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  • porcelain_tree

    I managed just one proper listen, and it was crazy/wonderful. I created my own mixdown, and as an album it equals to anything from this era.

    July 2014
  • spose

    I'm listening to the stereo mixdown. COME AT ME

    April 2014
  • Chumsicles

    @AThoS93 which one do you have? there's different ones and I have one by soniclovenoize that includes the 5th disc that I really love and use for conventional listening

    January 2014
  • AThoS93

    A fucking experience indeed. Most ambitious album by this awesome band. I specially loved track 2 (cd 3) and track 3 (cd 3), but everything mixed and listened as they intended is great anyway. I'm not too keen on the stereo mixdown I have though.

    December 2013
  • exdeathbr

    cannarymburns said "exdeathbr, your brilliant analogy is foiled by the fact that nobody fucking scrobbles boomboxes." I never said they were doing it. The songs can be listened on any combiation of cds possible, each song here are 4 songs, if some guys listen to the songs alone (a thing he can scrobble), he would listen to 4 times each song at average, because they would want to listen to "same songs" from other cd. So if you listen to song 1 frm cd 1 (scrobblin it) and then listen to song 1 from cd 2 (scrobbling it), you listened 2 times the same song because of the fact they have the same name and last.fm will not be able say they are different.

    December 2013
  • Chumsicles

    you really should

    December 2013
  • AndrzFAL

    Do i have to listen to the 4 albums?

    December 2013
  • Chumsicles

    they'll never top this

    May 2013
  • optimistic_tour

    The songs in this album are fantastic, and it's great to listen to as that, with the stereo downmix. But hearing it properly from four stereos at once is the real experience. Not just context, it's the actual physical experience of hearing it in such a way that has never been equaled.

    October 2012
  • WS9167

    This is kind of a weird idea, though with interesting results

    October 2012
  • FuturamaFan1998

    This is one of the greatest albums I've ever heard. Yoshimi and Bulletin were meh, but this is AMAZING!

    August 2012
  • psynumb

    I have a down-mixed version and it's delicious.

    January 2012
  • StealYourFace95

    what people don't realize is that this is actually on par with the soft bulletin

    November 2011
  • JustChewIt

    great! I really enjoyed mastering! every time you get different sound!

    October 2011
  • cannarymburns

    exdeathbr, your brilliant analogy is foiled by the fact that nobody fucking scrobbles boomboxes. Any songs that get scrobbled are the downmixes... Anything pre-Bulletin doesn't get played nearly as much, let alone an experimental album like this.

    May 2011
  • mads664

    stereo mixdown http://forums.netphoria.org/showthread.php?t=169860

    March 2011
  • exdeathbr

    Lol people really dont like this album. I mean to each song you have 3 more songs with the exact same name, because of that reason they will share plays on last.fm, but even with that bonus the songs from that album are not even on top 30 chart from the band. Thats is how much people hate it.

    February 2011
  • onelittleatlas

    Only heard this with 4CD's once. I've managed to get it going right now with 4 albums and four players. My laptop and a set of monitors. Another disc through a 5.1 system. My xbox through tv speakers. A boombox. That's a total of 11 speakers and we're sat in the middle of the whole experience. It can be frightening at times hah!

    February 2011
  • baacardi

    This is more than an album... This is an EXPERIENCE! The fact that it kind of is a logistical nightmare to listen to all 4 CD's make it into an event. I mean, I've only managed to listen to it with all 4 CD's once... But it sure was memorable. This album is an astonishing piece of work. Extremely innovative, but also... FUN!

    January 2011
  • jksterup

    Hey Zaireeka purists, don't forget that the Flaming Lips themselves made stereo mixes of some of these songs. Check out the Soft Bulletin companions. The whole point of Zaireeka was to take the four discs and experience the music in a variety of ways. Play them separately, two or three at a time, mix them together, whatever. It's all in the spirit of experimentation.

    December 2010
  • cannarymburns

    Um, no... If you're going to do that, get the stereo mixdown.

    November 2010
  • wedontsmile

    lol you can always open 4 winamps and listen to it, no?

    October 2010
  • jordan10la

    I'm attempting this now. My set up is two stereos, my computer speakers, and my iPod plugged through my TV.

    September 2010
  • DreamInSong

    "How Will We Know" did made me nauseous, and the last track definitely startled me, but I still love this album :)

    August 2010
  • jordan10la

    @grungefan3090 http://web.archive.org/web/20020404172254/www.pitchforkmedia.com/record-reviews/f/flaming-lips/zaireeka.shtml

    June 2010
  • jordan10la

    I'm so interested in this but I don't have four stereos. I'm thinking I could do it using my stereo, computer, and two TVs. It's not optimal but I'm really curious.

