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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 31, 2012, 11:02:41 PM »

Thanks for the heads up on SRF,his last one is a real favorite. Did you order direct from Cold Spring?
Never heard of Gterma,listened to urenga,cool.Where do you find that,Grassow on there too.
Always becomes expensive ordering to Canada from UK/Europe.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: March 14, 2012, 08:45:56 PM »
Aglaia-Absolutely Deep-these guys just keep producing wonderful sounds.
Biosphere-1991-2004-comp of b-sides,some great tracks.A few more trancy,a few a bit difficult,many around the Substrata sounds.Only download.
Drone on,how is the Aglaia you got,saw that.Anyone hear the new Alio Die?
I saw the Chameleons Vox in November in DC,best show I have seen in the last decade,only 50 persons,weak sound but incredible energy.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Overrated Ambient
« on: February 16, 2012, 09:15:20 PM »
I agree with what Bill said.There is very little criticism on this site about ambient or even other genres of music,especially of artists who read this forum.
There are certain albums that I like that others do not that may seem overrated and vice versa. If you enjoy it,it is not overrated. But everyone can agree on landmark albums such as Biosphere Substrata or Eno Airport or Bowie Low and so on.
I mention Kraftwerk in the rare times they do something and I have never got a response. I am surprised as I would think they would be considered essential and not overrated.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Kraftwerk live in NYC,8 dates at MOMA
« on: February 15, 2012, 09:49:29 PM »
Just read that Kraftwerk will be performing 8 nights in NYC in April,each night playing an entire album from their catalogue. Never been done before.I will for sure be checking out one of the shows,worth the trip,maybe even two.WOW.No one performing or listening to electronic music now cannot say that Kraftwerk did not influence their their music in some way.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Music similar to Gas ?
« on: January 31, 2012, 08:56:22 PM »
I would suggest looking over the Kompakt catalogue,after all,it is Wolfgangs label.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: MP3 vs. FLAC
« on: January 23, 2012, 09:25:36 PM »
I think the type of software used for compression is very important.I am not an engineer so I do not understand the algorithms but listening to tracks at 256 from iTunes,Emusic and Beatport for instance,Beatport to me is the clear winner. Same goes for Flac.In theory,it should sound the same as a CD or Wav file but depending on the software used,by Pure Music or Amarra or flac to....file conversation systems,they do sound different.You will hear it only on a high end system but it is there.As an example,I bought 2 Robert Rich Archive titles,one from iTunes at 256 and one from Musiczeit in Flac,Flac  sounded way better and looking at how long it took to download each,the Flac being three times longer,you know there is information being cut out.Of course,I did not have the original file.

I have never had a problem with iTunes over many years. Usually it is an outdated iTunes software/ computer match.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: MP3 vs. FLAC
« on: January 18, 2012, 10:17:30 PM »
Interesting.iTunes is indeed 256.I read an article in a hi fi mag that was comparing software conversation methods all to flac or wav and they could hear the difference in a blind test,this was cd to flac not cd to mp3 128, hmmnnnn.
There are many different types of mp3 conversation systems as mentioned,variable,etc..mostly at 256 which is the most common,most likely as iTunes uses it.
It also depends on what type of system you are listening to.On cheap ear pods,in the car,cheap mini home systems,very hard to hear the difference.I can hear the difference between mp3 320 and Flac but I am in the audio business.
I admit that at 320 and Wav or flac or lossless,not much of a difference.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 14, 2012, 11:44:14 PM »
I ordered 4 Alio Die from Hypnos some 6 months ago,his latest ones,very pleased with them,lovely.
Just got:
Symmetry- Themes for imaginary films.Fantastic.Part of the abortive soundtrack for the film Drive.
Think early 80s analog keys with John Carpenter. Same label,Chromatics- Night Drive.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Yagya Rhythm of Snow
« on: January 13, 2012, 09:03:30 PM »
Wow is right.I  bought two copies when it came out,one for home and one for the car.With my all original Basic Channel CDs,tin box version,I could take a vacation.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Touch app.
« on: December 09, 2011, 10:41:27 PM »
Just got the Touch app on iTunes.
Well worth it.all their radio shows are there,plus samples of nearly all their releases.
Yesterday,I listened to a 40 minute Biosphere chris Watson with a 60 min show talking and playing field recordings.
I always enjoyed the touch aesthetic. Can be difficult listening but many interesting artists,of course for me the above two included.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 09, 2011, 10:35:18 PM »
Steve hauschildt,amazing sequenced analog sound,short and longer tracks,similar to emeralds,on kranky.
Agree with the rest on floyd,immersion set- got it for the second disc.
Chris Watson,el tren...
I adore budd,Guthrie ,enjoyed harold since 1978 but lost interest many albums ago,the same stuff over and over.
Cabaret Voltaire, Johnny yesno DVD/ cd set.I bought this when it came out on lp in 1982 and these are remixes,not the original but well done by Richard h Kirk.more sandoz than cabs.the DVD is still an original,very VHS the redid version is only ok.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDs, bye-bye
« on: November 07, 2011, 07:22:55 PM »
I for one,at the age of 44 with some 2000 CDs and 1000 LPs,do not care if the CD goes away,as long as I get the highest audio quality from a download.I am listening to more music now with downloads than ever before.Yes,the youth prefer to download single tracks and in rock and roll,hip hop,anything but ambient and classical,most of the music on a full length is rubbish.I also prefer to buy singles in those genres.As far as CD players going away,not in my lifetime.In any given audio mag,you can count dozens and dozens and dozens of CD maunufactures. If you look at Best Buy,no you will not find it there.Well said APK.

