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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 27, 2009, 07:26:11 PM »
that sounds good so far, Forrest.
i think i'm gonna give The Wolf at the Ruins a listen today, it has been while since playing that one, i think it's much less ambient and more like chinese traditionel folk..
as fas as i remember you said you were aiming for a re-issue of The Wolf.. as well..?

Jim02--Actually, I like to think of Wolf as a transitional album.  About half of it was recorded before I started studying the gu zheng, and the zheng is actually only on a handful of pieces.  The electronic portions were more influenced by minimalists such as Steve Reich and Terry Riley.  I'll eventually reissue Wolf.  The original is on an old analog 10-1/2" Reel-to-Reel, and I have not had much luck finding a suitable means for transferring it to digital.  The 10-1/2" machine I had purchased off of ebay for the purpose of making the analog transfer arrived DOA.

Forrest writes:
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There is one long (23 minute) piece that was inspired by the otherworldly paintings of Taiwanese folk artist Hung Tung, and that is also a loose tribute to the side-long suites of 70s progressive band Jade Warrior.
That sounds great! I really I really love the old Jade Warrior instrumental music.   Harry

Harry--Yep, Jade Warrior has always been one of my all-time favorite bands, especially the two-person version that recorded the 4 mid-70s albums for Island Records.  IIRC, they used the same engineer (Tom Newman) that Mike Oldfield used on Tubular Bells.

Today, I'm listening to a John Cale compilation (The Island Years) that compiles his 3 albums for Island, plus some bonus tracks.  Great stuff, though Paris 1919 is probably still my favorite Cale Album.

Forrest

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Hang in there, Mike.  I've been looking for more steady legal work recently, and the market for it in the Bay Area has been downright ugly.  I was very close to being offered a full-time position, but the position was pulled at the last minute when they crunched the numbers and decided to pull the position.

Forrest

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: March 25, 2009, 11:04:43 PM »
Loren,
That Ursa Major unit looks particularly cool.  I remember seeing a brochure for that many years ago, but never actually saw one in person.  Also nice to see your vintage Emu gear.  I still use my Emu sound modules, especially the Morpheus.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 25, 2009, 10:59:56 PM »
forrest fang - gongland
to prepare myself for Forrest's upcoming PHANTOMS CD on Projekt :-)
Forrest can you tell us something about this release? i'm anxious for this one!

Well, jim02, it's about 70 minutes long, a sort-of second cousin to Gongland, maybe twice removed.  There are more instruments on this one, so it's kind of a cross between Gongland and a much earlier album, The Wolf At The Ruins.  There is one long (23 minute) piece that was inspired by the otherworldly paintings of Taiwanese folk artist Hung Tung, and that is also a loose tribute to the side-long suites of 70s progressive band Jade Warrior.  I started the album way back in 2001, but recorded most of it this past year.  I'm very excited about the release, as I think it contains some of my best work.  The artwork is by none other than Mark Mushet, a frequenter of this forum.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 24, 2009, 04:35:23 PM »
Count me as another Kinks fan, though for me their heyday was the late 60s and early 70s.  Enjoyed Schoolboys In Disgrace, Soap Opera and Misfits, but my favorites were probably Lola v. Powerman & the Money-Go-Round, and early 70s compilation The Kink Kronikles.  My favorite Kinks tune is probably Apeman, a song that seems to have aged well.  Almost forgot about Muswell Hillbillies; another great song--"Acute Paranoia Schizophrenia Blues"--on that one.

Lately I've been playing the Euphony 2 comp from WWUH (with some familiar ambient names like Steve Roach, Dwight Ashley, Numina and Alpha Wave Movement [I have a track on it, too]), and Kettel's My Dogan, a nicely crafted IDM release on Sending Orbs.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 14, 2009, 12:18:48 AM »
Sleepy Town Manufacture & Unit 21 - No Traces + Bonus 3" (Dalshe/8 02 02) - finally got my copy after a little UPS misadventure; very nicely done, melodic ambient with a bit of subtle grit and texture; Infraction really sets the bar high with some beautiful packaging.

Forrest

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Great to hear, Saul.  Sounds like a cool double bill.  I take it that the Metacollage CD be in one of your hand forged CD packages?

