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Everything and Nothing / Massive attack -Roger waters live
« on: October 20, 2010, 06:06:40 PM »
Went to see both this week,worth it if they come to your city. Massive played nearly 2 hours,incredible visuals and audio, reworked many of their songs with extended versions.They had thievery corporation as well, they did nothing for me.Roger waters, best visuals I have ever seen in 30 years of concert going next to pink Floyd division bell and kraftwerk. Quad sound, fireworks ,the pig,all of it. At up to $250 expensive but worth it. Try to get tickets in the middle to back of venue too close you loose the spectacle.this week too r sakamoto.

Expanding Horizons

Everything and Nothing / Re: The price of CDs
« on: April 04, 2010, 10:11:23 PM »
Well,I just bought from a Spoons CD and Martha & the Muffins (2 amazing Canadian acts ) CD and 1 was $6.99 new and one was $10.99 new,less than on I-Tunes and I bought a recent Echochord CD in Montreal which was as an import less than the WAV download at Boomkat so right there,it seems that the CD pricing is more competitive than downloads-something wrong there.I do not think a CD should be more than $10- $12,that is a pressed CD.Since I do not buy CD-Rs anymore,the price there has no interest to me but I think $8-$10 is about right.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Namlook selling rare FAX on Discogs
« on: February 02, 2010, 10:18:22 PM »
Where can I find this or a link,too much data on Discogs to filter to Namlook as seller.
Plus,I think that when Namlook put out certain editions,like the original 500 runs,though perhaps a marketing thing,I do not think in 1993 he could know that in 1998 or 2002 or 2010,his originals would be in such demand.After all,it is is his music and label.I have some 100 Fax titles,including many of the original 1993,94,95 copies bought in those years and I have kept them as I enjoy them but hey,maybe I should start selling and compete with Pete.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 31, 2010, 11:35:03 PM »
I agree completely with Ferngerms.Vnuk Silence on Hypnos is in my top 5 all time ambient,just like Substrata (my #1).Unlike Substrata (more of a film with chapters),I wish Silence would go on forever,perfect blend of rain and environmental with electronics.

John Broaddus-4 at 18,got this many years ago-like it says 4 tracks of 18 min.long drone pieces with a bit of a cinematic sound.
Round 1 to Round 5 Comp-11 tracks by Rhythm and Sound in their Basic Channel sound,featuring Tikiman.
POP Ambient 2010-always nice,my fav of the last several years in the series,Dettinger track cool,of course Voight too.

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.

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