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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 04, 2008, 07:55:31 AM »
Who else here has heard Vidna's collaboration with Alio Die "Echo Passage"?  My god, that is a stupendous slice of sound.  It knocks me for a six every time.

I agree, I love that album, and the Trilogy, and Forgotten Memories, and the Amplexus ep.... :)

and his more rhythmical outings like the Contemporary Nocturne, and Spore, And Tremor :). I think he creates in these albums as much of a magical space as in the glassy and dreamy albums, just in a different direction. And the titles are just as good.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 29, 2008, 07:10:13 AM »
Vidna Obmana- Memories 1- Monument Of Empty Colors/Gathering In Frozen Beauty; Delicate and ghostly, and a definitive study of isolation. Any Vidna fan who hasn't heard these early classics should look these up.

I'd echo this in shimmering sorrowness. ;D the early Obmana is great stuff, with great titles.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: first Oophoi vynil is out
« on: July 21, 2008, 03:34:54 AM »
Congrats on having a vinyl out Gigi, cover looks great.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Lustmord - Other
« on: July 17, 2008, 08:03:40 AM »
I always think it's an overstatement when people describe Lustmord as "evil" or even "scary" (I might go as far as "dark" or "spooky" or "sombre") especially considering that he seems such a good-natured guy.

I have to agree, I've gotten to know Brian over the years, he plays up a bit the "evil" "dark" images but its always with his tongue in cheek.

I'd agree with this too. Although he has recorded in some so called 'morbid' places and explores very dark places with some of his music IMO he does not appear to revel in the sense that would create the feeling of evil. This makes his creations very different to some who also explore the darker side of human nature but carry a very different feeling in their music

Everything and Nothing / Re: Do you still want to learn?
« on: July 17, 2008, 07:57:52 AM »

Would it be this Greek God, by any chance, Mike?


In Ancient Greek mythology, Silenus is the God of beer and a drinking companion. He is usually associated with his buddy, Dionysus. He is often featured as a bald and fat man, with a big beer belly. He is normally drunk and it is said that he had to be carried either by donkeys or satyrs (in Greek mythology, satyrs are wood-dwelling creatures with the head and body of a man and the ears, horns, and legs of a goat).

Terry Pratchett had a simlar charcter in one of his books, the "Oh God" of hangovers....this poor individual recieved the effects of the drinking undertaken by many in Baccanalian or Dionysion excess....

Everything and Nothing / Re: Do you still want to learn?
« on: July 16, 2008, 01:59:06 AM »
I started my social work diploma at 35 eleven years ago. Mainly as I lived in a very rural area where residential care was almost the biggest employer in the area. I really enjoyed it at the time, even though doing it with the Open University whilst spending 84 hours a week at work (including the laughably called sleep ins!!). Did the equivalent of two full time courses on each of the two years of the course - was bloody hard work (which Ileft me with w very strong resistance to further 'study') and there is the constant pressure to continue developing professionally which my heart is just not really into..... I would love to just go to college to learn something for the hell of it, maybe silversmithing or taking my interest in quantum physics theories into something further.

got a beeswax didg - smaller and easier to handle - and i am getting a good drone on it. also got a small frame drum and that has a great sound!

big enough cheeks to blow into didge whilst gulping air in through nose. can be useful to start with something smaller - in my case an antelope horn - so your body understands what you are trying to get it to do without thinking it's gonna pass out.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Favourite dramatic piece of music
« on: July 14, 2008, 08:43:56 AM »
I really love the music to the film 'Black Robe'. I find it haunting, powerful, melancholic and uplifting. The musical movements when the troupe are travelling really generate the sense of huge wilderness.

At work so unable to provide the name of the composer.

I think the film balances the happy feel of 'Dances with Wolves' - some of the actions are very cruel and no wonder the europeans shit themselves when they met them for the first time, they looked bloody scarey.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 14, 2008, 08:36:54 AM »
more deep...

lustmord | other
oophoi/paradin | nocturnes

Nocturnes is great. What's 'Other' like? i love some Lustmord - Zoetrope and Black Stars, but find ones like Juggernaut and carbon core hard to get into. Not sure why.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Hawkwind
« on: June 25, 2008, 04:58:39 AM »
Hawkwind were my first favourite band - mainly as the music included many of the noises i had made for years (and annoyed my father with) - so it felt like home. From there I discovered electronic music in 1976/77.

As I said in another thread, I saw them as often as possible over a few years. Tried to get back into them a little while back but although i love the music I find the lyrics now psycho babble or depressing.......something pointed out by my wife and grudgingly agreed with...

