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Everything and Nothing / Re: good old vinyl... yet another article...
« on: January 07, 2010, 01:09:40 AM »
I've A-B'd a couple of releases I've had on both CD and vinyl (The Church-Hindsight, Crowded House-Temple of Low Men, the Jade Warrior Island albums) and thought that the vinyl generally sounded fuller and warmer.  I wonder, though, if some of the "cold" CD sonics might attributable to poor mastering.  Some of the early CDs were horribly mastered, and in some cases the record companies forgot to reverse the RIAA curve used for vinyl or used lousy fourth or even fifth generation tape masters.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: good old vinyl... yet another article...
« on: January 06, 2010, 08:28:37 PM »
One thing I do not miss about records is getting off-centered vinyl.  This was especially annoying when the music had sustained tones like the music of Klaus Schulze or Jean Michel Jarre.  My crude solution to the problem at the time was to widen the hole in the middle with a nail file and center the record on the turntable by eyeballing it from the side.  Such fun!

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 06, 2010, 08:23:43 PM »
Some nostalgic listening, though on CD-

Bill Evans Trio - The Last Waltz (his final live recordings; fascinating, more exploratory than I had expected)
Barclay James Harvest - Live Tapes (I always though they were more interesting than the Moody Blues, but were always compared to them)

Forrest

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Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Hypnos In Vital Weekly
« on: January 06, 2010, 08:56:17 AM »
I'm not a big fan of FDW, but I think it's commendable that he reviews everything that is sent to him.  That said, I doubt that he listens to a given release more than once and probably types his review as he is listening to it.

Forrest

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach at Grace Cathedral
« on: January 06, 2010, 08:53:38 AM »
I was there, too.  A great show (over 4 hours), and probably my favorite Bay Area show of Steve's so far.

Forrest

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I don't think the music is to blame.  There are so many more technological distractions/alternatives to recorded music than there were 20 to 30 years ago, that I'm not surprised that listeners' time and opportunities to fully engage in a piece of music have been fragmented.  Yes, an iPod can lead to more listening, but I'm not surprised that iPods are no longer the big sellers for Apple that they used to be.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: good old vinyl... yet another article...
« on: January 06, 2010, 08:45:23 AM »
For me, it's part nostalgia.  But LP artwork is far more meaningful to me than a small 5X5 booklet, even if the CD packaging is visually interesting.  There is also the difference in format.  With 2 different sides, sequencing becomes more interesting and thematic, and the built-in limitations of the LP format discourage the inclusion of irrelevant bonus or throwaway tracks.  If a LP is well-maintained (you will likely need an arsenal of record cleaners like LAST and at least a DiscWasher to remove dust), it can sound better than a CD, assuming that your pressing is not a problem and that you have a fairly decent record player (I still have my B&O).  Recently, with certain small independnet releases, I've noticed a trend back towards 35-40 minute CDs; could this be a form of nostalgia?

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Passing friends
« on: December 31, 2009, 04:39:45 PM »
I was just thinking of Gordon this week.  I recently picked up Klaus Wiese's "Dunya" CD, based on his glowing review on Amazon.  Still hard to believe that he's no longer here (or Jim).

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: What have they become ?
« on: December 31, 2009, 12:46:01 AM »
I've wondered about what happened to Yamashiro Shoji, who released some great world ambient albums in the mid 80s and early 90s, including the soundtrack to Akira, then seemingly dropped off the map.  Also I haven't heard much from Marc Barreca, who had a great album on the Palace of Lights label in 1981, or Philip Perkins, who released a great ambient/field recordings album, Neighborhood With a Sky, in the early 80s.  Barreca is apparently set to release a new album on POL next year.

Forrest

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2009!!!1
« on: December 31, 2009, 12:42:12 AM »
Didn't keep up with the new releases as much this year, but here are my top 10 from the ones I did pick up:

Peter Wright - An Angel Fell Where the Kestrels Hover
Steve Roach - Immersion:  Four
Celer - Capri
Ten and Tracer - Tsotsitaal (reminds me in places of the warm organic sounds of Mirror)
Saul Stokes - Metacollage (a nice sleeper of an album)
Natural Snow Buildings - Shadow Kingdom
Jon Hassell - Last Night the Moon Came...
Sleepy Town Manufacture & Unit 21 - No Traces (agreed, a fine album)
Elm - Namcatacoa

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 02, 2009, 09:27:20 PM »
Celer - In Escaping Lakes (This one just came today.  Very delicate and tonal.  I'm enjoying it so far.)

Forrest

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The podcast sounds really nice, Mike.  I, too, like that untitled track.  Some of the earlier pieces remind of strange recordings I have heard of space sounds on the Symphonies of the Planets series.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Happy Birthday Loren
« on: December 02, 2009, 09:15:48 PM »
Well, I can't top that cake, but happy belated birthday Loren, and I hope you're feeling better by now.

Forrest

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I'm curious whether anyone is using "abandonware" software, that is, a software application that is no longer sold or updated.
Anybody using an Atari ST or an Amiga?  Every app on those platforms is abandonware now!

I still occasionally run some very old Dos/Windows 3.1 algorithmic programs (mostly fractal) on my Windows 98 computer for fun.  A couple of "obsolete" algorithmic programs I've always wanted to run but could never find are Russ Kozerski's Sound Globs (a DOS program which requires a certain type of obsolete MPU-401 card to run) and Ovaltune (for old Macs).  I did once have a demo for Sound Globs, but didn't have the right card for it at the time.  I also still own an ATARI ST, which I used in the late 90s to run algorithmic programs like PVG, but there are now some great PC simulators (like STeem) that can run these programs.

Forrest

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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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