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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4040 on: March 27, 2014, 03:56:13 PM »
What drone on said. The top referrer to my site is YouTube, with an average bounce rate of 35%. In my case, it's an excellent form of promotion.
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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4041 on: March 27, 2014, 07:02:07 PM »
Yes, but that's the individual artist or label's decision to make, not the listener's.  I'm completely OK with the occasional piece of mine appearing on a blog mix, for example.  What I'm not OK with is a person posting one of my releases in its entirety anywhere in any form without my consent or my label's. This has happened more than once and I've had to sent take down notices.

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What drone on said. The top referrer to my site is YouTube, with an average bounce rate of 35%. In my case, it's an excellent form of promotion.

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4042 on: March 28, 2014, 04:34:08 AM »
While I agree with what Forrest says (I wouldn't be best pleased if someone uploded one of my albums without my permission), I still think it's where a lot of people are going to find new music, so I make a video (usually a montage) whenever I release something and put it up on the choob.

I can't think of better ways to get it 'out there'. soundcloud (for example) doesn't work in that way, in my experience.

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4043 on: March 28, 2014, 07:12:32 PM »
When music that is mentioned here in the "Now Playing" thread that I might be interested in I follow whatever links are offered and also head to youtube which usually has a fair share of the artists music  to help me decide in my purchase.  It is a great resource.  I agree with Forrest about artists rights yet most of the youtube post I listen to have so much admiration for the music being posted its hard to fault it. 

Really a lot of my music purchasing decisions are often based more on youtube than the artist websites because of the silly 30 second sound clip rule that many adhere.....perhaps a Youtube thread?
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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4044 on: March 28, 2014, 08:43:09 PM »
Pete and Julio,

I know there can be an inherent tension between an artist or a small label's rights and a listener's desire to hear as music as he or she can for as cheap as possible, and that YouTube for some fulfills that need alone, while other use it as a basis for experimenting with purchasing new music.  Ultimately, if musicmaking can no longer pay for itself and, instead, musicians continue to lose money paying for mastering, licensing of photos and artwork, you will have fewer musicians able or willing to do this at a continued loss and I think the pool of available music will gradually become the poorer for it.  If listeners truly respect the musicians whose music they like, they should pay for it, unless the musician chooses to make it available for free.  I try to balance my pay releases with some "free" material, such as my "Seeds of Memory" EP on Thomas Park's Treetrunk netlabel, as a way of giving those unfamiliar with my work a taste of what I do.

I buy quite a bit of music, physical and virtual, so I try to put money where my mouth is, as I think it's the right thing to do.

Forrest

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4045 on: March 29, 2014, 06:52:31 AM »
  Ultimately, if musicmaking can no longer pay for itself and, instead, musicians continue to lose money paying for mastering, licensing of photos and artwork, you will have fewer musicians able or willing to do this at a continued loss and I think the pool of available music will gradually become the poorer for it.  If listeners truly respect the musicians whose music they like, they should pay for it, unless the musician chooses to make it available for free

Forrest

What you say here Forrest is becoming a disturbing reality, or perhaps is a reality.  The idea of a pool of music becoming a puddle is a sad picture.  Some might say that there is so much out there that maybe its not a terrible thing yet it would be for the wrong reason.  All suffer for sure.

I feel that artists / musicians need to step up their personal exposure via websites / Bandcamp etc....and offer music fans a decent amount of music to listen to to help the purchasing process and thus avoid the need for youtube browsing.  This is my reason for going to youtube because I often cant find the music discussed here.  30 second sound clips @ amazon, itunes & cdbay does not promoted sales in IMHO. I realize that what you say Forrest goes much deeper and  started with the Napster thing and now "Free" is the first step towards success ???

This is a huge topic.....one worth chatting about for musicians and even more so music lovers.
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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4046 on: March 29, 2014, 09:05:35 AM »
This is an interesting topic. You guys should create a separate thread for it so it doesn't get lost in the shuffle.  :)

Now playing: Still obsessed with the new, 30th anniversary edition of Structures from Silence.

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4047 on: March 29, 2014, 09:29:13 PM »
As you rightly suggested Chris here is a link to hopefully more conversations about Youtube...http://www.hypnos.com/smf/index.php?topic=7292.0

Like you Im deep into the 30th anniversary "Structures from Silence"
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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4048 on: March 30, 2014, 02:12:51 PM »
Richard Ginns - In Float
A 2014 release on Tattersall's Cotton Goods label. This is electo-acoustic ambient at it's finest. The atmosphere is a fragile one with sounds hovering, sustaining, and then vanishing. Listening to the album brings to mind the image of motes of dust floating through a sunbeam. 

To tie this into the YouTube thread: This is an album that I never would have bought if the artist hadn't uploaded it to Bandcamp. The cost of buying this limited edition release, combined with the shipping from the UK, was prohibitive. I just didn't want to take a chance based on the few samples I heard on the Cotton Goods website. But after streaming the album once on Bandcamp, I found myself returning to it over and over again and finally bought the digital version as a way of showing my support.

Stream/Buy digital: https://richardginns.bandcamp.com/album/in-float (Curves on the Surface is my favorite track)
Buy physical: http://boomkat.com/cds/909351-richard-ginns-in-float (which is now on sale!)

