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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.

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'.

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