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« Reply #1550 on: 20 Sep 2020, 07:29 »

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« Reply #1551 on: 20 Sep 2020, 19:51 »

Still Wendy Carlos. My public library has some of her CDs so now I've got Switched-On Brandenburgs, and her complete Clockwork Orange score (distinct from the official soundtrack release in that it contains her original composition "Timesteps" in its entirety, a longer version of Beethoven's scherzo movement from the 9th symphony, and a few more tracks that weren't even in the film's final cut.)
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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #1552 on: 20 Sep 2020, 20:36 »

Pomplamoose arranged Beautiful People into a musical style.


EDIT: This is more in line with their usual stuff.
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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #1553 on: 21 Sep 2020, 00:37 »

From Norwich (UK) with intensity...

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by Mammal Hands.

While this piece is one of the highlights, the rest of the album is good also.
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« Reply #1554 on: 22 Sep 2020, 09:35 »

Way back in the wayback, the two who became the Eurythmics were in a little-known band called the Tourists.

Lennox is already a good pop-singer at the time (1977) and Stewart's guitar seems flawless although with the muddy sound-mixing it doesn't come out clearly.  But both she and Dave Stewart are so. very. young. in these clips.  I hadn't experienced these as videos until I went looking in order to make this post, so I'm seeing it for the first time, but holy carp they are just kids! 
Critique: they needed better audio post-production mixing - whoever did the sound on the 'Tourist' albums blew it and made it sound 'muddy' or 'blurry' - as though mixing low-fidelity tracks made on cheap cassette recorders - which, to be fair, might be exactly what happened at first, but the fact that they went on to make videos means they had production capabilities that made the sound mixing inexcusable, and it didn't get better.

I'm a fan of Annie Lennox.  While she's doing generic-pop-singer early in her career here, and she and Dave went on to a 'synth-pop/new-wave' as the Eurythmics that took a lot more composition and post-production skill, and continued to be high-energy and a lot of fun.

And then she herself went on to do 'Experimental' genre-less music that is emotionally intimate and just worlds removed from these origins.

Anyway, artists I truly admire tend to change and develop during their careers.  And she's a good example.

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #1555 on: 24 Sep 2020, 17:07 »

The OST for Wandersong.
It's a rhythm game puzzle platformer with a hefty chonk of plot. You play as a pacifistic bard who
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Also, I've sadly only come across one cover of any of the songs in the game. Around 1/3 of them actually have lyrics on screen so far.
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« Reply #1556 on: 30 Sep 2020, 07:38 »

I'm not going to say anything about this...

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« Reply #1557 on: 30 Sep 2020, 17:27 »

Surprisingly enough, the Tetris soundtrack for Game Boy.
I'm tryingto name all of the classic musical used in it.


So far, I've got Korobeiniki, an excerpt from the 8:50 minute mark of Bach's French Suite No. 3 in B minor, The Nutcracker Suite, The Can Can, Hoe-Down from Eric Copland's 'Rodeo', and that's about it so far.

EDIT: Adding times and entries

0:00 ???
0:39 ???
2:07 Korobeinki
3:34 ???
4:55 Bach's French Suite No. 3 in B minor
6:22 original piece
6:28 Les Toreadors from the Bizet Carmen Suite no 1.
7:05 -7:30 Nutcracker Suite
7:44 and on all sound like original compositions.
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« Reply #1558 on: 01 Oct 2020, 05:57 »

6:28 is a frantic version of Les Toreadors from the Bizet Carmen Suite no 1.

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« Reply #1559 on: 01 Oct 2020, 09:31 »

At about 4:55 you have Bach's Minuet in B minor
This was one of my favorites at junior high school age when I was practicing piano semi-seriously. If memory serves I played it better than whoever is playing in that YT video. Basically because I found the tune somewhat catchy and played it a lot.
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« Reply #1560 on: 01 Oct 2020, 17:48 »

6:28 is a frantic version of Les Toreadors from the Bizet Carmen Suite no 1.
Oof. I got that one way wrong.
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« Reply #1561 on: 02 Oct 2020, 04:36 »

I'm not going to say anything about this...


Actually, maybe I will because I've become a wee bit obsessed by it...
(So much so, I'll be buying the digital albums soon...)

Notes from the albums Bandcamp page:

EVERYWHERE AT THE END OF TIME (COMPLETE EDITION)

When work began on this series it was difficult to predict how the music would unravel itself. Dementia is an emotive subject for many and always a subject I have treated with maximum respect.

