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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Nagging iTunes distortion problem solved.
« on: December 04, 2017, 03:21:56 PM »
I use iTunes on a dedicated PC to stream music all over my house via an AudioEngine wireless DAC. It works flawlessly, but there has always been an annoying distortion on some tracks, particularly ambient droning mid-frequency stuff (think quieter Steve Roach recordings, Jonathan Coleclough, etc.) I used to think it was an artifact of MP3, and just lived with it. But recently it's started to really nag at me, so I set out to eliminate it. I tried direct-wiring the PC to the AMP; new speaker wire; even lowering the line-level volume, thinking maybe the DAC was coming in too hot. Nothing helped.

Realizing that maybe iTunes EQ was to blame, I checked my settings; everything was set to "none" for EQ. Hmm... So I reset each individual file to "flat" instead, and BAM, distortion gone.

Damn, that was easy!

Marketplace / A few dozen CDs for sale...
« on: January 02, 2017, 12:44:03 PM »
I'm cleaning out my collection, and have some CDs for sale.  All are in very good / excellent condition.  If you see something you like, shoot me an offer; save me from eBay!

Mimetic - Data Sensitive / be_at sound 2xCD digipack
FSOL - Lifeforms EP
Plastikman - Consumed digipack
Plastikman - Artifacts (bc) digipack
PGR (Kim Cascone) - Hole of Unknown Depth
PGR (Kim Cascone) - Morning Book of Serpents
DJ Spooky vs. Scanner - The Quick and the Dead die-cut digipack
Banco de Gaia - The Magical Sounds Of... digipack
Banco de Gaia - Igezeh digipack
Banco de Gaia - Big Men Cry digipack
Steve Roach - On this Planet
Steve Roach - Midnight Moon
Not Otherwise Specified - s/t
Lagowski - Ashita (side effects)
Kaltesglas - Repetition and Texture digipack
Euphoria - s/t digipack
Euphoria - Beautiful My Child digipack
Dither - Urei digipack
cdatakill - The Cursed Species
cdatakill - Paradise / Brazilian Nightmare 2xCD
Labradford - E luxo so
Labradford - A Stable Reference
Labradford - Prazision
Gold Water (Witchman) - Dustbowl
Witchman - Explorimenting Beats
Lhasa Cement Plant - I Am Providence (live) (Bormetomagus side project)

I'm selling Selling Oophoi "Time Fragments" vol. 1, 2, and 3.  These are the Skean Dhu versions in the metal boxes, in excellent condition.  They're official releases on CDR.

$10 each, plus $3 shipping in the US.

Also selling Beequeen's "Do Be Do:  A live anthology" CDR, same price.

Now Playing / Heavy music: turn it up to eleven!
« on: August 19, 2013, 04:45:38 PM »
The way I see it, there are only two kinds of music:  good music and bad music.  And good music comes in many flavors, not all of it tranquil and soothing...  So who else on this board likes the occasional blast of heavy?  And I don't mean Poison-esque cheeze-metal; I mean HEAVY heavy.  Bands that would stomp Poison into the ground like insignificant ants.

I, for one, enjoy the sonic assaults of High Rise, Mainliner, Earthless, Heavy Winged, etc.  There's something about a band teetering on the edge of control, everything as loud as it will go, just letting loose...  which brings me to one of my favorite heavy bands ever, Skullflower.  It seems their early catalog has finally been re-released in a very deluxe way.  I have most of this stuff (I managed to rip my CD's before the infamous cd-rot set in), but I am psyched for unreleased stuff from their earlier sessions, and remastered versions of the rest:

"Finally available, a much needed CD retrospective of Skullflower's early works from 1986 1990 spread across four separate releases, featuring all the material previously released on Broken Flag, Shock, Majora and Forced Exposure, plus around two hours of previously unheard music 14 of them spread across the series. And this is not 'out-take' dross used to fill up CDs, this is essential early Skullflower providing further insight into their uniquely twisted musical world. All material has been digitally mastered by Richard Whittaker at FX, and each CD comes in a deluxe gatefold card cover and inner sleeve with newly unearthed artwork by Matthew. Booklets feature extensive notes and previously unseen flyers, posters and photos."

