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Caught Saul's mini-sets at the Oakland Museum last Saturday--a cool pair of drone-oriented pieces that had unsuspecting kids visiting the museum mesmerized.  Lisa Moskow (who recorded an album with Robert Rich in the mid-90s called "Yearning") was also there (in a different area of the museum), performing an electrified sarod with experimental instrument builder Tom Nunn.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 24, 2008, 06:25:20 PM »
Fern,

The new Fabio Orsi ("The Wild Light of the Moon") is really good one--one continuous 35-minute piece that ebbs and flows nicely.

Been listening today to Saul's new one and to Jonathan Hughes' Circumflex.  Both are excellent and are well-crafted.

Forrest

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Meanwhile I would like to read some in depth justifications for your art.  Why are you adding to the body of culture?  And why?

Interesting thesis.  For my own music making, I would break it down this way:  I create/make music for the pure enjoyment of it.  My decision to release any of what I create would depend on whether I feel I am saying something new.

As a listener, I prefer to hear my ambient without the programmatic content.  I haven't liked much ambient that makes it quasi-spiritual intentions too overt--it can tread that thin line into unintentional cheese.

Forrest

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Is Yanni really all that bad?
« on: September 14, 2008, 08:45:56 PM »
I don't have any strong views about Yanni, but as a listener, it does make me think that each of us has artists/groups that we listen to and like as guilty pleasures, but cannot really defend as "great" music.  I'll admit that I'll occasionally pull out my copy of Jean Michel Jarre's "Oxygene," and enjoy it for what it is.

Forrest

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Just got this.  Pretty interesting, not what I expected.  Track 3 is especially dark and powerful stuff in a Maeror Tri vein.  Only some minor quibbles with the first track, which has some rather annoying simulation of (or actual) analog tape dropout, and the bonus disc which sounds great but is in glorious mono.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: The creative drop-off
« on: September 14, 2008, 07:34:12 PM »
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And some artists can be expected to be creative forever.

Well, yeah.  If you're an artist.

Maybe the problem is that there are too many artists out there that think this, but don't take a hard enough look at their results.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: The "free for all" section of this Forum
« on: September 12, 2008, 12:37:02 PM »
Without turning this into a "Dems vs. Repubs" discussion, I'd say that what happened mirrors a recent trend towards a "bully" culture that values posturing, machismo and ridicule over ideas.  It probably became more pronounced with the rise of AM talk radio, and the rise of the internet may have inadvertently resulted in less constructive dialogue by encouraging persons at the fringes to seek out views that reinforce their own opinions instead of trying to understand the opposing view.

Forrest

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Hey Saul,

Sounds great, but I think you mean "September 21," right?

I'll be there!

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: The creative drop-off
« on: September 11, 2008, 05:56:04 PM »
I wasn't too sorry to see the Talking Heads go.  They had some terrific albums, but thought they started to sound very tired towards the end.  Haven't followed David Byrne's solo career that closely, but he seems like one of those artists who cannot resist the temptation to over extend himself, like, say, Peter Gabriel.  Though I wasn't a big fan of Byrne's pseudoclassical work on the Knee Plays, I thought the Catherine Wheel was pretty good (had that 'Remain in Light' vibe), and I'm even starting to warm up to his new one with Brian Eno.  I like the fact that Byrne's new lyrics, like recent Eno's recent ones, do not seem locked in a timewarp and start to reflect things that you would expect person approaching the age of sixty to be thinking about, like mortality.  In fact, I would have thought, "What's the point?" if Byrne & Eno had given their fans what they (the fans) wanted and delivered "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts II."

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 10, 2008, 09:01:04 PM »
Today I've been digesting two new Machinefabriek-related releases:

Dag Rosenqvist (Jasper TX) & Rutger Zuydervelt (Machinefabriek) - Feberdrom (3") (enjoyed this, though it was little more abstract-microsoundy than I was expecting; the highs come through best over phones; the packaging is very cool--sort of an origami art piece that you have to unfold to get to the the CD)
MachineFabriek - Vloed (3 extended live pieces with guitar-driven drones and occasionally intense distortion)

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: The "free for all" section of this Forum
« on: September 10, 2008, 08:56:03 PM »
I think that shutting that area down, at least temporarily, was a good idea.  Although I only dipped my toe in recently, it was enough for me, and could see that attempts to cool things down did not seem to work.

