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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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Frankly, I think you waited way too long to post your response (several months), and from the tone of your message, you seem to be angling more for a fight than a dialogue.

Forrest

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Will check those out, thanks Forrest. Excited to hear of your next project, any more details forthcoming?

The Khushtar seems amazing, found some photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/23149384@N03/2332715387/in/photostream/

Well, the recording and mixing for the CD was recently finished, though it hasn't been mastered yet.  I'm still working on a provisional title for it, though I consider it to be a followup of sorts to my 'Gongland' CD.  The CD took much longer than my other CDs to finish, though part of the reason for that was getting sidetracked by other CD projects and simply having the time and the right mental space to finish it.  I actually thought I had finished the CD about a month ago, but then recorded something new and had to dump a few shorter pieces to make way for the new piece.  I found the Khushtar to be extremely difficult to play (I decided against trying to play it like a rebab and simply held it up to my neck like a Western violin), and tuning the sympathetic strings turned out to be a bit of challenge, too.  In the short piece in which the Khushtar appears, I don't play it as a lead instrument; the lead instrument in the piece is a Turkish cumbus, which is sort of a large fretless banjo.  The CD is predominantly electronic, though there are definitely more acoustic instruments on this one than on Gongland.

I'll of course let everyone know when the CD gets closer to being released.

Forrest

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Joseph,

If you can find it, I would highly recommend that you pick up the 1988 King Record release, "The Silk Road II-Chinese Music of the Hans & the Uigurs."  Some very soulful string playing on that disc.  Also recommended and in a similar vein:  Turkestan Chinois/Xinjiang (Musiques Ouigoures), a 2-disc set released in 1990 on Ocora.  I am very much into this music as well.  A few years back, I picked up a Khushtar (a Uyghur violin with sympathetic strings), which I finally worked into one of my recent pieces for my next CD project.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 03, 2009, 01:04:32 AM »
World Music Library - Dombra Music of Kazakhstan
This is it...

Sounds cool.  A member of the pickup mandolin group I play with also plays the domra.

Forrest

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ST - I've already moved on.  I guess if other Forumites want to engage you, they will.

Forrest

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My piano is from the late 70's or early 80's - the last model year for Yamaha uprights still made in Japan before they moved production to N. America.   My main bass is a G&L L1000 and I think it's early 80's era.    My other bass is an earlier 70's Gibson Grabber.    My beat up almost doesn't work bought from my ex-boss' husband who found it in a pawn shop Gretsch solid body electric is rumored to be 1959/1960 era.   My trumpet was bought new when I was in 5th grade... :-) 

If we're including acoustic instruments, I'll have to include my violin, which I've had since grade school, and my mandolin, which I bought on a whim while in high school.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 03, 2009, 12:40:26 AM »
Today's root canal serenade:

Radiohead - Kid A
Lydia Kavina - Music from the Ether:  Original Works for Theremin

Forrest

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Well, now I don't feel so bad about having put off my trip to the dentist's office for so long ;)

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 31, 2009, 08:23:29 PM »
Ryuta K + Sara Ayers - Kyzyl to Samarkand (very nice drone-based dark ambient CD with some great vocalizing from Sara)

Forrest

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I still use my Digitech TSR-24 effects unit, which is from the mid-80s.  I would still use my Korg MS-20, but it's currently in storage.  Ditto for my Prophet 5.

Forrest

<btw--modulator_esp - Thanks for sharing your live set.  Enjoyed it.  Looks like it was quite an evening.>

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambient music and Mastering
« on: January 29, 2009, 12:09:42 PM »
Immersion said: "one thing for certain is that it brings "clarity" into the mix, since you hear the whole dynamic range more clearly..."

I wouldn't say this is certain. The perceived clarity is perhaps simply a result of a volume increase. If compression reduces the dynamic range then its not adding clarity. 

I do quite a lot of mastering, and I'd say that a bit of well-placed EQ work brings clarity to a mix.

