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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

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.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Photo Thread
« on: December 10, 2007, 05:53:49 PM »
Thanks for resurrecting this thread!  Here's me and Macchu Picchu.

Everything and Nothing / Re: a poll
« on: December 06, 2007, 01:59:47 PM »
Yes!  Cheese is winning.  Nothing brightens a room like beautiful shades of cheese.

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