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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 14, 2009, 05:46:43 PM »
David Darling & The Wulu Bunin - Mudamin Kata (beautiful collab between cellist David Darling and Taiwanese aboriginal singers.  The only frame of reference I can think of is Hector Zazou's ambient collaboration with Corsincan singers, Les Nouvelles Polyphonies Corses.  I think you'd really like this one, Joseph, if you don't have it already.)

Forrest

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Joseph--I'd have to agree, in Stokes we trust.  Ditto for the Mother Sunrise album, one of my Hypnos favorites, too.  I'd add to that Gigi's Athlit album, and Mike's 1st (?) Fulton collab, The Most Distant Point Known.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 13, 2009, 04:43:02 PM »
Circle- Tower; Very interesting! Sort of a free-form ambient-jazz ensemble. Reminds me of Sun Ra, but with synths and keyboards instead of brass.

Joe R--I like this one, too.  It has sort of an early 70s-Miles vibe to me--maybe it's because of the electric piano.  I've heard that some of Circle's other releases are more heavy and dirge-like.

Today--
Entia Non - Fold
Hilde Marie Kjersem - A Killer For That Ache

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: US Copyright rant
« on: April 07, 2009, 08:06:41 AM »
No, CC is not about compensation or money, just sharing.

Unfortunately, this is the same argument that filesharers use to to justify the illegal dissemination of music.  It is only sharing if the musician voluntarily decides to give the music away.  The CC concept obviously has some appeal to both novices and veteran musicians alike.  Posts to this board about the availability of their free CC music are as much a form of viral marketing as what NIN and Radiohead do, just on a different scale.  But not everyone wants to give their music away.  I personally like what APK does with his label; use a free EP to entice the listener to try more by buying the album.  I don't think CC is an either/or proposition; it is just one of many options available.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 06, 2009, 09:32:57 PM »
Pan Sonic - Kulma (skeletal analog electronics with a buzz and hum that reminds me of Saul's homemade machines)

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: US Copyright rant
« on: April 06, 2009, 09:29:39 PM »
CC doesn't seem like a great way to go if you want to be compensated for the copying or distribution of your work.  On the other hand, it probably is useful as a form of viral marketing.

Forrest

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Martin Denny / Exotica
« on: April 03, 2009, 03:05:40 PM »
I wasn't thinking specifically of Denny as having a pseudo-ironic cartoon style.  Though, I guess, his famous tune, "Firecracker," might qualify.  More irritating to me are the quasi-ironic lounge acts of the late 90s that claimed a direct lineage to Martin Denny and Esquivel.  What I thought was an interesting turnabout was when YMO covered "Firecracker" and turned into a fairly nice technopop version.

I agree that the mixing and matching of different cultural styles can be fascinating, but it can also lead to some godawful results, like the ambient fad of adding beats to Tibetan and Gregorian chants in the mid-90s.

Forrest 

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Martin Denny / Exotica
« on: April 03, 2009, 08:07:10 AM »
Bertoia, Partch and Russolo as godfathers of Exotica??  I think Toop may be overreaching a little bit.  Sounds like he's confusing futurism with exotica.

Though I think albums like Quite Village are good fun, I think that Hassell's experiments are far more serious and reflect a deeper understanding of the structure of non-Western music.  (Hassell studied with Pradit Pran Nath, a famous Indian classical vocalist.)  One thing that really irritates me to no end is hearing non-Western music played in a campy, pseudo-ironic cartoon style (e.g., playing a "oriental" scale in a cheezy way).  I would never equate pastiche with the so-called Fourth World style of accomplished musicians such as Hassell and Michael Brook.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 31, 2009, 02:28:54 PM »
That Pacione monthly 3" series sounds cool, though the economics of it bug me a little.  $90 for roughly 260 minutes of music?  I am also more inclined to pull out a full length CD than a 3" when I am sitting down to listen.  I've liked everything that Pacione has done, though.

Forrest

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: iMac for music?
« on: March 31, 2009, 02:25:19 PM »
Yes. And I do take full responsibility  :)
In fact, I should probably ban myself for a few days.

 ;D

I don't have much to add to the PC-Mac wars, though I've drifted towards the PC, because it was required for my contract work.  I still use a PC that has Windows 98SE for old algorithmic programs, and it runs even old Windows 3.1 programs reasonably well.  Have avoided Vista like the plague.  I also use a Lenovo PC laptop for VSTi experimenting and have not experienced any problems with it.  I also have an ancient Apple Powerbook that I used to run an early version of MAX.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Article on deluxe versions of releases
« on: March 27, 2009, 07:31:05 PM »
Thought was this kind of an interesting article on the "deluxe version" phenomenon, which seems to work best for bands with a large and rabid fan base:

http://www.portfolio.com/business-news/reuters/2009/03/27/devoted-music-fans-pay-top-dollar-for-deluxe-sets


Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 27, 2009, 07:26:11 PM »
that sounds good so far, Forrest.
i think i'm gonna give The Wolf at the Ruins a listen today, it has been while since playing that one, i think it's much less ambient and more like chinese traditionel folk..
as fas as i remember you said you were aiming for a re-issue of The Wolf.. as well..?

