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Everything and Nothing / Arthur C. Clarke 1917 - 2008
« on: March 18, 2008, 07:10:18 PM »
What sad news.

I remember reading RENDEZVOUS WITH RAMA in high school and absolutely loving it.  I don't know how it would hold up today, but I loved it then.  It started me off on thirty years of reading Arthur C. Clark books.  I still remember staying up until 5am in order to finish 2010.

I believe read about 15 or so of his books, some better than others(3001 was a stinker).  He was an visionary and will be missed.

I'm sure we would not have had men on the Moon if it had not been for Wells and Verne and the people who write about this and made people think about it. I'm rather proud of the fact that I know several astronauts who became astronauts through reading my books.
       Arthur C. Clarke, Address to US Congress, 1975

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 18, 2008, 06:24:57 AM »
David Tagg - Waist Deep Seas Of Milk - lovely drones, thanks to Alan for the recommendation.
Kaki King - Dreaming Of Revenge - more pop leaning than her other recordings but a wonderful record. About half vocal, half instrumental.
Rain Cloud - Rain Cloud - very nice ambient-acoustic offering.
Martin Grech - March of the Lonely - still digging this melancholy collection of vocal tunes, it'll probably end up on my best of list at the end of the year.  Actually the Kaki King & David Tagg releases may also make the year end list.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: The Necks
« on: March 06, 2008, 07:28:27 AM »

I love the Necks.  I think Chemist was my first introduction and I worked back from there.  All of the catalog is worthwhile, each in it's own way.

Your description of the music as "hypnotic" is perfect.  The repetitive nature of the music can really put you in a zone.  I've heard some extended clips from "Townsville", a live album released late last year & while it's good it didn't do enough for me to buy it.

I haven't listened in a while so I 'll have to pull some out & give it another spin.  I think I'll start with Chemist then try Drive By, Aether, Hanging Gardens, and more.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Free Music
« on: March 06, 2008, 07:14:04 AM »

Thanks for this piece of music.  It's like an excellent mix of different tunes as it seamlessly blends from one idea to another.  I'll be playing this all day at work today.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 29, 2008, 06:51:46 PM »
Entia Non - Remora ep [dataobscura 2008]
off the sky - evolute of an ion apple (iod002 2008)
Irezumi - endurance [snowblood 2007]
Dave Zeal & Daniel Maze - small airports [test tube 2007]

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 22, 2008, 06:31:02 PM »
Nik Bärtsch'S Ronin - Holon - all the praise elsewhere on the forum is correct, great cd.
Emmy Lou Harris - Wrecking Ball Demos - I love this album & the demos & outtakes are excellent as well.
Tangerine Dream - Hyperborea - pulled out an old casstte I had of this album, I used to listen to this constantly at work for a year or so in 1995.  Not sure how it ranks in the overall TD catalog, but I like it.
Juno OST - it's hard to believe this is the number one album in the US(or at least it was a couple of weeks ago.)  Very fun, quirky folk collection.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Favorite toys from when we were kids
« on: February 16, 2008, 07:48:15 PM »
Major Matt Mason!!!!  Woo Hoo!!

Being a science & space geek, I had a ton of Mattel's Major Matt Mason stuff.  I had this glider & I think it sort of worked.  I actually still have Major Matt himself.   Found him in my parents basement a few years ago & he's been living in my bedroom ever since.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: ECM: Nick Bartsch's Ronin: Holon
« on: February 14, 2008, 08:59:30 PM »
Thanks for the heads up, I just downloaded the mp3 album.

That lead me to "The Spaces In Between" by John Surman, which sounds very good.  May have to get that as well.


I agree, your mix is definitely not 'dark' per se, just that it's darker, maybe noisier, more dissonant, than mine.

If it was "full-on long-dark-staring-into-the-black-abyss mode" I would have listened for about 10 seconds.

Think I'll go cue up the 'evil twin' right now.


Excellent job on the mixes.  Thanks for posting them.  These will definitely get airplay around here, may use them as sleep music as well.

I did a similar mix last year called "Breathing", same sort of rise & fall feel to it.  Although your mix is a bit darker & more droney.  That is a good thing because you've got tunes in there that I wouldn't have thought of, have forgotten about, never heard of, etc.  So it makes for an interesting listen.