I'd have to agree with Anthony on both points.  Would it add clarity if you asked an entire orchestra to play at a fixed volume for the duration of a piece?  A lack of dynamic range can really bring up a listener's fatigue level very quickly.  I was recently listening to a Natural Snow Buildings release that had almost no variation in dynamic range at all.  My interest waned after about 10 minutes at the same volume level.

I find EQ to be far more critical to a mix than compression.  Even better, why not introduce elements in an ambient piece that touch on all of the different frequency ranges?  I find it hard to listen to some of my earlier pieces, which sound too midrangy to me.

I often use different reverb settings within a single piece, because it seems to create more of a "back to front" feeling than if I simply threw all of the sounds into the same reverb setting.

Forrest

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Hi Rick,

Your mini-mix sounds very interesting.  I'll check it out.  Are you familiar with the early 80s "Miniatures" compilation?  Some great and humorous stuff on there, like David Bedford's one-minute version of Wagner's Ring (the themes "sung" for cringe-inducing effect).  I hate to admit it, but I've not only heard of Snopek, but used to have Sigmund Snopek III's first solo album.  As I remember it, it was pretty good, some interesting Zappa-ish prog.

Forrest

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: R.I.P. - Klaus Wiese
« on: January 27, 2009, 04:16:42 PM »
Very sorry to hear this, too.  I'm not that familiar with Wiese's solo music (I've only heard Logos), but enjoyed his contributions to releases by Popol Vuh and Mathias Grassow.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Wordle
« on: January 25, 2009, 10:07:05 AM »
Discovered this fun web app from a link on Chris Herbert's MySpace page.  It takes takes text and reconfigures it an interesting visual manner.  Endless hours of fun...

http://www.wordle.net/

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 24, 2009, 10:05:55 PM »
Pleasure, Forrest. I've made it even more painless (emusic doesn't give you full-length track samples from what I recall) with a couple of tracks - not necessarily the best... first and last, in fact - here:
http://albient.livejournal.com/8861.html
(Now playing: Manual - Confluence)

Hey Alan,  Thanks for going to the trouble.  Sounds great.  I think it's best I've heard from Manual by far.  I've just bopped over to emusic to get a virtual copy of Confluence and will be enjoying it this evening.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: CD-R Deterioration
« on: January 23, 2009, 05:52:44 PM »
I mentioned this awhile ago in another thread--I have had some success saving the music from scratched or damaged discs by using a dual tray CDR recorder to make a clean CDR copy (at 4X) onto an audio CDR blank.  I don't know the specifics as to why it works, but it may be that the CDR recorder somehow reads the data differently than a conventional CD-Rom drive.  The copy also preserves the indexing between tracks, which is nice.  I have rescued a number of scratched and seemingly unplayable discs this way.

Forrest

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: The Foundry: Closed
« on: January 19, 2009, 09:33:38 PM »
Yep, Seofon's Zero Point (on Foundry) was a great one.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 19, 2009, 09:32:26 PM »
I just heard his latest, and, blimey, heís finally cracked it. Confluence is a really gorgeous album thatís wholly satisfying.
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Thanks for the tip, Alan.  It's available on emusic, so it should be relatively painless to check out.

I've been listening to The Zombies a lot recently and in particular their album, "Odessey and Oracle" (Yes, the title was misspelt: long story there).  They are basically one of those bands that was just missed by the public, and never got the recognition they deserved.  If you're into psychedelic 60's baroque pop, then Odessey is one of the greatest albums you're likely to hear. 

I remember hearing the Zombies' Time of the Season quite a bit on the radio when I was kid.  Great song.  A strange prog connection is that the Zombies' lead singer, Colin Blunstone, was a guest singer on Dave Stewart (of Canterbury fame, not the Eurythemics guy) and Barbara Gaskin's 1st 45, "What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted" (a great version, BTW).

I was in the time machine today, too.  Listened to Chris Squire's Fish Out of Water.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Hi from New Zealand
« on: January 16, 2009, 11:04:31 PM »
Making music while on vacation?!  Well, you're one very dedicated musician...:)

Forrest

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