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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…

Everything and Nothing / Re: Get Well for Jim Brenholts
« on: September 24, 2009, 12:01:53 PM »
Sending best wishes and prayers - get well soon Jim...

recently bought a local build computer from my daughter  - after 4 weeks the power supply went. The shop that built it replaced the power supply as it was still under a year old, despite me adding extra drives and things to it and without taking my address or asking for hers....brilliant service.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Great article - "This is why you are in debt"
« on: September 18, 2009, 01:02:14 AM »
I would love to be out of debt and have felt no sense of judgement in th discussion.

If I was out of debt I would have a lot more money available for all sorts of things, but with out the availability of credit i would have been using much less pleasant survival techniques......

Everything and Nothing / Re: Great article - "This is why you are in debt"
« on: September 17, 2009, 04:53:05 AM »
well I am in debt....

Started a few years back when I had the chance of moving to a 500 year old cottage in a rural area, never had problems getting work before but did then.

When I finally got work that was stable I thought I'd be out of debt quite quickly, but it never worked out like that....and i have never spent extravagantly, don't smoke , drink or anything else.

was made worse by unexpected bills for things and a car that eventually cost more to repair than buy originally, including a fault the mechanics had never seen on that make (electronic fuel pump) that cost over £1,000 to fix :o

Last four years been very hard as my wife had major surgery and needed to retrain in order to get back into work - she has worked all her life but was she entitled to any money for retraining or sickness benefit? No. She had to hunt and fight for bursaries like a bloody commando and we still had to pay lots. She has just had another smaller operation and still not able to have any financial benefits - so been living on my wage for all this time pretty much.

So all my music equipment was bought via credit - mostly second hand items too, and although it has added to the debt to some extent, there would have been no music without it. (there does not seem to be a smiley for surrendering to fate!!)

Re Ron Boots - I highly recommend this;

It's an Amplexus release swo only 23 mins I think but in beautiful artwork and on sale at present for £3.75........

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Korg M3 Xpanded 61 key synth
« on: September 12, 2009, 04:48:33 AM »
Did the MR1 come with it Mike?

Everything and Nothing / Re: When a "she" is really a "he"
« on: September 11, 2009, 04:46:26 AM »
It's a bit like the recent hype over the story of the man giving birth.

It was a woman undergoing gender reassignment to male, who had decided to have a baby before the process was completed.

I appreciate the level of feelings that make someone want to change their sex but portraying the story as a man about to give birth is a little misleading to say the least....

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