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Everything and Nothing / Robots and Donuts - the art of Eric Joyner
« on: September 19, 2014, 06:11:04 AM »
Many people know I have this crazy thing for robots - especially the iconic older tin toy robot "look".  While I don't own any classic tin toys... (and probably won't as they're crazy expensive even for many of the reproductions...) - I love the artwork and images of them.   Hey, I said I was crazy. 

So... I'd like to point out the wonderful artwork of Eric Joyner.  Who combines classic tin toy robots and ...  donuts.  And has been for quite some time now.  These are gorgeous paintings (not digital... actual paint here folks... :) 

Below are just a few of my favorites... there are so many more in his galleries.  Know of other "robot" artists?  (paint, pencil, or digital!) - let me know!

http://ericjoyner.com/


















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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sorry Pete Kelly....On Inspiration
« on: September 19, 2014, 05:59:49 AM »
p.s.  I'm really happy to see things calming down and I commend Mike and APK... and Julio for offering the first apology. 

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sorry Pete Kelly....On Inspiration
« on: September 19, 2014, 05:53:55 AM »
I have to admit...  I'm suffering from that amateur view of waiting for inspiration... or rather - I'm waiting for the "right time" to record.

And there is no right time to record for me.  So I just have to do it. 

And I *know* better.  I've been around the block.  Many times now.  What is my problem? 

I need to stop asking myself why, and just do... and yet - I still don't "do". 

Hmmmm. 

is this a midlife crisis of sorts?

John

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 17, 2014, 07:34:23 AM »
recent spins

Gapfield - excellent beaty stuff from Specta Ciera and Jacob Newman)
Earlyguard - drone drone drone
HAT - Hosono, Atom Heart, Tetsu Inoue - fun album
Kloob - ambient - coming out on Relaxed Machinery in 2015
Steve Brand - his new one coming out Oct 3
B12 - classic Warp
Bola - in a four letter band mood, see below
Jega - in a four letter band mood, see above
a dub techno mix on youtube


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I've already thanked you over at Relaxed Machinery - but have to thank you again!  :-)

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Reposting from my label site: http://relaxedmachinery.com

We are very proud to present Steve Brand’s newest release, The Space Between.  Even better?  Rusty at SomaFM is going to premiere the entire album at 8pm Eastern on Drone Zone!   – AND – We’ll all be in chat for a listening party!  Join us, won’t you?!?!

Listen:  http://somafm.com/dronezone/

Chat:  http://relaxedmachinery.ning.com

Times throughout the world:


Oct 3:
2:00 pm – Honolulu
5:00 pm – San Francisco
8:00 pm – New York
9:00 pm – Rio de Janeiro

Oct 4:
1:00 am – London
2:00 am – Berlin
3:00 am – Helsinki
4:00 am – Moscow
5:30 am – Mumbai
8:00 am – Perth
9:00 am – Tokyo
10:00 am – Melbourne
Noon – Auckland




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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: On Inspiration - Chuck Close quote
« on: September 16, 2014, 01:42:21 PM »
on topic...

Yes - really good quote, Pete - thanks for posting! Similar to the famous 1% inspiration 99% perspiration... or the one about doing it every day actively allows for those moments of inspiration to strike when you're prepared for them... or something like that. 

Gear ...  I've always held that "tools are tools are tools" whether you like hardware or software, vintage stuff, a few old pieces you know really well - or you love the constant inspiration that comes from new hardware or new VST's...  or acoustic instruments or well you get the idea.

It just doesn't matter.  A fantastic guitar player with a total junk guitar can still mesmerize you.  Early techno was on cheap cheap stuff begged and borrowed and on 4-track tape.  Some of my favorite musicians only use laptops.  Some of my favorites have massive basements full of freaking gear I'll never be able to afford. 

It just doesn't matter.   Tools are tools are tools.

Use the tools that feel right to you - and if you feel the need to judge others about their gear or techniques... maybe you should take a look in a mirror sometime.

John

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: On Inspiration - Chuck Close quote
« on: September 16, 2014, 01:29:18 PM »
Seriously ...  are you kidding?   

Can we please have a conversation about *anything* that doesn't get into name calling / idiocy?

Cosmic Fabric - would you please stop antagonizing and posting rude things.  I haven't read every single post in this thread but all the ones that have annoyed me have your name on them.  Please stop, please only post when you feel like being civil again.

Thank you.

John

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bad Ambient
« on: September 05, 2014, 06:37:11 AM »
Some of my favorite artists have released albums that just didn't resonate with me. The vidna obmana one Drone On referenced is one that comes to mind. I also didn't really enjoy some of the collaborations with Asmus Tietchens.

Exactly! And ironically - the 2nd disc of Dirk/Asmus - Motives for Recycling is one of my favorites - it took a while to grow on me but when it did... wow. Love it. 

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Everything and Nothing / Re: TIDAL - Lossless audio streaming service
« on: September 04, 2014, 05:39:58 AM »
Interesting!  Signed up for the newsletter.  Thanks, Mike.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bad Ambient
« on: September 04, 2014, 05:37:07 AM »
There are many albums I listen to once and go... ummm ... no - I'll be deleting that from the ipod... 

But I'm not sure that means it's bad - it just means I didn't like it at all.  One label was recommended to me, a lot of people like it / great reviews - but I didn't.  A lot of static drone and noises. 

I love drone with layers and movement... I love noise when it's not just noise for noise sake... I didn't like the few albums I tried from that label from different artists - so... moral of the story.  I didn't like it - so I never mentioned listening to them.    I'm not a critical reviewer.  Just someone who loves this music and the people who record and listen to it. 

John

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: September 04, 2014, 05:31:39 AM »
Rusty at SomaFM is adding tracks from Andy's Fractured III - Shards to the rotation on Drone Zone and possibly other stations.  I'm pretty happy about that!   http://somafm.com/

John

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: August 20, 2014, 05:54:39 AM »
I'm very glad to help put this album out there... it's drone... sometimes darker.  I like it.  :-)

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Chris / S1gns is officially one of the "good eggs".  His interviews on his podcast are awesome.  He's done quite a few of them now featuring people from the Ambient Online site, Relaxed Machinery artists, Data Obscura artists...   cool stuff.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Any other photography people out there ?
« on: August 07, 2014, 10:28:59 AM »
I love photography - but have been sadly not doing it for a while now.  Just iphone photos.  (the camera you have with you... etc...)


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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Your music?
« on: August 07, 2014, 10:27:41 AM »
I've got catching up to do!  Thanks, everyone.

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S1gns of L1fe just posted this over on rM:

http://relaxedmachinery.ning.com/profiles/blogs/ambient-online-podcast-34-featuring-robert-davies

I know there are Robert Davies fans over here... enjoy!


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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Your music?
« on: August 05, 2014, 07:37:49 AM »
I just found myself looking at some threads from artists here and wondering where there music is.  No links in signature or on their profile. Crossing_the_treshhold is the person I was wanting to click 'play' on.  Some amazing gear flowing into that studio - and I want to hear what's coming out. 

So - where is your music - "your music" in the global everyone here sense?  List it below - and hey - add a link on your profile, too!   

Thanks!

 

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Oddly - I'm currently not playing any games - gotten bored with all of the ones on my ipad (in general ipad games don't last long for me).

No time to dust off the ps3.  Although Broken Harbour told me final fantasy 7 is in the psn store.  I've still never OPENED Skyrim - and those games are historically my all time favorite biggest time suck games ever.  Which ... is why I haven't opened it.  Sure glad I bought it.   cough. 

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