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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: January 04, 2016, 11:01:05 AM »
Listening to the bandcamp stream of this, utterly beautiful. Magnificent work.

Would really love to get the CD , however having checked the postage scenario to the UK on the projekt site it is looking like $10 plus maybe another $10-$15 for the EMS. Anyone confirm the postage story to UK for projekt? I will email them in a bit.

If I can't get a UK supplier I will buy the download Forest. Really is something special.

Thanks, thirdsystem.  I appreciate your kind words.  Sorry to hear that the postage from the US would be a fortune.  The CD might become available through when it is formally released on January 22:


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: December 16, 2015, 05:13:08 PM »
Joseph Minadeo - Amehuru

(some very nice ambient with occasional Budd-ian piano and a fair amount of textural variety, though some of the pieces are a bit long (the whole thing is almost 3-1/2 hours long))

Rainer Bruninghaus - Freigeweht

(a spacy early 80s ECM favorite I was happy to track down on CD.  He was the kevboard player in Eberhard Weber's Colours band)


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Who is Sanjay Nadeem?
« on: December 13, 2015, 08:29:00 PM »
Tomas does have a point.  The accusations regarding his involvement in reissuing some of Klaus Wiese's music (e.g., "to make a label based on lies") and his purported motivation for doing so sound speculative and defamatory to me.  Allowing a defamatory comment to be published to the web without taking any action does not seem like a wise business practice to me, even if it might be legally defensible.  To be consistent with the other locked thread, shouldn't this thread be locked, too?


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: December 12, 2015, 12:18:36 AM »
Ahoy! My preorder has just been "shipped" out.  8)

That's cool, Scott.  Hope you like it.  Haven't seen my copy yet, so you might hear it before I do!

Other than pre-orders, the album should be generally available from Projekt in early January.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Harold Budd website!
« on: December 09, 2015, 04:58:50 PM »
FYI, Budd is featured on a new one by Akira Rabelais called "The Little Glass:"

 Akira Rabelais

Double CD Edition self released by the artist, comes in an 8-panel Digipak, the first disc featuring solo-piano compositions with Harold Budd, the second disc delivering an hour-long reworking by Akira Rabelais. Limited Import.

Akira Rabelais has long been on our list of the most interesting, overlooked producers in electronic music. His early material for Mille Plateaux offshoot Ritornell was nothing short of revelatory, a mysterious, complex maze of elaborate layering that genuinely sounded unlike any of his contemporaries, or anything we've heard since. He was then picked up by David Sylvian's Samadhisound imprint and released an incredible, career-defining head-scratcher of an album in 2004 called "Spellewauerynsherde' - one of the most spectacularly odd and brilliant electronic records of any description you'll likely hear - seriously - seek it out.

Anyhow, that preamble is just to set out the extent to which we're all Rabelais fanboys here - so this new double album, the first disc in collaboration with Harold Budd no less, has arrived here with much excitement, offering his first new recordings in over five years.

The Little Glass breaks down clearly over two discs; the first containing four plaintive solo piano parts by Budd and Rabelais, followed by a 2nd disc presenting Rabelais’ hour long, inharmonic, electronic transformation of the preceding material.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: December 04, 2015, 03:53:02 PM »
Thanks guys!  Part of my quixotic quest to prove that the album is not dead.  Love live the playlist.   ;)

The cover artist (Kinga Britschgi) is very talented.


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: December 01, 2015, 12:57:52 PM »
"The Sleepwalker's Ocean" is now available for pre-order from Projekt:


Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl is really back
« on: December 01, 2015, 09:47:22 AM »
I think vinyl must be hot now because I just had a strange offer from a label to reissue my first three albums on vinyl!  I still have albums and cassettes, but don't play them nearly as much as I used to do--maybe more out of laziness than anything else.  I have Robert's box set, too.  Really nice one, and the pressing is pretty quiet.


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: October 29, 2015, 10:02:00 AM »

Looks like my upcoming double CD is on track for a late January release, with physical copies being available through Projekt in early or mid-December. Mastering is finished. Currently working on fine-tuning the rest. Should be a really good one, I think.

The album title has changed. It's now called, "The Sleepwalker's Ocean" (after a suite on the album with the same name).
Thanks everyone for hanging tight in the meantime.


