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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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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Buchla Music Easel Ships
« on: December 19, 2013, 06:17:38 PM »
Excellent.
This is the 'toy' Santa should bring us for Christmas !

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 14, 2013, 06:52:13 PM »
I've been on a huge Docetism kick lately; great stuff, deep dub drones.  Not sure what the religious theme has to do with any of it, but the music is solid.  Highly recommended.
http://nichts.bandcamp.com/

Yep, made me have a listen too. Enjoyed everything I heard, and some tracks were quite magical.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: MP3 player widget?
« on: December 13, 2013, 03:21:29 PM »
Looks like that one is javascript.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: MP3 player widget?
« on: December 12, 2013, 06:20:33 PM »
I'd imagine they give you a link to download the unbranded version.
It is very customizable ... size, color of everything. Can't remember if it can automatically pick up a list of mp3s in a folder on the server. I just edit a template text file for the track playlist.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: MP3 player widget?
« on: December 12, 2013, 06:02:08 PM »
Kinda funny to see "it's no long available" ... then down at the bottom of the page it is available  ;D

And I see they still claim to be able to sell you the unbranded version too.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: MP3 player widget?
« on: December 12, 2013, 05:53:27 PM »
Yep, you need to find a player that you can set your own colors on.
Tomas also uses the premium beat player:
http://www.el-culto.com/artists/mathiasgrassow/tamanoshima.html

I can give you a copy of it (plus editing info), no problem. But it will have the premium beat link on it. (which could probably be taken out with a flash editor).

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Everything and Nothing / Re: MP3 player widget?
« on: December 12, 2013, 05:05:03 PM »
There are a lot of these flash-based website mp3 players around. 
Some have come and gone, but there are always new ones.
A popular one back then was the JW Player, which became the Longtail video player, and now it seems to be back to JW again.
I use a player on my album pages that shows as a playlist.
A search for "Mp3 website player" brings up quite a number. Many of them have a playlist mode for putting up samples from every track.

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"Metaphysical experiences!"

Much better.

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"your consciousness comes one with the cosmic consciousness" ???
"you float through waters and the void and beyond into a vortex" ??
"a black hole into the paradise new beautiful world" ??

What !!! 

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What is this: "the universal consciousness" ??

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: effects - old and new
« on: December 10, 2013, 05:41:07 PM »
I think I am surprised that no one has come up with something really new in the 20 years or so I was out of the loop - unless of course, as I said, people can direct me to effects I've not heard of yet.
Perhaps there is only so much you can do with sound ... reverb it, echo, distort it in various ways, bit crush, rhythmic gate, slow/speed it up, and now granular treatments. What a lot of modern effects do is simply variations on these. But they can make complex things simpler, especially with more powerful CPUs. They can also give you a lot of things in one plugin (Sugar Bytes plugins for example). I'm not sure there can be a great new effect that is not a variation on the established ones. What is really new and exciting, though, is what artists and engineers get up to with those effects. There are certainly tracks and musical styles created now that were not around, or attempted, 20 years ago. It's a creative thing.

On effects, I personally like to chain effects/instruments using some sort of VST host program. You can mix effects and synths to considerable ... er, effect. To sculpt or find your own sound. And save the whole ensemble as a re-usable unit. And this ability is where CPU power really becomes important.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 08, 2013, 04:30:13 PM »
Joe ::   8)

I would have used a thumbs up image, but there isn't one.

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Immersion said "moog is the only synth that sounds good without sound processing"

That's crazy. ::)

I don't think there is a way a synth should sound, and there are no sounds that are better than others. It is a matter of choosing sound sources that appeal to you and that you feel like working with. You might want to just bang old tin cans with a stick and mic the result, you might prefer using analog synths, you might really like romplers with a very rich (or very thin and grainy) sample set, or you might prefer a particular type of digital synth, like additive. Whatever. What sounds "good" is not a thing set in stone by Moog, it is whatever one prefers to hear and to work with, to sculpt. It is what excites you. What is beautiful to you.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: KVR Black friday/cyber monday sales list
« on: December 06, 2013, 02:02:43 PM »
The old law of diminishing returns.
That last 5% costs you 1,000% more.
And yet for most of the music people are recording it makes no significant difference at all.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: KVR Black friday/cyber monday sales list
« on: December 06, 2013, 09:20:37 AM »
God damn, I hate gearslutz. What a bunch of douchebags.

 ;D

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Ah, Soft Machine  ... still a huge favourite of mine. They did go through numerous changes, so yep the albums were of various qualities. But Third and Fourth are surely beyond compare   8)

I saw Gentle Giant a couple or more times (back in England), but when I think of them I'm really only reminded of the single "Kites" by Simon Dupree and the Big Sound -- the guys who formed GG. What a brilliant song that was! Well, I can't forget it anyway. It's a personal thing.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: KVR Black friday/cyber monday sales list
« on: December 05, 2013, 04:42:59 PM »
Well, very nice clean-looking expensive brushed aluminum box with colorful lights anyway.
Hopefully its more than that.

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