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Everything and Nothing / Re: Electronic Music Flow Chart
« on: September 25, 2014, 11:39:59 AM »
Thanks, John. I suck at internetting.  ;)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 21, 2014, 12:23:57 PM »
Some recent Bandcamp purchases...

Dylan Howe - SUBTERRANEAN - New Designs On Bowie's Berlin  -  Jazz versions of Bowie's Berlin instrumentals.  Nice.

tonepoet - Headspace - excellent guitar-based ambient.

eternell - Kalimba Ambience  -  pretty ambient tunes all based on kalimba recordings.  Thanks for the heads up, Castleview.

Deep Sea Diver - Always Wating EP  -  not ambient but very good indie music.  I loved their first album and was hoping for a new release but this ep will have to do.

That Dylan Howe album is pretty incredible. I know we just had a laugh about it a few days ago but, if you're a fan of Bowie's Berlin period, you really need to check this album out.

I may never be able to listen to Warszawa again without hearing this. What a hoot.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Phobos - Sector Four
« on: September 05, 2014, 05:26:47 PM »
Downloaded and listening now. So far, loving it. I really need to rebuild a good headphone listening area though. Too much racket from Civilization during the day.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Guild Wars 2
« on: August 28, 2014, 04:24:38 PM »
GW2 is a massive, content-rich MMO, that has a lot of quality-of-life aspects that make it a better game from a player's aspect than most other MMOs. In addition to frequent content updates, there is also a huge patch upcoming that will address crafting and and make it even easier and fun to make your own armor, weapons, etc. A class update, as well as lots of PVP and WvW updates that are designed to make the game more fun to play without dumbing-down how you play.

I wish I had more time to devote to it, but whenever I do, I always feel like I've accomplished something and improved my characters. And the world of Tyria is absolutely huge. No shortage of places to go, things to see, creatures to kill.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: August 21, 2014, 04:53:30 PM »
Listening to Shards right now. I like the dark droning in this one. I'm hearing shades of Wendy Carlos' "Sonic Seasonings" here. Very nice.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Aphex Twin
« on: August 16, 2014, 12:14:43 PM »
It would be nice to hear some new material from Mr. Richard James. I hadn't realized how long it's been since his last release, so I'm cautiously optimistic.

I suppose it's a sign of the times now that Aphex Twin now shows up as the background music in many commercials these days. "Shiny Metal Rods" as the backdrop of an insurance ad is an evolution of some sort.  :)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Any Genesis fans?
« on: August 12, 2014, 01:30:52 AM »
I was a Genesis fan since probably Nursery Cryme or Foxtrot. I managed to see the "Lamb Lies Down" tour in '74 with Gabriel(I would have killed to get my hands on Phil Collins' magnificent drum kit), then the "Trick of the Tail" and Wind & Wuthering tours.

After I heard "Follow You Follow Me" on the "...and then there were Three" album, I knew the love affair was over. Of course, that marked the beginning of their most commercially successful period. I never could stand the pop sound the band adopted, and missed Gabriel's story-telling.

Obviously, my preference is for the Gabriel-era work. If nothing else, I recommend "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway." An epic concept rock album that should be in any pro-rocker's library.

I'd also put in a vote for "Dreamtime Return." Even though Quiet Music and Structures from Silence were(and still are) tremendous albums, Dreamtime is where Roach turned a corner as an artist. He recorded it after his Australian walkabout in the late '80's and it's inspired most of his work since then. Five stars.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 22, 2014, 01:02:37 PM »
I can also recommend the DVD for Somnium, as well. I've downloaded the app, which is nice for listening on the road or going to sleep by. There was some controversy about this app when it was released, as it was shortened, but I think it's a great introduction to the piece for a very low price and makes a full purchase a no-brainer.

In case anyone else is reading, I'm currently listening to the stream here at The album sounds really great and I'm glad I ordered it. Some nice, weightless, drifty stuff.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 16, 2014, 08:03:09 AM »
Finally took the plunge and picked up Steve Roach's "Structures From Silence" 3-CD set. In addition to the remaster, the 2 discs of new material are excellent. I've ordered the new "The Delicate Forever, as well. I'm looking forward to some deep headphoning.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 19, 2014, 04:03:48 PM »
Not sure how I got on this kick, but I've been on a Bryan Ferry/Roxy Music bender the whole week.

At the risk of really dating myself, I've been a Roxy Music fan since "Virginia Plain" and Bryan Ferry's solo career is still going strong(the man is 69 and just played 2 nights at Coachella!). In fact, while I was strolling down Memory Lane, I discovered an album I was unaware of, The Jazz Age, a collection of Roxy and Ferry tunes arranged as jazz standards.

