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Everything and Nothing / Re: List of words it is not OK to ever say
« on: February 27, 2009, 07:11:33 PM »
When did basketball players go from being tall to being long?  I can't stand analysts saying things like "U-Conn plays with a lot of length."

Sports are good for a ton of words & phrases that should be be banned.  A few recent ones that come to mind...

"It is what it is."
"Manny being Manny"
"at the end of the day..."
"under the bus"

Working in TV news I see cliched, poor writing everyday.  A few words/phrases that get overused include...

under fire
recent memory
aftermath
killing spree
fled on foot
slated
campaign trail
in harm's way
area residents

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Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Low Light Mixes
« on: February 17, 2009, 09:24:24 PM »
I just put up a new mix over at Low Light Mixes

It's collection of field recordings & music called "in_transit".  The field recordings are not of the chirping birds & lapping waves variety.  They are more like street noise, rain, crowd sounds and trains, lots of trains.  I don't have a tracklist but I do have a more in depth explanation of what's in the mix(ie-Blade Runner environments) at the blog.

You can direct download it here...
in_transit

or at the blog...Low Light Mixes.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 17, 2009, 07:15:29 PM »
yagya - rigning
Jon Hassell - Last Night The Moon Came Dropping Its Clothes In The Street
The Circular Ruins - Retrospective
variant - the setting sun

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Fringe - anyone watching this show?
« on: February 14, 2009, 12:55:12 PM »
I've been watching all year & really enjoying it.  As for the female lead, we were discussing her at work & comparing her to another female lead in another Fox show, Dollhouse.  Eliza Dushku stars in Dollhouse & the problem there is she is too hot.  The woman in Fringe is just right, very attractive but not over the top & very smart, which makes her sexier.

Dushku walking around in tank tops(or one of the shortest dresses I've ever seen) is just distracting.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 08, 2009, 12:55:59 PM »
Eluder - warm warning
yagya - rigning
Loren Chasse - The Footpath
Skyphone - Avellaneda

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 05, 2009, 07:52:51 PM »
Inspired by Bebbo's post in the Non-Hypnos artists section I pulled some Johann Johannsson...

johann johannsson - ibm 1401, a user's manual [2006]
johann johannsson - fordlandia [2008]

other spins...
bernard szajner - some deaths take forever [1980]
sleepy town manufacture & unit 21 - no traces [2009]

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Fordlandia
« on: February 05, 2009, 07:47:40 PM »
I'm a big fan of Johann Johannsson.  I have 3 of his releases, "IBM 1401, a user's manual(2006)", Englaborn(2002) & Fordlandia(2008).   All three are fantastic.  I guess "IBM 1401" is my favorite mostly because it was the first Johannsson recording I bought.  But like I said all 3 are wonderful.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 24, 2009, 12:46:41 PM »
elegi - varde [miasmah]
a broken consort(richard skelton) - box of birch [Sustain-Release}
Interbellum - Over All of Spain The Sky is Clear [FSS]

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Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Low Light Mixes
« on: January 18, 2009, 03:58:56 PM »
Here's another new mix(i've had some extra free time at work), its called "Searching for Objects".  As I posted on the low light blog, the working title for this mix was "noisy, droney, scratchy".  It turned out to be more droney & scratchy than noisy.  There is some grit, some distortion, some white noise, some scratches but not too much.  I still wanted the mix to be very ambient, not too annoying or distracting. 

I finished this one before I could use the new Infraction release from Sleepy Town Manufacture which would have fit perfectly.  I guess that's first up for vol. 2.

Download:
searching for objects

T R A C K L I S T I N G :
00:00   Jasper, TX - home
04:15    Chris Bissonnette - orffyreus wheel
12:15    Rain Cloud - keeping a low profile
17:40    Belong - same places (slow version)
27:40    Eluder - the most beautiful blue
33:25    Fripp & Eno - heavenly music corp.
41:00    Rameses III - origins IV
49:20    Forestflies - processed vocals & strings
52:35    Erstlaub - sinking together
58:40    Milieu - burnt rust
1:00:13 end

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Everything and Nothing / Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
« on: January 16, 2009, 06:55:25 PM »
This thread has been a revelation for me...I am happy to see so many other "old folks" like myself here!  I'm 48.

I live in Wisconsin, just north of Milwaukee.  I somehow manage to raise two teenagers on my own and not mess them up too badly. We have a dog/pony named Jake.  I am a member of the liberal, elite media.  Actually I just edit video for the news on a local station.  I've been there for 14 years, picked a bunch of Emmy's & a Peabody along the way, but the industry is changing/dying so I'd be surprised if I'm still there in 5 years.