But my listening to all of the albums up till Levitation make the soundtrack of my youth - my first LP was Roadhawks and the version of 'You Shouldn't Do That' is a damm good stonking , noisy track.

The DVD of space ritual is audio only (they do use some of the graphics from the album cover, but it is very basic, they could have put more effort into it)  the packaging did not make this clear so I was expecting to watch the show and felt that UA sold us short. There are seperate clips of performances of Urban Guerilla and Silver Machine with Stacia dancing. The cover is very good and the booklet goes into some detail of the artistic intent put into the stage show, including colours and 'astrological resonances' for each musician.....

The CDs in the set are great, with alternative live versions of some of the tracks including a wonderfully chaotic one of (I think) Time We Left.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 19, 2008, 11:53:26 AM »
I missed the golden golden age of Lemmy etc, first seeing them in 77 for the Quark tour. Even so it was amazing and the only big gig I've ever seen where people just sat open mouthed until the encvore. Then saw them as often as possible (17 times on one tour when they were the Hawklords) - until 82 and the Levitation tour. Was amazing to see Tim Blake play New Jerusalem and (I think) Nati...

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 18, 2008, 04:48:27 AM »
Wow, I've been in the Hawkwind cockpit for days now:

Xenon Codex
Electric Tepee
Chronicle of the Black Sword

It never ends...and I love it...

Do you have a favourite Hawkwind period?

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Coookieeee
« on: June 17, 2008, 05:57:32 AM »
on my roland vs2480 there is an effect which plays with the bit depth of the sound and that makes it quite distorted - could be part of the effect?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 17, 2008, 05:51:18 AM »
David Darling - Cello and Darkwood.
Lustmord - Zoetrope.
Oophoi - Bardo
Awakenings 2008 Vols 1 & 1.5

Everything and Nothing / Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIKE!
« on: June 14, 2008, 07:40:23 AM »

What's a zimmer?

I'm planning to celebrate my birthday Wednesday through Sunday this year.

Aah - Zimmer frame - generic UK name for elderly walkers - though sun dummys pic would be a "Rolator" here due to the wheels..... 8)

I always try to stretch the celebrations a month each side of my birth date - not necessarily parties but just reflecting on how good it is to be alive. The UK's queen has two birthdays, something I have considered but not yet found a good reason to do ;D ;D

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: June 14, 2008, 07:26:53 AM »
Steve does such a wide range of music that there is something there for almost everyone. And I've not seen any of his albums universally slated by fans/nonfans, which perhaps says a lot for the general quality of the releases as most bands/artists seem to have periods generally considered 'golden'. But knowing how different people define TD or Hawkwind Golden Periods - even that could be argued.

I love some of Steve's stuff - and some does very little for me - sitting there until I either give it away or sell it. The ones I really like reach across some of the width of his releases rather than every cd in a particular shade or vein. It would be hard for me to argue for or against on a music point because of that.

It's my own personal taste that is either touched or not touched by an artist, and whether it's the music or an aspect of the presentation that pushes my buttons does not matter - it's still my personal taste. I'm not sure it's possible to take the music out of the context, though I admit I do like some music by 'awful' artists [madonna -frozen] but I like the music in spite of the context. I don't mind the shamanic aspects and inspiration to Steve's work and understand that as it underpins almost everything he does that it could put others off.

Everything and Nothing / Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIKE!
« on: June 12, 2008, 08:08:54 AM »
you're never too old to celebrate a birthday Mike.....

Seems you had a good one so belated birthday greetings to stretch it to another day.

I think you should hold outfor the zimmer with the alloy wheels!! :o ;D

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Hi from Deepspace
« on: June 08, 2008, 04:49:42 AM »
Welcome to the forum deepspace.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: GOT GEAR?
« on: June 05, 2008, 12:32:07 PM »
Well, it's $50-60 for just the software cartridge -- you have to already own a Nintendo DS!

aha, just showing my lack of games console savvy ;D

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: GOT GEAR?
« on: June 05, 2008, 11:08:58 AM »
Another cool small portable virtual synth system - 2 Korg MS-10s and a small drum machine
in a Nintendo DS. Odds are better that they won't hassle you about your Nintendo at the airport.

Wow, I want one of these.  A little googling tells me this will be released this summer, will cost $50-60, but will not support midi.  Pretty nifty though.  Imagine giving a concert with a DS or two on the table, along with a mixer, and a laptop for FX and other sound sources.

$50-$60 dollars sounds amazingly cheap. If it sounds good it could be a real bargain

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