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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Blade Runner Sequel
« on: December 23, 2016, 07:34:12 PM »
Hi strangers,

Maybe you've seen this already, if not, here it is.  The snow at the beginning is neat.  I always thought having a snowy landscape in any possible sequel would be a nice twist to the future noir look of things, maybe even a future New York rather than LA. 

And the total contrast of that dusty landscape... where is that I wonder?  It reminds me of Philip K Dick's original Electric Sheep novel which had the entire story in such an environment, rather than the rainy take of Blade Runner.  Anyway, not sure if I'm sold on Ryan Gosling (he's definitely a replicant  ;) ), and bringing back Harrison Ford.  However, this new director is not to be slept on, and from an interview I saw, he knew going in this was a huge challenge creating a compelling sequel in this age of cheap reboots and cash-ins.  Rumor has it the script was interesting enough to warrant this resurrection.  Cautiously optimistic... your thoughts? 


Didn't see this posted yet... New Year's gift from the mack daddy.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Lisa Gerard's new one- Wow!
« on: September 04, 2014, 07:49:17 PM »

Not ecstatic or over the top, just a stripped down, lovely (though a tad solemn perhaps) work.

So, from my brief research I believe the 2 artists in the title of this post are Aglaia, a duo.  If so I didn't know Aglaia was in fact 2 artists, and more interestingly to me, these two have a crapload more albums not under the name Aglaia but simply under their own names.  I don't know if this comes as a surprise to most here on the forum- I've read about Aglaia's music many times here and have bought about 3-4 recordings, without ever hearing of the many other releases where they simply go by their real names.

Anyway it sounds like this "other" music sounds exactly in the same field of play.  Very generic album titles but the same floaty Aglaia vibe we've come accustomed to.  I just bought this album which is a ton of music, and look forward to unpacking later...  if you don't know now ya know.  They've come up with a great sound and though it may sound occasionally recycled, it's a really relaxing, enjoyable style of endless drifting and floating:

Everything and Nothing / Sampling in Ambient Music
« on: September 23, 2013, 04:16:01 PM »
I really like most of Alio Die's music, particularly any time he uses medieval choirs and renaissance instruments. 

This is really out of my league so I ask the question here:  some of that, if not all, is sampled right? 

Most likely he didn't emply a group of choir singers, and he may play instruments but a lot of the medieval music sounds like it may have been a previous recording that has been slowed down, distorted and with layers of effects and processing meshed in.

To me this is actually a neat idea, that of "recycling" that kind of music and if that's what Alio Die is doing, he does it like no other.  The artist Diatonis has an album called The Convolving Universe that is just processed gregorian monks and choirs I believe, and it's similarly cool....

I wonder how one deals with copywright issues with this?  If you distort something beyond recognition (at least in parts) and add your own effects, does it become something new?  This is something that went on for years in Rap music before artists finally started demanding royalties, so just curious about this topic...

Everything and Nothing / Insights from Daniel Lanois
« on: August 19, 2013, 08:55:29 PM »

Aside from a strange interview at times, there was some nice juicy bits  (no pun intended).  Pretty fascinating though, and when he broke out the steel guitar and synths toward the end, made me wish Lanois could create some more ambient or downtempo in the future.


The sounds from Brian Green, check him out!  Not your run- of -the- mill tibetan bowl stuff. 

Of all the movies that have made an attempt to revive an old series or jumpstart a trilogy, Prometheus is the most deserving I've seen.  In fact Ridley now has 2 trilogies on the hook if I'm right in that he also said his Robin Hood was intended to be more than just one movie.  I would rather he in Peter Jackson fashion just focus on Prometheus.  I found Noomi Rapace to be excellent- I like her intrepid curiosity, not only after the surgery going with Weylan and David to the 'bridge' of the ship, but of course her semi-vengeful desire to seek out the humanoid aliens. 

That leads me to my first question:  David says there are other ships, and obviously there are as they leave in one.  So why are the aliens in hypersleep?  Were they in the other ship too? 

Drone On I thought to create this in case you'd also like to post your critique here

.  I wanted to leave my comments shorter and broken into several posts so as to not have huge paragraphs of my own analysis or questions...

Marketplace / bunch of cd's for sale
« on: May 07, 2012, 05:59:42 PM »
Hey all,

I am moving and have a few cd's to sell.  They are categorized by condition with numbers 1-3.  *1- very good to excellent conditon, little to no scratches    *2- good to very good, moderate surface scratches  *3  good or acceptable condition, many light surface scratches.   Please note that none of these affect the play.  If you're extremely concerned about surface scratches, only the ones marked *1 may interest you.  If you're not as concerned with the look of the cd and just with the sound and artwork, any of these will be fine.  All come with original artwork. Just send me message if you have a question about the condition and I'll describe with detail.
I prefer to ship without jewel cases (well padded packaging though) but if you do want the case, I'll provide them in new to very good cases.

