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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: January 09, 2016, 11:24:19 PM »
Thanks, Paul!  I'm glad that you're enjoying it so far.  I think I probably layered more different textures on this album than on any other, but I tried to make the transitions very subtle.  I got a little carried away with my layering in places, but hopefully not too much!


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: January 08, 2016, 11:22:09 PM »

That's cool Forrest, never seen a Marxolin before. I have a related instrument, the Marxophone. I've never used it on any of my projects yet, maybe some day. Here's a picture of what mine looks like:

BTW looking forward to receiving my copy of your new album.  :)

I have one of those, too!   ;D   But yours is in much better condition than mine.  Remember that album that Pink Floyd was supposed to do with rubber bands?  Maybe we could do an ambient album with only Marxophones!

Let me know what you think of my new one!


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: January 08, 2016, 08:36:35 PM »
Thanks, guys.  I appreciate it.

Something I forgot to mention is that Sam/Projekt's running a "free/name your price" Bandcamp promotion for Gongland this weekend.  It's mentioned in his newsletter:

In the newsletter, I also responded to a listener comment about my odd-ball instrument, the Marxolin.  Here's a picture of it:


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: January 07, 2016, 12:24:22 AM »
Looks like a German store on eBay has a copy for sale already.  Odd....


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 06, 2016, 10:45:16 AM »
Chris:  Great.  I'm glad to hear the issue was resolved.  Thanks, too, for your feedback.  I was hoping the release would resonate as it probably one of my "purest" releases, where I tried to listen more closely to my instincts.


Now Playing / Re: Two ambient guitar recording of me
« on: January 06, 2016, 10:41:06 AM »
The texture of the ambient guitar piece is interesting, but harmonically it is a bit minor-key static and would sound better if it modulated somewhere to a different key or scale.

The Last Human on Earth has some interesting effects and timbres, but is far too static for me.  I would modulate out of the repeating 4-bar minor chord figure after about the first two minutes.  The transition at the 8 minute mark is abrupt and sounds like crude edit into another piece.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 04, 2016, 11:04:38 AM »
I agree: The Sleepwalker's Ocean sounds excellent. I ordered a copy, but received someone else's order (different disc) instead! Now I have to practice patience. And patience hurts bad.

Sorry to hear that, Chris.  Hope you get your copy soon.  If you experience any problems with that, let me know.

BTW, the full preview stream of the album will remain available on Bandcamp through mid-January.


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: January 04, 2016, 11:01:05 AM »
Listening to the bandcamp stream of this, utterly beautiful. Magnificent work.

Would really love to get the CD , however having checked the postage scenario to the UK on the projekt site it is looking like $10 plus maybe another $10-$15 for the EMS. Anyone confirm the postage story to UK for projekt? I will email them in a bit.

If I can't get a UK supplier I will buy the download Forest. Really is something special.

Thanks, thirdsystem.  I appreciate your kind words.  Sorry to hear that the postage from the US would be a fortune.  The CD might become available through when it is formally released on January 22:


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: December 16, 2015, 05:13:08 PM »
Joseph Minadeo - Amehuru

(some very nice ambient with occasional Budd-ian piano and a fair amount of textural variety, though some of the pieces are a bit long (the whole thing is almost 3-1/2 hours long))

Rainer Bruninghaus - Freigeweht

(a spacy early 80s ECM favorite I was happy to track down on CD.  He was the kevboard player in Eberhard Weber's Colours band)


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Who is Sanjay Nadeem?
« on: December 13, 2015, 08:29:00 PM »
Tomas does have a point.  The accusations regarding his involvement in reissuing some of Klaus Wiese's music (e.g., "to make a label based on lies") and his purported motivation for doing so sound speculative and defamatory to me.  Allowing a defamatory comment to be published to the web without taking any action does not seem like a wise business practice to me, even if it might be legally defensible.  To be consistent with the other locked thread, shouldn't this thread be locked, too?