I am a long time Hypnos forum member & a looooong time ambient fan.  I remember buying Music for Airports when it first came out & still have the vinyl version of it.  I am not a musician so my only creative contribution to the ambient scene is my ambient mix blog, low light mixes.  I really enjoy making the mixes & hope that some of the artists get a bit of exposure through the downloads.

I hang out at some other online communities, Facebook, LastFM, etc., but the Hypnos forum is still my favorite oasis.

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downloading now...looks like excellent.

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Hypnos Label Releases / Re: CD release: Deepspace - The Glittering Domain
« on: January 12, 2009, 10:43:19 PM »
Sounds excellent!  Just ordered a copy. Looking forward to working it into a mix sometime.

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Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Low Light Mixes
« on: January 11, 2009, 07:41:21 AM »
Here's the first mix of the new year.  Antique Sunlight is another piano based mix.  Not sure why I decided to do a piano mix, I guess I just came across a few piano tunes in my regular listening & now here it is.

Download :
Antique Sunlight

TRACKLIST:
00:00    Milieu - antique sunlight
05:00    Ryuichi Sakamoto - ropa
10:00    Taylor Deupree & Kenneth Kirschner - may
15:11     Library Tapes - fragment VIII
18:30    Con Cetta - ker
22:46    Jeanne Moreau - un entretien avec
24:14    NIN - ghosts 11
27:20    Kosik - lastly empty
30:40    Goldmund - Threnody
35:00    United Bible Studies - sea of rains
35:46    end

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: January 11, 2009, 07:34:56 AM »
I just started "Little Brother" by Cory Doctorow.  So far so good.  It's an actual book, not a Kindle book!  I'm so retro.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 31, 2008, 09:18:29 PM »
The Sight Below - glider
Elbow - Live from London
Claro Intelecto - Metanarrative

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Now Playing / Best of 2008
« on: December 25, 2008, 06:50:49 PM »
I can never limit my choices to a top ten list.  I keep track all year & trim it down as the year comes to a close.  So somehow this year I ended up with the random number of 24 in my "Best of" list.  Here is the list in alphabetical order...

Alio Die - aura seminalis - alio die released some great music this year.  I guess I could group all of them together here but I'll list this as my favorite.  The cd "tries to recreate the solemn atmospheres of the courts of the Italian Renaissance", and amazingly it comes off as transcendent instead of cheesy.  Stefano Musso's recent releases all do this very well, like his collaboration with vocalist Martina Galvagni, Elusian Lullaby.  He takes concepts, that would not work in the hands of another, and makes them work beautifully.

Arve Henriksen - cartography - a beautifully layered recording from trumpeter henriksen.  Texture is more important than virtuosity here.  A melancholy, tranquil landscape works perfectly with Henriksen's vocal-like trumpet.

Belong - Same Places (Slow Version) - crushing, shimmering drones dissolve & decay in a wonderful wall of sound.

Bersarin Quartett - bersarin quartett - actually this is a one man show of cinematic music.  Strings, ambience, some occasional beats combine for a lush, melancholy trip.

bvdub - dreams of red chambers - a release that is more ambient than the usual dubby sound form bvdub.

David Tagg - Waist Deep Seas Of Milk - gorgeous, expansive guitar-based drones.  His “Stele” split release was excellent as well.

Deaf Center - vintage well - More great cinematic music.  I guess there was a lot of fantastic cinematic music this year.

Disturbed Earth - Butterfly - An excellent ambient release from Atmoworks.  From a live "living room" concert in August 1977.  The album
was recorded live with no overdubs using a double neck guitar   
and a violin bow on the 12-string and playing the 6-string.   He   
used two tape decks set up about 8 feet apart in a continuous loop.  A classic ambient feel that is even more amazing knowing how & when it was recorded.

Elbow - Live from London – Beautiful, intimate, live iTunes only release.  Any fan of Elbow MUST own this.

Elbow - the seldom seen kid – There isn’t any other band that evokes beauty, melancholy & joy like Elbow.  This is an absolutely fantastic recording.

Eluder - the most beautiful blue - deep layers that never get too dark or too light.  A just right mixture of drifting textures & aquatic sounds.

Grouper - Dragging a Dead Deer Up A Hill - a good collection of eerie folk songs wrapped in reverb & hazy ambience.

Hakobune - melting reminscence - an excellent release for lovers of guitar-based drone.

Hans-joachim Roedelius & Tim Story - inlandish - I love how this release sounds old & new at the same time.  Some of the tunes just have this indescribable retro Roedelius feel to them, like the song "Beforst".  A warm, melodic beauty.

Jacaszek – treny – Real instruments played by real musicians with some electronic manipulation make this a stellar release in a year filled with great cinematic music.

