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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Top Oophoi discs
« on: Yesterday at 10:37:15 PM »
I agree with the choices, too.  Here are my choices:

Athlit
Signals From The Great Beyond
Archaic Oceans (collab w TauCeti)
The Spirals of Time
The Martian Chronicles (collab w Seren Ffordd)

Forrest

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Miss you Forrest!
« on: July 22, 2014, 04:23:56 PM »
Thanks everyone for your comments.  I greatly appreciate it.  I'll be back.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 28, 2014, 08:43:09 PM »
Pete and Julio,

I know there can be an inherent tension between an artist or a small label's rights and a listener's desire to hear as music as he or she can for as cheap as possible, and that YouTube for some fulfills that need alone, while other use it as a basis for experimenting with purchasing new music.  Ultimately, if musicmaking can no longer pay for itself and, instead, musicians continue to lose money paying for mastering, licensing of photos and artwork, you will have fewer musicians able or willing to do this at a continued loss and I think the pool of available music will gradually become the poorer for it.  If listeners truly respect the musicians whose music they like, they should pay for it, unless the musician chooses to make it available for free.  I try to balance my pay releases with some "free" material, such as my "Seeds of Memory" EP on Thomas Park's Treetrunk netlabel, as a way of giving those unfamiliar with my work a taste of what I do.

I buy quite a bit of music, physical and virtual, so I try to put money where my mouth is, as I think it's the right thing to do.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 27, 2014, 07:02:07 PM »
Yes, but that's the individual artist or label's decision to make, not the listener's.  I'm completely OK with the occasional piece of mine appearing on a blog mix, for example.  What I'm not OK with is a person posting one of my releases in its entirety anywhere in any form without my consent or my label's. This has happened more than once and I've had to sent take down notices.

Forrest

What drone on said. The top referrer to my site is YouTube, with an average bounce rate of 35%. In my case, it's an excellent form of promotion.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 27, 2014, 01:11:02 PM »
Interesting to hear that youtube is used these days by lots of people primarily to browse for music.

That only bothers me is if the music is up there without the artist's or label's consent.  It's not unusual to see entire albums up there, and I would be surprised if most of the postings had prior consent.  The default assumption these days seems to be that you must have consented to it, even if you didn't know about it or didn't see it up there when you last checked.

Recent plays:  Lloyd Cole - Standards (really excellent; he's plugged in again).  Margins-Fragile Existence (photographs and portfolio are spectacular, very much in the vein of Alio Die's album images; music is just OK).

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 11, 2014, 03:54:19 PM »
I have to admit coming to it via the film Amadeus.....

I was familiar with the Requiem but once I had seen Amadeus it complete change the way listened to Mozart, especially the Requiem.

Yes, I remember that movie, too.  It was a bit of an eye-opener hearing some of Mozart's darker works in that movie, like Don Giovanni.  Since then, I've appreciated his music more, especially the piano concertos.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 10, 2014, 10:44:30 AM »
Mozart's Requiem -

up to the point that his student completed it after his death. I don't know if 'knowing' that Mozart didn't finish the music made me listen differently, but the last parts did feel unlike the earlier parts, perhaps more bombastic than he would have written.

but who knows, I could be imagining it.

Hi Seren,
I wasn't a huge fan of the Requiem when I first heard a portion of it, but enjoyed it more after I heard Colin Davis' rendition of it.  For me, the recording really captures the visceral essence of the piece as a last testament.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 05, 2014, 02:14:59 PM »
Margins - Fragile Existence
This is a late 2013 collaborative project between Dan Crossley (Facture/Fluid Audio) and Craig Tattersall (The Boats). Once again, this is an amazing product from Facture in which the packaging/art is as central to the release as the music. The music itself is decent, but not remarkable. It largely combines field recordings and tape loops to create a fractured but ambient atmosphere. The Crossley nature prints that accompany the release are absolutely beautiful, however, and are worth checking out on the Fluid Audio site regardless of how you feel about Tattersall.

Chris,

Saw this release pop up on the Fluid Audio list again, so I thought I'd give it a go.

Forrest

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Electro Harmonix was reissued on Fax just before Peter's death.  You can order it from Cue Records, Germany.  There are usually copies for sale at Discogs.

They have the reissue of Electro Harmonix available through Amazon, too, for about $30 bucks.  That's where I got mine.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 26, 2014, 10:47:35 AM »
Listening to the samples on Bandcamp, thirdsystem. You're right: beautiful.


