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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Lustmord - Other
« on: July 17, 2008, 08:03:40 AM »
I always think it's an overstatement when people describe Lustmord as "evil" or even "scary" (I might go as far as "dark" or "spooky" or "sombre") especially considering that he seems such a good-natured guy.

I have to agree, I've gotten to know Brian over the years, he plays up a bit the "evil" "dark" images but its always with his tongue in cheek.

I'd agree with this too. Although he has recorded in some so called 'morbid' places and explores very dark places with some of his music IMO he does not appear to revel in the sense that would create the feeling of evil. This makes his creations very different to some who also explore the darker side of human nature but carry a very different feeling in their music

Everything and Nothing / Re: Do you still want to learn?
« on: July 17, 2008, 07:57:52 AM »

Would it be this Greek God, by any chance, Mike?


In Ancient Greek mythology, Silenus is the God of beer and a drinking companion. He is usually associated with his buddy, Dionysus. He is often featured as a bald and fat man, with a big beer belly. He is normally drunk and it is said that he had to be carried either by donkeys or satyrs (in Greek mythology, satyrs are wood-dwelling creatures with the head and body of a man and the ears, horns, and legs of a goat).

Terry Pratchett had a simlar charcter in one of his books, the "Oh God" of hangovers....this poor individual recieved the effects of the drinking undertaken by many in Baccanalian or Dionysion excess....

Everything and Nothing / Re: Do you still want to learn?
« on: July 16, 2008, 01:59:06 AM »
I started my social work diploma at 35 eleven years ago. Mainly as I lived in a very rural area where residential care was almost the biggest employer in the area. I really enjoyed it at the time, even though doing it with the Open University whilst spending 84 hours a week at work (including the laughably called sleep ins!!). Did the equivalent of two full time courses on each of the two years of the course - was bloody hard work (which Ileft me with w very strong resistance to further 'study') and there is the constant pressure to continue developing professionally which my heart is just not really into..... I would love to just go to college to learn something for the hell of it, maybe silversmithing or taking my interest in quantum physics theories into something further.

got a beeswax didg - smaller and easier to handle - and i am getting a good drone on it. also got a small frame drum and that has a great sound!

big enough cheeks to blow into didge whilst gulping air in through nose. can be useful to start with something smaller - in my case an antelope horn - so your body understands what you are trying to get it to do without thinking it's gonna pass out.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Favourite dramatic piece of music
« on: July 14, 2008, 08:43:56 AM »
I really love the music to the film 'Black Robe'. I find it haunting, powerful, melancholic and uplifting. The musical movements when the troupe are travelling really generate the sense of huge wilderness.

At work so unable to provide the name of the composer.

I think the film balances the happy feel of 'Dances with Wolves' - some of the actions are very cruel and no wonder the europeans shit themselves when they met them for the first time, they looked bloody scarey.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 14, 2008, 08:36:54 AM »
more deep...

lustmord | other
oophoi/paradin | nocturnes

Nocturnes is great. What's 'Other' like? i love some Lustmord - Zoetrope and Black Stars, but find ones like Juggernaut and carbon core hard to get into. Not sure why.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Hawkwind
« on: June 25, 2008, 04:58:39 AM »
Hawkwind were my first favourite band - mainly as the music included many of the noises i had made for years (and annoyed my father with) - so it felt like home. From there I discovered electronic music in 1976/77.

As I said in another thread, I saw them as often as possible over a few years. Tried to get back into them a little while back but although i love the music I find the lyrics now psycho babble or depressing.......something pointed out by my wife and grudgingly agreed with...

But my listening to all of the albums up till Levitation make the soundtrack of my youth - my first LP was Roadhawks and the version of 'You Shouldn't Do That' is a damm good stonking , noisy track.

The DVD of space ritual is audio only (they do use some of the graphics from the album cover, but it is very basic, they could have put more effort into it)  the packaging did not make this clear so I was expecting to watch the show and felt that UA sold us short. There are seperate clips of performances of Urban Guerilla and Silver Machine with Stacia dancing. The cover is very good and the booklet goes into some detail of the artistic intent put into the stage show, including colours and 'astrological resonances' for each musician.....

The CDs in the set are great, with alternative live versions of some of the tracks including a wonderfully chaotic one of (I think) Time We Left.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 19, 2008, 11:53:26 AM »
I missed the golden golden age of Lemmy etc, first seeing them in 77 for the Quark tour. Even so it was amazing and the only big gig I've ever seen where people just sat open mouthed until the encvore. Then saw them as often as possible (17 times on one tour when they were the Hawklords) - until 82 and the Levitation tour. Was amazing to see Tim Blake play New Jerusalem and (I think) Nati...

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 18, 2008, 04:48:27 AM »
Wow, I've been in the Hawkwind cockpit for days now:

Xenon Codex
Electric Tepee
Chronicle of the Black Sword

It never ends...and I love it...

Do you have a favourite Hawkwind period?

