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Everything and Nothing / Re: Sad News
« on: October 18, 2009, 04:44:44 AM »

Thank you for sharing this news on this forum, and my sincere condolences to you and your family on the loss of your brother.

I don't think I need to write about who Jim was on this forum- his posts show someone who was passionate about this music, and completely over-the-top (in a good way)with his enthusiasm for it.  He loved his life, he loved music, he loved his family, and he especially loved being a grandfather.

As a musician, i tend to remember- and remember fondly- those people I've met who have encouraged me in my music.  I can think of VERY few people who have encouraged me in my music more than Jim; whether in person or through e-mail, his positive outlook and kind words were unstoppable.  I remember him being at concerts I played in PA, and although he probably didn't like everything I played in those evenings, he was always there after the show with a big hug, a pat on the back, and encouraging words about my music.

He will be missed, and he will be remembered.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Guitars picking up noise from PC
« on: September 21, 2009, 06:44:58 AM »
Hey Mike,

You've probably done the following, so don't know if this will be helpful or not...

Scott had good advice about moving your guitar around- try positioning it at an angle to your monitor and see if any noise is reduced.

On top of the already excellent advice about using good quality cables, i'd ask you this:  what kind of lighting do you have in your studio?  Fluorescent lighting is notorious for adding noise to guitars, and dimmer switches of all types are evil; if you DO have lights on a dimmer switch, have your lights either all the way on or completely off.

another thing to check for, especially if you're having a pause every second or so, is to see if some sort of pump or motor is on the same circuit as where you're plugged into.  Air conditioners and furnaces can put out stuff for your guitar to pick up, as well as water pumps and refrigerators.

I have EMG actives on my guitars, and they are pretty quiet for most things, and I know the frustration of noise hunting!  My last suggestion would be to get a battery powered headphone amp of some sort (zoom makes little stomp box things, they can be battery powered and you can use headphones).  Turn off everything in your studio, plug in the guitar to the headphone amp,  pick an appropriately high gain setting comparable to what you've been using on the computer, and listen for the noise.  If you hear noise, you can be assured that it's not the computer, and is probably some strong EMF in the area (like the airconditioner, etc but cell phone towers and cable tv towers can do this if you're close enough.  Same with power lines passing overhead).   If you do NOT get noise, turn on your computer while still "off the grid" with the headphone amp.  If you have noise, you'll know it's something in the computer.

many ideas, most probably useless... :)


Other Ambient (and related) Music / upcoming concert in Illinois
« on: September 03, 2009, 08:22:15 AM »
just a quick announcement, and I'll return to silent mode:

I'm playing a benefit concert for the Oaken Acres Wildlife Center in DeKalb, IL on 09/25/09.  All the details are at


Everything and Nothing / Re: question
« on: July 20, 2009, 06:02:30 PM »
Hey Jim,

Under the "picture is worth a thousand words" category, check out what Michael Manring does with TWO ebows on his bass:    make note of where he places the ebow in relation to the pickups.

And for a song that is just plain beautiful, check out what Michael does with multiple re-tunings during a song: 

hope this is helpful,


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 06, 2008, 04:48:59 PM »

I'll have to check out the Sakamoto dvd- I've spent some of the past week listening to "Alexi and the Spring"- quite wonderful soundtrack with a devastating solo piano closer- and it segues nicely into "Dark Intervals" by Keith Jarrett, too.  :)


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Jeff Pearce CD: Rainshadow Sky
« on: September 04, 2008, 05:14:35 PM »
I'd like to thank Bill for making the initial post about the new cd, and Dave and Scott for the follow-ups.  It took cdbaby a few days, but they have "Rainshadow Sky" up, and if you wish, you can check out soundclips of the new cd at


Everything and Nothing / Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIKE!
« on: June 11, 2008, 09:23:26 AM »
Happy 50th there, Mike!  You don't look a day over 49 and a half!   :D

....ok, you might not be 50 this year......



Everything and Nothing / Re: Ambient Guitar
« on: April 22, 2008, 04:30:51 AM »

Hi Jeff, cool to see one of the top (IMO) ambient guitar geezers reply.

Geezer?!?!?  I'm only in my 20's!  Well, late 20's.

....ok- I'm 40, which, technically, is the REALLY late 20's.......  :'(

It's been a LONG time since I've released something purely "ambient", so I don't know if I qualify as an ambient guitar geezer anymore- but I DO remember some of my favorite tricks, and one of them is more from a signal processing point of view- specifically, using two reverbs.  Guitar goes into one reverb unit, the output of that goes into another.  It's like sleeping under two blankets on a cold winter night!  :)

In the end, Pete, all these things are cool, and make cool sounds.  Sounds are fun, but music is better.... :)  However, I know you know this already, because your most recent cd reflects this thinking- at least to my ears!


Everything and Nothing / Re: Ambient Guitar
« on: April 16, 2008, 08:18:20 AM »
Whether this would matter to anyone playing and/or playing with a guitar- there are a lot of fun things going on "under the lid" of strat style guitars- or any electric guitar that uses springs to anchor the trem.  I've taken the back plate off my strat and have often "strummed" the springs while holding a chord with my left hand.  Spooky, ghostly, and will almost certainly shred your right hand fingernails, so it's beneficial to use a pick for this.

