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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 13, 2010, 06:03:01 PM »
Sunn O))) - Black One
Really overrated in my opinion.  Maybe I just listened at too low a volume, but this seemed boring, and the much-discussed "dark" quality seemed a bit of a put-on to me.  I like some of Sunn's other work so I'll give this another listen, I guess.  The reviews pretty uniformly call this the group's best album, so...
Hey Mike: I'm a big Sunn O))) fan an this one is not their best by far (and it does help to play at "Maximum Volume"). There most recent one, "Monoliths and Dimensions", is pretty good as is "Flight of the Behemoth". I saw Sunn O))) live this past summer and it was impressive. They were insanely loud but it did add to the vibe. Of course, ear plugs are a must but there's something about loud bass feedback that accelerates the digestive process.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 12, 2010, 06:39:09 AM »
  • Robert Plant/Alison Krauss: Raising Sand. While I was sooooo hoping Zeppelin would tour after the 2007 reunion show, I can see why Mr. Plant would rather devote his energies to a project like this. Good "roots" material. Nothing earthshattering but pleasant nonetheless.
  • Mystified: Primal Mystification.
  • Elliott Sharp: Tectonics

Now Playing / Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
« on: January 12, 2010, 06:34:58 AM »
In terms of endless returns (ie. proven and continiued longevity) it must be:

Budd/Eno: Plateaux of Mirror and The Pearl
Budd/Foxx: Drift Music
Budd/Guthrie: all collabs

But I see many lists here I could duplicate!

Somnium would be a contender but for format/system config issues!
Ah yes. How could I leave some of the Budd collabs off my list?

Now Playing / Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
« on: January 11, 2010, 11:15:26 AM »
My "classics:
  • Eno/Fripp: Evening Star. In my opinion, much better than "No Pussyfooting" and the pre-Frippertronic tape looping is fascinating from an esthetic stand point as well as a historic one.
  • Eno: Music for Airports. I echo Mr. Vnuk's sentiment.
  • Eno: Apollo - Atmospheres and Soundtracks.
  • Steve Roach: Structures from Silence. Still my fave of Roach's which is not a disparagment of the rest of his catalog which is impressive.
  • Steve Roach: Dreamtime Return
  • Michael Brook: Cobalt Blue. Not necessarly 100% ambient but a good one from one of the Eno-family tree.
  • Peter Gabriel: Passion. Again, I concur 100% with Paul's sentiment. When I saw "The Last Temptation of Christ", I was bored to tears with the movie but the music just floored me. That one is one of my "desert island" CD's for sure.
  • Robert Fripp: A Blessing of Tears.
  • Apex Twin: The two Ambient collections.

Everything and Nothing / Re: inglourious basterds
« on: January 10, 2010, 06:47:54 PM »
A good flick. Tarantino hasn't done a movie I don't like though "Resevoir Dogs" and "Pulp Fiction" have yet to be surpassed. And Brad Pitt continues to surprise me. He was very funny

Everything and Nothing / Re: Constructive criticism
« on: January 09, 2010, 07:36:00 PM »
Now, I loathe "American Idol" but my wife watches it religiously (which means I at least know what the shows about). The one judge that is the most accurate and valuable is Simon. He may not always be "constructive" but his criticism is honest and pretty accurate for the type of music being showcased on that show. I can't stand the MOR type of music that show is centered around but I imagine when Simon is behind the board producing, his critiques yield superior product for that genre.

I'm sorry to hear of your plight, Mike. The economic good times is seeming more and more like a distance memory.
The job market in Cincinnati stinks as well. I've had to be the inflictor of grief as part of the managment team for our facilty. I've had a hand in laying off 13 people in the last year and it sucks more than anything I've experienced in my working life. And as the saying goes: "There, but by the grace of God, go I". I know it could be my turn at any time.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Constructive criticism
« on: January 09, 2010, 04:37:54 PM »
My 1st release, which was an intentional hodge-podge of pieces titled "A Collection of Thoughts" was received well by the zines I sent it to. I released two CDR's in 2006 ("You Are" and "I Am) that got me some less than flattering e-mails. It wasn't comfortable but I believe it did help me push myself a bit and develop more honest self-criticism.

Back in my Metal days, I played locally and was friends with the guitarist in a band that got signed and did some touring. Some of the international press they got was BRUTAL! and some was very flattering. But this guy was pretty thin skinned and took the negative stuff pretty hard and got jaded by the whole experience. In hindsight, he admits he was in it as much for ego gratification as anything else and the creative process was secondary.

I don't think it matters what the genre is, putting art out for public consumption has a price but there is a payoff as well in the form of self-satisfaction and just the fun of the creative process.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Yet another filmed version of Dune
« on: January 07, 2010, 06:06:21 PM »
Having read the book, then seeing Lynch's movie, I was grossly disappointed. The visuals were OK but the acting was horrible in parts and the depth of the story was completely lost. At the time, the only redeeming quality was Brian Eno's contribution to the soundtrack (The "Prophecy" piece is still one of my fave's of Eno's). However, I watched it again for the 1st time in a while recently and thought it had a little nostalgic charm. Still doesn't do justice to the book. The Sci Fi channel version was better from the story standpoint.

