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    Yeah, this was a no-brainer for me. I am, at the...

    Yeah, this was a no-brainer for me. I am, at the heart, a keyboard player and a keyboard interface will always feel most comfortable to me. As much as I love the Linnstrument (and it IS wonderful),...
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    Finally got to see Candlemass @ a festival over...

    Finally got to see Candlemass @ a festival over here a few years ago, it was very fun and a nice solid "check" off the ol' bucket list :)
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    Car Bomb is the schniznit for sure :horns

    Car Bomb is the schniznit for sure :horns
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    H O L Y M O T H E R O F G O D ...

    H O L Y M O T H E R O F G O D

    https://synthandsoftware.com/2019/11/expressive-e-announces-osmose-an-mpe-compatible-keyboard-synthesizer


    I threw money at that so fast, it looks like it...
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    ^^^ that is SO crazy dude...I was totally...

    ^^^ that is SO crazy dude...I was totally thinking Car Bomb would be right up your alley but I couldn't quite decide what song would be best :lol
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    Was it? Very cool then :up

    Was it? Very cool then :up
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    Yes... but I am not sure if that only happened in...

    Yes... but I am not sure if that only happened in the big box or also is present on the individual box.
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    ^^ the main six boxes are a veritable cornucopia...

    ^^ the main six boxes are a veritable cornucopia of treats. And yeah, the quality of some of the films and music is remarkable given the age (the video for Scarecrow is incredibly sharp and...
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    FWIW: Aside from big form factor with a bunch...

    FWIW:

    Aside from big form factor with a bunch of memorabilia (which IMHO is just noise in a package like this, much like marbles and coasters in the Immersion boxes), the Continu/ation set had...
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    Probably a fair # of these are already familiar...

    Probably a fair # of these are already familiar to you BUT:

    Cult of Luna - post
    Deafheaven - shoegazer black
    3rd and the Mortal - atmospheric doom/avant <-- these guys were actually my entry...
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    Oh no, I dig me some black metal. I tend to lean...

    Oh no, I dig me some black metal. I tend to lean towards the atmospheric stuff (Alcest, Wolves in the Throne Room, to a lesser degree Agalloch) but there's always room for BM at Chez Batts. In...
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    LOVE that artwork :D

    LOVE that artwork :D
  13. More of a good thing is a great thing ...

    More of a good thing is a great thing

    https://boomkat.com/products/dark-transit-ep
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    I want to be very, very, very, very clear that...

    I want to be very, very, very, very clear that while both those things undeniably ARE in this thread, they were not in fact used together. Because EEEEEEEEEEW.
  15. I tend to hit Bandcamp in batch mode these days,...

    I tend to hit Bandcamp in batch mode these days, and tomorrow is the day, so I'll be picking this up then :up

    Listening now...nice work!
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    Greatest prog song ever recorded would be John...

    Greatest prog song ever recorded would be John Cage 4'33"

    * Born from both intellect and rebellion against convention
    * Countless versions; no two performances even slightly close
    * Endless list...
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    This is probably going to be my album of the...

    This is probably going to be my album of the year. I absolutely adore every minute of it. Reviewer is fun but he definitely missed some things: he commented on not being able to find a theme,...
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    :horns:lol:horns So, I'll say this about...

    :horns:lol:horns

    So, I'll say this about BTBAM: I had Alaska and one other album of theirs and they did NOT click for me at all until I happened to catch them live. They are (IMHO) exceptionally...
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    I was happy to see a few picks on there: ...

    I was happy to see a few picks on there: Deafheaven (one of my personal top metal bands), Alcest, BTBAM, Gorguts, The Ocean, multiple Gojira albums. And I can't say I'm a fan of the music but I...
  20. Ummmm, I believe you need to provide a JPG, PNG,...

    Ummmm, I believe you need to provide a JPG, PNG, or GIF file. I'm not sure offhand about size limits, arguably bigger is better (maybe 1200x1200 pixels for a max target?). Your software should be...
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    Oooo, fun list.

    Oooo, fun list.
  22. It sure is :up

    It sure is :up
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    I love when he is messing with the Minimoog but...

    I love when he is messing with the Minimoog but then says "ya can't buy this anymore, it's 15 years old, it's an antique" and moves on to the Waldorf. He might've underestimated things just a tad...
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    So...still not a fan of Kanye but...I'm rather...

    So...still not a fan of Kanye but...I'm rather enjoying the new Moor Mother. Sad that I missed her set @ Big Ears, actually...


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeZIqemkrD8

    Her stuff is pretty...
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    :horns :) :up

    :horns :) :up
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    Whatever you do, make damned sure you include...

    Whatever you do, make damned sure you include "Hospital Fat Bags" by Gaza on that list. Beneath that extreme noise is music more progressive than Jon Anderson reciting Lord of the Rings while Steven...
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    None of the Uneven Structure albums stand as...

    None of the Uneven Structure albums stand as strong as their first (Februus) in my eyes, but they're still fairly interesting and pushing the "adventurous" angle with metal in interesting ways:
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    I haven't given this enough listening time to...

    I haven't given this enough listening time to make it into my top five yet, but it's absolutely in my top 10.

    Still a number of titles due this year that are contenders (Hammock, Lunacy) as well...
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    Geeze!!! Welcome back online, knew you'd be...

    Geeze!!! Welcome back online, knew you'd be back, never doubted it for an instant :D
  30. Thread: Progeezer

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    *sigh* FINE...I'll call the Smithsonian and tell...

