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Everything and Nothing / Re: How do you do?
« on: March 19, 2010, 12:57:41 AM »
I had a monumental session of printing today and am enjoying glasses of beer. I enjoy this forum so much, and the regulars here. Wow, I lurked for a couple of years, then finally signed on when I moved to Seattle from China back in 2005. I remember the big crash when the posts were all wiped out. How many years ago was that? I've personally contacted one or two of you on the forum, but, inspired by this thread especially, I hope to become better aquainted with people here in the near future. Life is too short not to make more friends. And I am looking forward to meeting some forumites up here in the Northwest when Robert Rich comes to our area. My spare futon is open if anyone needs to crash in Seattle for the gig.

I compulsively check this forum, and get a little sad when the posts die out and things seem to go in hibernation. There has been good activity lately, it is now fun to check back in more frequently.

I used to be an English teacher, now I am studying printing and graphic design. It has taken over my life, and I get an immense amount of joy from doing it. This happiness keeps me fairly firmly rooted in Seattle, though I am deeply in love with the city of Portland, where I got to live for six months. Before that, I lived for years just travelling and working around the world.

Hypnos and ambient in general became a great part of my life in troubled times during these travels. Kept me grounded, for which I am thankful.

I will be highlighting artistic activities and such during the coming days. I like how the musicians here really get into it, but I want to start something for the artists and illustrators, and potentially get things going for audio/visual collaboration projects. To plug my work, I'd like to mention my brother's music at Very good music and amazing letterpress packaging designed by myself and printed in Portland by Stumptown printers thanks to Mike's recommendation!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich: Ylang
« on: March 19, 2010, 12:36:52 AM »
I've been listening to Ylang everyday since I received it, and my appreciation for it is great. I can agree that I wish Robert would indulge in deeper ambient works, but comparing this album to his drone based work doesn't really make sense. This album is absolutely great, I would say a classic, on its own. I do hope Robert's next album is a completely far out droney piece, but that in no way diminishes my enjoyment of this work. This kind of sound is rare these days, something so elaborate and indeed so musical, so well made. There is plenty of drone out there, but not enough albums like Ylang.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich: Ylang
« on: March 05, 2010, 04:05:27 AM »
Ylang is definitely more musically and rythmically structured than what could be called ambient. But it is unique in having an immense ambient sense in its background and foundation. This album will make you feel like you've been on a wonderful and extended journey though. I do hope for some more formless work in future Rich albums, but I am enjoying this for the masterful work that it is. So few, if any, albums like this are coming out these days. In fact, this album reminds me of Soma, the collaboration between Rich and Roach. It reminds me how well an ambient style album benefits from having outside voices to contribute. We need more of this type of collaborative effort, it brings out the best in all artists involved.

Where can one acquire mini discs for burning? I'd love to find those red ones that Waterscape uses...

Everything and Nothing / Re: 10 most addictive sounds in the world
« on: March 03, 2010, 04:26:14 PM »
Forgot to mention this excellent album Natural Sounds of Japan I picked up by chance at the Kinokuniya bookstore. Beautiful packaging too. The cicada sounds are wonderful and extensive, among many other amazing sounds...

Everything and Nothing / Re: 10 most addictive sounds in the world
« on: March 03, 2010, 04:24:03 PM »
I've got to concur on the late night train sounds. Such a lovely sound. Used to hear it a lot more when I lived in Portland. I do so a bit here in Seattle, but not as much as I'd like. It's funny, whenever I do hear it, the pleasure is distinct. Vidna Obmana catches that ancient train tone on some albums, it's a good substitue if you can't get the real thing...

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 03, 2010, 03:12:25 PM »

Natural Sounds of Japan

This is a great album of field recordings. I don't think I've heard better. Purely natural sounds very well arranged.

Everything and Nothing / Re: 10 most addictive sounds in the world
« on: March 02, 2010, 11:26:40 AM »
Cicadas chirruping in deep blasting hot summer days. Has to be my favorite sound...