Jim02--Actually, I like to think of Wolf as a transitional album.  About half of it was recorded before I started studying the gu zheng, and the zheng is actually only on a handful of pieces.  The electronic portions were more influenced by minimalists such as Steve Reich and Terry Riley.  I'll eventually reissue Wolf.  The original is on an old analog 10-1/2" Reel-to-Reel, and I have not had much luck finding a suitable means for transferring it to digital.  The 10-1/2" machine I had purchased off of ebay for the purpose of making the analog transfer arrived DOA.

Forrest writes:
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There is one long (23 minute) piece that was inspired by the otherworldly paintings of Taiwanese folk artist Hung Tung, and that is also a loose tribute to the side-long suites of 70s progressive band Jade Warrior.
That sounds great! I really I really love the old Jade Warrior instrumental music.   Harry

Harry--Yep, Jade Warrior has always been one of my all-time favorite bands, especially the two-person version that recorded the 4 mid-70s albums for Island Records.  IIRC, they used the same engineer (Tom Newman) that Mike Oldfield used on Tubular Bells.

Today, I'm listening to a John Cale compilation (The Island Years) that compiles his 3 albums for Island, plus some bonus tracks.  Great stuff, though Paris 1919 is probably still my favorite Cale Album.

Forrest

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Hang in there, Mike.  I've been looking for more steady legal work recently, and the market for it in the Bay Area has been downright ugly.  I was very close to being offered a full-time position, but the position was pulled at the last minute when they crunched the numbers and decided to pull the position.

Forrest

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: March 25, 2009, 11:04:43 PM »
Loren,
That Ursa Major unit looks particularly cool.  I remember seeing a brochure for that many years ago, but never actually saw one in person.  Also nice to see your vintage Emu gear.  I still use my Emu sound modules, especially the Morpheus.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 25, 2009, 10:59:56 PM »
forrest fang - gongland
to prepare myself for Forrest's upcoming PHANTOMS CD on Projekt :-)
Forrest can you tell us something about this release? i'm anxious for this one!

Well, jim02, it's about 70 minutes long, a sort-of second cousin to Gongland, maybe twice removed.  There are more instruments on this one, so it's kind of a cross between Gongland and a much earlier album, The Wolf At The Ruins.  There is one long (23 minute) piece that was inspired by the otherworldly paintings of Taiwanese folk artist Hung Tung, and that is also a loose tribute to the side-long suites of 70s progressive band Jade Warrior.  I started the album way back in 2001, but recorded most of it this past year.  I'm very excited about the release, as I think it contains some of my best work.  The artwork is by none other than Mark Mushet, a frequenter of this forum.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 24, 2009, 04:35:23 PM »
Count me as another Kinks fan, though for me their heyday was the late 60s and early 70s.  Enjoyed Schoolboys In Disgrace, Soap Opera and Misfits, but my favorites were probably Lola v. Powerman & the Money-Go-Round, and early 70s compilation The Kink Kronikles.  My favorite Kinks tune is probably Apeman, a song that seems to have aged well.  Almost forgot about Muswell Hillbillies; another great song--"Acute Paranoia Schizophrenia Blues"--on that one.

Lately I've been playing the Euphony 2 comp from WWUH (with some familiar ambient names like Steve Roach, Dwight Ashley, Numina and Alpha Wave Movement [I have a track on it, too]), and Kettel's My Dogan, a nicely crafted IDM release on Sending Orbs.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 14, 2009, 12:18:48 AM »
Sleepy Town Manufacture & Unit 21 - No Traces + Bonus 3" (Dalshe/8 02 02) - finally got my copy after a little UPS misadventure; very nicely done, melodic ambient with a bit of subtle grit and texture; Infraction really sets the bar high with some beautiful packaging.

Forrest

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Great to hear, Saul.  Sounds like a cool double bill.  I take it that the Metacollage CD be in one of your hand forged CD packages?

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 05, 2009, 11:05:23 PM »
Today, a mixture of freebies and an artpiece -

The Circular Ruins - Retrospective (nicely done, Anthony, and at a very generous length; it flows very well)

John DuVal - Cassiopeia's Playground (love his take on modular synth music; very organic; one piece reminded me of side 2 off of Ash Ra Tempel's Inventions for Electric Guitar)

Keiko & Tori Kudo - Light (very strange piano and voice album from Japan that I admittedly bought primarily for the beautiful packaging.)  Have a look:
http://www.siwarecords.com/Light.html

Forrest

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I'm not familiar with the two-disc reissue, but I used to have the original release of Metal de Metal.  It was more ambient than I expected, probably not as harsh as his other output in the 90s.  It came sandwiched between two pieces of finely cut metal, a really nice artpiece.

Forrest

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