Kino I:  Birthdeath comprises the remastered first 12" EP, available in its entirety for the first time since 1987, plus six previously unreleased, unheard and undreamed of tracks.

Kino II:  Form Destroyer includes the remastered first album - the best it's ever sounded, two 'bonus' tracks from Shock's long out of print RUINS and two previously unheard pieces. A truly monstrous disc of heavy, f*cked up music.

Kino III:  Xaman includes the most requested early Skullflower release, the original CD rendered unplayable by disc rot for 20 years and the subject of endless drivelsome internet speculation... Finally remastered, with new cover art from Matthew's archive.

Kino IV:  Black Sun Rising rounds up the first three 7" releases on Shock, Majora and Forced Exposure, the bonus track from THE PORTABLE ALTAMONT, plus six previously unreleased tracks including three from the XAMAN sessions.

So who else likes the RAWK?  What other essential gems need to be in any heavy music fan's collection?

Marketplace / For Sale: A ton of Rapoon CDs
« on: August 07, 2013, 11:14:32 AM »
Selling off my Rapoon collection; if interested in any of these, shoot me an offer.  Help me avoid eBay!

vs. Kinder Atom
The Kirghiz Light 2xcd
Darker by Light
The Fires of the Borderlands
Tin of Drum
Easterly 6 or 7
New Cult of The Sun Moon
Messianic Ghosts (reissue)

(SOLD) Fallen Gods/Cidar 2xcd
(SOLD) What do you suppose?
(SOLD) Just Say the Faith
(SOLD) Cold War: Drum 'n Bass
(SOLD) Errant Angels
(SOLD) Raising Earthly Spirits - die-cut digipack version
(SOLD) Vernal Crossing
(SOLD) Recurring (Dream Circle)

Have you checked out Google's logo today?  Recorded anything fun?   ;D

Jokes, Nonsense and Amusing Links / Sneezing Fetish?! What the...
« on: May 24, 2011, 12:12:37 PM »
I Googled "Hypnos Forum", and this came up...  and no, I did NOT click on it... 

Ok, peeps, here it is, the rarest of the rare:  A massive SunDummy release, spanning 96 minidisks!  That's 128 hours of music!!!  Includes just about everything SunDummy recorded in the last years of its existence, including a recording/playback deck to add to your home system.  That's right, a dusty and finicky Sony minidisk deck is included!

I have no idea what all is on the disks, but if memory serves, there are final mixes of the stuff SunDummy released, as well as alternate mixes, shitloads of unreleased stuff, wild experiments, horrible noise, raw samples, and all manner of audio mistakes and sonic pollution.  Sure to make your neighbors concerned for your well-being.

If you order in the next 60 minutes ('cause you know we can't do this all day...), we'll include a handsome cardboard shipping box - complete with packing tape and address label, with your address on it - for you to display it in!

If you want it, act fast, this whole mess is going in a dumpster soon.   ;)

Pocket Rock-it Sampler 16.  Looks like this one, but it's the sampler version:

It can actually multi-track several samples while you play; funky little unit.  Also makes some interesting sounds when the battery is dying.   ;)  I haven't used this in years, but the last time I did, it worked great.  Headphones not included; I lost them years ago.  $20.

Dean Markley ZH-7 acoustic pickup.  Looks like this, but with slightly different graphics:

It's about a dozen years old, in good condition.  No case.  $20.

DOD Vibro-Thang vibrato pedal:

About 10 years old, hardly ever used, in great condition.  $20.

Grrr!!!!!   ??? >:(

I've got a couple hundred gigs of audio files, stored on an external drive (E), and backed up to a separate external drive (F).  Itunes is on the PC, and points to the external drive (E) - no audio files are on the computer's internal drive.  I share the files with other PC's in the house - it's very convenient, and works great...

Except that today, when I tried to access some files, they were missing...  The listings are there, but there is no actual audio file.  I checked the main music drive, and sure enough, about 25% of the files have vanished - it's down to about 150GB.  WTF?  I checked the last backup (8/13/09) and they're not there either.  I checked the previous backup from a week earlier, and there they are - so, I'm now restoring them from the backup drive (F) to the correct drive (E).

