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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #5220 on: January 10, 2017, 03:16:24 PM »
Wow!  That 23 Degrees piece is great. Had not heard it before.

Agree! Very nice.

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #5221 on: January 10, 2017, 04:00:01 PM »
Spectrum - Neon Sigh

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0fGPLR-gqw

They used a Serge and a VCS3. 

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #5222 on: January 10, 2017, 06:37:09 PM »
Dighom - Vaana

Ambient guitar drone with a staggering 51 youTube plays! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCG-5f81hLM


Jairamji - Stabilizing In Chaos

Meditative ethno ambient.  Music to burn incense to?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2jXg5WH-_E

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #5223 on: January 11, 2017, 01:01:42 PM »
Altus - Below The Root
https://altusmusic.bandcamp.com/album/below-the-root

3 listens and hearing something new each time. Well done, Mike.

Glad to hear you're enjoying it. Thanks for the support. :)
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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #5224 on: January 11, 2017, 04:15:19 PM »
Fountainhead (Robert Scott Thompson) - A Sea of Stars

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReMyuCgC9Cs

Papercutz - Caught in a Halo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Gj-G4wK5x0

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #5225 on: January 12, 2017, 08:36:41 AM »
Some recent listens:

Illusion of Safety/Big City Orchestra - collaborative tape
New Blockaders - Simphonie in X Major
David Parsons - Himalaya
Gnawed/Ligature Impression split
Atrox Pestis - s/t

RN:

Nunc Stans - Crossing Bridges

Sounding great so far.

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #5226 on: January 13, 2017, 01:22:55 PM »

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #5227 on: January 14, 2017, 10:50:29 AM »
wut wut wut wut

https://slowdive.bandcamp.com/track/star-roving

I think it's awesome. Can't wait for the album to come out.

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #5228 on: January 14, 2017, 11:38:10 AM »
wut wut wut wut

https://slowdive.bandcamp.com/track/star-roving

I think it's awesome. Can't wait for the album to come out.

Yes.  It's about time!  Saw them open for Ride in the early 90s.  Fantastic show.

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #5229 on: January 15, 2017, 03:36:39 PM »
David Sylvian - Beekeeper's Apprentice

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MGs5i4E990

Ambient guitar with frequent pitch bends, soft bells and chimes, soft drones, ephemeral guitar fuzz, occasional feedback and something that sounds like bowed strings.

Museum quality!





 


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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #5230 on: January 15, 2017, 04:19:56 PM »
Thom Brennan - Mist

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7uBEpelThs

Superb Ambient drone.  A little New Agey at times, but certainly not New Age.  It's the only TB album I have and it won't be the last.

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« Reply #5231 on: January 15, 2017, 06:08:14 PM »

That is one good album, but listening to ambient is sad it is total destruction of audio. I feel bad of people growing up today, with bad audio quality everywhere.

I don't feel bad for people growing up today.  They can use YouTube to preview a full album in lower audio quality before they buy it.  When I was a kid, I didn't get to listen to music before I bought it.

The unfortunate thing is a large percentage of young people don't buy music and don't know what good audio quality is.  I'm betting the Thom Brennan album sounds pretty good at Spotify.  Sadly, someone has to listen to it 1000 times to pay the artist $10.  Most people won't stream Mist 1000 times in their lifetime.

Youtube playback is maxed at 128k AAC.  It used to be higher quality.  This bit rate can sound a lot better than the example of Mist, so I am led to believe it was uploaded at a lower bit rate and not AAC.
 

       

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #5232 on: January 16, 2017, 06:38:57 PM »

I uploaded my track on soundcloud, it sounds like crap there, I thought soundcloud had good sound, but it sounds really bad, it sounds like 128kbps or something.

https://soundcloud.com/solyaris84/ekstasis-drifting-in-lost-time

Soundcloud is 128k. 

If you want better quality, try the new service called Orfium.  320k stream.  Embedable player.  It's free to use.

https://www.orfium.com/

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #5233 on: January 17, 2017, 07:55:53 AM »
Subaeris - The City in Rain
Urban dronescapes
https://subaeris.bandcamp.com/album/the-city-in-rain

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #5234 on: January 17, 2017, 08:38:20 AM »

That is one good album, but listening to ambient is sad it is total destruction of audio. I feel bad of people growing up today, with bad audio quality everywhere.

I don't feel bad for people growing up today.  They can use YouTube to preview a full album in lower audio quality before they buy it.  When I was a kid, I didn't get to listen to music before I bought it.

