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Everything and Nothing / Re: Most disappointing movie from book?
« on: August 31, 2008, 02:28:00 PM »
Really a short story, not a book, but my vote goes to Johnny Mneumonic I didn't see it mentioned yet, and it was a pretty lame version.

Wait I get it.  It could only be... Curtis McDonald is M. Griffin!  Someone quick, post a picture of Mike- it's a stunning resemblance.  Nice alias, Mike.  I never knew you had new age sensibilities. 

Everything and Nothing / Re: Watchmen trailer now online
« on: August 06, 2008, 08:07:01 AM »
So did the new Terminator.

Christian Bale as John Connor... excellent choice, even though he's starting to play a lot of sci-fi/fantasy characters.  I like the way they took the theme music from the 1st movie and industralize it a bit in this trailer:

Everything and Nothing / Re: for sale on eBay
« on: July 08, 2008, 08:03:20 PM »
I remember the ol' forumite "Caspian" once sold a bunch of cd's through the forum, and I picked up a couple of them.  Maybe you could list what you have and people can e-mail you with an offer there, Jim. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: klaus schulze
« on: July 03, 2008, 11:55:38 AM »
Unbelievable timing on this thread...

Klaus Schulze and Lisa Gerrard are about to release a double CD!  From the likes of it looks like it'll only be an import for now.  (North America release date- Aug. 12) It's called Farscape, but doesn't seem to have anything to do with the Sci-fi show of a few years back. 

Some excerpts on myspace:

Everything and Nothing / Re: the love guru
« on: June 30, 2008, 07:17:08 AM »
I believe you're referring to "Battlefield Earth".  It's understandable that you forgot the name   :P

Rifftrax (the guys from MST3K) made a riff for that movie, and I dowloaded it and cued it simultaneously so you get a bad movie-turned good through satire... It made the whole experience much more enjoyable!

Everything and Nothing / Re: the concept of "the album"
« on: June 26, 2008, 11:29:24 PM »
I like the random feature when I'm familiar with the cd's; I've already know it in its "linear album form", forwards and back, so it's cool to break it down into individual pieces of randomness.  Sometimes it's fun to have cd's with similar themes- sometimes not- just depends on what you want.   I like Echoes and Hearts of Space as they pretty much do a good job with the art of programming music. 

One drawback is you can't have cd's with continous flow tracks on random (like a lot of Robert Rich), unless you aren't bothered by the sudden cutoff of sound...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Loren Nerell's "Taksu"
« on: June 25, 2008, 07:20:37 AM »
Taksu is great, I totally agree.  You may want to check out Kelly David's Angkor.  It's good slow, psychaedelic ambience from the jungle.  If you haven't picked up Forrest Fang's Gongland that's a real winner too.

I agree with APK about Zo Pilots- my take is it's sorta urban yet alien and desolate, like an audio equivalent to the Blade Runner movie, and I agree with Jkn about Thermal Transfer, except on the whole it sounds more like Vir Unis than Saul Stokes to me, but still a truly cool album worth listening to.  Deepspace, since you're enjoying Vast you may like Fields as well.  It's kind of uptempo (for a Saul Stokes album, that is- it's really "downtempo" in the broad sense of electronica, I guess) and cheery like Vast, but not quite to the same degree.   

So anybody care to comment on the movie?  I haven't seen it yet...

Glad you enjoyed.  The Portable Nietzche by Walter Kaufmann is a more friendly translation if you happen to come across that in a bookstore- but I guess you can get the gist of the passage from that free library link. 

Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: April 10, 2008, 12:20:44 PM »
Hot Fuzz - my wife and I both loved this movie.  The perfect combination of dry wit, directing style, over the top brutal violence, mystery, did I mention humor?    Great. 

"Play-time's over."  "You're a doctor, deal with it... yeah, motherfuckerrrr!"

