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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Earth Mantra netlabel
« on: March 21, 2010, 07:58:11 PM »
Phil -

  I'll happily second this. I've been a big fan of Earth Mantra since its inception, and though I haven't kept up on all the releases, I've listened to a lot of them. There's a ton of good stuff here, and it's all free. The ones I'll recommend most are Lucette Bourdin, Arcticology, and Phillip Wilkerson. And there's the guy who started it all, Darrell Burgan, who records under the name of Palancar. His music is worth checking out as well. There's plenty here to keep anyone busy for a while.

Scott Raymond

Everything and Nothing / Re: RQ005: Were you a band geek in school?
« on: January 15, 2010, 08:40:59 PM »
(stands up, raises hand)

Hi, I'm Scott Raymond, and I wasn't a band geek. I was a chorus geek (My secret shame). I was in school choirs from grade school all the way through high school and into college. Even after college, I joined a couple of choirs of colleges I didn't even attend. I gave it up in the late 80's, and haven't sung in ages.

I've met some interesting and even well known people over the years. It amazes me how many of them are good, decent people. Will Ackerman told me years ago after Michael Hedges' death that what he remembers most about Michael isn't what a great guitar player he was, but what a great human being he was. I've come to echo that sentiment with a lot of the people I've met. I remember what great people they are more than I remember what great musicians they are. Not that they're not great musicians as well, but I've come to understand that it's who they are as people that I enjoy more than anything.

The one I'd like to hang out with the most: I've met Michael Hedges, but never interviewed him or even sat down to talk. That's one of my few big regrets.

Random people I've met:

Tony Levin - Lives about an hour away from me, and has confessed to listening to my show. I've met him and interviewed him, and he's a great guy. He's also vegetarian and an espresso junkie.

Steve Roach - Met him back in the 90's at a workshop that later became his master classes. After the interview, I hung out and talked and watched random people make music until the wee hours. He's really a great guy.

Jonn Serrie - We've talked a couple of times now. Very intelligent, very savvy, and a very nice guy.

Will Ackerman - Contrary to popular belief, he's very friendly, and one of the most down to earth people I've ever met. I've hung out with him on several occasions now. He tells great stories.

Jeff Pearce - Put us in a room together, and we'll either gossip like old women about the music business, or engage in serious discourse about shows like King Of The Hill or South Park. A true friend.

Here's a few memorable ones (the few I can remember, anyway).

Butthole Surfers, Vassar College, early 80's - they were drunk, we were packed in like sardines. Magical.
David Sylvian, Town Hall, NYC, 1988 - Incredible lineup, amazing show.
3 (K.Emerson/C.Palmer/some other guy), Poughkeepsie, NY, late 80's - Saw Keith Emerson do his keyboard magic from about 20 feet away in a club.
Steve Roach, Philadelphia, 1997 - Great show.
Vidna Obmana/Jim Cole, Hartford, CT, late 90's - Not at all what I expected. Very acoustic. I'd do almost anything for a copy of the recording.
Robert Rich, Troy, NY, a few years ago - Heard him play a piano solo before Open Window. Wow.
Peter Hammill, Woodstock, NY, 2009 - The encore was an acapella piece sung from the balcony of the club. His voice has lost none of its power.
Dead Can Dance, NYC, 2005 - Great show.
Loreena McKennitt, NYC, 2007 - Great show.
ARC, Philadelphia, 2009 - Worth the trip just to hear "Assassin" as the encore.
Jackson Browne, Kingston, NY, 2009 - I counted 16 guitars on stage. A great show.
Wave World, Electro Music 2005 - A true multimedia extravaganza.
Will Ackerman, Middletown, NY, 2007? - Held in the great room of a mansion. Wonderful setting.

Worst show:
David Johansen, Poughkeepsie, NY, late 80's - We went to see Ian McDonald's (King Crimson, Foreigner) band play, which was pretty good. David was drunk off his ass and threw his microphone into the crowd at one point. This was before the Buster Poindexter days.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / A web site, finally (sort of)
« on: December 29, 2009, 07:50:44 PM »
Hi -

  I'm not really an artist or a label, I just play them on my show. And I can't figure out if there's a section better suited to this, so I figured I'd put it here and if it gets moved, no biggie.