Here we are:

Robert Rich - Bestiary *1  $7

Robert Rich- Yearning *2  $3

Calabi-Yau-   Compactified (nice deep space from Faria label) *2 $9

Mathias Grassow and Thomas Weiss - Outland (Faria) *3  $7

Sostrah Tinnitus- Nebra *1 $8

Erik Wollo- Emotional Landscapes *1  $7

Steve Roach- Landmass *3  $8

Al Gromer Khan - The God Perfume II  (pretty rare, cheapest used copy I've found has been 22 dollars) *3 $15

Jason Corder & Opium- Autunno *1  $8

Vadim Bondarenko- Quiet Songs from Misty Places *1 $9

Raison D'etre- Enthralled by the Wind of Loneliness *2 $7

C.J. Mind & Man Info.- The Experiment (more excellent music from Faria label) *2  $8

Steve Roach- Holding the Space:  Fever Dreams II   *1, borderline $9

Todd Fletcher- Star (another rare and out of print cd) *2 $12

Various- Shapes and Phases of Ambient (Relapxycho.0, Quantec, and Deer) *2 $6

Oophoi & Faryus- Forgotten Rituals *2 (artwork intact, missing Faria's plastic sleeve but can provide if I don't sell 1 of the other Faria Cd's) $8

Shipping- just let me know what you want and I can give you a shipping quote
If you want with or without jewel cases where appropriate please specify
prefer paypal as payment option -just message me. 

ps If you want to buy the whole bundle I'll do it for $115.  Can ship international.

I may update the list if I see others to sell- thanks for looking.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Diego Stocco
« on: September 26, 2011, 10:43:49 PM »
There was a really cool story on NPR over the weekend about this musician whose "found sounds" were featured and have even been used for a couple movie soundtracks.  Worth the listen, here's the story:


I bet his new age friends were warning him, "never go full-ambient".   ;) Not owning this but just listening to the samples and I gotta say this is surpisingly good.  I guess I shouldn't be surprised, he's a musician who's been doing new age for years, and this sounds like something right out of the spacier Spotted Peccary releases and even beyond.  He said he was deeply influenced by a trip to Japan.  Looks like the man with the locks knows where it's at...

let me add one more goofy trailer in the spirt of this recent goofiness: 

For people of my generation who grew up with early arcade games and nintendo, this just hit a sweet, emotional spot big time- so well done & funny too.  Hope it entertains.   

You know that smokey, chilled riff of an electric guitar when you hear it.  

I'll give some examples of what I already know, and any more suggestions are welcome.  I'm not really talking about drone or other heavily treated guitar-based material, rather the more recognizable sound.  Slide guitar is okay too.

Here's a classic, and one of my favorite examples, A Produce's The Golden Needle.    I always have dug this song.

-Some other stuff I know about is: Robert Fripp of course (any album suggestions besides his with Brian Eno would be great)
-Warren Cuccurullo has a great "late night" type album called Machine Language- kind of reminds me of Eno at times, like Music for Films or something.
- I like the guitar work by Clive Wright working with Harold Budd.  That's great stuff.
-Mychael Danna, Bruce Kaphan have done nice slide guitar ambient
- Suso Saiz
oh and Robin Guthrie

Any obvious omissions, or more obscure finds in this category?  

Everything and Nothing / funny tv guide movie description
« on: June 05, 2010, 07:05:58 PM »
Just flipping around here Saturday evening, and I see Battle Star Galactica the movie is on.  This was the old-school movie with Lorne Green and Dirk Benedict.  The description from the digital guide reads only the following:   "big budget sci-fi flop that was more than a bit reminiscent of Star Wars."

Now that's the way you get people to watch your programming!  ;D

Everything and Nothing / Omnivore's Dilemma & Local Food
« on: June 22, 2009, 08:28:18 AM »
This is probably a topic that goes beyond now reading section; so I'm just finishing Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dillema    In it he explores the entire chain of what we eat, from industrial farming, to the Organic Movement in America, to small sustainable farming, even right down to hunting and foraging food himself as an experiment, you might say. 

The book really challenged me about what I choose to eat, where it comes from, what happens to it on the way to the grocery store and on the table.  The part that really got to me was the chapter Big Organic, somewhat of an expose on the organic industry, and it is a gargantuan industry here and now.  He goes to an Organic "Free Range" chicken farm where some 20,000 chickens are packed together, with the free range part being a little strip of grass outside the warehouse that the chickens never touch.

