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Everything and Nothing / Re: Sad News
« on: October 18, 2009, 10:53:54 AM »
Years back, I read a heart-wrenching nature piece and stuck it in my back pocket for circumstances just like this.   The conclusion of the story provided a shifted tide -- the author focused back on the footsteps and the young.  There's terrible loss, but solace in that which has been created.

Jimmy -- from now on, when I see the great hunter in the sky, and its brightest star -- I'll think of you, of what you loved, and what you gave us.

Oh, no.  Not another box release!  I still haven't figured out how to open up the other two.  They're still virgins.   :P

It's great to hear you're coming back.  Looking forward to seeing you again, Saul.


Bill Beck
President, Vice President, Secretary & Treasurer
Saul Stokes Fan Club
PO Box Blip, Blip, Blip
Blip, NJ

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 30, 2009, 01:15:05 PM »
John Martyn Glorious Fool


Rest in peace, John.

Everything and Nothing / Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
« on: January 17, 2009, 12:55:20 PM »
Bill Beck, ancient, lurking these days, but I did do a better job of posting here back in the Stone Age.  Non-musician, but capturer of ambient music in the field (Fostex recorder, a pair of omnis, lots of late night stuff, then dawn transitions), amateur quality nature field recordings, truthfully.  Heard STARS END by accident in the 80s, through a dream, woke up hooked.  A volunteer for the Gatherings concert series, and for XPN answering phones at 3am (when all the weirdos call) during "fundrives."  Been in the newspaper publishing business all my life (currently at an entertainment weekly at the Jersey Shore; small crew, doing a little of this and that, including editing, photography, managing distribution, surviving the economic climes). Just about every spare moment is spent wandering a huge tract of wilderness in the center of the most densely populated state in the nation; New Jersey's pinelands (infinite sameness).   I often carry a camera.  Still think Saul Stokes is a genius.  Jim Cole, magic.  David Parsons, king.  Bring back Jeff Pearce. Avid reader of difficult word arrangements.  Currently gorging upon Pynchon's Against the Day, next Bolano's 2666  ... eh, I'm getting dull.  This is why I lurk.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: A.R.S.(e) Updates
« on: November 20, 2008, 05:08:51 PM »
The Gatherings night was great.  The church concert ran the gambit -- A.R.S. (e), Cluster, Tim and Hans did some time alone, all four for a while -- then Dwight went solo for two hours over at the studio from two until four a.m.   I kept him supplied with coffee,  "Here!  Drink!", but totally blew it with the pizza.   It was pouring rain that night and I had to rapidly carry several boxes several city blocks.  The mushrooms, sausage, pepperoni and cheese all wandered to one side.   I ruined the entire night.


Everything and Nothing / Re: If you could recommend one book
« on: November 01, 2008, 09:27:21 AM »
For members of the Forum, I'd probably recommend Mervyn Peake's magnificently written and conceived Gormenghast series, a Gothic masterpiece which settings take place (mostly) within the confines of an ancient castle.  I've read nothing else like it. Personally, I prefer fine writers who deal with science and nature and I'd recommend one of the follow two in respect to this:  John McPhee's Annals of the Former World, a beautiful spin on rocks and geology, and David Quammen's The Song of the Dodo, a beautiful spin on biogeography in the age of extinction.  If banished to the hunk of rock orbiting us 250,000 miles heavenward and had to pick one novel, I'd take along (or recommend) Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow and wish myself (or you) a lot of luck.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 19, 2008, 05:31:37 AM »
Dean De Benedictis A Cambient Variations

An experimental all-sounds-created-by-single-voice release picked up at last night's Gatherings Concert Series performance with Dean and Vic Hennegan.  It works quite well first thing on a Sunday morning -- somewhat hushed, some subtle rhythms, polished, and often lovely.

Kate Bush Aerial

A favorite that never seems to leave my personal playlist. 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 04, 2008, 06:32:43 AM »
Sacred Treasures lll Choral Music From Russia and Beyond 




Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: September 23, 2008, 08:23:07 AM »
Up in the Old Hotel by Joseph Mitchell

Wondering if I've ever enjoyed a book more.  This is a compilation of all of the author's work, all of it published, going way back, in The New Yorker.  All of the pieces included are character studies of eccentric folks in New York City. I'm thinking the first line of one of the blurbs on the book's back cover grabs it best ... A poetry of the actual, a song of the streets that casts a wide net and fearlessly embraces everything human ... 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 23, 2008, 08:14:01 AM »
The Ministry of Inside Things Ambient Elsewhere; released at Saturday night's Gatherings Concert Series event.  Long awaited for here.  Two long pieces on a double CD compiled from various live performances (most attended by this groupie ;)); both shine.  Chuck van Zyl's infrared photography graces the cover.

David Parsons Yatra; Somebody somewhere else on the forum posted in regard to wanting to visit the Himalayas.  Much of Parsons' work is inspired by these mountains, the area, & the people, Yatra as much as any other.

John Martyn Cooltide;  Martyn rules.

Villa Galaxia

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: Villa Galaxia - Saul Stokes. Some Impressions.
« on: September 01, 2008, 04:55:41 PM »

"We Resolve," from Abstraction, fits it best, this time of the year; my night painting, that is.  I put my pieces back together on sand roads in pine barrens, miles from anything but sand and pine, windows on the Silverado down, bombarded by the sound of insect chants.  Abstraction screams back.  There are hundreds of miles of these roads which make a perfect escape from the otherwise most densely populated state in the union. 

Zo Pilots, Fields, Edge of the Forest, my broken boxes (still haven't figured out how to open them, Saul), Outfolding, cicadas, katydids, frogs, owls, howling coyotes ...

I dunno.  I might be Saul's first groupie.  I followed him around so much during his pioneering Philadelphia days he would turn around at every live performance and see me there, front and center, and I could read his lips.  "Oh.  Him again."  Stokes fascinated me.  Not being a musician, nor knowing much about the technical aspects of what it takes to be one of an electronic nature, I still managed to see in the artist the genius behind his accomplishments; building instruments by hand, then sculpturing the sounds created from these into unbelievable shapes.

And his compositions speak to me in the same manner as what I hear out there.

Last night, sand roading, and Villa Galaxia setting the mood, I thought of my step father.  Not long before he lost his final battle, and curious about the weird choice of music preference I had a reputation of having, Shep offered me a "five minute window" with which to impress him by playing an electronic music piece of my choice. What I picked then wasn't important ... and there was no chance of impressing him, even if I had 500 minutes to play.  Wish I had another chance.  I think I've heard the song.

"Night Painting."

I played it pretty damned loud last night, repeatedly, remembering one of the last things he said.

"Life was good."  

Everything and Nothing / Re: frog sounds
« on: June 10, 2008, 06:16:53 AM »
I like the sounds of the frogs at night(at least I think they are frogs) so last night I went to the pond across the street & did some recording. 


Nice pond recording.

FYI, you're hearing gray tree frogs in the foreground and American toads are the high pitched critters droning away nicely in the background of your recording.

I spend way too much of my little free time out "listening," and have done quite some nature recording myself.  Several have been posted on the thread associated with the link below -- feel free to check some out.  The one linked is rich with bullfrogs, which sound pretty good on a decent audio system.

I think APK wrote years back that this kind of stuff is the original ambient music.

Thanks for sharing your recording,


I finally shook Gordon's hand for the first time the evening Mike, Dave & Jeff made magic in Philadelphia, nearly six years ago.  It was a honor to do so; his words were always painted with eloquence and he was so full of passion.

A huge ouch on hearing of his passing.

Bill Beck

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