Off Land - Tidewater Pulse is one of my most played albums in the last few months, glad you liked it. I see the lad has a separate bandcamp page for other stuff..............

http://offland.bandcamp.com/

I have checked the Voyage/Home album..........on my bandcamp urgent list  ;)


Dwyer as Off Land has other earlier net releases floating out there as well.  "Encounter Point" is a really nice one (on Resting Bell):

http://www.restingbell.net/releases/rb028-encounter-point

Forrest

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Two older releases I've recently rediscovered are:

Electro Harmonix (love the combination of Tetsu Inoue and Jonah Sharp)
The Pool - Quiet Stories (a very obscure cassette from the mid-80s in an ambient vein).

Forrest

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I really shouldn't feel the need to defend myself, but I've been here since Mike opened the form well over a decade ago.

I don't think you should have to defend yourself either, John.  You like what you like.

Forrest

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I've saw both Life Garden and Voice of Eye perform in the late 80s and early 90s.  Very noisy and borderline industrial, but interesting, too.

Yes, Manifold was a great label, and its owner (Vince Harrigan) was a standup guy.  My favorite release of theirs was Aube's "Metal de Metal," which was wrapped in a customized metal casing.  I recently found a copy of Endless 2, which has a copy of one of favorite Robert Rich pieces, "Sunspot Cycle," which consists entirely of processed feedback.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Austin TX Record Store Suggestions
« on: February 13, 2014, 12:36:00 AM »
My pleasure, Harry (and Chris)!  Yes, that 's funny.  Guess I was attracted to the store because it was named after a Robert Wyatt album.  We have pretty good record stores out here in the Bay Area, too, like Amoeba.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Austin TX Record Store Suggestions
« on: February 11, 2014, 09:51:42 PM »
I haven't been to Austin, but based on what I've seen of them on the the net, I'd recommend End of An Ear:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/end-of-an-ear-austin

I picked up an obscure Adam Pacione release from them not too long ago.

Forrest

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Yes, congrats Pete.  Well done.  Looking forward to hearing your contribution.

I'm in one of the other anniversary programs to come, but not sure which one.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 06, 2014, 01:36:53 PM »
Today's listening;
Johann Johannsson - Fordlandia. New discovery for me on spotify. Utterly beautiful music. In fact I am gobsmacked at the beauty of this. Hints of Baroque, beautiful haunting melodies, gorgeous.


My favorite of his is "IBM 401, A User's Manual," which has an interesting backstory.

Have been listening to Esem's latest, an EP called "Aquanaut."  A nice one and I'm glad to see him back.  The release is at esem.bandcamp.com.

Forrest

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Help me finishing my ambient setup :)
« on: February 03, 2014, 10:02:11 PM »
Thanks Tomas.

Indeed I came here for professional advice, not parenting, sorry it had to be said.

Pretty dumb thing for you to say when you came here for advice.  It had to be said.

Forrest

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Help me finishing my ambient setup :)
« on: January 31, 2014, 10:57:04 PM »
But all of this stuff is really secondary to what you really need, inspiration. The tools won't be any good unless you have something to say.

I agree.  I would think it would be easier logistically and economically to start with a more basic setup and makes additions to it incrementally.  Otherwise, it may not always be clear what each component can add to the mix and in what order in the chain.  Of course, it helps greatly to have some music training to begin with and know some basics about synthesis, too.  The less prior training you have, the harder it might be for you to carry out what you are hearing in your head.

Forrest

I want to start differently. When I started in digital arts, I was always frustrated because I didn't had the money and I couldn't afford the tech tools I wanted. It would be easier to start with the right tools and just be creative instead of fighting with faulty hardware...

I never wanted to try to mimic something that was in my head, I prefer to be surprised and be like a driver, I use that method in other areas and honestly I prefer it that way.

There's no "right" way to create ambient music, so there's nothing wrong with starting big, if that works for you.  If by "right tools" you mean to include synthesizers and other tone generators, there are plenty of potential "right" choices.  But I would resist the temptation to discard your old "tools" for sake of acquiring new ones if you haven't exhausted the possibilities of what you already have.

By referring to what you hear on your head, I didn't mean to suggest that you should try to hear the piece in your head first.  I haven't worked that way in a long time.  I am referring more the tendency to assume that music training doesn't matter in creating ambient.  It really does matter in most cases. At a minimum, it should help you in structuring your pieces and in identifying different relationships within a piece.

Forrest

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Help me finishing my ambient setup :)
« on: January 30, 2014, 03:14:45 PM »
But all of this stuff is really secondary to what you really need, inspiration. The tools won't be any good unless you have something to say.

I agree.  I would think it would be easier logistically and economically to start with a more basic setup and makes additions to it incrementally.  Otherwise, it may not always be clear what each component can add to the mix and in what order in the chain.  Of course, it helps greatly to have some music training to begin with and know some basics about synthesis, too.  The less prior training you have, the harder it might be for you to carry out what you are hearing in your head.

Forrest

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