I also think 'sublime' doesn't mean quite the same thing to people anymore, so the sense of opposition between beauty and 'the sublime' wouldn't necessarily be apparent (unless somebody was already familiar with the content of Burke's essay.)

I haven't read this essay by Burke, but Robert have you ever read Nietzche's "On Those who are Sublime"?  It's a chapter from Thus Spoke Zarathustra, and I've always found it a wonderful read.  A link here with a translation not too familiar to me:

Everything and Nothing / Re: new age voice
« on: April 04, 2008, 07:09:58 PM »
What, only 2 Steve Roach albums in the top five?  He was robbed, I tell ya! :P 

These dial-a-Roach jokes are just too addictive...


Martin's website is still active and has some sound samples of his more recent work which you can find here:

Thanks for the link.  I liked the two re-workings of Opening of the Earth.  The codetrip stuff isn't bad, but it sure ain't nothin' like Tuu, which isn't fair to compare, I know.  Also on his discography page there was an assemblage of artists called Stillpoint with Nick Parkin, Franklin, and a member of Lights in a Fat City.  Checking amazon's sound samples of Stillpoint's Maps Without Edges, I liked what I heard though I detected flute music from one track that they later used on Tuu's Mesh... not really a big deal in life though :)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: April 02, 2008, 08:37:48 PM »
Listening to Spirit Dome right now...that pounding imminent sacrifice epic tiki drum sound is so great...this album truly conjures up some powerful and terrible beauty...for some reason puts me in mind of a sonic interpretation of the Egyptian book of the Dead...

Well, that did it for me, I'm going to have to investigate Spirit Dome.  What you just wrote sounds a whole lot like one of my favorite Roach songs, "Ritual Noise" off of Suspended Memories' Forgotten Gods Ever heard it?  It's a slow rolling, heavy force- like an inevitable procession of doom.  To me, it's the crown jewel-track on another great Roach collab. album.   

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: April 01, 2008, 05:30:20 PM »

Maybe there should be an anti-Steve Roach thread alongside the pro-thread...I think it'd be funny...

Gasp! :o
Do you know what you're saying?! This website would spontaneously combust with all the hatred and rage that would be generated. I DO agree with you though, that Mantram and Trance Spirits are both lame. ;)

Yeah, and how would one prevent the "haters" and the "zealots" from cross-posting into each other's threads!?   I can just see how the history books will read... Steve Roach: healer, sound-magician, shaman, and starter of World War III   ;D

Just a few hours left on some of the cd's, a day at the most on others...

This is meat'n potatoes ambient here, people, no 16-second introductions from Tony Robbins, my promise.   

Thanks for looking. :)

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. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Michael Stearns
« on: March 29, 2008, 08:55:30 PM »
I would give the amateur answer that you already have his 2 best works, that of Planetary Unfolding and Encounter (but I've never heard his old stuff- Floating Whispers, Chronos, Plunge, etc).  I'd probably check out his theme music next, especially Baraka, although other artists do contribute a few tracks to it.  His collaboration with Steve Roach & Kevin Braheny called Desert Solitaire is a fine album, and the tracks that Stearns is on, sound like Michael Stearns- that's a good album if you enjoy his warm and powerful style.   

Singing Stones and Kiva (another Roach collaboration) have some good music from what I can remember, but they are interlaced with Native American chanting tracks.  I like some chanting, Tibetan monks for example, but Native American chanting is not my favorite to listen to on cd so anyway it wouldn't be my first choice.   Also I know I've read that Sorceror and The Storm are more abstract works with more sound effects than melody, but I've heard the sound samples and it sounds pretty cool if not a terrifying ride...

I've always been curious about Floating Whispers, which pre-dates Planetary Unfolding I'm not mistaken.  It might have the song Spanish Twilight on it, and if that's the one, that track is great, but I can't speak for the rest of it.   Anyway, although they're not solo works, I'd say get Baraka and Desert Solitaire; they feature vintage Michael Stearns music.

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