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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Nagging iTunes distortion problem solved.
« on: December 04, 2017, 03:21:56 PM »
I use iTunes on a dedicated PC to stream music all over my house via an AudioEngine wireless DAC. It works flawlessly, but there has always been an annoying distortion on some tracks, particularly ambient droning mid-frequency stuff (think quieter Steve Roach recordings, Jonathan Coleclough, etc.) I used to think it was an artifact of MP3, and just lived with it. But recently it's started to really nag at me, so I set out to eliminate it. I tried direct-wiring the PC to the AMP; new speaker wire; even lowering the line-level volume, thinking maybe the DAC was coming in too hot. Nothing helped.

Realizing that maybe iTunes EQ was to blame, I checked my settings; everything was set to "none" for EQ. Hmm... So I reset each individual file to "flat" instead, and BAM, distortion gone.

Damn, that was easy!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach & Robert Rich
« on: July 07, 2017, 04:18:59 PM »
He and Roger King should make "Dust to Dust 2".  A top ten album for sure.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 22, 2017, 11:29:24 AM »
Arecibo - Trans Plutonian Transmissions

Dark Ambient Space music with Industrial overtones.  This was a one time side project of Lustmord made many years ago and it still sounds good today.  Not sure what the YouTube sounds like.

Love that album.  There were rumors of a follow-up, but it never materialized. 

Marketplace / A few dozen CDs for sale...
« on: January 02, 2017, 12:44:03 PM »
I'm cleaning out my collection, and have some CDs for sale.  All are in very good / excellent condition.  If you see something you like, shoot me an offer; save me from eBay!

Mimetic - Data Sensitive / be_at sound 2xCD digipack
FSOL - Lifeforms EP
Plastikman - Consumed digipack
Plastikman - Artifacts (bc) digipack
PGR (Kim Cascone) - Hole of Unknown Depth
PGR (Kim Cascone) - Morning Book of Serpents
DJ Spooky vs. Scanner - The Quick and the Dead die-cut digipack
Banco de Gaia - The Magical Sounds Of... digipack
Banco de Gaia - Igezeh digipack
Banco de Gaia - Big Men Cry digipack
Steve Roach - On this Planet
Steve Roach - Midnight Moon
Not Otherwise Specified - s/t
Lagowski - Ashita (side effects)
Kaltesglas - Repetition and Texture digipack
Euphoria - s/t digipack
Euphoria - Beautiful My Child digipack
Dither - Urei digipack
cdatakill - The Cursed Species
cdatakill - Paradise / Brazilian Nightmare 2xCD
Labradford - E luxo so
Labradford - A Stable Reference
Labradford - Prazision
Gold Water (Witchman) - Dustbowl
Witchman - Explorimenting Beats
Lhasa Cement Plant - I Am Providence (live) (Bormetomagus side project)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 10, 2016, 05:55:50 PM »
I've heard a few of the em:t releases over the years (Woob being a fave), but just discovered the whole discography on YouTube.  I've listened to all of them this week while working; wow, there are some really interesting sounds here.  Takes me back...

Everything and Nothing / Re: CD Disc Rot
« on: February 28, 2016, 06:27:13 PM »
I had a PDO disk go bad; Skullflower's "Xaman".  Google it; almost every copy went bad; I sold my copy, along with a CD-R rip I managed to get before it failed, on eBay for stupid money. 

I've had a few others go bad too (for some reason, stuff on Crowd Control Activities had a higher rate of failure than other labels.). I've gone all digital now; now it's just catastrophic disk failure I need to worry about.  Lol

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: January 07, 2016, 05:40:46 PM »
I got the Bandcamp download yesterday, and have listened to it several times.  I've always been a fan, but I think this is my favorite release so far.  Excellent work.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CD Shipping costs.
« on: January 05, 2016, 06:16:04 PM »
Don't get me started on ePackets, the subsidized shipping from China and Hong Kong to the US.  If you're a big company like eBay, you get to negotiate super-cheap shipping rates, which the rest of us subsidize.


File it in the "music my dog hates" section, along with every ambient disk with storm sounds in it. 

I got the Bandcamp downloads yesterday; no real surprises in either release, solid work.  My only complaint about both releases is the presence of the high-pitched "dog whistle"; this sound is really grating, and ruins the mood for me.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Home Music Server
« on: November 24, 2015, 12:55:37 PM »
^^^ That looks pretty slick!

