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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: December 29, 2007, 01:16:06 AM »
The Gizmotron was the creation of Lol Creme and Kevin Godley from the 70s art band, 10cc.  After they split from 10cc, they did a pretty wild 3 LP project called "Consequences," that was supposed to spotlight the Gizmo, but ended up blowing a huge budget in the process.  It's an entertaining album if you don't mind dialogue (Peter Cook does the voices), and even has Sarah Vaughn guesting on one track, "Lost Weekend."

I think the Gizmo is a little different from the ebow, in that there is more physical contact with the strings, but I never got to try one out.

Forrest

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Hypnos Label Releases / Re: A Produce & Loren Nerell, Intangible
« on: December 26, 2007, 09:52:02 PM »
Nice piece, Loren.  Looking forward to hearing more.

Forrest

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In the spirit of jkn's recent goodies, I've added two new mp3s to my audio page.  One piece is an experimental remix I did in October for Barry Cleveland.  The other is an improv I did on Christmas day with the Wavestation I just acquired from Loren.  Great machine!

The audio page is here:

http://users.value.net/ffcal/FFANG5.HTM

Forrest

forrestfang.com

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: December 26, 2007, 03:22:39 PM »
Cool gear, guys.  Bill, there isnít really any minimum amount necessary for creating your own beatless ambient music.  You could probably even make do with just a computer, a keyboard controller, some software-based synths and software to record your performances.  (But you might also get what you pay for!)  Iím not really a gearhead myself, but I can certainly understand the appeal.  Instead of having a collection of vintage Fords in your garage, you might be saving up the cash for that long-lost vintage Moog Mark V, or maybe the latest and greatest new Doepfler module.  That said, I did recently picked up a used Wavestation A/D from Loren, and have been enjoying the hell out of it.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 20, 2007, 08:45:59 PM »
The Who - Endless Wire (a lot better than I expected it to be, maybe it helped that Townshend overdubbed a lot of the instruments himself).

Reformed Faction of Soviet France (initially liked this, but it doesn't seem to stick with me.  The pieces meander a little too much for my taste.)

Forrest

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Max/MSP
« on: December 20, 2007, 08:40:46 PM »
I bought a copy of MAX when it was only a MIDI implementation, and never really had the time to work through all of the programming language.  I tried some of the MIDI objects and gizmos that folks posted online, which I worked into some pieces on Gongland.  Probably the MSP version is similar, though it's a pretty expensive way to go just to play algorithmic widgets.

Forrest

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Re-launching of Wind and Wire
« on: December 18, 2007, 11:24:55 PM »
Hey, that's great news, Bill.  Welcome back!

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 16, 2007, 11:14:27 AM »
Recently picked up Wobble's collaboration with Bill Laswell (Radioaxiom - A Dub Transmission).  I think it's up there with each of their bests.

Besides all of the Paul Bradley stuff, I've recently also been getting into somewhat obscure Czech indie (and sometimes ambient) music with somewhat of an emphasis on real time playing and improv.  A lot of these releases seem to center around guitarist Pavel Richter, who released a great album in the early 90s (Richter Band) of Ash Ra Tempel-sounding guitar ambient with a real band.  Here are some of those releases:

Richter Band - Dead Line (a more recent one, with Saxophone and the group stripped down to a duo)
Pavel Richter - Richter Music (a three decade (!) retrospective))
Michal Koran - Etain (I really like his stuff, he's more keyboard ambient, though he has Richter and others playing, too.  A little bit of fourth-world influence creeps into some of his pieces.)

A few Richter related releases are available stateside through Wayside Music, though I ordered the above directly from the Czech Republic, through Blackpoint Music.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Best Friend
« on: December 16, 2007, 11:06:36 AM »
Very sorry to hear this, Joe.  I cannot imagine how difficult things must for you, his family and his other close friends at this time.  My prayers are with all of you.

Forrest

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: British dronemeisters
« on: December 12, 2007, 12:59:23 AM »
Makruna/Minya's a very strange disc.  I have to be in the right frame of mind to put it on.  The funky disc case is kind of cool.  I like it more than Beech, for John & Miho, which is a little too static for me.  Coleclough's Windlass is a pretty good one, but a little hard to find.

Forrest

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John,

Hey, I've have a DSS-1, too.  It's gathering dust under my couch, because I have no room for it in the bedroom.  I've actually been keyboard controller-less for some time because of space restrictions, but have been enjoying it in a perverse sort of way as a kind of challenge.  I think the last chord I played on a keyboard was probably on a piece 5 or 6 years ago.

Forrest

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: December 12, 2007, 12:52:44 AM »
Hey Paul,

I'm a non-fiction reader, too!  Recently, I've been enjoying Nassim Nicholas Taleb's "The Black Swan," a really eye-opening book about uncertainty and dealing with high-impact but unpredictable events, both positive and negative.  Very entertaining--one of the more enjoyable reads I've had in a long time.  I became interested in this book because of Taleb's discussion of fractals.  I'm about midway through Oliver Sachs' "Musicophilia," which has some interesting things to say about perfect pitch and synesthesia, among other things, but is little bit fragmented for my taste.

Forrest

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 08, 2007, 09:56:11 PM »
Paul Bradley - Twenty Hertz (nice ambiguous drones.  I think this is Bradley's first solo.)
Ubeboet - Spectra (I agree with Alan, this is a very fine drone disc.  Sounds like choral samples processed in a  very complex and interesting manner.)
Adam Franklin - Bolts of Melody (lead singer for the defunct band Swervedriver steps out with a great solo disc that brings back much of that band's great "wall of guitar" sound)

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Karlheinz Stockhausen has died
« on: December 08, 2007, 09:47:08 PM »
When I studied electronic music in college, I remember being exposed to Stockhausen's "Gesang Der Junglinge," a electronic tape piece based on processed children's voices.  Very strange stuff.  I think that some of his more "outside" electronic pieces using shortwave and contact microphones (such as "Mikrophonie" and "Hymnen") may have influenced some of the early industrial musicians in the 80s and maybe even of the field recording-oriented folks today.  I found his pieces with more conventional classical instrumentation on DGG to be less interesting, very serial and almost atonal in nature.  I think he obtained control of his entire DGG back catalog and reissued them a few years ago for 2-3X the price of a regular CD.  I still see copies of them at Amoeba, but have not been tempted to pick them up.

Forrest

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: British dronemeisters
« on: December 08, 2007, 09:38:52 PM »
Have been enjoying Paul Bradley's "Cede" 3" this week.  It's a bit more open sounding than "Searching For the Way," and maybe a little more tonal.

Forrest

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They also released some more instrumental-oriented stuff under the CTI moniker.  I have CTI's Point Seven from their "Library of Sound" series.  Very pleasant exploratory ambient with some beats and occasional voices.

Forrest

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Test topic, new SMF forum
« on: December 06, 2007, 02:22:37 PM »
Hey, Mike, thanks for your efforts in getting the forum up and running again.  Everything looks fine and readible in IE 6.0.

Forrest

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