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Everything and Nothing / Re: Great article - "This is why you are in debt"
« on: September 18, 2009, 10:38:56 PM »
Mark,

I mentioned that " we do pay " for Medicare with our enormous taxes but then get it back in many ways,is it worth it,depends on your point of view.In Quebec,day care per day is $7 and I should know,my sister has her son in one.If you are paying 1K in Vancouver or BC per month,well,Vancouver is an expensive city.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Great article - "This is why you are in debt"
« on: September 17, 2009, 10:21:35 PM »
I think it also depends on what country you live in ,to gain a perpective.For instance,we in Canada have Medicare so when you need to go to the hospital or need medicine,there is no charge or massive discounts.That can be heart surgery or an 8 month stay.Or if you need child care,it is $7 a day.Of course the flip side is that we pay an enormous amount of tax,one of the largest in the world.The US is going through this right now with the Medicare debate.I have some US friends who say they would never pay that amount of tax on income and sales tax but then have to pay the expensive insurance rates.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Great article - "This is why you are in debt"
« on: September 16, 2009, 09:22:08 PM »
Mike,

That is a great article,printed it out.In very basic terms,it is simple-what goes in versus what goes out equals.Make sure your in is greater than your out.Easier said than done I know.Though I have never been in debt,outside of calculated business loans,I am surprised when I read or hear of person or persons earning a basic salary but taking multiple vacations,driving expensive cars,pools in the backyard,houses beyond their means or needs,fancy dining,etc.You can blame the credit cards or banks but what about personal responsibility.No one is forcing anyone to use a credit card or buy that plasma tv.Just say no.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: David Sylvian "Manafon" new CD
« on: September 16, 2009, 09:06:48 PM »
And I should add,how is the new Robin Guthrie? I greatly enjoy his music,along with Cocteau Twins but there is an example of the artist doing the exact same thing nearly every time,though he created the sound or template of that sound, so who can blame him.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: David Sylvian "Manafon" new CD
« on: September 16, 2009, 09:03:11 PM »
I am a big listener of DS,since latter day Japan.I agree,Blemish was not a favourite though I got the remix version which I find better.For plenty of info and samples of every track off Manafon,go to his website.I may not like it but I do respect him for going in his own direction,no matter the market conditions.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkest Ambient
« on: July 26, 2008, 01:13:55 AM »
My question is;who or perhaps why do you listen to dark ambient.I also listened to this for a bit,many years ago,Lustmord,etc.. nothing ever really black like death metal or some of the artists mentioned here,until I discovered what I was looking for,which was more space or deep space or drone,even drift music,such as SOTL,Vir Unis,Rich,Grassow,some Fax/Hypnos,etc. in the early 1990s
The very nature of dark(ness) to me means nightmares,feeling hopeless,sad,etc..so why would someone want to create this or listen to it.Maybe it is an age thing where you progress from genre to genre.In the early 80s,for a brief time I was into Throbbing Gristle,SPK,etc..then went into other types.The Lustmord phase did not last long though I think it is very well done for what it is.For me,it was a gate to the music above.
But then I have never been attracted to horror films either.
Anyway,that is the question,not a judgement on anyone but curious.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Vladislav Delay in Wire
« on: March 14, 2008, 10:55:16 PM »
Interesting 4 page interview in this month's Wire,about Vladislav Delay and his alter egos.
He came from a Jazz background-unknown to me.Also,check out the picture of his studio.I noticed the quality of some of his machines,including Manley,Crane Song and PMC monitors.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: State of the music business
« on: March 14, 2008, 08:57:31 PM »
These are all great points.I am an audiophile,and have been in the sound reinforcement business for some twenty five years,that is what I do,audio,though recently more on the sales side.I can and do get involved with the emotion of the music, but my ear always tunes into the engineering of it as well.I recently read the autobiography of Midge Ure who said that when Ultravox recorded their album Rage in Eden,probably my number record of all time,Conny Plank was the producer and his production was based around engineering,while their next album,Quartet,was produced by George Martin,who was an arranger of songs,which resulted in two very different sounding albums,not just material.
My issue,as I said,is that the CD-Rs I have,not all but many,have become distorted,have glitches during certain quiet passages,and have tracking errors.(skips)This is not made up but fact.These are not 5 years old but recent.Is this due to the mastering,I think not.I have well over 3000 cds that are kept in a secure environemnt and I have never,ever,had a problem with a pressed CD,even twenty years old,unless it was from obvious mis-handling.So the argument that a CD-R sounds excactly like a CD is not true,even if made from the same original.Is the content the same,yes.This is due to the duplicating process.Further,in theory,0s and 1s should be exactly the same but they are not,in the manufacturing,yes,in playback,no.As all audio has to pass through D/A convertors,this is where the errors show up.A company like Apogee have become the standard in the pro industry and studios worldwide for D/A convertors and time clocks,for a reason.I do not sit while listening to Vir Unis and wait with my ears to catch the fault,I sink into the music,but it does make it frustrating to get into a 20 minute track and then have a blast of distortion hit,even if it is only 3 seconds.I recently listened to an Oophoi title,bought about a year ago,on CD-R and it sounded like sludge,then put on a Steve Roach pressed CD,and it sounded great,though that is from two different beasts I guess.I admit fully that this is for the vast minority that care about such things,and that I truly enjoy all the Databloem or Atmo or Hypnos title I got,about 70.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: State of the music business
« on: March 10, 2008, 08:06:21 PM »
Well said responses.I agree,that music in one form or another,will be around forever,from the original musical instrument live to a digital reproduction.Downloads are brilliant and the wave of the future,or the present even,and I am all for it.However,for now,the quality is not there yet in terms of audio production,and that means a great deal,probably the engineer in me.If it means missing  out on great music  but on mediocre mediums,so be it.All the popular labels here,Hypnos,Atmo,Databloem,I have both pressed CDs and CD-Rs,and I would say,to my ears,that all the CD-R products are missing something compared to the pressed CDs,sonically,not to mention that some have become distorted pieces of plastic,not all but many.There is something to be said for mastering studios and manufacturing plants though I understand this is not feasible for most indy labels.I question whether MP3s are better sonically than cassette,and certainly,CDs are no better than LPs,so to me, there has been a downgrading of sound,not an upgrade but in terms of convience,no question,CDs and MP3s are the way to go.Atmo,to my understanding,does not offer any pressed CDs anymore on new artists,just downloads so I no longer have the option of choosing.To each his own though,exactly right in the end.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: State of the music business
« on: March 07, 2008, 09:18:34 PM »
Very interesting.Long time fan of D.M.(live and studio) from 1982 onward and Recoil from 1986 on.Two of the points Alan brings up I have mentioned here a few times,with little luck.That is that music is often listened to while doing other activities,more as background noise,than true listening for the art of music production-ie. persons washing dishes while listening or on cheap hi-fis or on airplanes.Also,that music lovers/audiophiles(like me) prefer the quality of of a true CD over downloads(and in my case,CD-Rs from my many bad experiences)This is why I stopped buying from one of my favorite labels,Atmoworks,when they switched to a download only format as well as CD-R only titles from other labels.Why,I just recently listened to an old Ultravox CD I bought in 1988 and it played perfectly,but a CD-R I bought year ago is all distorted-what is wrong here.To me,it does not matter if it is available in FLAC or Lossless or whatever as you still have to listen to it on an I-Pod through the lousy D-A conversion(and I have an I-Pod too,but only use it to transfer CD to Lossless files and then listen to it through very high quality headphones)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: CLOVERFIELD!
« on: February 22, 2008, 09:00:27 PM »
Agree with Bill on this,I just saw this film and the audio design is quite incredible and is a big part of the film.Yes,my seat was shaking.For me,the experience of 9-11(And I was in NYC that day) is what made it all the more disturbing.I was stunned leaving the movie,more so for the atmosphere it created than the plot,of which there is not much of.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Looking for Krautrock
« on: February 14, 2008, 11:36:41 PM »
Mark,I meant Basic Channel,not British Columbia !

