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Everything and Nothing / HD-DVD vs Blu-Ray war settled
« on: February 19, 2008, 05:55:34 AM »
It looks like Wal-Mart has settled the HD-DVD vs Blu-ray war. That's a lot of power.

"On February 14, 2008, rumors surfaced that Toshiba, the leading manufacturer of HD DVD players and one of its largest supporters, would soon abandon the HD DVD format due to changes in studio and retailer affiliations, including Wal-Mart's decision to phase out HD DVD by June 2008. The rumors strengthened on February 16 when NHK and Reuters also reported, from a source at Toshiba, that they had begun to prepare to cease production of HD DVD equipment, though they would still support existing products. On February 19, 2008, Toshiba made an official announcement to no longer develop, manufacture and market HD DVD players and recorders, ending the Blu-ray Disc versus HD DVD format war."

Everything and Nothing / Re: Anybody here...
« on: February 14, 2008, 03:17:48 PM »
Hi Chad,

I'm glad to hear you are drinking one of the Jades. Definitely let me know your thoughts/experience with that particular blend. I still think I'll be ordering the Verte Suisse 65 first...but all of his Jade absinthes get REALLY good reviews on the forums I've found.

Perhaps we should all start a Green Fairy compilation album and the rule is you have to compose while drinking absinthe (sober mixing and mastering obviously. lol)



All pieces composed with three glasses of absinthe and three instinces of AbSynth.      8)

Everything and Nothing / Re: dave k
« on: February 10, 2008, 09:26:56 PM »
I'm so sorry to hear about your friend Jim. It's really something that you can put your feelings directly into your art.
(It can take years before things come out in mine.)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Stars of the Lid-Live
« on: February 10, 2008, 03:17:43 PM »
I've ordered our Toronto tickets and we're ready to snooze...

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: February 05, 2008, 06:52:42 PM »
Went to the flea market in Tallahassee yesterday.  My wife got a very, very new looking, kept in plastic cover, copy of the soundtrack for "A Fistful of Dollars" for $2.  The second side is one 13 minute track of combined themes from the movie.

I think I'm going to get a turntable.

The hidden cost!

I love reading multiple reviews to learn about music I don't (and do) know.
Both Alan and Bill (on Wind and Wire) review the Tor Lundvall sampler from their own perspectives,
but Alan, as you might expect, wins the Wonky Touchstone Award:
plonking a piano in a cave and grooving with a reverb-unit*

* Pink Floyd - "Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Grooving With A Pict"

Everything and Nothing / Re: Your MySpace experiences ?
« on: January 30, 2008, 08:57:47 PM »
Lena - That's just awful, the crap that comes your way through your music page! (Other than Mike, of course.  ;) )

I don't know if MySpace has done much for dreamSTATE CD sales - used to be better
but it's another decent (or so I thought before hearing from the female side) interface point
with other people and musicians. I mainly get friend requests from other artists and I used to
try to visit everybody's page and if I liked their music, to make a little comment, but after a
while, so many requests began to come through that I didn't have spare listening time to address
them. After a month, they just get cut off your request list and I don't want to offend all the
nice people out there by having them think I'm shunning their requests, so I just go in every
few weeks and approve everybody who doesn't have too twisted a handle or photo. The
rest, I visit quickly to determine if they're nazis or whatever and approve/disapprove.

As most of the requests are from other artists, it's always great to get the requests
from real people who actually list ambient artists in their music likes and best of all
when they have a dreamSTATE track playing on their page when I visit.  ;D

When I have time to listen, there's lots of good music out there. I remember (for example) being
really impressed with Boris Lelong the first time I heard his work. Plus, it's just kinda fun to
put longtime and new internet music pals in your friends list.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Chat feature in this Forum?
« on: January 30, 2008, 08:27:45 PM »
I'm not a "chatter" to start with but... would you need Java to participate?
I've sometimes felt like dropping into the StillStream chatroom during Kite Radio
but I've always got Java turned off. Is that an old-fashioned precaution now
or still a sensible safeguard?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Autechre - is it worth it?
« on: January 30, 2008, 08:11:58 PM »
I learned about Autechre from the days when was happening and
there was lots of talk about them and other loosely-related-to-topic but interesting artists.
Bought my first CD (maybe LP5) and got enthusiastically hooked on their current and
back catalogue. Then, about the time of Untilted or Confeld, I went to see them
play in Toronto with a friend who was also very enthusiastic and we were both
sorely disappointed. I began to realize before long during the set that the beats were
now predictable in that they were always unpredictable and that whatever the
heck it was in AE's music that connected with me was missing now. I've rarely
played their CDs since. I really must give the older/middle CDs a spin again for perhaps
a drunken reconnection (ala Alan) with that careening chatter and clatter that once
excited me. (I enjoyed their visual aesthetic too.)

