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I'd just like to announce my new cd "With Evening Above"- which is my first all ambient guitar cd since "Bleed" in 2002.

From now until Monday (6/16/14) you can download the album from Bandcamp (for what it's worth, the FLAC and ALAC formats sound fantastic) for $5, or purchase the cd for $10 (shipping included for all US addresses).  What's great about Bandcamp is if you buy a cd, you get an immediate download of the album (meaning you can listen to the album and be completely sick of it by the time the cd arrives in the mail... :))

Here's a link to the album on Bandcamp:

http://jeffpearcemusic.bandcamp.com/album/with-evening-above

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This is terrible news.  I've tried getting in touch with Ruben for a few months now, just because I've not heard from him in quite a while.  I played on two of Ruben's cd's, and I was thrilled to do so- he had a great touch with electronics, and a completely mesmerizing way of playing the piano. 

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: AMBIcon 2013 Update
« on: May 15, 2013, 05:21:52 AM »
I'd like to thank Loren for posting the link to my AMBIcon 2013 set- and I'd like to thank Pete for the kind words (especially since I associate "clean and tasty" ebow playing with his music!)

The warm-up piece is a fun thing to do, but it serves a practical purpose, especially at an event like AMBIcon- it gave the sound guys a chance to balance the room mics (nothing like having an audience humming a one note drone to let them set some levels) to the sound of the performer on stage.  A nice "hummed drone", coming from all parts of the room, allowed for decent "spatial" adjustments for the room mics.  It also gave them a last minute chance to make a quick adjustment to the sound coming off the stage, which, I found out later, was something they were thankful to have the chance to do. 

The rest of the set was fun to play, and for anyone who was wondering, everything was played live, with no backing tracks (the exception being some pre-recorded rain that I had on my iPad- it gave me a chance to do one of my recent tracks that had rain in the background, but also served as a good way to transition from piano back to guitar without too much "dead air on stage".)

.... and for those bugged that I used pre-recorded rain, I tried REALLY hard to pack a rain-cloud in my carry-on, but Southwest is REALLY anti-raincloud carry-on these days.  On the other hand, I didn't have to worry about mic'ing a raincloud, and that saved some time....  :)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: AMBIcon 2013 Update
« on: May 09, 2013, 05:19:42 AM »
Loren- I wish I knew that you were looking for Forrest; I would have told you EXACTLY where he was!  :)

Poaalpina- Anton briefly mentioned he was a musician, but would not elaborate.  He's clearly a humble guy and, based on sounds clips, a pretty talented one as well.

As Forrest wrote, I also added some parts to Tim Story's set, which was an honor and a half; I've known the guy since 1988, and he has a way with melody and atmospheres that really resonates with my odd takes on those things.

I did a bit of a write-up of my experience at AMBIcon 2013- it is LONG, but a whole lot happened in those three days.  You can read it on my blog here:

http://www.jeffpearcemusic.com/blog/ambicon_2013_post_show_reflections/

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: AMBIcon 2013 Update
« on: May 07, 2013, 07:06:51 AM »
thanks for the kind words, Poaalpina!  And, yes, I certainly remember this guy from Russia- quite a long way to travel to listen to music.  I know ALL of the artists appreciated his presence.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: AMBIcon 2013 Update
« on: May 07, 2013, 04:37:08 AM »
it was great meeting you, too, Forrest- and there certainly was a lot of music this past weekend!  Forrest is too kind to mention this, but he had the rare "honor" of sitting next to me during Stephan Micus' (incredible beyond words) set and, halfway through, watching me weep like a disgraced televangelist.  I've been an admirer of the guy's music for tens of years, and knew a little of what to expect, but he went WAY beyond that. 

Yeah, it would be nice if there was another one soon.  I'm trying to get my thoughts together about the weekend for a blog post, but all I can come up with at the moment is "whole lot of music, very little sleep".

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: AMBIcon 2013 Update
« on: March 21, 2013, 09:38:30 AM »
Thanks for the kind words, Forrest- and everyone else!

