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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: British dronemeisters
« on: December 21, 2007, 07:55:18 PM »
Playing right now:

Phil Mouldycliff & Colin Potter- Drone Works #3; A weird and wonderful drone from the Twenty Hertz Digital website. There's no excuse for not picking this one up- it's a free download. You'll like it.

Everything and Nothing / Re: ~Happy Holidays~
« on: December 21, 2007, 07:07:40 PM »
Merry Christmas, and may all your wishes come true. :)

I'm lucky- I never gain an ounce around the holidays. I always stay at 185 pounds no matter what I do.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 19, 2007, 07:47:08 PM »
Vidna Obmana/Asmus Tietchens- Motives For Recycling; I love this, especially disc 1. A misty & faraway dreamworld.

Everything and Nothing / Re: The holiday food you're waiting for
« on: December 19, 2007, 04:22:41 PM »

I know what you mean about the homemade tamales. I have a mexican friend at work work makes them, and wraps them in the leaves from the corn cobs. Then of course, she covers them with homemade hot sauce. DROOL.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Best Friend
« on: December 19, 2007, 03:57:38 PM »
Once again, I want to thank you all for your kind responses. We just got back from the funeral, and now it's time to adjust our lives to the loss.

I don't mind people saying "I know what you're going through". My feelings of mourning are not much different than anyone else's, we've all lost loved ones at one time or another.
His son gave a warm, and sometimes humorous, sermon at the service. The most memorable line was "Life is all about choices, and usually you were right on. But this time, dad, you took the wrong path."

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Re-launching of Wind and Wire
« on: December 19, 2007, 03:37:50 PM »
That's terrific, Bill! Great to have it back. 8)   I always thought W &W was the best ambient review site out there.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Best Friend
« on: December 16, 2007, 06:05:42 PM »
Thanks everyone, for your kind words. It means more than you know.

Now Roger's family and friends are left with the monumental question of Why? Certainly divorce is painful, but he never gave a warning, never let on that his situation was THAT desperate. The last time I saw him, 2 weeks ago, he said "Why don't you come over? It gets kind of lonely around here at night." He said it rather casually, but now that simple statement haunts me. Just how lonely can a person be? And if it meant that much to him, why did HE start the divorce proceedings? His wife didn't want a divorce, she wanted to work things out. But Roger said he'd been through that before, and it wasn't gonna work.

So now I'm a pallbearer for a friend who by all rights should have lived another 40 years. :'(

Everything and Nothing / Best Friend
« on: December 16, 2007, 06:06:27 AM »
My best friend killed himself yesterday evening. He had been having marital problems, and had recently begun divorce proceedings. He leaves behind his wife and 2 children.

Right now we're feeling pretty rotten. It seems like a horrible nightmare that'll pass, but of course it won't. It's so unreal...

If you can send your prayers and positive energy this way for him, his family, and his friends, it would be greatly appreciated.

I always hear people say that God will never give you a burden greater than you can bear, but maybe that's not true. It certainly wasn't for him.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 15, 2007, 09:40:13 AM »
Last two days:

The Circular Ruins- Falling Into The Sky; I initially thought this was excellent, but amazingly it gets even better with repeated listens. Essential!

Led Zeppelin- Physical Graffiti

Coleclough/Potter- Low Ground; Intense and sinister drones.

Coleclough- Makruna/Minya

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: British dronemeisters
« on: December 14, 2007, 06:01:08 PM »
Thanks For the tip, Ben! I'll try to find an MP3; once in a while I do have an affinity for the ultra-strange. 8)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: British dronemeisters
« on: December 12, 2007, 04:40:13 PM »
I'll give you $250 and not a penny more!

(But the way Alan is reacting to side 2, I may be able to get it cheap from him.)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: British dronemeisters
« on: December 12, 2007, 03:40:10 PM »
Thanks for the forewarning, guys. Nurse With Wound seems a little "out there" for my taste. Except, of course, for "Soliloquy".

