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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Game of Thrones
« on: April 13, 2016, 09:36:51 PM »
I would advise watching the first episode. It gives you a good overall feeling of the scope of the show and sets up the dynamics for most of the major characters and plot lines. I think you'll know by the end, whether you want to go on watching.

But, it really is an excellent series. Don't worry about the books. Just enjoy the show for what it is.

The real "spoiler" is that this comeback mini-series is not very good.   :P
Sadly true, so far. Haven't watched Monday's episode yet, but last week's "emotional" episode was head-scratchingly dumb.

That said, when I get a TV again, I'll probably invest in the X-Files Bluray box.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: David Bowie 1947 - 2016
« on: January 23, 2016, 06:23:07 PM »
A fascinating track-by-track breakdown of "Heroes" by Tony Visconti:

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / David Bowie 1947 - 2016
« on: January 11, 2016, 03:17:12 AM »
The news is just breaking of David Bowie's death from cancer at age 69.

I can't begin to describe how much of an influence he was on myself and undoubtedly, many others here. I have just about every album he made, along with a few rarities. I was fortunate enough to see him perform live twice in the '80's. I remember his bizarre & hilarious interview with Dick Cavett around the time Aladdin Sane came out. I remember the Saturday Night Live appearance that introduced Klaus Nomi to the rest of the world, and the most arresting version of "The Man Who Sold The World" I've ever heard. I remember when Low was released and many people were writing it off as a weird electronic doodle, an aberration.

Rather than be morbid, I'd like to remember the upbeat and stay positive about an incredible career:

David Bowie - Golden Years

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 08, 2015, 07:40:10 PM »
Bandcamp comes through again. It seems as though most of my purchases and discoveries are coming from BC these days. It's a haven for a lot of great ambient/EM/downtempo/world/electronic/etc music.

Altus - Komorebi Somehow I missed this when it first came out. A great collection of slow, deep breathing ambient drones, a little more on the upbeat, melodic side, but a gentle, dark undercurrent winding through as well. I've already listened to it 3 times since yesterday. Well done, Mike.

Scott Lawlor - Drone Excursions 10 and 12 currently, but there is a whole series on Bandcamp with hour-long drones reflecting all kinds of different moods and vistas to be heard.

Valentina Lisitsa - Scriabin Nuances Beautiful collection of new recordings of some classic Scriabin etudes, poemes, mazurkas, and waltzes.

Over at, Dave Michuda has created a new mix including excerpts from Max Richter's massive, 8-hour "Sleep" project. I'm looking forward to getting the complete project after Christmas. You should also check out his "The Healing Piano" mix. Thanks Dave, I needed that.

The new albums are now up on Bandcamp, the "Alive in the Vortex" appears to just have the first disc's stuff available for listening, though. So far, I really like these new albums. I heard the podcast of these shows in 2013 and thought it was an excellent live set from Steve.

Only thing is, I ordered the discs from Steve's web site and they won't ship until next week. 😡 First time I feel like a schmuck for pre-ordering the physical discs.

Very nice. I might also have this playing while flying in Elite Dangerous as well.  :)

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: November 01, 2015, 12:06:43 PM »
Just picked this up. Quite a dense, swirling maze of cool stuff. Many long headphone journeys in here.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 13, 2015, 06:19:52 PM »
Antdude: I'm still debating whether to buy the physical version of this, partly because I've been spending too much lately. How is the packaging? Is it beautiful as a set?

Chris, it's an eco-wallet-style foldout package. Quite nice, actually, although not much in the way of liner notes, etc. It's a limited run of 1000, signed & numbered( I got #6). The CD is currently sale-priced at $30, the Bandcamp download is $25. It's also downloadable from iTunes and Spotted Peccary.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 13, 2015, 03:10:31 PM »
Steve Roach - Bloodmoon Rising Arrived yesterday in the mail, all four discs & five hours of it. Needs a few more listens, but a solid effort from Steve. Not as layered and nuanced as Mystic Chords and Sacred Spaces, his last weighty tome of deep headphoning, but a good place to dive back into the "Sound Current" as he calls it.

Check it out on Bandcamp if you haven't yet.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach - Bloodmoon Rising
« on: August 17, 2015, 08:34:45 AM »
As a follow-up, Steve's web site has begun taking pre-orders for the full 4-CD release of Bloodmoon Rising in September. I'm sure the complete digital release will also be available on Bandcamp and the other usual sites.

It works in Safari(I'm on a Mac), but not in Chrome. It also loaded fine in iTunes.

BTW, I like the track.  :)

Everything and Nothing / Re: RIP Chris Squire
« on: June 28, 2015, 09:35:22 AM »
Terrible news. Chris Squire was my first bass guitar hero. That signature Rickenbacker bass, those beautiful vocal harmonies and great stage presence. I was fortunate enough to see Yes live many times in the '70's and '80's and Chris was always my focal point on stage.

Yessongs is probably the best showcase for his playing, and I guess it's time to dig out my vinyl copy that I've just about played the grooves out of, and remember a truly great musician.

RIP Chris.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: April 28, 2015, 12:51:04 AM »
Just picked up The Thicket by Joe R. Lansdale. I've never read any of his works, although I'm sure some of you are familiar with his horror novels.  It's an Old Western story of kidnap and revenge, and written in quite a raw and funny style, featuring lots of motley characters. I was interested after hearing that it is being developed as a feature film to star Peter Dinklage.

Any other Lansdale recommendations?

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now watching...
« on: April 13, 2015, 09:41:34 AM »
I know some of you are in the same age group, so the new "Thunderbirds Are Go" is quite frankly, a hoot.

Here's the new intro:

And when you gaze into the rinse cycle, the rinse cycle also gazes into you.....

A recent addition to Matthew's page shows a remarkable video that details some of the aspects of sound design for Elite Dangerous.

Check out this video showing off the incredible ambient sounds with notes on how elements are mixed in and out as you travel through the universe. Don't forget to turn it up.

Elite has turned out to be a remarkable game and I'm enjoying my travels through a massive online universe. Kudos to the sound team for helping to create a truly immersive  experience.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 15, 2015, 06:34:17 PM »
Also just picked up Opaline. Really lovely stuff there. Cheers, Pete. Hoping for a nice headphone journey later tonight.

I have to say, right now, there is an absolute glut of great ambient music out there. I can't keep up with it all and I want o fill up my Bandcamp cart and go nuts, but there just aren't enough hours in the day. But this is a good thing. Whereas in the past, we've had some long dry spells, 2015 has already produced a lot of great music, and it's only March! My musical To-Do list is almost as long as the books in my To-Be-Read stack.

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Dishwasher drone
« on: February 24, 2015, 03:17:17 PM »
I also employed lots of spatial jiggery-pokery and time stretching as well.

You creative types and your technical terms.  ;)

Love this track, BTW. I like Dave's suggestion that this could all one day be compiled into a new LLM.

After a gaming drought, I'm getting back into space sims with Elite:Dangerous. Finally bought a new joystick so hopefully, I won't bounce off the landing pads trying to control a ship with a mouse and keyboard.

I keep meaning to get back into Guild Wars 2, especially since the first official expansion, Heart of Thorns, was announced this weekend. The new lands of Maguuma look interesting. Not much else interesting to me, although I may pick up Wasteland 2 and get my Fallout 2-style post-nuclear RPG on.

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