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I'm biased when it comes to Rypdal myself, as I love (& own all of) his work. Seeing him perform live in NYC last year was a great experience as well and even with obvious health problems hobbling him, he's still an amazingly adroit player.

The "Odyssey" box was a revelation to me, as it included the album in its entirety, as well as an unreleased live set from the era, which cooks. Yes, a bit on the heavier side, but still full of the trademark Rypdal sense of atmosphere, fluidity, and poise, and with a helluva band behind him. Essential, as far as I'm concerned.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 17, 2013, 07:59:57 PM »
Bvdub-All is Forgiven...it could be his best yet IMHO!


Have you checked out his side project, Earth House Hold?

http://www.discogs.com/Earth-House-Hold-When-Love-Lived/release/3798974

Finally got around to playing this the other day, and it's utterly brilliant. 'House-y' in the best sense, certainly part of Brock's overall sound design & aesthetic, but executed with a flair that is remarkable even across his last few years' flurry of activity. Personally, I dug this more than All is Forgiven (which I did quite like, in fact), great stuff.

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Cool news, this. I had forgotten about the An/Ay label, thinking they were moving more into downloads. Over the course of the past year or so, I picked up just about everything they released; in addition to the new bvdub, there are 3 other new titles all worthy of purchase. Thanks for the heads-up, Jim!

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Taylor Deupree "Faint" Box Set
« on: January 07, 2013, 02:43:08 PM »
I have both editions, and from a purely artistic POV, I think the box is worth it. Taylor's design sense has always been highly developed & critical to both his own music & his 12k presentations, and he's outdone himself with this particular edition. It also doesn't hurt that "Faint" is the best thing he's done in years (and the extra included disc further augments the original's stark 'electronicana'). Hope that helps.

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Thanks as always for the kind words, Richard!

A number of important developments on the Periphery front forthcoming for 2013 - updates here on the forum, and on other forums, soon.


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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Movie trailers worth a look
« on: December 13, 2012, 11:24:04 AM »
Yet, I'm concerned this looks something like a more intelligently rendered take on Transformers...

Darren, you may not believe this, but I almost added exactly this comment to my post.

I actually think a "big robot" story with more heart and intelligence than Transformers could be a really great thing, though you seem to intend the comment as a slight.

Well, great minds, etc., etc. :)

I would say my comment wasn't so much of a 'slight' as a generalized comparison. That being said, I'm up for a "big robot"/monster film, particularly as filtered through del Toro's sensibilities.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Movie trailers worth a look
« on: December 13, 2012, 09:21:11 AM »
Pacific Rim - the first trailer:

My first impression upon watching this was...wow! The sheer scope is breathtaking and audacious; I've been curious about this film ever since it was announced as a mysterious del Toro project (his Labyrinth was a brilliant, unique fantasy). Yet, I'm concerned this looks something like a more intelligently rendered take on Transformers (meeting Aliens & The Abyss along the way), albeit done with style & panache. We'll see.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Slow Shipping to the UK
« on: December 11, 2012, 08:23:49 PM »
Oy, shipping to the UK (for that matter, pretty much anywhere outside the continental US): can't speak for objects dispatched from here to there, but the reverse delays seem to hold true, at least for my own anticipated deliveries. Nearly everything I ever order internationally (be it from France, the UK, Germany, Sweden, etc.) comes within an arrival window of (on average) 2-4 weeks, and, in some cases, even longer. Figure in the holiday season now upon us & delays lengthen further. I generally try to avoid placing int'l orders in December, but, well, when the bug bites...

However, as noted above, the situation certainly isn't helped by the UK's semi-regular postal workers' issues.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Movie trailers worth a look
« on: December 11, 2012, 08:18:21 PM »
This new Man of Steel trailer makes me a little more optimistic.

Understanding that the best-cut trailers are not only designed to act as 'teasers' but as ads for the films, I'm very impressed with this new MoS trailer. I've questioned this continued Hollywood obsession with comic books as source material & am somewhat burned out on the whole concept (not to mention these endless 'reboots' of films barely a handful of years old), but, that being said, I personally like the direction they seem to be taking with this (sigh) update. It appears to come across as not only epic in scope but with a seemingly 'literary' tone that has yielded at least one modern classic ("Dark Knight") (Not a coincidence that Chris Nolan produced this as well.) Anyway, looks very cool - I await the final product with interest.

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I can attest to the high quality of these works, folks - buy (on disc) or die!

This has been a public service announcement. :)

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I am pleased to announce FORMATION, my first in a series of smaller track count releases. FORMATION is 4 signature electronic tracks which carry on the vibe of Sleek Nucleus with an infusion of classic sonic textures from earlier albums like Outfolding or Zo Pilots.

Saul

Given up on CD releases, Saul? Say it isn't so! :)

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Actually, yes, it *was* on Force Inc., of which Mille Plateaux was a sublabel.

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Just got my copy yesterday - it will be the one I will listen to for all future playback so as not to further 'degrade' the condition of my copy of the original issue (which, although it plays fine, has some light surface scratches).

The reissue is pretty much identical to the Mille Plateaux release, other than typeface style, text placement on the cover(s), etc., and what appears to be an enlarged version (or variation) of the original cover image. Soundwise, the remastering is certainly good and doesn't enhance nor detract from the first edition; of course, the sonic dynamics on the original were ideal, and perfectly suited the murky character of the music.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Brian Eno "Lux"
« on: December 04, 2012, 10:38:49 AM »
Any first impressions?  I keep reading "return to form" in reviews.  This would be nice if true.

