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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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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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