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    So...random musings about MPE (...

    So...random musings about MPE ( https://support.roli.com/support/solutions/articles/36000027933-what-is-mpe- )

    MPE is amazing, it's basically like MIDI+ and enables you to use multiple gestures...
  2. Seeing the DC show :up

    Seeing the DC show :up
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    +1 on Steve's comments...it was a great night,...

    +1 on Steve's comments...it was a great night, you guys were awesome :D
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    I do have it. It's a pleasant enough listen (I...

    I do have it. It's a pleasant enough listen (I know the subject matter isn't exactly something one would call "pleasant" but I mean the overall musical atmosphere ;) ). I personally find it less...
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    I am someone who feels strongly that Opeth's...

    I am someone who feels strongly that Opeth's mixes of late are not good. I do not think this is a loudness problem.

    Loudness issues usually result in overemphasis on highs, or shrill tone because...
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    His voice is fantastic. Speaking strictly for...

    His voice is fantastic. Speaking strictly for myself, I wish he had a better musical foundation behind it. This is the one he wants and loves, and I'm very happy for him and his success.
  7. The most centrally-located hotel is probably...

    The most centrally-located hotel is probably Crowne Plaza, especially since a sizable number of acts are at the new Mill + Mine location in that direction. Hilton is a bit further, but also closer...
  8. Folks Who May Be Going But Are Buying With The...

    Folks Who May Be Going But Are Buying With The General OnSale:

    In various places I've misspoken and said tix go onsale this Friday. Not true: it's tomorrow, 10/10.

    And now you know :up
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    https://youtu.be/cdfUkrbNvwA?t=1269 ...

    https://youtu.be/cdfUkrbNvwA?t=1269




    ...anyhoo, I did spring for a digital copy of the (DAMN CRAZY) Swedish version of the album. Haven't had the urge to put it on yet but will do so one of...
  10. Mark, the email went out to previous festival...

    Mark, the email went out to previous festival attendees (any ticket level) around noon yesterday and included a link to buy tickets ahead of the general onsale date this Friday.

    I got the same...
  11. I don't know if any other hotels near downtown...

    I don't know if any other hotels near downtown Knoxville have Big Ears rates, beyond the ones listed. I checked hotels.com and several came up, including Crown Plaza...but the rates were all higher...
  12. There are others, for sure :up

    There are others, for sure :up
  13. I dunno about Crowne Plaza but I was just poking...

    I dunno about Crowne Plaza but I was just poking around the Hilton Knoxville rates...looks like the Big Ears rate is about $20-30 less than the same rate for another non-holiday weekend.

    The...
  14. Will do! I'm going to give my wallet a rest for...

    Will do! I'm going to give my wallet a rest for at least a day or two first ;)
  15. Ticket bought!

    Ticket bought!
  16. I'm pretty sure you'd love Sarah Davachi and DUST...

    I'm pretty sure you'd love Sarah Davachi and DUST as well :)
  17. Oh yeah! Almost overlooked Shabaka :) ...

    Oh yeah! Almost overlooked Shabaka :)

    Thundercat is a wildcard for me...I've sampled the tunes before, good stuff but hasn't really held my attention. If I've got the opening and they're...
  18. Big Ears 2020 (March 2020) - Initial lineup info

    https://bigearsfestival.org/lineup/

    Prog Ears apparently has an issue with my uploading a (resized to < 200 kb) JPG from my computer, and the version online is WAY too big to include here. So...
  19. new Deathprod album "Occulting Disk" coming later this month (!)

    Realized earlier that I haven't chucked a fast-sinking stone into this proverbial pond in a while, and maybe this has been mentioned elsewhere but...holy god Deathprod is back with a new album.
    ...
  20. No lump or eye mist for me, but regardless it was...

    No lump or eye mist for me, but regardless it was a lovely and fitting tribute well performed.
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    If the sound quality isn't much better than...

    If the sound quality isn't much better than Sorceress then I'm happy to leave this one unpurchased/unheard.
  22. Hmmmmm...a Saturday trip to Richmond might be...

    Hmmmmm...a Saturday trip to Richmond might be doable to see Rattlemouth again :)
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    Yeah, but it worked for me so clearly THAT theory...

    Yeah, but it worked for me so clearly THAT theory goes right out the window ...

    :lol

    I really like the track. Looking forward to seeing you fine peeps @ Orion in the not-too-distant future :up
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    Massive Attack - 9/24 FWIW - if you're a fan...

    Massive Attack - 9/24

    FWIW - if you're a fan of Mezzanine, try to catch this tour. They sound great, and both Horace Andy AND Elizabeth "holy crap they actually got her onstage" Frazer are with...
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    Their B3 software synth, does yes. This is a...

    Their B3 software synth, does yes. This is a pretty terrible demo overall (very 90's builtin keyboard demo-esque), but the sound of the B3 is definitely there and a fair "quickie" overview of what...
  26. Thread: Big Ears 2019

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    LOLOL

    LOLOL
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    :lol

    :lol
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    Big Ears 2020: Lineup coming 10/8 Tickets on...

    Big Ears 2020:

    Lineup coming 10/8
    Tickets on sale 10/10
    Debt Collectors coming 10/31
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    Opened in theaters last week (I presume it was a...

    Opened in theaters last week (I presume it was a wide release). I saw it at the IMAX theater near my home.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsCNKuB93BA
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    Ad Astra - if you've ever worked with someone who...

    Ad Astra - if you've ever worked with someone who had trouble "getting to the point" with a story, instead going down endless tangents and cul de sacs and only sometimes reaching the whole point of...
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    You can also look at something that has a close...

    You can also look at something that has a close coupling between hard+soft synth options, like an Arturia Keylab. The controller has lots of sliders and other hands-on controls, and is paired with...
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    Oh...his solo album was called Mid Air and came...

