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Well, after one listen, I gotta say it's not what I was expecting, based on your past releases!

Very gritty and raw; of course, it's a live recording, so the usual hiss and hum is to be expected; it gets a bit overwhelming at times, though.  I bet it really kicked live, on a good PA system; through my crappy PC speakers, it sounds kinda flat.  I like the contrast of the smooth, swirly sounds overlaid with the skittery static noises; much more experimental than your older driftscapes!  And I'm a sucker for experimental oddness...

Reminds me of a Lost in Translation performance I saw at the Terminal Bar many years back.

Oh sure, now that I've left MN, you decide to do a show...   ;) ;D

Downloading as I type this...

Everything and Nothing / Re: Do you still want to learn?
« on: July 16, 2008, 11:37:11 AM »
I don't work out as much, but I have the sculpted physique of a Greek god, so I can afford to scale back a little!

"I'm in shape; round is a shape!"

Everything and Nothing / Re: Do you still want to learn?
« on: July 16, 2008, 11:05:27 AM »
Oh, I remember when that happened with your wife, and I am SO HAPPY to hear that she's completely cured!

Thanks!   :D ;D  She's a rock, I tell you what.

(M & I have actually decided that we need to CUT BACK on our workouts, in order to make time for other things)....

Does... not... compute...   ??? ::)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Do you still want to learn?
« on: July 16, 2008, 10:30:44 AM »
Cool topic!

I'm 42; for the past ten years, I have been keeping really busy.  TOO busy, in some ways.  I helped found and build two companies; renovated two houses; created music at an obsessive pace; started beekeeping; read 2 or 3 books a week; started road-biking again after a 20+ year break; spent 3+ days a week tele-skiing; brewed beer steadily; stalked big Muskie in MN lakes; learned to fly-fish; golfed weekly (and weakly, I should add); learned HTML; explored every nook and cranny of the Rockies; got two big dogs & learned the art of training; learned a bit about wine:  I never sat still.  I considered going back to school to channel some of that energy into another degree, but I could never decide what I wanted to study, so I never went.

Last November, my wife and I moved to NE Washington state from the midwest.  In the middle of our move (literally the day after the movers picked up our stuff), we found out my wife had cancer.  She's fine now, 100% cured, no chemo, radiation, or tamoxofin; but from Nov. to mid-March, I was on the verge of a collapse.  My blood pressure was around 190/110; I had a serious case of depression.

Now, 8 months later, I find myself getting back to normal; however, normal has been redefined for me.  The companies I helped build are still plugging along, but I'm less and less interested in them; my new house is mostly finished; I no longer make music (except for some guitar noodling); I haven't set up the beehives here yet (next spring); I still read a book every couple weeks; I ride about 50-100 miles a week on the roadie; still ski obsessively; sold my brewing gear; haven't fished since last summer; golfed once this year; haven't touched HTML; haven't travelled; still work with the dogs, and am still interested in wine.  I find myself just sitting in my yard, staring at the trees, almost every evening.  I know I'll eventually start to get back into some of my old hobbies, but for now, it's nice to just sit back and relax.  Trouble is, I've gained 20 pounds since Nov. too:  Stress really plays with your metabolism.   :-\ 

While I agree that lifelong learning and exploration is essential to one's sanity, I think periods of reflection and evaluation are essential too.  From my perspective, I can see that my go-go lifestyle, while fun, was not sustainable.  I was so busy, I never really thought about whether I was actually enjoying all those activities.  Once I was forced to stop, I got to think about what I really wanted to be doing with my time, and decided to eliminate those things that didn't totally move me.  Free time is not 'doing nothing'; it's recharging the mental batteries.

My hobbies now consist of physical pursuits; a healthy mental state requires a healthy body.  I'm considering going back to school now, but again, I really don't know what I'd study.  If a topic interests me, I get a ton of books on it and read voraciously.  The trouble is, things that interest me don't pay squat in the work-world, so justifying the time and expense of school to study something I can read about on my own time doesn't make sense.  Learning doesn't have to mean formal schooling, esp. if it's just a hobby.

Everything and Nothing / Re: for sale on eBay
« on: July 15, 2008, 11:17:17 AM »
How timely:

Today I found a listing on eBay for my "Final Thaw" cdr.

Title:  "Sundummy FINAL THAW nadja oophoi steve roach alio die"
 (that's pretty good company, methinks... ;))

Description:  "Sundummy FINAL THAW non-silver CD released on DISSONANCE RECORDS, in a limited edition.
CD and inserts are in excellent condition."

So this guy is selling the CDR against policy, but he'll get around the filters using "non-silver CD" instead of CDR.   :-\

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 14, 2008, 02:49:01 PM »
Today's a Flying Saucer Attack kinda day:  "Further" and "New Lands".  Both kinda hazy and gritty, with "New Lands" having a bit more energy.  Great stuff.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Favourite dramatic piece of music
« on: July 14, 2008, 02:46:00 PM »
Clint Mansel's soundtrack to The Fountain with music by Kronos Quartet and Mogwai

Yep, that's good stuff...

I've always been moved by Popol Vuh's soundtrack to "Agguire, Wrath of God".

Everything and Nothing / Re: for sale on eBay
« on: July 08, 2008, 01:59:24 PM »
It's a copyright issue with CDRs; I went through the same thing a couple years ago.

