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The death of vinyl and the rise of glitch

technics 1210Several years ago I decided to move to the other side of the planet. Before I departed my biggest issue was what I would do with my sizable record collection. Luckily for me I have a very generous friend (Steve, thank you) who is taking care of my collection while am I away. I recorded and compressed some of my records, allowing me to bring parts of my collection with me. The lack of record shops in South East Asia and the sweltering heat hampers lugging around 20 kilos of Technics, so it was a ‘no brainer’ to go fully digital, or so I thought.

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e-waste - the cost of progress

Over the past 2 decades a whole range of new hardware and software has been readily available to the audiophile, with ever-increasing features at even more affordable prices. All these shiny boxes with flashing lights and inbuilt wizardry would make our lives easier, music production better. Some even make you a cup of coffee. A far cry from the days of 2 turntables and a simple 2 channel mixer. It is now, as I stare at an Ableton recovery prompt, last night it was a locked up Torq session, constant “driver issues”, incompatible formats and corrupted files, I fondly remember my vinyl collection.

What I miss most about my Vinyl collection

Obviously I miss listening and mixing on a trusty pair of Technics 1210s, but I miss the artwork and other details too. Inspecting the cover, the colorful and sometimes crazy artwork. Staring at the patterns of the ‘cut’, and of course reviewing the center stickers. Most importantly, scanning the inner bleed meticulously, searching for a message from the cutting engineer. The higher quality pressing have a tiny scrawl, not a blemish, an import mark in the run out, ‘NILZ – THE EXCHANGE’. After seeing this a smile of reassurance is sure to follow. The cutting engineers handle the delicate stages of vinyl production, from cutting voltages, bass responses and much more. Recently I was sad to read that Nilesh Patel passed away in late Decemeber 2011. Nilz was one of the finest cutting engineers ever, may he rest in peace.

Macs Technics ‘just work’

All this reminiscing brings me to my second favorite past-time of all, having a go at Apple users. Apple users often make idiotic statements such as ‘I use a Mac because they just work’. Sorry, but Technics owners got there before you. A record player doesn’t have to ‘boot’, there are no ‘updates’ to run, no hard-drive failures and no proprietary connectors. Technics just work, and I miss them a lot. Instead of spending hours chatting about and listening to music in the local independent record shops, I find my time consumed by endless searches of forums for bug fixes, driver updates and the nightmare of connecting equipment to firewire and USB ports in a convoluted sequence. But I guess that’s the price of progress.

You can enjoy all our Invisible Agent vinyl releases here on your new fangled digital device. Good luck ;)

Warren DalyAdded by: Warren Daly | 30th March 2012 6 Comments

New Album by Toaster ‘Buy both & feel deceived’ – a collection of ambient and chilled out tracks

toaster - Todd Elliott We’re delighted to introduce our 3rd album of 2012. An ambient album by Toaster entitled “Buy both and feel deceived”

Toaster a.k.a Todd Elliott masterfully produces ambient electronic sound-scapes using a variety of techniques. Todd draws influences from a wide range of genres and artists including Scanner, Autechre, Throbbing Gristle and Pink Floyd to name but a few. His techniques are constantly evolving allowing him to organically create new themes and melodies, enveloping the listener with lush and warm ambient textures.

We welcome Todd Elliott to our talented roster of artists and look forward to releasing another chilled out album by ‘Toaster’ later in 2012.

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Warren DalyAdded by: Warren Daly | 26th March 2012 1 Comment

Ambient podcast – Warren Daly – March 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed blending these amazing ambient tracks. So much talent and so many excellent Netlabels. Big shout out to Ambienteer, FeedbackLoop, Bing Satellites, and all the Invisible Agent Afflatus contributors. New finds include Dragons Eye Records and Dalot. Enjoy the mix.

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MP3 version: Podcast by Warren Daly – Ambient mix March 2012

Tracklisting

Scoddy – a dog tries to dance – Invisible Agent Afflatus
Bing Satellites – Soothing Image 47 – Bing Satellites
Ambienteer – nodar (extended version) – Ambienteer
i8u – apophis – Dragons Eye Records
The Northern Hemisphere – Glacier Harbor (and the way it sings) – Invisible Agent
Warren Daly – The secrets of meditation – Invisible Agent Afflatus
Scoddy – a dog tries to dance – Invisible Agent Afflatus
Cinchel – fire.fly.flash.flood – FeedbackLoop
Yann Novak – A Broken Field II – Dragons Eye Records
Mick Chillage – Countdown to disaster – Bandcamp
Ambienteer – collection of strange victories – Bandcamp / Ambienteer
Toaster – Are you going to kiss me – Invisible Agent
Dalot – Haiku 10 – Bandcamp / Dalot
Spectra Ciera – Underpass – Feedbackloop
Ambienteer – ecclesia – Bandcamp / Ambienteer
Bing Satellites – Soothing Image 42 – Bing Satellites
The Northern Hemisphere – Planets, and How They Formed Our Lives – Invisible Agent

Invisible AgentAdded by: Invisible Agent | 10th March 2012 2 Comments

Hip Hop – Obama says no to Instrumental

Everybody knows the power of words is tremendous, and writing a controversial post increases traffic. A perfect example of this is Phillip Mlynar’s recent article in SF Weekly with an award-winning title “Instrumental Hip-Hop Sucks. Ban It Forever“. I chuckled when I first read the title and knew it was going to cause a stir. I am selective about the sites where I read users comments, mainly for my sanity. However, I must confess I did have a peek and not surprisingly Mlynar hit a few nerves. One reader suggests he should go and kill himself, which also made me chuckle. Phillip Mlyner’s plan is working perfectly.

Phillip Mlynar sucks. Ban him forever

I’m not going to de-construct the article and offer a rebuttal point by point, that’s already been done. I don’t like Enya’s music, but it won’t make me write articles stating New Age music is hippy drivel and must be destroyed. It might increase our readership, what do you think?

Where is the joy and excitement in listening to three minutes of plodding drum beats overlaid with a short sample that repeats but goes nowhere – Phillip Mlynar on Instrumental Hip Hop

You could say this about Dubstep or other genres, I’ve heard similar sweeping statements being spat out about Techno for years. One could also say that Phillip Mylnar doesn’t know what he is talking about, is blindly opinionated or is mastering his link baiting skills. Let’s avoid a flame war, Mylnar reviews music and he’s entitled to his opinion. On this occasion he might have hammed it with his attention grabbing tabloid headline but he has certainly provoked worthwhile discussions about instrumental Hip Hop.

A perfect Opportunity

More music and less taking, it’s time to explore some great Instrumental Hip Hop. There are gems waiting for you on the Fwonk, Dusted Wax and Dystopiaq Netlabels. I recommend you take a listen to releases on each label. Some of the tracks are included in my Agentcast mixes. Please post links to IHH in the comments that you think deserves a mention.

Maybe Phillip was betting his inflammatory remarks were of a Rush Limbaugh magnitude. After all, if China can ban Lady Gaga and Katy Perry for ‘being vulgar’, surely Obama can ban Instrumental Hop Hop. Happy listening and don’t take Phillip Mlynar so seriously.

Phillip Mlynar

Warren DalyAdded by: Warren Daly | 5th March 2012 6 Comments

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