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Everything and Nothing / Re: E-readers revisited 2010
« on: April 03, 2010, 12:36:47 PM »
Cromag,

Thanks for the heads-up on the Charlie Rose discussion of the iPad.  Sounds like it's better at consuming pre-existing content than at creatign new content, at the moment.

Mike, I work in a building where it is not uncommon for 20 or 30-somethings working at a dot-com to approach the elevator head down, buried in their iPhones, and almost walk into me, but still never look up.  I'm certainly not the first to observe this sort of phenomenon.  There's a level of self-absorption there that bothers me.  Maybe the issue would be more obvious if the device were a GameBoy instead of an iPhone.  I am more interested in hearing about innovations in content.  Do I need a better way to access People magazine?

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: E-readers revisited 2010
« on: April 02, 2010, 10:11:44 PM »
Neanderthal that I am, the iPad concept doesn't do much for me.  Seems like another way to avoid interacting with people in three dimensions and to perfect the art of looking down and ignoring the unwashed masses when you're walking down the street.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: The price of CDs
« on: March 30, 2010, 01:33:15 PM »

I am curious why the format that folks want their music in would make you reconsider releasing your music.

As I see it, your music is independent of media, and my media desires have to do with practicality (space to store CDs).


Jim,

For me, releasing an album is more than question of format.  What I like about vinyl and, to a lesser degree, CDs, is that they at least engage more than one sense—sight and touch.  That point was brought home to me when I recently purchased a Peter Wright album on vinyl; the cover art was visually striking experimental photography that complemented the music extremely well.  Staring at a tiny picture file on ITunes would just not be the same experience (not to mention that, as a practical matter, I am more likely to reach for a physical CD (or LP) to play, as opposed to a virtual one, unless I am stranded on a subway).   For you old-timers, it’s hard to imagine Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon or Yes’ Close to the Edge without the 12”X12” album artwork that came with it.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: The price of CDs
« on: March 22, 2010, 10:01:29 PM »
Timeline?  Can't happen soon enough.

I'm at the other end.  I generally won't buy a new release without a package, unless it is the only available format or I'm only testing the waters with a less expensive version.  I find archiving releases in mp3 format that are not keepers a useful way to keep the size of my collection under control.  When people stop buying the physical format, I'll probably stop releasing altogether.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 22, 2010, 09:57:59 PM »
Matthew Florianz - Maalbeek (nicely done impressionistic dark ambient CD from Matthew.  He also has nice set of unreleased pieces ('Tauern') you can get free from Shopsonic after registering for the site; my only slight quibble is the 160 kbps res, but you can't argue with the price)

HASYMO - Has/Ymo (DVD) (a bit of a splurge, but I really enjoy hearing the core of YMO playing live alongside pedal steel).

Forrest

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Hi Matthew,

Of Sloan's earlier releases, I especially like "The Space Between Beginnings" and "The Shoreline of An End."  His later works are more varied and a little more noisy, though I like his 2008 release, "ending [light]," a double CDR that hints at his earlier style, but uses algorithmic software he developed.  Some of his earlier releases are available on eMusic.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 07, 2010, 01:14:50 AM »
Barry Cleveland - Hologramatron (a departure for Barry, intense, with a rockish edge in a Crimson vein, and politicized lyrics that are front and center.  I like it, though folks may be split on it because of its edge and political theme.  I have a 8-minute ambient remix on it that is included as one of the bonus tracks. On MoonJune records, a prog/avant label)

Forrest

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Hi Matthew,

Been enjoying your tracks posted to your posterous site, especially the more recent ones.  Your music has a nice ambiguous quality about it, not unlike Jason Sloan's.  Ordered Maalbeek and Electronic Forest and am looking forward to hearing them.

Regards,
Forrest

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Dolorian
« on: March 05, 2010, 06:11:47 PM »
And I only listen to music made on plug-ins;)

Forrest

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich: Ylang
« on: March 05, 2010, 08:51:57 AM »
Joseph, I agree, Robert has a special ear for bringing together musicians from different backgrounds and finding interesting points of intersection.  It's almost a progressive sound, in the positive sense of the word.  (Glad you liked my brief solo, too:))  It can refreshing to hear music that has been "played," instead of "laptopped."

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Michael Moore - Capitalism: A Love Story
« on: March 05, 2010, 08:46:30 AM »
The "no holds barred" section was deleted many moons ago.  This topic would probably qualify for that section.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Chopin 200 years
« on: February 26, 2010, 08:25:46 AM »
Hey, DeepR.  Thanks.  Didn't know it was (or about) Chopin's 200th.  He is definitely one of classical's biggies, and a deep and complex one, too.  My favorite interpreter of his work is Artur Rubinstein.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Board Advice
« on: February 25, 2010, 08:14:55 PM »
Keep your output to your pace/level, the hell with everyone one else.

All kidding aside, I think that type of attitude is likely to drive our tiny genre past irrelevance.  Maybe this answers the question why others may have stopped listening.  Better to think of yourself as a representative of the genre itself, you might feel differently about it.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Board Advice
« on: February 25, 2010, 08:47:22 AM »
You forgot one...6.  Thou shalt express more humility about one's own prodigious output on public bulletin boards.  ;)...

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 21, 2010, 10:36:02 AM »
Andrew Chalk - The Cable House (very happy to see released on CD, as the limited vinyl disappeared rather quickly.  Comparable to Goldfall, but I like it even a bit more.)

Forrest

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Hey, this sounds very cool.  I'll be sure to check it out.  Have you heard of Ellen Fullman, Harry Bertoia or Robert Rutman?  They done some very interesting work with experimental bowed string instruments, too.

Forrest

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich New CD and Tour
« on: February 21, 2010, 10:32:26 AM »
Since I contribute violin to 2 of the album's tracks, I've already had a sneak peak of it, and really enjoy it.  It has a slightly dubby feel in places, has a pleasantly melodic feel elsewhere, and incorporates some very interesting South Indian flute and percussion, too.

Forrest

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Congratulations, Sara! 

I haven't heard the first two (yet), bu I'd highly recommend the third one, which has some very interesting soundscapes coupled with Sara's layered and processed ambient choir.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Projekt wants you to fight piracy!
« on: February 19, 2010, 10:25:46 PM »
The problem with a returns policy, at least when it comes to CDs, is that some will abuse it by simply making a digital copy.  Also, I don't see how you compensate a label for having opened up the CD and returned it.  Yeah, I've wasting money buying CDs (and albums) that I ultimately didn't like, but that's why I would check for reviews or hear what my friends thought of new releases.  Re the "music wants to be free" strain, there seems almost a naivete about the concept that ignores the economic realities of releasing a visually and aurally interesting album that people would want to keep.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Questions for artists and labels re: Piracy
« on: February 19, 2010, 01:56:05 PM »
I pretty much agree with what Mike said, so I don't have much to add, except to concur that the overall situation sucks.  As for major label stuff, that argument about the quality of releases has been around for some time.  I'm not sure that the quality of major label releases is any better or worse than it was 15-20 years ago.  That said, I think that the majors took more chances in the 70s, and I prefer some of the non-commercial music that came out of that era.

Forrest

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