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: December 12, 2015, 12:18:36 AM »
Ahoy! My preorder has just been "shipped" out.  8)

That's cool, Scott.  Hope you like it.  Haven't seen my copy yet, so you might hear it before I do!

Other than pre-orders, the album should be generally available from Projekt in early January.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Harold Budd website!
« on: December 09, 2015, 04:58:50 PM »
FYI, Budd is featured on a new one by Akira Rabelais called "The Little Glass:"

 Akira Rabelais

Double CD Edition self released by the artist, comes in an 8-panel Digipak, the first disc featuring solo-piano compositions with Harold Budd, the second disc delivering an hour-long reworking by Akira Rabelais. Limited Import.

Akira Rabelais has long been on our list of the most interesting, overlooked producers in electronic music. His early material for Mille Plateaux offshoot Ritornell was nothing short of revelatory, a mysterious, complex maze of elaborate layering that genuinely sounded unlike any of his contemporaries, or anything we've heard since. He was then picked up by David Sylvian's Samadhisound imprint and released an incredible, career-defining head-scratcher of an album in 2004 called "Spellewauerynsherde' - one of the most spectacularly odd and brilliant electronic records of any description you'll likely hear - seriously - seek it out.

Anyhow, that preamble is just to set out the extent to which we're all Rabelais fanboys here - so this new double album, the first disc in collaboration with Harold Budd no less, has arrived here with much excitement, offering his first new recordings in over five years.

The Little Glass breaks down clearly over two discs; the first containing four plaintive solo piano parts by Budd and Rabelais, followed by a 2nd disc presenting Rabelais’ hour long, inharmonic, electronic transformation of the preceding material.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: December 04, 2015, 03:53:02 PM »
Thanks guys!  Part of my quixotic quest to prove that the album is not dead.  Love live the playlist.   ;)

The cover artist (Kinga Britschgi) is very talented.


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: December 01, 2015, 12:57:52 PM »
"The Sleepwalker's Ocean" is now available for pre-order from Projekt:


Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl is really back
« on: December 01, 2015, 09:47:22 AM »
I think vinyl must be hot now because I just had a strange offer from a label to reissue my first three albums on vinyl!  I still have albums and cassettes, but don't play them nearly as much as I used to do--maybe more out of laziness than anything else.  I have Robert's box set, too.  Really nice one, and the pressing is pretty quiet.


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: October 29, 2015, 10:02:00 AM »

Looks like my upcoming double CD is on track for a late January release, with physical copies being available through Projekt in early or mid-December. Mastering is finished. Currently working on fine-tuning the rest. Should be a really good one, I think.

The album title has changed. It's now called, "The Sleepwalker's Ocean" (after a suite on the album with the same name).
Thanks everyone for hanging tight in the meantime.


Despite Pitchfork's decision to delete all history of Chris Ott from their site, his 9.0 review for 1 Mile North has been preserved here:
Chris Ott's 1 Mile North Review

Read more about it: Pitchfork deletes it's harshest critic

Then order the vinyl reissues here! -  1 Mile North vinyl reissues!

Your album sounds interesting, but I can't say that I agree with Ott's statement in the review that Fripp & Eno's "No Pussyfooting" and "Evening Star" albums were " tainted by glam showmanship."  There's not a trace of glam on either album.  Vini Reilly's Durutti Column was also an entirely different thing--much more song-oriented than Fripp & Eno.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Kit Watkins
« on: October 12, 2015, 10:08:48 PM »
Haven't heard Kit Watkins in many moons. Anybody have news on whats Kit up to these days? His site has not been updated in years.

I think he's essentially retired from the music biz.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Folktek Conduit
« on: October 11, 2015, 01:16:16 PM »
Sounds very cool  :)

Yep.  Let 'er rip!   :)


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: October 10, 2015, 11:48:02 AM »
Yes, I feel the same, when I've completed a project - I don't want to listen to the thing for a loooong time later :)

Yes--and now the fun begins---press release, artwork, liner notes, publicity (such as it is in our tinysubgenre)..... ???

Time to switch on some non-ambient music....;)


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