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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 29, 2013, 11:13:26 PM »
Drone on,you will like the Echospace,the second CD is worth the price
Is the new Sylvian all instrumental? Any Sylvian vocals? Any noise parts? Samples are interesting.

I cannot comment that it an inferior way from the artist but from my point of view as a collector,it is now better,as long as it is in a lossless format.And I come from lps,tapes and CDs.I have no attachment to CDs and back up my music.But that is another thread.

The USPS is going broke,or are broke due to the various reasons Mike mentioned and the future in shipping lies with Fex Ex,UPS,DHL,etc... Their rates are all over depending on if you are commercial,residential,if you have an account but what I get is a solid,never fail delivery system. I have had items shipped from California to New York and was charged $5, cannot figure it out but there you go. Never had a shipment lost and if they day 2 days or 5 days,it is that.
Or from Montreal to Vancouver for $12 by UPS.
I ship all my work related materials by courrier,rarely use Canada post except for local letters.
I can tell you I will not pay $10 or $15 to have 1 CD shipped. I have already gone the FLAC download route.It is just the way it is.Hard copy product of music,or even DVDs and books is on the way out.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: William Basinski- where to start?
« on: January 16, 2013, 10:15:48 PM »
Thanks so far. Any one heard Water music? I will start with Loops 1.
" better than Eno" was straight from a Pitchfork review.
Yesterday I plugged in my trusty Revox B77 in with a few of my old tapes and sure enough,they were not in the best shape.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / William Basinski- where to start?
« on: January 16, 2013, 12:05:32 AM »
I have heard about this artist but finally got around to read reviews. I am may behind the trends after 25 years of collecting but just getting to this guy.The reviews,especially the Loops series,are so positive it is nearly unreal. 5 out of 5, 100% plus,music from the heavens,ambient king ( better than Eno)The hype is unreal. So,where do I start? A 90 second sample on itunes is not the best place. I understand the technical end of the Loops series,to me nothing new there  Disintegrating tape,I still have used tape from my old Revox,I should check the tape out. Thanks.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 11, 2013, 11:43:03 PM »
Interesting label,Invisible Birds. Plenty of information on the site. Thanks for the tip.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach - Soul Tones - 2012
« on: December 17, 2012, 03:19:37 AM »
As a consumer of music,not a creator,Bandcamp is my favorite download site at the moment. I Tunes is the largest but the 256 limit disturbs me. Boomkat have the largest selection of my type of music but are expensive as it charges in pounds though site is very well done.Bandcamp let you listen to all the tracks,a huge bonus for me as a 30 second clip does not work.You can choose Lossless or Flac at no additional charge. The lay out is well done and artistic. I really like their new beta test site.I have very little attachment to the physical product anymore. I have surprised myself there coming from the days of LPs,cassettes,CDs but as long as I get it in lossless form and I back up,it is OK.
BTW,3 new Biosphere albums out there. Film soundtracks. Not much new unfortunately.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Slow Shipping to the UK
« on: December 11, 2012, 09:46:51 PM »
I got a cd I bought off Ebay shipped from the UK to Canada regular royal post last month in 5 days. I could not believe it,faster than shipping within my own country.Going the other way,never done it but not uncommon to see a few weeks.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: RIP Pete Namlook
« on: November 16, 2012, 12:08:24 AM »
Further,there is a great 2 part interview each 10 minutes on You Tube about Peter.
Key in Pete Namlook's slice. Got it through Pitchfork.
We will miss you.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: RIP Pete Namlook
« on: November 15, 2012, 11:12:58 PM »
Just read this. Complete surprise,beyond words. I was a big collector from the early days of 1993 until about 2000.Have well over 100,many of those first editions such as Air 1 or Broadway series. I never was interested in selling them though I had offers. This was my introduction in some ways to the new school of ambient. I already had Eno and Budd and so on but something about the early 90s was exciting. With FSOL,Orb,IDM,etc... His catalogue,packaging,limited editions,solo and partnerships,and independent artists,all on FAX.It was not always brilliant music but it was different.
I am very saddened by this and have to say,I feel that much older and I will miss his shining spirit.

