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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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Having been brought up on classical music and having had some rudimentary compositional training in it in college, I can't think of a time when I haven't been listening to it, though my tastes have changed over the years.  In the last few years, I've been listening to a lot of Mozart piano concertos, Baroque chamber music (especially concerto grossi) and pianists such as Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode (who recently gave a great recital in Berkeley), and Glenn Gould.  I think the classical training has helped me to identify structure and form in music more clearly, whether I'm recording my own stuff or listening for pleasure.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 09, 2008, 12:17:41 AM »
Some of what I've been enjoying lately--

Paul Bradley/David Wells - Heart of Embra (split 3"--not bad, tho a little bit on the short side--1 piece for each)
Ubeboet - Prater EP (another shprt 3"--very enjoyable, parts of it remind me of 'Spectra'; only 25 copies were apparently made; on Con-v)
Joe Colley - Hive (another 3"--of ambient beehive recordings!  It must have getting the contact mics inside of the hive)
Evan Caminiti - Buried Light (limited cassette on Digitalis--heavily processed guitar that reminds me of Maeror Tri in places)
CDs of Turkish guitarists from Barry Cleveland

Forrest

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Free Entia Non download
« on: May 09, 2008, 12:08:18 AM »
Have to agree, this EP fits right in with his other excellent releases.  Phones are especially enjoyable on track one.  Speaking of freebies, David Tagg and Brian Grainger have a recent split MP3 release on the Rope Swing Cities netlabel that is not too bad, either (www.ropeswingcities.com).

Forrest

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Jim,

There should be a small wooden beater that came with the bowl.  Rotate the beater around the edges of the bowl, as if you were playing a wine glass.

Have fun!

Forrest

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I'd be curious to hear the results of a Neil Young album or two processed by Direct Note Access.    ;)

Now, maybe, if they found a way to add the warble back in, maybe we'd have something! ;)

"Autowarble."  You heard it here first.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Ambient Guitar
« on: April 18, 2008, 12:54:14 PM »
I have Pelt's Empty Bell Ringing In the Sky.  Pretty intense stuff.  Sort of like early Tarentel on steroids.  Pelt's guiraist Jack Rose has released some really nice solo acoustic work in a post-John Fahey raga-oriented vein.

As for other ambient guitarists, lately, I've been listening to a ton of Peter Wright, with an occasional chaser of Paul Bradley and Rameses III's new one.

Forrest

830
 78 or 88 minutes, it's still an excellent release.  Just got it yesterday.  The pieces flow very well, so much so that I'll have to listen through again to identify individual pieces.  I do remember Saul's piece and Anthony's Circular Ruins piece standing out.  Thanks, Anthony!  (I've also listened to Disc 1 of Robert Davies new one ('Shadow Dreams'), which reminds me in a positive way of Mathias Grasssow's drone-related pieces.)

Also, Anthony's die-cut postcard is pretty cool.

Forrest

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Don't believe the hype
« on: April 18, 2008, 12:41:44 PM »
Yes, well done!  And thanks for the heads up, Jason.  Just put my order in.  His recent 'Coppice Halifax' release on EED was excellent, but is also already sold out.

Forrest

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Interesting development, though it's probably debatable as to whether it will result in "better" music.  Think of the mischief caused by Autotune; some things probably should not be "fixed" in the mix.

Forrest

833
Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 16, 2008, 01:20:21 PM »
Prefab Sprout - "Two Wheels Good" LP aka The U.S. version of "Steve McQueen".  I had heard so many good things about it, but so far a bit underwhelmed.   It'll take a few more listens I think.

Stick with it, I think it's a real grower.


I agree.  Some of the later Prefab works are little more uneven, but "Two Wheels Good/Steve McQueen" and their 1st full-length, "Swoon," have been long-time favorites of mine.  I have the vinyl for both to prove it;)

I picked up the new Rameses III at Amoeba a few days ago.  The 1st disc of remixes is nice and somewhat droney, but the 2d disc of live material from the band itself is pretty stellar.

I've also been enjoying two recent Students of decay CDR releases, Natural Snow Buildings' "Laurie Bird," and Cloak's "Serene."  NSB is a French free folk/psychedelia duo with almost an Amon Duul II feel.  The Cloaks (Spencer Doran) release is also nice (processed piano and guitar), though I think the press release comparisons to keyboard minimalist Charlemagne Palestine are overstated.  Doran's piano chops are pretty basic to my ears; on the first extended piece, he seems to be playing only the white keys on the piano with one finger.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: March 26, 2008, 07:24:48 PM »
New: (choke, $25, well worth it)  200 gm audiofile 30th aniversary edition "Dark Side Of The Moon."

But does it have the poster and stickers?  My original copy is long gone, but I was fortunate to find a used copy with the poster and stickers intact many years later.  The visual of this album really loses something in its repackaging as a smaller CD, but I have to admit that the sound quality on CD is a big improvement over my mid-70s Harvest pressing on subpar vinyl.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Worlds most expensive musical instrument
« on: March 26, 2008, 07:15:25 PM »
If the thing can play the Rite of Spring, then I'll be impressed.

Forrest

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: March 26, 2008, 07:13:58 PM »
I think "drone on" has a legitimate point about the law of supply and demand that hardly warrants a piling on.  Ambient of any sort does not sell in the quantities that it did even just a few years ago.  Retail outlets for ambient music have been disappearing, and I am hardly surprised that Borders, which used to carry Projekt's recordings, is now on the financial brink.  Be thankful that these 80 discs were not buried with the master recordings for "Dream Circle";)

Forrest

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My guess would be that space music originated with music composed/performed for planetarium shows during the 70s and 80s.  Of course, there were visionary folks such as Stephen Hill who brought the subgenre to the forefront in the mid-to-late 80s.  I remember when he was broadcasting live in the mid-80s and played Robert Rich's music (then on cassette only) on his show.

Forrest

838
Everything and Nothing / Re: What are your plans and goals in 2008?
« on: March 20, 2008, 08:28:49 PM »
Belated congrats, Loren!  I seem to be headed in a different direction this year.  After twelve years slogging away at the same law firm, I've decided (for reasons probably best kept to myself) that I've had enough at the end of this month.  This change was probably long overdue, but I plan to take a bit of time off before moving into something else.  It's actually a pretty liberating feeling.  We'll see how it goes.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 20, 2008, 08:22:50 PM »
Coppice Halifax - S/T

Just got this in the mail today.  A very nice disc from Brain Grainger of Milieu fame, with equal parts analog drone, pulse and drift, and even occasional unobtrusive melodies for those that miss that sort of thing.  Comes in a very interesting swivel package and an "83" keychain.  On Expanding Electronic Diversity.  Don't know why the run on this is so small (60).  Looks like it's already sold out at the label.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: State of the music business
« on: March 11, 2008, 09:17:26 PM »
I have probably been buying more CDRs than CDs recently, having stumbled upon several groups I've enjoyed on microlabels such as Foxglove that only release on CDR.  I've found that CDRs are less forgiving of surface scratches than CDs.  This may be due to the fact that the CDR "burning" is dye-based, while the digital information on CDs is etched on by manufacture.  The method of storage/packaging may be a key consideration.  Anthony's fine CDRs may be less likely to act up, because they are securely packed in a slimline plastic case.  Some CDRs I've purchased that are packaged in a paper or cardboard sleeve have not fared that well in the scratch department.

Forrest

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