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Thinking of Sam's music industry blog posts, it becomes fairly clear why the CDR format is needed to keep things in print. Doing a 1,000 CD run is is expensive, but the cost per CD is surprisingly cheap. However, if you only sell up to 200 of them then that individual CD price is really 5 x as much ($6 and above). Which is very expensive per album. Which is why CDR is more cost effective for a short run ... because you only pay up front for what you expect to sell. A decent CDR (using Taiyo Yuden + insert + case) usually costs more to produce than a single pressed CD in a run of 1,000, so it isn't that CDR releases are inherently cheaper and should cost the consumer less.

I'm not up on scotch at all (wine is more my thing), but what about non-Scottish whisky?
Any standouts from around the world ?

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Twin Peaks revisited
« on: October 07, 2014, 06:10:31 PM »

Apparently we are going to get a new series of Twin Peaks !!   8)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 28, 2014, 05:14:44 PM »

Everything and Nothing / Re: What is the Hypnos Forum to you ?
« on: September 27, 2014, 05:40:25 PM »
Most 'social media' is, for me, too short and vapid to have any sense of real connection.
Yep. Two thumbs up on that. The forum format is more a sustained dialogue. Topics are up for further discussion and reveal various viewpoints beyond a facile like/dislike dualism. And even when the discussion gets negative it is often interesting to see what topics cause such divisions, and learn not to be too dogmatic or one-sided about things oneself.

I find the Hypnos Forum very comfortable and open, welcoming to new members, and really with a fine mix of posters and topics. And as a moderator I especially like deleting, on the weekend, all the posts for drugs and excellent imitation classic watches.

Loren: "To me Hypnos in many ways is an old shoe."      :o


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 23, 2014, 03:47:03 PM »
- Fleetwood Mac :: Mystery To Me  (a few great tracks on this ... "Hypnotized") (Bob Welch)
- Ralph Towner :: Solstice  (guitar meister)
- Bonobo :: Back Sands  (title track is priceless)
- Alio Die :: Honeysuckle  ( 10/10 )
- Saul Stokes :: Formation  (very 80's ... or was it 90's. More pop electro than ambient. Very fine.)
- Loscil :: Sketches From New Brighton  (brilliant, as usual)

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Ambient on youtube
« on: September 21, 2014, 06:59:38 AM »
Good topic, and a nice thoughtful post from jpharr.

Clearly people have their preferences, and there is no one way music should be listened to. I'm sure we have all been taken in by great graphics but found the music wanting, and had great music with graphics we didn't find appealing. The above video, for me, is an example of excellent graphics where the music is more like an accompaniment, and the graphics the more interesting part. But when the two come together well for the listener, the experience can be more than the sum of the parts. Just as considerable thought and effort should go into the music, the same is true for any graphics an artist puts with that music ... especially ambient music, because it is often so visually suggestive anyway.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: KVR Developer Challenge 2014 Entries
« on: September 18, 2014, 02:04:02 PM »
Should point out that the KVR entries are all available for free, and well worth looking through.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Eventide UltraReverb
« on: September 16, 2014, 06:19:13 PM »
$79 US until Oct 17, then more like $200.  So not bad.

Yep.    ;D

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: On Inspiration - Chuck Close quote
« on: September 12, 2014, 01:02:40 PM »
Hey, how about you guys just stay with the topic, talk about it rather than picking on each other all the time.

Sad to see another reasonable topic go down in flames.

And Fabric, I may be a friend of Tomas (as I am of many people here) but I'm not biased when it comes to you guys getting into personal mud-slinging.

Cool it.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 03, 2014, 01:33:00 PM »
Ah ... Cell ...
Hanging Masses is very good.
Live at Kumharas is phenomenal.

I've been playing the 5 album Namlook Silence collection all day. Some wonderful pieces.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 02, 2014, 01:03:04 PM »
Opening-Collection 1  -5 tracks from Databloem/APK. The original VA compilation of this series and still the best.CD

Great to be reminded of this one. The very first Databloem release 12 years ago, when Dennis Knopper and I started the label, later adding Dataobscura, and years later going our own ways ... Dennis (in Holland) turning Databloem into the excellent general electro-ambient store that we know today.
This album is unfortunately no longer available:

This thread has been cleaned up a bit to remove the more grating posts that tended towards personal slander. This also involved removing some innocent ones that were simply responding to the now deleted posts.

Please, please, lets not stoop to this level of discourse. And in future if someone says something inappropriate, try reporting the post to the moderators rather than simply responding in like manner ... that is why we are here, to keep things civil.

Superb EP.
Listening on Event 20/20  (passive), up fairly loud.
Sounds excellently mastered to me. Excellent bass. Elements all well balanced and separate.Good panning.
I'm having trouble finding something to dislike, or that I would change.
Perhaps a little too busy either side of 3:50 -- too much pressure, if you know what I mean. Get a headache if it carried on like that for long.   :)
Of course, it's not the style music I work with or master. But I do listen to it.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 03, 2014, 05:38:42 PM »
Good stuff, Joe. 
I don't have The Rustling of Leaves. Will have to find a copy.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 30, 2014, 12:38:58 PM »
- Saul Stokes: LFOUFO 
Been playing quite a bit. High quality (as always) and catchy. Great in the car. I don't really think of it as ambient.
- Philipp Weigl: Prisma 
No vocals in this one, unfortunately. But has been growing on me.    -- "Monsters" album is worth a listen on Bandcamp.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 28, 2014, 05:59:17 PM »

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 28, 2014, 04:47:56 PM »
Ah, Weird Al ..... that's good then.
You have simply realized that there is enjoyable music beyond ambient. No problem there.  8)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 28, 2014, 01:37:49 PM »
I've already alerted the local police in case they see him wandering the streets listening to Raffi.

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