Mixed emotions. "Return to form" might be applicable, but for me it's more of a textural issue than anything else; what sounds he incorporates to keep the work's existence interesting. The piece utilizes subtle electronic bits that cycle & eddy, with intermittently looped 'bell' sounds. I probably need to give this a few more spins, but can't say I was particularly impressed with this new long-form ambient outing. (In all fairness, the piece originated as a static sound installation, so context here is critical to one's appreciation.)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: RIP Pete Namlook
« on: November 15, 2012, 01:18:41 PM »
Though I'm still reeling from this news, I've decided to share a few small insights.

I was a relatively early collector & follower of FAX/Namlook (around mid 90s) and can say that I have at least 95% of the catalog, other than a few original editions that were missed (mostly because of the lack of distribution here in the US for the label).

Of course, trying to procure original releases of, say, "Air I" or "Shades of Orion I" has only been possible if you wanted to make a car payment to obtain them (and all those dealers's sense of economic logic is woefully misplaced), and, I hate to say, now that Pete is gone many of those original versions will only be affordable if you already own real estate in Dubai.

I had some general (if light) correspondence with Pete during the publication years (90s-00s) of my magazines "i/e" & "e/i", and although I was never able to get to know him that well, he was generous, forthcoming with information, fiercely focused, and always willing to spread his own unique idiom of electronic music.

So, like most musicians/artists, ultimately history has the work to savor, enjoy, critique, dissect, etc. Thankfully his legacy arose during a time when hard media was in its heyday and the physical artifacts holding his sounds can continue to be relished.

Naturally this does little in the way of amending this ineffably sad news, but my duo, Groupthink, performing tonight in New York City, is dedicating its set in honor & to the wondrous memory of Mr. N.

Onward...

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: RIP Pete Namlook
« on: November 15, 2012, 09:55:08 AM »
Just found out about this. Stunned, shocked, dispirited...godDAMN. One of the giants in our field is gone. Further words elude me.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 02, 2012, 04:07:42 PM »
Moonwalker-Trip.  GREAT minimal dub techno disc on Cold Tear (THANKS DARREN!!!)
Sensory Emotive Network (same as above!)

My pleasure. Though we're still experiencing major postal service delays due to the recent hurricane, I actually received my big Cold Tear shipment today, including that Moonwalker disc & others.

Have to look into that AD21 sublabel soon.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 30, 2012, 10:43:26 PM »
Darren,can you suggest 2 to start with. Must be available on Bandcamp and looking for that Deepchord sound,delays,panning,gentle beats.

I would suggest the Quantec, Mr. Cloudy, & Atheus discs - all come from that deep yet spacey ambient-dub-tech tip ala Yagya, Gas, Basic Channel, Echospace/Deepchord/Modell, etc., all good stuff.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 26, 2012, 03:36:15 AM »
3 Cold Tear discs on da way  :)

There ya' go!

Actually picked up another 6 from their catalog myself yesterday - I now have pretty much all they've released save those Soulsonic CDs, none of which did it for me.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 25, 2012, 06:02:32 PM »
I've been getting into the ambient dub techno stuff more lately, especially the whole Deepchord/Echospace thing.

If you've been digging on more of that tip, I would recommend your checking out the following labels/artists as well if you're not already aware of them:

- Cold Tear / http://coldtear.com / Superb label mostly featuring Eastern Euro ambientdubtech artists, but also some IDM-related, too. The releases are all Kunaki-made pro CDRs in jewel cases with very nice artwork & sound and many of the artists do some very immersive stuff indeed (and the CDs are only $8 each!). Off the cuff, I'd suggest checking out (amongst many on their roster) Textural Being, whose release rivals anything by Yagya, Gas, etc., although still operating on the same categorical axis. What I like about T.B. is that he mostly foregos the usual over-used filters & reverbs and actually creates some differing, off-kilter patterns amid his mercurial soundscapes.

- Entropy / http://www.entropy-records.com / French label run by David Ya (himself a musician) sporting many little sub-labels, releasing both CDs & CDRs. Entropy has quickly become a highly-regarded HQ for the smooth dubstuff, with many well-known practitioners of the form having released multiple recordings (Mr. Cloudy, Grit, Dublicator, Coppice Halifax, etc.).

- Milieu Music / http://store.milieu-music.com / Shop/label run by Brian Grainger & David Tagg. Between the two of them, and their endless array of aliases (such as Coppice Halifax), not to mention other & related artists, these two are looking to surpass the combined catalogs of Sun Ra & Pete Namlook. Collectively, their recordings number pretty damn close if not over 100 (most on CDR), but much of it is actually of a fairly high quality. Grainger's CH project is the standout, gorgeous ambientdubtech in the vein of the aforementioned Gas, Rod Modell, etc., but comes in a dizzying assortment of flavors & textures. This lot'll keep your wallet perpetually empty.

- Silent Season / http://silentseason.com / Canadian label that also trucks in multiple formats (CD, CDR & d/l) & with some nice packaging to boot, featuring both known and little known artists (Federson, Ohwert, ASC, Overcast Sound, Quantec, Atheus, etc.). Most the recordings are lush, dense, atmospheric & well-produced, all releases worth looking in to.

- Interstellar Sounds / http://interstellarsounds.com / Not a label but a British mailorder concern that stocks many of the above artists & affiliated labels in addition to new imprints such as Confineless, Convexion, Echospace, Zeecc, and many others.

There's more & I'm sure I'm leaving out some others, but the above represent a big enough bit to start chewing on... :)

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