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A nice review for 'Sounds....' Phil.

The others are good too, must give Body Love 2 another spin as Nowhere - Now Here was one of my early favourites and is still a winner for me now.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: March 14, 2008, 03:32:06 PM »
looks good to me too.

Don't be hard on yourself, just create....

Thanks.  :)  I just hope I can get everything connected properly this evening after work.  lol

Have fun and enjoy

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: March 14, 2008, 09:13:07 AM »
looks good to me too.

Don't be hard on yourself, just create....

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 10, 2008, 10:16:23 AM »
Kluas weise - Ming Noir
Tavener - The Protecting Veil.
Tallis Scholars - the Palestrina masses

wow, that's a lot of CDs...... 8)

Our new house is so small that my studio is my listening space - not great as it needs a different space to listen comfortably...

Everything and Nothing / Re: What are your plans and goals in 2008?
« on: March 05, 2008, 04:23:44 AM »
Get a job. The rest I will think about once I can pay the bills. :(

Goal number one for 2008 has been achieved I am happy to say. I was officially hired today by my old alma mater. I am now a "recording technician" for the music department at UCLA. What that means is I am one of two guys who records all the concerts and recitals that occur in the music building.  :) Its only part-time but I found out that I might be able to make up extra hours by doing audio work for other departments, and their is the possibility that it might become full-time in the future. Another very rare bonus these days is it comes with full benefits.

Thanks to everyone who wished me well, and also to those who helped me out last December by taking some of my gear off my hands when I really needed the help.

Now, I think the next step is to start losing some weight.  ;D

Congrats loren, sounds like a great job. 8)

It can make a difference, though you do need to be aware of 'snake oil'....

When I upgraded my speaker cables on one occasion - Only done it twice and not very expensive yet - I had to keep changing them back for a few days to get used to the difference, it was so different it surprised me. There has been some dispute for some time about woven Vs solid cable - in effect hardwiring the amp to the speakers.

But like anything audiophile you have to try it and hear. Something I learnt when i was interested in such things was that classical musicians tend to stand in between the speakers and look into the demo room rather than sit and look at the stereo - that's how they hear the music, all around them and going away from them.

I'd love to have the money to afford a £50,000 turntable etc but unless lucky on the lottery it isn't going to happen (better start doing it!!) and it would get spent on studio gear first even if I did win anything....

Everything and Nothing / Re: hangman
« on: March 01, 2008, 06:52:57 AM »

Is the answer "rhythm"?

 ;D ;D absolutely.... ;D ;D

Everything and Nothing / Re: hangman
« on: February 29, 2008, 01:54:08 AM »
This is a good one to use

_ _ _ _ _ _

I'm at work so not able to actually play it - but there are no vowels in it!

Have some guesses!

Everything and Nothing / Re: dave k
« on: February 10, 2008, 03:31:58 AM »
My thoughts are with you Jim.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: February 06, 2008, 01:02:58 PM »
I have a DVD I'd love to watch but can't....Managed to get a region 2 disc of Black Robe. But seller forgot to mention that it has been dubbed in and has subititles of nordic languages ??? so I can't understand what the hell is being said.....

Have it on Video and think the writing and filming are excellent...somehow more genuine than Dances with Wolves as everyone is grubby and the Native Americans have both positive and negative aspects of culture portrayed a bit more directly.

I like the whole culture clash aspect, with the main european character realising how similar they perhaps are in their dreams at the end

Thank for your suggestions.

I am a Korean living in France, I do not speak English very well, so sorry I dont understand things like “hedging devices”.
But I agree with what I understood and I fixed the text with "Quite possibly the best ambient artist of his generation". Thank.
As indicated on the blog (January 10th, 2008 by Asmo), I did not write this text. It is Asmorod, and he wanted to say that he did not know an European artist from this young age making such good ambient music. But I think it was most of all ironic because all labels that we know here  (german, italian, austrian, polish dark/ambient ,industrial ,darkfolk ones...) have tendencies to write on their flyer "new masterpiece of...", and often the music is terribly bad.

and at 18 he is 46 I am not...any other youngbloods out there creating like this?

Everything and Nothing / Re: Your first Recording ever?
« on: February 04, 2008, 12:25:11 PM »
1979 - using the 144 portastudio, Roland system 100 (the little one), a reel to reel for loops (with added switch for turning of the erase head) and a variety of effects.....

mixture of ambience, noise and with others - a whole range of stuff. None in existence as far as I know.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Chat feature in this Forum?
« on: February 03, 2008, 04:48:11 AM »
Not actually about chatting - not sure where to ask this.

Mike any chance of not having total logged in time showing - scares the hell out of me - could have been doing all sorts of things in that amount of time :o :o :o

Everything and Nothing / Re: What should a small record label do?
« on: January 31, 2008, 04:50:03 AM »
I agree with the idea of complaining.

another option is to make friends with a good hacker and get them to crash the site....see how they like an individual affecting their liveihood ;D ;D ;D

I sound pissy too, and I've not been had by such sites yet as far as i know!! :o

You wouldn't believe it & you'd never guess... :)

Even more intriguing. ;D

I love the 'Echoes of Polyhymnia' Cover.

Wow, thank you very much!

That's OK, it's a very nice cover, I'm tempted to ask what is it? but that would both be impolite and miss the point of just dreaming with the image - so don't tell me ;)

I love the 'Echoes of Polyhymnia' Cover.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: January 29, 2008, 11:48:12 AM »
Probably why not too many people are jumping at these 5 hour Oenyaw discs, huh?!?! :D

I think really long releases also have their role - such as the Somnium DVD......7 hours is great too.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: January 28, 2008, 11:25:24 AM »
Vidna, the 8 lp set sounds a beautiful collectors item. I just don't have a turntable to put it on which is a pity....

I have always thought the artwork for CD's is compromised by the jewel box in many ways (thought the addition of leaves in a clear back is nice) which is why I loved the Amplexus series and other attempts to get beyond the 12cm x 12cm limits. Some of the Hawkwind digipaks have really tried to recreate the open up sleeves of the early 70's. The Umbra label covers are also an attempt to explore that same artistic direction.

I will always remember when I first bought 'Irrlicht' and there was more than 20 minutes a side of music, I thought that was great and felt many artists (possible quality arguments not being ignored here) were not putting onto the records as much music as they might  for fnancial or lack of music reasons- I know the 74 minutes CD length proved a great resource for musicians (myself included), but like anything, just because it is there it does not have to be used and some of the Amplexus and Penumbra releases are examples of this too. I have a sense from some places that getting a CD with only 20 -25 minutes can leave people's expectations feeling shortchanged, an expectation that perhaps the 20 minute a side vinyl can avoid.

when buying my CD player 11 years ago I deliberately chose a single disc machine so that I had to pay attention to the music and keep an active interaction by choosing each disc in turn, rather than put on five 74 minute discs and use the music as wallpaper.

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