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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkest Ambient
« on: July 06, 2009, 01:02:11 AM »
Perhaps for listeners more used to 'lighter' music the term 'dark' ambient is more about the texture than context, the use of lower frequency sounds and drones etc as opposed to rhythms, pleasant chords and melodies.

I've been surprised how many people, who don't listen to ambient as a rule, have said that my music would be good on a horror film..... :o and I don't like or watch horror films so it's never been my intent to sound like that.

Everything and Nothing / Re: It's celebrity R.I.P. week
« on: June 26, 2009, 08:29:59 AM »
Uri Geller was on radio 4 this morning as a friend of MJ. after about 30 secs of his words i felt he was making things worse.... ???

He said he for some time been strongly advising MJ to not do the things that were getting him the bad publicity and actually said something close to:

I told him he could not keep inviting children into his bed and Michael just looked at me, he just did not understand   ::) ::) ::). He then went on to explain that MJ was very childlike (ie wierd) due to his upbringing.

I really wanted to be able to put my hand over his mouth and say FFS shut up Uri, your being as soft as one of your spoons......

If that's what your friends say about you??  :o :o :o :o

Everything and Nothing / Re: Omnivore's Dilemma & Local Food
« on: June 24, 2009, 04:50:47 AM »
OK that's it  ;D

Everything and Nothing / Re: Omnivore's Dilemma & Local Food
« on: June 24, 2009, 04:50:16 AM »
 :o....and the oppression handed out in order to create the 1st world is a huge part of current economic and social problems - Many suffering cultures find the freedoms we have to choose foods from one place or another intensely upsetting, especially if they have had their forest resources destroyed so that we can eat those foods.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Omnivore's Dilemma & Local Food
« on: June 24, 2009, 04:47:10 AM »
Possible rant here :o

Like most other eco issues, in the end the real problem is the number of human beings overpopulating the Earth....and which countries, nationalities or ethnic groups are doing this.

Forget the politics, economy, religious problems etc - 56 million people in the UK taking a dump a day has an enormous environmental impact.

The introduction of non local products is what enabled the UK diet to become healthy enough for people to live as long as they do - they heavily oppressed the non local populations to do this though.

the urge to have more than just subsistence is largely what has made humans move beyond the hunter gatherering and sustainable farming lifestyles. If we chose to return to truly sustainable living many of the areas currently populated would become uninhabitable and issues such as seal and whale hunts by indigenous peoples would take on a different perspective.

Many of the indigenous peoples did/do seem to have more of an ability to balance the individual and tribal needs alongside the impact on their environment - though their lifestyles tend to be lacking in most of what, 3rd, 2nd and 1st world populations consider as essentials (including, unfortunately, recording equipment)....

Perhaps those of us whose over populations seem to cause the problems should step aside and let the indigenous have the Earth back before it's too knackered for anyone.

Partly the reasons I had a vasectomy at 23......

Thanks guys - I guess a thread for each would be best.

I'd like to suggest a Morpheus Music thread too - it would keep all your reviews in one place and anyone joining in a few months could check it all out easily.....

I think this is a great album, deep and dreamy

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Loren Nerell's upcoming..
« on: June 09, 2009, 04:26:24 AM »
I have all the Amplexus series and I love The Venerable Dark Cloud. Will be interesting to hear the new disc when it comes out.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Have you ever paid for sex?
« on: June 07, 2009, 08:03:11 AM »
interesting thread....

I've not paid for sex, though on one occasion in a long gap between relationships some years back, I considered it.

I had a previous partner who was a therapist and after something went public she told me about some of the things people do to get their kicks. Since then, unless I knew the person personally, I think I'd be too scared to do so now - too many things and people out there.....Not wanting to put you off but perhaps your better off being nice to yourself until your situation changes....

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....

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....

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