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Everything and Nothing / Re: They Don't Make Them LIke they Used to
« on: May 11, 2009, 08:27:58 PM »
I mean, does anyone like EVERY cut on Houses of the Holy? or even Led Zep II for that matter?

I do!  Houses of the Holy and Physical Graffiti are far and away my favorite Zep albums.  I think that late 60s albums-with-a-hit single were particularly susceptible to filler, but early 70s albums like the Who's Tommy and Tull's Thick As Brick, were more of a piece to my ears.  There was plenty of great 70s prog and punk that helped me to forget about the fluffy Boston/Foreigner bands that flooded the radio during that era.

Forrest 

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 06, 2009, 10:15:50 AM »
Saul Stokes - Metacollage - another really nice one from Saul.  This one's a little more low key and improvisational, but still very tonal and just darn pleasant.  I like this new direction of Saul's.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Downloading Music and Rights
« on: May 06, 2009, 10:12:21 AM »
I just wanted to add a postmortem to this thread as related to my quote above. I got an email last night from my label informing me that Terraform is now out-of-print for the reasons I stated above and it will not be repressed.  :'(

Sorry to hear that, Loren.  I must have picked up one of the last copies of that disc from Soleilmoon a week or two ago.  A very nice disc and package that deserved a better fate.

Forrest

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Since last night I've been having fun with a recent Beta for David Strohbeen's algorithmic program ArtSong.  I used an early incarnation of ArtSong on my 'Blind Messenger' CD many moons ago.  Thought I would share with you a four-minute demo that I recorded last night and part of this morning called "Geiger Pulse" that uses the program exclusively with my Morpheus.  The MP3 demo can be downloaded from the audio page of my website.

Forrest
forrestfang.com

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I've ordered one, too.  Very nice package and sounds like it will be another winner.  Will have to file it next my "Edge of the Forest" box.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Asperger's syndrome
« on: April 28, 2009, 07:13:48 PM »
Mirko,

Are you sure about the diagnosis?  I don't have any personal knowledge in this area, but I wouldn't be surprised if some of the symptoms listed in the link you posted were not exclusive to the Asperger's condition.  Have you thought about getting a second opinion?

Forrest

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Ferngerms,

I'm sure I'll continue to release new material, though I'll probably wait a bit before starting my next project.  I can't really crank them out like Fabio Orsi or Brian Grainger (Milieu) can.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 27, 2009, 10:17:06 PM »
I wholeheartedly recommend the Peter Wright on Ikussius "Desolation Beauty Violence" it's in my opinion his most accessible work.
Fern
Just got an email this morning alerting me to a new Peter Wright double CD called 'Snow Blind' on Install (www.installsound.net).  Samples sound very promising.  Of course, I had to order one.
Forrest
I got my order in a few hours ago....looking forward to this release.....on another note have you heard Taiga Remains "Wax Canopy"?  It's a little noisier and grittier compared to his past releases but an enjoyable listen.  If you had the chance to listen to Aun "Motorsleep" then you know what i'm talking about. 
Fern

Haven't heard much Taiga Remains, though I've heard that the later releases are noiser and fuzzier.  I'm not familiar with Wax Canopy.  I liked the Aun samples.  A little bit of Aidan Baker mixed with some Troum-ish drones.  Today, I've been enjoying Adam Pacione's "Still Life #3" 3" and Exuviae's new net release.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 27, 2009, 01:27:12 PM »
I wholeheartedly recommend the Peter Wright on Ikussius "Desolation Beauty Violence" it's in my opinion his most accessible work.
Fern

Just got an email this morning alerting me to a new Peter Wright double CD called 'Snow Blind' on Install (www.installsound.net).  Samples sound very promising.  Of course, I had to order one.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 27, 2009, 01:24:13 PM »

Taiga Remains - Ribbons of Dust (Students of Decay) CDR.  Great guitar drone, makes a nice complimentary piece to the above.   Limited to 100 though...argh.

Jason
infractionrecords.com

Hi Jason,

Ribbons of Dust was reissued on Root Strata as a single CD (www.rootstrata.com).  I only have part III of Ribbons of Dust (as a 3") on Students of dDecay, though it's pretty good.

