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My earliest memory of music is my Dad playing Herb Albert in 69.
My memory of first enjoying music was Wings Silly Little love Songs on the school bus in 73.
My memory of my first electronic music was Kraftwerk Computer World in 81.After that I was hooked.
My memory of my first hard core music was Minor Threat-was into that for 5 years.
My memory of my first meaningful ambient music (I already had Eno) was Seti Pharos on Instinct in 93,then Fax then Hypnos.

Everything and Nothing / Re: RQ008: How old are you?
« on: January 24, 2010, 02:05:01 AM »
44 and it is slowly sinking in....

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: kraftwerk BBC Interview
« on: January 20, 2010, 10:10:45 AM »
I agree,Kraftwerk did not invent ambient (or modern ambient) but what I meant was; inspired those who did make their mark on early ambient,such as Eno (for instance working with Bowie on Low,which in turn influenced every new wave artist in some way).With their sounds and ideas,partially from Ralf & Florian,but also Autobahn and Radioactivity.Now an artist making ambient in 2009 might say he was influenced by Namlook in 1994 but for the origins,I think Kraftwerk were the most influencial as a package on ALL electronic music.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / kraftwerk BBC Interview
« on: January 18, 2010, 11:39:20 PM »
Interesting 1 hour program on Kraftwerk,as well as Neu ! etc... Current interviews with Ralf Hutter,Bowie,New Order taped a few weeks ago.Though there seems to be not much talk about Kraftwerk here on the forum,there would be no popular electronic or ambient music without them,period.
google or go to iplayer console

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Markus Guentner
« on: January 17, 2010, 02:20:23 PM »
Agree with APK.Get the new one on Orbs.
Check out Ulf Lohmann and POP Ambient series on Kompakt and Markus on the Adrian label for more of that ambient sound,not the techno side.

Some incredible concerts here.I was a bit too young to see Yes,Led Zep,Floyd,Genesis in the mid 70s but WOW.
I recently saw the film "It might get loud" and when Jimmy Page plays Whole Lotta Love,you could see the awe in The Edge and Jack White.
A few more to add;

Massive Attack-2005 with Liz Fraser of Cocteau Twins as guest vocalist.
Robert Rich-2006 in front of 50 persons.
Roger Waters-2005,played Dark Side in sequence.
Durutti Column-1981 LC tour,lovely.

Everything and Nothing / Re: RQ006: How do *you* define ambient music?
« on: January 17, 2010, 01:59:55 PM »
to me,ambient means beatless ,in the sense of no drums but there can be rhythm and melody.Then I thought of some Rapoon or GAS or Inoue and that has percussion (though electronic) so I say now it can include drums or that type of sound if it is "muted" in otherwords,effect ridden.I think Eno said ambient is music than can be listened to or ignored.

oh-that was Kraftwerk Computer World Tour 1981-I am listening now to Computer Love,the song. :)

great memories,so many concerts though not lately.All Montreal.Some of them are....

O.M.D-Architecture & Morality 1981.cutting edge new wave.
Pink Floyd-Division Bell-1994-still visually my fav. ever, the benchmark.
Depeche Mode-Devotional 1993-Dave Gahan strung out but the show was giant.
David Bowie-Sound and Vision-1990.classic songs and the suit.
Gary Numan-Living Ornaments Pleasure Principle 1980.
Cocteau Twins-Heaven or Las a church.
Kraftwerk-Computer Love 1981 & Minimum Maximum 2005.

Loudest-Ministry;Land of Rape and Honey.
Worst-New Order 1987 (and they are one of my favs so very disappointing)


Everything and Nothing / Re: Constructive criticism
« on: January 12, 2010, 09:36:00 AM »
not sure if that is irony as in lester bangs was a 5 star critic but rolling stone,spin,fader,pitchfork,xlr8r,etc..all use 5 star or percentages,and those are widely read last i checked.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Constructive criticism
« on: January 11, 2010, 09:44:20 PM »
Interesting and touchy subject. As a non-musician, I feel I'm entitled to be a critic because I'm spending my cash to purchase a product and therefore expect something of quality in return (I realize this is somewhat subjective) i.e. musical content, packaging, production quality, etc. I have been buying music for 25+ years, resulting in a collection of thousands of records and cd's. One thing that disturbs me about so-called critics is reviews I read in local papers, magazines or online that employ a star rating system (four stars out of five, for example) or a percentage rating. You read an ambient or a rock review, and a critic will give a band a musical rating of, say, five out of five for a release that time has proven will be forgotten by the general public and that will sell in very small quantities (that in itself does not necessarily mean it is not brilliant). Examples: Kraftwerk - Trans Europe Express, Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's, Eno - Music for Airports. These are five-star classics. Sorry, the latest Coldplay or Lady Gaga or even, I dare to say, Steve Roach is not five-star material, when compared with the above classics. Same goes for films...the latest Hugh Grant/Sandra Bullock enterprise hardly rates five out of five when viewed alongside Apocalypse Now.  :)

