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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: April 03, 2008, 05:19:16 AM »
I myself only read Ringworld last year.  Hot damn, that was a good book.  I'd always wondered what the fuss was about regarding Larry Niven, but it's no surprise after reading that one.

I reread 'The Mote in God's Eye' a little while back, was as good as I remembered from when i was younger. Inventive and coherent, carried off the idea and twists well.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Music From Mathias Grassow
« on: April 02, 2008, 07:58:24 AM »
I prefer Dissolution, Sphere and Space.

Very dark and noisy.

Yes - Jeff added a new track to the Terra Ambient MySpace page last December 2007
which is much more current than the last time I added a track to the dreamSTATE MySpace page.
OMG! Where am I now?

LOL too  ;D

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: April 02, 2008, 12:54:57 AM »
I can just see how the history books will read... Steve Roach: healer, sound-magician, shaman, and starter of World War III   ;D


I agree with most of what everyone is saying. And 9 dragons comment re wife is echoed hear....she will listen to almost anything I play, but as for an actual discussion or chat about the details or history or what 'enevelope' the music may be pushing I have to save for forums like this one.

I gave Trance Spirits away and never got Mantram, though the Serpents Lair and even Byrons release Not Without Risk do get airplay....

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 01, 2008, 05:07:58 AM »
Just done a home visit as part of work - noticed a pair of refurbished Quad electrostatic speakers, ascertained that quad amps and marantz CD player attached and was duly entertained with a brief burst of Bach Cello concertos....sounded bloody great

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: March 31, 2008, 04:42:05 AM »
Over the years Steve has been one of those artists whose music regularly produces exchanges like these, ones that explore issues of the music and forum ethics.....

Is the strength of feeling a reflection of the music or of the posters?

Steve has created music in a very wide range of styles and in a profusion of discs. I don't enjoy them all myself, but that is my limitation not Steve's.

Steve is obviously passionate about his music and the different aspects of it, including the shamanic/primordial mind stuff. Having spent a number of years interested in those fields myself i have to say Steve is one of the few people to portray it well in musical form (though I acknowledge my assessment might be based on my own personal music tastes). He is even running workshops with Byron so it has to be a passion for him.

Most people who post regularly are passionate too, and I think it must be ok for people to raise issues that concern them. Many of the forums seem to have periods of argument and reconciliation and expecting here to be different.....

It is true that understanding the written word on a computer screen is very different to listening to someone actually speak their thoughts.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: March 28, 2008, 01:38:23 AM »
Steve has done a huge range of music over the years and I find that I tend to listen to the variety in cycles or batches, the drifting soundscapes, tribal, collaberations with Vidna, fractal grooves.....No set listening order. It's a bit like being at a banquet.

Steve was the first 'new' electronic musician I listened to after many years of not listening to any music, so for me he also has that 'oh my god' effect when i discovered people were still making the music of my youth....a whole horizon opened up for me.

The Magnificent Void and On This Planet were my first introduction to his music and are still in my favourites - others are the Ascension of Shadows box set, Possible Planet, the Serpent's Lair, Light Fantastic and Early Man.

Problem is that once I start making a list it just gets longer and longer as other discs jump into my memory

I've not really got into Fever Dreams or the more 'straight' forward sequencer fests, never been that keen on sequencer based music and the fever dream disc i have just never comes out unless prompted by a thought or a discussion like this.

I did try to describe what aspects of his music I tend to go for, but every line I wrote didn't cover it, a lot depends on my mood, what I am doing etc.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: March 22, 2008, 04:39:17 AM »
Oh, crap... my monitors' base cones are only 21.9" off the front wall -- I am so screwed!

Seriously, thanks for posting this James.

Nice info, nice pic, nice blanket... ;)

Oops - not paying attention - should have been James's post - sorry !!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: WURM SERIES: OOPHOI
« on: March 20, 2008, 05:25:53 AM »
The conversion rate isn't doing us any favpours on this side of the 'pond' either....ok for buying but baaad for selling....and due to interest charges those of us in debt can't do much buying either!!!

Not caught it there - usually surfing at work so not easy unless it's thrust in my face - sorry.... :(

Everything and Nothing / Re: Arthur C. Clarke 1917 - 2008
« on: March 19, 2008, 06:25:08 AM »
Well said Bill, I completely agree.

when i saw 2001 i stayed through the film twice (risking my parent's ire for coming home late) - 2nd time i was only one in the theatre and i went front centre seat for the stargate trip....

Hi Dave,

good to see you here - can't download at work so will listen sometime soon to the music.

A nice review for 'Sounds....' Phil.

The others are good too, must give Body Love 2 another spin as Nowhere - Now Here was one of my early favourites and is still a winner for me now.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: March 14, 2008, 03:32:06 PM »
looks good to me too.

Don't be hard on yourself, just create....

Thanks.  :)  I just hope I can get everything connected properly this evening after work.  lol

Have fun and enjoy

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: March 14, 2008, 09:13:07 AM »
looks good to me too.

Don't be hard on yourself, just create....

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 10, 2008, 10:16:23 AM »
Kluas weise - Ming Noir
Tavener - The Protecting Veil.
Tallis Scholars - the Palestrina masses

wow, that's a lot of CDs...... 8)

Our new house is so small that my studio is my listening space - not great as it needs a different space to listen comfortably...

Everything and Nothing / Re: What are your plans and goals in 2008?
« on: March 05, 2008, 04:23:44 AM »
Get a job. The rest I will think about once I can pay the bills. :(

Goal number one for 2008 has been achieved I am happy to say. I was officially hired today by my old alma mater. I am now a "recording technician" for the music department at UCLA. What that means is I am one of two guys who records all the concerts and recitals that occur in the music building.  :) Its only part-time but I found out that I might be able to make up extra hours by doing audio work for other departments, and their is the possibility that it might become full-time in the future. Another very rare bonus these days is it comes with full benefits.

Thanks to everyone who wished me well, and also to those who helped me out last December by taking some of my gear off my hands when I really needed the help.

Now, I think the next step is to start losing some weight.  ;D

Congrats loren, sounds like a great job. 8)

It can make a difference, though you do need to be aware of 'snake oil'....

When I upgraded my speaker cables on one occasion - Only done it twice and not very expensive yet - I had to keep changing them back for a few days to get used to the difference, it was so different it surprised me. There has been some dispute for some time about woven Vs solid cable - in effect hardwiring the amp to the speakers.

But like anything audiophile you have to try it and hear. Something I learnt when i was interested in such things was that classical musicians tend to stand in between the speakers and look into the demo room rather than sit and look at the stereo - that's how they hear the music, all around them and going away from them.

I'd love to have the money to afford a 50,000 turntable etc but unless lucky on the lottery it isn't going to happen (better start doing it!!) and it would get spent on studio gear first even if I did win anything....

Everything and Nothing / Re: hangman
« on: March 01, 2008, 06:52:57 AM »

Is the answer "rhythm"?

 ;D ;D absolutely.... ;D ;D

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