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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Holy Crapintosh Batman!!!
« on: October 04, 2016, 03:56:58 PM »
I just built a gaming PC recently with Windows 10 on it. Windows is what I grew up with and it's the only serious choice for PC gaming at this point.

That being said, I've used Macs in college and work and they worked fine for me. OSX is pretty stable and it's not too hard to find things after a little while of getting used to it. I like how all updates are free but you've essentially paid for it through the overpriced hardware. Not only is their hardware far too expensive for the amount of performance you're typically getting, they're really hard to upgrade and repair by yourself like others have already pointed out.

Plus, if you really want to avoid viruses, just get a Chromebook or install Linux (particularly an accessible distro like Ubuntu or Mint). Ubuntu isn't bad for basic computing nowadays.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 25, 2016, 07:20:43 PM »
Divination - Sacrifice

It doesn't sound like the other Divination albums but Laraaji's zither blends in really well with Laswell's soundscapes.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 22, 2016, 05:23:13 PM »
Duff Egan - Cosmogenesis

Love the drones here, especially the first two tracks.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bill Laswell's Bandcamp page
« on: September 04, 2016, 08:25:38 PM »
Got you.....the mystery remains then!

Sadly, it does.

Also, Laswell's Bandcamp has more stuff from Axiom Records now uploaded but none of it is ambient. Some of it might be of interest to jazz and world music fans. I haven't even heard a lot of it, and I'm a Bill Laswell fan.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bill Laswell's Bandcamp page
« on: August 29, 2016, 02:49:12 PM »
Very Interesting music...Lost in translation, Like it a lot.

Tetsu Inoue is credited as part of this project....released in august, 2016, does not say when it was recorded.  People have been looking for this fellow as he dropped of the radar a while ago.

It came out in 1994 originally. Tetsu Inoue also did a full-length with Laswell back in the day called Cymatic Scan, released in 1995.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Bill Laswell's Bandcamp page
« on: August 28, 2016, 04:22:08 PM »

I know Bill Laswell isn't strictly an ambient musician but he worked on the Psychonavigation, Outland, and part of the Dark Side Of The Moog series with Pete Namlook and his Axiom Ambient compilation is a personal favorite of mine:

I wonder if he has any rights to the Psychonavigation and Outland albums. It'd be awesome if he uploaded them in the future. It'd be nice to see the Divination albums there. Even the last one with Laraaji was really good.

Just thought that somebody here might be interested. There's some great albums uploaded already.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 27, 2016, 10:51:48 AM »
Biospherica is awesome. Definitely one of my favorites of the year as well.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 21, 2016, 07:52:31 PM »
Death Cube K - Dreamatorium

Haven't listened to this in a long time but it's one of the best dark ambient albums ever.

Have this, but not listened for an age. Will have to check it out again.

Have you heard his guitar ambient album, Colma? TBH it's not really ambient but I suppose for Buckethead it is  ;) Has some of the most beautiful guitar melodies and tunes I have heard. In fact one of the best guitar orientated albums ever for me, and that is saying something.

I have not heard it. TBH, I don't follow Buckethead too closely. Might have to check that out sometime though.

I actually got Dreamatorium mainly because Bill Laswell worked on it.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 13, 2016, 12:09:21 PM »
Death Cube K - Dreamatorium

Haven't listened to this in a long time but it's one of the best dark ambient albums ever.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Thoughts on Mychael Danna?
« on: July 30, 2016, 08:45:01 PM »
I never got any of his solo discs, just the one Danna & Clement album  A Gradual Awakening, and also  Tim Clément's Waterstation, both of which I enjoy. I wonder what happened to Tim, according to discogs he hasn't released anything since 1994.

He makes music for TV shows and films and he's showed up on a few of Danna's soundtracks. Otherwise, he's been pretty quiet.

He has a website apparently:

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 26, 2016, 07:25:21 PM »
Hakobune and Dirk Serries - Obscured By Beams Of Sorrow

Some of the best ambient guitar soundscapes you'll find. A lovely album that reveals itself further with each listen.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Thoughts on Mychael Danna?
« on: July 26, 2016, 05:35:41 PM »
I'm not that familiar with Danna's solo work, but I like his North of Niagara album with Clement.  Melancholy, moody and soft, but without sappiness.


Yeah, that's another great album. I need to give it another listen. That last sentence summarizes Summerland pretty well too.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Thoughts on Mychael Danna?
« on: July 25, 2016, 06:36:01 PM »
I'm a huge fan of Sirens and Skys, his two solo albums on Hearts Of Space released back in the early 90's, and I wish he would have kept making music like that instead of going on to make soundtracks for obscure Canadian films. His releases with Tim Clement as Danna & Clement were great too. I have Summerland on CD and it's another personal favorite of mine. Sadly, much of their work is out of print at this point.

He was so good at blurring the line between cinematic music and ambient music, without getting too far into cheesy new age territory. I just wish he would have made more non-soundtrack music.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 22, 2016, 05:00:11 PM »
Suso Saiz - Mirrors of Pollution

It's the only Suso Saiz album in my collection but I really like it. Also, I loved his guitar work in Suspended Memories.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: July 06, 2016, 07:29:43 PM »
A new module added to my system...Iron Ether Pithoprakta, a probabilistic rhythm generator.  Basically a very random gate sequencer

FYI....Iron Ether is primarily a guitar pedal manufacturer out of Lafayette Louisiana with just this one astonishing eurorack module

Wow, I didn't know that Iron Ether was from Louisiana, let alone 40 minutes away from where I live. Thanks for posting about that.

Thanks! That's an interesting suggestion. I'm going to play around with it more before I finish the album and mess around with different mixes. I feel like I'm on to something but I just need to refine the compositions a little further.

The last couple of times I've tried making an album like this, I ended up failing to produce something noteworth and instead, went on to something else. This has been going a lot better so far.

I know Michael Stearns performed a few years back at Ambicon. But he has since been quite....again. Kit Watkins has been very quite for the last 10+ years. I thought Michael was going to do a gig in Tucson this year but that did not happen.
Does anybody know whats going on with the 2 musicians?

Stearns for the most part has been really quiet for a long time. The last ambient album he released that wasn't a soundtrack was The Storm in 2001 IIRC. It's a shame because he's one of the all-time greats and I still want to hear another collaboration between him and Steve Roach.

I just finished this playlist today. It's the first playlist on 8tracks that I've done in a while. I figured a few people here would enjoy a playlist of noisier ambient music.


Hey guys. I just released a new track that's going to be on a future album of mine. Stylistically, I'm aiming for a noisy but ethereal drone/ambient sound that I explored back when I first starting posting here, except that I've improved a lot since then.

Anyways, feel free to give me any feedback.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Fretless Bass (for ambient)
« on: June 19, 2016, 02:37:32 PM »
Nice. I've thought about getting a bass at some point myself.

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