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 05, 2009, 11:05:23 PM »
Today, a mixture of freebies and an artpiece -

The Circular Ruins - Retrospective (nicely done, Anthony, and at a very generous length; it flows very well)

John DuVal - Cassiopeia's Playground (love his take on modular synth music; very organic; one piece reminded me of side 2 off of Ash Ra Tempel's Inventions for Electric Guitar)

Keiko & Tori Kudo - Light (very strange piano and voice album from Japan that I admittedly bought primarily for the beautiful packaging.)  Have a look:
http://www.siwarecords.com/Light.html

Forrest

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I'm not familiar with the two-disc reissue, but I used to have the original release of Metal de Metal.  It was more ambient than I expected, probably not as harsh as his other output in the 90s.  It came sandwiched between two pieces of finely cut metal, a really nice artpiece.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 28, 2009, 12:06:24 AM »
David Hykes & the Harmonic Choir - Hearing Solar Winds (Alight) (incredible harmonic vocal album, recently reissued; seems to be slightly shorter than my LP)
Robert Henke - Atom/Document (a bit noiser than what I expected; was part of a conceptual performance piece involving balloons)
Rumah Sakit - S/T (math rock with a great song title for Pink Floyd punsters: "Careful With That Fax Machine")

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 24, 2009, 11:05:36 PM »
Jon Hassell - Last Night the Moon Came Dropping Its Clothes In The Street

I know we talked about this but how is the overall production sound? is it an ECM engineering job or did someone else put it together far from Oslo?

Interesting that many of Molvaer's friends are on this!

The Eicher/Hassell co-production is little murky, but seems appropriate, given the overall ambient feel of the project.  Not too much reverb, but some of the instruments seem to have been recorded at a distance, or at least subjected to processing.  The trademark Hassell harmonizer trumpet sound pops up in places.  Some of it was recorded live in Belgium and London, and some was recorded in France, in 2 different studios.  It was ultimately mixed in LA.  I like it.:)

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 21, 2009, 12:25:01 PM »
Jon Hassell - Last Night the Moon Came Dropping Its Clothes In The Street (sort of an ambient cross between Fascinoma and The Surgeon of the Night Sky)
Fennesz - Black Sea (unexpectedly nice and even melodic in places, despite the occasional grit)
Radiohead - Airbag/How Am I Driving EP (OK Computer outtakes that are as good as the album)

Forrest

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I just tried the same thing on my laptop using XP.  Itunes doesn't recognize it, but the cda files do show up in Windows Explorer.  Have you tried using another application like dBPowerAmp to convert the cda/wavs to mp3?  Maybe you could then import them in manually into Itunes.

Forrest

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Jorge Reyes (R.I.P.)
« on: February 09, 2009, 09:22:28 PM »
I am very saddened to hear this news about Jorge as well.  My contact with him was brief but very memorable.  I met him in 1993 when he came to San Francisco to perform at the Noe Valley Ministry.  I helped to drive him around while he was in town.  He was a very polite and intensely focused person.  He gave a very memorable performance, incorporating his "body percussion," a series of clay pots (called cantaros) and ocarinas, and strategically placed candles.  He graciously gave to me as a thank you gift one of the large cantaros from Oaxaca he had brought with him on the plane.  I used the cantaro on my Folklore and Blind Messenger CDs, and I'd like to think that his spirit still inhabits it.

Forrest

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Hypnos Label Releases / Re: CD release: Sans Serif - Tones for LaMonte
« on: February 09, 2009, 09:21:20 PM »
Thanks for the kind words, Joseph.  Glad that you liked it.  Recording the pieces straight to 2-track was little bit scary, but it was a fun challenge to keep things relatively stripped down, so that listeners could more easily hear the different layers interacting with each other.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 08, 2009, 02:09:10 AM »
Today, more vocals:

Talk Talk - The Colour of Spring
Magnolia - Soundtrack (with Aimee Mann)

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: "Classical" Music or Contemporary Composition Listeners?
« on: February 08, 2009, 02:07:23 AM »
Nice performanace, DeepR.  Thanks for sharing.  The arrangement sounds a lot nicer without the swelling orchestra.

I enjoy classical and electronic music equally, but probably for different reasons.  I think the structure and logic of baroque and minimalist music probably appeal to me on a subliminal level, but it's not a conscious thing.  Electronic music has always appealed as a seemingly three-dimensional environment that can approached from different angles.  I've never felt purist about classical, though I certainly have my preferences as to styles and performers.  I also have very eclectic tastes, having been brought up on heavy doses of progressive rock, non-Western musics and exploratory jazz.

Forrest

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Fordlandia
« on: February 08, 2009, 01:51:49 AM »
I picked up Fordlandia and enjoy it very much, too.  Very cinematic, maximal minimal, like Max Richter, but on a grander scale.  I'd have to give the edge to "IBM 1401," which is a little more compact (around 45 minutes).  Both are apparently part of a trilogy in progress.

Forrest

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I tend to split my ambient listening between speakers and phones.  I tend toward speakers during the day and phones at night.  I like the sound of my Grado phones, but they can become fatiguing to wear after a while.

Forrest

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One thing I forgot to mention was that the khushtar came in a very rustic handmade wooden case that was lined with fleece.  It was shipped directly from Western China.

Forrest

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