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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 08, 2016, 06:19:19 PM »

King Crimson- Live at Fillmore East 1969.  Excellent recording (for an old recording) of the classic lineup featuring Greg Lake and the other guys from In the Court and Wake of Poseidon albums.  "Epitaph" is one of my all-time favorite songs.  Official bootleg on DGM. 

Epitaph is spookily appropriate today.  I heard on the BBC lunchtime news that Greg Lake died from cancer.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Keith Emerson
« on: March 11, 2016, 01:53:57 PM »
"Welcome my friends to the show that..." well, has ended.  Just had a news
flash on the Bbc website that Keith Emerson has died aged 71. :-[  Sad news
indeed. No doubt we''ll continue to lose our musical heroes from the 70s at an
accelerating rate.  At least we have a rich legacy of recordings and videos of
live shows featuring flying keyboards.

Time to play some Tarkus.

The second episode of this docudrama was aired on Monday in the UK.  When
O.J. accedes and meets Johnnie Cochran in the jail, there is some familiar
ambient music playing, but I couldn't name that tune. Did anyone else recognise
it please?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 08, 2016, 06:39:06 PM »
Ah so the first compilation Dark Side of the Moog now available in the UK.
The release date was moved back.  It was funny last autmun I was going to ask
Ron Boots why nobody had compiled the hard-to-get series (Second-hand copies
were GBP 20+), especially Klaus releasing his archive on La Vie Electronique,
only to discover the following day a box set available for pre-order on  Prayers answered.  :)

I'm in a mixed mind over the TD Reims/Mannheim bootleg.  Reims wasn't as good
as the hype.  Having recently bought some modern TD live concerts, there's quite
a contrast from the improvised to the highly orchestrated.

Thinking of Edgar, three months ago I too was delighted to find an unadulterated
boxed set of his early Virgin recordings.  My vinyl recordings have languished
unplayed for a generation.  It's great to hear Aqua and Epsilon in Malaysian
in the original form.

Recent `spins' include
Howard Givens & Craig Padilla --  Spirit Holy Rising   (free download)
Steve Rothery -- The Ghosts of Pripyat  (similar vein to last Pink Floyd)
Redshift -- Life to Come

Looking forward to getting the new Sverre Knut Johansen CD which has some
Wollo tonalities.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CD Shipping costs.
« on: February 04, 2016, 06:57:00 PM »
I used to import quite a lot of CDs from the US (e.g. Hypnos, Timeroom, Spotted
Peccary) to the UK,  but I've been back in the UK almost a year and I don't think
I've made any purchase from the US for CDs.

It goes the other way too.  Sending greetings cards recently I was stunned by the
cost: GBP 2.25.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Any Genesis fans?
« on: August 17, 2014, 01:33:52 AM »
People go on about Collins vs. Gabriel but Genesis was really Tony
Banks's band.  His keyboard playing was the heart of the Genesis
sound.  Like Paul, I too liked both eras, and followed the band from
the '70s to the '90s.  Yes I prefer the old stuff (Foxtrox, Selling
England by the Pound
) as well as the early Collins vocal era (Trick of
the Tail, Wind & Wuthering

It would have become boring had they just kept churning out the same
album.  The band lasted as long as it did because of the evolution.
Whether you hate the We Can't Dance stadium-rock era, you have to
admit and applaud their musical creativity and longevity.  Amongst the
pop-chart numbers there were still inventive Genesis tracks in the
classic mould.

Re. the `pish', being an older fan I didn't appreciate only having a
medley of old songs when they played at Wembley, just throwing it all
away.  If you're an old-style Genesis fan you should try to catch
Steve Hackett live in a small venue.  It's thrilling being just a few
feet from the maestro and see how he makes those distinctive sounds.
His band even plays Firth of Fifth with the full piano introduction,
as do an excellent tribute band G2, whom I've seen a few times.  While
many in the audience have grey hair, if they've any hair, it's great
to observe teenagers present (and comment on YouTube) 'discovering'
the '70s prog music and appreciating it.

Of late I've been listening to quite a bit of neo-prog (including Phil
Collins's son Simon who is a chip off the old block), and Steve Hackett's
Genesis Revisited II.