    Oh...his solo album was called Mid Air and came out in 2012. To me it is closer to Peace at Last but still nice :up
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    Love, love, love Hats but also a fair bit of...

    Love, love, love Hats but also a fair bit of High. Paul Buchanan's solo album is pretty cool too.
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    Ddöskalle!!

    Ddöskalle!!
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    Meris pedals are amazeballs, IMHO. I have the...

    Meris pedals are amazeballs, IMHO. I have the Mercury7 and it is my absolute go-to for big shimmering reverbs. The Polymoon is the a blend of a cool delay, phaser/flanger, and even rudimentary...
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    Orion? I've heard of that place! Guess maybe I...

    Orion? I've heard of that place! Guess maybe I should try and go :D
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    Howdy - I don't have personal experience with...

    Howdy - I don't have personal experience with this specific pedal, but I have three other Meris pedals and absolutely swear by them:

    https://www.meris.us/product/enzo/
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    I'm waffling on the Hydra to be honest. It's an...

    I'm waffling on the Hydra to be honest. It's an AMAZING set of features, especially performance controls. But it's only 49 keys and apparently the ribbon doesn't work as well with my DDRM so while...
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    ASM is a new company, but one of the dudes is...

    ASM is a new company, but one of the dudes is from Arturia if memory serves...so, it's highly likely this will have strong software support as well.
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    How about something a tad more reasonable, but...

    How about something a tad more reasonable, but also pretty remarkably stacked with features?
    ...
  41. In truth, if this was about generating funds then...

    In truth, if this was about generating funds then it would have been a physical release in a big fancy package to try and lure collectors back to the well.

    The overwhelming majority of buyers for...
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    I think I saw somewhere that within the last...

    I think I saw somewhere that within the last week, every song from Fear Inoculum was in the Billboard Top 100 or the like.

    I know it's as much a statement on the greatly-weakened state of the...
  43. The album is on Spotify and apparently also...

    The album is on Spotify and apparently also "officially" on YouTube. Which means both Gabriel and his label have accepted that they aren't getting much coin for this release (although they'll make...
  44. Ok, well...you and I care so I'm still gonna put...

    Ok, well...you and I care so I'm still gonna put this here :lol It's the newly-dropped full trailer for Blood Machines (with new Carpenter Brut music!):

    ...
  45. So did I, although based on a few recordings I...

    So did I, although based on a few recordings I heard on YT I don't think I have an issue with what he did on Echoes either.
  46. I will ask them :D Hey - *I* am there, so it's...

    I will ask them :D

    Hey - *I* am there, so it's all good by me ;)

    Thanks so much for the clarification Steve!
  47. Steve - just for asking, Henry Kaiser's just...

    Steve - just for asking, Henry Kaiser's just doing the two Rhizome dates?

    Ran into a friend @ Progday who is very interested in seeing him (the phrase "bucket list" might even have been used)...
  48. OH YES...Manic has been their default...

    OH YES...Manic has been their default encore/closer for a couple of years now and it NEVER fails to put a smile on my face. They are just so much fun.
  49. I'm most fond of Goblin Rebirth ... and that...

    I'm most fond of Goblin Rebirth ... and that lineup's setlist when they came through on tour was FANTASTIC.

    But, I'd say all three are pretty solid overall.
  50. Folks who thought Mr. Pratt slapped up Echoes too...

    Folks who thought Mr. Pratt slapped up Echoes too much probably aren't going to be terribly happy when they hear his interpretation of Tony Levin's stick work on One Slip :lol :lol :lol
  51. Yep...and Simonetti hasn't been totally...

    Yep...and Simonetti hasn't been totally uncreative, as he's done a handful of soundtracks. But in truth, the last NEW thing he did that engaged me musically was Non Ho Sonno. Whereas the other cats...
  52. I'm honestly shocked to see Simonetti release...

    I'm honestly shocked to see Simonetti release genuinely new music. He seemed to be caught in a fairly endless cycle of re-releasing new versions of old songs (IMHO to seriously diminishing returns)....
  53. Thanks...I wrote the above quickly whilst getting...

    Thanks...I wrote the above quickly whilst getting ready for work and didn't have time to find the particulars :up

    I still have the DSOT VHS tape from years ago. Wore it out in fact. In addition...
  54. Welcome to the Machine is on CD 3. DSOT video...

    Welcome to the Machine is on CD 3.

    DSOT video included a few additional songs but also omitted a number of tunes if memory serves.
  55. Yep...Carpenter Brut is absolutely amazing, both...

    Yep...Carpenter Brut is absolutely amazing, both on disc and stage. Did they open by leading in from Toto's Africa? They did that for the slot opening for Ministry and it was AMAZING.

    And if you...
  56. The studio albums were all "recently" reissued,...

    The studio albums were all "recently" reissued, and if the set included those I suspect people would be complaining about double dips forcing them to buy what they already own. The live albums are...
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    ...so, The Midnight is flat-out amazing live. ...

    ...so, The Midnight is flat-out amazing live. This show was actually even better than the last one; they've fleshed out the band to include a 2nd female guitarist/singer and a new sax/keys dude. ...
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    The Midnight is tonight (the band, not the time...

    The Midnight is tonight (the band, not the time of day) in Richmond. Very excited...
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    Even better review for upcoming CoL: ...

    Even better review for upcoming CoL: https://www.sonicabuse.com/2019/08/cult-of-luna-a-dawn-to-fear-album-review/

    Very, very, very excited for this one.
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    I'd say this then: if the production of the...

    I'd say this then: if the production of the prior couple of Tool albums was too pristine for you, then you'll likely feel the same about Fear :up
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