time and skill. It's like thinking all paintings, photographs, and other works done by artists should be offered for free (or pretty much anything made by individuals for that matter). Which is clearly not the case.

That's my current state of mind on this 8)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 10, 2008, 01:51:02 PM »

- Philipp Weigl: Land and Water

New release on Magnatune.
Its GREAT ... if you like Weigl's style of sullen rhythmic electronica and almost spoken vocals.

Have a listen to the whole thing here:

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 01, 2008, 02:21:29 PM »

- juxta phona & offthesky: !escape kit!  (Somnia)

Every bit as good and quirky and fascinating and enjoyable as I thought it would be.
Seriously recommend this if you are an Off The Sky fan.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 01, 2008, 02:17:10 PM »
Christopher Bissonette - In Between Words

New purchase, which I like...but...does anyone else have a disc that, on track one, has some really scratchy sounds showing up about 5 minutes into the piece (and continuing for 2-3- minutes), or do I have a defective disc?

You know we've entered a new paradigm when you can't tell whether the stuff on the disk is supposed to be there or not  8)

The samples sound excellent !
Good to see a digital version for sale ... off to grab one  ;D

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: BeatMaker for the iPhone
« on: July 31, 2008, 11:45:16 AM »

The first half of this century will be known as
the Era of Gadgets.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 30, 2008, 02:19:31 PM »
- Marconi Union: A Lost Connection

If you liked Distance, you will enjoy this too.

For the unknowing:
Marconi Union is an easy-listening beat driven duo from Manchester, UK. Its friendly, listenable, pleasantly rhythmic, sometimes dubby, usually with guitar, synth pads, a good dose of melody and a smattering of quirky little sounds. It's well-constructed music, and flows in a predictable and non-grating way. Shortish (5-7 minutes) tracks. I think of it as chill music that could easily have pop vocals over the top, and can be imagined behind many films. It's certainly heading towards ear-candy, but remains interesting enough for repeats. Great as non-distracting background music, despite the beats. Excellent for the car where you want something attractive, with movement, but not annoying/distracting. A tad on the pretty side for many deeper ears. Quality stuff though if this style is your cuppa tea.

Everything and Nothing / Re: What does this music do to you?
« on: July 30, 2008, 10:37:37 AM »
"I do believe we are capable of a deeper appreciation of art."

Of course, Bill, you surely can't disagree that he believes this  ;)

You actually think his belief is wrong/misguided.

But the thesis is far from being easy to either prove ... OR disprove.


Now available for free download from DataObscura:

The Circular Ruins: A Treatise On Navigation
This is collection of the very best unreleased tracks from 2007.
And they make a fine 42 minute album.


- A Treatise On Navigation
- Cerulean Blue
- Looking Glass
- Waterfront
- By The Telling Of It

It's MP3 encoded at 256kbs.

You can find it, along with other free downloads, on this page:

Or you can download the zip file directly right HERE



Looks like a fine mix.
Shall certainly listen.

Oh yeah, it's a good one. Anthony comes through in the clutch once again!

 :)  I wouldn't let you down, Joe.

And .......
very soon there will be a free The Cicular Ruins ep to download.
Next couple of days on the DataObscura site. Just putting it together now.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 24, 2008, 06:49:05 PM »
And now

- Jonathan Coleclough: One Hour as Sixty Million Years

Solid, gutsy, drone material. Intense, and with strong visual sci-fi associations for me.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 24, 2008, 05:28:08 PM »

Gotta fire this up at least once a year:

- Captain Beefheart: Strictly Personal

I corrected your URL.

Many thanks for listening, guys.
And great to hear you are enjoying the music.

I think you will enjoy this set quite a bit, Joe.
Let me know.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / NUNC STANS: Land - free download
« on: July 23, 2008, 10:04:39 AM »

Now available for free download on the Ping Things net release label:

Nunc Stans: Land
"Land is a stunning work that captures the sound of Nunc Stans at a turning point
where drone-based sensibilities blend seamlessly with melodic work to create a stunning
sonic environment for the listener to explore. Influenced by the stark beauty of Northern
Canada, Kerby has created a set of aural landscapes that inspires and delights from the
cold drones of opener "Before the Colors Deepened", through the sparse melodies and
underlying urgency of "Journey of a Thousand Days", to closing track "Ice Field" with it's
beautiful humming tones and found sounds."
- rik maclean (Ping Things)

tracks (40 minutes)

- Before the Colors Deepened
- Journey of a Thousand Days
- Land
- Submerged Island
- Sitka Sound
- Ice Field

Get it  HERE

Starts with a couple of attractive openers, then gets into deeper, darker waters
with the title track, "Land". 



Everything and Nothing / Re: Tour de France
« on: July 22, 2008, 06:08:12 AM »
Into the high Alps today.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, is the biggest peak.
Dramatic scenery.

I do find the race to be enjoyable and tense whether or not the very best in the world are in it.
But I'm also interested for the visual tour of the countryside.

And it helps that where I am it's on OLN around 8:30 most days, not 5:30.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Musician's Joke
« on: July 21, 2008, 06:12:45 PM »
Dear Abby...

I think my wife is cheating on me.

I am a working musician and, as you would expect, travel a lot. I have been noticing strange things when I get home. Her mobile phone rings and she steps outside to answer it or says quietly "I'll call you back later".

When I ask her who called she gets evasive. Sometimes she goes out with friends and comes home late.

A buddy of mine plays guitar in a band and he told me that my wife and some guy have been to his gigs.

He wanted to borrow my guitar amp so hat's when I got the idea to find out for myself what was really happening. I said "sure, you can use my amp but I want to hide behind it at the gig and see if my wife comes in and who she comes in with".

He agreed.

At the gig I slipped behind my Marshall JCM800 half stack to get a good view. I could feel the heat coming off the back of the amp. It was at that moment, crouching down behind the amp and watching the entrance to the club, that I noticed that one of the tubes was not glowing as bright as the other 3.

Is it possible my tubes are mismatched and is this something I can fix myself or do I need to take it to a technician?

Very Concerned.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Tour de France
« on: July 21, 2008, 12:25:50 PM »
 :D   I think that was back in 1994.
Though it did of course start in England last year too.

Yep, watching it on a flat stage & near the beginning would be a bit of a let down given how fast it goes by. Dramatic though.

Late into a mountain stage would be more satisfying ... side of the road with a few good chilled bottles of french white  8)

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