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Everything and Nothing / Re: Dream Collaborations
« on: October 07, 2008, 09:28:41 PM »
Forrest Fang and Off the Sky.  Both have an unorthodox style, would be interesting.

Chad Hoefler's underrated.  He puts the "techo" in techno-tribal.   A duo with Robert Rich would be sweet.

And now for the ultra strange/never gonna happen:  Tom Heasley and Harold Budd.  Space chamber music, anyone?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 07, 2008, 04:22:23 PM »
Whoa, now.  You know it gets too ambient when critters come runnin' out of the packaging...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Al Gromer Khan & Klaus Wiese
« on: October 07, 2008, 07:48:02 AM »
I agree it's nothing spectacular, but I wouldn't attribute anything as minimal with that word anyway.  Even for both artists, this is a minimal effort, like Khan's Almond Blossom Day or Wiese's Samarkand, although I'd take Alchemy of Happiness over either of those 2 albums.  Anyway it would make a nice compliment to Alio Die's superior cd, I would imagine. 

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: 

Can we get a few of the artists' names for the "Echoes..." compilation?

Everything and Nothing / Re: Ridiculous Ebay Ambient Blowout Liquidation
« on: October 01, 2008, 09:37:58 PM »
Here's 7 new cd's up for bid, 4 of which are on the home-network here.  Please feel free & check 'em out...

Everything and Nothing / Re: I didn't do that well in Economics...
« on: September 30, 2008, 09:47:51 PM »
I was admittedly oversimplifying but you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who would argue that  Republicans favor more financial market regulation than Democrats.  Sorry, though you might want to debate the details, we're not heading down that road. We can discuss this in purely economic terms only, without trying to push this into what one party or one politician should have done.

Alright, well if you don't want to debate the details, then we won't debate them, regardless of how big they may be.  I'm not really trying to isolate a single party or politician, for to go down that road is a very narrow one.  Besides, it might distract from all the virtual-trashing on Kenji Siratori.

Everything and Nothing / Re: I didn't do that well in Economics...
« on: September 30, 2008, 06:12:30 PM »
What gets me is that everyone is scraping up evidence, trying to play the blame game.  No one has said a common truth... "Occupying a foriegn nation is expensive."

I'll do you one further:  Occupying 2 foreign nations is even more expensive.

Everything and Nothing / Re: I didn't do that well in Economics...
« on: September 30, 2008, 12:22:07 PM »
Yikes... it's almost impossible to answer this without getting political. I mean, one of the very biggest differences between our two political parties is how they view regulation of our financial industries, and that issue is at the heart of what's happening.  Simply put, Republicans believe in letting markets equalize themselves as much as possible, and Democrats favor more regulation.  I think I can safely say that, without getting into anything partisan (and believe me, anybody who posts here with any partisan flaming sort of stuff at all will find their post deleted and their account locked for a month or so)

I just saw some info, particularly footage about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  It was a Congressional hearing back in 2004.  Based on what the Democrats said, it's hard to believe that "Democrats favor more regulation"  Like you said, Mike, looking at how they view regulation is the "heart of what is happening", and I encourage anyone to research how people actually have tried to reign the 2 companies in, especially in Congress, 2004- it's available info. 

I'm not trying to get into a partisan flame war- I don't believe one party is superior to the other- and when it comes to Freddie and Fannie, there may be a glaring exception to "the rule" you stated above. 

Everything and Nothing / Re: I didn't do that well in Economics...
« on: September 28, 2008, 06:49:31 PM »
I think all the rules have changed, and the US is going into uncharted waters.  Those in finance can talk about cycles and history of the market, but our market has changed so much that there is nothing to compare it with. This globalization has created a whole new set of rules.  Was this what President Bush, Sr. was talking about when he kept bringing up the term, "New World Order?"  Like any major change, you can bet that some people will walk away from this crisis with billions, while others will lose a great deal.

