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Everything and Nothing / Re: "I am NOT a number"
« on: January 17, 2009, 07:27:13 PM »
There's some discussion on Wikipedia of whether the Secret Agent (Danger Man) was the Prisoner or not.
I always assumed that he was. 
I learned last night that the episode "Living in Harmony" was not aired in the US until the late 90's, due to it's implications to anti-Vietnam-War stance. 

Be seeing you.  ;)

And you. ;)

I didn't say the character in Secret Agent was or wasn't the same one in The Prisoner. I have a book on the series, it says that Patrick was offered another year of Secret Agent but turned it down and offered to do what turned out to be the Prisoner. I also seem to remember the book saying something about Living in Harmony being banned for its use of drugs in the show. McGoohan said that he always wanted to do a Western so he indulged himself with Living in Harmony.

Everything and Nothing / Re: "I am NOT a number"
« on: January 16, 2009, 12:01:34 PM »
I loved that show, it blew me away upon first seeing as a kid back in the 1960s when it was shown as a summer replacement on CBS. I remember seeing it rebroadcast on PBS in the 1970s, after the end of each show a psychologist would come on and explain what had just happened. Of course Patrick McGoohan did several other things, including another 1960s classic called Secret Agent, a sort of James Bond type character which then lead to The Prisoner.

Everything and Nothing / Re: For Audiophiles Only!
« on: January 16, 2009, 11:54:03 AM »

Mike - I'd recommend the tube version of the HoleyStone to balance the attitude with some warmth.
I believe that Steve Roach used this model on the special-edition of his Early Man album.

Yes he used a prototype made from slate, but he went a step further and had the tube replaced with a quartz crystal to absorb even more negative energy. :D ;D

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Kyma X (Do you still want to learn?)
« on: January 12, 2009, 01:56:07 PM »
Just a follow up, the new version called Pacarana is out now:

Everything and Nothing / Re: Organizing large music collections.
« on: January 12, 2009, 01:29:02 PM »
Swear to God, they're like Tribbles on super-tritacale.

Yes but they usually make a more pleasant sound, especially if you are a Klingon.  ;) ;D

I usually put my CDs in alphabetical order by artist, group, or region for my world music stuff. Compilations are at the end.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Eno on singing
« on: January 08, 2009, 03:54:48 PM »
So does this mean On Land was suppose to be the background to his acapella group?  ??? ;D

I had a brief conversation with Stephen Hill when he stopped by.  I remember him telling me that the success of more commercial releases such as those by John Boswell and the "Celtic Twilight" series helped to subsidize the releases on Fathom.  I doubt that there was any pressure placed by the HOS/Fathom label on Steve or Robert to commercialize their sound.

That is not what the artist on the label told me in conversation (I should point out this was not from just Steve & Robert I heard this, but from other artists as well). To be fair I think Stephen may remember it this way as from my understanding he was not the main person putting the pressure on the artists.

So I am curious, does anyone know the history behind this split in Hearts of Space, and was it prompted by complaints from the New Age listeners, or by the artists themselves, who were exploring the darker territories? It seems this shows a fundamental strangeness in the whole New Age movement, where the dark side of humanity and the universe is glossed over, or not acknowledged.

From my perspective which is admittedly pretty one sided (and 2nd or 3rd hand), it was pushed through by the Artists, particularly Roach and Rich, I think Sterns played a part as well. At the time the term New Age was already seeing a backlash in the media, so these artists wanted something that would differ them from Celtic harpists and other more New Age type HOS label mates.

The irony is from the birth of Fathom also came sort of its downfall, the Hearts O' Space Celtic music label (and another more pop oriented label called RGB). The Hearts O' Space label became over night the biggest seller in the HOS franchise, producing their first gold records. This success in turn then lead to some friction between the label and the Fathom artists. The label wanted the artists to produce music that would sell more product. But by this time it was actually too late as the whole ambient/chill room boom that had made this music some what popular had pretty much died, so sales were starting to tank for everyone. Not long after HOS sold out to a distributor, all that really remains is the HOS radio show.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Are you Synaesthetic? (test here)
« on: January 08, 2009, 10:13:42 AM »
A complete zero for me on the synaesthetic test as well. I've always thought synesthesia was over hyped.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Facebook vs. Myspace
« on: January 06, 2009, 09:23:05 AM »
It is, after all, a tool used by the CIA

Funny, now that you mention it most of my Facebook friends are from the California Institute of the Arts.  ;D

Everything and Nothing / Re: CD-R Deterioration
« on: January 04, 2009, 11:52:34 AM »
I use dBpoweramp to rip.  It uses the Accuraterip database and C1 error reporting from the CD/DVD-ROM among other things to produce a precise copy of the music files. . . . . I placed the Baghiri disc in my crappy home stereo CD player, and it seemed fine.

