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Everything and Nothing / Re: 3rd grandson!
« on: June 04, 2009, 04:36:51 AM »
Congrats  ;D

I changed my name by deedpoll many years ago and some of the options I considered were:

Janet ?
And Mrs Smith   (so as to become Mr and Mrs Smith)
Not Graham Reeves

Everything and Nothing / Re: Cooking
« on: June 01, 2009, 12:42:15 AM »
Baked Rainbow Trout:

Each fish has head and fins removed. Wrap individually in tin foil with some butter, a little olive oil, cherry tomatoes, slices of yellow and red pepper - add sprinkles of fresh coriander, black pepper and finally some soya sauce (occasional variation is the addition of some fresh lime or lemon juice.

Place in top of preheated oven at full whack for 20 Minutes.

Take out and place on a dish with the veg and juices. The fish should peel cleanly off the bone without the bones falling to pieces......

Usually enough in that for people to feel full without needing rice or anything....

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Flutes...
« on: June 01, 2009, 12:30:11 AM »
Google image flutes and you'll see there are a lot of different sorts.

You'll need to actually play something to see what it sounds like and choose it carefully for both overall sound and key.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 27, 2009, 11:07:02 AM »
Arrived today:
Borealis - DVD of halogen light effects created by Lynn Augestin to music by Steve Roach, A Produce, David Parsons, Dwight Loop etc. Stunning imagery....A Produce were new to me, not listened to them before.

Lonely as Dave Bowman by POD. This is more musical and less deep space void (so far, 4th track) than I was expecting. but somehow it does create the sort of timelessness Bowman experiences towards the end of 2001.

yet to come - Steve Roach, Landmass, A Deeper Silence and Dynamic Stillness.

I do like that Steve is willing to sign his music, somehow makes him feel more accessible and available to his fans (especially on this side of the pond, it is a small but important touch to me.

Everything and Nothing / Re: 7 days!
« on: May 17, 2009, 10:40:56 AM »
Congrats and best wishes from here too.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Best way to organize studio layout
« on: May 10, 2009, 10:43:34 AM »
A Pic is always useful

My studio is in a small bedroom, so most probably not best layout...

PS I recently worked out that my most used piece of musical equipment is the drummers stool I sit on......

Gently aggresive

Quietly Noisy

smoothly abrasive

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: May 09, 2009, 10:07:40 AM »
Anyone else read 'Macroscope' ??

Just a few pages in and really enjoying it. Can remember some of the story arcs. Although dated in some ways by when it was writen I remember it being a book which required me to think.

Basic premise is the discovery of a form of radiation called Macrons and the invention of a 'telescope'. Macrons are not affected by matter or distance so images can be focussed down to reading a closed book in an underground room - lots of political potential in the story there. But observations of alien civilisations shows that the most common experience is to pollute your own environment until extinct, lots of things for thought there too - given the global warming issue.

However there is a macron broadcast being sent out in a spherical pattern (ie sent to everyone who can recieve it) that includes information of how to avoid this end. The process of working through it is systematic - unfortunately if you are not able to follow the complicated information you dont understand it and can't use it - if you are able to follow the information then at some point the new concepts fry the brain, leaving people unable to even feed themselves. This seems to be an inbuilt safety procedure in the broadcast.

Other civilisations have not got past this and ended leaving the macroscops become derelict or destroyed them.

In the recent past earth scientists undertook a small breeding programme to enhance IQ and some of the characters are from theis programme. One was so 'bright' that the general experience of life was so ujnsavoury that he created a sub personality that lives in the same body and he has gone to sleep. They need to reawaken him to try and decode the broadcast - but this is a dangerous thing to do as the main personality is not bound by the general conventions of anything........

Everything and Nothing / Re: They Don't Make Them LIke they Used to
« on: May 09, 2009, 09:46:52 AM »
I'm not sure how it works - but some people, like John Peel, seem to be able to avoid this experience. He seemed to find all new music constantly exciting and supported it until the day he sadly died.

I on the other hand find (the) modern rock (I have managed to listen to) just a pale reminder of what I listened to when younger.....When I got 'Made in Japan' by Deep Purple again I was emotionally transported as I felt I was listening to CLASSIC music....however I now believe I just burnt the tracks into my brain so they, like some Hawkwind, Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Judas Priest are the unconscious rock soundtrack to my life.....

Unfortunately I am also older (and possibly wiser - this is meant ironically) and find some aspects of the music I listened to when hitting life hard are no longer 'satisfying'....Hawkwind lyrics seem to be often either meaningless or depressing, I no longer find the darker side of Black Sabbath lyrics matching my own darker perceptions of the human situation (similarly with TG too)....

I find the only music that does not create this effect for me is ambient as I enjoy much of what is being created now as I did that of the mid seventies........

