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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient Music Download Pricing
« Last post by Julio Di Benedetto on April 07, 2014, 05:48:15 PM »
For some reason 24 bit master quality seems to have garnered  a premium.....sort of like a luxury tax on a $200.000 Rolls Royce or whatever they may cost.  Bandcamp will level the the playing field which is sort of silly for labels who should pay attention to this and not push themselves out of the market place!
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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: R.I.P. XP
« Last post by zzzone.net on April 07, 2014, 04:28:59 PM »
Thanks to everyone for their patience in helping me with Windows 8.

I now understand that Windows 8 is a moderately improved version of Windows 7 with the tablet-friendly tile interface laid on top.

It's quite easy to get rid of the "modern" tablet interface and boot directly to the desktop with Classic Shell, the app, as was suggested above.  I now do that with all my Windows 8 computers.

Even the Windows 8.1 update will natively allow that: Microsoft has actually listened to someone.

Thanks again.

Jim
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ANODIZE tactile visual audio

> APRIL UPDATE <

Always limited and eminently collectable, Anodize titles exude silver in all its opulent glory. Issued in editions of 100-150 manufactured CDs housed in unique rectangular tins, Anodize remains committed to the physical CD, with its audiovisual synergy and superfine dynamics.

Spring has finally arrived here at Anodize HQ, and with it, the first releases of the new season. As can be seen from the cover icons above, this year's eclectic and diverse lineup continues, featuring artists who restlessly seek to stretch boundaries, wrestle with genre preconception, and ultimately forge an abundance of captivating, invigorating soundworlds.

RAPOON Conduits and Estuaries (AD1402) / AVAILABLE LATE APRIL
Samples / preorder: anodizesound.bandcamp.com/album/conduits-and-estuaries-april


This month we're very pleased to present the new release by Robin Storey, aka Rapoon, who has built up one of the more formidable catalogs in electronica, and whose outing here, Conduits and Estuaries, captures his singular module motions live and in the moment. Recorded in 2011 during his performance at Northeast NJ's One Thousand Pulses concert series, Rapoon's knack for arch sonic ritualism and ragged, primordial irruptions make for truly mutant atmospheres. After thirty-plus years, the Rapoon imperative shows no signs of age; in fact, Conduits and Estuaries reveals that Storey's imagistic sleight of hand has never been sharper.

LINGUA LUSTRA Arc (AD1403) / MAY
Samples / preorder: anodizesound.bandcamp.com/album/arc-may


Dutch electronic artist Lingua Lustra makes his Anodize debut with this six-track work of elegaic, expansive electronics. Previous releases on Databloem earmarked him as one of the more intrepid space adventurists on the gantry. Arc does just that, auguring a luminous narrative that moves a ever-shifting realm of landscape and strange fauna. Performed on a variety of analog and digital instruments, programmed live, a journey into deep space, pondering the infinite, landing on Earth.

WITHIN REASON Farshadow (AD1404) / JUNE
Samples / preorder: anodizesound.bandcamp.com/album/farshadow-june


Within Reason is the nom de disque of Gregory Kyryluk, who also composes achingly original, folded-space music as Alpha Wave Movement. Processing aberrant, mutant strains of post-Augustus Pablo dub with the latest state-of-the-art dreadnought synthesis, Within Reason travels through boulevards adjunct to the Basic Channel/Chain Reaction contingent, ingeniously devising a truly original take on the now well-worn ambientdubtechno soundgrid.

MICK CHILLAGE Pixels (AD1405) / JUNE
Samples / preorder: anodizesound.bandcamp.com/album/pixels-june


Mick Chillage's rise in electronica circles has been fairly meteoric, further illustrated by not one but two releases gracing the label this year. Known for solo recordings on labels such as the late, lamented FAX and his Autumn of Communion collaborative project with Lee Norris, the second volume of which was released on Anodize in 2013, Chillage's latest, Pixels, walks through a curious forest of sprightly electronic undergrowth and subtle, whispery rhythm patterns. Later in the summer, Chillage reveals the drum machine dada of his mysterious electro project, temporarily operating under the alias of Aglow Abuzz.

STILL OF SERIOUS INTEREST / There are a few copies remaining of last year's Anodize releases:

> WITHIN REASON Transient Broadcasts (AD1301) | anodizesound.bandcamp.com/album/transient-broadcasts
More superb, innovative ambientdubtech & interstatial thrust & thrum from the man who also trades as Alpha Wave Movement

> AUTUMN OF COMMUNION Autumn of Communion 2 (AD1302) | anodizesound.bandcamp.com/album/autumn-of-communion-summer-2013
Already considered one of the best ambient albums of 2013, Lee Norris & Mick Chillage follow-up their former Fax release with another edition of well-wrought, multi-dimensional soundtracks & strange, errant pulsations

> ISHQAMATICS Earthbound (AD1303) | anodizesound.bandcamp.com/album/ishqamatics-fall-2013
Lee Norris, aka Norken, Metamatics, et al, teaming up with UK sound portraitist ISHQ to yield an original work of austere, rugged beauty set adrift amongst fields of occasionally thorny rhythmic patterns

> ROBERT RICH Morphology (AD1304) | anodizesound.bandcamp.com/album/morphology
Recorded on May 15, 2010 in New Jersey, USA at the One Thousand Pulses concert series, masterful electronic musician Robert Rich set the surrounding environs to light, skillfully utilizing both hands-on analog gear, controllers, and homemade wind instruments to realize a true one-of-a-kind listening experience that could only have been witnessed in a live setting. Now it's silver imprinted to be enjoyed outside it's original recording space.

