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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.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 07, 2012, 11:09:10 PM »
Saw Squarepusher a few weeks ago.Great live show,not my type of music.
I looked up the Unfathomless label based on Jim02,Field recordings. Any recommendations from this label?
Some great purchases from members here.Durutti Column ( ordered )  and I just got Deepchord presents Echospace Silent World,excellent. Luimin reduced is always on rotation.
Somnium- Always playing that..Got all versions. The IPhone app is great as it can go on forever.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 09, 2012, 08:03:58 PM »
Midge Ure toured with Thin Lizzy,before that he was with Rich Kids ( including Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols) and was even offered before John Lydon role of lead singer in the Sex Pistols. Then of course went on to join  Visage and Ultravox and was involved with Live Aid.Then fell off the map after 1985.
Back again with a new Ultravox record and tour.
Arjen Schat,got his name from Gertma,on Bandcamp,great drone,clearly influenced by Grassow .
Bandcamp is quite good for downloads. Most of the artists are obscure but I like the idea of been able to chose any format,including ALAC or FLAC at no extra charge.

Now Playing / Re: Too much music?
« on: June 29, 2012, 09:01:15 PM »
This is a great subject.
There is too much out there so it requires some editing,wether that be because of finances,looking for the highest quality download and not finding it,not enough time to search out and listen,etc...
I let the artists in a way do the editing for me. How? Because after X album release ( I believe it to be 3 maybe 4) there is generally nothing new to offer. I am a big fan of Ultravox as a recent example. Rage in Eden from 1981 is my ALL time fav album. So you would think after their 4 th album,I would keep going.No,the music got boring. They just released a new one after 30 years apart,I did not get it,same old.
I read Santana just released his 36 th album,come on.Same goes for Roach,Alio Die,and more.And I really like the last two.
I used to buy in the day all FAX,got about 100, there was a label that you got something different.
Or a certain artist that does challenge you,such as David Sylvian or a label like Hyperdub.
As there is too much,I also only go to certain forums,like Hypnos,or read certain mags or online review sites or go to certain labels,like Kranky. I edit myself.
I still listen for new material every day somehow but my collecting has gone way down.

Someone has it on this forum,asked already. Review unknown. From samples,seems a bit more glitchy and erratic than his last one,which was just superb.

I saw it tonight. The first 2 minutes are great,then it is all downhill.Story,plot,characters all horrible.
Some cool shots,sets,music was just OK.
There were several scenes where the audience outright laughed,not a good sign.A few even left.
Ridley embarrassed himself with this one.
Still,it got me out of the heat.

Yes,this topic comes up often.
I will always look to a pressed CD over a CDR or even a download. I do consider FLAC or WAV downloads as I do not have any attachment to the artwork. I want the best sonics.
I had a bad run with CDRs years ago,lost all the music,and have never bought another one since.
It is too bad as I am sure I missed out on some amazing music but I have yet to get over being sold a lemon,even if it was not on purpose.
It plays a considerable role in my purchase. I jumped on the new Hypnos release,URBS,as it seems to be great music and it came on a pressed CD.For me,if he music is lovely,I will pay what it is worth,$8.99,12.99,14.99,18.99.But I expect for that to get an attractive package,with samples on an informative website,well shipped and if there is an issue,someone who will respond. Like Hypnos.
For me in fact,a piece of music that I will listen to a hundred times,that takes me away into another world or dream state,is in it's way priceless. At current prices,it is actually a real bargain.
But for the CD I buy that I listen to 4 times and goes on the shelf,that is worth nearly nothing.

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: RELEASE: Bruno Sanfilippo - Urbs
« on: May 24, 2012, 08:42:34 PM »
Ordering.Silence in Shadows is in my top 10 ambient ever so if anything like that,great.

I admit I go to the theatre less and less,not so much because of the pricing,although expensive,nor the phones nor the popcorn ( never touch it)
I go as it is an escape from the home,my office,the world.I want it dark,large screen,an audio experience. I have a 42 inch LCD,Blue Ray,Netflix,not the same in any way. Sorry,watching a David Lynch film on my iPad does not cut it.
My question on this thread is why  ,what I assume are mostly middle aged men on this forum,going to see films marketing towards teenage boys? Such as Green Lantern and Transformers ( was that not based on toys made for 5-9 year olds? )Take this with a bit of irony.
PS-Prometheus,I am there !

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 03, 2012, 09:32:08 PM »
Chromatics-Kill for love-just amazing late night listening,same people who wrote part of the music for the film Drive,a bit like M83?Neil Young cover.
Brannan Lane/Ashera-Sextant-4 long very slow a bit aquatic sounds,what happened to these guys?
After drone on mentioned the Namlook Urban IV, went for it and it is good. First Namlook I have gotten in about 10 years.

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.

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