Jeff Pearce - Rainshadow Sky – I know this one is a bit too close to New Age for some regular forumites, but I found it to be beautiful without being too sappy.

Johann Johannsson – fordlandia – This cd from Johannsson takes the cinematic/orchestral theme of this year to another level.  He does it with a 60 piece orchestra, piano, organ, choir & electronics.  The music is lush and intense.

Marconi Union - a lost connection – more dubby ambient music.  I listened to a lot of dubby stuff this year & Marconi Union does this style wonderfully.

Martin Grech - march of the lonely – this one actually came out in 2007 but I discovered it right at the beginning of this year and I listened to constantly from then on.  From an online review “…a moody acoustic delicacy, dreamlike calm and layered vocals which recall monastic plainsong or a lovelorn choir.”

quantec - unusual signals – great dubby ambient-ish beats.

Rameses III – Basilica - A double cd of live recordings & remixes, the two discs contain some beautiful, quiet, and moving instrumental compositions.

Rod Modell - incense & blacklight - noisy, shifting dub rhythms, and way deep bassy goodness.

Steve Roach - a deeper silence – I played this for days all through the house, the slow washes & low bass hum rumbling from room to room.  I felt like I was on some inter-stellar spacecraft.  Great sleep music too.

the caretaker - Persistent repetition of phrases - Similar to his other releases in that it sounds like he is channeling the haunting atmospherics of The Shining.  However, this one is a bit more ambient.


---- I know these don’t count as actual releases, but I think I listened to the guitar mixes of Alan Lockett more than anything else this year.  You can find them here… http://albient.livejournal.com/2468.html .  These mixes are a great collection of ambient guitar meanderings that introduced me to a lot of new artists & music.


Honorable mentions :
stephan mathieu – radioland
Bohren & der Club of Gore – Dolore
taylor deupree - sea last
The Winterhouse - Lost
jasper tx - this quiet season
the caretaker - recollected memories from the museum of garden history
emanuele errante - humus [2008]
Richard Skelton - Marking Time
Hammock, ‘Maybe They Will Sings For Us Tomorrow
sigur ros - Međ suđ í eyrum viđ spilum endalaust
Sans Serif - Tones For LaMonte


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 18, 2008, 08:19:45 AM »
Getting together my year end list so I'm listening to some candidates...

David Tagg - Waist Deep Seas Of Milk
alio die - aura seminalis
johann johannsson - fordlandia
bvdub - dreams of red chambers

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Everything and Nothing / Re: 2008 winter weather
« on: December 18, 2008, 08:15:26 AM »
Here in Wisconsin we've settled into a pattern of one storm after another with little time for the accumulation to recede.  We are going to get another foot tonight, then more over the weekend & more next week.  The worst part is my snowblower broke! >:(  So our fairly large driveway will have to be done the old fashioned way...tell the kids to get out there & shovel!

The TV station I work at is gearing up for "storm center" all out coverage.  It's Wisconsin for chrissake, we get snow here.  So unless it's a school closing type of event I'd rather not see 6 reporters, with rulers & matching parkas, doing live shots for hours on end.  But we keep doing it because the ratings are good and it's simple, doesn't require too much thought or insight.

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Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Low Light Mixes
« on: December 17, 2008, 08:12:55 AM »
A first for Low Light Mixes...a Holiday mix.

Last year I downloaded a very cool holiday compilation.  It's called "That Fuzzy Feeling".  It looks like they still have downloads available but are sold out of the cd's.  You can have find it here...
http://lorecordings.greedbag.com/buy/that-fuzzy-feeling-0/?tab=description

That release was the starting point for this mix, called A Northern Holiday.  There are three cuts from the compilation in the mix....Brave the Cold by Vincent Oliver and Isan...Family, Giving by Peter Broderick...Snowstorm in a Snow Globe by Fuzzy Lights.  From there I just looked for other tunes that fit the theme.

So grab some hot coco & trim the tree with some ambient-ish goodness playing in the background. 

Happy Holidays.

Download :
a northern holiday

T R A C K L I S T :
00:00    Vincent Oliver and Isan - Brave the Cold
02:35    Freescha - Holiday Frost
07:25    Takahiro Kido - Christmas Song
12:50    Chris Abrhams - Christmas Island
19:10    Stuart Busby - Snowfall
22:13    Peter Broderick - Family, Giving
25:30    Dakota Suite - December 8, 1980
27:40    Maps of the Heart - Skating Away
31:40    July Skies - Holidays to Wales
33:00    Fuzzy Lights - Snowstorm in a Snow Globe
35:50    Northern - December
39:57    end


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...absolutely perfect...

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