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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....

Everything and Nothing / Re: found sounds
« on: May 05, 2009, 09:42:40 AM »
Don't we hear it all the time?  ;D or at least live in it......

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: May 02, 2009, 01:03:08 PM »
Seren, are you working on anything new these days?

Yes, still managing to keep busy - 2 solo projects, 2 collaberations, working out how to do things live, looking how to get out more often to do feild recording and ...I'm sure there was something else...ah...Oh Yes - a anniversary on Monday and garden needs lots doing. Job takes up a lot of time and energy too of course.

The collaberation with Gigi is going well and we will let everyone know when it's ready. These things can take time and we have been planning it since 2006.....

I have found one of my own limitations, seen both at work and in music. I'm not very good at having lots of things on the go and doing little bits when I can. I have to focus on 2 things at most at a time or I just start making mistakes/bad music....

Thanks for the interest and I know it's been a while since The Quiet Labyrinth was released but new music will arrive, hopefully sooner than later.

Obviously the camera never lies  ;D - there is the quantum theory that all electrons are in fact the same electron, just travelling back and forth through time....perhaps we are all the same person....

Well, thanks for the compliments, Seren & Bill!  :)

Bill, you really thought my pic was Photoshopped?  Awesome!!!  ;D

OK, back to shoveling a gigantic pile of rock back into my pond now. (Oh, and if you think my arms look buff, you should see my QUADS)... ;)

where are quads??

Seriously though, you're looking good -
Problem with being slim is that even when using chainsaws with 4 foot guide bars and hoiking large lumps of oak around all day I did not put muscle on so I've never been able to have 'physique' - but I could hold peoples fingertips in the sinews of my forearms and  walk around dodgy areas of London without feeling scared....

Seren, you lucky!!!  ;)

I have to work really hard, but I'm getting into pretty good shape now & I'm pretty happy with how things are looking these days.  :)

what can I say without incriminating myself? :o ;D

It's not just about moving around, and slowly burning calories.  It's also about working hard enough to build or at least maintain muscle mass as we age.  Without strength work, we gradually lose more and more muscle as we age.  That's why even when a person maintains a steady weight, say between age 25 and 45, they will end up looking much worse than they started.  Maybe at age 25 they had decent muscle ton and 18% body fat, then at age 45 they've lost half their muscle and they're at 30% body fat despite weighing the same amount... and they have a saggy, flabby body.

I'm one of those 'lucky' people who has always been slim, even when I did regular heavy physical work I put on no extra mass and I was eating a lot too. So as I get older my balance of fat to muscle has not changed (as yet)....I suspect I'll always be wirey (and hope it does not make me complacent).

Everything and Nothing / Re: Asperger's syndrome
« on: April 29, 2009, 01:01:54 PM »
Hi Mirko - hope things go well for your family in this.

A few years back a well respected speaker on autism said that everyone has it to some extent - have you ever had to go back home to check the taps you know you turned off??? - that is an autistic tendency - but for some people the extent of the autism is much greater.

A friend of mine has not long had his son diagnosed with autism too. He does not have it himself, but has enough other health and medical issues to make up for it.....including two sets of adult teeth and a level of our happy hormones that is at best on ly 10% of what most of us enjoy - he said "finding that out was a relief as he had always been a dour bugger...."

Everything and Nothing / Re: Downloading Music and Rights
« on: April 25, 2009, 03:59:12 AM »

I think if you start as an artist, you could not expect anything in turn, you ask how the artist is going to survive on music, I think maybe you have wrong expectations, to survive on music is only a dream, and a reality for a very few.  To be a musician is not a work, it is not a way to make money as I see it. If you need to pay the bills and get food on the table and still want to be and free/independent music you should take some part time job, maybe a few days each month. Or come up with some other idea.
If you accept to live in an lower living standard you really do not need an full time job, a full time job would of course be an total disaster for every creative musician, freedom I think is an important element for every musician, as I have said before, it is an lifestyle.