    *sigh* FINE...I'll call the Smithsonian and tell them to stop clearing space in the Natural History Museum, not quite yet :down :down


    All jesting aside...long live the Geeze!! Nothing but the...
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    RIP :(

    RIP :(
  32. I love FFH (both versions in their own ways) so I...

    I love FFH (both versions in their own ways) so I sprang for this. As leftovers go, they're fine. IMHO the band made the right decision to set this material aside to focus on what was actually...
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    I like some rap, not exactly a deep enthusiast...

    I like some rap, not exactly a deep enthusiast but I do like stuff like EL-P, some of Kendrick Lamar, older "popular" acts from the 80's/90's, and I unreservedly love the unholy hell out of Dalek. ...
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    Ladies and gentleman: the nutshell :D :up :up

    Ladies and gentleman: the nutshell :D :up :up
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    FWIW I don't even remotely expect the new release...

    FWIW I don't even remotely expect the new release to beat the original (since I am a big fan of the original). It isn't going to be a more "authentic" version of the album: it has altered...
  36. Thread: Anna Meredith

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    Oh yeah, Wilco is cool too :up Saw them at Big...

    Oh yeah, Wilco is cool too :up Saw them at Big Ears as well as Ms. Meredith.

    Her videos are generally very quirky/clever/fun, just like the tunes :D
  37. On the upside, Eddie Jobson just got an instant...

    On the upside, Eddie Jobson just got an instant "get out of jail free" card for his next endlessly-delayed boxset: IT'S THE DISTRO I TELL YOU
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    Ridley Scott seems to feel he should've tossed...

    Ridley Scott seems to feel he should've tossed Tangerine Dream's score for "Legend" in favor of the original Jerry Goldsmith score that appeared on the European versions of the film. I can't say I...
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    I do rather love the Apocalypse Now alternate...

    I do rather love the Apocalypse Now alternate soundtrack quite a bit :up
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    I'd put good money that neither clip is...

    I'd put good money that neither clip is Johannsson. Based on comments from the folks who are managing his estate, nothing of the score was in any shape for even a posthumous release. This sounds...
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    :lol Using MPE can take some adjusting but...

    :lol

    Using MPE can take some adjusting but once you get acclimated to how it works (and how it differs from normal keyboard playing), it's pretty damned remarkable what can be achieved.
  42. Dude, if you're new to the wonderful world of...

    Dude, if you're new to the wonderful world of Deathprod, may I politely point you towards the following: https://deathprod.bandcamp.com/album/treetop-drive

    Still my own personal favorite from...
  43. Oh man, that would be an amazing show to see :) ...

    Oh man, that would be an amazing show to see :)

    Still waiting on my copy of the album to arrive from across the pond, very excited for that first listen sometime soon...
  44. Thread: Anna Meredith

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    A slight admission, and I'm not trying to be...

    A slight admission, and I'm not trying to be "that" guy: I heard her music live before I heard any of her albums, so when I listen to Varmints I'm somewhat hearing it with the echoes of seeing her...
  45. He was nothing but kind and polite to me when I...

    He was nothing but kind and polite to me when I approached him at Big Ears. And that show, my god that show...

    I haven't received my copy in the mail yet but expect it to arrive very soon. The...
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    I like it. Really hoping she comes through on...

    I like it. Really hoping she comes through on tour...as good as her albums are, seeing her + her band tear through these bonkers songs live is just wonderful.

    And yes, Varmints is wonderful and...
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    Can't wait to give it a first listen tonight :up

    Can't wait to give it a first listen tonight :up
  48. I have these Jumbo albums and recall enjoying...

    I have these Jumbo albums and recall enjoying them considerably, but it's been years since I revisited them. Will need to remedy that soon.
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    I understand :) :up Sorry if I sounded like I...

    I understand :) :up Sorry if I sounded like I was suggesting you were causing a divide (you clearly weren't)...I was just musing out loud.
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    I dunno...I suspect the Genesis fanbase circa,...

    I dunno...I suspect the Genesis fanbase circa, say, 1986 was pretty darn well divided. Old fans gagging themselves in horror while new fans were happy for the old medley in concert so they had a...
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    Nothing funny about it at all, it's frankly...

    Nothing funny about it at all, it's frankly natural. Any band that pretty dramatically shifts their sound is going to polarize the fanbase to some degree. Nothing wrong with that, but old fans are...
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    Cult of Luna is amazing, and their new album...

    Cult of Luna is amazing, and their new album sounds like Swans gone full metal. Easily in my top 10 of the year.

    Floating Spectrum is ambient electronics with an abstract, "west coast" edge. ...
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    Looks like replacement discs are coming for those who were affected (one of my discs is definitely showing signs):
    ...
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    I think this also came up in The Later Years...

    I think this also came up in The Later Years thread, but there has been an acknowledged issue with some of the blu ray discs in the big Early Years set. Looks like the label has acknowledged this...
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    ^^^ Yep, both of those are grand projects.

    ^^^ Yep, both of those are grand projects.
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    I can't see this NOT going over really, really...

    I can't see this NOT going over really, really well with many folks here. Wishing you lots of success :up :up
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    Sounding really excellent, Jacob. Excited to get...

    Sounding really excellent, Jacob. Excited to get my hands on the album in the not-too-distant future :)
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    Mattias is always awesome and this show/band was...

    Mattias is always awesome and this show/band was no exception :) It was a great show and a great time.

    Listened to Cult of Luna, Floating Spectrum, and Starcadian on the drive. I thought about...
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    Crap, sorry...that was a bit short of me I...

    Crap, sorry...that was a bit short of me I suppose.

    The opener were okay. Good at what they did, which was instrumental prog rock. It went a bit long for me and the songs IMHO lacked focus; they...
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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...
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