I bought a new place, and was having trouble with my Airplay dropping out; turns out it was conflicting with my other router.  So, I got one of these:

The sound is awesome, and it's on its own frequency, so networks are irrelevant.  The transmitter dongle acts as a sound card; I control itunes from my phone or ipad, just like with Airplay (but without drop-outs), and send the signal to a receiver dongle hooked to audio ins on my amp.  It even lets you transmit to multiple receivers, so you can stream music all over the house without the annoying lag of Bluetooth.  Highly recommend, especially for folks like me who can't solder like  ;-)

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Home Music Server
« on: September 22, 2015, 01:34:15 PM »
I have a dedicated PC running iTunes.  It streams through an Airport Express to my main living room receiver; I control the library using the Remote app on my iphone or ipad, since the PC is in my office, not the main room.  Works pretty well.

For outside speakers, I have a Bluetooth transmitter on my receiver's outputs, which streams to a TDK Bluetooth speaker.  I'm planning to hard-wire some outdoor speakers to get better sound, and avoid the annoying time-lag of Bluetooth.

I've seen some newer receivers that have Airplay built in, which has me curious about upgrading...

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 14, 2015, 02:46:08 PM »
Steve Roach - Bloodmoon Rising Arrived yesterday in the mail, all four discs & five hours of it. Needs a few more listens, but a solid effort from Steve. Not as layered and nuanced as Mystic Chords and Sacred Spaces, his last weighty tome of deep headphoning, but a good place to dive back into the "Sound Current" as he calls it.

Check it out on Bandcamp if you haven't yet.

Are the remastered versions of #2 and 3 noticeably different from the original Bandcamp versions? 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 29, 2015, 09:03:39 PM »
I don't know how I would deal with losing internet for 2 months. 2 hours is bad enough.

Mo Boma - Jijimuge One: Hut Song/Chronos

Jijimuge is a great album. Not a lot out there quite like it. The closest comparison point would be Jon Hassell, who actually discovered the band and helped them to get signed to Extreme Records back in the day.

Mo Boma's four Extreme disks are some of the best things ever released on that label.  Beautiful, creative music.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach Etheric Imprints
« on: July 13, 2015, 12:38:25 PM »
After a few listens, I gotta say "meh".  If it weren't for Steve's name being on this, I doubt it'd get noticed amidst all the other great music out there.  I'll pass on this one, and patiently await his next release, hoping he recaptures some of that old magic while pushing new boundaries.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Alio Die on BC
« on: February 17, 2015, 12:24:24 PM »
LOL, yeah I figured history, or maybe a proxy server.   ;)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Alio Die on BC
« on: February 17, 2015, 12:04:34 PM »
I don't know if this is the 'new reality' or not, but BC is unique (as far as I'm aware) in that it lets people stream releases in effect. I've heard that may change, even iTunes limits listening to a preview. Naturally this differs from a service like Spotify, but it seems to me to be the same thing in effect, it's just that listening is free on BC.

I understand the artist deciding to limit their tracks and I also understand that the listener wants to hear the full release (which is what I currently do with my material)

Bandcamp does limit the number of times you can stream something.  I was streaming a Mick Chillage album last week; this week I tried to listen again, but I got a pop-up telling me to open my wallet.  I clicked "no thanks"; now when I hit play, the same pop-up window appears, and I can't stream it anymore.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 27, 2015, 05:22:07 PM »
Also, any other Grassow albums on there that you would recommend? The selection is already staggering.

I've been streaming his stuff for days now; lots of good stuff.  "Through Past In Future " was today's highlight, tribal ambient with some strange guitar/drum bits on the last track.  Worth a listen.

Now Playing / Re: Heavy music: turn it up to eleven!
« on: October 07, 2014, 01:19:26 PM »
As for guitartists - who are the killer axe-men these days ?, I've not heard much in the way of 'hot solos' of late.

Isaiah Mitchell (Earthless) is pretty amazing; more psych than metal, but holy crap he can play.

Hi Jesse, good to see you made it over here!   :)

I've listened to quite a few of your tracks; you definitely have a Muslimgauze vibe going on, which is a good thing.  Add some strong, tasty bass lines, and you might be a good fit with the Broken Drum label, home of Secret Archives of the Vatican:

Me likee!

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