Some interesting suggestions.
As a listener and not a creator,I would like to see more reviews and not ones created by the artist,who will always say how great the release is.I find there is too much self congratulation or the same by close peers here.Sorry not every musician or piece brilliant.there is not enough criticism now in most media.not nasty or cruel criticism but constructive.
Self promotion is ok but only one post.
Also,more live reviews.even if is not strictly ambient or in your city.are you interested in Roger waters? Robin Guthrie,sotl,m83 and so on.I have posted in the past some shows or bands playing to no avail.
More links to where you can purchase your latest now listening or recently purchased.I have seen on hypnos some music that sounded of interest only unable to find it anywhere as it is obscure.
You tube links are of interest.
This is a small community and if we can expand it through new features,all the better.
I very much enjoy the hypnos site and the lay out as is. 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 17, 2011, 12:02:00 AM »
A winged victory for the sullen: sotl side project on kranky.modern classical with prominent piano.
Marconi union: ambient transmissions.great duo.a bit like mostly.
David sylvain/Robert fripp: cd half ballads,half rockers.the ballads appeal to me,the rest not so much.
Radio listening to something made in 1974 or 1978 by tangerine dream or Jean Michel jarre,wonderful old school analogue sound.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 01, 2011, 09:23:42 PM »

Thanks for the Marconi union,never heard of them but great stuff,bought Tokyo .

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 29, 2011, 07:48:05 PM »
Where did you locate the echo space domestically? Also the Japanese version,I cannot locate either on cd?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: July 21, 2011, 07:44:19 PM »
Loren/A produce,Intangible-excellent for me first track and last track are my favs.
Alio die/ aglaia-vayu rouah,the best I have heard from both,it could on for hours.amazing.
Amp,transmissions-2 very long ambient tracks with a rainy day feel,plenty of echo and reverb.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Download stores
« on: July 21, 2011, 07:35:26 PM »
Thanks for the replies. I certainly think downloads will become the dominant source of music delivery into the future but for now,unless wav,flac, cannot match cd audio quality.
For sample length and mp3 quality,beatport seems to me the best but expensive in that a wav download is more than the cd version,ease of use and decent quality iTunes store is the best,inexpensive and decent ambient selection,emusic ( I became a member and yes,at least in Canada ,each track is 49 cents,no matter the length so that a 1 track Steve roach is .49)
Amazon is not avail in Canada yet.
My balance is 85% cd,10% iTunes store,5 % beatport,so far.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Download stores
« on: July 17, 2011, 09:59:21 PM »
Curious who uses any download stores,and if so,which ones.I have always been a cd person,before Lps,and use iTunes for my iPod in lossless. I have started recently to try Downloading a few songs from various stores,and with so many formats,it can get confusing.usually I go for wav but started trying out others such as mp3 or aac, used iTunes store,emusic,beatport,boomkat,other music .To my ears,results all over the Map.emusic was the worst,the rest in the middle,so far beatport the best.none of them come close to cd or wav or flac.but what are your experiences?

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