I like how lively the forum has been lately. It was getting pretty quiet for a while there.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Robert Rich: Ylang
« on: February 28, 2010, 08:18:06 PM »
This release definitely deserves its own post. Ylang has been running repeatedly in my stereo since Friday afternoon and I just wanted to hear if others are as excited about it as I am. I'd first have to admit that my devotion to Rich's work was flagging a bit in the past couple of years. Interest in albums like Electric Ladder, Eleven Questions, and the collaborations with Boddy just wasn't sustained for me. The quality was there of course, but I just wasn't feeling any kind of emotional connection to the music. Ylang seems to pull in what Rich has been doing in recent years and ensoul it with the kind of lifeblood that is in Temple of the Invisible, probably the most masterful Robert Rich album so far. At least since this new album. Ylang is just about everything a fan of music could want. A more detailed review will be written soon...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich New CD and Tour
« on: February 27, 2010, 02:09:25 AM »
Ylang is amazing. Many repeat plays tonight and just can't listen to it enough. Robert has brought together all his skills and experience on this one, fusing his styles in a seamless way. This album will knock you over with its seemingly effortless beauty. The sixth track stands out as being incredibly sublime amidst an altogether unreal set of tracks. He has brought together an excellent set of players to contribute as well, adding great depth. And Forrest brings it home with some wizardly violin playing on the final track!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 26, 2010, 06:59:37 PM »
Robert Rich:


Just had the first listen. 53 minutes of music and it rushed by in what seemed like a few. My first impression is that it's a fusion of different currents of Rich's work...a masterful fusion at that. And the main element itself could be called a fusion of world musics. Inspiring work this is.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich New CD and Tour
« on: February 26, 2010, 05:41:41 PM »
Just got the new album out of the mailbox and am listening. Haven't been this excited to hear something new in a long while. People have been mentioning Seven Veils as a comparison point...haven't heard that album in a long while so I can't comment, but this is a most welcome style Rich has created, very refined...

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 24, 2010, 05:23:13 PM »
Robert Rich:

Calling Down the Sky
Temple of the Invisible

These albums are absolutely incredible...made my night last night.

I've been enjoying all the responses here, and feel like I generally agree. I'd like to add, from my personal perspective, why ambient might not be as popular as before. I am definitely not in the camp that thinks that the majority of ambient music is crap these days - in fact, some of the best music in this genre has come out in the past few years. And while I do think our society is becoming more and more detached from human contact, and the ability to appreciate a more nuanced sonic experience, I think something is increasingly disappearing from the ambient world. I am by no means the avid collector I used to be, and that could be due in part to a feeling that the thrill and sense of discovery in ambient has faded considerably. It's likely it is just entirely my own feelings that have led me to this, but I am curious if others feel this as well. Back in 2003, when I first discovered this music, it was the entry into a bottomless and wonderful world. Sitting in my little concrete apartment, hiding out from the smoggy city and listening to Soma was an experience I will never forget. I am so thankful to this music for pulling me through some hard emotional times and enhancing my life in so many ways, but I have felt like in the past few years that sense of excitement and discovery has diminished. Most of the music, even stuff I admit is extremely polished and well put together ambient, is starting to feel cold and a kind of going through the motions. The realization of this came a couple weeks ago, when I put on Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works II, the first real ambient record I ever bought. There is so much emotion and heart rending beauty in that album, it actually brought me close to tears. It made me re-evaluate a lot of what I listen to. It also made me aware that I may be jaded personally. But it just doesn't feel like this kind of truly essential record, where something is really being expressed, is coming out these days.
But even though I am jaded I am still able to experience this music fully when the moment strikes. Last night I played Rich's Temple of the Invisible and Calling Down the Sky back to back and it brought back my faith in ambient music. But it was more like a thinking back to the glory of the early days of my ambient expericne that a hope for great ambient records to come. I am still very much into the masters and the music they release, but I have pretty much ceased buying cds in general. Again, I think this partly due to my lack of funds lately, but I can't help thinking that even if I did have the extra money to spend, I would no longer be buying music. Am I just personally jaded, and unaware of the great work that is being produced out there, or is there a sense of excitment fading, and what is causing this?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich New CD and Tour
« on: February 18, 2010, 11:45:10 AM »
I am so happy Robert is coming to the Northwest. It will be monumental to see him live after being a fan for so long. I am hoping to catch all the dates in Portland and Seattle. It would be excellent to meet up with any forum members at this time as well.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 18, 2010, 11:36:48 AM »
I've got into this weird phase where I don't want to listen to ambient or electronic music. Don't know why this is, it is alien to me. Been listening to folk and classical of other cultures...Chinese, Indian, and Persian music, and a lot of European medieval. I'm imagining that I'll find the key that gets me back in to ambient at some point.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Where did Alan Lockett/Undershadow go?
« on: February 18, 2010, 11:27:58 AM »
I've been wondering the same thing myself...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Robert Rich New CD and Tour
« on: February 18, 2010, 11:14:25 AM »
Very excited to see this news from Robert Rich. A new album and tour dates:

- New Solo CD: Ylang

Robert Rich's first solo studio album in almost three years,
Now available directly from us at

The title comes from ylang ylang, a flowering tree that grows
in South Asia, with a mysterious fragrance that embodies
elements of shadow and light, eros and gnosis, earth and sky.

