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Everything and Nothing / Re: for sale on eBay
« on: July 08, 2008, 01:59:24 PM »
It's a copyright issue with CDRs; I went through the same thing a couple years ago.

Apparently, you can only sell CDRs if you own the copyright, even if the recording is an official release, and was never released as a regular CD.  I had my account frozen for selling my own CDRs, until I clearly stated in the description that I owned the copyright.  In the case of other people's CDRs, you have to avoid descriptions that state "CDR"; use "non-silver cd", or something else that clearly states it's not a 'real' CD, but that won't attarct the attention of eBay's automatic searches for violations of policy.

Yeah, it's a pain, especially when you see listings for things you KNOW are CDRs, but them's the rules...

Everything and Nothing / Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIKE!
« on: June 11, 2008, 11:43:21 AM »
Happy birthday, Mike! 

I was going to send this walker to you, but I think I'll be needing it soon...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Acid Mothers Temple
« on: June 07, 2008, 11:30:25 AM »
Another fan here...

They seem to put a new album out every week (go to Aquarius Records website,, and do a search...)  Some are great, some total head-scratchers, but all are worth a listen.  "In C" is my current favorite, along with the "Bordello" 4-disk set.  Incredible.

Everything and Nothing / Re: TV: Lost
« on: May 31, 2008, 11:07:41 PM »
Wow.   :o

To quote Hurley, "Whoa, dude..."

It's interesting that the flash-forward/flash-back stuff is left in exactly the same place

I don't know about that... the last scene, with the casket, was definitely in uncharted territory... 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 20, 2008, 09:37:17 PM »
Still, clears the cobwebs and replaces them with cosmic rage...

HA!  Beautiful description of Acid Mothers Temple...   ;D

I love these guys; all-over-the-map jam sessions, hour-long tracks of freaked-out rock, strange voices declaring who-the-hell-knows-what, odd oscillating synth loops on top of bizarre time-signature drumming; amazing stuff.  I've yet to find an AMT CD or song that sticks in my mind, but everything I've heard has been a worthwhile listen.  And considering that they release a cd every week (or so it seems) that's a TON of great music out there...

I've been going through my old Pain Teens albums today; I had forgotten how great these freaks were.  "Beast of Dreams", their final disk, is essential.

Everything and Nothing / Re: TV: Lost
« on: April 28, 2008, 11:43:55 AM »
The monster, the sharks in the water with the Darma logo, the cabin, this thing:

Still a TON of unanswered questions...

Everything and Nothing / Re: Ambient Guitar
« on: April 16, 2008, 10:22:09 AM »
an ebow technique that *I* have found to be fun is to place the ebow on the fretboard with your right hand- let's say around the 5th fret of the 3rd string.  Then, in the left hand, hold a slide around the 12th fret of the same string, and start moving up and down the fretboard.  All sorts of crazy overtones pop out, and you can switch strings, etc...

Another cool effect:  lay the guitar flat on a table, with the ebow sitting on the strings down near the pickups.  Place a brass slide somewhere up the fretboard, just laying on the strings; let 'er rip.  The vibrating strings will get the slide rocking back and forth (brass slides are never perfectly formed; they tend to be lopsided.  With the 'heavy' side down, it'll stay in one place, but rock back and forth slowly), giving a cool tremelo effect.  Toy with the volume levels, and you can get the whole guitar vibrating with low-level feedback, which just adds to the motion of the slide.

I once saw a guy in Minneapolis ("Lost in Translation") do this on stage; he set it up, then let it play itself for a loooong time.  Really cool sounds, esp. when delayed; sounded like a very minimal Rapoon.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Ambient Guitar
« on: April 15, 2008, 03:09:21 PM »
Hey Joe, thanks for the props!   ;D  I might have to start recording again... ;)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Ambient Guitar
« on: April 14, 2008, 10:43:49 AM »
I agree, the guitar is overlooked in this genre; waaaay too much reliance on synths. 

The majority of sounds on SunDummy tracks were created using guitars, although you'd be hard-pressed to identify them as such.  I love how 'organic' guitar samples can be, especially when used as the basis of loooong drones.  There's a rawness to the soundwave that just can't be created with synths:  the way it fades in and out, the oscilating overtones, strange reverb trails after fingers scrape strings, etc.  Chords sound so much richer too, for the same reasons.  And when sampled, layered, and looped, the richness of the resulting sonic stew can be astonishing.

Maeror Tri (now Troum), Rafael Toral, Windy & Carl, Stars of the Lid:  all these guys have a distinct, unique sound because of the guitars; with synths, it just wouldn't be the same.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 13, 2008, 10:51:03 PM »
For instance, I've always loved The Dixie Chicks

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 10, 2008, 06:03:24 PM »
My 6-disk Onkyo player has been spinning a random mix of:

* Etant Donnes "Royaume", "Bleu", and "Offenbarung Und Untergang", the latter featuring Michael Gira doing vocals.
* M. J. Harris and Martyn Bates, "Murder Ballads", all three disks.

I've got it cranked, while I work in the garage.  It's a good thing I don't have neighbors.   ;)

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: April 09, 2008, 10:52:55 AM »
Thanks, Hypnagogue; I had forgotten what an emo-wimp he was.  ;) ;D    I think I'll skip a re-read, and just leave my memories intact.

