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MUSIC, AMBIENCE AND SOUND ART => Other Ambient (and related) Music => Topic started by: Bill Binkelman on December 18, 2007, 03:37:49 PM

Title: Re-launching of Wind and Wire
Post by: Bill Binkelman on December 18, 2007, 03:37:49 PM
I don't recall if I specifically asked for advice on whether I should re-launch Wind and Wire and in what form here on this forum (I did ask at ambient@hyperreal and on The Ambient Way and at emforum.info) and since I can't verify that (with the disappearance of past topics on the old board), I'll post this announcement as if I DID ask because that way I can cut-and-paste what I submitted to the other aforementioned venues. If this leaves you scratching your head and thinking "WTF?" well, you'll figure it out...  ;D

First of all, my sincere (even if belated) thanks to any and all of you who offered opinions and suggestions on this topic when I asked for them several weeks back. I took all of your ideas under advisement. I appreciated your honesty and the time you took in responding.

Wind and Wire has re-launched, an event that no doubt I will live to regret (or die regretting, I s'pose). As per at least one or two persons' suggestion, I have both a structured site http://www.windandwire.com and a blog http://windandwire.blogspot.com/, which will serve as both a mirror site for reviews and a place for my rants, opinions, and musings on more than just music, although there will be editorializing about that too, I imagine. Hopefully, the blog software I am using will allow subscribers (I think it does), because that's why I'm mirroring the reviews on a blog, so people can get notified when a review pops up.

Please be kind about the design of the site and the blog. I am no graphic artist and the only way I can do this is to do it plain jane. Hey, at least you're getting the site back! I'm also going to re-tool stuff (e.g. the links page) and will also be gradually changing the previous three years of webzine reviews into a different archive-format (and you may as well know I will be deleting some content too).

Feel free to respond to the reviews on the blog or email your comments to me if you prefer to be anonymous. Hopefully, I can keep this going, as long as I don't pressure myself to write tons of reviews. Some of you have indicated in the past that any number of reviews are better than none, so I take you at your word. The first three reviews are in place and these three are close to my previous "normal" review length and style but be prepared for much shorter and/or more "critical" ones to follow eventually as I wean myself off of my old style of reviewing and give myself permission to evolve.

Finally, as I believe I mentioned way back when I first mentioned this possibility, Wind and Wire is now an ambient/EM/electronica ONLY review site/blog. My new age music and related genre reviews will continue to be submitted to New Age Reporter, and I will also continue submitting the occasional ambient review to Roger's fine site, Furthernoise, too (so you can breathe easy, Roger). I may also cross-post some reviews to APK's ambient review venture which he just launched as well.

Again, thanks to all of you who offered opinions and support. It was sincerely appreciated.

Bill Binkelman
Title: Re: Re-launching of Wind and Wire
Post by: einstein36 on December 18, 2007, 05:11:58 PM
congrats there Bill,

I know sometimes just by walking away for quite some time will help one's mental state, I know I just did that with my music for the last 2 years and now my mental state is much better(I think muhahahah)

Title: Re: Re-launching of Wind and Wire
Post by: mgriffin on December 18, 2007, 05:12:31 PM
Bill, you did mention that you'd been reconsidering what to do with Wind and Wire, possibly reworking it or reconceptualizing it.

I for one am really glad to hear you'll be continuing it in some way.
Title: Re: Re-launching of Wind and Wire
Post by: MarkM on December 18, 2007, 09:17:11 PM
Hooray!  Glad to see it back!
Title: Re: Re-launching of Wind and Wire
Post by: ffcal on December 18, 2007, 11:24:55 PM
Hey, that's great news, Bill.  Welcome back!

Forrest
Title: Re: Re-launching of Wind and Wire
Post by: Gurdonark on December 19, 2007, 04:10:39 AM
Congratulations on your re-launch, and best wishes for more wind and wire.
Title: Re: Re-launching of Wind and Wire
Post by: jblock on December 19, 2007, 06:33:57 AM
Bill,

Wind and Wire refuses to yield, despite your best efforts  ;)

Glad to see W&W continue on.
Title: Re: Re-launching of Wind and Wire
Post by: g.@.b. on December 19, 2007, 07:04:04 AM
Excellent news! And, to paraphrase Robert Kennedy who, surprisingly, had some input on this very subject:

"Some men see things as they are and say wire. I dream things that never were and say wire not?" ;)

(groan)
Title: Re: Re-launching of Wind and Wire
Post by: Joe R on December 19, 2007, 03:37:50 PM
That's terrific, Bill! Great to have it back. 8)   I always thought W &W was the best ambient review site out there.



Title: Re: Re-launching of Wind and Wire
Post by: SunDummy on December 19, 2007, 04:02:06 PM
Great news, Bill! 

Title: Re: Re-launching of Wind and Wire
Post by: James Johnson on December 20, 2007, 05:24:23 PM
glad to have you back Bill...always enjoyed your reviews and opinions...