Here's "Love Is The Drug."

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 26, 2014, 11:21:48 AM »
How to Disappear Completely - Oblivion/Rites
Digital only release, available on bandcamp. Drifting, weightless ambient with sounds that cast shadows.

Thanks for the heads-up on this, I was completely unaware of it. Beautiful stuff.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 18, 2014, 01:07:45 PM »
It's been a Fax week.

Pete Namlook - The Air Collection MP3 Disc
Pete Namlook & Tetsu Inoue - The 2350 Broadway Collection MP3 Disc
Tetsu Inoue - Inland
Pete Namlook & Tetsu Inoue - Shades of Orion 2
Tetsu Inoue - Organic Cloud

For variety, I threw in Cocteau Twins - Blue Bell Knoll

I'm also working through the Namlook Tribute project Die Welt Ist Klang on Bandcamp. It's pretty amazing.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: RIP Pete Namlook
« on: May 05, 2014, 01:47:29 AM »
I'd also recommend the Air or Silence series, as well.

I think they were both up to five releases in each one, and encompassed many differing musical journeys on each disc. As you mentioned, there is so much material to cover, it's hard to know where to start.

If you can find it, I'd also recommend "The Ambient Cookbook" Vols. 1 or 2. They were nice compilations of material by Namlook and some of the other Fax artists, put together into a very good mix. I think there are some Pete Namlook tributes on Youtube that showcase those collections.

Good luck. I hope you find some new favorites. It looks like there are enough Fax fans here that we can help if you have more questions.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: RIP Pete Namlook
« on: April 30, 2014, 04:36:54 PM »
I thought this was important enough to post here since I hadnít heard much new information since Pete passed away.

Today, I finally received  a copy of Electro-Harmonix by Tetsu Inoue and Jonah Sharp. Itís always been one of my favorite Fax releases and since it was limited to 500 in its initial release in 1994(!), I was fortunate to find a copy of the Ambient World sublabel reissue from a German retailer.

Included in the package with the disc was a note from Peteís daughter, Fabia:

As it is not easy, in times of pain, to find the right words, it took me a while to be in the right place to write this, so I thank you for your patience.

Peter Kuhlmann aka Pete Namlook (25.11.1960 - 08.11.2012) died within seconds of a heart attack but will live on in our hearts forever. His fast and unexpected death left us with his soul, living on in his music. His vision gave everyone around him strength and he was not only a composer, he was an Idealist counsellor for his friends as well.

Fax Records was founded by Pete Namlook in 1992 and after 20 years of existence, there will be a change. As I was neither in the financial or musical position to pursue his heritage, things still have to be figured out. To buy music now, you can contact Michael Zosel:

I want to thank everyone for making the pain easier by sharing their grief. It feels good to know that he wonít be forgotten by so many people from different cultures and origins.

I thank everyone who wrote moving words to lighten the pain as I could not respond to everyone of you individually.

To the heart of our nearest star,
Fabia Kuhlmann

This was the first follow-up news Iíd heard about his family and the possible future of Fax since Peteís passing and I thought this might be some help to others who were fans.

The main Fax website is still up and running, although I donít think any purchases can be made through it, but the Fax catalog is still available on and on iTunes. In addition, Dave at Ear Rationalís Carpe Sonum label offers a Pete Namlook tribute album through Bandcamp here:

Everything and Nothing / Re: Insomnia treatments
« on: March 27, 2014, 10:56:18 AM »
I'm sure everyone will chime in with suggestions, but I'd give some OTC Benadryl a try. You can buy it in any drugstore and the doses are small enough that you can take it without feeling like a zombie the next day.

I've had sleep problems for years and tried Melatonin, Benadryl, Ambien, Lunesta, and other things, but I have issues, so I recommend avoiding prescriptions unless you've got no problems going to a doctor.

I found some good info here:

Two older releases I've recently rediscovered are:

Electro Harmonix (love the combination of Tetsu Inoue and Jonah Sharp)
The Pool - Quiet Stories (a very obscure cassette from the mid-80s in an ambient vein).

I would love to get my hands on Electro Harmonix. Another limited pressing from Fax that's impossible to find.

I have an odd one: Jon Hassel - The Surgeon Of The Nightsky Restores Dead Things By The Power Of Sound. I first bought it back in '87 when it came out, and it didn't grab me. A few years went by and I was in a record store and heard this amazing sound. I was stunned that it was the same album I'd dismissed years before. Went home and re-discovered it. One of his best.

I think I need to randomly pick something out of my library. I also have a lot of Steve Roach I haven't listened to in years.

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