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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: April 24, 2008, 09:15:05 PM »
  Environmentalism is treated as the most deranged, anti-business, anti-social kind of sociopathic craziness possible.  I'm not exactly a Greenpeace or Sierra Club member, but this still kind of bugs me.
                                                                                                                       I couldn't agree more. I am a pretty politically conservative person, but I have always considered myself an environmentalist. I come from a family of ranchers/farmers who are very environmentally focused. After all, their living comes from the environment. I feel that the term environmentalist has been hijacked, so to speak, by some radicals which makes the rest of us a little uncomfortable with the label. We have to protect what we have and should do so passionately, but extremism seldom helps win people over. Just my $.02 .    Harry

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Hypnos Label Releases / Re: CD release: Matt Borghi - Huronic Minor
« on: April 17, 2008, 09:05:34 PM »
Ooh!! 8) That sounds good. I love the Secret Sounds releases! Great music, good price.    Harry

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: April 13, 2008, 01:56:38 PM »
Anyone read or have any thoughts on David Toop's "Haunted Weather".  I just started it today and find myself only able to read small portions at a sitting. I had the same trouble with his "Oceans of Sound". There is so much information and so many names I have to stop after a brief read just to try and absorb what I have read. If I don't, I find myself just reading words and not absorbing much. It took me almost 6 months to finish "Oceans of Sound" and I'm not sure I'm up for a long read like that right now. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy Oceans... , it just wasn't easy. Not that I expect all of my reads to be easy, but I guess I'm trying to psych myself up to commit to it.  :-\

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Wonderful World of Gamelan
« on: April 03, 2008, 09:10:41 PM »
I,too, am ignorant of different systems of gamelan. I do enjoy it when I hear it, though. It is definitely a music to get lost in. This week I have been listening a lot to Loren Nerell's "Lilin Dewa" release. I know it isn't "pure" gamelan, but enjoyable just the same. Hopefully, Loren and others will weigh in on this subject with some recommendations.    Harry

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: April 01, 2008, 09:14:42 PM »

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I have about 30 Roach CDs, and I like less than half of 'em... but when he's good, he's great!
[/quote]                                                                                                                      Hear! Hear!

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Everything and Nothing / Re: found sounds
« on: February 27, 2008, 02:21:50 PM »
I remember reading somewhere quite some time ago about someone putting mice in a tympani and recording the scratching sounds of them trying to climb out. Possibly for "The Exorcist"? Also, I think it was on "Consequences" by Godley and Creme that kitty litter was spread on top of a tympani and recorded after being struck to emulate the sound of a stampede.    Harry

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Everything and Nothing / Re: found sounds
« on: February 26, 2008, 10:16:48 PM »
Great thread! There are so many. I have a ceramic dumbek I turned upside down and put a few marbles in it. Swirl it around with a slight shake every once in awhile. Lots of fun!!  Let's hear some more.   Harry

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Favorite toys from when we were kids
« on: February 22, 2008, 02:37:18 PM »

Can't blame my mom for that one, though I wasn't too happy that she tossed my baseball card collection when I went to college.  Of course, whose mom didn't do that?

Forrest

Exactly. You leave it behind, it's a fair sacrifice for the great yard sale gods! My old room is now my mom's sort of "all around" room, (den, sewing room, movie room, etc). Bye bye, Raggedy Ann & Andy, hello Fabio workout videos!
     My mom is still trying to get me and my brothers to get all of our stuff out of the house.  ;D The bad part is that we are all in our 50's! My middle brother finally got his 1968 Triumph 650 out of her garage that has been there for 35 years!!!  ::)     Harry

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Waves of Wanderer
« on: February 22, 2008, 02:26:21 PM »
I've been listening to Wanderer quite a bit recently. Another really high quality release from Giorgio.  You mentioned in a note to me awhile back that you may be using some new instruments on your next release. Possibly some oboe and harp? I know you've been looking at harps some for awhile.    Harry

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Favorite toys from when we were kids
« on: February 21, 2008, 02:31:21 PM »
I also had collection of Hot Wheels--too bad I don't know what happened to them.

Well, if you're like me, you moved out & your mom sold them in a yard sale for ten cents each...


