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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Ambient Movies
« on: August 01, 2014, 08:20:13 AM »
Steven Soderbergh' Solaris definitely has an ambient quality, with its beautiful space shots, the slow pace of the story and Cliff Martinez's haunting music...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLV6JrygUb0



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Everything and Nothing / Re: Any other photography people out there ?
« on: August 01, 2014, 08:08:09 AM »
These photos from Iceland are gorgeous !

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Any other photography people out there ?
« on: July 29, 2014, 10:41:21 PM »
Hello Pete,
You have beautiful photographs on your blog indeed !
I particularly like the black&white texture-sky (Fade.jpg) and the fire ferns.
I have also been doing quite a lot of photos over the years, of people, landscapes, nature, music... Here's my sample page : http://www.borislelong.com/image/photo
Ambient music and photography can have a lot in common !
Best.
Boris

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This video is wonderful... This idea of "live" abstract painting is excellent and beautifully crafted here.

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I am glad you enjoyed Everyday Flower.  :-) 
Thank you guys for your heartwarming appreciation !

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Everyday Flower [Boris Lelong]
« on: January 23, 2012, 08:24:38 AM »
You're welcome to discover my new release Everyday Flower.

It's a longform emotional soundscape, a sweet and sour electronic requiem dealing with loss and tenderness...

In terms of styles, it would be in the line of some early Steve Roach's works (Quiet Music 2, Structures From Silence), James Johnson's (Minimum, Entering twilight) or J.M. Jarre's "Waiting for Cousteau"...
 


Listen and download for free :
http://www.borislelong.com/everydayflower

I am glad to share it with you and hope you'll enjoy listening to it !

Boris

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Music like Quiet Music
« on: December 22, 2011, 04:50:53 AM »
I would add "The Fourth State" by Jon Hopkins. It's a 32 min EP and it feels like the 32 min track in Quiet Music 2 ("Air And Light"). Very nice stuff !

Audio snippet :
http://s7.last.fm/flp/113740425/76/0008920003/8612d35dd2356b0a9b6b0d21f4fed026/1324554163/66/1179726026/1/0/128.mp3

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sequencer-esque ambient
« on: January 20, 2011, 08:55:25 AM »
A few sequence-based work I am fond of :

- To complete spectral67's suggestion, I would add Klaus Schulze's "Time Wind" and "Body Love" : with "Moondawn", they make a sort of legendary trilogy of power/space/sequence music of the mid-70s. Then came the splendid "Mirage", with a more quiet, ambient approach...

- Steve Roach, "A few more moments", in "Quiet Music" : a very gentle and totally mesmerizing composition, one of my favorite pieces of music ever.

- Robert Rich, "Numena" : the long, first track has haunting sequences, with the unique color typical of Rich's work.




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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: SoundQuest Fest 2010
« on: November 15, 2010, 03:20:22 PM »
Thank you for this report, Hypnagogue & Numina. I would have loved to attend this show/gathering. Thanks for giving us a taste of it !


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Hardware loopers
« on: August 24, 2010, 04:14:14 PM »
Hi Loren and all,

Scott has a good point here : for us ambient musicans who love our sounds to dissolve slowly, stomping the sound in and out can be way too abrupt.

That's why I use the BOSS DD20 pedal : it's not a looper (though it includes one), it's a delay with 23 seconds capacity. That means the "loops" gradually disappear, at a rate the user can control with a knob. Frippertronics style.

http://www.bosscorp.co.jp/products/en/DD-20

It's a very simple product, it does one thing (well, actually more) but does it well, and its simplicity (plug and play) makes it very enjoyable on stage, you can concentrate on playing music...

Here is me improvising live with it and one synth. Play it loud ! (Sound quality not so good though, especially the over-noisegated begining and end)


A friend of mine bought a Digitech Jamman, a regular looper. He had problems every time he would record more than 3 or 4 layers, they would get out of sync. He had it replaced by a new one, same thing.

Hope that helps.

Boris



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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Dropbox is fantastic
« on: May 10, 2010, 04:19:55 PM »
Wow, "Daylight Slowly" is from a cassette ?? I would never have guessed - which says something about the quality of the remastering...  :-)

Back to Dropbox : after a few tests, well it's definitely very simple to use. Apple's iDisk, but free of charge...




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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Dropbox is fantastic
« on: May 09, 2010, 02:42:23 PM »
Hi Mike,

I had heard about it but never tried it. So I have just created an account using your link - happy 250 Mo ! :-)
I have been using Gmail and pocket hard-drives, I will try Dropbox as a complement. Might be useful for collaborative work too... Thanks for pointing it.

By the way, congratulations for re-realeasing jeff Pearce's "Daylight Slowly" : I recently discovered it, and found it absolutely splendid !

Best.

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Excellent album, Mike ! I particularly enjoy the last track, reminiscent of the very early Steve Roach (Quiet Music), a minimalist, poetic genre I'd love to hear more often... Thanks for going there !

By the way, I love your previous album "Coma Cluster". Pure bliss !

Boris

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Hello Judd,

Thank you for your comment. I am quite proud of the comparison with "Saguaro" !  :-)  I have always loved this track... Coincidence : I was listening to it last night ; and the funny thing is that I didn't relate it at all to "Perdide". But you're absolutely right, there's is definitely a familiarity between the two atmospheres, the same structure with gentle textures backing a lively environment of insect/bird calls... Thanks for pointing that to me !

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Thanks for your appreciation ! The "insect" sounds are great : I don't precisely know how they were made, but it was a joy tweaking them and constructing a full ecosystem out of them...

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Hi everyone,

I am glad to present my new album : PERDIDE. It is a 79 minutes immersive track which basically feels like spending the night in a lush forest (without the mosquito bites...)

It is based on the soundworld of the animated film The Masters of Times (1982), and the funny things is that a few hours after I completed this 2-year projet, I went to see Avatar and found exactly the same atmosphere (as the album), especially the night scenes in the phosphorescent forest of Pandora...

Listen and download :
http://www.borislelong.com/perdide

Boris

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Scott, this a very nice video - and a good idea to make a video in the first place !
The piece is very sensitive and definitely relates to Richard Wright, a discrete artist with a tremendous importance in the Pink Floyd soundworld (and composer of my favorite song of the group's corpus , "The Great Gig In The Sky"...)

Boris

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now watching...
« on: August 05, 2009, 12:36:39 AM »
I saw UP and, as usual with PIXAR movies, found it wonderful.

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Scott, I just discovered "Her terrain", and I absolutely love it ! Warm and deep, I am fond of this type of sound... Thanks for sharing it !

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Thanks Mark for posting this live performance, I am listening to it while writing this.

The Native American flute is a nice contribution. It reminds me of a cineconcert I performed with two other musicians, which also featured a beautiful Native flute :


 
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I have noticed that most people really enjoy ambient/space music when exposed to it. 


That's a very interesting statement. I agree that many listeners who would not "understand" a recording of ambient music may appreciate it once they experience it in a live settings - especially if the performance is enhanced by lightings or image projection... The video I posted just above is an example of that : the music was performed while the audience was watching the film, and they really enjoyed it, though most of them were over 70 years old and had never been exposed to electronic music or anything approaching in their life (their music culture is more about Edith piaf or Nat King Cole...)

On the other hand, myself being a long-time ambient music listener and composer, I wonder if I would enjoy a concert of ambient music as much as listening to the same music at home...

Anyway, I live in France, and we don't have any venue around dedicated to this genre, such as what Scott and his team are doing in Toronto... On the other hand, I have opportunities to perform for various "unprepared" audiences, which is very very interesting...

Boris





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