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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Reaper
« on: May 03, 2008, 06:21:29 PM »
Its worth getting into, John. Solid, lean, intuitive program.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 03, 2008, 06:19:48 PM »

- Dac Crowell: The sea and the sky

I've always enjoyed Crowell's work. Kinda rich minimalist with repetition.
Thanks to whoever pointed this out a short while back in this thread.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Reaper
« on: May 03, 2008, 05:44:15 PM »

Thought I'd sing the praises of Reaper (DAW/sequencer).  Windows only (mac version in the works).
I recently permanently switched to it from one of the bigger, more expensive and bloated programs.

I've owned it for a year or so.
Its constantly being updated/improved.
It has a surprisingly small install, and loads projects really fast.
It can also run off a memory stick ... so is very portable.
Its inexpensive. It's stable. It has most of the features you'd expect from a pro DAW.
You can record audio or midi into the same track.
Its skinnable. It has highly flexible track routing.
VST / DX / rewire plugins.
Great audio quality and excellent automation.

And, most importantly, I find it works right for me.

Terrific program. Well worth checking out if you are in the market for such a thing.

Everything and Nothing / Re: TV: Lost
« on: May 02, 2008, 10:28:03 AM »
It was an appendix episode, in more ways than one.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 02, 2008, 08:55:01 AM »
Many thanks for the comment on Perceived Distances 1000snakes  :)

- Mitchell Akiyama: Big Sur
minimal experimental glitchy noisy fascinating.

This just in. Review of Kwook: Skywave (Blue Oasis),
and some tracks this weekend on Star's End radio.


At first, it's hard to say why SKYWAVE (57'47"), the CD by Kwook,
sounds so nostalgic. Is it the occasional Mellotron sound? The
buzzing lead lines or sweeping synth pads? Or just the overall
electronic aura that seems to engulf this album? All of these
qualities (as well as a hint of IDM beats) and more make for a
captivating release. But it's more the positive attitude of this artist
that gives his music its nostalgic feel than any riff or melody.
Comprised of subtle yet beautifully varied tracks SKYWAVE
glows in transfixing simplicity. The piece "Sunspots" is a
standout. With its catchy bassline and melodious flute, it
produces an ample amount of momentum and intrigue. A
common thread throughout is the insertion of squelchy
short-wave radio fragments. These lost communications add the
sensation of floating through the ether and are used to great
effect in the lengthy title piece, which spans three tracks at the
end of the disc. Our friend Kwook believes that "sound is a
playground". His inventive approach, full of joy and clarity, makes
the journey new.

Tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for music from SKYWAVE
by Kwook

Chuck van Zyl - Star's End


Kwook album details & samples:

There is also a full track on the Radio page:


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 30, 2008, 02:56:40 PM »
I'm a fan of Hallucinogen ... will look out for that dub remix.

Now playing

--- Zenith: Zenith

Surely one of the most enjoyable albums since the birth of Aristotle.
And, if not, certainly one the best from the 90s.
Subtle ambient/sequences.
Doesn't put a foot (or measure) wrong.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 30, 2008, 10:11:01 AM »

- Tetsu Inoue: Ambiant Otaku

always a pleasure.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 30, 2008, 08:24:22 AM »
now playing

- Jeff Greinke: Lost Terrain & Wide View

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 28, 2008, 01:50:54 PM »

- Glass: Koyaaisquatsi

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 28, 2008, 09:36:24 AM »
Mighty fine set there Antdude !

And earlier to uhurit.

Great to see the music getting spins.
Much appreciated.

now playing
- Nunc Stans: Timeless

Good stuff !!
And thanks for the pics.
Bit of Tour de France in the last one.

Everything and Nothing / Re: TV: Lost
« on: April 25, 2008, 02:43:14 PM »
Yep, he clearly uses people.
And you can't forget the self-serving things he's already done in much earlier episodes.

Everything and Nothing / Re: TV: Lost
« on: April 25, 2008, 02:20:15 PM »
Was a GREAT episode.

They have killed a lot of people recently  :)

Yep, Ben is still so fascinatingly enigmatic. There are some huge pieces missing from the jigsaw, that are only just beginning to be sketched out.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: What's up with my one monitor speaker?
« on: April 25, 2008, 07:30:17 AM »
Not had the problem myself, but something in your setup is picking up radio waves and its getting amplified in that speaker.

Are they amplified speakers ... if so do they make the same sound with nothing else connected to them ?

You can reverse your speakers and see if it still happens, or if it happens in the other speaker this time, in case it is prior to the speakers.

One problem could be earthing --- the earth picking up the radio and you have a feedback loop in there (that gets amplified) because of different gear being earthed separately (its often a cause of hiss and noise).  Use process of elimination to see what wiring change (wiring or gear disconnection) stops the sounds.

If it happens with just the speakers on their own, check the earth of the speakers (or the amp that supplies them).

So you don't find the shades a little big ? 
I do worry about that.

Everything and Nothing / Re: TV: Lost
« on: April 24, 2008, 03:05:46 PM »
I had also forgotten. Thanks for reminding.

I believe the recent Galactica episodes had diverted my attention from Lost.

Thanks for posting, Joe.
And good to hear a little glitchiness is working its way into your listening pleasure.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: April 24, 2008, 02:10:38 PM »
I just re-read

Eric S. Nylund: A Signal Shattered

And its a mighty fine bit of sci-fi.

Everything and Nothing / Re: I want one of these...
« on: April 24, 2008, 01:16:08 PM »

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