Yeah, That happened to me too. That's also what we did with our kid's stuff, as well. When I was growing up, we were a military family. We moved about every two or three years , so a lot of stuff either was given to charities, friends or thrown away. My nephew now has my Matchbox cars collection and Tonka toys and my youngest brother still has my baseball cards from the 50's and 60's that i gave him years ago.    Harry

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 16, 2008, 05:47:57 PM »
Picked up some used cd's on a trip to Austin, TX last weekend at Waterloo Records and Cheapo's.
  • "The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter" by The Incredible String Band
  • "Just A Collection Of Antiques And Curios " and "From The Witchwood" by the Strawbs
  I have all of these on vinyl, but seldom get them out to listen to. I guess I needed a little rennaissance style folk again. It's like running into some old friends.   Harry

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Most of my stuff is from the 60's and 70's. Psychedelic bands like Quicksilver, Jefferson Airplane, 13th Floor Elevators, etc. I also have a lot of Cream, Traffic, Van Morrison, Hendrix, Soft Machine, Led Zeppellin, Dylan etc. In the 70's I got more into prog-rock stuff. ELP, Yes, Genesis and everything by Jade Warrior and a little jazz. Later in the 70's and early 80's started picking up some Eno, Steve Roach, Patrick O'Hearn , Kitaro and lots of new age. I VERY reluctantly made the switch to cd as lp's became harder to find.    Harry

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Favorite toys from when we were kids
« on: February 15, 2008, 02:20:31 PM »
Ooh, ooh!  I remember most of those.  My all time favorite was the Mattel Fanner 50. My brothers and me must have had a half dozen of these over the years in the late 50's and early 60's.  .    Harry

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I agree.! I recently purchased "Desert Landscapes" from Hypnos. This is an excellent recording. Get it and enjoy.   Harry

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Your first Recording ever?
« on: February 03, 2008, 03:53:47 PM »
My first recordings were in college and shortly thereafter (approx. 1972-1977). I have them on reel to reel somewhere. I have been looking for them for awhile. I then jumped to about 1984 and the recordings I made on 4-track cassette. I still have some of those. I'll see if I can find a decent copy and post some.   Harry

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Tools for rhythm-making
« on: February 02, 2008, 04:47:43 PM »
I mostly use the Roland HPD-15 Handsonic for creating percussion parts. I will sometimes pull out my old Sequential TOM to lay down a basic rhythm and then lay down percussion parts over that. I don't use the TOM part in the end. I just use it to keep me from trying to fill in everything with my first percussion part. Sort of a reference point. I tend to play to much when I first start laying down percussion.     Harry

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Everything and Nothing / Emusic.com (What shoud a small label do?)
« on: January 31, 2008, 02:39:44 PM »
In regards to the topic in parenthesis, I was wondering what opinions on emusic.com are. Is this a legit site? I download quite a bit of music off  this site. I am under the impression that the artists are paid for the downloads. Is this true? I know several forumites have releases on emusic. Just wondering.   Harry

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Alesis Andromeda----Worth the Effort???
« on: January 27, 2008, 09:58:41 PM »
$1700 sounds like a pretty good price. I agree with Loren, though, go check it out. I had one on order when Alesis went bankrupt. I really wanted it bad. I was in the music store at least once a week playing with the demo and waiting for mine to arrive. Unfortunately, I got nervous about the long delay and the bankruptcy situation and got my money back. I've always regretted that. I'm thinking about trying to acquire one again. Although, the prophet 08 may be the way to go. I haven't played one and I'm not sure a polysynth is what I need. I have plenty of gear, I just can't seem to finish anything, but that's another story. Bottom line is, no one can tell you what to do. Try it and go with the Force ;D .     Harry 

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: January 22, 2008, 02:25:05 PM »
I've just finished re-reading T.R. Fehrenbach's  "Comanches: The Destruction of a People". I read it many years ago and decided to read it again recently. This is a great book for those that enjoy history. Fehrenbach keeps it very interesting and not dry as so many history books can be. This is the most balanced telling of the Native Americans story I have ever read. The author doesn't assign blame on the "whites" or the Comanche, just tells the story of how the clash between cultures and eventual destruction of the Comanche was inevitable. It explains how the Comanche were almost single handedly resposible for the halt of the Spanish and later Mexican expansion into Texas and other parts of the Southwest. A great read.   Harry

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: The Winterhouse: Slow Promises
« on: January 21, 2008, 10:09:29 PM »
This is a really good release. Like a lot of my favorite works, I didn't really get into this at first. I listened to it upon receiving it and thought it was nice, but it didn't really grab me. Today was a cold, foggy and drizzly day. I put it on and was captivated. I have listened to it twice today and love it. Good job Anthony!

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