Peter Gabriel may have sold out to pop (So was my first CD--"It's a
Knockout" and there was the inventive Sledgehammer video), but PG has
promoted a lot of world music, bringing the diversity of its sounds
into various genres including pop and ambient.  His music has covered
a broad spectrum.  On stage he's still entertaining doing quirky things
like riding a bike.

While not defending the glaring omissions and missing research, our kind of music is
hard to find in the UK.  There was no national radio broadcast or station playing
ambient, space, or electronic music.  I only learnt of Messrs Roach, Rich, Stearns...
when I came to work in the US in 1999 and a friend pointed me to Hearts of Space.
Internet radio has helped, but mostly if you already know the music exists.  There's no
equivalent of Hearts of Space.  I wish it could be syndicated to the BBC Radio or
Classic FM.  Yes John Peel did introduce we Brits  (me included) to Tangerine Dream,
but that was forty years ago.

Are there any good writers out there in ambientland who could write a more
comprehensive history of ambient or electronic music?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
« on: April 23, 2013, 09:26:13 PM »
A dark umbra has certainly crossed the ambient world with this tragic, if not totally
unexpected news.  Sing a hymn to the silent Oophoi.

Only 55.  That's far too young, yet the ambient & electronic music community seems to
have lost many  of that vintage in recent years.  Condolences to his family and friends.

While Gigi modestly considered himself an amateur in the genre, his quiet music touched
our souls and relaxed our stressed minds.  My hairs still stand on end for some pieces
such as the middle section of "Lord of the Starfields" and "Spirals of Time".  We didn't
regard him other than a musician.  To put that in perspective, in terms of numbers of
CDs, Oophoi is only second to Steve Roach in my collection at around 40 titles.
It is staggering how Gigi could find time to produce Deep Listenings, run a record
label, produce the CDs, and still have time to create such an expanse of music.

Not only with music did his creativity shine through; the `special packaging', his written
track listings, and artwork were integral.  If you were careless enough to break the shells
Gigi could send some more of the same type!  As more music is download only, I fear
we'll lose the CD as an art form that Gigi worked hard to preserve.

I corresponded with Gigi many times.  We shared some jokes, an interest in space, and I
felt his passion for the drone music we both love.   Today I feel sad and a guilty that I didn't
keep in touch distracted by a move to other side of the planet and a new job.  Also I wish I
could have helped him when his website designer let him down a few years ago.

Sad times music lovers.  At least we have the solace of Gigi's artistry, if not his sparkle and

Best drones Gigi.

Vangelis has composed a musical accompaniment to 12 hours of neurosurgery
instructional video.

The bit I've heard thus far is spacey ambient.

I was taken aback when I read of this tragic news in Ron Boots's Groove newsletter.

It is strange that I learnt the true identity of the mysterious A Produce only after
his passing.  I first came across his bewitching music on Hearts of Space in 1999
and soon bought Land of a Thousand Trances, later followed by all but two of
those mention in earlier posts.  I shall look forward to the legacy of Intangible now
I'm settling inafter a move, like Seren with added poignancy.

Such is the quality of the music, nearly fifty tracks made by Barry solo or with
collaborators appeared on Hearts of Space over the years.  It might be time for an
A Produce retrospective Mr. Hill.

Given that we've lost many in the ambient and electronic genres in the last few years,
dying in their forties and fifties, those of us of similar vintage need to consider how to
make the most of each day.  One never knows when the metaphorical bus will hit.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: July 08, 2011, 05:11:58 PM »
Thom Brennan - Shimmer
AES DANA - Season 5
AES DANA - Leylines
H.U.V.A. Network - Distances

I have a duplicate Season 5.  :(   I myself have just taken delivery of some more from
the lovely panoramic people at Ultimae who have a sale on.

V/A  - Fahrenheit Project Part 7
Aes Dana - Perimeters         quite ambient, artistic booklet and gatefold as we've come to expect
Solar Fields - Origins #01    some vocals  from Magnus but not too intrusive

Other recent purchases were:
Arc - Church    70s EM enhanced by atmospheric venue
Ian Boddy & Parallel Worlds  - Exit Strategy

There seems to be only parallel worlds in this thread.  ;D

Immediately liked the samples and took delivery recently.  I wasn't disappointed.

What's it like working with Ian?  He seems to produce one brilliant collaboration
after another.

Nice photography by Geigertek aka Neil Fellowes.

Here's my short review/appraisal for all interested:

A Distant Ligh ...
 Expertly done and deserving of wider recognition.

