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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.

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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 

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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Everything and Nothing / Ridiculous Ebay Ambient Blowout Liquidation
« on: March 27, 2008, 10:09:19 AM »
No big deal, just 20- some cd's on sale with some of the finest ambient/spacemusic stars in the known universe.  Artists from such labels as Hypnos and DiN, along with a few Alio Die releases, Oophoi's Arpi di Sabbia, and the list goes on and on.  Folks, what better time now than to tell that special someone (perhaps yourself) you care this, ahem, tax-refund season with an ambient title from the below listing: 

http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZjuddstephens




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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient Sub-genres
« on: February 26, 2008, 05:22:08 PM »
Slambient= music to mosh (in slow motion) by.

Yambient= a slightly bland ambient composed by LatinAmerican and Asian farmers.

Hellbient= sounds like "hell-bent" with a southern accent= the darkest of ambient.

or its sister subgenre:

Damnbient= Satanic ambient.

Ombient= either a transcendental ambient or just ambient from England  :P ;D

Zambient= ambient music of Zambia.

Whambient= the answer to what happened to Andrew Ridgely. :-\ 



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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambientlive and SynGate labels
« on: February 25, 2008, 02:50:10 PM »

but do not forget

http://www.synthmusicdirect.com/home.htm

http://www.musiczeit.com/


I just discovered these 2 sister websites recently.  They've got some pretty sweet deals on multiple cd's, even factoring in the price of shipping from UK to the US. 

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Favorite toys from when we were kids
« on: February 18, 2008, 10:35:48 PM »
We had the home version!

Hey Judd,

That Mr. Microphone commercial was so hilarious! I actually had one of those, & I remember the commercial as being really cool, (which it probably was at the time). I couldn't believe how completely ridiculous it was when I watched it just now! (Looks like some people who commented on it actually thought it was a joke)...


Yeah it kind of reminds me of some of those late 70's, early 80's faux SNL commercials (like John Belushi for chocolate doughnuts ;D) The situations just seem laughable even if there's no punchline.  If you do a youtube search for "Ronco commercials" you'll find more wacky products and gadgetry... Ronco always made unintentionally funny commercials.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Favorite toys from when we were kids
« on: February 16, 2008, 07:00:30 PM »
Technically, this shouldn't count, because I  never owned this, but I remember this really funny thing on tv I used to imitate when I was a little kid.  Actually found the commercial: 



This is way funnier now!  I used to do the "hey good-lookin', we'll be back to pick you up later" bit...

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Yeah, I wouldn't call the 1st one all that "slap-sticky", and it was a little more serious than the next 2, which were a departure in terms of tone to Raiders, at least I think so.  Was Raiders of the Lost Ark a heavy movie?  I wouldn't call it that; I like my original word choice, gritty  :P

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Let's put it this way, 'cause that last comment seemed like such a spirit-killer.  I read an article about the movie in a magazine recently, and they said this one, because it's set in the 50's, will have less of the 30's comic book tilt to it and more of a 50's sci-fi movie vibe, and I think that change is cool.  But the comparison to Raiders of the Lost Ark is in terms of the action-adventure aspect- it was tough, you really felt Indy's pain and he really looked vulnerable and in peril at times without seeming too cheesy.  He worked hard to fight off them Nazis in 'Raiders.  Like the part in this trailer where he lands in the truck and looks at the camera, spills the one-liner while the 2 soldiers stare at him, then he elbows them off the truck one at a time... I hope that's the only scene to be that retarded in the movie.  People are going to laugh now, but I think the latest Rambo trailer looked better than this, mainly because it stripped down the silliness from the sequels and was a bit truer to the original in the 'tone' of the movie.  I know a lot of people who did like the Star Wars prequels Lucas, you know, one-half of the directing team for this new movie, made after years removed, but they were sooo not the same! 

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Uh, oh, Doctor Jones, I've got a baaaad feeling about this movie....

Sorry to not be as thrilled, but just from this trailer, and of course that isn't enough to know, but I fear this is gonna be a little too silly for my liking.  You're right, Lena, this probably could work even given his age, but unlike the grittier Raiders of the Lost Ark, this one looks like a continuation of the one-liners and comedy that was in the 2 sequels.  Too much of George Lucas and CGI... sorry, that's just my impression as I really would like this to be cool- hope it is  8)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Utopia & Dystopia
« on: February 08, 2008, 09:32:50 PM »
 And if I had to live with that insufferable Will Wheaton character, well, that's not Utopia...   ;D



Hey relax, it's a big universe out there. :P  I'm sure you could get a transfer or somethin'.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Utopia & Dystopia
« on: February 08, 2008, 09:19:49 PM »
I'm more interested in hearing from others who find compelling stories or films depicting utopian or dystopian futures or alternate realities.  Further, I'd love to hear of some favorite examples.  I  listed a few of mine above, but there are others I'll come back and discuss further.

The movie examples I can recall have pretty far-fetched themes, but certainly there's an underlying message to these: The Matrix (created from the over-reliance on artificial intelligence), Logan's Run (resulted from nuclear war, Dystopia of ignorance, disguised as Utopia), V is for Vendetta, Equilibrium (underrated cool movie, government controls population through drugs that eliminate emotions), Soylent Green (what you don't know about your food may kill you), Brazil (don't remember the whole plot other than it was some form of dystopia)..... I'm not sure if these qualify but I think so.

Utopian examples?  I'm sure there's a few documentaries out there about the Grateful Dead tours  ;D

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: February 02, 2008, 08:56:14 AM »
3:10 to Yuma- A pretty entertaining western movie with Russell Crowe and Christian Bale.  Crowe is the star as the villain, but Bale's character wins over Crowe's and the audience eventually.  This takes a firm second in my list, a little below Outlaw Josey Wales, as best Westerns. 

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Seems like The Glacial is taking over:

Ditto.  My point of reference it reminded me of was Craig Padilla's Vostok, and maybe the early Harold Budd works.  Very good winter music, worthy of my puny American dollars. 

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 25, 2007, 04:21:28 PM »
Merry Christmas to all celebrators,

Pretty low key around here, but I picked up some nice used cd's at the music store on Christmas eve:

David Parsons- Dorje Ling:  This is my favorite David Parsons that I've heard, very deep and powerful textures.  Makes good use of Tibetan chanting throughout.  Parsons' sound reminds me a little bit of Michael Stearns in a way.  It's macrocosmic ambient music- dramatic at times but always broad and far-reaching.   Dorje Ling makes me want to go hiking in mountains.

Robert Rich -Inner Landscapes:  A little bleak, but not altogether dark ambient though it would make a good companion to an album like Stalker in the cd changer.  Some sort of prehistoric horn-like groans in the first track set the tone for what followed. 

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Damn MySpace hackers!
« on: December 20, 2007, 12:30:57 PM »
but a password like "3-gN4u_V" might take (literally) more like 50 years of random guessing attempts.

WTF... Griff, you, you... of all the guesses in the world, how did you know?  Gotta run, I've got some accounts I need to change if you know what I mean. ::) ;D

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