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Everything and Nothing / Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
« on: February 22, 2009, 03:56:06 AM »
Blake here; 26, kickin' it in SoCal.  Got into ambient music at around age 15, when a friend recommended Steve Roach to me.  When I next visited a cd shop, I browsed the (surprisingly considerable) collection of Steve Roach albums and chose "The Magnificent Void" for my inaugural voyage.

Whoa.

I was hooked, and have been collecting ever since.  I'm a fan of pretty much all ambient subgenres, save perhaps, for the Berlin school and some of the newer lo-fi droney stuff (there are good recordings, sure, but a lot of it just sounds to me rather cheap and carelessly - almost cynically - made).  Of late, I'm quite taken with the deep, spacey style of artists like Oophoi, Tau Ceti, and Seren Ffordd.

A year or so ago, I started tinkering around with some of my own ambient designs.  Unfortunately, the cost of decent equipment is rather prohibitive at the moment, so I only have FL Studio and a little mastering program called Goldwave to play around with.  Someday I hope to get the really cool toys.  I play drums and percussion as well, when time and neighbors permit.

As for the rest of my life: Not married, but partnered with an amazing woman (who, fortunately, shares many of my unusual musical tastes) for the past 2 1/2 years.  No pets currently, but we've talked about getting some hermit crabs soon.  I graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in physical anthropology and hope, in the fall, to start working in earnest toward a Ph.D. in the relatively new (and somewhat controversial) field of evolutionary psychology. 

I like philosophy (particularly phil. of mind and phil. of science), cheesy horror and sci-fi movies (been a Godzilla fan for as long as I can remember), good wine, good beer, good conversation.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 19, 2009, 05:06:07 AM »
Robert Rich - Echo of Small Things.

Love this one.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 12, 2009, 01:52:26 PM »
mathias grassow - calibration (2009)

"From Where I Came" is amazing.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient music & sitar/tanpura
« on: February 11, 2009, 12:47:54 PM »
Yearning, by Robert Rich and Lisa Moskow, prominently features the sarod, a somewhat similar instrument.  It's a great album.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: R.I.P. - Klaus Wiese
« on: January 27, 2009, 05:57:14 PM »
This is a sad day.  My condolences to all friends and family.

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Thank you.  Forgot about the ID3 tag until after I'd already uploaded the thing.  Will make an accompanying text file next time as well.

Glad you enjoyed it.

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OK...here goes my inaugural mix at the Hypnos forum; be gentle.  I was going for something trippy and surreal with a lot variety, showcasing a fair amount of artists who don't typically make music in the ambient vein.  I'm happier with some transitions than with others, but hopefully, there's nothing too jarring given the diversity of sounds included.  Track times are approximate due to cross-fading.

Hope you enjoy! 

0:00-2:30 - Kenji Kawai - "The Ghost Hunting"
2:31-6:50 - Hive Mind - "Eldritch Breath" (excerpt)
6:51-10:20 - Michael Stearns - "The Little Smoke"
10:21-15:30 - Brannan Lane - "Cavern I - Black Air"
15:31-20:30 - Greg Ellis - "B1-3"
21:01-22:30 - Hans Christian - "Vulkanmusik"
22:31-32:10 - Herbst9 - "The Snake of Saigon"
32:11-34:30 - Tyler Bates - "Road Kill"
34:31-43:30 - Netherworld & Fiorenza Gherardi de Candei - "Lost" (excerpt)
43:31-51:15 - Mathias Grassow & Klaus Wiese & Jim Cole - "Beneath Zero" (excerpt)
51:16-57:00 - Tau Ceti - "Achernar" (excerpt)
57:01-64:00 - Amir Baghiri - "Ice, Fire and Bone"
64:00-69:00 - Steve Roach & Stephen Kent & Kenneth Newby - "Snake Brothers"
69:01-72:20 - Woven Hand - "[Untitled]"
72:21-79:36 - Thom Brennan - "Mist" (excerpt)

Absinthe in the Milk Sea (mix)

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: January 11, 2009, 02:17:12 AM »
Paul Churchland - Matter and Consciousness

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Questions re: ambient mixes
« on: January 08, 2009, 03:16:17 PM »
Sounds good.  Thank you both for your prompt responses.