And in the months to follow, a number of items we're very excited about, including a 2-CD edition/reissue of Emerald Web's classic 80s album Catspaw, the return of former R&S artist and veteran UK electronica/IDMer David Morley, and finally making its CD debut, a two-disc reissue of the obscure but influential synth/synth-pop recording by Texas musician Patrick Keel, better known as The Pool.

Thanks for your continuing interest & support of Anodize and their respective artists. More to come!


DARREN BERGSTEIN
Anodize / tactile visual audio
> anodizesound.com / otperiphery.com
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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient Music Download Pricing
« Last post by petekelly on April 07, 2014, 11:33:31 AM »
Those Peccary prices do seem a little bizarre indeed.

Personally I try to come up with a 'fair' price relative to the duration of the album. I priced my 'Lumen' album on Bandcamp at 3.33 as there are three tracks and I'm a numerologist. The x.99 thing is an old trick that seems to work.

I don't think charging extra for a 24 Bit file is necessary.
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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient Music Download Pricing
« Last post by Altus on April 07, 2014, 08:40:05 AM »
I wouldn't expect you or anyone else to round the cost down ($13.99 to $13). I'd just prefer to see $13.99 as $14.

Sorry, getting off-topic here. :P
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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient Music Download Pricing
« Last post by mgriffin on April 07, 2014, 08:13:15 AM »
I should add... I agree it's silly, and we shouldn't need to play these games, but that's the way it is. I'm not willing to decrease our store's sales by 5% or whatever just to make a point by pricing things at even dollar amounts.
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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient Music Download Pricing
« Last post by mgriffin on April 07, 2014, 08:12:08 AM »
On a side note, I wish people would do away the .99 thing. It's not $13.98 for a CD, it's $14. You're not fooling anyone with that tactic.

Actually, that's not true. People ARE fooled by it, which is why almost every seller in every industry prices things this way. Sure, our rational mind knows that $13.99 effectively equals $14, but our subconscious sees "$13..." and registers a lower price than if the seller just said "This product is $14."

It may seem like nonsense but it's proven to convince buyers that the price is actually lower, and make the prospective buyer more likely to buy.
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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient Music Download Pricing
« Last post by Altus on April 07, 2014, 06:22:58 AM »
Agreed.

IMO, the MP3, FLAC, and ALAC should be the same price, and the 24-bit version should match (or be slightly under) the CD price. $16 for a 24-bit download is kind of ridiculous.

On a side note, I wish people would do away the .99 thing. It's not $13.98 for a CD, it's $14. You're not fooling anyone with that tactic. I find most releases on Bandcamp do away with that pricing tactic, which is nice to see.
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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
« Last post by Altus on April 07, 2014, 06:10:30 AM »
Finally got around to playing, and finishing, Dark Souls (not the second one that was just released). The sense of scope in the environments is excellent.

I must admit though that I played it wrong. I cheated. But I just didn't have time to play it the way it was meant to be played. I just wanted to explore the world and see the monsters/bosses. The funny thing was, despite having unlimited health and stamina, I still died tons. That should tell you something. Hahah!

I've started with Mass Effect 3 now. I've played the others, and have kept my save games to continue the story properly. I've heard about the controversial ending, and have been very curious to see how the game finally ends.
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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Ambient Music Download Pricing
« Last post by Julio Di Benedetto on April 07, 2014, 05:56:06 AM »
I was just over at the Spotted Peccary label website http://spottedpeccary.com checking out some of their great music and talented roster of artist and happen to click on the music buy option , i.e. cd or download format and was surprised to see such high download prices.

CD.....$13.98
MP3...$8.99
Flac...$11.98
Alac...$11.98
24bit.$15.98

What I am trying to figure out is the reasoning for this pricing structure, specifically the high res downloads..... almost $12 for a flac file and near $16 for 24bit file ???  $2 less the a physical cd or $2 more.

I love this label so understand Im not going after them and one can find some crazy pricing out there when you get into audiophile HD downloads sites.

Could the high price reflect addition storage cost for large file size?
Did the label have additional mastering cost to run a second pass, one @ 16bit for cd replication and another @ 24bit for HR download?
Is the pricing a deterrent to encourage more physical cd sales?
Is this a way to stay alive in a seemingly every shrinking ambient community? 

I think its great that they offer such a wide variety of formats yet Im must say there's some sticker shock involved.
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