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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.


Interesting topic, John.  I know that Sam at Projekt recently used Patreon.  I don't think a subscription model would work well for me because my musical output tends to be irregular.  I've gone through extended periods when I'm not really creating anything, and then for some reason unknown to me I'll suddenly be inspired and will record steadily until the creative pull recedes and the cycle repeats again.  I think the subscription model would generally appeal to listeners who are either huge fans of the artists or who like purchasing their music in a physical form with a personal touch from the artist.


Everything and Nothing / Re: ...a few thoughts on communities
« on: September 11, 2015, 04:21:49 PM »

Lisa Franklin should be in the good Hypnos times.  ;D I thought that was more amusing then anything else.

I wholeheartedly agree!  Maybe in honor of that moment, we should all contribute a piece pseudoanonymously for an ambient forum project to be called, "The Lisa Franklyne Project."   :D

Also, at least this forum seems more active than the ambient mailing list, which hardly seems to get posts anymore.

Everything and Nothing / Re: ...a few thoughts on communities
« on: September 11, 2015, 02:04:27 PM »
And I do miss the outspoken and endearing Jim B.

And occasionally raunchy.... ;)

I miss him, too.

Everything and Nothing / Re: ...a few thoughts on communities
« on: September 11, 2015, 07:52:28 AM »
I think the lull here has a lot to do with the waxing and waning of our tiny genre, the continuing fragmentation of listening habits, and the discouraging  financial effect streaming has had on artists dedicated to this genre.  I don't think there's any conscious effort here to avoid newbies.  I tend not to respond to posts that seem "spammy," especially if the poster generally does not participate in other discussions.  An internet forum is an imperfect way to get to know someone, though I think that the more you contribute of yourself to it, the more you and other forum members can potentially get out of it.


I interviewed Subotnick for a college newspaper  in the 70s.  He's quite a visionary.  At that time, he was using gloves as controllers to pan electronic sounds from right to left.  He also had an interesting audiovisual installation that was triggered by metal pieces placed on different squares of a chessboard.  Loved the sounds of his Electronic Music Box, a Buchla creation.  I highly recommend his Until Spring, Touch and Silver Apples of the Moon releases from that period.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Max Richter 8-hour lullaby
« on: September 08, 2015, 08:27:20 PM »
Can't help wondering what Robert Rich makes of this all though...

Looks like Richter's getting quite a publicity push for this release from his record company, the classical label DGG.  Kind of irritating that none of the articles I've seen covering Max Richter's "sleep concerts" mention Robert, who pioneered the sleep concert in the 80s.  Richter's idea of one sounds pretty weird, though; one-hundred beds in an auditorium...


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