A bit of a swim too!   :o

I was also impressed with Deep Frieze and had the pleasure of sharing a bill with Kevin last month.
He did a great job of delivering his shifting soundscapes with a laptop and controller (Beringer) rig.
He's also a really nice fellow - a very positive vibe.

If you're in range of Toronto, you may wish to catch this cool triple-bill:

Featuring Sleep Research Facility . Ortiz . Syzygia

@ the UNDERGROUND downstairs @ the DRAKE HOTEL
1150 Queen St. W @ Beaconsfield . W of Ossington . E of Dufferin
Tuesday January 29th . 9PM . PWYC (5$ suggested)

Please note the later start time of 9PM.

. SLEEP RESEARCH FACILITY . Sleep Research Facility explores notions of awareness and perception in the sub/unconcious listener.
Focusing primarily on sound bereft of rhythm based energies, SRF's goal is to provide listening environments wherein the music simply
adds texture to the silence. A kind of “play me quiet” sound suitable for listening to actively or passively depending on circumstances,
creating an aural experience which guides the mind through gentle misdirection rather than forcing its attention, allowing listeners to
drift in their own diversified thoughts.

. ORTIZ . Laurier Brown finds the crinkly, skittering nuggets in the white noise. His first Ortiz release The Crinkle and its Faces
was an exploration of glitchy layered noise­scapes, almost undetectable beats mingled with hiss and static. Dark dreams
for long winter nights put to tape, digitized, randomized, spliced, split up, spit out. His second release, Salvage, further digs into
the sonic subconscious, carving subterranean passages under ancient roots planted in the psycho­spiritual mulch. Hooves
draws from the ghosts left behind in the cracking pavement where the groves once grew, remembering great herds, drifting
past gulls flying out to sea.

. SYZYGIA . The project of Harrison Dahme, dealing with the ambient and atmospheric.

I hereby give permission for Gigi and Mathias and friends to rename their project Ghost Nebula
after the name of the dreamSTATE track on Sounds Of A Universe Overheard.
There - that's settled!    ;D

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 18, 2008, 04:45:06 PM »
Early evening

- Miles Davis: Porgy and Bess

Summertime could be the best tune ever.

I love Miles' music and his (and Gill Evans') Porgy and Bess is very highly regarded
but I find Miles' pitch to be regularly off on this recording. Does anybody else notice this?
It regularly puts me off when I listen to this one.

I've just been listening to The Ruins' Their Subtle Pupose at work this morning
and it's been helping me through Friday...  :)   Maybe I can pick up Falling Into The Sky
at the next PiNG and have my mind liberated from its own self-impression too!

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: January 18, 2008, 10:09:41 AM »
Like many people, Lynn and I have the bad habit of piling CDs and DVDs onto the turntable
because it's a handy flat surface - and then it takes concerted effort (a round of CD filing)
to spin the next LP, reducing the odds that vinyl will be the next choice for tunage.   :(

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bill Evans
« on: January 18, 2008, 07:45:51 AM »
Just in case it's not 100% obvious, I thought I'd point out that all the music on
Sunday at the Village Vanguard and Waltz for Debby is contained within
The Complete Bill Evans Trio at the Village Vanguard Recordings plus a few
other swings at some of the songs.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: January 17, 2008, 06:41:33 PM »
I'd ask anyone who wants to vote for "vinyl really does sound better, you CD guys don't know what you're talking about," to speak up.

I am not one of those guys. I've kept my large vinyl collection to dip into now and then
for albums I don't have on CD or to enjoy the covers of ones I do - BUT
the pops and crackles outweigh any small sound quality difference for me.
Sometimes the CDs sound distinctly better too. Obvious examples are long-sided discs
like Costello's Get Happy which reveal all the great bass playing on CD.
When I set up a Technics 1200 that was given to me last year, Lynn was excited
to put on Layla but I was really disappointed with the sound. I have an SACD-surround
version now that blows it away. Maybe just a bad vinyl pressing? They certainly exist.
And Ambient!  Music for Airports with pops and crackles cannot compare to the CD experience.
Alright - I'll stop now.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Album Cover Wallpaper
« on: January 17, 2008, 10:16:46 AM »

I wish I could wire the entire wall with switches of sort that would be tied into some computer so that all I had to do was touch an album cover & that one would play. 

Then you could just throw a tennis ball or something at the wall to choose albums from your couch.
Accuracy would be rewarded by not getting the Ramones instead of Avalon - and viseversa.   ;D

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Audio Interfaces / Soundcards
« on: January 16, 2008, 03:28:40 PM »
Jamie and I use the ProSonus Firebox for our laptop rigs and are very happy with them.
I particularly like the very hot output on the headphone out and have sometimes used it
at sans-laptop shows just as a headphone amp for a loud stage environment.

Sound on Sound review:

Listening to the Wereju tracks now.
I think your description "drifting melancholia of an abandoned planet"
captures your sound perfectly.

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