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Everything and Nothing / Re: The 100 Best Films of the Decade
« on: November 11, 2009, 09:19:05 AM »
Do we know how many films were made in the decade?

Everything and Nothing / Re: College football 2009
« on: November 08, 2009, 01:17:46 PM »
I'm a bit of a philistine as far as team sports go - always thought football/soccer would be more interesting with three teams and two balls. ;D ;D ;D

Everything and Nothing / Re: Voluntary simplicity, or lifestyle minimalism
« on: November 08, 2009, 01:14:52 PM »
There was a period of time when I was squatting. It was a life choice and I downsized before hand - gave away all my music gear including Roland System 101, 102 and sequencer modules plus teac portastudio, amp, mics, echo unit, other sundry music equipment, what felt like miles of cables and my hifi and record collection.

Having to move every three months really focussed the mind and posessions - lived with a bicycle, rucksack and single suitcase.

We always did the places up, so left them in better state than when we got in. I even gained entry back into one place as it had been taken over by the sort that crap in saucepans and I cleaned it up before the council got back in, left a note for them explaining that we did not all live like that.

Recently had to downsize as we needed to move to a smaller house, but definitely not about to give everything away again.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Tinnitus, part two
« on: November 03, 2009, 10:13:46 AM »
reading your posts I feel very lucky - I can hear whistling and sometimes other noises if I am in a silent environment, usually as I drift off to sleep. Occasionally i can hear a whistle go off  at other times but it fades away.

Given I used to lay in the bass bins at Motorhead gigs in my youth :o I am very lucky. ;D it was interesting to hear sound at such an intensity that it was as much was also a great way of catching up with mates who would know where to find me....

I do find that long listening to music with headphones can make my ears 'almost ache' with an increase of tinnitus afterwards.....

Shit - as a skinny bald guy I'll have to wear something pretty awesome to avoid that cliche......nothing comfortable or easy to move in for me then ;D

Everything and Nothing / Re: Ambient Reality TV Show Pitches...
« on: October 28, 2009, 10:29:19 AM »
Ambient's Got Talent........

Ambient's scariest police videos :o :o

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Modulator ESP US Tour 2009
« on: October 28, 2009, 10:23:09 AM »
Jez is already on his way over the pond....

Everything and Nothing / Re: Ambient Reality TV Show Pitches...
« on: October 26, 2009, 11:18:57 AM »
Big Brother - Ambient Series.

8 weeks of empty rooms overdubbed with the dawn chorus.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Modulator ESP US Tour 2009
« on: October 26, 2009, 09:00:06 AM »
Have a great time Jez.

Everything and Nothing / Re: VISTA
« on: October 25, 2009, 06:59:35 AM »
I have Vista for family and internet use - mainly cos we needed a new laptop when we moved into a smaller house, no room for all the boxes - had more problems than I'd care to mention, mainly blus screen when the information coming into the page writing process is more than the memory can handle..............WTF has been my thought and feelings since getting it.

Most upgrades have just slowed it even more....making the WTF more fraught each time - unless I've just bummed out on a duff computer.

Currently on XP for problems there.

may look at windows 7 sometime in the future when I have more cash available...

I think it's the other way round - Bryan Ferry IS Mike Griffin ;D ;D

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Some sounds from the Oregon Coast....
« on: October 18, 2009, 11:54:46 AM »
I downloaded it too, but will not be able to listen to it for a few days - responses seem positive so far

Everything and Nothing / Re: Sad News
« on: October 18, 2009, 02:43:10 AM »
Very sad news, I've not known him long but we had some close communications about music and I feel very sad at the news. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family

When I was a young 17 year old I got invited by one of Motorhead's groupies to join the post gig party - My friends, who were also invited managed to talk me out of it....... :o

I do wonder how much different my life might have been if i had gone. ;D

Everything and Nothing / Re: Much wierdness
« on: October 08, 2009, 02:46:40 PM »
Finger crossed, had no problems with flooding yet.

But I was once in a workshop  in a converted barn in the loft space, someone had had a candle on during the day, kept a close eye on it and put it out at night.