Pete- an ebow technique that *I* have found to be fun is to place the ebow on the fretboard with your right hand- let's say around the 5th fret of the 3rd string.  Then, in the left hand, hold a slide around the 12th fret of the same string, and start moving up and down the fretboard.  All sorts of crazy overtones pop out, and you can switch strings, etc...


.......AND- if this is a "where are they now?" thread- anyone know what Thomas Ronkin is up to?  I really enjoyed that first release of his, and the piece he had on the Other World comp......

I've believed not a word from you, Griffin, since you told me back in 1997 "hey, I'll be sending you one of my new cd's soon- it's called 'Fabrications'- ought to be out in a couple of months"  :)

I know that there's SOME overlap between the drift and non-drift crowds on here, and I've always been appreciative of the support and patience of those who follow what I'm doing.  It's probably just a reaction on my part, to stay as low profile as possible, due to the over-abundance of musicians EVERYWHERE on the net making seemingly hourly announcements regarding their concerts/recordings/dentists appointments/etc... a little too much static for my tastes, and I'd prefer to "say more with less".

....on the other hand, I COULD enlist the services of a webmaster type to post bulletins everywhere on my behalf, so I could honestly say "hey- I'M not doing it!"   ;D



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.... :)


Everything and Nothing / Re: What should a small record label do?
« on: January 31, 2008, 05:25:06 AM »
I've had a lot of people over the past couple of years write to me and say "you cd is available for free on___" And I have major mixed feelings on that (I like it when people buy cd's, but a lot of my cd's aren't available for download- none of the Hypnos cd's, in fact).  However, this guy who posted it, and the comments he left, definitely made me laugh

....glad he thought that it was "worth buying to support the artist".  That ALSO tells me that he knows posting cd's for free could be HURTING artists.   :-\

It's either Stokes, Pearce, Bone, or A Produce...(i get four guesses cuz I'm special!)

Not to get on Mike's bad side by indulging in guessing games, :) but it's not me.  If you read what Mike wrote, he mentioned this artist is prolific.  Putting out one cd every three years is not prolific; in the ambient world of "prolific=relevant" "more=better", "greed=good" (sorry- watched "Wall Street" the other night), a cd every three years is basically being retired from music.  :) (ironic- musicians making slow and minimal music seem to release a WHOLE LOT of that music REALLY REALLY fast!)

... plus, Mike said "respected", and we all know that's not me (sorry Mike- I know you were getting ready to make that point, and I just stole that insult out from under you!) :)


Everything and Nothing / Re: Your MySpace experiences ?
« on: January 30, 2008, 02:12:51 PM »
ummm.....Mike?  Lena?  Didn't you two kind of, like, MEET on myspace?  I bet Mike was one of those creepy old men Lena was talking about... :)

Seriously, I've had a pretty decent experience on myspace, but I keep my friend's list purposely small, just because there ARE a lot of "fake profiles" on there, it seems- profiles that send out nothing but spam and what are probably phishing schemes.  In fact, of my "top friends", all but two are people I'd known before I was on myspace.

Lena, when I first joined myspace, I got a bunch of "hook up" offers from supposed supermodels who really really wanted to meet me.  However, I tend to avoid supermodels who can't even spell their swear words correctly.  :)  But at the end of the day, I knew that these were nothing but phishing attempts made, no doubt at all, by men.  I made the mistake of complaining about these messages to a female friend of mine on myspace, and she forwarded me a bunch of HER messages that she receives every day.  Ugly to the extreme- they were FAR beyond what even my fractured imagination could have cooked up.  Then my "baby" sister (who will be 21 in two months) told me about some of the e-mails SHE gets- yuck.  I do not envy you, or any other female on myspace.  Maybe you could just put a pic of you and Mike together on your profile- his ultra-manliness will scare off any perv-o guys.... :)


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bill Evans
« on: January 18, 2008, 09:40:05 PM »

Yes, I mentioned that Marcin Wasilewski- "Trio" disc at the beginning of this thread. I LOVE that disc, and it's one of the reasons I'm pursuing this jazz thing further.

Vassilis Tsabropoulos- "Achirana" is another drop-dead awesome piano/bass/percussion disc, probably my favorite one yet.

Got "Archirana"- love it.... also enjoy "The Triangle" (Vassilis Tsabropoulos, Arild Andersen, and John Marshall).  I remember the buzz around "Achirana" when it came out was "this is a classically trained guy playing jazz, so it CAN'T be good".  Sure sounded good to me...

You might want to give "Amaryllis" by Marilyn Crispell a try- she is a VERY generous pianist in regards to her sidemen (Gary Peacock has an absolutely huge bass tone on "Amaryllis").  The music gets a little more active towards the end, but it's a nice balance to the music that precedes it- which is quite slow and gorgeous, with a ton of open spaces.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bill Evans
« on: January 18, 2008, 06:11:20 AM »
Joe, I'd check out Marcin Wasilewski's "Trio" recording- it's fantastic.  They're a bunch of YOUNG guys (not even 30 yet, I think) and they got their start backing Tomasz Stanko when they were just teens.  On "Trio", they do a GREAT cover of Bjork's "Hyperballad" There are samples to listen to at amazon:

If you'd like to SEE how Bill Evans did his magic, there are some nice videos on youtube- this one, in particular, shows his great trio doing a very subdued version of "my foolish heart"

I'll third, fourth, fifth or sixth "Undercurrent"; Bill's piano and Jim Hall's guitar are perfect together.  However, "The Complete Bill Evans Trio at the Village Vanguard" is a fine fine introduction to his music.


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