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Everything and Nothing / Re: Have a great holiday season, everybody
« on: December 26, 2009, 11:36:56 PM »
Merry Christmas everyone. Visiting family in L.A., where it was 73 degrees and sunny. Christmas should at least have you wearing a jacket or something, not sweating in the car trying to find a parking space at the mall on Christmas Eve.

Not that I would know what that's like or anything....

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 20, 2009, 10:02:35 PM »
Entia Non - Distal
Viridian Sun - Everything
Harold Budd & Brian Eno - The Pearl
Kammerheit - The Starwheel
Dinu Lipati - Chopin Waltzes & Piano Sonatas
Vladimir Horowitz - Scriabin Etudes

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 05, 2009, 11:55:34 PM »
To celebrate ordering the new Viridian Sun CD, I listened to the podcast again, followed by Solar Noise and the Hypnos compilation album (ordered Perihelion while I was at it).  :)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Food porn
« on: November 24, 2009, 10:13:25 AM »
Don't forget the dessert....

Really enjoyed the podcast. The personal recollections give the podcast a bit more perspective into the music, and it was kinda fun that it was focused on a specific musical entity(Viridian Sun). Also a nice touch to include a raw, untitled track. Possibly future podcasts could feature more than one artist, but it seems you would have lots of material to work with (I'm guessing here, that there is a lot of interesting, but unreleased or rare material that could find its way into a podcast), and the depth of the Hypnos and HSS roster should make for a lot of variety.

Listened to about half of it last night, gonna continue today. So far, I like the format, and the extended clips.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Web browsers -- what do you think?
« on: November 19, 2009, 10:30:29 PM »
Been using Chrome on the Mac now for a few weeks and even though it's very much a beta and in need of features, I'm really liking it, enough that I could consider dropping Safari if it keeps improving. Chrome is the fastest browser out there right now, and some of the cool features like Paste-n-Go in the address bar are really neat. So far, it's not a complete adblocker, and i don't know of any additional script-blockers, but I love the speed, and Safari now seems slow in comparison. I still use Firefox on occasion for certain sites, as Safari Adblock is in dire need of an update.

I'll probably install it on my XP machine for some comparisions, but on the Mac, the Chrome beta seems very promising.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Favorite movies
« on: November 15, 2009, 02:52:16 AM »
I would add Lawrence of Arabia, as my all-time favorite, and quite possibly the greatest film ever made. If you've ever seen it on a proper movie screen, you'll never forget that experience. Video simply can't do it justice. Columbia road-shows it every few years or so. I'm hoping to catch it again that way.
After that, I would say Ridley Scott's 'Alien' the best science-fiction film ever made. Saw it on the big screen many times and still see new little nuances when I bust out the 'Quadrillogy.'
I recently introduced my niece to the original 'Thief of Baghdad' starring Sabu. Not only was she thrilled with it, I was amazed at how well the film has aged.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 15, 2009, 02:12:51 AM »
Rediscovering Thomas Köner's 'Nuuk.' Hadn't heard it in a while and am really appreciating how dark and evocative it is. Shorter tracks still conjuring vast ice-scapes instead of some of his earlier long-form pieces. I can almost feel the snow crunching under my feet. I'm looking forward to 'Neus Land.'

I've also been listening to Oophoi's Moon series, and in those light-hearted moments, Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works 2. I might dig out my Deathprod Box set tomorrow.

Loving the 'Rain' track now. Downloading the other tracks. Thanks for a terrific interlude on a Saturday.

But I would look on the bright side too: could it be that perhaps, if the quality and uniqueness of the physical product reaches a certain height, will there be a certain segment of people who value that, and will in turn support it by buying the album itself? I don't know, I have often felt that so little care has gone into the physical product of the cd that there almost is no reason to own it, that it would have been better to buy it even cheaper as a download. Still, though, that's no reason to actually steal the music.

A lot of work went into this CD, as all artists who share their music will tell you. The artwork was indeed beautiful, as is their website. Personally, I still believe in owning(and paying for) a physical product. If I don't grab my iPod before hopping in the car, I can still grab a CD and hit 'play' while driving. It's like a book in that regard, still portable and low-maintenance.

