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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Folktek Conduit
« on: June 25, 2015, 10:05:41 PM »
I will.

We're counting on you, Harry!   :)  What would be cool is a jam session using only Folktek instruments.  I've always wanted to do an album with only homemade instruments--kind of like Pink Floyd's aborted project to create an album with rubber bands and other household objects.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 24, 2015, 01:26:33 PM »
Damn spacebirds!   :o

Saul's Edge of the Forest CD has a ton of 'em.  Just don't watch Hitchcock's The Birds before you listen to it.   ;)


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Folktek Conduit
« on: June 23, 2015, 11:36:06 PM »
That's sounds (and looks) really cool, Harry.  A bargain, too... 8)


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 23, 2015, 04:38:56 PM »
Woob 2 (em:t 4495).  I just paid a whopping $70 for this rare CD on Discogs, which is comparatively low to what others are asking.  As often pointed out, not as good overall as the first release, but still excellent.  Has a psychedelic jungle feel on the rhythmic pieces, with its share of quiet moody interludes.

I like Woob/Paul Franklin's "Journeyman" collab with Colin Waterton, "Mama 6."  I finally tracked down a copy.  It's very spacey and ambient in places.


I know the moderators have a high threshold for this type of thing, but I see nothing that this poster contributes to the forum other than a running ad.  Perhaps time to delete?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Max Richter 8-hour lullaby
« on: June 17, 2015, 04:03:23 PM »
Sounds interesting.  I wasn't that jazzed about Richter's reinterpretation of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, but like his earlier work, such as Memory House and The Blue Notebooks.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 08, 2015, 07:03:38 PM »
Shuttle358 :: Can You Prove I Was Born  (hit and miss on this one)

My initial reaction to this one was "echhhhh"...what a disappointment.  A far cry from optimal.lp.  Too lo-fi for me.  What's with the lazy/indifferent production?  Sounds like a cassette demo with some pedestrian analog synth sounds.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 03, 2015, 08:25:45 AM »
Some recent releases I've been enjoying:

Kyle Bobby Dunn - Ways of Meaning (I've been enjoying the simplicity of this one--kind of like SAWII on guitar and keys with the high end turned way down)

David Cooper Orton - Ortonality (an ambient looper guitarist whose been around since the days of MP3.Com.  Nice compilation.)

Sima - Novela Grafica
(simple, complex and charming experimental electronic pop from Argentina in the vein of Anja Garbarek and Haco (After Dinner).  The elaborate package and artwork work extremely well with the music.  The lead singer (ISOL) is an illustrator of children's books.)


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: June 03, 2015, 08:00:52 AM »
For those who may have missed it the first time, Echoes is rebroadcasting their interview with me this evening.

I'm currently in exploratory mode working on pieces for my next album.  I've been posting some of my experiments to my Soundcloud page and plan to continue doing this in the coming months.


Well, you're nothing if not persistent, though your contribution to the conversation here seems a bit dubious.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CD vs. CDR
« on: May 19, 2015, 04:37:34 PM »
yes, the old sticky labels can often cause such problems - I've been through my collection and listened to these older discs and ripped those
that still play to wav files.

There is software - exact audio copy is one version - that can sometimes pull the audio from such discs...though the success rate can vary.

otherwise you might email other people you know who might have the same disc and see if they might help....

Sometimes a wav rip from iTunes and reburn onto a clean CDr will work, if the problem is just an occasional skip.  I also have an old CD recorder that can sometimes dub a copy onto a clean CDr, though if the dye on the original CDr is damaged, you're probably out of luck.


Hi Mike,

For me, trying to discover the best process for me to compose has been a moving target.  When I first starting making my own music, my pieces tended to sound more formal and composed, probably because I was trying too hard to apply what had learned without necessarily hearing what I was actually playing.  Now I'm more comfortable with a hybrid of both notation snd improvisation.  In hindsight, I think what has helped me is having played in amateur orchestras when I was much younger where I could heard my individual part played against the whole snd could hear how other parts interacted with it.  When I think of an idea now, it tends to be in individual layers and not as a whole piece.  That works well for me, because when I actually start playing, the performance of the idea tends to lead to other ideas that either modify or add to that idea.


Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Hypnos releases for 2015 ?
« on: May 14, 2015, 10:52:54 PM »
nice to see Max joining Hypnos..   cool.

I recently picked up Corbacho's "The Ocean Inside" album.  Really nice all around, very deep ambient textures.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 14, 2015, 06:46:33 PM »
Speaking of following leads: I finally downloaded, via iTunes, a copy of Namlook & Inoue's 62 Eulengasse, given that thirdsystem claimed it was one of his desert island favorites. I can see why. This would have certainly been a favorite of mine if I had heard it 20 years ago. It stands the test of time well.

Also grabbed 2350 Broadway 2 while on that binge. The Invisible Landscape is frigging amazing.

62 Eulengasse is probably my favorite Namlook/Inoue release.  You should check out 2350 Broadway 3 and 2350 Broadway 4, too.  Their 3 Shades of Orion collabs should also keep you busy.


Hi, Julio.  Good to hear you're still musically active.  Haven't had the chance to check your new release yet, but will do so soon.


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... ???


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