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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient with lots of rain sounds?
« on: February 06, 2008, 08:08:28 PM »
AMP's release in Darla's "Bliss Out" series is based around the sound of rain; no thunder, just rain.  It's a 2-cd set; both CDs sound very similar, but different; worth seeking out.  I'm sure Darla records has it still in print.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Anybody here...
« on: February 05, 2008, 08:06:19 PM »
Don't know much about it, but my brother in law just told me he's getting some next week.  Why has it been illegal?  It's just booze, right?

Everything and Nothing / Re: Your first Recording ever?
« on: February 03, 2008, 04:01:37 PM »
My 1st recording was in 1995, I think...

It was on a small Fostex cassette 4-track; distant Telecaster feedback sheets overlaid with "whale-sound" guitar swells.  Very primitive and spacey; I planned to jam for about 30 minutes, but my phone rang after about 6 minutes.  It was one of those old black phones, hard-wired into my basement, with no on/off for the ringer.  So there, in the midst of my stunning recording career debut, is this obnoxious "BRIIIIIIING!   BRIIIIIIING!   BRIIIIIIING!"  I cut the cord soon after.

I had the tape somewhere, but I doubt if I could find it now.  I'll try to track it down; might be fun to post it here, warts and all. :)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Your MySpace experiences ?
« on: February 01, 2008, 01:19:05 PM »
but you boys are really lucky that every single thing you do isn't all wrapped up together with your physical appearance...

That's only because we're all a bunch of pasty-white trogloditic basement-dwelling music geeks...  we gave up on appearances years ago.  :D ;)

I haven't bothered to set up a myspace page, seems like just another thing to have to manage.  I can't be bothered to keep up my one simple website, let alone manage relationships with suicidal goth girls.  I get enough crap about how to get a "bigger rocket" or encouraging me to "amaze my chick with my new legendary manhood" in my email; seems like myspace would just make it worse...  :-\

I don't use synths at all anymore; when I did, I stuck to a Roland JP-8000 and a Yamaha TX-802. 

My main soundpath is an Epiphone 12-string acoustic with a Dean Markley pickup (or a Fender Telecaster),  fed into a Digitech XP-100 whammy/wah pedal, a DOD distortion pedal, a DOD digital delay pedal, and into a Yamaha SU-200 sampler (sometimes through a crappy little Crate amp and a cheap microphone, but usually directl).  After sampling a few phrases and sounds, I play them as overlapping loops in the SU-200, and into a DOD D12 sampler.  After creating a few loops in the D12 this way, I play them in unison through a Microverb IV, then back into the SU-200 for sampling.  After a few rounds of this, re-processing the same original sounds, I've got quite a dense little drone.  Playing this back through the Microverb, at various frequency cut-offs, I can get some pretty deeeeep sounds, very organic sounding, no synth involved.  Fun!

I don't use software at all (I've played around with ACID, but prefer a more hands-on approach).  I don't use sequencers, MIDI, or any of the traditional electronic music tools; I prefer the random nature of out-of-phase loops and the harmonics of real strings, no matter how blurred by effects they may be.  Different strokes, I guess!

Everything and Nothing / Re: What are your plans and goals in 2008?
« on: January 08, 2008, 03:16:39 PM »
This thread reminds me that I didn't do any of the things I posted last year...   :(    ???

So, maybe a less ambitious list:

1.  Sell my Wisconsin house.  I've moved, and having two mortgages really, really sucks.
2.  Ski at least 75 days, and at least once every month, all year. 
3.  Finish final versions of all the unreleased stuff I deem worth finishing, then retire SunDummy.
4.  Finish the two-disk SünDümmy set, a mix of heavy, guitar-based stuff that never fit in the SunDummy mellow-drone mold.
5.  Ride a century on the road bike. 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 02, 2008, 10:24:06 PM »
Years ago, I picked up a curious little box set by OMIT called "QUAD".  It was a triple CD set, with insanely detailed and obsessive notes outlining the sounds contained therein.  I tried to get into it, but it was so busy, so dense with ideas that it just never clicked.  I finally sold it a few years ago.

I recently discovered that I had MP3's of these disks on a backup drive, so tonight I'm giving them another listen.  WOW.  I mean, WOW.  This is really, really interesting; a crazy sound collage, sometimes just loops of environmental sounds, sometimes odd voices, strange clangs, weird instrumental interludes, and a whole lot more.  I wish I still had the box set; this is really clicking with me now. 

So sorry, no picture to be found online...   ;)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 28, 2007, 10:20:08 PM »
Oooh, variety...

Pavement, "Slanted & Inchanted".  Classic, simply classic.  Sloppy, tight, clear, muddy rock-n-roll.  One of the best albums of the 90's, by FAR.
Unrest, "Cath Carroll" promo EP.  Well worth the price of admission for "Hydro", a 30+ minute jam that never lets up.  One of the great lost bands of the nineties, IMO.
Alio Die, "Hidden Spring".  Nice; very murky and foggy, I tried to crank this but it just refuses to be "present"; like a ghost of an album, barely out of reach.
Lost in Translation, "Domestic Bliss".  Saw this guy live back in the 90's, reminded me of Rapoon.  This CD reminds me that I need to do my laundry.  Oh, and shovel my walk...

Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: December 27, 2007, 12:18:36 AM »
Good call on "Bourne Ultimatum"; a very good film, IMO.

We just watched two intense films:

"The Wind that Shakes the Barley", about the early days of the IRA.  Very intense, ugly drama about shifting loyalties and how patriotism affects people at a grass-root level.

