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Oddly, this album has been a bit of a grower for me.  In places it seems like a refinement or extension of Trances and Drones.  When I listened to the DVD through my Mackie HR824s, the sounds were too bright, even with the monitors on the floor.  Oddly enough, I found myself preferring the lower res MP3 version through phones, which, I know, sounds like audio heresy.  I boosted the high end around 9 or 11K a bit to compensate for the flatness of the sounds, which were considerably less bright than the DVD.  I also rarely have had time to listen to an 8-hour release straight through, so I preferred having the 80 minute MP3 segments, which I burned onto CDRs with the EQ  tweaked via a plugin.  A very unconventional and lo-fi way to listen to this release, but it works for me.

There are a lot of interesting things going on in this release, and I like it quite a bit now, but I can see why folks may have been disappointed that it was not Somnium 2.


I apologize for all the times this forum became an unpleasant place to visit because of disruptive behavior. We'll definitely work to minimize that as much as we can.

I appreciate that, Mike.  This is one of the few forums I visit regularly because I like the people here and the generally civil and level-headed discussions.


I've studiously ignored all 'Horizon's' pointless retorts and he still has a go at me. In my view, he should have been
banned already, particularly for his pathetic, cowardly attack on Loren recently (which was subsequently deleted).

I agree.  These trolls, who seem bent on inviting conflict (every other word seems to be of the four-letter variety), should be banned outright for making personal attacks.  I've raised these issues before with the moderators.  And I'm dead serious about this.


And what is your point?  My point is that your comment to Pete was a bit patronizing.  With your last comment, maybe you should quit while your'e behind... ???


Um, quit what?

I was simply comparing the dynamics of a real instrument that reacts with the laws of physics in the hand of a great ambient music artist, Robert Rich...

So please stay on topic.

Robert is a friend of mine and he doesn't read music, either.  Does this make my opinion of his music or your opinion unreasonably subjective?  ...and...checkmate.


And what is your point?  My point is that your comment to Pete was a bit patronizing.  With your last comment, maybe you should quit while your'e behind... ???


What I've heard of this one sounds very nice.  For me, it's an update of his Empetus/Stormwarning style.  The extras are interesting and notable to me for their lack of reverb (!).


See the differences between your toy app and a real instument:

Out of curiosity, do you play guitar or any other "real" instruments?  Pete's a talented guitar player, too, BTW.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 21, 2015, 05:40:12 PM »
Aphex Twin - Syro
I wasn't expecting to like this as much I do.  Not bad!


Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl Reissues vs Originals
« on: April 21, 2015, 05:38:30 PM »
According to Kehayas, the golden age of record-making was 1960-1972 for UK and U.S. releases.

I generally agree, but for different reasons.  The oil embargo in the mid-70s created PVC shortages that really affected the quality of vinyl, as some of the majors like Capitol seriously degraded the quality of their own pressings by mixing "recycled" LPs in with what used to be "virgin" vinyl.  The pressings during this period were very noisy, poorly mastered and often pressed off-center.


I think you might have mistaken this forum for the "ambient booty call" message board, which this isn't.... ;)


Very nifty, Pete! (both the rework and the video)...Don't know why, but your rework makes me think of a bubble bath.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: iOS - useful for an ambient musician ?
« on: April 17, 2015, 08:36:48 AM »
Reminds me of the digital v. analog flame wars of yesteryear.  Why live in a binary universe?

iOS sounds like an interesting platform for trying out different approaches to sound generation, like some of the Jordan Rudess apps.


Crumbs from last night's dinner, marching slowly to a watery grave...very nice, Andy.   :)

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: April 07, 2015, 09:46:53 AM »
Great multiple exposures, Forrest !

Thanks.  Part of my campaign for world dominance;)....

The Echoes segment will be rebroadcast over the weekend, which is nice.


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: April 06, 2015, 07:52:07 AM »
John Diliberto's (Echoes) interview segment with me will be broadcast this evening:

It should be available on podcast via iTunes within a few weeks.

My 50-minute mix of music and influences is also up on the Solenopole site now:


Everything and Nothing / Re: April Fools Day ignored and denied???
« on: April 02, 2015, 10:33:34 PM »
Maybe she meant that she didn't understand your joke ??  It's possible that she might have been mad about it.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: March 23, 2015, 05:12:57 PM »

An update:  I've just posted 2 additional pieces to my "odds and sods" Soundcloud page.  One is an unreleased piece from around the time I was recording Gongland, and the other is a minimalist electronic piece I recorded over the weekend to test out some new sounds.

I was recently invited by French radio program Solenopole to provide a 50-minute mix of my music and influences.  The show's mixes are streamable off the internet.  Past participants have included Rapoon and Laszlo Hortobagyi.  I'll let you know when my mix becomes available.  Some past mixes are located here:

I was interviewed this month by John Diliberto for his Echoes radio show.  "Letters To The Farthest Star" made it to his Top 25 for February.  My interview segment is scheduled to air on April 6.

Two nice reviews of Letters from John Shanahan of Hypnagogue and Peter Thelen of Expose Magazine came in this past week, too (besides Bert Strolenberg's thoughtful one for Sonic Immersion):


That's fine, Dave.  Have at it!


I'm watching this as I wait for my laundry, which seems appropriate somehow.  :)


Both of Pete's new ones are nice.  He stretches out a bit on Iris to explore new terrain and it does tickle my brain in a good way.  Opaline is especially refined and is in the immersive ambient style I've always enjoyed, though with some interesting sonic twists.


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