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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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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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