"Jindabyne", about some guys in Australia who find a body while on a fishing trip.  Laura Linney is amazing in this; I'm a big fan of hers, and this is her best performance yet.  Great film about the tensions that lie just beneath the surface in marriages, a serial killer, racism, and stupidity.  It pulls no punches, and is not shy about showing ugly things, but don't be scared off by the first few scenes, it's not a gory horror exploitation film at all.  I love films in which th characters, even the ones we're supposed to like, have flaws, sometimes very deep ones. 

Everything and Nothing / Re: ~Happy Holidays~
« on: December 22, 2007, 12:13:47 AM »
I'm lucky- I never gain an ounce around the holidays. I always stay at 185 pounds no matter what I do.

That's a shame; you gotta try harder!!! 

Merry Christmas, everyone!!!

Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: December 21, 2007, 06:29:03 PM »
but the "little boy who wants to be a little girl" thing.

Hey hey hey, keep that stuff over in the "Sexy-time fetish ambient" thread... >:( ;)

We watched "Other People's Lives" last night; very, very good story about an East German playwrite being watched by the secret police.  It starts kinda slow (or maybe I was expecting something different), but it gets going.  Very subtle and emotionless on the surface; smiles are rare, raised voices even rarer; really gives you the feeling of living in constant fear of saying the wrong thing.  Recommended.

We also watched "Hot Fuzz", the 'buddy cop' film by the guys who made "Shaun of the Dead".  I was expecting really stupid humor (there is that) and a mindless parody of such films (there's that too), but it turns out it's actually a pretty good movie.  Plenty of over-the-top moments, lots of in-jokes for "Shaun" fans, and loads of references to "Bad Boyz 2" and "Point Break" (really; and yes, they're damn funny.)  Worth a viewing for sure.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Re-launching of Wind and Wire
« on: December 19, 2007, 04:02:06 PM »
Great news, Bill! 

Everything and Nothing / Re: The holiday food you're waiting for
« on: December 19, 2007, 04:00:23 PM »
Lena, that sounds alot like angelfood candy... I'll try to track some down.   :)

Everything and Nothing / Re: The holiday food you're waiting for
« on: December 19, 2007, 03:23:40 PM »
What is that stuff, Sundummy?  Ingredient analysis, please.

It's mostly sugar; it tastes kinda like toffee, but much much better.

When made correctly, it's like a piece of angel-food cake that's been dried out; it's super-light, like open-cell foam.  But the taste...  oh my, just rich and decadent goodness.  The stuff I have tried in recent years (when I can find it at all) is much denser than the old stuff; it's also too hard.  It should just melt in your mouth, not turn into a lump of sugary goo. 

Here's a recipe I found online:

1 cup white sugar
1 cup dark corn syrup
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 pound chocolate confectioners' coating

Butter a 9x13 inch baking dish.
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, corn syrup and vinegar. Cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Heat, without stirring, to 300 to 310 degrees F (149 to 154 degrees C), or until a small amount of syrup dropped into cold water forms hard, brittle threads. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda. Pour into prepared pan; do not spread. Mixture will not fill pan. Allow to cool completely.
In the microwave or over a double boiler, melt coating chocolate, stirring frequently until smooth. Break cooled candy into bite sized pieces and dip into melted candy coating. Let set on waxed paper. Store tightly covered.

Everything and Nothing / Re: The holiday food you're waiting for
« on: December 19, 2007, 02:26:18 PM »
Angelfood candy.

My dad used to own a small mom-and-pop grocery store.  Every Christmas, he would get the most amazing candies; bulk cases of ribbon candy, the Christmas assortments, all sorts of chocolate-covered things, etc.  Probably 30 or 40 different types, the kind of stuff you can only find in specialty candy stores now.  Of all of them, the angelfood was the best; melt-in-your-mouth yumminess.  He closed his store 20 years ago; since then, I have never found angelfood candy to compare to what he used to get. :(

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 17, 2007, 03:35:31 PM »
It's a space-rock marathon today; working from home has its perks!

Pressurehed, "Explaining the Unexplained" - crazy jams and samples, all with a 'paranormal' theme.  Funny, and pretty damn good too. 
Helios Creed, "Planet X" and "Cosmic Assault" - I had forgotten how good these are; heavily warped vocals, super-distorted wah-guitar; very niiice.
V/A, "Space Box: 1970 and Beyond" - Three full CD's of space rock, with Hawkwind, Cluster, Kraftwelt, Faust, Popul Vuh, and much much more.  Very good mix, all ove rthe map stylistically, but all good.  Recommended.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sexy Ambient
« on: December 17, 2007, 12:25:18 AM »
Could this be the worst CD in the history of the world?

Yep!  I like the idea, but man is it poorly executed.  I'd say it's about 90% joke-factor, and 10% noise-heads churning out rubbish.  So of course, I sent them some tracks... ;)  I couldn't resist, after the comment about "too many drone tracks being submitted"... ;D

Back on topic, what about Die Form?  In a fetish kinda way, but hey, some folks are into that...  or so I hear... (cough)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sexy Ambient
« on: December 16, 2007, 09:17:31 PM »
All through the night?!  Good lord, I thought we were all old guys on this board!!!   ;)

On the other end of the spectrum, how about this:

(double entendre is accidental, I assure you...   ::))

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sexy Ambient
« on: December 16, 2007, 07:03:36 PM »
Well, Sleep Chamber is great for se... oh wait, that's just for DIRTY sex...   ::)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Best Friend
« on: December 16, 2007, 06:43:42 PM »
Wow, Joe, I'm so sorry to hear this; my thoughts are with his family and friends.  Truly sad.

Depression can go undetected even by those closest to us; I know from experience.  Sometimes the pain is just too much to bear, and suicide becomes an option.  Most folks never get to such a dark place, which makes it so hard to understand "why?".

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