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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 15, 2009, 09:15:06 PM »
Le Orme - Felona e Sorona (one of my favorite prog albums, period.  A nice 2009 remastering that is part of the Le Orme monster box set).

Forrest

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDR prices too high
« on: November 15, 2009, 09:12:58 PM »
Joseph (9 dragons),

I think a value-added art package would be a nice way to go for a limited CDR release.  The Install label has had some success does this with their limited 3" releases (some of which are limited to 50 copies), and artwork can go a long way towards personalizing the work.  One limited art package that worked particularly well for me in this vein was Celer's "Sieline" release, a double-3" that was released in a private edition of 50 and was packaged in two small lightly-painted pyramids that were tied together with a tiny knotted string.  I bought the digital lossless version of it to boot, so that I wouldn't have to cut the string to open the package, which is beautiful in its simplicity (designed by the late Danielle Bacquet-Long).  Good luck with the project (and thanks for checking out my Sans Serif release on HSS).

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Sad News
« on: October 18, 2009, 07:22:31 PM »
Thanks for your posts, Tom.

I'm very saddened and surprised to hear of this.  As you can tell from the responses so far, your brother was well-loved and respected by our tiny ambient community.  I remember first hearing from Jim when he was finishing up his ambient/electronic guide, Tracks Across the Universe.  His enthusiasm was infectious and I always felt encouraged by his kind feedback and sheer breadth of his knowledge of our genre.  I came into ambient music via progressive music, too, so I can certainly relate to Jim's love of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, and other classics from the golden era of prog (I was an ELP and Yes fan, too, though I liked much of the late 70s-early 80s punk movement, too (anyone remember Husker Du?)).  Jim was never short of opinions, of course, but that's what I always admired about him.  I was also appreciative of his support when I had medical problems of my own recently.  My sincerest condolences to Jim's family.  You all have our support during this very difficult time.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 15, 2009, 09:51:14 PM »
Natural Snow Buildings - Shadow Kingdom (a monster folk/psychedelic 2-CD set w/comic book that is similar to their Snowbringer Cult release on Digitalis; sounds much better to me than their last couple of cassette releases, which sounded like extended demos)

Forrest

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Thanks, guys.  Loren, I'm glad you liked it.  The curse with having a discography is trying to live up to your next album.  Absent that, leaving enough space so that you forgot everything you did before seems to be the next best thing.  That Immersion event down in Pomona with you, Steve R. and Djam Karet sounds like fun.  Good luck!

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 09, 2009, 08:46:53 PM »
Kit Watkins - Holographic Tapestries (one of my favorites of Kit's)

Forrest

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Oh, I dunno, sounds too much like "supergroup" Asia for me;)...Anyway, my contribution probably wouldn't be ready for another 8 years.

Forrest

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I recently picked this up via steveroach.com's site.  I've been able to give it a really good listen now and I must say I think it's your finest work.  Excellent work Forrest! ~ Jesse

Hey, thanks Jesse, I appreciate it!

Forrest

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Hi From Mystified
« on: October 09, 2009, 08:39:46 PM »
Welcome, Thomas.  Yes, it's nice to see you here.  I remember you from ye old days of MP3.com.

Forrest

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I agree that a little quality control wouldn't hurt in our tiny genre, and maybe a bit more selectivity, even as to netreleases.  For those who are just starting out, I would encourage that you get some feedback from people whose ears you trust before making your music publicly available.  We should all do what we can to avoid diluting the appeal and interest in our music by releasing stuff that is not quite ready for primetime.

Forrest

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Hi Scott,  I've been enjoying your compilation this weekend.   Thanks for sharing it.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 04, 2009, 08:27:23 PM »

Forrest FangóPhantoms
Forrest, you can never release enough music as far as I'm concerned.  On the other hand, I wish more ambient folks would take 2-3 years between releases and drop bombs (the good kind of bomb) like this on unsuspecting audiences.  I keep hitting repeat.