Ylang pushes the boundaries of Robert's melodic world-fusion
vocabulary, such as on Seven Veils or Propagation.

Ylang blends Rich's expressive steel guitar, shimmering organic
electronics and yearning flute melodies with influences as
diverse as south Indian Karnatic music, pulsing minimalism
and pensive jazz; while its deconstructed drums and blurry
guitar feedback might feel at home with Sigur Ros or Bark

Rich enlists help for this undertaking from a circle of trusted
musician friends. The rhythmic scaffolding for the album comes
from two very different drummers. Ricky Carter adds his
intelligent sparse drumming, fluid with syncopation but complex
in meter. These rhythms could be a slow tempo homage to Jaki
Leibzeit from Can. Post-processing transforms them into rubbery
chuffing abstractions. The other rhythmic foundation comes from
the Karnatic mrdungam playing of Sakthivel Muruganandhan, which
also wanders into Rich''s sonic blender, shifting from time-
stretched blurs into organic live duets with bansuri master
Sunilkumar Sankarapillai.

Lilting in and out of this heady atmosphere of South Indian
music and minimalist space jazz, the wordless voice of art-pop
virtuoso Emily Bezar adds a feminine intelligence to several
pieces, and subtle melodic guitar additions from Haroun Serang
augment Rich's soaring lap steel feedback. With acoustic bass
from Paul Olguin and string additions from Forrest Fang and
Hans Christian, the sonic texture warms to a glowing woody
earthiness. Rich's audiophile production and delicate sound
design glue the textures together into a seductive and inviting
mossy nest. From these disparate elements, Ylang forms a sonic
entity unto itself.


- 2010 North America Tour

A tour is taking shape for late springtime. Below are the dates
so far. These should become more certain in the following weeks.
Check for updates.

Sunday April 25
    Toronto, ONT Canada
    St. George the Martyr Church
    197 John Street, Toronto, ONT, M5T 1X6

Saturday, May 1
    Philadelphia, PA
    The Gatherings
    St. Mary's Hamilton Village, 3916 Locust Walk.
    Details at:

Tuesday May 4
    Hartford CT
    University of Hartford, Wilde Auditorium

Friday May 7
    Burlington Vermont
    Flynn Space, 8:00 PM, $28 ($20 students)
    Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
    153 Main Street, Burlington VT 05401
    Box Office: 802-863-5966,

Saturday May 8
    Sherbrooke QUE
    Plymouth-Trinity United Church
    380, Dufferin Street
    Info: Erich Langlois <>

Saturday May 15
    Woodcliff Lake, NJ - One Thousand Pulses house concert

Tuesday May 18 (awaiting confirmation)
    Chicago Cultural Center
    78 E. Washington St., Chicago IL 60602

Friday May 21 (TBA)
    Louisville KY - University of Louisville

Sunday May 23 (TBA)
    Memphis, TN - University of Memphis?

Friday May 28
    Kansas City MO
    Gottlieb Planetarium at Union Station
    30 West Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO. 64108

Saturday May 29 (TBA)
    Des Moines IA

Friday June 4 (TBA)
    Santa Fe NM
Sunday June 6
    Tucson AZ
    Solar Culture, $10
    31 East Toole Avenue
    Tucson, AZ 85701
    (520) 884-0874

Saturday June 12
    San Jose, CA
    CET Soto Theater
    701 Vine Street
    San Jose, CA 95110

Saturday June 19
    Pomona, CA
    DA Gallery. free admission
    252-D South Main Street, Pomona CA 91766

Thursday June 24
    Portland, OR
    The Clinton Street Theater
    2522 SE Clinton St.
    Portland, OR 97202
    Events Phone: 503.238.8899
    Message/Contact Phone: 503.238.5588

Friday June 25
    Portland, OR
    Sleep Concert - limited audience

Sunday June 27 (TBA)
    Seattle, WA

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Microphonics
« on: January 12, 2010, 04:24:05 PM »
Absolutely gorgeous. Sounds like a musical balance between solar and lunar is being achieved. I buy very few cds these days, but this will be one I definitely pick up. Thanks for the great sounds, and please come play in Seattle some day.

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