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

My thoughts are with his family and friends.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: May 12, 2008, 12:54:17 AM »
The Magnificent Void was my first Steve Roach disc. I loved it then and still do. There are momentsa on it for me where the music creates an internal intensity that just builds and builds, similarly to parts of Irrlicht by Klaus Schulze.

For me, The Magnificent Void is one of the most successful attempts to portray nothingness with something - not an easy thing to do at the best of times

Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: May 08, 2008, 12:40:11 AM »
Future Shop here in TO had the 3 Millennium seasons on sale for $20 each
so I picked up the works. We're half way through the first season and are
finding it very compelling.

I really enjoyed Millenium series one. No obvious eye candy, no obvious jokes and no obvious neat solution at the end of each episode. Made it very different to X files, much more engrossing and 'disturbing'.

Credit where credit is due Mike, you both work bloody hard to make Hypnos a great place for fans and artists - it takes a lot of effort to maintain such a reputation nowadays

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 22, 2008, 11:53:32 PM »
Michael Moorcock and the Deep Fix - New World's Fair. Arrived yesterday and I've not heard this for over 20 years. played it through twice....

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 20, 2008, 11:32:59 AM »
Vidna Obmana - Crossing the Trail

Robert Carty - Microspirals

Matthias Grassow - Dissolution

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 14, 2008, 08:00:32 AM »
 :o :o I fancy doing a cover version of Chris Isaaks 'Wicked game' :o :o just not got round to it yet

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 13, 2008, 02:04:46 PM »
 ;D My wife was working in the other room and she asked for music that would not make her float off........but I have to admit the CDs are mine - sometimes I like to listen to well sung female voiced music, also Mary Black, Suzanne Vega, Laura Veirs, Clannad, even some Enya (the Celts), Madonna (Frozen)....

Hawkwind, Motorhead, Pink Fairies,Ted Nugent, Deep Purple, budgie, rainbow - even joy division comes from my youth listening - burnt some of the tracks indelibly into my brain...and sometimes I like a good jump around too in contraqst to the outer/inner space exploration.

I like what I like :o

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 13, 2008, 01:20:02 PM »
Been working at home a lot recently - been listening to this lot
Hossam Ramsey - Source of Fire
Motorhead - Motorhead.
Robert Rich - Bestiary
Roach and Metcalf - The Serpent's lair
TD - the seven Letters From Tibet
TD - Zeit
Roach - Atmospheric Conditions and disc 2 of World's Edge.
KS - Body Love 2
Vangelis - 1492
Gyorky Ligeti - Requiem
Dido - No Angel.
Norah Jones - Come Away With Me
Capercaillie - Capercaillie
Lena - Extended Gestures for Cello
Ted Nugent - The Ultimate Ted Nugent (cranked up the volume and air guitared to cat scratch fever and snakeskin cowboys... 

Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: April 11, 2008, 12:54:28 AM »
Farscape series 1 box set arrived yesterday - not sure when I'll get the chance to watch it in the next two weeks though...

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: April 11, 2008, 12:50:57 AM »
Was wndering if the Terry Pratchett 'dicsworld' books translate well across the pond?

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: April 03, 2008, 05:19:16 AM »
I myself only read Ringworld last year.  Hot damn, that was a good book.  I'd always wondered what the fuss was about regarding Larry Niven, but it's no surprise after reading that one.

I reread 'The Mote in God's Eye' a little while back, was as good as I remembered from when i was younger. Inventive and coherent, carried off the idea and twists well.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Music From Mathias Grassow
« on: April 02, 2008, 07:58:24 AM »
I prefer Dissolution, Sphere and Space.

Very dark and noisy.

Yes - Jeff added a new track to the Terra Ambient MySpace page last December 2007
which is much more current than the last time I added a track to the dreamSTATE MySpace page.
OMG! Where am I now?

LOL too  ;D

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: April 02, 2008, 12:54:57 AM »
I can just see how the history books will read... Steve Roach: healer, sound-magician, shaman, and starter of World War III   ;D


I agree with most of what everyone is saying. And 9 dragons comment re wife is echoed hear....she will listen to almost anything I play, but as for an actual discussion or chat about the details or history or what 'enevelope' the music may be pushing I have to save for forums like this one.

I gave Trance Spirits away and never got Mantram, though the Serpents Lair and even Byrons release Not Without Risk do get airplay....

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 01, 2008, 05:07:58 AM »
Just done a home visit as part of work - noticed a pair of refurbished Quad electrostatic speakers, ascertained that quad amps and marantz CD player attached and was duly entertained with a brief burst of Bach Cello concertos....sounded bloody great

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: March 31, 2008, 04:42:05 AM »
Over the years Steve has been one of those artists whose music regularly produces exchanges like these, ones that explore issues of the music and forum ethics.....

Is the strength of feeling a reflection of the music or of the posters?

Steve has created music in a very wide range of styles and in a profusion of discs. I don't enjoy them all myself, but that is my limitation not Steve's.

Steve is obviously passionate about his music and the different aspects of it, including the shamanic/primordial mind stuff. Having spent a number of years interested in those fields myself i have to say Steve is one of the few people to portray it well in musical form (though I acknowledge my assessment might be based on my own personal music tastes). He is even running workshops with Byron so it has to be a passion for him.

Most people who post regularly are passionate too, and I think it must be ok for people to raise issues that concern them. Many of the forums seem to have periods of argument and reconciliation and expecting here to be different.....

It is true that understanding the written word on a computer screen is very different to listening to someone actually speak their thoughts.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: March 28, 2008, 01:38:23 AM »
Steve has done a huge range of music over the years and I find that I tend to listen to the variety in cycles or batches, the drifting soundscapes, tribal, collaberations with Vidna, fractal grooves.....No set listening order. It's a bit like being at a banquet.

Steve was the first 'new' electronic musician I listened to after many years of not listening to any music, so for me he also has that 'oh my god' effect when i discovered people were still making the music of my youth....a whole horizon opened up for me.

The Magnificent Void and On This Planet were my first introduction to his music and are still in my favourites - others are the Ascension of Shadows box set, Possible Planet, the Serpent's Lair, Light Fantastic and Early Man.

Problem is that once I start making a list it just gets longer and longer as other discs jump into my memory

I've not really got into Fever Dreams or the more 'straight' forward sequencer fests, never been that keen on sequencer based music and the fever dream disc i have just never comes out unless prompted by a thought or a discussion like this.

I did try to describe what aspects of his music I tend to go for, but every line I wrote didn't cover it, a lot depends on my mood, what I am doing etc.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: March 22, 2008, 04:39:17 AM »
Oh, crap... my monitors' base cones are only 21.9" off the front wall -- I am so screwed!

Seriously, thanks for posting this James.

Nice info, nice pic, nice blanket... ;)

Oops - not paying attention - should have been James's post - sorry !!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: WURM SERIES: OOPHOI
« on: March 20, 2008, 05:25:53 AM »
The conversion rate isn't doing us any favpours on this side of the 'pond' either....ok for buying but baaad for selling....and due to interest charges those of us in debt can't do much buying either!!!

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