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Speaking of annoying, I don't care a whole lot for "bumps" of ads, especially when the bumpers don't contribute to the discussion of the forum, other than to talk about how cool their releases are.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: automated political announcements
« on: October 29, 2008, 06:59:45 PM »
Actually, robocalls about my car insurance or carpet cleaning bother me more.  At least there is an end point to a political campaign.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: If you could recommend one book
« on: October 29, 2008, 06:56:14 PM »
OK, somewhat of a dark horse, but I'd vote for:

Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master & Margarita.

My second choice would be Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle, or maybe his Breakfast of Champions.

Forrest



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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 29, 2008, 06:41:54 PM »
Yep, I'd have to agree that the new Orsi (Audio for Lovers) is a really nice one, even with the overlap with his prior 3" releases.  The only Orsi releases that haven't done that much for me are "Wildflowers Under the Sofa" and "Find Electronica," both of which sounded like 5 minute pieces stretched to album length.  "Audio for Lovers" reminded me in places of mid-70s instrumental Eno and maybe even Laraaji's "Day of Radiance" (Ambient 3) album.

Been enjoying Haruomi Hosono's new CD (Archives No. 1), which compares favorably with his ambient work in the mid-80s.

Forrest

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Do you have anything else from Last Visible Dog?  I really like the work from Area C, Peter Wright (of course), and The Birdtree.
Fern


FYI, the new Fabio Orsi on Last Visible Dog has some previously released material on 2/3's of disc two.  I haven't heard it yet, but this dampens my enthusiasm somewhat.  I haven't seen any mention of this elsewhere, except on the listing at dscogs.com:
http://www.discogs.com/release/1492542

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Ancient Gugin Music
« on: October 12, 2008, 10:07:38 AM »
Not sure if I've mentioned the guqin player Sou Si-tai, but was listening to his recent album "The Fisherman and the Woodcutter" last night and it is not to  be missed by and guqin fan. He made his own instrument, and uses silk strings, and has a very old world, silent drift style that enhances the space and distance. Absolutely wonderful, with all kinds of clicky, cicada like microsounds going on in there.

http://guqin.mybesthost.com/en/index.cgi/SouSitaiNewAlbum2007

And once again I would recommend the great Portland, OR, store Timbuktunes as the place to get it:

http://www.timbuktunes.com/cd/cd-info.php?ttcode=TT-23882&title=China%3A+le+p%EAcheur+et+le+b%FBcheron+%28the+fisherman+and+the+woodcutter%29



Sounds interesting.  I prefer silk to metal strings on the gu zheng.  Has a quieter, more subtle sound like a koto, as opposed to the thin twang of, say, a Vietnamese zither.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 12, 2008, 10:02:23 AM »
Does anyone remember the Staalplaat issue of Nocturnal Emission's "Blasphemous Rumours"?
Came in a circular metal tin packed with sand.  Sand. 
Jason
infractionrecords.com

Sounds like a CD player's worst nightmare.  Maybe it was intended as an homage to the sandpaper sleeve of the Durutti Column's first album.

Forrest

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Singing Bowls
« on: October 09, 2008, 11:06:01 PM »
I think you could probably find a Tibetan or Nepalese singing bowl for under $100 on the web, but the nicer ones will probably run you several hundred dollars.  A Tibetan folk musician I knew joked that the singing bowls were used for storing beer.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Dream Collaborations
« on: October 08, 2008, 10:03:40 AM »
Forrest Fang and Off the Sky.  Both have an unorthodox style, would be interesting.

Well, that would be interesting, but not as interesting as Steve Roach and Britney Spears.  :)

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: itunes question - MP3 conversion?
« on: October 08, 2008, 10:01:27 AM »
That's too bad.  There's db Audio powerAmp, but it's not freeware and may not be worth the $ if you only have a few files to convert.  Maybe there's some time-limited shareware out there that will do it.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 08, 2008, 12:10:14 AM »
Quote
*Insects not included

Well, then count me out...

I'll wait for the special "compost" limited edition box.

