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Everything and Nothing / Re: Concession speech = classy
« on: November 08, 2008, 10:01:28 AM »
Actually Judd, I wasn't thinking specifically about your comments.  I was thinking about comments of others like, "After all the name calling and losing so decidedly," which make the poster's editorial point of view very clear (and which I found annoying, notwithstanding whether I actually agreed with them).  I can't speak to oenyaw's comments, because I did not see them before they were deleted.  My point was that if you can't talk about it, you shouldn't--it's more of a bright-line test for me.  Maybe I have more of a hair-trigger about these things because the opposing parties I have had to deal with in my day job test the "boundaries" on a regular basis, and not always in an honest sort of way.  I also feel that people here don't even have the same understanding about what is implicit and what is acceptable, so what is the point of arguing about it.  There are too many other things that are worth doing and can be done.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Concession speech = classy
« on: November 07, 2008, 06:06:31 PM »
Well, I guess if we can't talk about "it," we can still talking about talking about "it," right?;)

I think this whole discussion (and what appear to be attempts to get around the limitations in this section of the forum) seems to support the argument that Mike did the right thing in keeping the "ho holds barred" section closed.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 07, 2008, 06:02:58 PM »
Joe,

I think that Orsi' Audio For Lovers will grow on you.  I've only heard it twice, and like it so far, though I think his "Wild Light of the Moon" CD is better and more focused.  One minor criticism I have with Orsi is that his production values are a bit rough for my taste (for example, his crude looping of simple guitar lines could be more interesting), but this may have to do with there being so many of his releases out there in a relatively short period of time.  Of course, you could make a similar argument about other similarly prolific artists like Brian Grainger/Milieu, who seems to release albums like they were newspapers.

Today's listening:

Arvo Part - Alina (minimal, beautiful and hypnotic; sparse piano and cello)
Juana Molina - Un Dia (even further out there than her prior releases, great!)

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 03, 2008, 08:09:04 PM »
Ville Moskiitto - Thousands Fall Every Day (quirky electronics, sparse acoustics and loops; from Finland; comes in a handsewn cloth bag)

ThrouRoof - Infinity Less Moontales (spacey processed/bowed guitar with a slight psychedelic feel and occasional keyboards; from Italy)

Forrest

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Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: abasio live
« on: November 03, 2008, 08:03:01 PM »
It is slightly too early:o
Question! to you "Triskaidekaphobia"What does it mean?
Please tell me if someone know this meaning. :)

Fear of the number "13."

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Who you will vote ?
« on: October 31, 2008, 12:49:04 PM »
Unfortunately, web forums are not good at self-policing.

I'd have to agree with this, and would go further to say that it's almost a universal truth.  Recent events have cast doubt on the viability of "enlightened" self-interest, and on a smaller level, isn't it always the case that it takes one or a few selfish people to spoil it for everyone else?  It's almost as if you need rules to keep people on their best behavior once you've exceeded a certain critical mass.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 31, 2008, 08:13:43 AM »
Well, after over half a year of waiting, my copy of Natural Snow Buildings, "The Dance and the Moon and Sun" finally arrived.  It was worth it (if you are into improvisational psychedelia, as I am).  The 2 bonus 3" CDRs are great, too (though they were only available for preorders).

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Who you will vote ?
« on: October 31, 2008, 08:10:20 AM »
As extreme protest I'm unsubscribing from this forum. definitively.
(BTW, there are previous bad record about my posts cut out by the censor) ;)
peacefulness and speaking calmly :)
Addio
giorgio

Sorry to see you leave, Giorgio.  Hope that you will reconsider.  Thanks to you, I've checked out Susan Alcorn's wonderful pedal steel music and hope you will continue to share your interests and insights in the future with us.

Forrest

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Darren,

Many thanks for your continued support.  It's really appreciated.

Forrest

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I think moderation is the key here.  I don't think there's a problem with announcing the CD per se; it's the hourly updates about the number of copies left and the gratuitous weekly "bumps" that are irritating.  Also, it would be nice if you made some non-ad-related comments every now and then, so we knew a little bit more about you.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Who you will vote ?
« on: October 29, 2008, 10:04:43 PM »
Having been singed the few times I participated in the "no holds barred" debates, I can't say that I miss the section that much.  But if that section were to be brought back, I think at a minimum that the use of real names should be required.  It's too easy to hide inflammatory remarks behind a fake name.  I want to communicate with a real person, not a avatar.

Forrest

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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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