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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / CDR / DVDR life expectancy
« on: March 13, 2008, 07:25:28 PM »
Just noticed on a cheap stack of 50 Ridata blank DVD disks the following statement:

"Storage acceleration tests guarantee safe storage for more than 30 years."

That this is actually printed on the outside of the case really does mean something.

I think the days of thinking these things will only last 10 years or so are over
(unless the disks are abused of course).

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 13, 2008, 07:14:38 PM »
This evening:

- Some excellent Jeff Greinke, a smattering of Saul Stokes (interesting new web site btw), and a flotilla of Robert Davies.

Everything and Nothing / Re: State of the music business
« on: March 12, 2008, 11:16:10 AM »
Yes, as Loren said, CDr disks are certainly prone to deterioration from uv radiation ... its their main failing. They must be stored our of sunlight. Which is probably an argument for opaque cases.  UV radiation, and heat, are bad for most unprotected plastics. I'd imagine pressed disks suffer to some degree in dirrect sunlight too.

Everything and Nothing / Re: State of the music business
« on: March 11, 2008, 09:03:10 PM »
All the popular labels here,Hypnos,Atmo,Databloem,I have both pressed CDs and CD-Rs,and I would say,to my ears,that all the CD-R products are missing something compared to the pressed CDs, sonically, not to mention that some have become distorted pieces of plastic,not all but many.There is something to be said for mastering studios and manufacturing plants though I understand this is not feasible for most indy labels.I question whether MP3s are better sonically than cassette,and certainly,CDs are no better than LPs,so to me,

Well, I think we've probably had this discussion before, Jordan, but its hard to believe you can hear a distinction between CD and CDr ... provided what's put on both is the identical Master disk, and the CD was well-pressed and the CDr was burned at a reasonably slow speed. My experience of CDs is that both CDr and pressed CDs last equally well ... in fact I've had more trouble with pressed ones going bad in my collection (though its statistically insignificant). Where what you say rings true, and LOUDLY so, is in the realm of mastering. There can be a seriously significant difference between a pro mastered album and an amateur job. And clearly, with everyone and his dog releasing albums that receive absolutely no mastering attention on many web labels it is clear why many CDr releases might sound not so good. When money is put into a pressed release it is likely that more time is put into it too, to get it right. To justify the expense. I know that some labels just put out what an artist hands them ... no changes. This is like thinking everyone is a recording and mastering engineer. Or can become one overnight. Its crazy. Its a skill, and one that requires practice and time ... it isn't just a matter of "normalizing" to the max. So yep, a lot of music in our realm is not produced well, and it's more than likely the material on CDr or mp3 (which is probably the majority). But this is not to say because its CDr it can't be as good as pressed, only that the chances are it is not produced as well.

That's how I see it.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / DataObscura: Rumforskning
« on: March 10, 2008, 02:50:10 PM »
The 2 excellent Rumforskning releases, Livstegn and Fremtiden, are now available
for the first time as cheaper digital downloads (also on CD).

These are contemporary glitchy drone works by Danny Kreutzfeldt accompanied by Mads Weitling.

"For me, listening to the opening tracks of Fremtiden is like being able to hear events on an atomic level, perhaps in a cloud chamber where elementary particles trace minute trajectories, constantly colliding, releasing and absorbing tiny packets of energy. When we reach track 4, however, this subtle sonic ambience has somehow taken on cosmic proportions and the interactions surround us as we float, weightless, in a much larger outer-space. It is a fascinating journey in contemporary drone-based electronica."

Thanks, Joe.  Great to see this release being appreciated. It is remarkable, and different stuff.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 06, 2008, 08:29:00 PM »
'The line between plagiarism and intertextuality/recontextualiztion has become blurred anyway, as notions of authorship and originality have been problematized.'

Alan, could you explain your point a bit more lucidly ?. I'm curious as to what you mean by this statement.
How has the the issue become 'problematized' ?  - is it a problem ? 

Transcontextuations !

Holy cow that's a mouthful, Alan.   But oddly enough - I think I know what you're saying and agree with you.