So what happened?  Is this common?  I haven't done anything different, and haven't changed any settings - am I the victim of Gremlins?

Strange question, unrelated to ambient, but you guys are into all sorts of strange stuff, so...

I'm looking for a CD version of an LP I had about ten years ago.  I'm not sure the band - I thought it was Unwound, but I'm not positive.  They had a song that was a looped sample of Mr. Rogers singing "I'm taking care of you" and "you hardly ever crawl at all", over an over and OVER.  For some reason, I thought it was Unwound, but I can't find it on any of their albums that I have...

Any clue?  Was I drinking too much back then, and imagined the whole thing?

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Random MP3 snippet software...
« on: July 07, 2009, 10:18:23 AM »
I've got a strange request...

I'm in the early stages of a project, and am wondering:  Does anyone know of any sound editing software that can randomly collect snippets of MP3 files in a directory?  For example, suppose I have a directory with 100 30-minute MP3 files, and I want to randomly select 10-second soundbytes from random files, and string them together into one long track.  I can manually do this, but I want it to be truly random, and doing it by hand would take a long time.  Anyone?

Sleep Chamber fans rejoice.  But wow, time has not been kind.  Heroin is a nasty drug.

Getting rid of some gear I know I'll never use.  Unit is in excellent condition, has all manuals & cards, and includes power supply.  

$125, which includes shipping in the CONUS.  ***NOW $75.00***

DOD Dimension 12 delay/looper/sampler.[/b]  

From ebay:  The D12 is the perfect sampling tool for today's DJ. The D12 can hold up to 4 individual 6 second samples, or two 12 second samples, at once for a total of 24 seconds of sampling time. The samples can also be truncated for start and stop points. The D12 can run the samples backwards, and has a delay loop mode for continuous playback.


          o Reverse Playback
          o Looping - Loop mode for continuous playback
          o Delay Modulation - LFO allows delay time to be modulated
          o Stutter Button
          o Editable Start And Stop Points
          o Real Time Control
          o Delay Time Control From 10ms to 12 seconds
          o Total of 24 seconds of sampling
          o Four Banks of 6 Second Sampling, or 2 Banks of 12 Second Sampling
          o Footswitch and MIDI Controllable
          o LED Display Allows You To Edit Your Sample To 1/100th of a second
          o Holds up to 4 samples at once (6 seconds each)

I'm in the process of ripping my CD collection into a central server; so far so good.  Tonight, I ripped the "Drones" series (Throne of Drones, Storm of Drones, and Swarm of Drones).  Disk two of "Swarm" will not rip; my PC's drive just spins and spins.  I put it in my laptop; same thing.  It plays fine on several systems, but no computer can recognize it.  So, I do a bit of Googling...  turns out that they numbered the tracks on disk two starting with 11, not 1, to keep in sequence with disk one.  Well, how clever - this means that most PC drives (which look for track one) get confused.  Thus, it's un-rippable.  GRR!!!

I'm making an analog copy on my Philips CD burner; it seems to be starting with track one, so this should work.  I'll let you know how it goes...

Everything and Nothing / Wasting time on the web... Auditorium!
« on: December 03, 2008, 06:16:27 PM »
Now this is pretty cool...  it gets more and more complex as it goes on...

Everything and Nothing / I have booze named after me!
« on: November 11, 2008, 12:11:47 PM »
 ;D ;D ;D ;D :o :o :o :o

SunDummy Rum

A fine rum created with pure organic evaporated sugar cane juice, proprietary yeast and distilled through a custom made hybrid pot-column still.

They even have a logo like mine:

So, should I demand a case of rum from them for stealing my name?   ;D

Everything and Nothing / Concession speech = classy
« on: November 04, 2008, 09:47:09 PM »
No matter your political persuasion, or level of gladness/sadness with Obama's win, you gotta admit McCain's concession speech was impressive.  A very gracious way to end an ugly campaign. 

Hope this isn't too political, I just thought it was refreshing to see someone acting classy after all the nastiness.

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