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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Interactive ambient
« on: September 23, 2014, 09:22:21 AM »
Here's a link to an online interactive installation.  The music comes from Marconi Union and the site allows you to create your own unique version of their song "Weightless" with a few clicks.

http://www.immaterial.org/

This is similar to other endless ambient generators I've tried but I like this one because I love Marconi Union's music.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 16, 2014, 06:38:56 PM »
Some recent Bandcamp purchases...

Dylan Howe - SUBTERRANEAN - New Designs On Bowie's Berlin  -  Jazz versions of Bowie's Berlin instrumentals.  Nice.
https://dylanhowe.bandcamp.com/album/subterranean-new-designs-on-bowies-berlin

tonepoet - Headspace - excellent guitar-based ambient.
https://tonepoet.bandcamp.com/album/headspace

eternell - Kalimba Ambience  -  pretty ambient tunes all based on kalimba recordings.  Thanks for the heads up, Castleview.
https://eternell.bandcamp.com/album/kalimba-ambience

Deep Sea Diver - Always Wating EP  -  not ambient but very good indie music.  I loved their first album and was hoping for a new release but this ep will have to do.
https://thedeepseadiver.bandcamp.com/album/always-waiting-ep


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 15, 2014, 07:06:24 PM »
Paul,

I hopped on the tix right away.  At first I saw that they had a first row VIP package and I thought this might be one show that I'd pay a little extra for.  Well those VIP tix were around $275 a piece.  Needless to say I stuck with the normal price tickets.  For $275, Robert Fripp should come & play in my living room.

Here's the set list from a show last week:

Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part One (1973)
Pictures of a City (1970)
A Scarcity of Miracles (2011)
(Jakszyk, Fripp and Collins cover)
The ConstruKction of Light pt. 1 (2000)
One More Red Nightmare (1974)
Hell-Hounds of Krim
("solo" for three drummers)
Red (1974)
The Letters (1971)
Level Five or VROOOM or Coda:Marine 475 (2003)
Hell Bells
(Percussion piece)
Sailor's Tale (1971)
The Light of Day (2011)
(Jakszyk, Fripp and Collins cover)
The Talking Drum (1973)
Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part Two (1973)
Starless (1974)
Encore:
HooDoo (new improv)
21st Century Schizoid Man (1969)


I'm a little excited.  ::)

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 15, 2014, 06:33:22 AM »
Getting ready for King Crimson coming to Madison, WI next week.

King Crimson - Larks' Tongues In Aspic (Alternate Takes & Mixes)
King Crimson - Red
King Crimson - Islands
Fripp, Jakszyk & Collins - A Scarity of Miracles

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Any Genesis fans?
« on: September 05, 2014, 04:16:26 PM »
Ah yes, I remember the sweatpants & sweatbands tour well.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Any Genesis fans?
« on: August 18, 2014, 04:29:15 PM »
Loren  -  I Grieve is a favorite of mine as well.  I had a copy of the song from the City of Angels soundtrack back in 1998, years before PG put it on UP.  The tune spoke to me on a personal level as well as my wife had passed away less than a year before.  The City of Angels version is slightly different.  I never saw the film & bought the soundtrack just for I Grieve.

Has anybody else heard the Anniversary edition of SO?  Specifically the SO DNA disc?  It's different from the typical demo versions type of disc.  PG takes demos & early versions of each song and mixes them together to show how the song changes over time.  Very cool.  Usually demos are a curiosity that get a bit boring after a few listens but the way these songs are constructed from various workparts is fascinating.

I've seen PG do some cool things on stage - riding a bike, riding a segway, singing with a camera attached to his head pointing at his face, bouncing around in giant, human gerbil ball, dancing in the Sledgehammer "coat of light."  Great stuff.

Fav Gabriel Soundtracks:

1) Passion
2) Birdy
3) Long Walk Home
4) Ovo - has one of my favorite ambient tunes of all time on it, "The Nest That Sailed The Sky."

Years ago I used to use "Birdy's Flight" from Birdy for high school football highlights that I would edit for my old high school.  They had to be the only school in the state using that obscure tune.  Worked pretty well though.  I also used to edit a lot of sports video for the tv station I work at and somehow this Genesis dork was able to sneak in "It's Gonna Get Better," "Turn It On Again," "Big Time" and "..in that quiet earth" for different Green Bay Packers highlight videos.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Any Genesis fans?
« on: August 17, 2014, 12:48:17 PM »
I saw Gabriel on the Security tour as well and it remains one of my favorite shows of all time.  I remember the show starting with the band walking down the aisles, from the back of the theater, all playing various percussion instruments as they eventually made it to the stage playing Rhythm of the Heat.  For the song Lay Your Hands On Me, Gabriel walked on the backs of the theater seats singing "lay your hands on me" while the fans were reaching out to touch him.  It was like Jesus wading through a fevered crowd.