- Forrest Fang: Phantoms


I was having a listen today too. I think you should quit your
day job and turn out lots more like this one. A gorgeous release  8)

Thanks Brian and Anthony.  I really appreciate the feedback and I'm glad you liked it.  It would be nice to be doing this full time, but my muse can sometimes be flaky and I'll end up flailing away until something finally comes together.  One piece ("Little Angklung") took me over a year to finish.  I hope to keep doing this until I run out of things to say.

Forrest

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: The ambient 'scene'
« on: September 26, 2009, 10:50:29 AM »
In the years I've been doing this, I've never felt that there was much of an above-ground ambient scene to speak of, except maybe in the mid-90s.  At most, it seems that there have been pockets of activity, and maybe scenes on more of a micro and local level (such as The Gatherings and locally here, the Foundry collective), and then, add to that, the various mailing lists and forums which have their own intermittent followings.  Although the internet may make it easier for like-minded ambient listeners to connect, I'm not sure that musicians connect in the same way, unless they are collaborating by mail or via the web.

Forrest

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach News
« on: September 26, 2009, 10:44:42 AM »
I also (finally) picked up Forrest's new album Phantoms, but I have not had a chance to play it yet.  I figured he'd get more of a kickback if I picked it up at Steve's store than at Amazon.

Hi Brian,

Thanks for the support (and thanks for supporting Steve's site, too).  I hope you like it.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Get Well for Jim Brenholts
« on: September 26, 2009, 10:42:33 AM »
Hi Jim,

Very sorry to hear what happened, but glad to hear you made it through the ordeal.  Hope you're feeling better now.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 17, 2009, 09:55:47 PM »
Celer - "Brittle" and "Fountain Glider"  (some of the output can be hit or miss for me, but I am enjoying these two, which are low-key and remind me of their "Nacreous Clouds" release, though in longer form)
Robin Guthrie - Carousel (no surprises, but very pleasant anyway)

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Great article - "This is why you are in debt"
« on: September 17, 2009, 09:52:41 PM »
I think one problem with being too judgmental about debt is that there is only so much misfortune/bad luck that one can reasonably anticipate.  How to factor in the possibility that you might be hit by a car while going down the street for a donut, and that, even if insured, you might still have to foot or at least advance much of the expense?  Same goes for employment.  Conventional wisdom is to bank six months' salary, but I don't know that that would cover people who were unlucky enough to be hired just in time to be laid off when the financial meltdown hit and are still looking.  One person's "smart" planning is another person's hindsight.  Smugness irritates me, too.  I feel fortunate to be working now, but hardly feel inclined to blame those simply can't find work now.

Forrest 

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Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Upcoming Hypnos releases?
« on: September 04, 2009, 07:06:53 PM »
I like the cardboard/pressboard sleeve idea.  I think that Bruce Licher of Savage Republic has had done some especially interesting things with letterpress and silkscreening.  If a jewel case is no longer a viable option, I prefer the idea of a more personal art package look.  One problem I have with the sleeve + booklet and disc idea is that the customer seems to be getting less.  Some of the Celestial Harmonies discs packaged in half-sized trays looked kind of anemic to me.  Maybe there would be a way to combine letterpress with a rice-lined sleeve for the disc so that potential scratching would not be an issue.

My personal preference is still the old fashioned replacable plastic tray, but, then, again, I still like my old school vinyl, too.

Forrest

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Hi nuun,

Thanks for your comments.  I'm glad you liked the music.  The CD single is a nice thought, but don't hold your breath!:)

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: I-Tunes lost my files!!! Grrr!!!
« on: August 19, 2009, 01:18:42 PM »
I'm starting to suspect that my backup software is somehow responsible - I've turned off the auto-backup, and I'll just do it manually for awhile to make sure everything's stable.

That would be my guess, too.  I'd also double check your Windows settings to make sure you're not automatically archiving files that haven't been opened in a while.

Forrest

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