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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 23, 2008, 04:31:34 PM »
It's been a Stars of the Lid weekend. I'm in the middle of 'And Their Refinement of the Decline', but stopped to check out the Severence mix. Very nice indeed.

On to Seren Ffordd....

Everything and Nothing / Re: found sounds
« on: February 27, 2008, 02:39:03 AM »
Bees make a great sound; the pitch is steady, but the volume as they go buzzing around the mic changes constantly.  Take a long sample, then slow it waaaay down until it's a low growl.  Very cool.

A great example of this is at the beginning of The Exorcist. During the scene where Father Merrin walks through the ancient ruins, and comes across the statue of Pazuzu, the soundtrack has multiple layers of bees mixed at different levels to create the unearthly soundtrack which foreshadows the events to come.

  Doc Siegal, the man who created the sound effects for the film, taught me that trick when I was a student of his in the '70's.

Great man. Great idea.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 26, 2008, 07:23:31 PM »
dead weather machine by sleep research facility
this was recommended on steve roach's site so i took a shot. it seems to be processed found sounds and nature samples - a technique of which i am extremely fond. it is very cool stuff, indeed.

Dead Weather Machine re:Heat, which is a further remix of the original material is even better, a 60-minute jump right off the cliff into the dark ether. If it's still available, get both of them...

Everything and Nothing / Re: found sounds
« on: February 26, 2008, 07:18:46 PM »
Try adding some water to the tin when you swirl the pennies in it. I've done something similar, but with marbles instead. Striking an oversized pot lid, and dipping it in water while it was still ringing produced some neat sounds that formed the basis of further experiments.

Water, I have found is a great, completely unpredictable filter for sound.

This stuff is endlessly entertaining. Distal, in particular, is just magical. For those who may think ambient 'glitch' is not their cup of tea, give this a try. It really defies a simple label, but I can't stop listening to it.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Favorite toys from when we were kids
« on: February 21, 2008, 03:08:25 PM »

I also had this thing that would make plastic forms out of molds on a hotplate.  After I burned myself a few times, I threw it away.  Now I'm sure that toy would go over great these days.
I was a wierd kid (as if I'm not a wierd adult, right?).  I would go to friends houses and just wonder.

The Thingmaker!! That was a weird, wacky hotplate toy that made plastic bugs and monsters, from colored goop. Don't know how that thing could sell today, what with kids eating the raw goop and the hotplate being an unavoidable fire and burn hazard. Now that I think about it, I wonder how Mattel ever got that thing past the FDA....


More stuff to buy. Anthony, you're batting 1000 with these releases. I thank you but my wallet just wants to be friends.  ;D


I doubt you are old enough to know this, but Robot Commando was one of the COOLEST toys from the 60s and also one of the best toys I ever got as a kid (remember, I'm 53). Here is a link to the commercial for it (except the color is all screwed up. I think I have a better more accurate link on my work computer). It was NOT a purple robot. It was like my and blue.

Robot Commando was all well and good, but my favorite was Major Matt Mason.

During the late '60's when we were reaching for the Moon, Matt and his buddies, Sgt. Storm, Doug Davis, Jeff Long, Calisto and Capt. Lazer were all the rage.

My parents used to wake us up at 3AM so we could watch the live Apollo launches from Cape Kennedy. Major Matt and co. were all gathered round the set with me.  :)

Very impressed by the samples and the EP.

Ordered... :)

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: Seren Ffordd - Veils, Shadows
« on: January 26, 2008, 02:21:49 AM »
Just finished listening to Veils, Shadows and The Quiet Labyrinth, which arrived today. Amazingly good. I will be giving these some proper headphone excursions soon, but just wanted to chime in.

Excellent work.

Now Playing / Re: Good Web Radio?
« on: January 24, 2008, 10:48:16 AM »
The Mixing of Particulate Solids has 3 separate channels playing ambient, downtempo, jazz, glitch, Fax, industrial and just about everything else. A playlist is displayed for each channel so you can choose which one you want to listen to before plugging in.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Rune Grammofon label
« on: January 24, 2008, 02:46:07 AM »
Heard it online years ago and was always fascinated by who this was creating this stuff. I would recommend Nordheim Transformed, his interpretation of Arne Nordheim's work. Fascinating stuff, well work checking out. An interesting collaboration with Geir Jennson, but emjoyable. The title may be a bit off-putting, but there are no chainsaws anywhere near this recording.

Wow, I had no idea these albums were out-of-print and so hard to get. I was able to buy all four back in '02 at a regular price. Gas makes for fun driving music, and the occasional down-tempo bass-heavy listening when I know the neighbors aren't home (Gas is generally a 4/4 subwoofer workout). I imagine Gas being the soundtrack to an unmade David Fincher film, if that makes any sense. I'm glad to see this stuff will be re-issued soon. By all means, grab it, you'll enjoy it.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: January 22, 2008, 02:09:19 PM »
Dividing my reading time between R.A. Salvatore's 'War of the Spider Queen' series, and Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin seafaring novels. I need to find time to read Tolkien's 'The Children of Hurin'.

Someday i hope to read a single book that isn't a part of a vast series....

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: The Winterhouse: Slow Promises
« on: January 22, 2008, 02:03:51 PM »
Really enjoying this, as well as the other Data Obscura releases, the Circular Ruins and Robert Davies' Shadow Dreams. Great work Anthony. Thanks for sharing your music with us.  :)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Favorite ECM releases
« on: January 22, 2008, 02:00:38 PM »
My favorites:

Terje Rypdal - Odyssey
John Abercrombie - Time-less
Eberhard Weber - The Following Morning

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 06, 2008, 02:41:39 PM »
Stuff I've gotten this past week:

Stephen Philips - Into the Dark
Between Interval - Radio Silence
Austere - Pulse
Saul Stokes - Fields (How did I not pick this up sooner?!  Great stuff.)
Tomita - Daphnis et Chloe, Pictures at an Exhibition

Daphnis et Chloe was a Japanese import with amazing quality. The subtleties of the album are far clearer than on vinyl. Thankfully, you can skip past the wretched 'Bolero' track. Other than that, it's amazing how well this holds up 27 years later (God, I feel old).

Everything and Nothing / Re: The holiday food you're waiting for
« on: December 19, 2007, 09:38:22 PM »
It's called Kosher Christmas in my family. One year when we were kids, my parents were rushed on Christmas Eve, and stopped at the local deli, bought a bunch of corned beef, roast beef, turkey, potato salad, kosher dills, etc. It went over so well, that we started doing it every year, and it's become a family tradition. Now, we look forward to Christmas Eve dinner more than Christmas Day itself.

Two pieces of fresh rye bread, deli mustard, and about two inches of corned beef, mmmmmm.....

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 19, 2007, 09:09:21 PM »
Austere - Fade/Faded w/Stephen Philips

I actually hadn't listened to this in a long while and just pulled them out, and am very much enjoying this collaboration. I love when I re-discover something in my own collection that might not have 'hit' me when I first listened to it, and realize I've found another gem in my library. I think it goes back to what someone else here in the forums said, about having enough room in your brain to enjoy all the new stuff. It probably also means I spend too much money on all this good stuff.  :)

/clicks 'Buy'

Everything and Nothing / Re: cheese
« on: December 12, 2007, 02:07:45 AM »
The Cheese Shop sketch, Monty Python:


Finally!!  :)

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