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PostSubject: Re: How many of you actually "listen" to music anymore?   Thu May 07, 2015 9:26 pm

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What Composers do you enjoy? Any particular conductors you like? Artist? Smile

For the most part I really enjoy late Renaissance and Baroque era music. Classical era & forward aside (especially Brahms & Beethoven), I am not particular when it comes to conductors, although I love Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra for just about anything. Ton Koopman is amazing on harpsichord and organ. Composers, I like Dowland, Telemann, Corelli, Bach and Handel.

Paul O'Dette playing Dowland on Lute is about the best damn piping smoking music ever..

Love Lute and I've been toying with the notion to take it up for some years. Just need to determine how many courses would be best. Too many choices.

Thanks for the recommendation Chris. I'll check out Paul O'Dette playing Dowland. I'm Classically trained so the right hand is familiar with the technique. Shouldn't be too much of a leap. And I can read tab as well as notation. Heh!

Some years ago, I had a co-worker that brought his Lute to work and would play it during his breaks/lunch. Baroque stuff, and I enjoy that immensely.

Interesting thread shift, but I'm digging it.


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PostSubject: Re: How many of you actually "listen" to music anymore?   Thu May 07, 2015 10:13 pm

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What Composers do you enjoy? Any particular conductors you like? Artist? Smile

For the most part I really enjoy late Renaissance and Baroque era music. Classical era & forward aside (especially Brahms & Beethoven), I am not particular when it comes to conductors, although I love Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra for just about anything. Ton Koopman is amazing on harpsichord and organ. Composers, I like Dowland, Telemann, Corelli, Bach and Handel.

Paul O'Dette playing Dowland on Lute is about the best damn piping smoking music ever..

Love Lute and I've been toying with the notion to take it up for some years. Just need to determine how many courses would be best. Too many choices.

Thanks for the recommendation Chris. I'll check out Paul O'Dette playing Dowland. I'm Classically trained so the right hand is familiar with the technique. Shouldn't be too much of a leap. And I can read tab as well as notation. Heh!

Some years ago, I had a co-worker that brought his Lute to work and would play it during his breaks/lunch. Baroque stuff, and I enjoy that immensely.

Interesting thread shift, but I'm digging it.


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RR

I'll have to check him out also. I haven't listened to a lot of lute music, but I do have an album of English lute music by Julian Bream I quite like.
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PostSubject: Re: How many of you actually "listen" to music anymore?   Thu May 07, 2015 10:46 pm

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Love Lute and I've been toying with the notion to take it up for some years. Just need to determine how many courses would be best. Too many choices.

Thanks for the recommendation Chris. I'll check out Paul O'Dette playing Dowland. I'm Classically trained so the right hand is familiar with the technique. Shouldn't be too much of a leap. And I can read tab as well as notation. Heh!

Some years ago, I had a co-worker that brought his Lute to work and would play it during his breaks/lunch. Baroque stuff, and I enjoy that immensely.

Interesting thread shift, but I'm digging it.


Cheers,

RR

Awesome. Yeah the Lute has a very nice sound. I can listen to the Paul O'dette Dowland volumes without ever tiring of them.

Just so you end up with the definitive recordings, look for John Dowland Complete Lute Works, Volumes 1-5, Paul O'Dette, on Harmonia Mundi.

I guarantee that with this playing in the background your pipe will smoke even sweeter. Razz
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PostSubject: Re: How many of you actually "listen" to music anymore?   Thu May 07, 2015 11:17 pm

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Awesome. Yeah the Lute has a very nice sound. I can listen to the Paul O'dette Dowland volumes without ever tiring of them.

Just so you end up with the definitive recordings, look for John Dowland Complete Lute Works, Volumes 1-5, Paul O'Dette, on Harmonia Mundi.

I guarantee that with this playing in the background your pipe will smoke even sweeter. Razz

John Dowland Complete Lute Works, Volumes 1-5, $200 bucks, yea, won't be getting that set...
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PostSubject: Re: How many of you actually "listen" to music anymore?   Thu May 07, 2015 11:55 pm

Buy em' on Amazon, separate and used. I found mine for 6.99-9.99 each volume.

Here's a long list of Amazon sellers selling Volume 1 for cheap.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B0000007F5/ref=tmm_acd_used_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=used&sr=8-3&qid=1431056940
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PostSubject: Re: How many of you actually "listen" to music anymore?   Fri May 08, 2015 12:48 am

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Buy em' on Amazon, separate and used. I found mine for 6.99-9.99 each volume.

