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  1. Thanks, but the laptop is managed by the company to the point where it won't even let me change my desktop background, so I doubt they'd be too happy with me messing about with the BIOS.
  2. I have a Dell XPS 15 (personal) and Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon (work) in front of me right now. I don't know if there's any difference between the home and business versions of the XPS but if so it's the former. I'm reluctant to recommend Dell because they have shitty quality control and shitty customer service, but if you're looking for the best possible specs in a decent form factor there isn't much competition. Even the new Razer Blade 15 only offers 16GB RAM whereas my two-year-old Dell has 32. The XPS has shitty sound and you'll need an external DAC if you're using it for music but I guess that's true of most laptops. The Thinkpad is fine, if kind of functional and boring, but has a couple of quirks that really piss me off: firstly the Ctrl key is where the Fn key should be and vice-versa. It makes pressing Shift-Ctrl fiddly and worse, it messes up my muscle memory for when I use any other keyboard. I hate it so much. Also the trackpad (or maybe it's the drivers) is very annoying, there's often a noticeable delay after I start swiping my finger before the pointer actually moves. I know people swear by the nipple (it has one but I don't use it) and I wonder how much that's just because those people are comparing it to a terrible Lenovo trackpad rather than something decent. No. My XPS has coil whine. It's clear from a cursory web search that this is a common problem and has been for years, but when I contacted them about it they acted as if they had no idea what coil whine was and asked me to send them an audio recording, which I did. They claimed they couldn't hear anything on the recording, and asked me to send them a fucking video, as if that would have helped, and in reply I sent them a bunch of links to other people's videos on YouTube of the exact same problem. So finally they sent someone round, who opened up my laptop... Before the XPS 15 I had a Razer Blade 14 and loved it. It only lasted 3 years before the battery died but I probably could have replaced the battery easily enough, I just felt like splurging on a new laptop instead. Plan to go back to Razer next time.
  3. Trust in Trance is also great: If you like Astral Projection you should check out early MFG if you haven't already:
  4. I was just about to ask if rhmilo had considered Clojure. I'm writing music software in Clojure right now and can recommend it, having access to the Java ecosystem as well as the ability to farm out low-level number-crunching code to Java is a big plus in my experience. I haven't tried doing anything with MIDI though, my software does all the synthesis itself.
  5. You're replying to a post from 2013.
  6. Rotwang


    Damn the Zagreb set is great. Not listened to any of the others yet, going to do my usual thing of familiarising myself with each set before moving onto the next one so that the differences are more surprising.
  7. While I have no trouble believing that some musician is a cunt (I have a few asshole-in-the-industry experiences of my own), may I caution people against uncritically believing accusations without hearing the other person's side of the story?
  8. Good choice. One time I was on a train sitting opposite a small child who kept singing the song about the dogs being let out, except he only knew the chorus and he only knew the words to half of the chorus, so he just kept singing "who let der der der" over and over again. Let me tell you, that journey just flew by.
  9. Friendly reminder that Autechre released 21 hours of music last year
  10. I'll give it a shot. Personally the album means a lot to me because of its strong associations with a particularly formative period of my youth, but trying to put that aside and listen objectively I think there are several reasons why it's a pivotal album for R&S: In terms of the song structures and the variety between tracks, and even within some of the tracks, it feels much less bound by genre constraints than their previous albums. Compared to e.g. the straight ambient of Amber (which I also love, don't get me wrong), Chiastic Slide really feels like they're doing their own thing. The sound design is incredible. The sounds on the earlier albums sound like synthesizers, but the timbres on Chiastic Slide sound like something else - some mechanical, some alien, some abstract, but all in some way real. I don't know much about production but I suspect that this album is the point when they started relying less on hardware and started seriously exploring the possibilities of software. As good as the sound design is, much of the album would still hold up without it. For example Pule with its deceptively simply melody but baffling time signature, or the jarring-in-a-good-way transition into the pentatonic second half of Cipater, or the intricate rhythms of Tewe. Those tracks could be played on traditional instruments and they'd still sound both good and original, and there isn't much electronic music about which that can be said IMO. Of course none of that would count for much if the music didn't resonate emotionally, which for me it does massively, but if it doesn't for you then I don't suppose there's much I can say to change that. Hopefully the above gives some new perspective though. Now I just need someone to make me understand what people like about Draft.
  11. Storing IDM music in FLAC codec on your PC computer most IDM 2020
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