Thanks again.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient with lots of rain sounds?
« on: February 08, 2008, 08:15:35 PM »
Here's a link to a mix I did in August.  It features ambient-ish music & rain sounds that I added to the mix.  Worked pretty well if I do say so.

You can find it here...There Will Come Soft Rains

I'd like to add another thumbs up to the Paul Vnuk recording.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Belong
« on: February 04, 2008, 08:48:53 PM »

Thanks for the heads-up!  Absolutely gorgeous stuff.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 01, 2008, 07:14:37 AM »
Thomas Dolby - the sole inhabitant LIVE - Great live record.  A lot of artists from the 80's I wouldn't really care to see live anymore, Thomas Dolby would be an exception.
Eberhard Weber - Fluid Rustle - Dug this up after reading the ECM thread.  Excellent album.
yagya - rhythm of snow - Another one I pulled out based on another thread.  Also played it in honor of all the freakin' snow we keep getting, it just never seems to stop.
philip glass - koyaanisqatsi & glassworks - I needed some Philip Glass for a piece I am editing at work, so I played these two repeatedly yesterday.  Glassworks was the first Glass recording that I heard, back in the 80's, and I still love it.  The song Rubric works great with timelapse or sped-up video.  Gotta be the only TV station in Milwaukee using Philip Glass for some crap health story.

Everything and Nothing / Migrations - an ambient field mix
« on: January 24, 2008, 07:08:22 AM »
I have been interested in doing a mix of field recordings ever since I did the shortwave mix last year. I've been collecting field recordings from various sources & even bought a digital recorder so I could do my own phonography.

I haven't really had the time to seriously record anything but I did manage to squeeze a few of my own things into this new mix.

There is very little proper music in this mix. It's mostly field recordings that I downloaded from sites like Quiet American and SoundTransit. Some of the recordings are from cd's that I own. Most of the music, is music that already has environmental recordings built into the track. I used two tracks from a great cd by Emanuele Errante called "Migrations". A few other tracks came from Geir Jenssen's(Biosphere) "Field Recordings From Tibet". A couple of other cuts came from "Classifields - Trips 6" on Tripostal. I also sneaked some loops into the mix here & there.

Some of my favorite field sounds are trains, so you'll hear various train sounds at different times in the mix. I also like empty train station reverb, so that fades in & out a couple times. The sounds range from a resonant pipe in a rain storm to foghorns to church bells to chanting to arrival anouncements to singing bowls to piano and an open window.

M i g r a t i o n s  (76.7MB, 42:53)

I hope you enjoy the trip.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Album Cover Wallpaper
« on: January 17, 2008, 07:31:14 AM »
I've got "Diamond Dogs" up on the border around the room.  The kids say that one freaks them out.  I also have "Station to Station" in an album cover frame, which I used to have on the wall that is now covered.  Seems kind of pointless to put up a few framed covers when I've got 100 on the walls now.

I wish I could wire the entire wall with switches of sort that would be tied into some computer so that all I had to do was touch an album cover & that one would play. 

I'll do that right after I wire the entire house for music.  I'd like speakers in every room tied into a central computer, with remote control from anywhere, and maybe some small monitors in different rooms so I can see what is playing when I've got it on shuffle.  Of course this will have to be done after the kids are in college.  The last thing they want is to put up with Dad cranking up "Baby's On Fire" through every room in the house.  :P 

Of course the eventual goal will be to have it all voice controlled, so I just have to say "play floating ambient" or "play 2007".

Everything and Nothing / Album Cover Wallpaper
« on: January 14, 2008, 09:47:46 PM »
Thought I'd post some pix that forum members might get a kick out of.

I used a bunch of the album covers from what was left of my LP collection to "wallpaper" a couple walls in my house.  I did one whole wall in my family room.  Then did album covers as a border in the same room.  I also did most of a small bathroom with the album cover motif.

As I mentioned in my blog, it sort of looks like some dorm room from the '70's.  But I don't care.  They make me happy.  There are a lot of memories up in those covers and it's great to just look at them & reminisce.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 14, 2008, 07:12:28 AM »
Pulusha - Isolation
Autistici - Volume Objects
martin grech - march of the lonely
krill.minima - nautica

Thanks for another excellent mix.