It should get that recognition.  This week's Hearts of Space features a couple of tracks
and one from the new Meg Bowles mentioned in another thread---an impressive debut indeed.

Equinoctal Greetings astral-music fans

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDrs are warped
« on: February 14, 2011, 06:38:34 PM »
Thank you indeed.  However, it's worse than two I'm afraid.  I checked 25 discs
(excluding the Dreams series stored elsewhere).  11 had sufficient warping to
generate the noise.   All my Penumbra Collection are affected.  Odd that only
one of the three Signals from the Great Beyond exhibits the problem although
they were stored back to back in the same wallet.

A little Googling indicates that sheer weight of books may not be enough---some
heat applied must be applied for a quick correction.  That sounds a little dangerous
if one over cooks it.  Rather than use an oven I may just wait until the hot summer,
presumably where the original warping occurred and try pressing again if necessary.
Meanwhile I'll leave the 11 under pressure for a couple of weeks to see if it's made
any improvement.

I wouldn't want to remove Gigi's artwork from the discs---that's part of the pleasure
of owning physical copies of the music---and they do seem well attached.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Top concept albums of all time
« on: February 09, 2011, 05:15:13 PM »
In the prog-rock arena many of Rick Wakeman's, but notably Myths & Legends of King Arthur
and The Six Wives of Henry VIII.

More recently I've enjoyed Seven by Magenta and The Whirlwind by Transatlantic.  You can spot
the Genesis and Yes influences on the former.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / CDrs are warped
« on: February 09, 2011, 04:57:21 PM »
In the last couple of week I've been trying to play several of my
Umbra/Penumbra Collection CDrs.  Specifically those in 18x14cm plastic
wallets with art, the disc in another sleeve, sometimes with leaves and
shells.  "Special packaging" Gigi calls it.  The first half plays fine but after
half anhour the music is distorted with a periodic glitch.  While some of you
might appreciate the industrial ambient generated, it rather ruined the likes
of Floating on Night Currents for me.  :(  The disc looks fine. However,
placing it on a flat surface revealed that disc is concave (label upright).

They had been stored vertically but closely packed.  So this is a word of
warning.  Has anyone else experienced this sagging?  How do other Oophoi
fans keep their CDrs?

Can flatness be restored, say by placing discs horizontal between lots of heavy
textbooks for an extended period?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sequencer-esque ambient
« on: January 23, 2011, 04:38:51 PM »
Regarding Ian Boddy, listen to samples before purchasing.  The man can play
a great variety of styles.  I was initially put off Ian's music because of the first DiN
releases I heard were quite avant garde and glitchy.

There is retrospective of Ian's music on a recent double CD called Pearl.

Readers in this forum would appreciate his ambient collaborations with Robert Rich.

I especially enjoyed Shifting Sands with David Wright that's quite melodic.
Ian with Mark Shreeve as Arc produce rather fine electronic music.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sequencer-esque ambient
« on: January 19, 2011, 06:38:14 PM »
There are several bands/musicians recreating the mid-70s TD style, such as Redshift,
Rogue Element, and Kubusschnitt.

Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Hypnos 2010 outlook
« on: December 21, 2010, 06:24:16 PM »
Looks great.  Wish you could keep the reflected pattern of the surface on the disc.   :)
It's rather effective, the sort of the thing you might see on a IXOHOXI album.

Since it's near the end of 2010 perhaps we should review how well the outlook matched
reality.  :)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 21, 2010, 06:15:52 PM »
Taking advantage of the ADMusic sale I bought a dozen CDs from this UK label,
mostly of the lesser known artists.  While it's best known for melodic electronic
music, amongst the set were three lovely ambient recordings by Acheloo
my favourite being Ishtar.

I've also been listening to an even larger box full of Groove-label CDs obtained at
the Hampshire Jam 9 last month including the new Create and the newly
formed MorPheusz quartet, and a large potential difference of VoLt.  At the
Jam itself Redshift impressed me; I'd not heard them before or had any of their CDs.
It's mid-70s Tangerine Dream with the analogue sound.

Also I've dusted off some old Steve Hackett (and Genesis) recordings after seeing
him live recently.  He has a tight band.  It was wonderful to have some woodwind
in the performance instead of the artificial synths sounds stealing the likes of Peter
Gabriel's flute parts.

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