Next thing I know is being woken by someone carrying flames across the room - a poster on the wall had burst into flames. We sussed out that the insulation had managed to catch and smoulder behind the wall.

Amazingly there was no panic, I remember my ego sort of going 'if I panic now I die' and dissapearing. We managed to get the panel off the wall and took turns, in the corner, to collect water in pans and throw it over the insulation - put it out.

Had to pay collectively for the repairs but compared to the cost of the whole place burning down was wonderfully cheap.


Seren's comment on having listeners recoil from personal contact seems bizarre to me.  I've seen the opposite.  Perhaps since I give my stuff away, I'm more approachable since I'm not seen as "a real artist".  I'm just some guy who makes music.  ;D

I've just been surprised that some people, not many true, but some, don't respond to emails. If an artist I like to listen to emailed me I'd be over the moon.......

Lots of interesting thoughts and ideas....

I do my own music and where possible art - though sometimes it needs adjusting as in fitting into a label artistic profile. I have always found the context of the music is as important to me as the sound and that can be well conveyed by great art.

I don't churn stuff out and try to make it as solid and interesting as possible on both grounds. I know I have been lucky in that everything i have done has so far been put out on a label so not had much room for releasing music myself (though one of the collabs i am working on will be self released as CDR).

I find it is a fine balance between working hard to get the sounds just right (in the midst of all the other demands a life puts on me) and releasing enough music to keep people interested. I notice in the now playing thread that some artists do manage to get listened to all year round but many of us tend to go in peaks and troughs - often associated with releases. I think it is hard to gauge how much our music is enjoyed by everyone who listens in that context.

also I find the internet does make things easier in some ways, but perhaps less personal in others. I don't invest the time in sites like myspace in order to build up a 'following' and have been surprised at how many people who say they like the music seem to recoil from personal contact via email (unless my gruff invective and lewd personal comments scares them off :o) - but have enjoyed the contact with those who seem to value it.

I would like something that helps develop the relationships between musicians and listeners more personally.

before i got back into making music i did some reviewing and was totally inspired by the (can't remember the name of the magazine) that did a whole, many page exploration of the Electric Ladyland LP, including interviews, stories and anecdotes - it was great and the sort of deeply in depth stuff that to me is generally missing in the web  reviews.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: The ambient 'scene'
« on: October 01, 2009, 04:38:14 AM »
Do followers of the genre, whether "consumers" or "producers," wish for more printed magazines & newsletters?  More/different blogs?  More/different podcasts?  More artist interviews, more behind-the-scenes or "how the artist works" kind of stuff?

Some interesting ideas in there Mike, I'm always interested in getting to know more about musicians and their music.

I recognise that creating such things takes time and effort though, and you are already very busy, would we, as those interested, need to offer time and effort if anything is to come of the ideas??

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: The ambient 'scene'
« on: September 29, 2009, 12:49:45 PM »
Don't forget platform shoes and capes!

GLAMBIENT!!! :o :o :o

Having been off radar as far as music goes between from 1982 until 1997 I have no sense of ‘ambient scene’ and the wide ranging genre/subgenre developments from the mid 70’s when ambient meant (to me) Irrlicht, Cyborg or Zeit and meeting people, almost in secret, whilst trawling through racks of records in the few shops that might sell those sort of records. I was aware of the DIY cassette culture in the late 70’s and early 80’s, even creating tapes in a band.

Nowadays the contact between artists and listeners is perhaps more direct and widely available via the net – It’s hard to tell whether it is more or less personal. I think there have been enough comments already around the effects of the web.

In the UK I’ve been lucky to meet up with one section of the electronic music scene, The Modulator ESP forum, Awakenings and Ambientlive – a small bunch of people – including non musicians – who work hard to promote electronic music in sequencer, ambient and experimental styles. I’d love to be better off and able to go to more gigs and get more CDs.

But here too there is the question of performing live to small but dedicated audiences and trying to reach out in other ways.

I just hope that the cyberinterwebnet thingy does not de-personalise it all too much in the years to come and that new talent and music continue to meet new ears and hearts to create something with more depth than soundbite culture and ‘music’ on mobile phones…

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