Music

Save the Music

Save the Music

I love streaming radio (along with many types of music). As such, I am a strong supporter of the Save Internet Radio movement. I encourage you to also take the time and talk to your senators/representatives if you are in the US or spread the word and try to help in other ways if you are not (there are ways posted on this blog post. The internet radio world thanks you for your...

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Take a number…

I feel bad. I haven’t been able to get any new cds recently to review and really haven’t had the time to do much work on my dev project. All I can ask is you bear with me for a couple more weeks. Cardamar is taking preorders for his next cd, Where the Skies End, up until April 30. On the release page (linked in the last sentence), you can hear a 6 track preview to whet your appitite. In other music related news, iTunes is going to start distributing its music without DRM. This will only be for EMI stuff, but that’s definitely awesome. Per track it’s USD 0.30 more, but the same for full albums1. Also, Beat Port now sells wav’s (uncompressed pure quality) versions of music (for a premium) also. Very cool advancement. In both cases, the original versions are also available. I need to get more time and music… working on both. Til...

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Not exactly neglect

Ok so i haven’t posted in almost 20 days. That’s not exactly what I would call being attentive of my blog. Um… sorry? This isn’t exactly a fix. I haven’t gottent any new chillout and my other activities I want to keep hidden for now. Yes, I have been doing something that I will eventually post here. If you’re really curious, my development site is located at dev.quad341.com and does have information about what is going on. Hopefully by mid-April I will have a working example of this project and announce it to the world. I welcome actual inquery and the repository allows for anonymous checkouts. In the mean time, I need more music....

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Michael Diamond – Atlantis Rising

Before I go into the music itself, I want to get a little annoying technicality out of the way. Michael Diamond makes new age music which is not chillout. Well, not exactly chillout at least. To be honest, new age seems to be the American equivalent to European chillout. It tends to be less electronic also, but otherwise very close. Atlantis Rising is a new age cd that follows the idea of new age is similar to chillout. This actually could be related to ambient at times as well. It does have quite a few synths in the music, but it is all flowing. At times it even seems to give off an organic feel. Throughout the CD though, it is very rich sounding. I wouldn’t call it as rich as someone such as S. Zeilenga, but it has good depth on every track. There is variety also. Not everything is very ambient nor is it all organic. Little bits of both will appear in every track though. Each leaves a distinct feeling in its wake, but all are very well done. One of the main downsides to the CD is its length. It lasts a mere 52 minutes and leaves you desiring more. I can’t say that the ends of the CD are poorly done though. The lead in and lead out tracks are particularly good at their jobs. It really can get you in the mood for what the rest of the CD is about to present. The end track, “The Hero’s Journey,” is a stronger and less delicate track that the introduction, but there is an organic element that ties the tracks together regardless. I would say the cd is pretty good overall. Most chillout lovers would be...

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Clint Mansell – Requiem for a Dream Soundtrack

If you listened to “View from the Rainbow” from Cardamar, you heard 3 Clint Mansell songs from this album. That’s what inspired me to purchase it. Unfortunately, I didn’t find a whole lot more on the cd. The best tracks by far are the ones named something about ghosts. Yes, there are actually 4 tracks with that name. There are slight variations, but all of the tracks are about the same. There are other good ones too. Summer Overture, for example, is a good track that isn’t named ghost anything. Any of the songs relating to emotions tend to be rather interesting in various ways, but there are other tracks that just seem out of place with genres such as House or Jazz cropping up. I didn’t particularly enjoy those tracks, but I was more disappointed by the lack of variety on the disc. I realize that in a movie certain songs might keep cropping up, but I don’t think the soundtrack needs to be set up in the same way. The few other songs are not good enough to correct for what I see as a major shortcoming. To be brief, I would call this cd OK. If you like chillout, etc., you might want to pick up the disc used or just get the ghost tracks off of iTunes or something of the...

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Music Update

This is a short post to be followed by a longer one soon. I got my “In Medias Res” CD yesterday. I can say that the release version is even better than the version I reviewed. WTANR sheltershed counterbalance mix is very cool. While I like the original better, it is a cool, harsher take on it. Hymn is also very cool and a great closing track; it’s extremely downtempo and flowing. I cannot say how much I love this album! I also got my Clint Mansell CD (Requiem for a Dream soundtrack). I’ll review that soon. BeatPort gave me 3 free tracks (well…USD 5.97 of credit) so I got a large compelation of music. I can’t remember what it’s called, but I’ll get around to talking about that hopefully by next...

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