  For those of you who don't know me, I'm Scott Raymond, host of Secret Music on WVKR-FM. I've been there over 22 years and play a lot of the music discussed here. After all this time, I finally started a website. Don't ask me why it took so long. I'm just lazy, I guess. It's a blog where I'll post my playlists and whatever other demented thoughts cross my mind. Take a look and tell me what you think. Try not to laugh too hard. Long time bloggers are welcome to give me advice, since I'm new to all this. Thanks and here's the link:

Scott Raymond

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDR prices too high
« on: December 29, 2009, 07:44:57 PM »
Mike -

  As a DJ, I don't mind CD-R's at all. Better to have the music to play than not at all. Nowadays, downloading is becoming more and more prevalent to me. Somewhere between a third to a half of the music I get these days is download, either from the artist/label or sites like emusic, musiczeit, etc. CD-R's may become a thing of the past someday. Something to think about.

Scott Raymond

Everything and Nothing / Re: What have they become ?
« on: December 29, 2009, 07:40:03 PM »
Axs -

  I used to ask Sam Rosenthal of Projekt Records the same question over the years. "Where in the world is Stephen Nester?" Even he didn't have much of an answer, unfortunately. So I Googled him and came up with the following:

  Everyone has a Myspace page, it seems. Except me. Hope that helps. Songs From The Cross is still a favorite of mine. I found it in some nameless record store in NYC ages ago. It had a sticker on the cover that said "skull-crushing new age". So I had to have it, of course. It lived up to the sticker.

Scott Raymond

Everything and Nothing / Re: Most disappointing movie from book?
« on: September 04, 2008, 03:28:19 PM »
  My vote is for League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The only things the two have in common are the title and the names of a couple of the main characters. The resemblance stops there. It's an ok movie if you don't read the book. The main difference is that the book makes sense. Yechh....

Scott Raymond

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Jeff Pearce CD: Rainshadow Sky
« on: September 04, 2008, 03:22:12 PM »
  I'll second Bill's review of this album, with one slight alteration. There actually isn't a lot of reverb on this album, according to Jeff. Kind of a first for him, really. Then again, a live album is kind of a first for him, too. This is a great album. Much in the same vein as Lingering Light, though there's the one ambient track. Well worth picking up.

Scott Raymond

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Maybe They Will Sing for Us Tomorrow
« on: September 04, 2008, 03:15:49 PM »
  I love this album. It's the first I've heard of Hammock, so I can't comment on how it compares to their other releases. To me, there's definitely a Stars Of The Lid influence here, which I like. Very highly recommended.

Scott Raymond

  I got to see Northern Valentine live last Sunday in Poughkeepsie. It was very serendipitous as I had just received my copy of the GOS release on Friday from CD Baby and was reading concert listings and saw the name pop up. They played at a local coffeehouse. Amy didn't make it, though there were two other group members, one of whom was a Vassar alum and ex-WVKR DJ. Their set was a bit noisier than expected, though still really good and had some interesting drony ambient passages. I picked up a couple of their other CD's and am listening to one now ( The Unblinking Eye; good post-rock guitar drone ambient). And the GOS release is great, too. Experimental ambient, for people who like something a bit different than normal.

Scott Raymond

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Stars of the Lid-Live
« on: March 11, 2008, 04:34:09 PM »
I'm bumping this up because the NY show is sold out now, apparently. I'll be going to that one, too. Any Forumites want to get together for dinner?

Scott Raymond

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: AtmoWorks Update
« on: March 11, 2008, 04:32:16 PM »
I'm gonna buy up and redirect it to some raunchy porn site!

Seriously, I'm excited to see how this new stage of development for Atmoworks works out.  I wish you guys the best, and you'll have my full support if there's any way Hypnos or I can help.
wait - isn't it already a raunchy porn site? oh, wait - that's

If only that were true, Jim. Then people might visit it more. Or at all.


Scott Raymond

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