Fav PG albums in order(not including his excellent soundtracks):
1. Security
2. So
3. 3
4. 1&2
5. Up
6. Us
7. Scratch My Back
8. New Blood

I have many of the other Genesis solo outings and they are interesting and varied in quality.  I still have a copy of Tony Banks - A Curious Feeling and will listen occasionally for nostalgia sake but it's really not very good.  My favorite Mike Rutherford solo effort is Smallcreep's Day.  It's not great but has some very good moments, with better guitar playing than normal from Rutherford & keys from former bandmate Anthony Phillips.  Speaking of Phillips, I've got several of his albums which I still like, with my fav being 1984.  It's got drum machines & tons of big synths, what more could I want back in 1981?!

Obviously the Phil Collins solo stuff is on a different planet entirely.  I did like the first 3 albums back in the day but I can barely listen to any of his stuff now.  Except for Face Value, which is a pretty darn good pop album.  I remember buying it the day it was released, putting it on the turntable and being absolutely blown away by In The Air Tonight.  Thanks to The Hangover & the rest of Collins career, the song has become almost a parody of itself but at the time it was pretty awesome.  Face Value also has a nice cover of the Beatles Tomorrow Never Knows.

Top spot for Genesis solo material goes to two Steve Hackett recordings, Voyage of the Acolyte and Spectral Mornings.  A lot of Hackett's albums are hit & miss, each usually has a couple good cuts.  But these two early albums are excellent.

Before I finish this too-long post, here are my favorite Genesis albums in order:

1. The Lamb
2. Foxtrot
3. Trick Of The Tail
4. Seconds Out
5. Trespass
6. Wind & Wuthering
7. Selling England By The Pound
8. Nursery Cryme
9. Live
10. And Then There Were Three



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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Any Genesis fans?
« on: August 07, 2014, 07:47:28 PM »
I've been a big Genesis fan since Wind & Wuthering.  Seconds Out is one if my favorite post-Gabriel albums, along with W & W and Trick of the Tail.  I love all the Gabriel era albums, each for different songs & different reasons.

Because I've been a fan for nearly 40 years, I find myself being drawn to things I haven't "over listened" to - albums like Trespass and tracks such as "Can-Utility and the Coastliners," "The Fountain Of Salmacis," "Hairless Heart" & "Blood on the Rooftops."

I started slowly losing interest after Hackett left as each album turned more poppy and eventually became unlistenable.  I saw the Collins version of the band 4 times & really wish I'd been able to catch them during Gabriel's time.  With all the different reunion tours that happen every year, it sure would be nice to see Genesis give it a go(while they are still able to).

I just discovered a bunch of videos on youtube which are essentially interviews with all the band members talking about each album individually.  They are great fun to watch & learn about the band's process & thinking at the time.  Here's the vid with the Foxtrot interviews...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlCN2gBKazI&list=PLTLIpQ7SqcsinxnSA_evE2IehfVjvmA8J&index=2

post Gabriel, who wrote the lyrics?  - They all took turns, with Banks doing a bit more of it in the early post Gabriel time.  During the Gabriel era I think Peter was responsible for about half the lyrics except for The Lamb on which he wrote all of the lyrics.

How about those 2008 reissues?  -  I generally really like all the reissues, I was able to hear things that I hadn't noticed before.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 05, 2014, 05:49:57 AM »
Imprints - Data Trails   -   https://sereinlabel.bandcamp.com/album/data-trails
Land Observations - The Grand Tour   -  http://landobservations.com/music/
Tiny Isles - The Long Seasoned Sleep   -   http://komu.bandcamp.com/album/the-long-seasoned-sleep
Rusted Sun Collective - Communicate EP  -  http://rustedsun.bandcamp.com/album/rusted-sun-collective-communicate-ep

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: August 01, 2014, 03:58:00 PM »
Thanks Mike!  Downloading now.

