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Just ordered the CD as well. Love the previews and really looking forward to this one. Well done.

Now that I have a computer that can run Oblivion the way it was meant to be, I've reinstalled the game and have to say it looks spectacular with all the eye candy turned on. The adventure is just beginning, and I hope to spend quite a bit of time in Tamriel again.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich iPhone App
« on: July 25, 2010, 11:33:51 AM »

On the other hand, Robert's app sounds interesting, though I would never consider it a substitute for the original recording.


Good point and one that I should have clarified in my little review. This is NOT a replacement for RR's Somnium DVD, nor should it be considered as such. However, if someone unfamiliar with Robert's work were to D/L this app, and be inspired enough to seek out the original work, wouldn't this also be a positive gain from the experience? In that sense, the iPhone app could be seen as a brilliant marketing tool to expand his audience, which can only be a positive thing. Quite possibly, we'll see something like this from other artists in the future.

I feel the conception of altering the living space an alienation. Now, me too I use MP3 portable players to avoid to listen the awful sound around me in the city, but this is not a solution to Listen Music, indeed it's just an escapism, all in all my alienation from the world. A bad story! I associate the Listening (Ambient) music to a deep listening activity and specifically Robert Rich's music have been for me the entry point in a listening music one step forward a standard every day superficial listening (of mainstream music). So I'm sad to see one of my preferred musician (and mentor) to follow this adapt to a bad music fruiction way... probably I'm wrong, but I pretend from top level artist in the world (and I retain Robert one special person), a progression in music creativity ... after "trance & drones" elevations, you can't go back realizing "standard ambient music" a là Eno ...

When I have the luxury of being able to enjoy a deep listening session with good headphones and a dark, quiet room, I agree, that is the best way to experience an artist's music. However, in today's world, it's difficult to make the time for that. When I was in the Navy, I frequently had to use music as an escape from a very claustrophobic and noisy environment. When I lived in Japan, on the train, I noticed that almost every passenger used some form of portable music to create a bubble in which to find some small measure of privacy. We cannot always choose the environment for our music, but we can find ways to adapt our music to the environment. I'm pretty sure any musician who has ever performed live can attest to this. I don't see this as alienation, but as a way to make the environment we cannot change more enjoyable.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich iPhone App
« on: July 20, 2010, 06:13:27 PM »
Been playing with this app for a few hours now. In short, a tremendous way to present this great album. Hopefully, this is just a first release, and Robert is working on some updates. The app isn't perfect: It needs a sleep timer. The Pace function should be accessible while playing music. Most importantly, it needs to be made multitasking-aware with iOS4. Currently, it can't run in the background with other apps. And it would be nice if there were some way to display some artwork or generated graphics similar to Brian Eno's Bloom or Trope.

That said, this is still an excellent musical experience. It's great to see Somnium in a portable format. And at .99, if you have an iPhone, iPod Touch or and iPad, you'd be crazy not to download this one. Hopefully, it will be updated soon so that the presentation matches the absolutely first-rate musical experience. 4 stars.

Everything and Nothing / Re: World Cup anyone ?
« on: June 22, 2010, 08:31:16 PM »
Now, that would be fun to watch. That and full contact golf.   :D

Now, there was a missed opportunity:

and... Ben is the guy who pops in everyweek to fix the copier.

The copier is the dimensional portal back to the Island. Ben changes the batteries out and punches in the code, otherwise the office, and the universe around it, implodes.

The way Lost really SHOULD have ended:

...via The Daily What

Priceless! Now that would have been a great ending. Better than Patrick Ewing in the shower. As Brian said, 'satisfying ambiguity.'

The producers managed to confuse things by dwelling on wreckage of the pilot episode crash at the very end of the finale, leading many people to guess everyone had died in the first crash and the whole six years of Lost was one big confusing purgatory.  I thought that aspect was poorly handled.  If you're going to use vague, metaphysical elements to resolve a storyline which, while fantastic in parts has always been grounded in consensus reality and a timeline everyone could agree upon, you have a responsibility to make clear how that resolution relates to the rest of the story.
This is literally the first time I've heard about the wreckage/titles sequence. Here in San Diego, as soon as Jack's eye closed and the LOST title card came up, the local news kicked in and didn't show the credit sequence at all. So I saw none of that, although I'm not sure it would have changed my outlook on the finale that much. I still think the ending was a copout and plays conveniently for the producers into the whole "It's about the characters" meme. In my screenwriting class at RIT, that would have been called lazy storytelling.

Well, hopefully all these questions will be answered next season.   ;D

Oh, wait............shit!

Although I thought some individual scenes had emotional heft, mostly due to the actors' talent (Jin and Sun's remembrance, Hurley taking on Jack's burden), what I saw last night was 2 1/2 hours of creative cowardice. I even predicted the very last scene about 30 minutes before it happened. This review  pretty much sums up how I feel.
This week, after six years, the nerviest and most expensive Long Con in history finally reached its end, only its target wasn’t a murderous gangster but the American television audience. Early indications are that millions of people, just like the gangster in The Sting, are going to stay conned. Millions of others are going to figure it out and they are going to be furious—but unlike a psychopathic gangster, they will have no recourse except impotent complaint. And then there are those of us who figured out that it was all a bluff years ago and yet have stayed around to the bitter end.
Put me in that latter group. I already said I knew there was no grand plan, and that any wrap-up was bound to leave threads dangling. One of the most frustrating memes about LOST is when people say it is character-driven. LOST is plot-driven through-and-through. And yet, in the end, that was its greatest weakness. The one big, really important question, 'What is the Island?' was never answered, at all. Instead, we got an emotional farewell, which is the series' hallmark: Its ability to connect to your emotions i.e. Jin & Sun, to the point where the larger questions didn't matter. '"Oh, look. Sayid and Shannon together again." "Hey, Libby came back." The show even dodged answering the biggest questions by abandoning the 'real' timeline and taking refuge in the 'alternate' timeline.

