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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: R.I.P. XP
« on: December 01, 2013, 10:01:03 AM »
You've inspired me to do the overnight backup this evening.


This was an interesting read. I'm bumping it because I've seen a few older forum faces around lately and I'm curious to know if they have a different perspective on these issues almost four years later.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 27, 2013, 09:25:08 AM »
Redfish - Redfish
A relatively new release from Letna & Alexandre Navarro on their SEM label. Experimental electronics from outer space.


I've been spending waaaaaayyyyy too much time playing games when I should be recording my next album. (Shame I know)

Get to work!

Ack! And Shadow of the Colossus. I bought a PS3 just to play that and Journey. (And, well, because my son wanted one.) This is an incredible adventure/ landscape exploration-style game. Watch a few videos. Most of the youtube videos depict battle scenes (the core game mechanic involves defeating 15 or so giants), but 80% of the game involves exploring the breathtaking landscape to locate the sleeping giants.

Damn, I almost forgot:

You absolutely must try Journey if you have a PS3. It is one of the best atmosphere + sandbox games I've ever played:

The soundtrack is frigging amazing too. Stream it here, starting with the track "Temptations":

I was wondering if anyone has suggestions for another free roaming game like Skyrim ?
I'm not into industrial/zombies and the like. The beauty of the Skyrim landscape was one of its big appeals for me.

Have you tried Minecraft? It has some beautiful landscapes. They are not photo-realistic, but it is fun game for exploration, roaming, creative-building purposes.

I also downloaded Dear Esther a while back, but never found time to play it. It sounds like it might be of interest:

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: what Tv series should I see ?
« on: November 24, 2013, 10:16:45 AM »
It is a bit silly, I suppose. I like it because it is a unique mixture of silliness, mystery, and "otherworldlyness." If it wasn't for Twin Peaks, I'm not sure I would have discovered as quickly my love of coffee.

Something my wife and I enjoyed a ton was Damages. I think there are 3 to 5 seasons available on Netflix, DVD, etc.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: what Tv series should I see ?
« on: November 24, 2013, 09:18:38 AM »
By "cheesy" you mean the "best thing that ever appeared on network television", right?  ;D

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: what Tv series should I see ?
« on: November 24, 2013, 08:27:12 AM »
If you want to go "old school," Twin Peaks is excellent.

If you like comedy, 30 Rock is hilarious.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 23, 2013, 09:46:22 AM »
I haven't done anything serious with music in over 20 years, but I'm really enjoying this thread. There is a lot to learn here even for those of us who are mere listeners and fans of ambient music.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 22, 2013, 06:07:55 PM »
I preordered it too, Forrest. I didn't want to take a chance since Facture's stuff sells out so quickly!

I think you're right: there is the potential for powerful synergy between music and art/packaging. Part of what makes Facture's Light Folds such a powerful release is the art, the photographs, the posters, and the varied media for the music. The music itself is wonderful, but the packaging (both the detail and the depth) elevates it to a level that it would not have achieved on its own. Both Facture and TRS have mastered this process in a way that few other indies have.

Now playing:
Finval - Voyager
A new ambient release from the U-Cover label. Long-form, space synth tracks. I think fans of Oophoi and other like-minded artists will enjoy this. (But, like an Oophoi release, be prepared to turn up the volume if you actually want to bathe in the details.)


I hear that Steve Roach pirated a copy of Windows on an iOS system.

Thanks for the head's up!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 16, 2013, 01:01:16 PM »
Birch and Meadow - Butterflies and Graves
Experimental ambient meets folk-like vocals by David Wenngren (aka Library Tapes) and Sara Forslund. On the Time Released Sound label. Pretty good.
Samples here:

Orla Wren - Book of the Folded Forest
Incredible. This also includes occasional vocals, but is largely a curious combination of glitchy manipulations and modern composition. I bought a digital copy, but there is a (somewhat pricey) physical copy that comes with a DVD that includes videos for selected tracks. I might break down and buy it too simply because this is Quality Stuff. Facture is releasing a new Orla Wren album in early December that contains reworkings of tracks from these sessions.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bandcamp
« on: November 16, 2013, 12:50:24 PM »
They note the 128 rate on their FAQ page.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 10, 2013, 08:54:09 AM »
Moritz von Oswald & Nils Petter Molvaer - 1/1 - This one is fantastic.  Dubby electronics with Molvaer's trumpet over the top.  I'm not sure when it will be available on the US but I didn't want to wait so I broke down & bought it on ebay for $30.

I looked up some youtube samples of this after reading your description. Sounds awesome!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 09, 2013, 09:57:36 PM »
Another gem !

Woven Tides is pretty swell, no?

The Humble Bee - Henrietta
A new vinyl (and digital) release by Craig Tattersall. This is pretty neat stuff. From what I can gather, Tattersall took a brief vacation in Cornwall in 2011 and mapped features of the landscape to musical notes, creating some interesting piano rolls for a music box and other stringed instruments. (The picture below probably conveys the idea better than I can with words.) Anyhow, the album is pretty interesting: a mixture of Cornwall field recordings, tape loops, "dusting," electronics, and this other crazy "nature's music box" stuff.

More information, including Fluid Audio streaming of a slightly different version, here: . For sale at Boomkat:

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: November 06, 2013, 08:01:35 PM »
Margaret Atwood - Oryx and Crake
Fiction. Oryx and Crake is a story about Snowman--one of the last surviving humans in a post-apocalyptic age. The story opens with him going on an adventure in which we learn about, through Snowman's recollections, the series of events that led to the sudden demise of humanity. I was hoping to enjoy this more, having liked The Handmaid's Tale a lot when I read it in college. The book has some truly great moments, but the motivations behind the characters are not well developed.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 06, 2013, 07:53:49 PM »
From the Mouth of the Sun - Woven Tide
Excellent collaboration between Dag Rosenqvist (Jasper TX) and Aaron Martin.
Samples/Buy (on sale):

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