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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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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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