I googled the series; it appears Donaldson is working on a third trilogy right now, to be finished sometime in 2012. 

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: April 08, 2008, 05:38:37 PM »
I'd always wondered what the fuss was about regarding Larry Niven, but it's no surprise after reading that one.

One of the few SF books I've kept is Niven's "All the Myriad Ways", a collection of shorts; great stuff.  "Man of Steel, Women of Kleenex" is absolutely hilarious.   ;D

I rarely read fiction anymore, but after seeing the LOTR trilogy again last weekend, I'm having a hankerin' for "The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever", a six-book series I read as a teenager.  Anyone else familiar with this series?  I remember LOVING it; I'm curious to see if it's as good as I remember it to be.  It's about a guy in modern times who has leprosy; he keeps blacking out and waking up in this other fantasy world, where everyone thinks he's a hero.  He cuts back and forth between the two worlds, and thinks it's all a dream, but plays along anyway...  Great stuff.

Everything and Nothing / Re: WebDogme
« on: April 08, 2008, 04:11:33 PM »
Ah, that makes sense.  That also explains why the code I see on other people's sites is often very different from what I'm using, but giving the same result.

I use Dreamweaver Ultradev, just 'cause we have it at work; I like that it gives me a split-screen of WYSIWYG and code, so I can see the changes right away.  Maybe it's a crutch, but hell, I don't do it for a living, so I'll take all the help I can get.   ;)

Everything and Nothing / Re: WebDogme
« on: April 08, 2008, 02:53:33 PM »
I thought it was funny that someone came up with similar austerity measures for web design

Slight thread drift; what's with the "no WYSIWYG" coding mentality?  I see this all the time on forums, and even hear it from programmers.  I don't get it; who cares how a site gets made?  Isn't the end result what matters?  When I view a site, I don't see the code; it's not like 'The Matrix' where streams of green code substitute for real life... ???

(disclaimer:  my coding skills are weak at best; WYSIWYG is a necessity for me...)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 17, 2008, 11:17:54 AM »
Going back to the '80s today:

Lime Spiders, "Nine Miles High" - a 'best of' collection.  Raw and hyper, I always liked these guys.
V/A, "Rockabily Psychosis and the Garage Disease" - Trashmen, Sonics, Meteors, Guana Batz, etc. - garage rock at it's most primitive.  Fun!
Skinny Puppy, "Remission" and "Bites" - This is the original version of "Bites", not the one with the crappy remix of "Assimilate".  I've always liked these two albums best of all their output, although the vocals can be a bit grating.  Cool sounds, funky beats, just so so good...
Severed Heads, "We Have Come to Bless This House" - just this track, over and over.  It's beautiful echoing vocals, simple beat, and synth lines mesh so perfectly...  their high-water mark for sure.
Stranglers, "Aural Sculpture" - This is their first album of more 'normal' pop tunes; not great, but worth a listen.  I much prefer the older stuff, like "Gospel According to the MenInBlack".

And going back to the 60's:
The Scramblers, "Cycle Psychos" - I bought this in about 1986, at a thrift store, for a quarter.  I bet I've listened to this more than any other album I've owned; it's primitive surf-music, very funky and well-played, with lyrics about riding motorcycles.  Seriously; there are even revving engines at the start of almost every track; "Bud Ekins" is credited on the cover with "cycle riding".  A sampling of the genius lyrics:

"He's got a souped-up bike and a real sked-led,
Leather pants, jacket, he's a crazy kid
And on his foot he's got a steel shoe
Get in his way and it's the end of you..."

This scratchy, beat-up LP was on almost constant rotation in my college house.  We would drink too much, and run around the house like maniacs, riding invisible cycles...   :-[

Everything and Nothing / Re: "Happy News"...sort of
« on: March 17, 2008, 10:59:02 AM »
Maybe Sir Paul should call Spitzer for a referral... 

$5000 whores would probably be cheaper than a new marriage every year or so.   :)


Apparently audiophiles can't tell the difference between Monster Cable speaker wires and coat hangers. The coat hangers sounded excellent.

Funny comments after the article, too.  So, who's shelled out for oxygen-free pure-gold half-inch-thick speaker wire, hand-woven by Tibetan virgins high in the Himilayas?   ::)

Is cable quality an issue when using digital signals?  Speakers are still (mostly) analog; does cheap wire make THAT much of a difference?  Or, as in the article, none at all?

Everything and Nothing / Re: TV: Lost
« on: March 03, 2008, 06:00:54 PM »
I agree; this season has been great.  Thank the writer's strike; 16 episodes condensed into 8 really keeps the plot moving!

I can't say I 'get it' by any means, but some things are starting to reveal their connections.  I just hope they can keep this up, and not go back to the slower pace of years past.

Everything and Nothing / Re: What should a small record label do?
« on: March 03, 2008, 11:00:28 AM »
Using ads to generate revenue can work.  I frequent a backcountry skiing site ( that survives soley on ad revenue; they don't produce a physical magazine, and sell no physical products.  Their talk forum sees a ton of traffic, however, probably way more than most music sites, especially in our niche genre, can attract (the owner once leaked that they get 100,000 unique hits a month; if true, that's astounding).

The Thinner netlabel seems to be doing well; they give it all away for free, but also offer physical releases.  But I think they're an exception. 

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