Here's a long list of Amazon sellers selling Volume 1 for cheap.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B0000007F5/ref=tmm_acd_used_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=used&sr=8-3&qid=1431056940

Cool. Cool Here's the set I'd like to have:

http://www.amazon.com/Julian-Bream--Complete-Album-Collection/dp/B00BCCEBRI/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1431060198&sr=1-1&keywords=julian+bream+box+set
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PostSubject: Re: How many of you actually "listen" to music anymore?   Fri May 08, 2015 1:35 pm

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Cool. Cool  Here's the set I'd like to have:

http://www.amazon.com/Julian-Bream--Complete-Album-Collection/dp/B00BCCEBRI/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1431060198&sr=1-1&keywords=julian+bream+box+set

Seeing that Julian Bream boxset makes me hate MP3's and digital downloads even more. I love good packaging.
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PostSubject: Re: How many of you actually "listen" to music anymore?   Fri May 08, 2015 7:21 pm

DrumsAndBeer wrote:
Buy em' on Amazon, separate and used. I found mine for 6.99-9.99 each volume.

Here's a long list of Amazon sellers selling Volume 1 for cheap.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B0000007F5/ref=tmm_acd_used_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=used&sr=8-3&qid=1431056940

Just ordered this Chris. Really looking forward to it, and thanks for the link!


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PostSubject: Re: How many of you actually "listen" to music anymore?   Fri May 08, 2015 8:50 pm

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Seeing that Julian Bream boxset makes me hate MP3's and digital downloads even more. I love good packaging.

MP3's have their place. They're good for traveling or hiking, etc. But for serious listening I prefer SACD's, or CD's at a minimum.
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PostSubject: Re: How many of you actually "listen" to music anymore?   Fri May 08, 2015 11:54 pm

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Cool. Cool  Here's the set I'd like to have:

http://www.amazon.com/Julian-Bream--Complete-Album-Collection/dp/B00BCCEBRI/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1431060198&sr=1-1&keywords=julian+bream+box+set

Seeing that Julian Bream boxset makes me hate MP3's and digital downloads even more. I love good packaging.

Purchasing the box set, then ripping a copy over to your MP3 player for mobility, can give ya the best of both worlds! Wink
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PostSubject: Re: How many of you actually "listen" to music anymore?   Sat May 09, 2015 11:57 am

Brewdude wrote:
Just ordered this Chris. Really looking forward to it, and thanks for the link!

You bet. I am sure you will enjoy that recording.

eklektos44 wrote:
MP3's have their place. They're good for traveling or hiking, etc. But for serious listening I prefer SACD's, or CD's at a minimum.

Without a doubt. It's just that I lament the dissapearance of material substance, album artwork & design, words to read about the recording session(s), printed lyrics, oh, and sound quality.. Wink

Dutch wrote:
Purchasing the box set, then ripping a copy over to your MP3 player for mobility, can give ya the best of both worlds! Wink

Dutch, Great minds think alike. That's exactly what I do. Cheers man! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: How many of you actually "listen" to music anymore?   Tue May 19, 2015 10:34 pm

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Just ordered this Chris. Really looking forward to it, and thanks for the link!

Did you get a chance to listen to it yet?
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PostSubject: Re: How many of you actually "listen" to music anymore?   Fri May 22, 2015 4:39 pm

Every day. Anywhere from 30m to a couple hours. I grew up when, like probably many of us, every house had a stereo as a centerpierce, a stack of records was visible, and concert going was a common activity. Stereo shops littered the landscape. Saved my allowance to buy records. Bought a stereo before I bought a car. I still consider movies a special occasion (that now interests me little). Music remains my #1 hobby. And I've never owned an MP3 player. I love music, but I've never enjoyed listening to it while in public, isolating myself with earbuds. I used to run for exercise, and I didn't care for it then, either. Fidelity is important to me. I listen to hard copy or lossless files (the computer is integrated into my stereo setup as another component). Fell in love with sound, and we have never parted ways.
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PostSubject: Re: How many of you actually "listen" to music anymore?   Sat May 23, 2015 7:45 pm

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Just ordered this Chris. Really looking forward to it, and thanks for the link!

Did you get a chance to listen to it yet?

Just saw your response now Chris.

Yes, I've been listening to it regularly. Quite nice, and think I'll pick up a few more of the series.

Last Sunday I attended the annual big guitar show, this time held at the Tacoma Dome. It's grown very large throughout the years I've attended, and the vintage instruments dominate. Like being a kid in a candy store!

The upshot is there was a 7 course Lute for like $4500. Had guitar frets, and although I can't remember the luthier, it looked pristine and probably well worth the coin.