    June 2010
  • PartySanCTG

    Zealant: I have only one boombox. Yeah, I'm kind of forced to compile them all in Adobe Audition. As for the album itself... er, I still don't know what to make of it. It's one of those albums...

    June 2010
  • Zellmo

    Listening to it compiled into tracks I think is like watching an old 3D movie without the glasses. I'm sure seeing stuff getting thrown at the camera was cool in 3D but the movie doesn't translate well to 2D. There are parts of this album that when you hear it in 2 channels you just wish you had all 8 going because it doesn't completely make sense without it.

    May 2010
  • PanPlaneta

    genious.

    May 2010
  • Moodiesfan41

    Not sure about this cd. Has its moments. Their most experimental album. Almost too experimental and not pleasing enough to the ears. Love the cover though. Soft Bulletin is my favorite.

    April 2010
  • grungefan3090

    @ihavesoldout: Where did you see that?? It's not on the website and pf wasn't even around when this album came out

    February 2010
  • Zealant

    Audacity and mixdowns, really? You claim it's just as good but half the point is the music and the other half is the hands-on experience that was deliberately made as unavoidable as possible. It's not an accident that it typically requires more than one person to do it, either. I'm not saying the mixdowns are bad but to claim it makes no difference? You're just cheating yourself of a great experience. :)

    January 2010
  • jami3m

    while it's much easier to do, the mixdown just doesn't sound as good to me. I only figured out how to play this on my computer last night, and I'm glad I did. It's probably one of my favourite FLips albums now.

    January 2010
  • exdeathbr

    To MrLJM and others: The idea of the album is to listen on ANY combination, if dont have 4 different cds, just listen to one album or mp3 alone.

    December 2009
  • Poncecutor

    It's easy guys. Use audacity.

    December 2009
  • HugMySoul

    Agree with NeighborTotoro here... well put. Still, I don't think it's bad to point out 'the way it's meant to be played' if people think the mixdown is the ultimate means of listening to the album. Then again people get a bit too heated over the issue.

    November 2009
  • NeighborTotoro

    I don't really want to piss anyone off here, but what is the problem with listening to a mixdown if someone doesn't have the time/resources to do it 'properly'? I mean, 2001: A Space Odyssey is meant to be seen in 65mm three-film-strip Cinerama. Even in the event that one gets to see in in a proper cinema, you'll likely just end up seeing it on a flat screen in a 35mm print. Most people are stuck with watching it on televisions in their homes. This is preferable, I think, to not seeing it at all. I would argue the same is true for a Zaireeka mixdown. It doesn't replace the 12-speaker surround experience. But it is better than no experience. It certainly does seem to be (bizarrely) inflaming some very passionate opinions on this page, though.

    November 2009
  • HugMySoul

    It's a shame... I just don't have the ability/equipment to listen to it on four separate systems. Ah well, maybe one day :-)

    November 2009
  • optimistic_tour

    MisterGlock, great job at missing the point entirely. It's not the "way it was meant to be heard" without 4 different stereos. That is the exact fucking point of the album. Nobody thinks the mixdown is sufficient if they've actually heard the real deal.

    November 2009
  • torres48

    GREEEEEEAT

    July 2009
  • optimistic_tour

    InsomniakV is 100% right. Hell he's 300% right. It may require a bit of effort to obtain the proper results but like all good things the pleasures Zaireeka imparts must be earned.

    July 2009
  • SirMothy

    damn this is awesome.

    February 2009
  • InsomniakV

    The album is very much experimental. You're doing yourself a disservice by listening to this alone. This album deserves to be planned for, deserves a little sacrifice, deserves a little frustration. This album will return what you put in, tenfold.

    February 2009
  • optimistic_tour

    4 discs. required listening. a stereo mixdown is like watching a movie through a keyhole - you're vastly missing out on a proper experience.

    January 2009
  • osmark

    their shareholders?

    October 2008
  • Cookie_Mountain

    who cares about pf

    September 2008
  • disasterhead

    fuck pitchfork

    September 2008
  • ihavesoldout

    Haha pitchfork gav this album 0.0/10

    August 2008
  • SirMothy

    i need to acquire these discs of greatness, how many are there exactly?

    August 2008
  • brockginther

    I've attempted to listen to it all many time, but my listening partners have always gotten bored by the third track. Tonight was my first proper Zaireeka experience: holy shit.

    August 2008