Ya know Alan, I had that CD years ago, and it didn't do anything for me. I ended up selling it, if I remember right, to Mike G himself! Now I'm thinking that I should get it again. ::)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: British dronemeisters
« on: December 12, 2007, 03:17:53 PM »
I've been wondering about Andrew Liles. I suppose it's only a matter of time before I dip my toes in those waters, too.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 12, 2007, 05:03:56 AM »

I'm glad you like "Sometime Today" as much as I do! It's a good one. 8)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: British dronemeisters
« on: December 11, 2007, 08:32:52 PM »
Brian- or you can try Boxer Music. That's where I got mine, at the same price, I believe.

Okay, after listening to Makruna/Minya properly a few times, with headphones and no distractions, I have a far different opinion than I stated before. It's an insidiously eerie disc. Very subtle, very quiet, but each listen reveals additional strange, previously buried sounds into the soundfield. Seems that there's a distant, uneasy, and indescribable drama going on: faraway voices -sometimes sounding like crying, water rushing, strange hissing, and unexplainable scraping sounds.

The last track is also dramatic in it's own distant way. As far as I can tell, a mix of wailing voices, guitars and synths. Sounds very ghostly! 8)     

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: British dronemeisters
« on: December 08, 2007, 07:30:36 AM »
I sawHusk at Aquarius Records. I'll have to check that out.

Four more that I'd recommend are:

Coleclough/Potter- Low Ground- intense drones and natural forest sounds -birds chirping, crickets, water, frogs- and it's all given the "ominously-creepy" treatment. Sounds like you're in a haunted forest. This is a great one!

Coleclough- Beech, for John and Miho- this is pure drone, baby! -114 minutes of sparkling, mesmerizing drones that twist around each other like strands of rope.

Colin Potter/Phil Mouldycliff- Shellfish in Kettleblack- a strange mixture of drones, static, wind, random voices and odd clanking noises. A surreal and unearthly soundworld. Very fascinating, I've been playing this A LOT lately.

Coleclough- Makruna/Minya- this is well worth it just for the Makruna track. DEEP, slow drones and distant bird sounds. Sounds like a night-time forest. Not as creepy as Low Ground.

Damn, this is an impressive disc! A suspension of weightless drones, no beats and no rhythm, this is easily the most atmospheric Circular Ruins to date -and as spacious as the photo that graces the CD cover. The prevailing mood here seems to be one of wistfulness and solitude, this is great music for a cloudy winter day.
A highlight among the highlights for me is Paracelsus 3, where you seem to be suspended in a stratospheric windstorm, as vaporous snatches of conversation drift past. The sound-effects in this track are incredible -some of these sounds seem to come from outside the headphones, 6 or 7 feet away. At first I was turning my head to see what the noise was. Amazing!
Of course, this is certainly among the very best discs I've heard this year, and my favorite Circular Ruins disc yet. Highly recommended.

(...I like to think that the cover photo is of Lake Huron, but I don't know that it is.)

Haven't had much time to hear the Winterhouse disc yet, but what I've heard sounds fine... but certainly more Earthbound than the Circular Ruins disc.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: British dronemeisters
« on: December 06, 2007, 08:26:35 PM »
(Joe substitutes for Undershadow, who's gone at the moment:)

My top 5 discs among the British dronesters that Mike just mentioned:

Bradley/Tate- Sometime Today- very unusual; edgy yet serene; Bradley's drones tie together Tate's random sound effects. Amazing!
Colin Potter/Paul Bradley- Behind Your Very Eyes- something here for everyone in the "dark ambient" mode, ranging from ominous & edgy to smooth & serene.
Andrew Chalk-The River That Flows into the Sands; glassy, shimmering beauty.
Monos- Landscapes; machine-like, but with organic-yet-metallic nature sounds, as though you were exploring the surface of an iron planet.
Chalk/Coleclough- Sumac;  a mellow, comforting drone at low volume, but becomes an assault weapon when you crank the volume.

Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: December 06, 2007, 03:20:29 PM »
Whew! I was going through "forum withdrawal".

Just what exactly happened here? And it really sucks that all the previous posts are gone! >:(
The emoticons are small and blotchy...  But it seems that thereis moreoptions for the text.

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