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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Interstellar
« on: November 10, 2014, 07:48:30 PM »
I saw Interstellar over the weekend & enjoyed it very much.  Not my favorite movie of the year, that would be Boyhood, but it sure was an excellent ride.

It's a bit long, probably could have cut 20-30 minutes from it.  I love the big, grand scale of the film.  The score, while maybe not as bombastic as usual for Zimmer, is still very intense at times.  The volume in the theater I was in was just on the edge of too loud.  Overall I liked the score.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 09, 2014, 08:29:17 AM »
Underworld - Dubnobasswithmyheadman  -  I'd forgotten how much I love this album.
Disasterpeace - FEZ  -  Excellent 8-bit video game soundtrack on Bandcamp here...
Cyber Zen Sound Engine - Auslander  -  nice combo of electronic & ethnic/tribal.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: November 09, 2014, 08:03:11 AM »

Just finished Exo, the fourth book in the Jumper series.  I have enjoyed every book in this universe and this one is no different.  The lead character, Cent, is a teenage girl.  She and her parents, can teleport.  Which in past novels has lead to all sorts of action & intrigue.  In this one it leads to space.  Cent figures out how to teleport herself to orbit and begins her own little space program.  There is an awful lot of technical detail is this story about her spacesuit, orbital mechanics, etc.  At times the technical stuff can get to be a bit much, I just skipped through some if it got boring.

Over I had a good time with this book.  Definitely one of my favorite series.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Amazon Fire TV Stick
« on: October 30, 2014, 07:29:16 AM »
I pre-ordered one as well.  I don't really need it as I have a roku on one tv and a PS3 on the other, but I couldn't resist at that price.  My college age son will be moving out soon(I hope) so he'll probably take the PS3 and then I get some use out of the fire stick.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: October 17, 2014, 06:26:22 PM »
Love the new track!

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: October 17, 2014, 06:01:26 AM »
Just finished Lock In by John Scalzi.  It was a fast paced, enjoyable read.  I don't think I've ever read a book with so much dialog in it.  Because of that style it's easy to just breeze through the book very quickly.  Like Chris said earlier, it's well done & exciting.  Apparently Scalzi has three different TV series in the works, all based on his books, including Lock In.  The other two series are based on Old Man's War and Redshirts.  I hope at least one of the three will be good.

Next up is Exo by Steven Gould, the next book in the Jumper series.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 11, 2014, 06:06:00 AM »
A Winged Victory For The Sullen - Atomos  -  f-ing awesome!
36 - Dream Tempest
Bill Frisell - Guitar in the Space Age

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 08, 2014, 06:54:07 PM »
Chris,  I've been enjoying the Sea Oleena album as well.  Here are some other non-ambient spins...

Field Report - Marigolden  -  excellent release from a local Wisconsin band with ties to Bon Iver(Justin Vernon).  This is an understated album of spacious folk recordings, with just a few synth touches & intricate percussion.

Steve Reich - Radio Rewrite  -  a five-movement piece built on themes from Radiohead songs.  I just got this tonight so haven't listened much yet but sounds good so far.

alt-J - This Is All Yours  -  Very similar sounding to their debut, which can be a good and bad thing.  I really like the "An Awesome Wave" album but I wish they'd taken a few more chances on this new record.  They do win the award for best use of a Miley Cyrus sample on the song "Hunger of the Pine."

Nick Cave - Murder Ballads  -  I've always meant to get into Nick Cave but never really got around to it.  A friend suggested starting with Murder Ballads.  Good idea.

Pieta Brown - Paradise Outlaw  -  Another tie in with Justin Vernon.  This record of folks tunes was recorded at Vernon's studio in Wisconsin.  Sometimes ethereal, sometimes sexy, with banjo and lots of reverb.

The Rural Alberta Advantage - Mended With Gold  -  More excellent acoustic indie-pop-folk from this Canadian trio.  They often get loud and raucous, which is a good thing.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 04, 2014, 01:18:58 PM »

I think it's worth picking up but the I've been a little obsessed with Crimson lately.  The tracks with the new band are disappointing because they are very short.   The 4 tracks are :23, :54, :44 & 1:11.

I like CD #1 better, as it's mostly older stuff.  My favorite from that is the instrumental mix of Fallen Angel from Red.  There are several "extracts" that are just short tidbits, :14, 1:14, 1:18, 2:35, 2:39.  They are interesting just a bit short. 

All in all I'm glad I got it, partly as a memento of the Madison show.  For other folks, you've got to be a pretty big Crimson fan to make it worthwhile.

BTW, their show in Madison was f-ing phenomenal!  They played half of Red, which is my favorite Crimson album.  Plus the three drummers were incredible.  I literally almost cried when they played Schizoid Man.  The song has been part of my musical life for 40 years & to see it played live was kind of overwhelming.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 03, 2014, 06:48:19 PM »
dirk serries - the origin reversal
Arve Henriksen - The Nature of Connections
Tangerine Dream - Phaedra Farewell Tour Concerts
King Crimson - Elements Tour Box

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: October 02, 2014, 06:16:46 AM »
Great to see your review of Lock In.  I'm about to start it myself.  I'm reading Unlocked right now, Scalzi's novella which is an oral history of Haden's Syndrome, the disease that causes lock in.  It gives a nice background and setup for Lock in.

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.

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

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.

tonepoet - Headspace - excellent guitar-based ambient.

eternell - Kalimba Ambience  -  pretty ambient tunes all based on kalimba recordings.  Thanks for the heads up, Castleview.

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.

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

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)
HooDoo (new improv)
21st Century Schizoid Man (1969)

I'm a little excited.  ::)

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

Oh my this is funny...

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.

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 " that quiet earth" for different Green Bay Packers highlight videos.

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

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...

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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