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Nice review, Richard.
And yes, what a finely crafted album this is.

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Hey Scott: Now we know where your avatar comes from !

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Thought I'd put an image of the album here:

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I was watching a video on one of the portable amps designed for use with mobile devices, the guy said on an Apple, rather than feeding the headphone Out into it, you can get a connector that uses the proprietary apple socket to feed the amp and that this bypasses the not so good amp in the Apple so you start with a cleaner signal.

Also interesting is the crossfeed option on more expensive units (Phonitor) which feeds some of the left and right signal into each other to create a more speaker-like emulation. I'm guessing this is a major part of speaker emulation software you can get to make your headphone listening more like your monitor listening.

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Darker/denser than I commonly listen to, but have been really enjoying this today along with the earlier "Darker", which I'm listening to on bandcamp now. Especially appreciate the variety and complexity you weave into these pieces. Excellent !

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Ambient Music + Copyright
« on: January 06, 2014, 06:51:51 AM »
As Seren said: "It is difficult to see how this could have been resolved differently as eventually the level of upset could have driven people away or caused people to avoid responding to Immersion's posts - neither of which are positive outcomes."

Yep. All already true I believe.

Curiously immune to other people's views, and blithely unaware that this is a forum run by a record label.

I think we should probably end this thread and move on.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Ambient Music + Copyright
« on: January 05, 2014, 04:19:34 PM »
Immersion, you show up on a forum where many of the members are ambient artists or record label owners, or both. You know most of them believe they should have the right to control their own work, to charge for it if they want, and to assert the right to control how other people use it.

If you want to disregard the rights all creative artists, at least be respectful enough not to rudely announce, "I don't respect your rights. Even if you don't want me to take your music, I will take it if I want to." To do otherwise is just being a jerk.

It's like showing up in a room full of married men and saying, "I dispute your right to protect your wives' bodies, and also dispute the right of your wives to control their own bodies, and I will touch them if I want. You can't stop me, because I disagree with your conservative beliefs."

It's just not cool at all.

+1

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Ambient Music + Copyright
« on: January 05, 2014, 03:57:06 PM »
Labour, in english, simply means work, it means you put time into it. It doesn't mean "work I'd rather not do".

Yes, I run a label. But I run it primarily to release my own music. No reason to assume that all label owners are "in it for the money" (or some similar silly slogan). Besides, to correct yet another generalization of yours, even lawyers can be primarily interested in the truth, not simply in being paid.

 And there is no reason why art should only be done for "your personal pleasure". That is just another bias of yours. Many artists, now and through history, worked on art for a living. So for you it may just be a hobby, but for many other people it is definitely a profession.

Music should be a passion not a labour..if you do it for money you could aswell be a prostitute and sell yourself.. but nevermind..
You mix up things, of course to be able to surrive on the music is an good bonus but it should not be the driving force and the purpose you release new albums just to bring in some more cash. I think we end it there, you have a more consertive view then me, I am fine with that even though we do not agree.

The worst thing about you Immersion is that you make stupid and totally ignorant statements like "the driving force and the purpose you release new albums just to bring in some more cash". That is one of the most offensive things I have ever heard anyone say against me. But I doubt you can understand that in your self-serving universe.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Ambient Music + Copyright
« on: January 05, 2014, 03:38:46 PM »
Labour, in english, simply means work, it means you put time into it. It doesn't mean "work I'd rather not do".

Yes, I run a label. But I run it primarily to release my own music. No reason to assume that all label owners are "in it for the money" (or some similar silly slogan). Besides, to correct yet another generalization of yours, even lawyers can be primarily interested in the truth, not simply in being paid.

 And there is no reason why art should only be done for "your personal pleasure". That is just another bias of yours. Many artists, now and through history, worked on art for a living. So for you it may just be a hobby, but for many other people it is definitely a profession.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Ambient Music + Copyright
« on: January 05, 2014, 02:36:48 PM »
Immersion: your "artistic freedom" reminds me of your "set the music free", which is pretty much the same as 'I will download illegally anything that is digital and do what I want with it even though I didn't create it and it is not mine to use.'

Artistic freedom means building on the shoulders of great artists and being inspired by their work and going your own way with what you have discovered with your own skills and your own medium.

Artistic freedom does not mean, to shift the example just a tiny bit, running into a music store and stealing whatever equipment might serve your own ends while shouting "artistic freedom!" It is simply stealing from the store, just as it is stealing from the artist if you just use whatever you want of his or her works without first getting permission or paying for what you are using.

I'm done with people who always want other people's labour for free ... no matter what cliche battle cry they might use.

It's nothing very difficult to understand. It is just being honest with, and respectful to, other artists who created stuff before you.

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And what output are you feeding into these headphone amps?

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Great to hear Woodland Alcoves is now released, Robert. Good luck with it.

This is a mighty fine album, and will very much suit fans of Aglaia and the like.


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Never use iTunes.
I use Winamp on one, and AIMP on another.
http://www.aimp2.us
Both good.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 02, 2014, 07:24:17 AM »
I stumbled into this yesterday: https://soundcloud.com/portable-galaxy

Minimal & consistent. Nice spacey work.

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Unfortunately Google Play is not available up here in Canada, so can't view the link.

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I actually think the style is dead consistent and not jumping around at all. And, as a comment to El Culto, I don't think it sounds like my music ... though I wish it did.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: December 29, 2013, 03:37:02 PM »
Just a side issue. I find I use my AKGs much more than the Sonys because I prefer the non-coiled lead on the AKGs. I don't like coiled telephone type leads they always get in the way. But I'm mainly talking about while recording, not just sitting back listening.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2013
« on: December 29, 2013, 03:30:50 PM »
The thread is Best of 2013, so keeping it there would be good.
...........

I find with these Best Of things that so many people often forget that there are a ton of albums released and that the vast majority of listeners only hear a smallish subset of them, so their Best Of is simply their favourites of what they did hear. And if you have a bias towards a particular style of ambient then the subset can be much smaller. Which might be why someone thinks it has been a "bad year" if the particular style they like has been weak.

If I posted a Best Of list it would be a joke because I've only seriously heard (listened to more than once or twice) about 20 different albums all year.  Probably less than that.  :-\


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 23, 2013, 11:49:10 AM »
I've been playing this a lot recently:

- Dupree: Nuestro Camino

Not Taylor Dupree, but a jazz trio --- guitar, B3 organ, drums. Highly recommended.
Great organ. Quality, easy-listening stuff.
If interested: http://public-hifi.bandcamp.com

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If anyone is interested, this whole set is now available as a download purchase from Bandcamp. 60 tracks of ambient curios. Top five album of the year for me.
http://facture.bandcamp.com/album/light-folds-2

APK

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