Stages have all been artistic reflections of specific symptoms which can be common with the progression and advancement of the
different forms of Alzheimer's.



STAGE 1 - (A+B)
Here we experience the first signs of memory loss.
This stage is most like a beautiful daydream.
The glory of old age and recollection.
The last of the great days.

STAGE 2 - (C+D)
The second stage is the self realisation and awareness that something is wrong with a refusal to accept that. More effort is made to remember so memories can be more long form with a little more deterioration in quality. The overall personal mood is generally lower than the first stage and at a point before confusion starts setting in.

STAGE 3 - (E+F)
Here we are presented with some of the last coherent memories before confusion fully rolls in and the grey mists form and fade away. Finest moments have been remembered, the musical flow in places is more confused and tangled. As we progress some singular memories become more disturbed, isolated, broken and distant. These are the last embers of awareness before we enter the post awareness stages.

STAGE 4 - (G+H+I+J)
Post-Awareness Stage 4 is where serenity and the ability to recall singular memories gives way to confusions and horror. It's the beginning of an eventual process where all memories begin to become more fluid through entanglements, repetition and rupture.

STAGE 5 - (K+L+M+N)
Post-Awareness Stage 5 confusions and horror.
More extreme entanglements, repetition and rupture can give way to
calmer moments. The unfamiliar may sound and feel familiar.
Time is often spent only in the moment leading to isolation.

STAGE 6 - (O+P+Q+R)
Post-Awareness Stage 6 Is without description.
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« Reply #1562 on: 05 Oct 2020, 09:32 »

Not saw JoeCovenant's immediately above before wrote:

The Caretaker (LeytonLeyland James Kirby) 's Everywhere in the End of EternityTime; of ideal deteriage---resonning too well my mind therewith is; Like lucid essence through vague details and misemphasen, orienate only sufficient to search for the--
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Noticing?---somewherein---grand vague likenese by Michał Kleofas Ogiński's Polonez №13 Pożegnanie Ojczyzny---the musak a nation's sacrosentimental.
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« Reply #1563 on: 11 Oct 2020, 01:35 »

As I apparently "found" Gondwana (a label based in Manchester, UK), I want to also recommend Matthew Halsall himself. Peaceful and beautiful.


Matthew Halsall is the composer, the lead, and the trumpetist, Nat Birchall  (tenor sax) has more screen time in the video early on.
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« Reply #1566 on: 16 Oct 2020, 22:02 »

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« Reply #1567 on: 17 Oct 2020, 17:01 »

Brilliant track.

And it's falling for the same reason as many others, too. Near constant war, an incredibly greedy aristocracy that refuses to pay its fair share or do its part, and a horribly corrupt government.
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from the tail-end of this post

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« Reply #1568 on: 17 Oct 2020, 18:14 »

Laibach's entire "Volk" album is basically hard takes on national anthems and myths.  I bought a digital copy ages ago, but I'm strongly considering getting it on vinyl.
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« Reply #1569 on: 17 Oct 2020, 22:41 »

Thing about vinyl.... it's better than digital, once.  Maybe twice or three times.  Okay, being fair, modern turntables really run the needles very very light, and if you have good modern equipment maybe even a dozen times.  But once, for sure.

If you buy a vinyl record, you've spent your money on those first few plays.  If you fail to capture the first play in the highest-bitrate lossless audio codec you can, then what you're doing is paying the band tribute.  You're making a small but extravagant sacrifice to show your loyalty, or making some kind of statement about the fleeting impermanence of all experiences, or something artistic like that. 

But if you're like me, you want it (or a very close approximation to it) to listen to again and again.  My first play is always a vinyl-to-digital conversion that results in files far too big for them to ever have sold on CD. Is the recording as good as the record's first play?  No.  Is it better than the record's tenth, or twelfth, or twentieth play?  Yes.  Is it better than the CD of the same album?  Absolutely blowing-away better.
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« Reply #1570 on: 18 Oct 2020, 00:23 »

Thing about vinyl.... it's better than digital, once.

Debatable.
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« Reply #1571 on: 18 Oct 2020, 05:42 »

I have a turntable plugged directly into the computer, and yeah, the first thing I do is make a copy.  I know that the medium degrades with use, but I do like having something physical and the cover art is so much nicer with vinyl than it is for CD.
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« Reply #1572 on: 18 Oct 2020, 12:02 »


The second track (at 18:40) seems to have gotten into the attic of my mind and won't leave.
This whole performance has a subtle sense of foreboding about it. But that makes sense being that it uses samples from various endangered animals.