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4049 on: April 02, 2014, 05:56:22 PM »
Donnacha Costello - Together is the New Alone
An older release from Mille Plateaux; minimal, with a clicks and cuts-like vibe. There are some really catchy melodies hidden within some of these tracks.

Erothyme - Circadia
This is some groovy chillout style eM that reminds me a bit of some of the Ishq releases.

Sample/Buy: https://erothyme.bandcamp.com/album/circadia [Tracks 3 and 4 are especially noteworthy]

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4050 on: April 02, 2014, 06:03:40 PM »
Richard Ginns - In Float
A 2014 release on Tattersall's Cotton Goods label. This is electo-acoustic ambient at it's finest. The atmosphere is a fragile one with sounds hovering, sustaining, and then vanishing. Listening to the album brings to mind the image of motes of dust floating through a sunbeam. 

To tie this into the YouTube thread: This is an album that I never would have bought if the artist hadn't uploaded it to Bandcamp. The cost of buying this limited edition release, combined with the shipping from the UK, was prohibitive. I just didn't want to take a chance based on the few samples I heard on the Cotton Goods website. But after streaming the album once on Bandcamp, I found myself returning to it over and over again and finally bought the digital version as a way of showing my support.

Stream/Buy digital: https://richardginns.bandcamp.com/album/in-float (Curves on the Surface is my favorite track)
Buy physical: http://boomkat.com/cds/909351-richard-ginns-in-float (which is now on sale!)

That's a beauty!  Thanks for the discovery, Chris.
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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4051 on: April 02, 2014, 06:16:12 PM »
I had a feeling that you might like it, Anthony. I bet Joe R. will too; it has a Porya Hatami quality to it.

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4052 on: April 03, 2014, 12:45:57 PM »
Rush--Spirit of the Airwaves.  Live radio broadcast from 1980 show in Missouri.  This is so much better than their official live album Exit Stage Left, which had horrible muddy sound which ruined it.  I highly recommend this CD to all Rush fans!!!

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4053 on: April 04, 2014, 06:20:41 AM »
Thanks for the heads up drone on......I had Exit Stage left in vinyl an never bought it again when I switched to over to cd. I will check this out.
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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4054 on: April 05, 2014, 11:31:09 AM »
Tangerine Dream - Wavelength OST re-issue from La La Land. Brilliant music on this and nice sound quality. Extensive sleeve notes about the film and music.

New purchase Specta Ciera + The Circular Ruins - Middle Distance. Another lovely atmospheric album from DataObscura. Several plays already, love it.

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4055 on: April 05, 2014, 05:34:58 PM »
I had a feeling that you might like it, Anthony. I bet Joe R. will too; it has a Porya Hatami quality to it.

Chris- you and Anthony are both right! Excellent album, I downloaded it at Bandcamp after I read your post this morning. I also downloaded Sea Change, a previous album by Ginns. More of the same- wonderful stuff!

Please keep up your musical explorations, Chris. You're discovering some real beauties :)

I'm also getting into Anthony's collab, Middle Distance. The first and ninth track are incredible, and probably the most accessible tracks on it. Tesla, (the ninth track) is especially tense and eerie, a really captivating piece. The rest of the album is falling into place for me, and although it was disorienting at the first listen, I think I'm really gonna love this one. It was a matter of becoming familiar with the uncharted musical terrain that I was treading through- it has a very unusual, unpredictable quality that's rapidly sounding like a strength to me --the music morphs continuously, but seamlessly. Quite magical really, a trip into a cryptic fairy world...  I don't even know why "fairy world" comes to mind, but somehow that's what it reminds me of.
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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4056 on: April 06, 2014, 06:04:32 AM »
This morning:

I revisited Specta Ciera & The Circular Ruins- Middle Distance- Yup, this one is destined to become one of Anthony's great albums.

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4057 on: April 06, 2014, 06:59:37 AM »
Thanks for the head's up on Sea Change, Joe. That absolutely belongs in my Wish List--along with Anthony's new one. (I just wish the Wish List wasn't growing so fast!)

Recently playing:
Ashlar - St. James' Gardens
A neat collaboration between Wil Bolton and Phil Edwards. It is mostly guitar and various electronics being looped and processed over urban field recordings. It seems kind of meh on a first pass, but it quickly grew on me. It is easy to get lost in these soundscapes; supreme mind-wandering music.

Sample/Buy: http://hibernaterecordings.bandcamp.com/album/st-james-gardens

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4058 on: April 06, 2014, 05:58:16 PM »
Thanks for the head's up on Sea Change, Joe. That absolutely belongs in my Wish List--along with Anthony's new one. (I just wish the Wish List wasn't growing so fast!)


Yes, those damn wish lists- a guy just can't keep up with 'em.
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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4059 on: April 07, 2014, 07:39:05 PM »
Again: Specta Ciera & The Circular Ruins- Middle Distance- Yes, it's magical. I'm not sure why it resonates with me so well... Track 8 is hallucinatory and absolutely riveting, but far too brief in my opinion. This could have been extended into a truly mind-bending 15 minute experience.

I should learn the names of the individual tracks, but I find that more and more, I purposely ignore the titles when listening to ambient music. Titles often steer you into pre-determined mindsets. But without the "burden" of titles, your imagination is free to roam where ever. Anybody else feel this way?