Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.

Messages - judd stephens

Pages: 1 ... 20 21 [22] 23 24
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.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: March 28, 2008, 01:37:20 PM »
Nothing like a good Steve Roach "battle royale" to get Hypnos Forum traffic peaking again!

Survival of the fittest...

The check's in the mail, M.  My wallet is swelling ala George Castanza's with all these Steve Roach, Hypnos, etc. club cards. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: March 28, 2008, 01:20:27 PM »

I think I have a pretty good memory but I don't remember that at all. If I did as you said then I am sorry. Its sometimes hard to tell when one is joking and one is being serious in a written context. Maybe Drone on is doing the same but I have seen over the years enough people take pot shots at Steve just because he is thought of as a big name in the field. And since he is a close personal friend it takes it to a whole other level for me.

Don't worry, man.  It was back in '03 or something.  We all land on the "striike-out" square in the jump game. Besides it was on an older version of the forum... Not only do I claim I got mugged, I have no evidence to prove it. ;D

So maybe I am the one jumping to conclusions and I should just shutup or maybe even just get off these forums all together.

No I couldn't have that on my conscience.  After all the real musicians on here would be mad if you left  :P  I apologize for feeling like I had to be the irony-police myself.  Please, consider it dropped.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: March 28, 2008, 12:24:40 PM »
Damn, I'm lost reading between the "jump to conclusions" game, and the "let's bust those who jump to conclusions" game.  I'll play the latter game, and remind Loren of the time he tried to jump me (yes, a card-carrying member) in a case of mistaken identitiy once.  I satirically referred to Roach as a 'sell out', because, well, we had a couple infamous forum members a few years back who labeled him as such.  Loren totally misunderstood my joke, and well, y'all know how the rest goes  ;)
It's hard knocks around here when Roach's name enters the arena.   

Drone on, just watch your back when you're in Tucson, buddy  ;D 

Some really choice titles you got there, not the least of which is Desert Solitaire, which holds my favorite of all time Steve Roach track, "Flatlands."

Flatlands, 1st track on the album.  Yep that's such a classic.  I love how that rhythmic cruise is followed by a Michael Stearns-dominated slow motion piece "Labyrhinth"... it's a neat transition.  Some friends of mine in the past always point to that opening piece Flatlands and the opener from Strata, "Fearless", as memorable Roach jams.  They're both very warm and accessible techno-tribal Roach tracks.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 28, 2008, 10:14:28 AM »

Yesterday I had the new disturbed earth - sho album on all afternoon.

Hey John I listened to the samples of Sho.  The first piece sounds cool- really zen with the bells and all.  The 2nd track I wasn't too sure about... could you describe the 2nd piece?  How does it unfold?

Everything and Nothing / Re: Charles Manson enjoys Hearts of Space
« on: March 28, 2008, 10:09:07 AM »
That's good advertisement, man.  Music to soothe the savage beast.  ;)  That interview looks old, probably in Hearts of Space's earliest years.  Manson must be in a California prison and could pick it up, or maybe HoS was national way back then.


Not to nitpick, Judd, but technically, isn't Silence Speaks in Shadow a Paul Vnuk solo release, not a MaJaLe album (MaJaLe is in parantheses on the cover, though, so I understand the confusion)?

Yes, technically you're correct.  To fit what I wrote on the headline of that sale, I used every character, down to the last one.  I couldn't fit everything on the line I wanted to, or it would be Paul Vnuk (Ma Ja Le), just like on the cover of the cd.  Ma Ja Le is one character less including spaces, so it fit on the line, and I didn't want to leave off "Hypnos" or "ambient" in case someone did a search on those two popular words... at least those are words I'll often use to do a search on ebay music  ;)  When people read the description they'll see it's Paul Vnuk of Ma ja le.

Pages: 1 ... 20 21 [22] 23 24