If I had $4500 sitting around in a shoebox I'd have grabbed it in a heartbeat and embarked on that journey. As it was I was beguiled by many other guitars and amps.

And no, I ended up not getting any of them if you're interested! But I was sorely tempted!

Aargh!

Neutral


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PostSubject: Re: How many of you actually "listen" to music anymore?   Sat May 23, 2015 11:09 pm

Cool. Happy to hear you're enjoying those recordings. I think they're great. Every time I listen to it, I am like "Solo Lute!, man this is the sound!"...

Sorry your shoebox was light, BD. Very Happy

Sounds like it was a great show, nonetheless.
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PostSubject: Re: How many of you actually "listen" to music anymore?   Sat May 23, 2015 11:13 pm

When I am upstairs in the office, I am often listening to music. Sometimes for background, sometimes seriously. I have a couple thousand vinyl albums for serious work. A fair bit on high quality FLAC files. For when I just need the background various computer files, MP3, wave, and the FLAC all played though a tube DAC. I have several MAC1900 receivers, just in case. I got sick and tired of trying to keep the old Dual turntables running and replaced them with a UTurn Audio table. I rebuilt four of my Klipsch Heresy's with new Bob Crites crossovers and titanium diaphragms. I am even hanging on to an old Technics 100w per channel receiver because I loved them back in the day. So yeah, I am pretty serious without dropping tens of thousands on the system. (Although I hate to imagine how much I have wrapped up in vinyl.)

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PostSubject: Re: How many of you actually "listen" to music anymore?   Sun May 24, 2015 8:37 pm

Really heartening to see how many audiophiles there still are out there. As in those that still engage music as the primary activity rather than it being a background or some such. Perhaps there's hope after all in this modern world!

And on that note, I need to come clean about the nature of this thread -

As some of you may be aware, I'm a musician who produces albums of original compositions. Some of you already have my last compilation (the somewhat overly romantic one - which is clearly not part of my day-to-day persona, yet was something that I needed to do. LOL!)

The upshot is that I'm currently working on a rather large and involved project. Certainly the most ambitious one I've ever embarked upon, and one in which is challenging me at every level. More than that I will not reveal at this point, yet if I can pull it off as intended it should be pretty good in all ways.

One clue here - it's intended to be enjoyed in much the same way as a movie. Thus, one would start at the beginning and watch it all the way through. And one would then gain the perspective of the story line and developments of the plot through to the end - unlike if one would single out individual scenes because they appealed for one reason or another. Where would the sense of continuity be then?

And so, this project is intended to be in that same vein - a story which needs to be consumed from start to finish and focused upon. Not relegated to the background while one prepares supper or such.

It'll be some little while until this is ready go live. Hard to say exactly but I hope to release it before the end of this summer. And BoB will be among the first to receive complimentary copies.


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PostSubject: Re: How many of you actually "listen" to music anymore?   Sun May 24, 2015 9:04 pm

I only purchase vinyl these days. Looking forward to the remaster of Roger Waters "Amused to Death". Was very limited on vinyl initially and cost me an arm and a leg to get. Roger is promising that the remaster will be well worth it.

Great video. sunny

http://consequenceofsound.net/2015/04/roger-waters-announces-newly-remixed-version-of-amused-to-death/

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PostSubject: Re: How many of you actually "listen" to music anymore?   Mon May 25, 2015 12:57 pm

Every morning after breakfast I sit and have my cup of coffee, read and listen to classical music on the cable music station for at least an hour.
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PostSubject: Re: How many of you actually "listen" to music anymore?   Sat Sep 05, 2015 12:04 pm

I found the perceived loss of physical music to be mostly hype. The audience that has dropped out is the audience that was probably not a heavy group of buyers anyway.

In the meantime, the diehards fuel the interesting part of the industry, and they're still buying physical copies.
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PostSubject: Re: How many of you actually "listen" to music anymore?   Wed Dec 30, 2015 12:34 pm

I guess I'm like Dutch. I do listen to music, but when I'm doing something else, usually something quiet. They go part and parcel for me. I have ADHD and having something to do with my fingers really helps me concentrate. For me knitting, spinning, sewing, doing dishes, things like that are the perfect time for me to get lost in my music. I find these quiet episodes really ground me to what is happening in my life. When I go back and listen to the song or album again it's like stepping into a time machine.

I can't listen to the Passenger album, All The Little Lights, without being transported back to a quiet, snowy evening in 2013. I was sitting at my dining room table in my house on Stouffer Ave in Chambersburg. The boys were sleeping downstairs, Elizabeth was still at work. I remember everything so clearly because of the powerful pull of music and muscle memory. The kitchen had a yellow cast from the lights above the table and the kitchen sink and the street outside was quiet, that same yellow light falling on the new snow . Everything in my life was in flux at that moment. My livelihood and our home was up in the air. We were preparing to spend what we knew would be my mother's last Christmas in New York. I was in a new relationship. Everything was unknown, uncertain.

