Sorry, Bill and Gordon- I like living in the woods, and I'm past the point of wanting neighbors in my life- unless those neighbors have teen-agers who would like to mow our yard, clean our gutters and baby-sit our kids!
Although I've not released a cd for about three years now, I've kept busy with music- mine and others. Last June I played a couple of shows in Sun Valley, ID with Will Ackerman. I didn't announce it on this forum, because the show, and my music within the show, didn't exactly fall into what is generally accepted as "ambient" music. And heaven forbid that I would have posted such an announcement on any space music or ambient forums on the net- moderators would have stepped in almost certainly ("don't show up in these parts with that melody thing- it ain't welcome here!")
This past year, I've also played on a couple of projects Mr. Ackerman was producing, as well as his most recent solo cd, which should be released by the fall, I'd think. My latest ought to be out around then, and I'll post details on my website and myspace page when the time comes.
I've also spent some lately time playing a few shows locally- all of them for local charities. I've recently been approached by a regional hospice about coming in and playing for the patients, which I'm completely into doing. So I'm currently looking for a nice sounding, small sort of "PA with subwoofer" system to play these shows with- and inexpensive, since I will be playing these shows free of charge. Yeah, I'm not asking too much from a PA, I know...
For those of you who've never been in one- well, a hospice can be a pretty somber place most of the time, and the patients are so appreciative of ANYONE taking time to just visit.
On top of that, I've been taking "long distance with aid of dsl and software" music/composition/improv lessons with a pianist named Philip Aaberg. I do this about once a month, and he usually gives me enough to work on for a couple of months. Phil used to record on windham hill in the mid-80's, and before that, he was a keyboard player in Peter Gabriel's band for a couple of tours. Good guy, cool teacher, and embodies the philosophy of "if it sounds good, it IS good". And, conversely, if it sounds BAD, no amount of psychological profiling (i/e "you don't like it because only deep people get the music") can make it sound better.
So that's where I "am now"- still following the original "philosophy" behind ambient music of letting things happen in their own time (as opposed to the current philosophy, which strikes me more as "I'm going to crank out this slow and patient music as fast as I can"
There's a good chance that, in the future, I'll turn on the effects again and make music that is "hypnos forum poster" approved.
until then, I'm more focused on turning the effects down a bit and listening to what's coming from ME, as opposed to my effects units. I think a lot of ambient musicians would be surprised by what their music sounds like without all the black boxes/plug-in's....