Consider the fact that recordings made back in the early age of vinyl(78's from the 1930's, etc.) are still playable today. Much of this past history would be lost forever if it were just 0's and 1's. I worry sometimes that music made today, especially online-only music, may disappear in a world that considers art in many forms increasingly disposable. All the more reason to appreciate when an artist makes the effort to put together the whole package. I'm old enough to remember the original Dark Side of the Moon with the stickers and posters along with the original album artwork. How often do you see a CD release with that much effort put into it today? If you're creating music that exists only on a computer hard drive, you might be a crash away from losing it irretrievably.

Mozart, Beethoven and Bach created music that will live forever. Where will this music be in 50 years? Will anyone even be able to listen to it? Look at your music collection and ask yourself, 'What would I like my grandchildren to hear from this period?'

Back on topic, 'Endurance' is a beautiful album, and I enjoy it on an almost daily basis. Check out their myspace page to hear sound clips, but more importantly, buy it. Whatever else, I hope we hear more from this artist again someday.

Everything and Nothing / Re: List of words it is not OK to ever say
« on: March 01, 2009, 12:06:16 PM »
When people write, 'would of' instead of 'would have' (As in, I would of pwned that dude, yo) I want to reach into the Internet and throttle them. I'm seeing this more and more these days.

Stay in school, kids.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 02, 2009, 01:06:45 PM »
Over the weekend:

No idea why, but I felt the need to listen to Gentle Giant's In a Glass House. So now I've pulled out the old vinyl and played their whole catalog the last 2 days. It was a '70's binge.

I don't think I've listened to this stuff in 20 years. i loved it. Might be time to bust out the Hawkwind and ELP discs.


I’m not that familiar with Dead Weather Machine (and how's this Re:Heat related to DWM itself?)
Could it be Cold Spring (label that released it first) reissuing DWM?

From the Manifold press release for Dead Weather Machine:
Originally conceptualized as a 100 copy cdr to go with a special limited edition of Dead Weather Machine, Manifold commisioned Sleep Research Facility to create a single hour-long track of total dark-ambient drift based on the original material. We were going to make a ltd ed. release of 100 copies. To put it plainly, when we got this master we were blown away and realized this was too good to let slip into obscurity. It would be a shame to keep this from being available to all people who seek out the best in dark-ambient and drift. This disc is the representation of what we started a label like Manifold for; totally dark, experimental ambient. Engaging, emotional and worthy of listening to ten years down the road. Roughly an hour of slowly changing, deep, meditative drift based on the Dead Weather Machine source materials.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach Starting Point ?
« on: January 18, 2009, 12:21:33 AM »
I'd also kick in my recommendation of Dreamtime Return. It was my introduction to Steve Roach's music, and although every suggestion here is good, DR has a good mix of tribal, sequencer-based, and pure floating ambient. All the different aspects of his music that he has explored in the past 20 years have their roots in this album, and you really can't go wrong here. 

That said, you really can't go wrong with any of his work.

Can't let this go without mentioning SRF's 2nd release, Dead Weather Machine, and its companion release Dead Weather Machine re: Heat. Jumps right off the board into a very deep underground pool of dark ambient.  Pure headphone bliss.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: December 18, 2008, 04:52:41 PM »
I gave up on Neal Stephenson's Baroque Trilogy. Just too dense and impenetrable. I'm now reading a collection of Jack London stories, which is more appropriate for the season. I'm currently reading White Fang, and loving every word. Next up: Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath.

Everything and Nothing / Re: 2008 winter weather
« on: December 18, 2008, 04:36:06 PM »
Here in San Diego, CA, we've had a few days of rain(snow in the mountains), with more expected for Christmas. Where I live by the ocean, the temps got all the way down to a chilly 52 degrees!!!   ;D

So, before my fingers freeze and I can't hit 'play' on the CD player anymore, Happy Holidays to everyone.   :)

Mike and Lena, thanks for letting us play in your yard.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 11, 2008, 04:37:49 PM »
Just arrived from APK's Data Obscura:

Entia Non - Updrafts

Description Without Place(Entia Non/Anthony Paul Kirby) - Filaments

Excellent releases, both.

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