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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?

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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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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.

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Quick glance at the shelves...

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

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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

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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.
 ;D


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 Collider....is there cake?

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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…

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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.

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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....

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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

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


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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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?'

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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.

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