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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 24, 2009, 11:05:36 PM »
Jon Hassell - Last Night the Moon Came Dropping Its Clothes In The Street

I know we talked about this but how is the overall production sound? is it an ECM engineering job or did someone else put it together far from Oslo?

Interesting that many of Molvaer's friends are on this!

The Eicher/Hassell co-production is little murky, but seems appropriate, given the overall ambient feel of the project.  Not too much reverb, but some of the instruments seem to have been recorded at a distance, or at least subjected to processing.  The trademark Hassell harmonizer trumpet sound pops up in places.  Some of it was recorded live in Belgium and London, and some was recorded in France, in 2 different studios.  It was ultimately mixed in LA.  I like it.:)

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 21, 2009, 12:25:01 PM »
Jon Hassell - Last Night the Moon Came Dropping Its Clothes In The Street (sort of an ambient cross between Fascinoma and The Surgeon of the Night Sky)
Fennesz - Black Sea (unexpectedly nice and even melodic in places, despite the occasional grit)
Radiohead - Airbag/How Am I Driving EP (OK Computer outtakes that are as good as the album)

Forrest

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I just tried the same thing on my laptop using XP.  Itunes doesn't recognize it, but the cda files do show up in Windows Explorer.  Have you tried using another application like dBPowerAmp to convert the cda/wavs to mp3?  Maybe you could then import them in manually into Itunes.

Forrest

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Jorge Reyes (R.I.P.)
« on: February 09, 2009, 09:22:28 PM »
I am very saddened to hear this news about Jorge as well.  My contact with him was brief but very memorable.  I met him in 1993 when he came to San Francisco to perform at the Noe Valley Ministry.  I helped to drive him around while he was in town.  He was a very polite and intensely focused person.  He gave a very memorable performance, incorporating his "body percussion," a series of clay pots (called cantaros) and ocarinas, and strategically placed candles.  He graciously gave to me as a thank you gift one of the large cantaros from Oaxaca he had brought with him on the plane.  I used the cantaro on my Folklore and Blind Messenger CDs, and I'd like to think that his spirit still inhabits it.

Forrest

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Hypnos Label Releases / Re: CD release: Sans Serif - Tones for LaMonte
« on: February 09, 2009, 09:21:20 PM »
Thanks for the kind words, Joseph.  Glad that you liked it.  Recording the pieces straight to 2-track was little bit scary, but it was a fun challenge to keep things relatively stripped down, so that listeners could more easily hear the different layers interacting with each other.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 08, 2009, 02:09:10 AM »
Today, more vocals:

Talk Talk - The Colour of Spring
Magnolia - Soundtrack (with Aimee Mann)

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: "Classical" Music or Contemporary Composition Listeners?
« on: February 08, 2009, 02:07:23 AM »
Nice performanace, DeepR.  Thanks for sharing.  The arrangement sounds a lot nicer without the swelling orchestra.

I enjoy classical and electronic music equally, but probably for different reasons.  I think the structure and logic of baroque and minimalist music probably appeal to me on a subliminal level, but it's not a conscious thing.  Electronic music has always appealed as a seemingly three-dimensional environment that can approached from different angles.  I've never felt purist about classical, though I certainly have my preferences as to styles and performers.  I also have very eclectic tastes, having been brought up on heavy doses of progressive rock, non-Western musics and exploratory jazz.

Forrest

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Fordlandia
« on: February 08, 2009, 01:51:49 AM »
I picked up Fordlandia and enjoy it very much, too.  Very cinematic, maximal minimal, like Max Richter, but on a grander scale.  I'd have to give the edge to "IBM 1401," which is a little more compact (around 45 minutes).  Both are apparently part of a trilogy in progress.

Forrest

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I tend to split my ambient listening between speakers and phones.  I tend toward speakers during the day and phones at night.  I like the sound of my Grado phones, but they can become fatiguing to wear after a while.

Forrest

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One thing I forgot to mention was that the khushtar came in a very rustic handmade wooden case that was lined with fleece.  It was shipped directly from Western China.

Forrest

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Frankly, I think you waited way too long to post your response (several months), and from the tone of your message, you seem to be angling more for a fight than a dialogue.

Forrest

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Will check those out, thanks Forrest. Excited to hear of your next project, any more details forthcoming?

The Khushtar seems amazing, found some photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/23149384@N03/2332715387/in/photostream/

Well, the recording and mixing for the CD was recently finished, though it hasn't been mastered yet.  I'm still working on a provisional title for it, though I consider it to be a followup of sorts to my 'Gongland' CD.  The CD took much longer than my other CDs to finish, though part of the reason for that was getting sidetracked by other CD projects and simply having the time and the right mental space to finish it.  I actually thought I had finished the CD about a month ago, but then recorded something new and had to dump a few shorter pieces to make way for the new piece.  I found the Khushtar to be extremely difficult to play (I decided against trying to play it like a rebab and simply held it up to my neck like a Western violin), and tuning the sympathetic strings turned out to be a bit of challenge, too.  In the short piece in which the Khushtar appears, I don't play it as a lead instrument; the lead instrument in the piece is a Turkish cumbus, which is sort of a large fretless banjo.  The CD is predominantly electronic, though there are definitely more acoustic instruments on this one than on Gongland.

I'll of course let everyone know when the CD gets closer to being released.

Forrest

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Joseph,

If you can find it, I would highly recommend that you pick up the 1988 King Record release, "The Silk Road II-Chinese Music of the Hans & the Uigurs."  Some very soulful string playing on that disc.  Also recommended and in a similar vein:  Turkestan Chinois/Xinjiang (Musiques Ouigoures), a 2-disc set released in 1990 on Ocora.  I am very much into this music as well.  A few years back, I picked up a Khushtar (a Uyghur violin with sympathetic strings), which I finally worked into one of my recent pieces for my next CD project.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 03, 2009, 01:04:32 AM »
World Music Library - Dombra Music of Kazakhstan
This is it...

Sounds cool.  A member of the pickup mandolin group I play with also plays the domra.

Forrest

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ST - I've already moved on.  I guess if other Forumites want to engage you, they will.

Forrest

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My piano is from the late 70's or early 80's - the last model year for Yamaha uprights still made in Japan before they moved production to N. America.   My main bass is a G&L L1000 and I think it's early 80's era.    My other bass is an earlier 70's Gibson Grabber.    My beat up almost doesn't work bought from my ex-boss' husband who found it in a pawn shop Gretsch solid body electric is rumored to be 1959/1960 era.   My trumpet was bought new when I was in 5th grade... :-) 

If we're including acoustic instruments, I'll have to include my violin, which I've had since grade school, and my mandolin, which I bought on a whim while in high school.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 03, 2009, 12:40:26 AM »
Today's root canal serenade:

Radiohead - Kid A
Lydia Kavina - Music from the Ether:  Original Works for Theremin

Forrest

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Well, now I don't feel so bad about having put off my trip to the dentist's office for so long ;)

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 31, 2009, 08:23:29 PM »
Ryuta K + Sara Ayers - Kyzyl to Samarkand (very nice drone-based dark ambient CD with some great vocalizing from Sara)

Forrest

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I still use my Digitech TSR-24 effects unit, which is from the mid-80s.  I would still use my Korg MS-20, but it's currently in storage.  Ditto for my Prophet 5.

Forrest

<btw--modulator_esp - Thanks for sharing your live set.  Enjoyed it.  Looks like it was quite an evening.>

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