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The Sound of Music [Sep. 25th, 2009|04:41 pm]
Tomas Gallucci
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I like music. Always have, always will.

I have a funny way of showing my appreciation for music though. In fact, I do the same thing with movies. Once I find something I like, I'll listen to or watch it over and over until I have every nuance committed to memory. At some point after this, I find a flaw with the production or just get tired of it--essentially a negative util situation.

This morning a song was brought into my consciences I hadn't heard in a while: Mary Fahl's Going Home as featured on the Gods & Generals soundtrack.




I tell you something that pisses me off with the transition to digital distribution of music. What? You haven't noticed? Try and buy a CD off of Amazon. I'm not saying you can't do it, but they're in low supply. Sadly, the physical medium is dying.

There's this trick where the seller or label will make a track or two "Album Only" meaning you have to pay for the whole album. Normally, something like this wouldn't bother me. I listen to scores. If they want to make the credit roll pop tune they're tacking on the end of the score Album Only, that's fine by me. I'm not buying the album for that song, I'm buying the album in spite of that song.

But what do you do when you're looking at a 10+ track album and every track but the first one is listed Album Only? Then what? Doesn't that only lead to more piracy? The argument has been that what's causing movie piracy is lack of availability of titles in the desire medium. Why doesn't this apply to music? I mean really, if someone only wants one song off the CD and they're willing to pay $0.99, but you want to only allow them to buy the album for $10.99, haven't you the label just created a pirate? And then you blame the good folks who file share. Oh for shame!

Such is the case with Philip Glass' Pruit Igoe & Prophecies. Regardless if you're shopping iTunes Music Store or Amazon, you can only get this track off of the Watchmen soundtrack. What a bum rap when all I want is one song. Thankfully, there's immem.com:





So in a not so pleasant way, I learned about how iPods sync to computers. See, I took miniP0d with me to DC, but I charged it the night before I left via m0bil30n3. Unfortunately, m0bil30n3 doesn't quite have the same database on it as does miniMax0r. In fact, m0bil30n3's iTunes database is really just a Samba share on miniMax0r, but since I stayed at whester's so I was 5 minutes from the bus instead of 50, I charged miniP0d on m0bil30n3. BIG MISTAKE. Though I didn't realize it until after the trip, half of the music went to /dev/null.

I tell that story to tell you two things. First, don't plug in an iPod to a computer that doesn't have your database unless you've first disabled syncing. Secondly, when I was repopulating miniP0d, I ran across some music I haven't listed to in quite some time because I had tired of it. That list is as follows:

  1. Changeling

  2. Cosi fan tutte, K. 588: Cosi fan tutte, K. 588: Soave sia il vento (Closer)

  3. Gods & Generals



It's fun to rediscover old music.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-09-25 10:05 pm (UTC)
In reverse order:

It's fun to rediscover old music.
Aye, that it is.

First, don't plug in an iPod to a computer that doesn't have your database unless you've first disabled syncing.
There's not an iPod today which has the capacity for my entire library, so by default, I don't.

...half of the music went to /dev/null.
Sometimes I wonder how you survive out there, all alone in this big world.

...haven't you the label just created a pirate?
I never thought of it that way before, but it makes perfect sense. Hell yeah, power to the people!

Try and buy a CD off of Amazon.
No. I purchase directly from the label. Unless Amazon is way cheaper, or unless I'm itching for an autographed copy. Only n00bs buy music from Amazon. I've got a better idea before you go filling other n00bs who may think you know something with nonsense - try and NOT buy a CD off Amazon.

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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-09-25 11:57 pm (UTC)
Sometimes I wonder how you survive out there, all alone in this big world.
I didn't loose the music, it was still on the external drive attached to miniMax0r. It just disappeared off of miniP0d.

I never thought of it that way before, but it makes perfect sense. Hell yeah, power to the people!
"I keep telling you to listen to me and you'll live longer."

Unless Amazon is way cheaper
That's why I buy from them. I wait for the album to be on the market long enough for the price to come down before I buy. This is also why I go to the library from time to time.
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[User Picture]From: fabrizzo
2009-09-29 02:06 am (UTC)
Where else can I buy a Cthulhu plush along with a gamut of metal music?
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2009-09-29 02:30 am (UTC)
Good point.
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[User Picture]From: panacea42
2009-09-25 11:06 pm (UTC)
Totally agree on the "album only" thing, total crap!

And good advice on the ipod.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-09-25 11:58 pm (UTC)
This is why you should tell all your friends to read my blog.
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[User Picture]From: fabrizzo
2009-09-29 02:09 am (UTC)
Because you beat a dead horse? That issue was already brought up weeks ago buy other websites that are better at it.

www.techdirt.com if you like to talk about piracy/copyright/patent-crap etc. etc. et.c.c.c.

Keep hitting that horse, I hear it'll get faster eventually. They also taste good.
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[User Picture]From: darkest_writer
2009-09-26 01:38 am (UTC)
I tend to forget about songs and then rediscover them a few months later. The only scores I'm able to listen to over and over again without getting bored are "Batman Begins", "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, "The Dark Knight" and "Little Women".

I just finished watching "Gods and Generals" Good movie. I've put off watching "Changeling" for a while now. I really should go and watch it.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2009-09-26 01:51 am (UTC)
Changeling was pretty rough in the theater. There's some graphic stuff in that movie. But it was a very well done period piece.
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