Despite Pitchfork's decision to delete all history of Chris Ott from their site, his 9.0 review for 1 Mile North has been preserved here:
Chris Ott's 1 Mile North Review

Read more about it: Pitchfork deletes it's harshest critic

Then order the vinyl reissues here! -  1 Mile North vinyl reissues!

Your album sounds interesting, but I can't say that I agree with Ott's statement in the review that Fripp & Eno's "No Pussyfooting" and "Evening Star" albums were " tainted by glam showmanship."  There's not a trace of glam on either album.  Vini Reilly's Durutti Column was also an entirely different thing--much more song-oriented than Fripp & Eno.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Kit Watkins
« on: October 12, 2015, 10:08:48 PM »
Haven't heard Kit Watkins in many moons. Anybody have news on whats Kit up to these days? His site has not been updated in years.

I think he's essentially retired from the music biz.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Folktek Conduit
« on: October 11, 2015, 01:16:16 PM »
Sounds very cool  :)

Yep.  Let 'er rip!   :)


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: October 10, 2015, 11:48:02 AM »
Yes, I feel the same, when I've completed a project - I don't want to listen to the thing for a loooong time later :)

Yes--and now the fun begins---press release, artwork, liner notes, publicity (such as it is in our tinysubgenre)..... ???

Time to switch on some non-ambient music....;)


Welcome back, Oenyaw.  Glad to hear you made it back.


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: October 07, 2015, 02:22:01 PM »
Loren and Seren,

Thanks.  It's been a pretty crazy year, so maybe I had a lot of excess creative energy to burn...

Just got the first run at the master from Robert.  I'm sure I'll be in no mood to hear it anymore once I'm done with this process... ;)


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach - Bloodmoon Rising
« on: September 27, 2015, 08:10:59 AM »
After phenomenal "Invisible", here comes another milestone in long-form soundcarving, bravo, Maestro!!! Journeying since Friday, still a lot of deep listening sessions ahead, but the first impressions are profoundly enrapturing. It arrived just in time for the total lunar eclipse and with included "Bloodmoon Rising" coaster, now even fresh IPA can be served!!! Enjoy the magic, both visual and aural!!! Cheers!!! ;)


I agree, Richard.  It's a very nice set.  Even better than his Immersion series, I think.


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: September 25, 2015, 10:44:52 AM »

I'm pleased (and relieved) to say that I've finally completed recording and mixing a new album for Projekt.  The album is called "Gone To Ground."  One surprise is that it will be a double CD--my first one, not counting the "Wolf/Migration" reissue.  It will be priced slightly more than a single CD, but not a huge jump.  This album is more hypnotic and dreamlike than my last one.  My friend Robert Rich will be mastering it (he also contributes flutes to one track).  The release date is not firmed up yet, but it may be as soon as this Winter.  I'll provide an update here when I have more information.


That would surprise me.  I heard last year that Stearns did not own the rights to the release, and that owner of those rights had not been cooperative.  But maybe they worked it out??


I can't see how they can compete with Spotify, Apple music etc. We can't get Pandora here in the UK, so I don't know about them.

Personally, I'd rather get the fairly meagre (but not as bad as they are made out) royalties from Spotify, if it means people are listening to my music.

Hi Pete,

Here's something sobering to consider about Spotify.  The major record labels own a portion of it, so they have an advantage over small indies by making money off the front end and the back end, and could potentially use their ownership to put the squeeze on indie label royalties while increasing their ownership returns via Spotify.  This effectively co-opts the larger labels by giving them a piece, while leaving the indies hanging out to dry.  Pretty insidious:

Left for dead by most investors and pundits, the surviving Big Three labels–Warner, Universal and Sony–have quietly muscled out stakes of the hottest digital entertainment startups, including 10% to 20%, collectively, of the established streaming services, such as Spotify and Rdio. Terms are similarly stark for younger startups: The labels take stakes for free or on the cheap, and then often give themselves the right to buy larger chunks at deep discounts to market later on.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: September 16, 2015, 09:12:39 AM »
I recently picked up Thomas Koner's Tiento De Las Nieves, which I liked very much.  I also picked up Oophoi's Penumbra Recollected 1 (Databloem), which combines Gigi's three Penumbra EPs with the Italian electronic musician L.E.M.


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