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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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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 11, 2009, 09:02:27 PM »
Some limited run stuff I've been enjoying lately--

Remixed by Celer (a 3" CDR of 2 Celer remixes of pieces by Thee Moths; somewhat hypnotic, a little too short (13'); spare but interesting handmade package held together by velcro, ltd to only 10(!))

Ten and Tracer - Tsotsitaal (really nice and quietly tonal drone album; kind of reminds me of Jonathan Hughes; I highly recommend this one; handmade packaging with drawings is nice, too)

Forrest

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Mark's right.  The mystery must be preserved!  ;)

Joseph (9dragons) and Drone on--Glad that you liked the CD.  Thanks for the listen.

Forrest


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As promised, to mark the formal release of "Phantoms" this week, I've uploaded to the audio page of my website an unreleased track ("Isthmus") from my sessions for "Phantoms," as well as a 9-minute ambient deconstruction ("Swimming In the Fourth Stream") that is based on elements taken from "Phantoms."  Here is the direct link to the audio page:

http://users.value.net/ffcal/FFANG5.HTM

Hope that you enjoy it.

Forrest
forrestfang.com

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Iíve always enjoyed classical music, having been exposed to it throughout my childhood.  My father was a big fan of Jascha Heifetz, and I have fond memories of family trips to the Hollywood Bowl and the Dorothy Chandler pavilion to hear live performances of classical music.  My interest in the music of Bela Bartok and Aaron Copland inspired me to study composition and harmony in college.  These days, Iíve been listening to a lot of early and Baroque music, though Iíll occasionally pull out a Steve Reich or Ralph Vaughan Williams CD, for nostalgiaís sake.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 05, 2009, 10:02:49 PM »
d_rradio - leaves (I liked about a half of this album a lot.  Some of tracks went on a bit too long, and I'm not a big fan of what seems like a lazy approach to composition--using orchestral samples.)
Hakobune - We Left The Window Open Sometimes (this I like a lot more; the Jason Sloan remix is especially fine.)

Forrest

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Hi Harry,  Many thanks for the feedback.  I'm glad that you enjoyed the CD.  Field and Duhig's 4 mid-70s Island albums as Jade Warrior were a huge influence on me musically, and continue to be.  I'm still amazed at how seemingly effortless they had incorporated so many influences into their overall sound.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Omnivore's Dilemma & Local Food
« on: June 29, 2009, 08:54:19 PM »
Living in the Bay Area's East Bay, I've been really fortunate that fresh produce has been plentiful and relatively easy to find.  In addition to local farmer's markets like the ones in North Berkeley, I've been able to find seasonal produce at places like the Berkeley Bowl, Gilman Natural Grocery and Monterey Market.  I think that locally grown produce does taste better, though I will admit to buying some produce "out of season" (especially fruits) when I get the occasional craving.

Forrest

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Thanks for kind words, Joe and Jim.  I really appreciate it.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 25, 2009, 11:30:57 PM »
Some recent listening -
Mouse on Mars - Glam (more ambient than I expected; really good)
David Bridie - Gone (good soundtrack with an even better bonus disc called "Ambient Translations From the Middle of Nowhere"; reminds of the great textural ambient work in the background of some of the Not Drowning, Waving CDs)
John Davis - Vines Go Roaming (cassette on Digitalis; very droney, even for Davis; some interesting guitarish processed drones on Side One)

Forrest

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Hey sio,

Thanks!  I'm glad you liked it.  Couldn't help myself with the "Hallucinations" track.  The proghead in mine likes long tracks.

Forrest

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Something I wasn't expecting this early--Just learned that my new CD on Projekt, "Phantoms," is now available digitally from iTunes or in the traditional CD format directly from Projekt.

iTunes link:

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=316533678&s=143441

Link to Projekt page (for ordering CD and MP3 samples):

http://www.projekt.com/projekt/product.asp?sku=PRO00230

The actual street date for the album is July 28.  I'll be making an unreleased track from my sessions for the album, and a 9-minute ambient deconstruction of elements from the album, available for free download around that time.

Thanks,
Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Happy (and relieved) to be alive
« on: June 08, 2009, 05:20:38 PM »
Thanks everyone for your support.  It means a lot to me and I really appreciate it.  I've been gradually improving over the past few days, and no longer feel that every other muscle in my body is aching.  I can't hold a candle to Jim B.'s fortitude--he wins the Iron Man award, hands down. 

So much of went right for me this time came down to chance--pretty scary to think of all of the other possible outcomes, including what may have happened if my stress test had not been moved up by a week-and-a-half because of an appointment cancellation.  I've actually been adhering to an exercise/diet regimen over the past year and a half, and have been making regular doctor's visits, which made the onset of this condition even more surprising.  Maybe my true mission in life is to put out more albums.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Happy (and relieved) to be alive
« on: June 05, 2009, 12:41:41 PM »
Just though I let everyone know that I had a serious health-related scare this week, though I'm home now recovering and am gradually improving.  After experiencing some unfamiliar chest pain over the past week, I got a surprising result from my stress test Tuesday and was admitted to Alta Bates Hospital that same day.  Had a cath procedure done on a vessel to my heart the next day to remove plaque that very likely would have killed me if not treated.  After spending a day in ICU I am back at home, a little bruised from a fall I had a few hours before the operation, but am now feeling better and simply happy to be alive.

The timing of my hospitalization was really lousy (two weeks into a new job), but my new employer is very supportive and am grateful for that.

Forrest

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Reminds me of a soundtoy Simon Fisher Turner included with his 'Lana Lara Lata" release on Mute.  There is a "lite" popup version available on his website:

http://www.simonfisherturner.com/

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 11, 2009, 08:37:11 PM »
Peter Wright - Snow Blind (very intense and dissonant in places, quiet in others; it will probably take a while to absorb this 2-disc processed guitar opus)
The Jeff Gauthier Goatette - House of Return (outstanding ensemble jazz with electric violin that reminds me of some of John Abercrombie's recent ECM work; Nels and Alex Cline guest)
Faust - IV (mid-70s German prog classic; messy in a good way)

Forrest

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Best of luck with your search, Ben.  Too bad that Foundry folded.  Michael Bentley realized some very cool ideas through his label and through various local Foundry events, and helped to bring together a nice cross-section of Bay Area ambient musicians.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: They Don't Make Them LIke they Used to
« on: May 11, 2009, 08:27:58 PM »
I mean, does anyone like EVERY cut on Houses of the Holy? or even Led Zep II for that matter?

I do!  Houses of the Holy and Physical Graffiti are far and away my favorite Zep albums.  I think that late 60s albums-with-a-hit single were particularly susceptible to filler, but early 70s albums like the Who's Tommy and Tull's Thick As Brick, were more of a piece to my ears.  There was plenty of great 70s prog and punk that helped me to forget about the fluffy Boston/Foreigner bands that flooded the radio during that era.

Forrest 

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