You misunderstand my words here. I was not asking how would a musician survive on music, I was pointing out that living off the work of others is neither respectful nor freedom. In a way it is the ulimate expression of capitalism - which grew out of the idea of 'benefitting myself at the expense of others'. You may choose to live a less 'luxurious' life but if you do nothing to put energy or life into the society that feeds you are no better than the fatcats that make huge profits out of the labour of others...I know as I have lived that less luxurious life and worked with homeless people, vitims of rape and abuse, animals being experimented upon etc etc. As I explained in my post the anarchistic principle which is the end version of what you describe as the way to be, did not include people living for nothing. It allows for everyone to do what they can and recieve what they need without laws, financial exchange or any form of 'control' - everything could be free in the sense that you had whatever you needed and this works because you give everything you can.

I do not expect to survive on music, partly because my creative drive is neither towards money nor a genre of music that might make me that sort of money. But your perception on music and art is only half the story. I don't know how many people become musicians to become rich or famous, but many musicians do see it as 'work' if it is something they spend a lot of time working at. I doubt there is a session musician or soundtrack writer in the world who regards their music as not work and which should be free to everyone.

I may be being generational here but my experience is that usually musicians have to work bloody hard to make their music known and heard. Perhaps the ease of technology and internet know makes that less the case and I am living in the past - but many of the big bands that still play gigged and played and recorded like fuck to get where they are. I always had huge respect for such artists, and include early blues etc musicians who became maestros at their art through long hours of practice, living as bums if necessary, but very open to making money if it came their way. I have respect because I know how much effort it takes to become even competent on a musical instrument. becoming a musician and making a go of it - especially if you are gigging etc takes a lot of determination and commitment - perhaps even obsession, putting everything else second - and at present I don't have the sort of Life I could make that sort of choice to do, nor, perhaps more telling, would want to if i could.....

I do agree that a full time job can be very detrimental to making music - I have one and have to carefully juggle everything to give myself the time to make the music. I also know that without it my wife (who has been unable to work following major surgery) and I would have gone down the pan without it and I would not have been able to afford the equipment to start making music again.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Selling CDs in a Download Society
« on: April 23, 2009, 06:19:10 AM »
I remember in 1977 when I started visiting an independent record store in east London called Small Wonder, they also had their own label. The atmosphere was great, just poring over whole ranges of LPs from all sorts of odd places. Discovered kalus schulze there - cyborg and Irrlicht etc. Soon found out about Portabello road and went every weekend to go to the shops and stores just searching for new music...absolutely loved it, ended up with big collection (that I gave away when I started squatting)

HMV etc just dont have that vibe, I occasionally get excitement from coming across something by artists such as steve Roach or robert Rich and it does feel nice to see them, but ti is not an exciting prospect to go into them at all.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Downloading Music and Rights
« on: April 22, 2009, 11:13:44 AM »
I think there are lots of aspects and sides to the discussion and I have to admit I'd not thought about second hand CDs in that lots to learn from.

I think my issue with the 'everything for free' comes from the perception that only by taking from others can everything be free and only in a wealthy and 'civilised' society are things organised in ways that make it possible to act on. Immersion said himself that if everyone in his country chose not to work it would collapse (I think thats what you meant).

Take it right back to basics - you find yourself on a desert island - how you going to survive? You've got to put your arse into it cos nothing is going to come for free. Even in modern society, someones effort has gone into making everything that might be taken for free - even the torrent websites need someones effort to exist.

There is an anarchist philosophy of (cant remember the exact quote) each from their means and according to their needs - but this was always based on co-creation. Some people grow food, others eat that food so they can make the clothes the farmers wear while working type of thing. The idea never envisaged swathes of society just sitting around and eating food made by others, wearing clothes made by others because they can. Accepted response of general population to such people was not pleasant....

I suppose, across generations, we may be talking about different ideas of respect, freedom, utopia - and I have had a long history of this type of discussion, including direct action/court cases and prison sentences based on those beliefs and even now they inform my work in that I put a lot of energy to help disadvantaged people left behind by the capitalist society.

I know I could not survive on my own and I would prefer not to take from people unless they are giving something away out of respect for them.

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