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From a couple years ago, but just saw this article today:

http://fusion.net/story/182285/music-streaming-transparency/

Sounds like a nightmare for small artists and labels.
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Independent Music Reviews / Re: New Ambient/Experimental Music Blog
« Last post by cvac on March 10, 2017, 12:48:42 PM »
Today's feature is Intersections by Fictions and Poetics.

https://everydayambient.wordpress.com/2017/03/10/fictions-and-poetics-intersections/
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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Software/Mergener & Weisser on Bandcamp
« Last post by cvac on March 10, 2017, 09:35:20 AM »
Digital Dance to me is probably one of their worst albums, I remember getting it when it first came out and being disappointed. Their earlier albums are their best IMHO. My personal favourites are Beam Scape and Night Light.
I wouldn't have classed them as Vapourware, I tended to think they were sort of modern Berlin School, at that time, using digital instruments to provide teutonic soundscapes. For me they went off the boil after Syn Code.
And yes the saxophone is bloody terrible!

Thanks for your comments. I will look into those albums you mentioned. I noticed last night that they are all on Tidal as well. RE: the saxophone, I can't stand when it's used in certain types of music or used in certain ways. I guess that comes from being a fan of classic jazz.

Re: Vaporwave, I was speaking more the label and scene that is reviving interest in the group and reissuing them. Not necessarily the group Software, which obviously existed decades before "vaporwave" was even a thing...
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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Software/Mergener & Weisser on Bandcamp
« Last post by phobos on March 10, 2017, 08:44:19 AM »
Digital Dance to me is probably one of their worst albums, I remember getting it when it first came out and being disappointed. Their earlier albums are their best IMHO. My personal favourites are Beam Scape and Night Light.
I wouldn't have classed them as Vapourware, I tended to think they were sort of modern Berlin School, at that time, using digital instruments to provide teutonic soundscapes. For me they went off the boil after Syn Code.
And yes the saxophone is bloody terrible!
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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Keith Berry Elixir
« Last post by Ekstasis on March 10, 2017, 08:15:39 AM »
Try to catch the fish  and give it a listen  trust me.
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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Goodbye iTunes..Hello MusicBee!
« Last post by cvac on March 10, 2017, 07:05:47 AM »
Never heard of Ulilith, interesting concept (the play from memory).

RE: Plex, I tried that for about an hour and quickly uninstalled it. Not only did it transcode files but there were latency issues as well. Junk IMHO.

Plex supports lossless audio it will not transcode, but you will need to set up a setting for it.

I couldn't figure out how to not make it transcode. I did play around with the settings. From everything I was reading online, the software transcodes (sounded like it too). Even if I could solve that the latency issues were a dealbreaker for me.

My chain was this:

Windows 10 PC > WIFI > PS4 > Toslink > DAC > Integrated Amp

Honestly it was such a PITA I'm not going to bother trying it again. At some point when I can afford it, I will set up a NAS and a dedicated music PC or DAC/Network streamer device. Not exactly cheap so that's why I haven't done it yet.

For now it is simply easier to run Foobar on a secondary laptop, then output USB to DAC. That or just play physical media.
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You hit on a lot of good points Ekstasis.

As you mentioned, portable devices are getting better all the time, but the problem is many are still stuck on crap $10 earbuds and lossy streaming. I can tell you that the cheapo $99 Sony CD/Tape/radio boombox I had as a teenager in the 90s sounded 100 times better than that. Same thing with the portable CD players and headphones I used at the time.

My thoughts are that the younger generation is being cheated here. Both in terms of what they get exposed to and the quality at which they are hearing it. It might not matter for disposable top 40 pop music but it does matter for a lot of other things and what we talk about here.

Even self-described music nerds are lazy nowadays. If a CD is OOP and not on streaming services, they won't buy it even if it's only $5-10. They'll either pirate it or not hear it at all. I think the latter is more common now, as young people get locked in to the streaming services.
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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Software/Mergener & Weisser on Bandcamp
« Last post by cvac on March 10, 2017, 06:33:12 AM »
The article was interesting. Not a fan of the vaporwave scene at all really, but if they are helping to bring back old music I can support that. What's everyone's take on this group? I'm no expert on Berlin School electronica...I'm guessing the earlier releases would probably appeal to me the most.

FWIW I listened to a few tracks off Digital Dance and some of them were decent to quite good while others sounded very dated IMHO due to heavy use of what sounds like digital synth presets and out of place saxophone. Possibly two steps away from department store muzak I heard everywhere as a kid during the 80s. Not trying to trash this group or anything, just my initial impressions.

I'd be curious to hear opinions from people that know their catalog well...
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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Keith Berry Elixir
« Last post by cvac on March 10, 2017, 06:27:19 AM »
I wrote a review of it on my blog, see link in my signature line. Surely someone else here has heard it as well, just over 20 people have purchased it on Bandcamp.

is it as good as the fish ? :)

Sorry, I don't have that one. Towards the Blue Peninsula I liked a lot, which led me to buy this one. Read the review :).
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by cvac on March 10, 2017, 06:25:42 AM »
Recently:

Klaus Schulze - Picture Music

David Helpling and Jon Jenkins - Treasure

Steve Roach - Quiet Music
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