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Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: May 13, 2008, 02:00:36 PM »
HOUSE was an odd and unconvincing episode yesterday (the first of a double) ... but it really picked up towards the very end.

Didn't take the test, but I type surprisingly fast. But, looking over it I always find so many errors I have to correct I'm actually much better off typing slowly.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 13, 2008, 01:31:01 PM »
Interesting stuff Mr. UnterShade.


I'm now listening to a load of early tracks I have here
- red joy reid / O-D-K / angina p / carbon based lifeforms / hazen / mutagene / dream long dead / and many others

was a great time back when the old originally started up.

He was also an enthusiastic promoter in north America of Mathias Grassow, an artist he greatly admired.

I also remember one of the tag lines on his emails:
"No trees were harmed during the making of this email; however, a large number of electrons were greatly inconvenienced."

I'm sorry to lose him.

The live part started just after midnight here. But I stayed awake for half of it.
Looking forward to hearing the whole thing.
I really liked your very gradual introduction of backing pads and rhythmic elements.
Worked well.

Started pretty late for me, but heard some of the live show and enjoyed it !
Was also fun to hear tracks from Shadows on Water just before.

Good stuff, Jonathan.

Good luck with that, Jonathan. I hope to catch some of it.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Reaper
« on: May 08, 2008, 05:42:13 PM »
Hi James.
No, I've had no reason to look at it.

The reaper forum is likely to have some info/comments on it though

Bit of general info here for people who might want to know what reamote networking is

Everything and Nothing / Re: TV: Lost
« on: May 08, 2008, 03:47:56 PM »
Will certainly be interesting to see if they can pull the narrative threads together in a satisfactory way in so few episodes.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 08, 2008, 03:46:12 PM »

Murcof: Remembranza

Brilliant album. Preferred over the recent Cosmos ... an album that didn't quite come together for me in the end.

Everything and Nothing / Re: A game just made for ambient music
« on: May 08, 2008, 01:45:06 PM »

Neat  :)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Free Entia Non download
« on: May 08, 2008, 06:54:32 AM »
Yep, its another gorgeous bit of sample collage by Entia Non.
I'd highly recommend it.

Here is the full link:

And for people who might have missed it, the free Entia Non ep on DataObscura:

Everything and Nothing / Re: Hypnos forum and web site problems
« on: May 06, 2008, 05:16:29 PM »
There was a bit of rioting on a few threads when the lights went out.
Just a few smashed windows and some stolen mp3's. Nothing serious.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 06, 2008, 11:19:20 AM »

- Brain McBride: When the Detail Lost its Freedom
I play this fairly regularly. Depressing stuff ... but great.

coming up

- Beautumn: Northing

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Reaper
« on: May 03, 2008, 06:21:29 PM »
Its worth getting into, John. Solid, lean, intuitive program.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 03, 2008, 06:19:48 PM »

- Dac Crowell: The sea and the sky

I've always enjoyed Crowell's work. Kinda rich minimalist with repetition.
Thanks to whoever pointed this out a short while back in this thread.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Reaper
« on: May 03, 2008, 05:44:15 PM »

Thought I'd sing the praises of Reaper (DAW/sequencer).  Windows only (mac version in the works).
I recently permanently switched to it from one of the bigger, more expensive and bloated programs.

I've owned it for a year or so.
Its constantly being updated/improved.
It has a surprisingly small install, and loads projects really fast.
It can also run off a memory stick ... so is very portable.
Its inexpensive. It's stable. It has most of the features you'd expect from a pro DAW.
You can record audio or midi into the same track.
Its skinnable. It has highly flexible track routing.
VST / DX / rewire plugins.
Great audio quality and excellent automation.

And, most importantly, I find it works right for me.

Terrific program. Well worth checking out if you are in the market for such a thing.

Everything and Nothing / Re: TV: Lost
« on: May 02, 2008, 10:28:03 AM »
It was an appendix episode, in more ways than one.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 02, 2008, 08:55:01 AM »
Many thanks for the comment on Perceived Distances 1000snakes  :)

- Mitchell Akiyama: Big Sur
minimal experimental glitchy noisy fascinating.

This just in. Review of Kwook: Skywave (Blue Oasis),
and some tracks this weekend on Star's End radio.


At first, it's hard to say why SKYWAVE (57'47"), the CD by Kwook,
sounds so nostalgic. Is it the occasional Mellotron sound? The
buzzing lead lines or sweeping synth pads? Or just the overall
electronic aura that seems to engulf this album? All of these
qualities (as well as a hint of IDM beats) and more make for a
captivating release. But it's more the positive attitude of this artist
that gives his music its nostalgic feel than any riff or melody.
Comprised of subtle yet beautifully varied tracks SKYWAVE
glows in transfixing simplicity. The piece "Sunspots" is a
standout. With its catchy bassline and melodious flute, it
produces an ample amount of momentum and intrigue. A
common thread throughout is the insertion of squelchy
short-wave radio fragments. These lost communications add the
sensation of floating through the ether and are used to great
effect in the lengthy title piece, which spans three tracks at the
end of the disc. Our friend Kwook believes that "sound is a
playground". His inventive approach, full of joy and clarity, makes
the journey new.

Tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for music from SKYWAVE
by Kwook

Chuck van Zyl - Star's End


Kwook album details & samples:

There is also a full track on the Radio page:


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