The two Sci Fi novel series that I think will never fully translate to the big screen is the Dune books and The Foundation Trilogy which I hear is also in development. Those books are my all time favorites.

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: CD release: Mystified - Primal Mystification
« on: January 04, 2010, 06:25:36 PM »
I received my copy today. I've listened to it twice. Very good. Well done, sir. Initial favorite is "back to primal". I like the juxtoposition in the mix between the rhythms and the synth textures. I'm going to rip it to the iPod so as to listen to it during my travels. I'll post more thoughts as i digest more.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now watching...
« on: January 03, 2010, 04:18:17 PM »
I took my youngest to see "Alvin/Chipmunks 2". Oh, the things a parent must do....

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 02, 2010, 09:15:40 AM »
Currently listening to
Them Crooked Vultures (classic Rock for the 21st century)
Antiproduct's "Please Take Your Money" (these guys would be the result of a genetic melding of Cheap Trick, The Ramones, and ABBA)
Portishead's "3"

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2009!!!1
« on: January 02, 2010, 09:09:41 AM »
On the Ambient side, I didn't buy lots of new releases but these got mucho play time when I did buy them:
  • Harold Budd/Clive Wright - Candylion. Good stuff. I'm so glad Budd decided to not retire.
  • William Basinski - 92982. This guy is making a career out of diggin up his 20+ year old stuff and re-releasing it but I'm a fan. I love tape loops.

For stuff not neccessarily Ambient but appealing to related portions of my brain:
  • Oren Ambarchi - Intermission. Brilliant minimal guitarist.
  • Sunn o))) - Monoliths and Dimensions. If Lou Reed's "Metal Machine Music could be considered the antithesis to Brian Eno's "Music for Airports", then "Monoliths and Dimensions" would be the antithesis to Steve Roach's "Immersion" work.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now watching...
« on: January 02, 2010, 08:48:26 AM »
I agree with you, Mike, in that this is one of those points of impressive advancement in film-making and Sci Fi. For the first time, I emotionally connected with a CG characters. I suppose the nearest that has happened previously for me was Gollum from LOTR (sorry Jar Jar Binks).

Everything and Nothing / Re: E-readers, present and future
« on: December 31, 2009, 08:48:32 AM »
The one thing that will keep me from buying an electronic reader is the fact that I travel a lot. Its seems kind of minor but on a couple of occasions while flying, I've been able to keep on reading while the guy next to me had to power down his e-reader in preparation for landing. And everything electronic in carry-on luggage can potentially prompt a luggage check during the screening process these days. 

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now watching...
« on: December 30, 2009, 04:11:37 PM »
That's my big concern, since I too am a glasses wearer. The last time I tried to see a 3D movie, the small 3D lenses didn't completely cover my glasses so I was constantly squinting so I didn't see "two versions" of the film. How big are the 3D glasses lenses? Anyone? Plus, as Alan wrote above, there is also the uncomfortable annoyance factor (having two "glasses arms" over my ears).
The glasses were actually pretty big, kinda like Raybans with the black rims. They covered my glasses alright but were pretty heavy. My main complaint was the dimming of the colors. But the 3D effect was impressive in some parts. There was one scene where theres ash coming down through the air and it looked like the ash was right in front of me. But still, I wouldn't pay the extra $$$ for 3D if I was bringing the whole family.

Everything and Nothing / Re: We all get old
« on: December 28, 2009, 10:59:49 PM »
Ole Bill isn't aging well but he's still funny as heck. I just saw that History Channel special "How William Shatner Changed the World" where they highlight all the tech innovations inspired by or predicted by Star Trek. He was a hoot in that.

And, surprisingly enough, some of Shatner's recent spoken-word recordings are very listenable. Do a Youtube search to check some of it out. "Common People" (with Joe Jackson) is pretty good. There's also a "duet" with Henry Rollins.

Everything and Nothing / Re: What have they become ?
« on: December 28, 2009, 10:51:58 PM »
A couple of electronic artists that come to mind is Mox (one CD circal 1998. There is another artist going under that moniker but not the same) and Dogon is another.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now watching...
« on: December 28, 2009, 10:39:49 PM »
Alan, how would you rate the importance of seeing it in 3D?  Does it make a huge difference?  We received several movie passes for Christmas but they won't work for the more expensive 3D showings, so I'm wondering if it would be a waste of time to see it in a normal 2D theater.
I saw it in 2D first and thought it was amazing in and of itself. The 3D, while kinda cool, wasn't worth the extra $ IMO ($4 difference at the local theater). The glasses tended to dim the colors. And as I wear glasses anyways, having a 2nd pair on over my own was annoying. I will say that they have improved the 3D effects compared to old days.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now watching...
« on: December 28, 2009, 05:45:44 PM »
Has anyone seen Avatar yet? In 3-D or otherwise? Comments?
I've seen it twice (once in 2D, then in 3D). The plot is kinda like "Dances with Wolves" in space. The effects are remarkable. The main female part is a blue, 8 foot tall alien. I know the effects work because she became strangely attractive (she is "played" by Zoe Saldana who played Uhura in the latest ST so she's beautiful in her own right).

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