The unfortunate thing is a large percentage of young people don't buy music and don't know what good audio quality is.  I'm betting the Thom Brennan album sounds pretty good at Spotify.  Sadly, someone has to listen to it 1000 times to pay the artist $10.  Most people won't stream Mist 1000 times in their lifetime.

Think it's more than just young people in this scenario. I know many adults, all ages, who do not have the first clue about sound quality, Hi Fi, bit rates , or even remotely decent music.

Conversely I know a lot of young people who are right into music, buying vinyl and looking at better equipment etc.

I can confirm the Brennan albums on Spotify are pretty damm good quality. I stream on the highest quality choice which I think is 320kbs. I have most of the Brennan albums on purchased download but still listen on Spotify occasionally. Have to confess I like Spotify very much. I use it mainly for researching artists that I might like to follow further by purchasing their music. But also listen to artists that I would never consider purchasing their music so I guess they get some support from that. As a result of spotify I have bought several albums I may not have otherwise.

Is that actualy what the payment rate is then 1000 plays for $10? If so that is poor. I do recall a Projekt email where Sam said it was 247 plays for one dollar also. Mmmhh not great.


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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #5235 on: January 17, 2017, 08:54:03 AM »

Is that actualy what the payment rate is then 1000 plays for $10? If so that is poor. I do recall a Projekt email where Sam said it was 247 plays for one dollar also. Mmmhh not great.

Yeah, not great at all. From reading Sam's blog articles on the whole streaming thing, his stance seems to have softened on it a little, but I'm glad he is putting the reality of these services out there. I've always felt that it's appropriate to support artists I like to the extent I can. That means buying albums either in lossless digital format or physical copies. Streaming is great for previews and checking out new artists but that's all it will be for me.

Re: Ekstatis' comments above, the norm for the current generation is simply to not buy any music at all and stream everything. Sadly, I don't see this changing any time soon. A lot of people under 30 are so cheap they won't even buy a CD for $5, much less anything that costs more than that.

Not that Neil Young isn't already rich, but there was a recent thread on another forum where people were complaining that his albums weren't on a streaming service, then when they were later added, everyone was happy because they "could finally listen to them". Never mind that most of his back catalog is available for between $5-8 a pop on CD brand new. I've seen similar threads complaining about the back catalogs of other artists and labels too (Kill Rocks Stars was one). With this line of thinking, you can extrapolate and see why it's tougher than ever for indie artists to simply break even on the music they make. 

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #5236 on: January 17, 2017, 09:22:55 AM »
First Law - A Future So Bright

https://loki-found.bandcamp.com/album/a-future-so-bright

I'd somehow missed this artist over the years. From what I gather they started off doing fairly standard dark ambient and gradually became more experimental or added things to the formula over time. This is the most recent album and it's very good IMHO. It has a strong psychedelic feel to it which I enjoy. LOKI just added this and the rest of the catalog to Bandcamp, digital downloads are priced at 5 Euros for a limited time.

Bad Sector - Cephus

https://bad-sector.bandcamp.com/album/from-cephus-2015

I bought this CD when it first came out, but hadn't really listened to it much. For some reason I felt it was weaker than past Bad Sector releases when I initially played it. Listening again now and I'm liking it a lot more.

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #5237 on: January 17, 2017, 10:19:07 AM »
Biosphere :: Departed Glories -- A curious album. Often with great beauty and subtlety.

https://biosphere.bandcamp.com/album/departed-glories
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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #5238 on: January 17, 2017, 10:36:52 AM »
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Murkok :: Dizziness -- grainy, noisy, pads/drones. Would be excellent sleep music.

https://murkok.bandcamp.com/album/dizziness
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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #5239 on: January 17, 2017, 10:53:22 AM »

Is that actualy what the payment rate is then 1000 plays for $10? If so that is poor. I do recall a Projekt email where Sam said it was 247 plays for one dollar also. Mmmhh not great.


Spotify's payout is not the same for every artist and it has been decreasing.  The artist's payout can be closer to 0.001 per stream if they are signed to a medium or larger label.  Thom B probably gets about 0.005 per stream, so that would be closer to 2000 plays for $10.

Mist costs $5 as a download minus 30% to a major merchant.   So someone would need to stream 700 Mist songs (or the entire album 175 times) to produce the same revenue as an Amazon download.  Streaming the entire album 5x per year for 35 years would pay the same as a download.  This is assuming Spotify's payout rate doesn't change which is a doubtful assumption.