I had my sewing machine set up on my table. I was making fleece pocket warmers for everyone for Christmas. There were snips of string and small pieces of fabric and a big bowl of dried rice laid out. I sat in front of my good 'ol Kenmore sewing machine in that soft, yellow light with Michael David Rosenberg singing in my ears about the things that stop you dreaming. It was an awful, scary time for me personally, but somehow with every note he sang and every chord he played I found peace. I sang along. I watched the snow fall. I felt the vibration of my sewing machine. I felt the clean slice of my scissors.

Music has a way of tying me firmly to a memory, and it's that reason that I will always listen to music. Even memories from long ago. I spent countless weekend evenings with my dad in a log cabin that was off the grid. Every weekend we listened to Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz and the Prairie Home Companion while dad filled the cabin with pleasant pipe smoke. I learned to be quiet and still and to listen. For me the things going on with my hands were the background noise, not the music.
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PostSubject: Re: How many of you actually "listen" to music anymore?   Wed Dec 30, 2015 5:11 pm

Somehow I missed this thread.  I've been a musician all my life. Got into hi-fi in the early 70's when it was starting to explode with the receivers and bookshelf speakers that flooded the market.  The only tv I watch is when I am in the same room as the wife to talk to her.  I've had many speakers and built quite a few.  This is the last set I built (8ft tall, 16 drivers in each):


This is my 8 ft long subwoofer I built with 4 of the Stereo Integrity 18" woofers in it (my son designed and builds the woofers):



I have 1400+ LP's and had multiple turntables,(Thorens,B&O,Dunlop Systemdek,Oracle Delphi)but my Holy Grail is the Micro Seiki DX-1000 which accepts 3 tonearms.  I have a new Sumiko Blackbird cartridge for it that Soundsmith recently installed a ruby cantilever on it


My amp is a 6 channel Cinepro which puts out 575 watts into a 4 ohm load per channel.  It weighs 85 pounds.  I now have two pairs of Clements RT-7 speakers running 2 per channel, stacked to give me a 8 ft tall column of speaker on each side(they are seen in the top photo) only just one pair in that picture.  I also use Solus rear speakers which use the same 7" tall ribbon tweeter as the Clements(same guy, different company name now). Had many great speakers through the years, Magneplanar Tympani IVa, Infinity Column Towers.) Recently sold my Audio Research SP-11 preamp, and now have a Pioneer Elite C-72 preamp to get me by.

Since I play a lot by ear, i can usually tell you what note is being played, so I listen and savor each and every note.  Last time I looked on my iPad list, there was one song I have played 187 times now.  The was a series of books called "Conversations with God" and the theme of it was that God's outlook was "Nothing Matters"...I say BS

Music matters.  If everyone in the world was taught to enjoy music as a youngster, and we lived in a society that supported musicians, maybe there would be 1/2 the violence in the world.

Good thread.  I'm also a headphone junkie as I want to be able to listen to what I want while being around others. My favorites are my Beyer DT990 Pro and my new AudioQuest Nighthawk;
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PostSubject: Re: How many of you actually "listen" to music anymore?   Sat Jan 02, 2016 8:33 pm

I find it heartening that so many of you have taken the time to respond to this old thread and offer positive insight. That's what I was hoping for.

Many of you are involved with music on a personal level, whether on a professional or casual basis. That you take the time to make music a focus rather than a background noise is music to my ears (pun intended).

I'll just leave you with this snippet for now - there is a method to my madness in the purpose of this thread. It's coming to fruition in the near future. All will be revealed in due course.

As they say - watch this space!

Wink 



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PostSubject: Re: How many of you actually "listen" to music anymore?   Tue Jan 05, 2016 12:14 am

I like this thread.
Sorry I missed it the first time around. I've got some strong feelings on the topic, but I'm not sure they add much. I'll think about it.
Yes, I listen to music.

I feel a rant coming on. Or at least a story about Keely Smith and my Mall Stick.
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PostSubject: Re: How many of you actually "listen" to music anymore?   Tue Jan 05, 2016 1:44 pm

In the car I only listen to the radio when I CAN listen. Same at home. I am a lyric listener, so I have to pay attention to hear them. What did the singer have to SAY? Consequently, I tend to listen to singers who DO have something to say. I am also a bit hard of hearing, so I Must focus to really hear what's going on.
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