Everything and Nothing / Re: What's HOT and what's NOT
« on: January 04, 2008, 07:49:02 PM »
I agree that the move towards acoustic or traditional instrumentation in ambient music is a good thing.  Let's face it, even for ambient connoisseurs, this musical niche can become stale.  I think the using acoustic instruments can help keep things fresh. 

Of course, as with any music, just because you use acoustic instruments doesn't automatically make it good.  It takes a talented artist to walk the line when using more melody & traditional instruments and keeping the music from becoming too sickly sweet.  You don't want the music to wander off into the realm of something that gets played on the "Soundscapes" channel on digital cable.

Here are just a few recordings I pulled from some recent playlists that make use of acoustic instruments.  Although, I'm sure that there are plenty of forumites who would think that many of these would fall into the sickly sweet category I was just talking about.

christian fennesz & ryuichi sakamoto - cendre
Library Tapes - Sketches
rameses iii - honey rose
rafael anton irisarri - daydreaming
alio die & zeit - raag drone theory
slow six_nor'easter
slow six - private times in public places
marsen jules - golden

Although I am not a huge drone fan, I do like it when drones make use of traditional instruments or somehow gets an organic sound.  Chalk sometimes achieves this, the alio die & zeit release does as well and much of the Emeralds recording, "Allegory Of Allergies", has a great organic feel to it.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Best of 2007
« on: January 04, 2008, 07:00:16 PM »
In no particular order...

> Stars of the Lid - And Their Refinement of the Decline (kranky)
> Alio Die & Luciano Daini - End of an Era (hic sunt leones)
> Alio Die & Zeit - Raag Drone Theory(hic sunt leones)
> Tetsu Inoue - Inland (fax)
> Taylor Deupree - Landing (room40)
> Adam Pacione - from stills to motion (infraction)
> Paul Bradley - Chroma (twenty hertz)
> Emeralds - Allegory Of Allergies (gods of tundra)
> Fennesz & Sakamoto - Cende (touch)
> Northern - Drawn (infraction)
> Tim Hecker - Norberg (room40)
> Rameses III - Honey Rose ( important)
> sonmi451 - probes & prisms (u-cover)
> Meursault - Sleeping Debris (students of decay)
> Wes Willenbring - Somewhere someone else (Aquarius Records)
> Library Tapes - Sketches (make mine music)
> Kiln - Dusker (Ghostly Int'l)
> Iron & Wine - The Sheperds Dog (sub pop)
> Trespassers William - noble house ep
> various - Box of Dub (soul jazz)
> Once - soundtrack (columbia)
> Canon Blue - Colonies (Rumraket)
> Dakota Suite - Waiting for the dawn to crawl through and take your life (glitterhouse)
> P.G. Six - Slightly Sorry (Drag City)

I guess this is a good place to post a Best of 2007 mix.  It's not everything on my best of list, just cuts that worked well together.
Download it here...Best of 2007 Mix


   1. 00:00 - 04:30 Stars of the Lid - Even(out)
   2. 04:30 - 07:30 Paul Bradley - untitled #1
   3. 07:30 - 09:40 Adam Pacione - Warming Trend
   4. 09:40 - 15:30 Emeralds - arbole del tule
   5. 15:30 - 20:30 Alio Die & Luciano Daini - Crucibulum
   6. 20:30 - 24:24 Fennesz & Sakamoto - Aware
   7. 24:24 - 25:45 Library Tapes - Snowleaf
   8. 25:45 - 31:54 Dakota Suite - Because our lie breathes differently
   9. 31:54 - 35:20 Wes Willenbring - While my lungs fill with water
  10. 35:20 - 41:20 Sonmi 451 - Outer Shell
  11. 41:20 - 46:05 Kiln - Flycatcher
  12. 46:05 - 50:45 Rameses III - Theme 5
  13. 50:45 - 54:20 Meursault - Ivy
  14. 54:20 - 58:50 Alio Die & Zeit - Raag Drone Theory
  15. 58:50 - 06:20 Taylor Deupree - Landing
  16. 06:20 - 10:45 Tim Hecker - Norberg
  17. 10:45 - 14:30 Northern - Cinema
  18. 14:30 - 19:53 Stars of the Lid - Even if you're never awake

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