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Everything and Nothing / Re: What does this music do to you?
« on: July 30, 2008, 04:29:34 PM »
The ambient practitioners are taking Western music back into the awareness of pure sound in the moment, kind of like a zen ideal, or a general awareness of music taken out of linear thinking modes.

A nice observation.  I feel that some of my most inspired work comes from creating "in the moment" via improvisation, though, more times than not, I'm tempted to shape my improvs into a more seemingly structured form.  Strangely, I'm not always aware that I'm creating something sonically interesting until after I have left it for a while.

...and I'm with Bill.  There is a danger of becoming too smug and insular about the subjective perception of art.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Media advice/help sought
« on: July 24, 2008, 12:47:59 PM »
Have you tried Windows Movie Maker?

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/updates/moviemaker2.mspx

It came with my computer (running XP), but I think you can get it for free at the above link.  I'm not sure if the above version can do slide shows, but the version on my computer seems to have an option for importing pictures.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Ancient Gugin Music
« on: July 24, 2008, 12:25:51 AM »
The HUGO label has put out some nice CDs of Qin music.  I have one called "Guangling Qin Music" that is a compilation of 3 diffferent Qin players.  Don't know if these are still in print.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Favourite dramatic piece of music
« on: July 24, 2008, 12:22:25 AM »
My vote is for Philip Glass' soundtrack to Koyaanisqatsi.  Sounded great performed live, too.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 24, 2008, 12:20:24 AM »
Thomas Koner - Zyklop

Very happy to finally snag a copy of this, even if it is a little dinged.  The first disc (a collaboration with environmental sound artist Yannick Dauby) is especially good.

Forrest

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Yes, some really nice music there, Anthony.  Thanks for the heads up.

Forrest

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I've been listening to a lot of drone music lately (Alan Lockett deserves some of the credit/blame for that:))


I guess you may be hinting also, from your perspective as a listener, that for every Behind Your Very Eyes or Chroma to immerse yourself in, there's been a Moraines, or a Mas Memorias Extranjeras to end up being um... enmired in  ;-)


Yep, you got that right!;)  Well, 1 Chroma or 1 Cede makes up for 10 Memorias Extranjeras!  It's a fair trade-off:)  I see from the Twenty Hertz page that there is a new Paul Bradley CD/DVD out.  But I'll probably wait for the first adopters on this board to air their opinions first before leaping.

I've also been listening to a lot of Mirror/Andrew Chalk-related projects lately, though that can become a very expensive habit to have.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Do you still want to learn?
« on: July 16, 2008, 07:52:22 PM »
I've been interested off and on in fractals over the last 10 years, and have read several laybooks about them, but have not been inclined to take a formal physics course, because of the less than scintillating math that would likely crop up.

I started studying Chinese classical music and the gu-zheng (Chinese zither) in my mid-to-late 20s, and around that same time also started attending gamelan workshops hosted by Gamelan Sekar Jaya.

These days, I've been playing informally with a mandolin group that sight reads through classical pieces written for multiple string players.  I like challenge of trying to play an unfamiliar piece, as it almost seems like a formal of aerobics for the ears.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 16, 2008, 07:43:18 PM »
I'll add a third to the recommendation on the Bradley/Potter collab--it's an excellent one, if occasionally intense.

Lena - Extended Gestures for Cello  (finally picked this up, and am glad I did.  Parts of it remind me of the bowed metal music of Harry Bertoia.  Nicely done, Lena!)
Richard Pinhas - Iceland (one of my favorite early Pinhas releases; nice balance between the keys and guitar)
Elbow - Cast of Thousands (an odd one that came recommended to me by Robert Rich; a strange mixture of late Talk Talk and David Bridie)

Forrest



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Thanks to Mike for his diligence and speed in readying this CD for release.  It was recorded in May and was mastered at Robert Rich's studio just a few weeks ago.  I've been listening to a lot of drone music lately (Alan Lockett deserves some of the credit/blame for that:)), so this release had somewhat of an organic origin.  The CD is a bit different from my prior releases, so to avoid any confusion, it's being released under a side project name, "Sans Serif."