Agree with Broken Habour,Alberta is expensive,especially Calgary.
Hypnos,Steve Roach,Robert Rich,Amazon,never had an issue.
I even bought a CD a few weeks ago from England off Ebay,I got it in 5 days and perfect.
Maybe it is a European thing, very little experience. 
Shipping is expensive but when it gets to 7-8 dollars for a CD,forget it.Download.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Mobile Listenings
« on: November 14, 2012, 11:13:57 PM »
A few items to look at.
First,always get the highest quality download or rip you can,WAV,Flac,Apple Lossless,AIFF.Lossless is cool as it compresses your files for storage( like a form of zip) but plays them back bit perfect.
I use a 5th gen ipod and iphone 4S as I really enjoy the I Tunes interface.The Sansa is well regarded.
The Hi Fi man player is probably the best portable around.
Headphones are more important than the player I think. Custom In Ear Monitors are hands down better than universals for portable. The better ones such as JH Audio or Westone or UE are in the $1000 plus range,a deal to me to save your hearing.I own JH and Westone. Add a headphone amp,and you got the best audio chain out there. What I am saying there is most if not all headphone out portables players sound so so to poor.Using the line out is way better.
I woud say that the Ety ER4S is still the king of universals. Bass is lean yes but what a hi fi sound. I own a pair.
Headphones- You are generally in the Grado or Sennheiser camp. I own Sennheiser. Beyer,Shure,Sony make very good models as well.
Do not get lost on Head-Fi. Very few interesting or experienced persons there.  Some value but mostly
Beginners. Plus there are a thousand headphones and amps out there.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Kompakt label: Recommendations?
« on: November 07, 2012, 11:04:18 PM »
Send me a PM and I will send you a list. I have about 30.The Kompakt catalogue is huge. From hard techno to minimal house to ambient. Most of it much the same. The early stuff is the best.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 29, 2012, 09:30:16 PM »
Oh my,another label I never heard of from my own country,Silent Season. Darren,can you suggest 2 to start with. Must be available on Bandcamp and looking for that Deepchord sound,delays,panning,gentle beats. Some of what I heard was a bit hard edged.
Drone on,try to get the Liumin double CD,to my ears,CD 2 is the better version.Also,check out the new Depeche Mode video for their upcoming album and tour. I stopped buying them long ago but this song is going back to Faith and Devotion sounds.Shows them in the studio and there are a ton of electronics going on.
Listening-David Sylvian,Praise of Shamans tour. This is a bootleg but outstanding quality,live sound desk feed.1988.

Subradial-Bioloophorm ( I think that is how you spell it) Very Biosphere,dare I say better at times.
Robert Rich- Nest,splendid.  All the usual Rich sounds but very even,no highs or lows just one long story. One of his better ones.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Overrated Ambient
« on: October 04, 2012, 08:44:21 PM »
My favorite RR is Somnium by far,then others in his sleep/ full ambient mode. Rainforest ( which I have is way down on the list) But I rate highly Echo and that was way later so I think he was gotten better and better and he has a vast catalogue.Even though I am not into his more tribal or sequencer music,I can understand it.I have met him,chatted and seen him live 3 times.My recollection is he knew what he wanted and how to say it.Not very shy.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Dredd film
« on: September 25, 2012, 10:53:09 PM »
Saw this tonight. Normally I am not into comic book adaptions that are made for teenagers or geeks.
I did not know the UK comic or have seen the Stallone version.
It was great. Dark and it stays dark right to the end,amazing 3D shots which were there more as atmosphere than blantant effects,especially during the Slo Mo drug induced parts.
Music was well sequenced,some of it based on early 80s industrial electronic music.
Incredibly violent. Not in a PG way,in an R way.If you want to see what someone's head looks like smashed to bits while directly looking at it,this is the one. More artistic violence if such a thing can exist.
You cannot take it seriously but our world as it is,we are not far off.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 14, 2012, 08:45:02 PM »
I just got the Wild Nothing/Nocturne. Was in NYC,heard it at Other Music. Nostalgia from a 22 year old kit but reminds me of early 80s New Order.
loscil-sketches from new Brighton-my second cd by him,really great field recordings with a bit of dub.
Gary Numan-Engineers live 1980, somewhat raw sounding with many blips and bleeps from what must have been a new Moog.

Ultravox-Vienna plus Rage in Eden.
Cocteau Twins-Garlands plus Treasure
New Order- Power Corruption Lies and Low Life.
Locally,ie around Montreal and Toronto-Rational Youth and The Spoons (great new remix of Nova Heart out now)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Dead Can Dance 2012
« on: August 20, 2012, 10:55:44 AM »
I will be going this Friday.will watch from FOH position,from what I have seen on YouTube,the setup is the same as last time.
Set list is a balance,plenty of new mixed in with a few old.
My third time seeing them.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 10, 2012, 12:22:51 AM »
Yagya,newest one- yes the vocals are nothing new,reminds me totally of Luomo project by V.Delay. But underneath that is the amazing Yagya beats and the instrumentals are worth getting.
Enjoying the long samples on the Unfathomless label. True field recordings with a bit of rumble.

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