William Goldman once wrote, "Magic is misdirection." The idea that you can distract people from seeing how you pull off the 'trick' by focusing their attention on something else. LOST did this pretty well for 6 years. I'm not angry about the end, just disappointed. I wasn't expecting all the answers, but a few would have been nice.

The 'Wired' article just confirms what I've suspected all along: There is no over-arching structure they've had in place since the beginning, no five-year plan. They make it up as they go along. Not that it can't have a structure, it's just not some grand plan they've been working on. But, since I got burned on The X Files, I'm always going to be a bit more cynical about any show that purports to have a 'mythology.'


Hmmm, I guess my fantasy is that Desmond somehow throws them all into an alternate, alternate timeline, where they never crashed AND all the bad stuff never happened to any of them, (too much to ask? Probably!)

The thing is, when there is a lot (or everything) on the line, what is required to make it right is a sacrifice.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Earth Mantra netlabel
« on: March 28, 2010, 04:09:42 PM »
Thanks for the tip on this, I was unaware of Earth Mantra. I downloaded a couple albums and have been needle-dropping thru the tracks. There is some great stuff here. Too much stuff. I'll try to stream an album a day.  ;)



I want to fly, so if my plane is going down, I can make a quick get-a-way. Now I just need a cool outfit to fly in, and yes, it has to have a cape.

Ah, yes, the old Batman suit. But I think we can agree that Batman only glides. My power of flight would be like Superman's, in that it requires self-propulsion. I would like to be known as"SuperAmalgamated Man." (bonus points if anyone knows that reference)

I want to fly, so if my plane is going down, I can make a quick get-a-way. Now I just need a cool outfit to fly in, and yes, it has to have a cape.

Although, Untaxable, I may need your help once a year.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now watching...
« on: February 03, 2010, 12:35:41 AM »
All I have to say is, LOST, you better not screw with me or this is the last season I'm watching.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: January 24, 2010, 02:13:40 PM »
The Real George Washington - Jay A. Perry  An excellent biography. A history of Washington is really a history of the founding of America. And good God, do we have it easy today. These men risked everything for freedom and we take it for granted now.

Everything and Nothing / Re: RQ008: How old are you?
« on: January 24, 2010, 02:05:50 PM »
52 this April. One, possibly two, heart attacks already. When did middle age catch up to me? I thought I was still young at heart. Does this mean I need to buy a Corvette now?

Genesis - 1974: L.A. Shrine Auditorium. The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway tour. Incredible stage show and just incredible musicianship. Peter Gabriel was mesmerizing.

Pink Floyd - 1974: The infamous LA Sports Arena concerts. Lots of arrests. My brother and I had nosebleed seats in the colonnade, just underneath where they hung the plane that would fly down to the stage during 'On The Run.' When the house lights came up for the intermission, the cloud over the floor area was really thick and pungent.

Yes - 1975: Anaheim Stadium. Yes at their most experimental. Probably the best stage and light show I've ever seen. The Relayer Tour featured a set designed by Roger Dean, with strange amorphous shapes lit from within, several lasers, and a multi-layered backdrop incorporating rear projection and shifting set pieces. I've seen Yes several times over the years, but this was the highlight. Amazing.

Tangerine Dream - 1976: Santa Monica.  I think this was TD's first American tour. Inspired live performances, augmented with a laser artist who would choreograph his laser dynamically with the music, as well as the musicians taking their improvisational cues from his visuals. There were rotating mirror columns on either side of the stage reflecting the follow spots, sending beams of colored light shooting around the hall, well defined in the smoky haze, and yes, there was a lot of smoke there.  :)

Return To Forever - 1976: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The Romantic Warrior tour. God, these guys were so talented. How could Chick Corea break this band up?? Anyway, tremendous show. Stevie Wonder came out for their encore, and they played 'Superstition.' Incredible. I thought my head would explode.

Emerson, Lake & Palmer - 1977: Long Beach Arena. OK, so it was the Works tour, not the Brain Salad Surgery tour, but still…ELP. They even played 'Rondo' and 'America' from Emerson's days with The Nice.

Frank Zappa - 1976-77: UCLA Pauley Pavilion. I think it was the Sheik Yerbouti album period. Terry Bozzio, Patrick O'Hearn, Adrian Belew, Eddie Jobson, Ruth Underwood and more were in the band that night. Frank could make you laugh, then you'd be dazzled by the musicianship there. At one point, when someone else took a solo, Frank put down his guitar, pulled up a stool, lit a cigarette and sat back and watched the band play. Also, Adrian Belew could do a great Bob Dylan impression. It was also the first time I heard the great composition 'Titties and Beer.'

The Police - 1981: The Ghost In The Machine tour. This was the loudest concert I ever went to. Oingo Boingo opened for them and the PA system was screaming. When the Police came on, the sound was a little more balanced, but more powerful. Sting's bass was something I could feel in my chest more than hear. This band was pretty powerful live, it's a shame they never released a live record. Excellent show, but my ears were ringing for three days.

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