Honestly, if I ever DM a game where the party may end up in the Fey Wild, I'll be using this to set the mood.
[Skipping past the parts where Cosmo explains the sounds being used.]

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« Reply #1574 on: 20 Oct 2020, 12:41 »

Thing about vinyl.... it's better than digital, once.  Maybe twice or three times.  Okay, being fair, modern turntables really run the needles very very light, and if you have good modern equipment maybe even a dozen times.  But once, for sure.

If you buy a vinyl record, you've spent your money on those first few plays.  If you fail to capture the first play in the highest-bitrate lossless audio codec you can, then what you're doing is paying the band tribute.  You're making a small but extravagant sacrifice to show your loyalty, or making some kind of statement about the fleeting impermanence of all experiences, or something artistic like that. 

But if you're like me, you want it (or a very close approximation to it) to listen to again and again.  My first play is always a vinyl-to-digital conversion that results in files far too big for them to ever have sold on CD. Is the recording as good as the record's first play?  No.  Is it better than the record's tenth, or twelfth, or twentieth play?  Yes.  Is it better than the CD of the same album?  Absolutely blowing-away better.

Removing any quibbles individuals have about what 'sounds better', this is all pretty valid stuff but it also relies pretty specifically on peak fidelity being the only thing that matters, and I do not agree with that.
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« Reply #1575 on: Yesterday at 00:33 »

Anyway, why would you want the “ highest-bitrate lossless audio codec”?

Lossless is lossless. If you’re going with a lossless codec, wouldn’t you prefer a lower bit rate if anything? Smaller file. Still lossless.
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« Reply #1577 on: Yesterday at 01:25 »

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« Reply #1578 on: Yesterday at 02:12 »

Anyway, why would you want the “ highest-bitrate lossless audio codec”?

Lossless is lossless. If you’re going with a lossless codec, wouldn’t you prefer a lower bit rate if anything? Smaller file. Still lossless.

Heh, I don't even think about that these days, 'cos storage is cheap.
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« Reply #1579 on: Yesterday at 03:20 »

BTW The Vox article skims over the reasons that sound engineers use oversampling.

This video explains why in much greater detail.

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« Reply #1580 on: Yesterday at 14:53 »

I suppose that what I mean by 'lossless' is that it captures absolutely all of the information about the sound, that my player is able to reveal.

I can (over) sample it at a very high bit rate, but you're right, 'lossless' isn't really a word to apply to an analog medium.  'Lossless' in this case was intended to mean that encoding the file doesn't lose or change any of the bits I sample.

Although now that you've made me think about it, I wonder if I could increase the encoded sample rate by recording multiple plays and lining them up.  Would that do better than hardware interpolation? 

Given the limitations of my speakers it pretty clearly doesn't matter, but it's an interesting thought.
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« Reply #1581 on: Today at 01:59 »

To summarize the way I see it:
  • The fidelity of a digital recording is only limited by the sampling rate (ignoring the fact that people may diasgree on the meaning of 'fidelity' here, and hence on what exact features of the soundwaves should be coded how efficiently).
  • The potentially huge file of a digital recording is sometimes compressed to make the files smaller (so that you can fit more music into a small device).
  • Lossy vs. lossless is a property of the method of compression. "Lossless" means that the compression is reversible. In other words, the uncompressed digital recording can be fully recovered from the compressed version. Just like any file can be recovered from its compressed ZIP-version, because ZIP is a lossless method for compressing a file. "Lossy" means that this is not possible, and only a (good) approximation can be recovered.
  • I may be wrong, but I think that a given format only uses one method of compression. IIRC MP3 uses lossy compression, FLAC lossless. Lossy compression produces smaller files, but at a slight cost on fidelity - undetectable by many (most) listeners under common enough conditions.
  • An advantage CDs have over vinyl is the extra layer of error correction. This was a selling point in the 80s. CDs can recover from a variety of damage such as scratches (as long as the scratch does not have a critical shape). If a vinyl is scratched, it quickly becomes useless. From a CD the exact same recording can be read hundreds of times (or more if you take care of your CDs). Eventually a large enough number of scratches may accumulate, and the error correction mechanism can no longer cope.

I once wrote a blog trying to explain how CDs (and QRCodes, the math is the same) cope with errors. I think I did a fairly good job explaining it with toy examples not needing more than high school algebra. Unfortunately StackExhange discontinued the blogs, so I cannot post a link :-(

Hmm. Here's an archived copy of my blog post. The parts titled "Toy Examples" place very low demands on your math prowess.
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