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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.

Wendy Carlos. Her work probably did more to push me in my musical and technical direction than anyone else. Switched-On Bach in 1970 was the first time in my sheltered life I'd ever heard a synthesizer and realized that you could create music with electronics. Once I saw the possibilities, I had to know more. All my DIY keyboards and mini-recorders are my attempt to emulate in some small fashion the amazing music she creates. In interviews she comes across as a consummate professional musicologist and razor-sharp perfectionist. I'd love to see that first-hand and talk about whatever she finds interesting. I have a feeling my head would explode at the end of the day, but heroes will do that sometimes.

Quick glance at the shelves...

Brian Eno, including the two box sets.
Steve Roach
David Bowie
Bill Nelson including Bebop Deluxe and all the Cocteau recordings.
Wendy Carlos
Frank Zappa
King Crimson

Everything and Nothing / Re: RQ005: Were you a band geek in school?
« on: January 14, 2010, 09:53:17 PM »
Marching Band - '73 to '76. I played French Horn, Baritone, percussion. Ours was about 80 people. And, no, I couldn't get a date. Thanks for making me relive that. Happy now?
/Hides in room

Everything and Nothing / Re: RQ006: How do *you* define ambient music?
« on: January 14, 2010, 09:48:43 PM »
I'm also going to ban John soon.

I wonder what happens if two moderators try to ban each other at the exact same instant?

Harry vs Voldmort !

Some fiery ball in which the whole of being is extinguished.

I seem to have wandered into the Hypnos Large Hadron there cake?

Now Playing / Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
« on: January 14, 2010, 09:35:25 PM »
Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works 1 & 2 | You can find something new every time you hear this.
David Bowie - Low, Heroes | Not strictly ambient, but these two albums certainly influenced a whole generation of musicians and musical styles, including ambient.
Harold Budd/Brian Eno - The Pearl | The crystallization of everything Eno had been experimenting with up to that point.
Wendy Carlos - Sonic Seasonings  Love my Switched-On Bach, but this album has always pulled me back throughout the years. Possibly the First ambient music album, from 1972! Still brilliant.
Brian Eno - Ambient 4 On Land | Sometimes, shorter is better. I liked that these pieces were shorter, yet still packed with dense landscapes that took you places.
Entia Non - Distal | Lightning in a bottle.
Tetsu Inoue - Elektro Harmonix, Organic Cloud   
Thomas Koner - Kaamos | You can almost feel the wind blowing in from these sub-arctic landscapes.
Lustmord - The Place Where the Black Stars Hang | (Best Ricardo Montalban voice) "It is very cold….in spaaaace."
Pete Namlook - Air | If I'm going to pick one Namlook/Fax recording, it might as well be the one that got Fax off the ground.
Oophoi - Athlit | 38,000 feet into the troposphere, the deep blue of the ocean and the curve of the Earth, stretched out before you.
Sleep Research Facility - Dead Weather Machine re: Heat | A cheap mic and a dying air conditioner. Who would have thought you could fit infinity in there.
Stars of the Lid - Tired Sounds, Refinement of the Decline | Enough said. These are perfect for the desert island or the Black Lodge. 
Steve Roach - Quiet Music, Dreamtime Return | These two are the albums I recommend to people curious about ambient and the perfect place to start your Steve Roach education.
Tangerine Dream - Phaedra | May 1975, TD Live, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Smell of 'herb.' I think I left my brain behind there…

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Altus - Coma Cluster
« on: January 14, 2010, 01:27:18 PM »
I've listened to this 3 times already. Really enjoying it. Good stuff.

Altus, any chance of another live web performance? Loved the musical portion, I'm just hoping to get the video working next time.

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).  :)

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