Yes, the clip is definitely from the Texas sized portion of my set.  There will be plenty of Rhode Island size parts of the set, as well as some Iowa and Kansas sized parts.  Then there will be one Alaska sized section (WAY bigger than Texas.  In fact, if you want to endear yourself to someone who lives in Texas, just remind them that if Alaska were cut in half and made into two states, Texas would then be the THIRD biggest state in the union- you'll be loved for life!)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: AMBIcon 2013 Update
« on: March 20, 2013, 09:41:39 AM »
for anyone who might wonder what my set is going to sound like, here's a three minute snippet of one of the rehearsals I've recorded


.... and, yes, I'm particularly proud that I learned how to embed the soundcloud player...  :)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: HOS news. . . .ambicon 2013
« on: October 27, 2012, 04:39:25 AM »
I guess that since my name is on the event info, I can confirm that I'm the person Griffin was referring to.  The clues he gave were a little misleading; using the phrase "much loved and very interesting" threw everyone in the wrong direction... :)

This will be my first time playing a show in the Bay area, and I'm looking forward to it- but I'm REALLY REALLY looking forward to seeing sets by the ones I've never seen play live- Tim Story, David Darling, and Stephan Micus; I'll do my absolute level best NOT to follow around that last guy, asking him to autograph my "Ocean" and "Listen to the Rain" cd's.

Anyway- if you're going, find me and say hi- I'll almost certainly be over my current addiction to "Infinity Blade II" on the iPad, and will be ready to be sociable.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New cd from Jeff Pearce
« on: September 19, 2012, 05:03:16 AM »
mr. Drone on,

The cd is the collection of singles, with one new track.  Four of the singles, however, were re-recorded for the sake of making them fit better sonically with the other pieces.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / New cd from Jeff Pearce
« on: September 18, 2012, 03:58:46 AM »
Just a note to announce the release of my new cd "In the Season of Fading Light".  For every sale of this album- whether as a cd or a digital album- I'll be donating $1 to Feeding America.  You can purchase the cd at CD Baby But for the next two weeks, if you purchase the cd from my seller account on Amazon.com, the total price of the cd- including shipping- will be the price of a digital download album- $9.98.  (I'm selling the cd for $7.00- seller id jj767-, but amazon adds a mandatory $2.98 for shipping).  You can listen to sound samples HERE, and purchase the cd HERE.

The reason I'm doing this is that I REALLY want anyone interested in the music to have the physical copy, if possible.  Our man Mike Griffin did a great job with the graphic design, and that's something that gets lost in the land of downloads.

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Bill- I think I did point Barry in your direction, long long ago.  And Mike- you wrote Barry around the time you wrote to me- Barry and I talked shortly after, and he asked me "what's up with this Hypnos label?" and I said that it was run by a pretty level headed, ego-free guy who appeared to be in it for the long term.  I remember Barry stating, dryly, "then he'll never last in the music business!"  :)  I talked with Barry not terribly long ago, he was pretty excited about the (then) unreleased cd with Loren, but spent a lot of time asking about my wife and kids, wondering how it was possible that I was now the parent of a teen-ager.  I always appreciated how Barry was interested in, and willing to talk about, things other than music.

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what sad news.  :(  Barry was a friend from way back- I remember a lot of our phone conversations about music and life.  He had an effortless way of entering that "creative space"- and when he went there, he brought some fantastic music back with him. 

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Hi from Jeff- new music
« on: August 11, 2011, 12:11:52 PM »
Hopefully, none of what I post in this will violate the whole "self-promoting/spam" rules.

I just wanted to share a link to a video containing excerpts from my latest song "a secret for the moon".  This song is the August release in what I'm calling the Provision series.  Every month for a year, I'll be releasing one mp3 single, and for every sale on iTiunes, CD Baby, amazon.com and Bandcamp, I'll donate $.30 to a different charity.  This month's charity is St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the charity for last month's single was the American Red Cross.

These releases will feature some piano music I've been working on in the past few years, and this month's single is about as ambient as it gets for me; I certainly can't imagine playing it any slower...



you can go to my website www.jeffpearcemusic.com to get the rest of the details, drop a note, sign up for my mailing list- whatever you wish.

thanks for reading!

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Jim Brenholts birthday today
« on: March 04, 2011, 06:34:03 AM »
Jim was such an upbeat, optimistic guy- full of encouragement for musicians, and a huge love of music.  I remember that we had some great conversations about baseball after a couple of my concerts.  I still miss the guy.