Forrest

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Hi jim02,

I think it's a jewel box release.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 25, 2009, 11:43:56 AM »
That Strom Noir sounds nice.  Just picked up their Ylomejja release through Soleilmoon.  Thanks Alan!

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Downloading Music and Rights
« on: April 25, 2009, 10:25:42 AM »
I hadn't realized how ambiguous my comment was that Judd excepted above.  I was referring there to file sharing an entire CD with others, and not to burning the CD for one's own use.  I agree with Mike's position.

Forrest

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Hi Brian,

I don't have a larger cover image yet, but will link to it once I get one.  I think the master disc was sent off to the manufacturers already, and Sam and I have been working on the one-sheet.  Once the disc gets closer to release, I'll post a 9-minute ambient piece that deconstructs elements from the disc as a free download.

Forrest

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Thanks for the encouragement, guys.  I'll let you know when it's out.

Joseph, the stringed instrument is a Turkish cumbus (a fretless instrument with a metal resonator).  Sam picked the font, so I don't really know what it is.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Downloading Music and Rights
« on: April 23, 2009, 12:58:36 PM »
I don't have a problem with #1, and could see how it might be a form of indirect advertising.  I think there is danger that putting too many restrictions on what consumers can do with their music may ultimately backfire by leading to even more declining sales (e.g., the DRM debacle).  I agree, though, that it is a trade-off in that having more used copies of your CD circulating around may ultimately put a dent in your CD sales.  Still, I think the greater risk of lost sales comes from the circulation of unauthorized digital copies.

I am fortunate that there are great record stores in the Bay Area like Amoeba, and still like go there to look for obscure CDs.  I think it's somewhat impractical to expect someone to hang onto a CD if they only like/want to keep a single track or two (and/or dislike the actual packaging).  Also, what if they simply want to throw the CD away and go digital?

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 23, 2009, 11:35:17 AM »
My recent non-ambient listening -

Pere Ubu - Worlds In Collision
Marshall Crenshaw - Miracles of Science
Lyle Lovett - My Baby Don't Tolerate

Forrest

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Sam just posted these MP3s clips of my upcoming "Phantoms" CD to the Projekt website:

http://www.projekt.com/projekt/product.asp?sku=PRO00230

The CD will be available around mid-July.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Downloading Music and Rights
« on: April 22, 2009, 04:43:07 PM »
I think reading the comments is here is making my head spin...We do currently have taxation with representation (gripes from the right notwithstanding), so I'm not sure I'd put that it in the same category as the decision of an individual to copy or upload his CD for his friends without the consent of either the artist or the record label.  I think the notion that "if is on the internet, it must be free" is what is causing newspapers and other traditional media to go out of business, or at the very least, be starved for cash.  If I read a story on the Washington Post or Wall Street Journal website that is subscription only, I don't the legal right to copy that text for someone else to read, any more than I would have the right to convert a Kindle novel into a text file and post it on the internet.  Even a recipe is not necessarily free if it comes from a subscription-only website.  I don't think anyone is taking the position that playing a CD for your friends or including music on a mixtape or podcast is piracy.  Making a copy of a entire CD freely available in digital form to be enjoyed on another person's iPod or to be burned to CDR, though, is a different kettle of fish.

I agree that the discussion should gradually move towards trying to develop a sustainable model.  Clearly, what has been in place has not been working.  One thing I plan to try as an experiment is to make freely available a standalone track created from raw elements of my upcoming CD as a form of promotion.  I thought that what rock musician Jill Sobule did with her last CD project was kind of cool; she had enough of a fan base that she was able raise money from her fans to record and press her CD.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Downloading Music and Rights
« on: April 22, 2009, 12:52:54 AM »
I'm wondering how many people who say "taking something from me that I did not freely give to you is stealing" also disapprove of the income tax?   ;D 
Oh wait that's right... that tax money just goes back to help the poor people of society... right. 

Sorry Judd, not really following you on this one.  The analogy I would make is the person who sneaks into a concert that others paid for.  The logical extension of your argument would be that that's OK, too.  But why stop there?  Why not sneak onto a flight that others paid for?  No harm, no foul?  Sounds like way too much relativism for me.

Another thing.  At various times, we pay for services that may be intangible, like medical advice.  It has value, though not a physical form.

Forrest

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