Do you have access to another CD/DVD-ROM that can rip your discs? I'm wondering if you current DVDrom is the problem and not the discs themselves, especially if they play fine in your regular CD player. If the laser is going bad you would probably get lots of errors, using a different DVDrom device to rip with would probably eliminate one or the other.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Facebook vs. Myspace
« on: January 03, 2009, 11:52:09 AM »
I'm on both. Facebook for me is more actual "friends" oriented, while MySpace is more of a way to expose my muisc. I've heard some people say that Facebook is better for posting events and such then MySpace.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Where are they now? another edition
« on: December 25, 2008, 11:57:13 AM »
A Produce (his last release was the 3-disc career retrospective)

Barry and I have been working on an album together for over a year now. We took a long break but are now back at it, about every other week or so.

Ruben Garcia (got a nice email from him after reviewing his career retro. CD; that was a few years ago)

I have a preliminary copy of a new album from Ruben called Through The Looking Glass. I imagine it will be out next year some time.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Kyma X (Do you still want to learn?)
« on: December 21, 2008, 11:29:11 AM »

Did you buy the used one yet? You might want to hold off as Symbolic is suppose to be releasing a new version very soon that is much more powerful and doesn't require pci cards anymore and is cheaper. I've thought about getting into one myself but they have always been just out of reach for me.

Everything and Nothing / Re: What music is
« on: December 18, 2008, 11:59:23 AM »
There is a discussion going on on the Wiard forum about what music is and if the classification music is unfair to what we do.

From my experience with the Wiard group forum I would expect the consensus answer to this question would be "whatever Grant Richter says is music."  ;D :P

I also like Gary's discription of music. Gary's been on the edge of this music for nearly 30 years and I had the pleasure of hearing Gary do a wonderful piece live on his massive Wiard system last year that I think just about anyone here would love. Here's a little known fact, Steve Roach's Structures From Silence was mixed at Gary's studio way back in the 1980's.

Everything and Nothing / Re: 2008 winter weather
« on: December 18, 2008, 11:47:22 AM »
Yesterday, there was snow in San Francisco, which was downright bizarre. 

I can report that we also had snow in parts of Los Angeles yesterday as well, very unusual. Not where I live but it nearly got cold enough here to snow as well. Our high was 50F, but once the rain started the temperatures dropped and by mid afternoon were in the low 40s.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 16, 2008, 11:38:42 AM »
That sounds interesting Loren.  Are you willing to reveal any more info about your project?

Yeah its no big deal. The schools conductor (I work at UCLA) is up for tenure, so I'm dubbing a bunch of recordings of concerts he's conducted over the years to show what's he's done. Most of them are on cassette and go back to the 1980s. Oh, the Vaughan-Williams piece was Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas  Tallis.

Right now I'm listening to the very first field recording I ever made. A recording I did in Guatemala in 1972 of a cheesy marimba band at a hotel I was staying.  :D

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 15, 2008, 12:55:19 PM »
I'm at work and am working on a project that requires me to listen to some old radio broadcasts of classical music concerts. Right now I'm listening to Vaughan-Williams, Prokofiev, and Britten. Not really ambient but what's coming through the speakers at this moment.  :)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Black Hole Reverb
« on: December 13, 2008, 11:34:42 AM »
on a budget ?

lexicon Lxp5 or Lxp1 or Lxp15
Line 6 verbzilla

The LXP5 doesn't have reverb, at least mine doesn't. I've heard that the Alesis wedge is pretty decent and cheap too. If you can stretch your budget to around $300 then you can get the Sony R7, an excellent underrated reverb. I can tell you that Robert Rich, A Produce, and myself all use one if that makes any difference.

Roland sde 330 , sdx 330 , Fireworx .

Neither of those Rolands are reverbs (its the SRV-330 from that line), I have a Fireworx and I don't like the verb in that box for some reason.

The H8000 has no vst support and cant be used as a plugin but ive seen it used as a send effect in cubase sx via adat and its good for that.

The current H8000 is the H8000FW which also offered a firewire interface, but you are correct in that their is no plug-in support, maybe the H9000 will?  ;D BTW I stlll use all my hardware devices within my workstation software (Logic Studio) either via adat, spdif, or plan old analog, it works great.  :)

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