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we have a Wii in the family room, which is nowhere close to a serious gaming console, but I've had fun (while the kids were asleep!) playing "House of the Dead: Overkill"- good old fashioned shooter game done up like a campy grindhouse flick, with about 800 instances of the "M-F" bomb.

On the computer, I've been playing Quake live quite a bit lately- all online, all browser-based, and it runs great in Safari.  We've come a long way from 11 years ago, when Griffin and I would play Quake online with a dial-up connection.  If I remember correctly, I fragged Griffin about 100 times per game.  I eventually stopped playing Quake when, one morning while in an especially violent part of the game, my then two year old daughter (who woke up especially early), snuck up behind me and asked- with a very concerned, almost frightened voice- "daddy, what happened to that boy's head?".  "Quitting Quake" was a better option than explaining decapitation via chaingun... :)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Classical Lute Music
« on: July 16, 2010, 04:31:03 AM »
for what it's worth, from a long-time lute music lover, I've REALLY enjoyed  Jakob Lindberg's recordings of Weiss' music on a recording simply called "lute music".  It's available at amazon, although it's an import.  It's beautifully recorded, and the music was played on a 1590 Rauwolf lute.  The tone of that instrument is very "warm"- not something people think of when they think of "lute music", but it sounds incredible.  Musically, you can't really go wrong with Weiss.  The O'Dette recording drone on mentions is also fantastic.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Sad News
« on: October 20, 2009, 04:30:55 PM »
Mike,

I was rough seeing that pic again, but thanks for posting it.

A slight correction:  that photo was from October 2002- not 2000.  Check the gatherings website if you don't believe me... :)

Jeff

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Sad News
« on: October 18, 2009, 04:44:44 AM »
Tom,

Thank you for sharing this news on this forum, and my sincere condolences to you and your family on the loss of your brother.

I don't think I need to write about who Jim was on this forum- his posts show someone who was passionate about this music, and completely over-the-top (in a good way)with his enthusiasm for it.  He loved his life, he loved music, he loved his family, and he especially loved being a grandfather.

As a musician, i tend to remember- and remember fondly- those people I've met who have encouraged me in my music.  I can think of VERY few people who have encouraged me in my music more than Jim; whether in person or through e-mail, his positive outlook and kind words were unstoppable.  I remember him being at concerts I played in PA, and although he probably didn't like everything I played in those evenings, he was always there after the show with a big hug, a pat on the back, and encouraging words about my music.

He will be missed, and he will be remembered.

Jeff

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Guitars picking up noise from PC
« on: September 21, 2009, 06:44:58 AM »
Hey Mike,

You've probably done the following, so don't know if this will be helpful or not...

Scott had good advice about moving your guitar around- try positioning it at an angle to your monitor and see if any noise is reduced.

On top of the already excellent advice about using good quality cables, i'd ask you this:  what kind of lighting do you have in your studio?  Fluorescent lighting is notorious for adding noise to guitars, and dimmer switches of all types are evil; if you DO have lights on a dimmer switch, have your lights either all the way on or completely off.

another thing to check for, especially if you're having a pause every second or so, is to see if some sort of pump or motor is on the same circuit as where you're plugged into.  Air conditioners and furnaces can put out stuff for your guitar to pick up, as well as water pumps and refrigerators.

I have EMG actives on my guitars, and they are pretty quiet for most things, and I know the frustration of noise hunting!  My last suggestion would be to get a battery powered headphone amp of some sort (zoom makes little stomp box things, they can be battery powered and you can use headphones).  Turn off everything in your studio, plug in the guitar to the headphone amp,  pick an appropriately high gain setting comparable to what you've been using on the computer, and listen for the noise.  If you hear noise, you can be assured that it's not the computer, and is probably some strong EMF in the area (like the airconditioner, etc but cell phone towers and cable tv towers can do this if you're close enough.  Same with power lines passing overhead).   If you do NOT get noise, turn on your computer while still "off the grid" with the headphone amp.  If you have noise, you'll know it's something in the computer.

many ideas, most probably useless... :)

Jeff


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