To mark the CD's release, I've posted an unreleased track from the 'Sans Serif' sessions to the audio page of my website.  I've also posted another piece there (a sketch in the form of a demo) for fun as well.

Thanks for the continuing support/interest,
Forrest
forrestfang.com

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 10, 2008, 10:58:07 PM »
Jade Warrior - Now

(Yes, it's a new one!  A bit harder-edged, more like early JW--not surprising, since Glyn Havard has returned to the band, vocals intact.  Some interesting sentiments expressed on the tray inset:  "Modern CD mastering is producing CDs that are very loud by utilising a great deal of limiting and sometimes crude distortion techniques like clipping.  This produces albums that have no ebb and flow and can be very fatiguing to listen to."  I'd have to agree.)

Forrest


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambiloop
« on: July 10, 2008, 10:48:54 PM »
Unfortunately, the overdub feature on Live only appears to allow looping of MIDI, and not incoming audio, though I guess you might be able to find a VST plugin that would do the same thing within Live.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: the concept of "the album"
« on: July 02, 2008, 10:01:14 PM »
I prefer listening to CDs as a whole in one sitting, though that's not always been possible.  Even when I am on the go, I prefer not to use the shuffle feature on my Nano.  That's probably why I always find it hard to listen to single artist compilations as a piece--they tend to end up sounding like a disjointed collection of tracks to me (though there are always exceptions, like Dylan's Biograph box, which I thought was sequenced particularly well).  I remember an interview with Paddy McAloon of Prefab Sprout a while back, where he mentioned the importance of track sequencing to his "Jordan The Comeback" album.

Forrest

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambiloop
« on: July 02, 2008, 09:51:30 PM »
I think I remember reading somewhere that the guy behind Ambiloop records as Telomere (Christopher Macdonald), though I could be wrong.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 02, 2008, 09:47:10 PM »
Some eclectic listening this week.  Been enjoying these--

18th Dye - Amorine Queen (a new album over a decade after their last one!  Crunchy pop punk in a Wire vein)
Hem - Funnel Cloud (very pleasant Americana with a faint 70s feel to the arrangements; reminds of the Cowboy Junkies)
Francisco Lopez - Belle Confusion 969 (I've heard his releases can be a mixed bag; this one has some great ambiguous drones in Koner-ish vein that build gradually)

Forrest

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: klaus schulze
« on: July 02, 2008, 09:41:33 PM »
Mirage, Body Love Vols. 1 and 2 and Timewind are by far my favorite KS albums from the 70s period.  The Body Love albums have some nice extended spacey ambient passages in them.  It's been a while since I've pulled out KS' Historic Edition box, but I think there are some extended ambient pieces in there as well.

Forrest

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Hypnotics is an excellent release.  I'd like to also see his later releases with Orquesta De Las Nubes (e.g., Operator's Manual, 1981-93) come back into print.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 19, 2008, 10:02:57 PM »
John Davis - The Gold Hooped Nature (this one is finally starting to grow on me; subtle drones, processing and field recordings; on Root Strata)
Natural Snow Buildings - The Wheel of Sharp Daggers (cassette)(this French duo is sort of an acquired taste; this release of extended tracks is spread a little thin, though there are some nice Popol Vuh-ish moments on side two; uses way too much compression; on Digitalis)

Forrest

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: GOT GEAR?
« on: June 19, 2008, 09:55:58 PM »
Speaking of toy-looking electronic music gear, and Korg...



Korg really wants you to downsize your studio with its new lineup of miniature controllers, dubbed the nanoSeries.

Link:
http://www.engadget.com/2008/06/13/korgs-nanoseries-shrinks-your-music-studio/


That little keyboard looks suspiciously like Casio VL-Tone from the good old days.  The controllers to the right almost look Serge-like.  Very nice.

Forrest

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Found this very odd website called "Halfbakery" that had an entry for a "choir autotuner" that somehow hit my funny bone:

http://www.halfbakery.com/idea/Choir_20autotuner#1059411600

Forrest

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