For me,as a  label,FAX-around 100,followed closely by Factory,nearly everything from 1979 to 1987.
Artist-Gary Numan,Ultravox,New Order,David Sylvain,Depeche Mode,Cocteau Twins,Kraftwerk,Cabaret Voltaire.

Now Playing / Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
« on: January 07, 2010, 09:06:28 PM »
Artists that are always in circulation;
Stars of the Lid
Tetsu Inoue
Alio Die
Cocteau Twins
David Sylvain
Vir Unis
My all time fav ambient would be Biosphere-Substrata

Everything and Nothing / Re: good old vinyl... yet another article...
« on: January 07, 2010, 08:44:50 PM »
Mike,see my post above,that is exactly what I did.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 07, 2010, 12:53:05 AM »
Yep,Uhurit,that Rapoon is great,my fav too though I like Dreamcircle as well,actually,out of my 12 Rapoons,I like them all,been on a Rapoon cycle.Just got the new Markus Guentner,Doppelgaenger on Sending Orbs(this label has a great site and I like the micro sites-can hear every track and longer than 30 seconds) amazing, less beat driven than Yagya (beats are muted when they are there) and washes,bells.David Bowie-Heroes.Modern English-After the snow.

Everything and Nothing / Re: good old vinyl... yet another article...
« on: January 07, 2010, 12:39:21 AM »
I collected records when that was the format,mostly 1977-1987(yeah Mike,I got Blancmange)-I agree that ambient,drone,etc.. is better on CD for the simple reason that it is quiet,no side changes,can go up to nearly 80 minutes.Touch UK recently started a cassette limited release label,all have sold out .I did an experiment last year.I recorded from my turntable (Linn Sondek) to an HHB CD recorder using a Mark Levinson pre-amp,the album was Ultravox Rage in Eden.Then took the remastered 2009 version CD and put it into I-Tunes Lossless.Played it back on my I-Pod and the turntable version did sound much warmer (all those terms) than the same CD version to I-tunes.Here in Canada,Blue Rodeo (a fav. of mine)just released their new album on a double gatefold LP,as well as CD.In Montreal,used record stores are everywhere and one of the first,if only,record pressing plant in Canada,just opened here as well,mostly to export.I say the future is in downloads but it is interesting.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2009!!!1
« on: December 28, 2009, 11:59:41 PM »
For me,2009 was a bit strange.I am such a fan of music, have been for so long (25 years) but this year I lost much interest in it.I also found that I was listening to more of my older collection than getting newer music.I think part of it may be that I feel there is very little innovative stuff out there.After 1 or 2 maybe 3 albums from the same artist,there are mostly repeats so I feel the need to buy the 12 album by artist X is a waste as it is all the same.Now,if you like that type, 75 albums ( or more) by Roach,then great.

Brock Van Wey-White Clouds
Pop Ambient 2009
Biosphere-Wireless Live
Ultravox-Rage in Eden Re-issue (my fav all time LP)
And in rotation
Rapoon-Various 1994-1998
David Sylvain-Various-1982-2009
Joy Division,New Order,Alio Die,Vir Unis,Moev,kraftwerk.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDR prices too high
« on: November 14, 2009, 02:02:15 PM »
I used an example on Boomkat ( a favourite site) A Flac download is 9 pounds,that is $16 CDN $.I-Tunes as far as I know says it is lossless if you transfer your own cds,if you buy their downloads,it is 256.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDR prices too high
« on: November 14, 2009, 12:18:36 AM »
I totally agree with Brian and Uhurit.
My poor experiences with CD-Rs has turned me off forever,too bad.
I use electronics by Mark Levinson,Linn,Revel,etc... and you can hear the difference between downloads and CD format,at least with I-Tunes so no interest with that though the ease of I-Tunes is impressive.Flac is much better though but still,a Flac download can cost more than a CD,sometimes 15-16.

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