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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:

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. :-\ 

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

but do not forget

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. 

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.

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...

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

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! 

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)

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'.

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

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. 

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. 

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. 

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

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Techno Music
« on: December 15, 2007, 09:16:24 PM »
This'll keep me busy.  I thank you all.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ron Boots
« on: December 15, 2007, 09:13:30 PM »
Tainted Bare Skin is a landmark release from master soundscapist, Ron Boots Like all Ronís music, this is not subtle.

Yeah, this was what I was kind of assuming.  Don't know if my heart can take a full cd of the driving sequencers... Thanks, I appreciate all the info.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Techno Music
« on: December 14, 2007, 10:09:33 PM »
The Ron Boots thread makes me want to post something long-desired.  Some people were dusting off (no pun intended) their chemical brothers music in the now playing thread recently.  Even though a lot of people thought they sold out once they ditched the big-beat format in their later years,  I happen to have very fond memories of 1999's Surrender, and listened to it a couple days ago.  It still sounds great from beginning to end- love the lead singer of Mazzy Star contributing on that hazy piece.  Their subsequent albums got progressively less interesting although there are some real gems of jams to be found. Daft Punk's Discovery is another really neat album.  The sampling in that is as original to me as The Dust Brothers' work on The Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique

Is this genre dead?  Anybody still enjoy this type of music and have some relevant recommendations?   I mean, I guess it can be ambient-techno or lounge, but the mid to high energy stuff (basement jaxx, aforementioned artists, etc.), you know, that vein would be especially appreciated.  Thank you 8) 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Ron Boots
« on: December 14, 2007, 09:51:57 PM »
Ron Boots is an artist I've always wanted to hear, but finding sound samples of his discs is really hard.  I'm intrigued after reading the reviews, and now Hypnos has some new issues of Tainted Bare Skin... would anyone recommend that?  The loud driving sequencer stuff kind of turns me off, but the descriptions say there are beats and techno influences, so it's hard to imagine, yet intriguing.  I enjoy the more moderate or even keeled sequencer music, maybe with occasional crescendos, so some of these described "energetic tracks", well I just don't know about (that's why some of the DiN descriptions usually I just pass on)  I've enjoyed TD's Phaedra, Dweller at the Threshold's Oouroburos... some dub too like Bluetech is cool.  So, who likes Ron Boots and why?  Or why not? 

Also, a quick question for Mike:  any chance of getting Rudy Adrian and Ron Boots "Across the Silver River" back in stock?  Maybe it's out of print...

Everything and Nothing / Re: Crazy Indian Video and Laughter Club
« on: December 13, 2007, 11:39:20 PM »
That's some good stuff, 9Drag... now please, at your leisure, I invite you to do combine your laughter yoga with this clip, keeping in line with the Indian theme:  (might want to put all sharp objects and hot drinks down before proceeding)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: December 13, 2007, 02:28:50 PM »
I really like "Early Man". There's some wonderful and unusual sound design and processing on that one, and it sounds quite different to all his other albums, too.

A funny thing I noticed recently while listening to Artifacts is that there are about 3 slower pieces on the album... Those tracks got me thinking "wow, this sounds like inspiration for Early Man", which of course was created several years later.  Aside from that there are many some obvious differences but Artifacts sounds like foreshadowing just in certain spots.

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