Forrest

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Spore Video Game
« on: September 09, 2008, 03:47:29 PM »
Hey Saul,

That's great to hear!  Hope they gave you a little green for your trouble.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 06, 2008, 09:19:19 PM »
Jeff,

I think you'll like the Sakamoto DVD, but it's a Region 2 disc.  I found a way to burn a Region free copy so that I could watch it on my Region 1 DVD player, but it was a bit of a hassle.  The piece I really like on the disc is "Parolibre," which I hadn't previously heard in a solo piano version.  It's a amazing how prolific Sakamoto continues to be at his age, pretty good stuff, too.  His "Cendre" CD with Fennesz is worth checking out, too, if you don't mind a little processed guitar glitch with your piano.

Forrest

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Favorite ambient cover art?
« on: September 06, 2008, 09:13:55 PM »
I've always been a fan of Russell Mills' album artwork.  I've kept my vinyl copy of David Sylvian's "Gone To Earth" because the reduced CD booklet just doesn't do the artwork justice.  Ditto for my vinyl copy of Budd/Eno's "The Pearl."  For other old school ambient, I've always thought the cover for Eno's "Another Green World" was cool, and I'd have to also count the Monique Froese cover for T. Dream's "Rubycon" as a favorite.  For more recent ambient, I like the art packages for Coppice Hallifax's "83" release and Rapoon's "When Shadows Sleep."

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Single disc CD players
« on: September 06, 2008, 09:01:27 PM »
I recently picked up a used Arcam CD73 single-CD player on eBay for just a little over $300 when my used Adcom GCD-700 bit the dust.  It's a great sounding player, and have had almost no problems with CDs or CDRs, even dinged-up ones.  The Arcam is a little pricey, though its street price new recently went down to $600.  It has a coaxial out, though I haven't used it.

Forrest

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Hypnos Label Releases / Re: CD release: Sans Serif - Tones for LaMonte
« on: September 05, 2008, 05:56:14 PM »
Avec and Mirko, thanks for your comments.  Happy to hear that you liked it!

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 05, 2008, 05:53:54 PM »
Matthew Sweet - Sunshine Lies (a new one, somewhat disappointing; the songs are there, but the voice sounds a bit ragged and tired)
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Playing the Piano 05 (DVD) (excellent DVD of a 2-hour solo piano performance from 2005)
Todd Rundgren - Todd (I always thought this was one of his best.  Some crazy stuff in there, but some great tunes, too, like "A Dream Goes On Forever")

Forrest

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Now I'm confused--why is this a non-hypnos artists and labels topic?

Because the fraudulent dude/lady/it in question appears to also be synonymous with Small Voices/A Silent Place, a non-Hypnos (ambient) label.

Forrest

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Mike's right, Jim.  What you're complaining about is just the way that eBay bidding works.

One other peculiar thing about this whole Silent Place switcheroo.  PayPal identifies the seller involved in my dispute as "PASQUALE LOMOLINO," while my email from eBay informing me that I won the auction identifies the seller as "Michele Attimonelli."  Sounds like another "Lisa Franklyne."  ;)

Looks like the seller is now calling herself/himself "ladyoscar76."  Isn't the web great?

Forrest

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In my case, the seller is definitely related to the label.  The Seller was identified as "vuoi_la_musica_la_musica_ti_daremo!", and after I won the eBay auction, the contact email provided for the seller was "info@asilentplace.it."  That is the same email address given on the website for the "A Silent Place" label.  Also, the address provided in both the email telling me I had won the auction and at the website was the same:  70031 Andria, BA Italia.  Had I known I was dealing with the same vendor under a different eBay seller who nearly stiffed me earlier, I would not have bought from him a second time.  2 months later I still have not received the CD.  The timing and number of adverse comments for this seller leads me to believe he has set up his shop under another eBay seller name.  I think this guy is even lower than the last owner of Silent Records who completely stiffed me after I hand-delivered a box of 25 CDs to him.

Forrest

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