And an extra thanks to Mike and Lena, I must say, for helping me complete my Tau Ceti discography and nearly complete my Seren Ffordd discography this holiday season.   ;D

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Everything and Nothing / Questions re: ambient mixes
« on: January 07, 2009, 06:21:25 PM »
Hope this is the appropriate place; I didn't want to clutter up an actual music subforum with a mere question.  I also apologize if this has been asked and answered already.  I hunted around for a similar thread or some sort of FAQ, but didn't have any luck.

I see a lot of people have put together various ambient mixes and offered them up for download.  This sounds like fun, but I was wondering what the rules governing the process are.  Does permission need to be obtained from each artist first?  Are there any artists who are absolutely off-limits?  Is there a limit to the number of minutes a single artists can take up on a mix?

Any answers to these questions would be greatly appreciated.  Again, if this is common knowledge, I apologize for my n00bery.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 07, 2009, 04:57:12 PM »
Matthew Florianz - Winter

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Now Playing / Re: Best of 2008
« on: January 07, 2009, 04:33:59 PM »
Also, I forgot about that Lull album.  It should definitely be on the list; his best work yet, I daresay.

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Now Playing / Re: Best of 2008
« on: January 07, 2009, 04:31:33 PM »
Hi, 9dragons!  The new Herbst9 is a quirky one to be sure.  It's a bit of a mix between "From a Dark Chasm Below" and "Consolamentum" with some tribal elements thrown in.  Reminds me a bit of Post Scriptvm in places, in ethos at least.  The percussion is sometimes a bit cheesy, but it's not too obtrusive.  I have to say they're one of very few ambient acts who can use vocal samples well (this is usually a huge turn-off for me).  All in all, it's a pretty unique journey.  I recommend checking it out.  You can find some samples here if you'd like a taste.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 03, 2009, 10:23:54 PM »
Biomusique - "Empty Spaces"

Love this track; dark, swirling, mysterious, epic.

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Now Playing / Re: Best of 2008
« on: January 02, 2009, 03:08:30 PM »
Quite a lot of good stuff this year:

Abandoned Place - Shadow of Memory
Alio Die - Aura Seminalis
Anduin - Forever Waiting
Belong - Same Places (Slow Version)
Biomusique - The 10,000 Steps
Bitcrush - Epilogue in Waves
Byron Metcalf, Mark Seelig & Steve Roach - Nada Terma
Circular & Inade - Deep Space Illumination
Elend - The Umbersun (re-issue)
From the White Chimneys - Nautilus With Wings
Grails - Take Refuge in Clean Living
Halo Manash - Language of Red Goats
Herbst9 - The Gods Are Small Birds, But I Am The Falcon
Igneous Flame & Achromus - Halo
Irezumi - Endurance
Jason Graves - Dead Space OST
Jason Sloan - Ending [light]
Juno Reactor - Gods & Monsters
Lacus Somniorum - Tideshaper
Mathias Grassow & Thomas Weiss - Quiet Calling
Max Corbacho - BreathStream
Nadja - Desire In Uneasiness
Nautic Depths - North Passage
Niyaz - Nine Heavens
Northern Valentine - The Distance Brings Us Closer
Our Sleepless Forest - Our Sleepless Forest
Procer Veneficus - Deathwanderings
Raison D'Ítre - The Luminous Experience
Sempervirens - Dirge of the Dying Year
Shahrokh Yadegari, Azam Ali & Keyavash Nourai - Green Memories
Steve Roach - A Deeper Silence
Steve Roach - Arc of Passion (wasn't this technically released in '07, though?)
Woven Hand - Ten Stones

*Edit: Also, hello.

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