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Coookieeee
« on: June 17, 2008, 05:57:32 AM »
on my roland vs2480 there is an effect which plays with the bit depth of the sound and that makes it quite distorted - could be part of the effect?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 17, 2008, 05:51:18 AM »
David Darling - Cello and Darkwood.
Lustmord - Zoetrope.
Oophoi - Bardo
Awakenings 2008 Vols 1 & 1.5

Everything and Nothing / Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIKE!
« on: June 14, 2008, 07:40:23 AM »

What's a zimmer?

I'm planning to celebrate my birthday Wednesday through Sunday this year.

Aah - Zimmer frame - generic UK name for elderly walkers - though sun dummys pic would be a "Rolator" here due to the wheels..... 8)

I always try to stretch the celebrations a month each side of my birth date - not necessarily parties but just reflecting on how good it is to be alive. The UK's queen has two birthdays, something I have considered but not yet found a good reason to do ;D ;D

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: June 14, 2008, 07:26:53 AM »
Steve does such a wide range of music that there is something there for almost everyone. And I've not seen any of his albums universally slated by fans/nonfans, which perhaps says a lot for the general quality of the releases as most bands/artists seem to have periods generally considered 'golden'. But knowing how different people define TD or Hawkwind Golden Periods - even that could be argued.

I love some of Steve's stuff - and some does very little for me - sitting there until I either give it away or sell it. The ones I really like reach across some of the width of his releases rather than every cd in a particular shade or vein. It would be hard for me to argue for or against on a music point because of that.

It's my own personal taste that is either touched or not touched by an artist, and whether it's the music or an aspect of the presentation that pushes my buttons does not matter - it's still my personal taste. I'm not sure it's possible to take the music out of the context, though I admit I do like some music by 'awful' artists [madonna -frozen] but I like the music in spite of the context. I don't mind the shamanic aspects and inspiration to Steve's work and understand that as it underpins almost everything he does that it could put others off.

Everything and Nothing / Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIKE!
« on: June 12, 2008, 08:08:54 AM »
you're never too old to celebrate a birthday Mike.....

Seems you had a good one so belated birthday greetings to stretch it to another day.

I think you should hold outfor the zimmer with the alloy wheels!! :o ;D

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Hi from Deepspace
« on: June 08, 2008, 04:49:42 AM »
Welcome to the forum deepspace.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: GOT GEAR?
« on: June 05, 2008, 12:32:07 PM »
Well, it's $50-60 for just the software cartridge -- you have to already own a Nintendo DS!

aha, just showing my lack of games console savvy ;D

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: GOT GEAR?
« on: June 05, 2008, 11:08:58 AM »
Another cool small portable virtual synth system - 2 Korg MS-10s and a small drum machine
in a Nintendo DS. Odds are better that they won't hassle you about your Nintendo at the airport.

Wow, I want one of these.  A little googling tells me this will be released this summer, will cost $50-60, but will not support midi.  Pretty nifty though.  Imagine giving a concert with a DS or two on the table, along with a mixer, and a laptop for FX and other sound sources.

$50-$60 dollars sounds amazingly cheap. If it sounds good it could be a real bargain

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: May 14, 2008, 04:56:58 AM »

I kid you not the first time I put this one on I had a fearful reaction to it after about 20 minutes.  Had to turn the lights back on and put the headphones away for a while!  haha

That's what I meant about Irllicht by KS. There is a point about 5 minutes in with the wide 'sweep' bass notes that if I was even slightly stressed was unbearable and had to be taken off - if i was into it it was great, like a rollercoaster ride through a star

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: May 14, 2008, 01:28:40 AM »
Recently started Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy, one of my guilty pleasures I guess.  Sometimes Clancy can be a lot of fun to ready, and he does thrillers with high tech, military and special forces elements better than anyone.

I guess he's getting older and crankier, though, or else he just doesn't know who to make into a plausible villain since the fall of the USSR, because  Rainbow Six treats environmentalists as being the most evil and inhuman bad-guys possible.  The basic thrust of the book is that some environmentalists decide that human beings are just too tough on the planet, and almost every one deserves to be wiped-out.  Environmentalism is treated as the most deranged, anti-business, anti-social kind of sociopathic craziness possible.  I'm not exactly a Greenpeace or Sierra Club member, but this still kind of bugs me.   

I was heavily involved in animal rights and other similar environmental based in the past - only just avoided a prison sentence so I can understand the direction that takes people to those sort of extreme feelings, was a little nihilistic myself for some time. The experiences of seeing people attacked by the more powerful vested interests and the police do nothing only helped. Also recently worked in child protection which was another side of the underbelly of human cruelty on defenceless children.

It's a delicate thing I think as it is often the caring side of someone that gets them invoilved in those sorts of activities and beliefs - and it is how that side of them gets affected by the experiences that seems to affect how cynical or dark they become. There was a time when i too thought the human race was a cancer on the Earth and sometimes I still wonder what the hell we are doing to each other and the planet - but I believe humanity has enormous, if not infinite potential for good and that there are more acts of love, nurturing and creativity than cruelty, hate and destruction.

Sad news indeed, I always enjoyed reading what he had to say.

My thoughts are with his family and friends.

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