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Messages - Scott M2

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Thanks for the tip on Contact's "Discreet Music". Lynn and I experienced Contact performing it as "opening act" for Bang On A Can's "Music For Airports" performance at the Music Gallery here in Toronto. I've been waiting over 2 years for the album to finally be released.

Truthfully, I found the live performance went on far too long (60") for what was a 20" or so piece, as you sit there observing the performers. In a true "ignorable as it is interesting", creating an atmosphere CD experience, I think it will be much better. Bang On A Can, BTW were much more "entertaining" performing the shorter Airports pieces, more or less to "scale".

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: New Toy for Studio
« on: December 24, 2015, 09:40:16 AM »
Loren, How's your relationship with the Prophet 12 going?

I bought a Pro 2 on Cyber Monday and have loved the sound and spontaneous editing possibilities but the sequencer has a bug or two which may or may not be fixed in a future  firmware update. I spotted a used Prophet 12 for only 2 or 3 hundred more than the Pro 2 with taxes and have been having a tough time making up my mind about returning the Pro (30 day return policy) or keeping it. I appreciate the smaller form (more likely to be taken to jams and gigs), the superwaves and the sequencer (which does work well, but in a more limited fashion than I expected) The proper 12/6 note 4-osc polyphony and double arps on the Prophet 12 seem seductive too. (They're both very expensive in Canada as our dollar is weak now.)

Anyway, I think I've conveyed my confusion in this win/win situation, so I thought I'd feel you out about how much you've actually been using your 12 in the last 6 months and if you've had any Pro 2 exposure yourself.

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Now I have a quad system and the BluRay of DSotM with both the newer James Guthrie 5.1 and the original Alan Parsons Quad mix - and no pops or crackles.

Heaven!

You must have the Immersion Box Set (not related to Mr. Roach  ;D). I was thinking about getting that, is it worth it for the surround sound mixes?

I have the DSotM and WYWH Immersion boxes (The Wall box did not contain any surround mixes.) I definitely found them worthwhile for the surround mixes and each set contains both the original quad mixes and newer James Guthrie 5.1 mixes to compare and contrast. As for the rest of the content, each box contains a corresponding live set from 1974 which are interesting and enjoyable and the DSotM box has a CD with some interesting out takes like the Travel Sequence (replaced by On The Run) and an early rough Parsons mix of the album. There's visual odds and ends too, such as Concert Screen Films, live tracks and a doc. DSotM has one more disc.

As for the rest of the detritus: the books are good, coasters OK, DSotM marbles surprisingly charming and I was pleasantly surprised when my wife said she'd grab the scarves and wear them at school. (She teaches high school.) Other than scarves, all the junk resides in the boxes. The CDs have been ripped for my iPod and the BluRays inserted into old DSotM and WYWH CD cases and placed into my surround shelf for easy access. I love being immersed in these albums. WYWH is my personal favourite album for SOYCD alone.

The prices on Amazon often seem to dip, which helps offset the regular high price, but they "may" be getting scarcer. Also investigate Amazon.ca to take advantage of the weak Canadian dollar.

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: December 11, 2015, 04:08:55 PM »
Ahoy! My preorder has just been "shipped" out.  8)

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I was always searching for the best sound. The Japanese Floyd (that I bought) were not it for me.
My favourite DSotM was the British Quad pressing which had the most solid bass (and heartbeat). I wore that out even though I had no quad system.

Now I have a quad system and the BluRay of DSotM with both the newer James Guthrie 5.1 and the original Alan Parsons Quad mix - and no pops or crackles.

Heaven!

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I know when I used to buy Japanese vinyl pressings, they would often sound like very different masters. ie: Pink Floyd's Meddle had overwhelming bass, as I recall.  If they use those vinyl masters, as Loren was saying, then the CDs would share their character, better or worse.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Dark Side Of The Moog Reissues
« on: December 08, 2015, 06:16:50 PM »
I have a handfull and the quality varies. IX is cool.
It looks like they struggled a bit for the fifth disc in each set.
I'm going to go for them and my prize will be XI,
as I love the Namlook surround mixes but this is hard to find.
Thanks for the Heads Up thirdsystem!

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: December 04, 2015, 01:47:06 PM »
Absolutely wicked cover!

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Glad to hear you're alive and better and back!

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: October 07, 2015, 07:13:40 PM »
Wow... a double album now! So productive!

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Pete, the infinite choir link you posted pleased me so I've grabbed the app. I'll spend some time with it later and probably buy the IAPs. I think Lynn might like this for sleeping purposes.

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I'm another where subscriptions are a bad fit.

I'm slow finishing and releasing work. A superprolific artist like Steve Roach suits this concept better or an artist not obsessed with concepts, production, flow, etc...

As a listener, my music collection (on a wide variety of media) is so large now that I'm selective about what I choose to listen to (besides material I'm working on) so a regular flow of demos and sundry pieces building up for listening is not a pleasurable idea to me. I'm not everyone, of course.

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Node has put out 3 great collections of Subotnick's music with surround mixes. My fave, Vol. 2, has both Sidewinder and Until Spring. They're getting harder to find now.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Windows ambient
« on: August 31, 2015, 06:06:20 PM »
I like em!  8)

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Camel Audio stopped business
« on: August 28, 2015, 09:37:17 AM »
I've seen reports that Alchemy still runs well on Windows 10, so there's hope I can still use it once Win 7 is no longer supported.

Still... first Logic, now Alchemy...  :'(  complain, complain, complain... :o

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Michael Mantra RIP
« on: August 26, 2015, 12:56:38 PM »
Thanks Drone On, I had missed this sad news.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: That Audiophile thing again
« on: August 19, 2015, 12:40:27 PM »

I remember being thrilled to hear the Echoplex tape hiss on "side 2" of Phaedra when I first heard it on CD.  :)

I had a similar experience when I could hear cello players breathing as they played on CDs - often the timing fits the playing in some way or other. for me it added to the music rather than distracted  - though if they were snuffling with a cold and sneezing that would not be nice.
 

That's the sonic layer they leave out in sample libraries.  ;D

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: That Audiophile thing again
« on: August 18, 2015, 01:06:05 PM »
Now on the subject of audiophilia...yes it gets crazy. Many of these guys have playback systems better than the gear used to originally record the music.

Yep, so often people with very expensive gear are looking for qualities and subtleties in recordings that are simply not there.

I remember being thrilled to hear the Echoplex tape hiss on "side 2" of Phaedra when I first heard it on CD.  :)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach Etheric Imprints
« on: August 10, 2015, 05:11:28 PM »
Phobos, it's ok, you can say it sucks ;)

IMO, Steve writes his own press releases, as they are written the same way he discusses his music verbally.  Could be wrong though.  Pretty sure Ian Boddy writes all the press releases for his DIN label.

I'm guessing that Linda is an important part of the voice in Steve's press releases.

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The comment by DSPAudio in this thread comparing Kyma, MAX & Nord Modular is pretty interesting/entertaining.

https://www.gearslutz.com/board/electronic-music-instruments-electronic-music-production/343085-kyma-compared-max-msp-nord-modular.html

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