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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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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 06, 2009, 10:15:50 AM »
Saul Stokes - Metacollage - another really nice one from Saul.  This one's a little more low key and improvisational, but still very tonal and just darn pleasant.  I like this new direction of Saul's.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Downloading Music and Rights
« on: May 06, 2009, 10:12:21 AM »
I just wanted to add a postmortem to this thread as related to my quote above. I got an email last night from my label informing me that Terraform is now out-of-print for the reasons I stated above and it will not be repressed.  :'(

Sorry to hear that, Loren.  I must have picked up one of the last copies of that disc from Soleilmoon a week or two ago.  A very nice disc and package that deserved a better fate.

Forrest

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Since last night I've been having fun with a recent Beta for David Strohbeen's algorithmic program ArtSong.  I used an early incarnation of ArtSong on my 'Blind Messenger' CD many moons ago.  Thought I would share with you a four-minute demo that I recorded last night and part of this morning called "Geiger Pulse" that uses the program exclusively with my Morpheus.  The MP3 demo can be downloaded from the audio page of my website.

Forrest
forrestfang.com

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I've ordered one, too.  Very nice package and sounds like it will be another winner.  Will have to file it next my "Edge of the Forest" box.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Asperger's syndrome
« on: April 28, 2009, 07:13:48 PM »
Mirko,

Are you sure about the diagnosis?  I don't have any personal knowledge in this area, but I wouldn't be surprised if some of the symptoms listed in the link you posted were not exclusive to the Asperger's condition.  Have you thought about getting a second opinion?

Forrest

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Ferngerms,

I'm sure I'll continue to release new material, though I'll probably wait a bit before starting my next project.  I can't really crank them out like Fabio Orsi or Brian Grainger (Milieu) can.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 27, 2009, 10:17:06 PM »
I wholeheartedly recommend the Peter Wright on Ikussius "Desolation Beauty Violence" it's in my opinion his most accessible work.
Fern
Just got an email this morning alerting me to a new Peter Wright double CD called 'Snow Blind' on Install (www.installsound.net).  Samples sound very promising.  Of course, I had to order one.
Forrest
I got my order in a few hours ago....looking forward to this release.....on another note have you heard Taiga Remains "Wax Canopy"?  It's a little noisier and grittier compared to his past releases but an enjoyable listen.  If you had the chance to listen to Aun "Motorsleep" then you know what i'm talking about. 
Fern

Haven't heard much Taiga Remains, though I've heard that the later releases are noiser and fuzzier.  I'm not familiar with Wax Canopy.  I liked the Aun samples.  A little bit of Aidan Baker mixed with some Troum-ish drones.  Today, I've been enjoying Adam Pacione's "Still Life #3" 3" and Exuviae's new net release.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 27, 2009, 01:27:12 PM »
I wholeheartedly recommend the Peter Wright on Ikussius "Desolation Beauty Violence" it's in my opinion his most accessible work.
Fern

Just got an email this morning alerting me to a new Peter Wright double CD called 'Snow Blind' on Install (www.installsound.net).  Samples sound very promising.  Of course, I had to order one.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 27, 2009, 01:24:13 PM »

Taiga Remains - Ribbons of Dust (Students of Decay) CDR.  Great guitar drone, makes a nice complimentary piece to the above.   Limited to 100 though...argh.

Jason
infractionrecords.com

Hi Jason,

Ribbons of Dust was reissued on Root Strata as a single CD (www.rootstrata.com).  I only have part III of Ribbons of Dust (as a 3") on Students of dDecay, though it's pretty good.

Forrest

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