The same goes with the organic vegetables, as in there are industrial means applied to the food that sort of compromises the whole intent of why we buy that food to begin with. It's healthier, sure, but sustainable?  Doesn't sound like it.   

I was at the local Whole Foods the other day here in Westminster, Colorado and noticed a bunch of signs with faces of local business owners "I am local" the signs are entitled.  Standing in the produce section was a bigger than life-size poster of Hosea, a chef from nearby Boulder.  Hosea won the most recent Top Chef show, it's a reality chef competition show with that Indian model babe as host.  My wife watches it... so do I   Under Hosea's face there's a caption, as in all the big signs, that touts the virtues of eating local.  He mentions the obvious superior taste of local food as soon as you taste it.

So I look around the produce section all of that local food I expect to find.... what do I see?  Lettuce from California, Asparagus from Mexico, something from New Zealand, Georgia, and so on.  Everything I saw, and I looked pretty thoroughly, was from anywhere but Colorado!  You can imagine all the countless costs of fuel, pollution, etc it takes to put food on our tables.

My new mission is to change this, well, at least within the influence of my own family.  It only makes sense to buy as much local as I can, it's healthier, it's more sustainable in the true sense of the word, and it just makes sense... and from what I'm hearing, the farmer's market communities are growing. 

So my question is to wonder about what you're thinking, or what you've tried, to deal with this, if at all.  Any experiences of gardening, local markets, hunting, etc. to share?

Everything and Nothing / Best neighborhoods in Denver
« on: November 29, 2008, 06:43:25 PM »
Hey everyone, it's almost definite that I'm moving out west soon, and I was wondering if anyone can give me some info.  I believe Jesse Sola (Numina) lives in Denver, and if anyone else here can give me some insight, what neighborhoods does one recommend to live in Denver?  And what places should one avoid at all costs?  I'll do more research but if you have something, I really appreciate it.  Thanks  8)

Everything and Nothing / Asian Cinema
« on: November 04, 2008, 08:05:18 PM »
Anybody a big fan of this?  Some of my favorites:  Versus, Zatoichi, The Returner, Arezumi, Future Cops, Stephen Chow's movies (Kung Fu Hustle, Shaolin Soccer), etc. 

Some of the more entertaining have been the Samurai flicks, occasional Sci-fi/fantasy, and the comedies.  Like the majority of decent folk, I can't stomach too much of Takashi Miike's efforts.  The one I really did get into was called "Dead on Arrival" and he's a great director, but there's this one scene in it well, it's unmentionable and had me thinking about it for almost a week after.  Other than Miike, any good recommendations from an enthusiast?

ps not trying to include Anime

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Al Gromer Khan & Klaus Wiese
« on: October 05, 2008, 07:34:13 PM »
These 2 artists have a nice collaboration called "The Alchemy of Happiness", and I just recently discovered it on Amazon's download shop, for only 99 cents.  It's got nearly an hour of Wiese's subtle Tibetan bowls with Khan's sitar notes drifting in and out.  Really nice, and worth more than a buck: 

Everything and Nothing / Autumn Ambient
« on: September 17, 2008, 05:37:45 PM »
This is my favorite time of year- football season, the weather's nice, the holidays approach.  This time of year prompts me to want to listen to certain styles of music.   For some reason, maybe it's because of the harvest season, and then Holloween, that I always like to hear Medeival and Renaissance-inspired music and even Gothic -like ambient music.  Lisa Gerrard & Dead Can Dance, Azam Ali & Vas, that sort of thing, just fits in perfectly; in fact I really don't like to listen to that music during the summer per se, but then once Fall rolls around that music not only becomes enjoyable, but also sounds like the perfect fit. 

Anybody else like that?  You have any good suggestions that fit the Autumn?   

I've got a dual entry:


What a great ambient/techno-tribal group.  Jim Brenholts posted a couple of their unreleased tracks and mentioned something about Martin Franklin last year, but it's lost in memory now.  Their music was on paper such an eclectic stew of weirdness, but they blended it perfectly:  conch shells, tibetan bowls... seems like every album had at least one track with strange, alien-like vocals.  Their blend wasn't just patchworked together either- it was really deep listening.  I miss those guys.

Which brings me to the next artist:

Terra Ambient/Jeffrey Kowal?

He used to post here all the time- great sense of humor, that guy.  I checked out recently and no news update since June '07.   

Obviously I do not want to trivialize someone's absence if they have serious things to deal with in life.  Those things happen after all, and my intention of asking their whereabouts is more out of respect than just being nosy. 

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