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: May 08, 2009, 04:37:48 AM »
Just finished reading 'The Illustrated Man' by Ray bradbury. a collection of short stories that left me asking "What happens next?" or "What just Happened?", each story is more the forming of a question than giving an answer....Did not remember reading it when i was younger until the last but one story - and then some of my undefined feelings when reading earlier stories made sense.

Just Started 'Macroscope' by Piers Anthony - also read when I was much younger - waiting to see if I enjoy it as much as I remember enjoying it then.

Recently completed the Bourne Trilogy, interesting to compare them to the films in that different aspects of them appear but the films are nowhere near a straight telling....Have to admit i found the conclusion of the third book - Bourne Ultimatum - a bit of a let down - would have preferred it to fit in more with the developed story lines. (But then I think Matrix reloaded would have been better if Neo had actually accomplished both choices given to him by the architect - no need for third movie  ;D ......)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Discovering New Labels
« on: May 06, 2009, 05:39:46 AM »
Interesting questions here - when does experimenting and challenging become dissapearing up ones own back passage and taking the piss?

I remember when ambient (as in Irrlicht etc) was considered all the above.

IMO whatever I say is only based on my own preferences and contradictions....

I remember a london punk band - Flux of Pink Indians - who had their own label and wanted to release an album not constrained by 'punk genre' and it was quite experimental.....went down like a lead balloon with their fans.

My own listening enjoyment is dependent upon what I think of the context, creativity and skill - this usually includes the idea, the music, the cover and the information..... When younger I tried to get hold of a french LP made up entirely of door squeeks - apparently it was very good....

Everything and Nothing / Re: found sounds
« on: May 05, 2009, 09:42:40 AM »
Don't we hear it all the time?  ;D or at least live in it......

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: May 02, 2009, 01:03:08 PM »
Seren, are you working on anything new these days?

Yes, still managing to keep busy - 2 solo projects, 2 collaberations, working out how to do things live, looking how to get out more often to do feild recording and ...I'm sure there was something else...ah...Oh Yes - a anniversary on Monday and garden needs lots doing. Job takes up a lot of time and energy too of course.

The collaberation with Gigi is going well and we will let everyone know when it's ready. These things can take time and we have been planning it since 2006.....

I have found one of my own limitations, seen both at work and in music. I'm not very good at having lots of things on the go and doing little bits when I can. I have to focus on 2 things at most at a time or I just start making mistakes/bad music....

Thanks for the interest and I know it's been a while since The Quiet Labyrinth was released but new music will arrive, hopefully sooner than later.

Obviously the camera never lies  ;D - there is the quantum theory that all electrons are in fact the same electron, just travelling back and forth through time....perhaps we are all the same person....

Well, thanks for the compliments, Seren & Bill!  :)

Bill, you really thought my pic was Photoshopped?  Awesome!!!  ;D

OK, back to shoveling a gigantic pile of rock back into my pond now. (Oh, and if you think my arms look buff, you should see my QUADS)... ;)

where are quads??

Seriously though, you're looking good -
Problem with being slim is that even when using chainsaws with 4 foot guide bars and hoiking large lumps of oak around all day I did not put muscle on so I've never been able to have 'physique' - but I could hold peoples fingertips in the sinews of my forearms and  walk around dodgy areas of London without feeling scared....

Seren, you lucky!!!  ;)

I have to work really hard, but I'm getting into pretty good shape now & I'm pretty happy with how things are looking these days.  :)

what can I say without incriminating myself? :o ;D

It's not just about moving around, and slowly burning calories.  It's also about working hard enough to build or at least maintain muscle mass as we age.  Without strength work, we gradually lose more and more muscle as we age.  That's why even when a person maintains a steady weight, say between age 25 and 45, they will end up looking much worse than they started.  Maybe at age 25 they had decent muscle ton and 18% body fat, then at age 45 they've lost half their muscle and they're at 30% body fat despite weighing the same amount... and they have a saggy, flabby body.

I'm one of those 'lucky' people who has always been slim, even when I did regular heavy physical work I put on no extra mass and I was eating a lot too. So as I get older my balance of fat to muscle has not changed (as yet)....I suspect I'll always be wirey (and hope it does not make me complacent).

Everything and Nothing / Re: Asperger's syndrome
« on: April 29, 2009, 01:01:54 PM »
Hi Mirko - hope things go well for your family in this.

A few years back a well respected speaker on autism said that everyone has it to some extent - have you ever had to go back home to check the taps you know you turned off??? - that is an autistic tendency - but for some people the extent of the autism is much greater.

A friend of mine has not long had his son diagnosed with autism too. He does not have it himself, but has enough other health and medical issues to make up for it.....including two sets of adult teeth and a level of our happy hormones that is at best on ly 10% of what most of us enjoy - he said "finding that out was a relief as he had always been a dour bugger...."

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