That's a very safe bet.  If you haven't done this, I recommend looking up "Ralph Nader bailout" as search words on youtube.  That's all I can say because it gets controversial by the standards set on the forum here.  Nader offers a critique, to mildly describe it, but he also gives some good ideas as to how the bailout can include the taxpayers,  like apparently was done with Chrysler's bailout in the 70's.  Ron Paul is another person who has offered some explanations and there's some videos including his comments.  You probably won't find these perspectives in the newspapers or on TV.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Do you speak English with an accent?
« on: September 28, 2008, 06:42:02 PM »
Speaking of the South, when I first moved to South Carolina I remember being confused by the way some of the black people spoke here.  There was a woman who worked in a convenient store, speaking what I thought sounded like a Jamaican accent.   I had to ask her where she was from, and she explained, a little hesitantly, what area she lived in.  Now I know it only bothered her because it looked like I was being nosy, you know, gettin' up in her business.  But her accent turned out to be something of a Gullah accent, and if you don't know what I'm talking about, you have to hear it.   There's a little hint of Gullah at the end of this video (which is interesting in its entirety):

To address Deepspaces' last post:  I think whether or not you create art, at no matter what point in your life of spiritual development, you'll still desire art.  Even Zen Buddhism, which strives for the very thing Michael Sandler was talking about, still has art in its tradition.  But that goes back to why you "do" art.  In the matter-of-fact ways of Zen and Taoism, art represents a naturalness, or return to nature.  In other words, does this artwork convey a certain directness and simplicity of expression?  That would be good art, I would assume, according to that discipline, unlike art that is confused and tortured with itself.  It's not like a negative emotion couldn't be expressed, it's the way it's expressed.  Is there zen in this painting?  It's something hard to grasp if one isn't familiar with the feeling.


Everything and Nothing / Re: Matcha
« on: September 24, 2008, 11:02:25 AM »
jkn - aside from the obvious, what are the negative side effects for you drinking coffee / caffeine? - J.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Autumn Ambient
« on: September 23, 2008, 08:52:10 PM »
Thanks for all these ideas.  I might wait a month or 2 though before acting.  The hint of fall is in the air, but since I moved South it's not quite the same, or at least, you don't get that feeling as early and as often.  Monday's forecast for Charleston is in the mid- 80's  >:(  May it be the last day of the year like that...

Everything and Nothing / Re: Matcha
« on: September 22, 2008, 06:02:38 PM »
I drink a lot of green tea.  Growing up drinking pitchers of black tea all the time (yeah that's kinda weird for a kid...), it wasn't too big of a stretch to go for green later on.  Nowadays I rarely even sweeten it, a la the traditional way, the way they serve it in the Sushi bars- delicious.  Assuming there's no added caffeine, the matcha shouldn't be too caffinated, if you're worried about that.  Green tea has less caffeine than black, which is further down from coffee, so you're definitely doing yourself a favor.  Every once in a while I still go for a good robust cup of black tea with honey, if I need a good kick.  Especially in the winter as black is warming and the green is cooling.  Somebody told me the other day that old people in China prefer the black over the green because it helps them keep warm. 

I've never tried Matcha.  Where did you get it 9Dragons?

Now Playing / Re: ambient music video
« on: September 20, 2008, 07:41:49 PM »
Yeah, it's very cool.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Natural wonder to see before you die
« on: September 20, 2008, 03:26:29 PM »
Strike Pigeon Forge from your list while your in lovely Tennesee- one of the tackiest places in the universe.  I had the bad fortune to be stuck in traffic there on my way to the northern Smokies-will be detouring next time.  Imagine a Las Vegas for the family, miles and miles of cheesy attractions like fake dinosaur parks, Elvis museums, bullrides, Cracker-barrelish restaurants, Dolly Parton's children carnivals (whatever)... bottom line it's a paradise, if you're white trash.  Anyone who has been there knows the horrors of which I write. 

Everything and Nothing / Re: Autumn Ambient
« on: September 18, 2008, 07:45:47 AM »
For great authentic, historical medieval music, check out Ensemble Alcatraz, "Danse Royal" is an exceptional interpretation, better than others I've found. These players seem to get more soulfully involved in the music, without compromising the trueness to the ancient sound and feeling. Other bands seem a bit too academic for my taste.

Well I went to youtube in search of the full songs, and what I found wasn't exactly true to the original, but definitely not too academic!


This sounds like something Dr. Dre would've created.  I actually like some good dj work now and then...

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?   

Everything and Nothing / Re: Where would you rather live?
« on: September 15, 2008, 07:22:00 AM »
PS you need Ralph Nader in the debates. We just added the Greens after public outcry forced the TV networks to capitulate.

Amen to that.  It's not necessarily the people who don't want more voices; it's the 2 parties who don't want more voices.  And we wonder why only 50% of the people turn out to vote...

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