Apparently, you can only sell CDRs if you own the copyright, even if the recording is an official release, and was never released as a regular CD.  I had my account frozen for selling my own CDRs, until I clearly stated in the description that I owned the copyright.  In the case of other people's CDRs, you have to avoid descriptions that state "CDR"; use "non-silver cd", or something else that clearly states it's not a 'real' CD, but that won't attarct the attention of eBay's automatic searches for violations of policy.

Yeah, it's a pain, especially when you see listings for things you KNOW are CDRs, but them's the rules...

Everything and Nothing / Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIKE!
« on: June 11, 2008, 11:43:21 AM »
Happy birthday, Mike! 

I was going to send this walker to you, but I think I'll be needing it soon...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Acid Mothers Temple
« on: June 07, 2008, 11:30:25 AM »
Another fan here...

They seem to put a new album out every week (go to Aquarius Records website,, and do a search...)  Some are great, some total head-scratchers, but all are worth a listen.  "In C" is my current favorite, along with the "Bordello" 4-disk set.  Incredible.

Everything and Nothing / Re: TV: Lost
« on: May 31, 2008, 11:07:41 PM »
Wow.   :o

To quote Hurley, "Whoa, dude..."

It's interesting that the flash-forward/flash-back stuff is left in exactly the same place

I don't know about that... the last scene, with the casket, was definitely in uncharted territory... 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 20, 2008, 09:37:17 PM »
Still, clears the cobwebs and replaces them with cosmic rage...

HA!  Beautiful description of Acid Mothers Temple...   ;D

I love these guys; all-over-the-map jam sessions, hour-long tracks of freaked-out rock, strange voices declaring who-the-hell-knows-what, odd oscillating synth loops on top of bizarre time-signature drumming; amazing stuff.  I've yet to find an AMT CD or song that sticks in my mind, but everything I've heard has been a worthwhile listen.  And considering that they release a cd every week (or so it seems) that's a TON of great music out there...

I've been going through my old Pain Teens albums today; I had forgotten how great these freaks were.  "Beast of Dreams", their final disk, is essential.

Everything and Nothing / Re: TV: Lost
« on: April 28, 2008, 11:43:55 AM »
The monster, the sharks in the water with the Darma logo, the cabin, this thing:

Still a TON of unanswered questions...

Everything and Nothing / Re: Ambient Guitar
« on: April 16, 2008, 10:22:09 AM »
an ebow technique that *I* have found to be fun is to place the ebow on the fretboard with your right hand- let's say around the 5th fret of the 3rd string.  Then, in the left hand, hold a slide around the 12th fret of the same string, and start moving up and down the fretboard.  All sorts of crazy overtones pop out, and you can switch strings, etc...

Another cool effect:  lay the guitar flat on a table, with the ebow sitting on the strings down near the pickups.  Place a brass slide somewhere up the fretboard, just laying on the strings; let 'er rip.  The vibrating strings will get the slide rocking back and forth (brass slides are never perfectly formed; they tend to be lopsided.  With the 'heavy' side down, it'll stay in one place, but rock back and forth slowly), giving a cool tremelo effect.  Toy with the volume levels, and you can get the whole guitar vibrating with low-level feedback, which just adds to the motion of the slide.

I once saw a guy in Minneapolis ("Lost in Translation") do this on stage; he set it up, then let it play itself for a loooong time.  Really cool sounds, esp. when delayed; sounded like a very minimal Rapoon.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Ambient Guitar
« on: April 15, 2008, 03:09:21 PM »
Hey Joe, thanks for the props!   ;D  I might have to start recording again... ;)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Ambient Guitar
« on: April 14, 2008, 10:43:49 AM »
I agree, the guitar is overlooked in this genre; waaaay too much reliance on synths. 

The majority of sounds on SunDummy tracks were created using guitars, although you'd be hard-pressed to identify them as such.  I love how 'organic' guitar samples can be, especially when used as the basis of loooong drones.  There's a rawness to the soundwave that just can't be created with synths:  the way it fades in and out, the oscilating overtones, strange reverb trails after fingers scrape strings, etc.  Chords sound so much richer too, for the same reasons.  And when sampled, layered, and looped, the richness of the resulting sonic stew can be astonishing.

Maeror Tri (now Troum), Rafael Toral, Windy & Carl, Stars of the Lid:  all these guys have a distinct, unique sound because of the guitars; with synths, it just wouldn't be the same.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 13, 2008, 10:51:03 PM »
For instance, I've always loved The Dixie Chicks

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 10, 2008, 06:03:24 PM »
My 6-disk Onkyo player has been spinning a random mix of:

* Etant Donnes "Royaume", "Bleu", and "Offenbarung Und Untergang", the latter featuring Michael Gira doing vocals.
* M. J. Harris and Martyn Bates, "Murder Ballads", all three disks.

I've got it cranked, while I work in the garage.  It's a good thing I don't have neighbors.   ;)

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: April 09, 2008, 10:52:55 AM »
Thanks, Hypnagogue; I had forgotten what an emo-wimp he was.  ;) ;D    I think I'll skip a re-read, and just leave my memories intact.

I googled the series; it appears Donaldson is working on a third trilogy right now, to be finished sometime in 2012. 

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