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Looking for Krautrock
« on: February 11, 2008, 05:27:04 PM »
Thanks all,I will order some of the suggestions.Mark,I bought Polmo Polpo years ago and it is a favorite,on my I-Pod,very B.C. I find.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Looking for Krautrock
« on: February 09, 2008, 09:06:07 AM »
Though I dislike that label,I am looking for music from that period,1970-76 or so.Though I have been collecting music for some 30 years,I have no idea about what these Krautrock groups sound like(I sound ignorant).I know the names-Can,Cluster,Harmonium,Faust-but not the music.I was listening to this newish group-Fujiwa & Miyagi(actually British)and liked it,as well as a bit of Kranky(label),both influenced by Can.Looking for that motorik beat I hear so much about as well as ambient passages but no freak outs or outdated sonics.
Any suggestions.Thanks.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Stars of the Lid-Live
« on: February 06, 2008, 05:50:11 PM »
SOTL is on tour April/May-with strings,should be interesting as they are playing non concert venues.I will see them in Montreal for sure.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Autechre - is it worth it?
« on: January 31, 2008, 07:08:47 PM »
On tour in the US/Canada in April,mostly smallish venues.I for one,will not be seeing them.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: New flatscreen TV recommendations?
« on: January 12, 2008, 09:03:09 PM »
Mike,

I did compare 1080 i to 1080 p with similar format-ie cable tv or Blu Ray.There is no doubt that P is better(more resolution by far) but it depends on the content.From what I saw,using standard cable,the image was worse on the P version,using Blu Ray or HD Cable,much better on P-in fact,if you are using HD content,then the obvious choice is P,but for regular DVD(even with upsampling to 1080 i)or regular cable,to me,the i version was better.The dif. in price between i and p is not great,a few hundred.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Best of 2007
« on: January 09, 2008, 09:50:10 PM »

note - I moved this post to the 'flatscreen tv' thread.   John 

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Techno Music
« on: December 14, 2007, 10:58:04 PM »
Judd,

This genre played itself out years ago in the USA/Canada but still big in Europe.
Check out Underworld(band),Kompakt(label)Total series,Traum,Scape,Echospace(best release I heard this year in the BC Techno/Dub thing)Forced Exposure has many great titles.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: blade runner final cut
« on: December 12, 2007, 05:52:30 PM »
Loren,

What flying cars are you referencing ? The last time I drove down the street,I did not see any cars above me.Robots,except for car factories or that cute Honda robot,never seen one like a Nexus 6? Or is it a joke?
The Esper edition is cool(do not have it but heard it) however audio quality cannot be like the original masters.Plus the third disc is new Vangelis material influenced by the film.
 

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