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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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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 12, 2008, 09:58:42 PM »
Ben,  I couldn't quite get into the Willits-Sakamoto "Ocean Fire" CD, though I like many of their other solo works and works with other folks.  Maybe it was the recording, which sound very muddy and mid-rangy.  The CD also sounds like it was mixed on the fly, as opposed to, say the Sakamoto-Fennesz "Cendre" CD, which sounded much fuller to my ears.  The "Ocean Fire" disc brings back unpleasant memories of the "clicks and cuts" style of em, which for the most part sounded much too noodly and unfocused to me.

As for current listens, a hearty thumbs up to -

Starless & Bible Black -s/t (an eclectic folk group from the UK that sounds a lot like the Pentangle with occasional odd use of electronics)
The Threshold of Silence (great Umbra ambient comp with Aidan Baker, Propeller Island, and Paul Bradley, among others)

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIKE!
« on: June 12, 2008, 09:46:20 PM »
I'm planning to celebrate my birthday Wednesday through Sunday this year.

In that case, I guess I'm not too late to add my belated birthday greetings.  Happy extended birthday, Mike!

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 06, 2008, 04:52:51 PM »
Gavin Bryars - Hommages

Been years since I've heard this one.  Picked it up electronically through emusic.  Sounds much better than the noisy vinyl version, and there are bonus tracks, too.  I prefer this very early work of Bryars to some of his later ECM and Point Music releases.  There are suggestions of Harold Budd, Satie and minimalism here and there, all to the good.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: frog sounds
« on: June 06, 2008, 04:48:49 PM »
Yes, those frog sounds are very cool.  Kind of sounds like an ancient Buchla modular.

Forrest

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Hypnos Label Releases / Re: CD release: M. Griffin - Fabrications
« on: June 06, 2008, 04:46:31 PM »
Mike,

I was thinking of Zoviet France's "Shouting at the Ground," and maybe, to a lesser extent the "Assault and Mirage" and "Misfits, Looney Tunes & Squalid Criminals" albums.  It's been a while since I've listened to it, but I think there's a sidelong track on "Shouting" that has that spacey textural quality I hear in Fabrications.

Forrest

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There's an article on Autotune in this week's New Yorker.  Didn't know that it was used on Cher's 'Believe.'  I always thought that that was a vocoder.

Here's the link:

http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/musical/2008/06/09/080609crmu_music_frerejones

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 03, 2008, 10:17:32 PM »
Besides' Mike G.'s new one, I've been listening to Jack Rose's "Dr. Ragtime & His Pals + Self-Titled," an excellent double CD of acoustic guitar in a John Fahey-ish vein from Pelt's front man.

Uhurit, if Silent Place is run by the same guy as Small Voices, be careful.  I had to bring a PayPal complaint against Small Voices after two months of waiting in order to get a bunch of 3" discs I had won in an eBay auction.  Small Voices apparently is no longer listed as an eBay seller.  Too bad, as both Silent Place and Small Voices have released some excellent discs.

Forrest

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Hypnos Label Releases / Re: CD release: M. Griffin - Fabrications
« on: June 03, 2008, 10:10:40 PM »
Just got this yesterday, and am still digesting it myself.  Very defense spooky concrete atmospheres that remind me in places of mid-period Zoviet France, but without the emphasis on looping.  Some industrial-like abstract sounds midway through, but nothing Merzbow harsh.  After Joe's comments, I'll have to try the headphones thing.  Very nicely done. Mike!

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Interspecies Music
« on: June 03, 2008, 09:43:58 PM »
Interesting, though probably more so for the humans, unless whales start developing a taste for Coltrane or Hendrix.  What, no credit given to Paul Winter or Paul Horn (who  were probably the first ones to do something like this in the early 70s)?

Forrest

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Nice to see Scott Taylor's name appear here.  His piece is from a netlabel release ("Winter Sunday" EP) on Con-v.  I have two Con-v CDRs by him ('Castaway' and 'Five Dreams for Sleepers')--exploratory soundscapes that incorporate ambient field recordings with very subtle drones.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 29, 2008, 10:36:23 AM »
Per Tjernberg - Inside Information (large ensemble jazz project heavily influenced by Coltrane; very nicely done)
Juana Molina - Tres Cosas (charming low key songs from Argentinian singer with understated electronics; on Domino)
Robert Rich & Ian Boddy - React (excellent live disc from their performance at Star's End's 30th anniversary concert last year)

Forrest

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Hypnos Label Releases / Re: CD release: M. Griffin - Fabrications
« on: May 29, 2008, 10:29:38 AM »
Looking forward to hearing your new one, too, Mike.  I started my ambient followup to "Gongland' about six years ago, so I guess I have at least five years to go in order to beat your record;)

Forrest

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Thanks for the heads up, Mike.  I've actually been looking for the 'Threshold of Silence,' as it has a track by Propeller Island (Lars Stroschen), who released some interesting experimental EM in the late 80s and early 90s.  Hope that Gianliugi is able keep his pipeline of quality ambient releases coming.

Forrest

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Very sorry to hear this.  He was an avid supporter of our tiny genre.  Hope that his family is holding up well.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: A game just made for ambient music
« on: May 09, 2008, 12:28:47 AM »
Both games were very cool.  Bill, you have a sick sense of humor! ;)  I didn't do that well, either, though I was able to get my head into the paper shredder twice. ;D

Forrest

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