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Miss you Forrest!
« on: July 25, 2014, 05:54:04 PM »
 :)
 :D
 ;D

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 20, 2014, 06:52:43 PM »
Eno & Hyde - High Life  -  I like this one much more than their first release(only a few months ago).  This feels looser, more improvised.  It definitely has a few tracks with an old talking heads vibe.  Good stuff.
The Antlers - Familiars  -  Beautifully melancholy.  Piano, guitar, trumpet & vocals combine for long slow tunes.  This will be an end of the year favorite.
The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger - Midnight Sun  -  great psychedelic rock from Sean Lennon.
Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence  -  Some really good tunes but everything ends up sounding the same.

ambient/electronic:
Tangerine Dream - Sorcerer 2014 - pretty awesome.
Stephen Vitiello & Taylor Deupree - Captiva  -  very nice.
The Dead Texan - The Dead Texan  -  an all time fav.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: World Cup ?
« on: June 27, 2014, 05:53:28 AM »
According to Fox news the ratings for soccer in the US are high because "the news about our country, our economy and our standing in the world is overwhelmingly negative...we don't want any part of that, we want to escape, so here comes the World Cup, how convenient."  Huh?  Also more people are watching the World Cup because we've started legalizing weed.  Huh?

From Thursday's Colbert Report...

http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/videos/suqg0f/stephen-colbert-s-bats--t-serious---the-vast-government-soccer-conspiracy

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: June 22, 2014, 08:53:46 AM »



I finished Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie a few weeks ago but forgot to post anything here.

I enjoyed it very much, one of my favorites this year(along with the Sand Omnibus by Hugh Howey.)  It's a bit confusing at first, there's no initial explanation about what an ancillary is, the main character uses the pronoun "she" to describe everyone, the story shifts perspectives and time periods and it unfolds slowly.  But struggling to figure exactly what is happening is what makes the book so rewarding.

About halfway through the book I heard that there will be a second book, Ancillary Sword, so I was worried that Justice would not be satisfying.  But it was and that is just one of the reasons it's an excellent read.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 20, 2014, 08:50:10 PM »
ambient/electronic:

Percival Pembroke - a course in the theory of drones - nice Bandcamp find.  Subtitle is "works for tape machine, sampler and reverb.'  Lots of nice tape degradation on this.  And it's free!
http://percivalpembroke.bandcamp.com/album/a-course-in-the-theory-of-drones
DeepChord - Lanterns
Masayoshi Fujita & Jan Jelinek - Bird, Lake, Objects

"normal" music:
The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger - Midnight Sun
Andrew Bird - Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of
First Aid Kit - Stay Gold
Owen Pallett - In Conflict

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 02, 2014, 04:45:01 PM »
Playing some older stuff...

Laurie Anderson - United States I - IV
Marconi Union - Distance
rf (ryan francesconi) - views of distant towns
Saul Stokes - Burning Igloo

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 26, 2014, 08:41:52 AM »
Spheruleus - Selected Works - Spheruleus Bandcamp
Purl - Behind Clouds  -  Purl Bandcamp
Prins Thomas - Prins Thomas III
Taylor Deupree - lost & compiled

And then there's this puzzle...

Brian Eno and Karl Hyde - Someday World  -  Being an Eno fan & an Underworld fan I was excited for this release but I can't figure out how I feel about this album.  I like some parts of it, other tunes, like Daddy's Car, could have been so much better with different instrumentation or production.  I guess that's my biggest problem with the record - the production - it feels cheap & thin.  The absolutely horrible synth horns of the first single, Satellites, is one example.  I'm assuming they are synth horns cuz they sounds so 80s-Casio like.  Were they going for some sort of retro, kitschy sound?  I know mimicking 80s synth sounds is in vogue but it falls brutally flat here.  That song is indicative of the production & feel of much of the album.  As I said before it feels cheap and thin.  That being said, I like parts of it & I think the album will grow on me.

Anybody else have any opinions on this one?

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: May 18, 2014, 08:57:04 AM »
Mike,

Thanks for the heads up on Annihilation, I just bought it & am looking forward to reading it right after I finish Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 10, 2014, 06:50:22 PM »
I know most of the posts in this thread are for ambient music but I thought I'd post a few of my favorite "normal" releases from the first few months of this year.

Damien Jurado - Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son
War on Drugs - Lost In The Dream
Bill Callahan - Have Fun With God
Gem Club - In Roses
Wye Oak - Shriek
The Horrors - Luminous
EMA - the future's void
St Vincent - St Vincent
Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots

When friends or co-workers bitch that there is no good music anymore I usually just punch them in the face.  Seriously, there is a ton of great music being released constantly.  You just have to look & listen.


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