Today:

Gregory Taylor - Voiceband Jilt (a little glitchier than his other projects, with very lyrical drones)

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: itunes question - MP3 conversion?
« on: October 08, 2008, 12:05:20 AM »
Don't know if this will work, but you might try right clicking the track(s) in iTunes and selecting the "convert to mp3" option.  I know that this works for converting .wav files to mp3.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Drones
« on: September 30, 2008, 10:10:20 PM »
I'm not sure how far back the beginnings of ambient drone can be traced, but I think that classical Indian music and the music of early minimalists such as LaMonte Young and Terry Riley are certainly in the mix.  Tape delay and synthesizers certainly made it easier to record long tones.  I think there is no right or wrong way to create a drone, though I personally prefer complex drones, both as to pitch and timbre, that fluctuate and drift over time.

Forrest

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: kenji siratori
« on: September 30, 2008, 10:05:40 PM »
That discogs entry is pretty funny.  Odd that so many folks took the bait.  Maybe Siratori is really a computer program or virus.  His poetry certainly does not pass the Turing test.  I think we may have a rough model for creating extensive discographies in the future...why waste time creating music when you can contract it out?

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 30, 2008, 10:02:05 PM »
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Undercooled from Playing The Piano
anyone else got this dvd? .... is the packaging always this
"cheap" .... i mean i can barely see the printing on the back
because of the bad resolution .... strange, because the dvd
is marvelous .... great sharp picture and good sound

I have this, too.  Yes, my package is pretty low budget, too.  Sakamoto's name is even misspelled 'Sakmoto,' and is appears that the label was printed over a Celine Dion DVD!  Thought it was a boot, but the DVD itself looks legit and sounds great.  Can't argue about the price (under $25 on eBay).

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 26, 2008, 10:18:33 AM »
Fern,

I'm a sucker for elaborate packaging, and the packaging for "One Thousand Days Red" is probably one of my favorites, though it probably takes up a little extra space on the shelf because of the teaball.

I'm currently enjoying Ry Cooder's new one, "I, Flathead," which came with a book/novella that Cooder wrote for it.

Forrest

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Paul:

But the "I create for myself" ethos does not imply that there are no rules.  There are certainly many examples of "rules" in the West, from traditional harmony in classical music to "standard" chord progressions in jazz.  I think the problem you are speaking to has more to do with quality control. 

I also think that there must be a chemical reaction, like a release of endorphins, that takes place when a piece that you are working on falls into place, like a "Eureka!" moment.  It might help explain why some composers continue to plug away at new pieces, in order to experience that "feeling" again.  Aren't these composers creating "for themselves," in a way?

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 25, 2008, 10:23:48 AM »
Fern,

I have quite a few of Orsi's releases, too.  One of my favorites of his is a limited postcard single called "One Thousand Years Red."  It's a great spacey 6-minute piece that should be on an infinite loop.  Too bad that I can't enjoy his releases on A Silent Place.  The bugger who runs that label never responded to my complaint that I never received my CD two months later, but PayPal refunded my money, anyway.  (I wonder if Jim02 ever received his CD after patiently waiting.)

Thanks for the heads up on the Inventors Of Aircrafts netrelease.  Downloaded it last night and am enjoying it.  I also picked up an Aidan Baker CD ("I Will Always Hold You Forever In My Heart and Mind") at the same time I picked up the new Orsi.  It's a really good one, much more focused than some of his other ones.

Forrest

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I think that Western audiences are so balkanized now, by technology, by distance and by genre/subgenre, that there is probably a loss of perspective that has devolved into experiencing the arts merely as a diversion or as a form of entertainment.  Our virtual communities seem like only a facsimile of the 'real' thing; we hardly resemble a closely-knit Balinese community where music is part of the daily spiritual practice and there is more a sense of the collective "we" than of the individual "I."  Maybe it has been the linear push towards championing the individual that has led us to give short shrift to searching for universalities.

Forrest

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: kenji siratori
« on: September 24, 2008, 08:37:10 PM »
He's dead, Jim

Thought for a second there that you were a Star Trek fan...

A few years ago, I received a strange brief email from a person who identified himself as Kenji Siratori, and who was apparently looking for persons to remix his experimental poetry.  I know of least two others who received the same email.  I have 3" by him in a dark ambient called "Melancholic Lobotomy" that is not bad, but has some unpleasantly provocative artwork that made think of SPK and Whitehouse (a drawing of a person holding a severed head).

Forrest

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