Heh. Thanks for that, jkn. Well, Pete asked for it... so, yes, I’ll bite, though you should know that ‘lucidity’ isn’t one of my virtues ;-)
At the risk of typecasting myself as the resident pseudo-intellectual ;), some of the ideas to do with the authorship issue (and yes, it IS a problem, or at least, it has been problematized) can be found in the opening paragraphs of this chapter from a textbook on Semiotics. Caution is advised, though; bedtime reading it is not:
What it says about “text” and “writer” and “language” is, arguably, applicable to the context of music composition, and underlies my comment on Lähtö's admission of appropriation of Hammock's musical text.

Interesting topic.

I think problematized is preferable to it being called a problem. The semiotic, and general postmodern, stress on intertextuality is a highlighting of the power of influence; that text and music production do not arise in a vacuum, but on the backs of precursors, from which it must borrow. New authors/composers re-write and re-arrange what has gone before, they don't create ex nihilo, and they therefore owe a great deal to the tradition in which they are nurtured ... it is what they work with, and within. But of course, we know this already, and its not really a problem. Its just that authorship, and the notion of author, are constituted within this system of exchanges, and can not be free from it. Appropriation is the name of the game, whether we like it or not. And whether we admit it or not. So given that authors must borrow, the notion of authorship is problematised. But not eradicated. We still attempt to make things our own and put our slant onto what we have borrowed and absorbed. Borrowing only becomes a problem with a shift in the direction of wholesale quoting or mindless mimicing (?) of other works, and leads to plagiarism of a bad sort when this quoting is not owned up to. The extreme is the cover band that pretends the works are their own compositions.

The upshot is that originality is somewhat overrated and misguided, especially in the western "culture of the individual"

But enuf of all that. Time for chardonnay,  and a new episode of Lost !   :)

Everything and Nothing / State of the music business
« on: March 06, 2008, 07:51:21 PM »
A discerning article on the current state of the music business
by Alan Wilder  (ex-Depeche Mode)

I agreed with much of this.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 05, 2008, 04:53:48 PM »
This evening

- Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Michael Brook - Night Song

I think this was from 1996, and a class piece of groove/vocal ethnic it is. Gets regular play here.

I've been looking forward to hearing this one, Ben.

Are there any more samples than the one 2min piece on cdbaby ?

Everything and Nothing / Re: What are your plans and goals in 2008?
« on: March 05, 2008, 07:13:49 AM »
That's great to hear, Loren.

And to John: you'd be surprised what you can beat with a stick  ;)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: March 04, 2008, 05:46:59 PM »
Yep, use heavy metal and sell them Avalons by the pound  :)

On the aluminum thing, my Virus Indigo has 1 cm thick solid aluminum ends.
Its heavy too for a 3 octave keyboard synth.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: March 04, 2008, 05:37:57 PM »
Yep, its certainly good gear.
But i personally prefer the black look over the silver:

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: March 04, 2008, 04:58:45 PM »
I remember reading a review of an Avalon preamp where the guy concluded that he would rather have an ugly case and better internal components   ;)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: March 04, 2008, 09:48:16 AM »
I forgot to mention my favorite Behringer product, the Behringer MIC2200 Ultragain Pro also known as the "fake tube" preamp. All the glow of tube electronics but none of the warmth.  ;D

In a similar vein, I really enjoyed this little article about an expensively packaged
preamp that was essentially functioning on a few $3 chips inside:

Packaging can certainly be deceiving. Its clear with software, but I wonder how much high-end hardware is also just a handsome case !

And thanks, Loren, for pointing out this site, I didn't know it.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: March 04, 2008, 06:53:29 AM »
I really like my Behringer BCR2000.
Think that's all I have apart from a couple of their cheap patchbays.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: February 29, 2008, 11:32:05 AM »
I bet Paul meant your 2 screens ... they look great !

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Tools for rhythm-making
« on: February 27, 2008, 06:23:04 PM »
I just picked up a used Alesis Micron.
Its sound is ok, but nothing amazing compared to other digital synths.
However, its rhythm abilities set it apart. Has handy phrase recording and other interesting rhythmic/sequence/pattern stuff on board. Lots of rhythmic presets. I was surprised how good it is. Fine little synth for the money, especially if you want something with rhythms.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 27, 2008, 06:15:32 PM »
Now playing

- Near The parenthesis: Of Soft Construction  (n5md)

A very good album in the idm kinda style common on the n5md label.
A sophisticated sound. Nothing over the top. Often beautiful.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient Sub-genres
« on: February 25, 2008, 07:19:17 PM »
Glambient = live performance where the ambient artist wears makeup, glitter, and colourful tights.

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