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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: RIP Pete Namlook
« on: November 15, 2012, 11:12:58 PM »
Just read this. Complete surprise,beyond words. I was a big collector from the early days of 1993 until about 2000.Have well over 100,many of those first editions such as Air 1 or Broadway series. I never was interested in selling them though I had offers. This was my introduction in some ways to the new school of ambient. I already had Eno and Budd and so on but something about the early 90s was exciting. With FSOL,Orb,IDM,etc... His catalogue,packaging,limited editions,solo and partnerships,and independent artists,all on FAX.It was not always brilliant music but it was different.
I am very saddened by this and have to say,I feel that much older and I will miss his shining spirit.

Agree with Broken Habour,Alberta is expensive,especially Calgary.
Hypnos,Steve Roach,Robert Rich,Amazon,never had an issue.
I even bought a CD a few weeks ago from England off Ebay,I got it in 5 days and perfect.
Maybe it is a European thing, very little experience. 
Shipping is expensive but when it gets to 7-8 dollars for a CD,forget it.Download.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Mobile Listenings
« on: November 14, 2012, 11:13:57 PM »
A few items to look at.
First,always get the highest quality download or rip you can,WAV,Flac,Apple Lossless,AIFF.Lossless is cool as it compresses your files for storage( like a form of zip) but plays them back bit perfect.
I use a 5th gen ipod and iphone 4S as I really enjoy the I Tunes interface.The Sansa is well regarded.
The Hi Fi man player is probably the best portable around.
Headphones are more important than the player I think. Custom In Ear Monitors are hands down better than universals for portable. The better ones such as JH Audio or Westone or UE are in the $1000 plus range,a deal to me to save your hearing.I own JH and Westone. Add a headphone amp,and you got the best audio chain out there. What I am saying there is most if not all headphone out portables players sound so so to poor.Using the line out is way better.
I woud say that the Ety ER4S is still the king of universals. Bass is lean yes but what a hi fi sound. I own a pair.
Headphones- You are generally in the Grado or Sennheiser camp. I own Sennheiser. Beyer,Shure,Sony make very good models as well.
Do not get lost on Head-Fi. Very few interesting or experienced persons there.  Some value but mostly
Beginners. Plus there are a thousand headphones and amps out there.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Kompakt label: Recommendations?
« on: November 07, 2012, 11:04:18 PM »
Send me a PM and I will send you a list. I have about 30.The Kompakt catalogue is huge. From hard techno to minimal house to ambient. Most of it much the same. The early stuff is the best.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 29, 2012, 09:30:16 PM »
Oh my,another label I never heard of from my own country,Silent Season. Darren,can you suggest 2 to start with. Must be available on Bandcamp and looking for that Deepchord sound,delays,panning,gentle beats. Some of what I heard was a bit hard edged.
Drone on,try to get the Liumin double CD,to my ears,CD 2 is the better version.Also,check out the new Depeche Mode video for their upcoming album and tour. I stopped buying them long ago but this song is going back to Faith and Devotion sounds.Shows them in the studio and there are a ton of electronics going on.
Listening-David Sylvian,Praise of Shamans tour. This is a bootleg but outstanding quality,live sound desk feed.1988.

Subradial-Bioloophorm ( I think that is how you spell it) Very Biosphere,dare I say better at times.
Robert Rich- Nest,splendid.  All the usual Rich sounds but very even,no highs or lows just one long story. One of his better ones.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Overrated Ambient
« on: October 04, 2012, 08:44:21 PM »
My favorite RR is Somnium by far,then others in his sleep/ full ambient mode. Rainforest ( which I have is way down on the list) But I rate highly Echo and that was way later so I think he was gotten better and better and he has a vast catalogue.Even though I am not into his more tribal or sequencer music,I can understand it.I have met him,chatted and seen him live 3 times.My recollection is he knew what he wanted and how to say it.Not very shy.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Dredd film
« on: September 25, 2012, 10:53:09 PM »
Saw this tonight. Normally I am not into comic book adaptions that are made for teenagers or geeks.
I did not know the UK comic or have seen the Stallone version.
It was great. Dark and it stays dark right to the end,amazing 3D shots which were there more as atmosphere than blantant effects,especially during the Slo Mo drug induced parts.
Music was well sequenced,some of it based on early 80s industrial electronic music.
Incredibly violent. Not in a PG way,in an R way.If you want to see what someone's head looks like smashed to bits while directly looking at it,this is the one. More artistic violence if such a thing can exist.
You cannot take it seriously but our world as it is,we are not far off.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 14, 2012, 08:45:02 PM »
I just got the Wild Nothing/Nocturne. Was in NYC,heard it at Other Music. Nostalgia from a 22 year old kit but reminds me of early 80s New Order.
loscil-sketches from new Brighton-my second cd by him,really great field recordings with a bit of dub.
Gary Numan-Engineers live 1980, somewhat raw sounding with many blips and bleeps from what must have been a new Moog.

Ultravox-Vienna plus Rage in Eden.
Cocteau Twins-Garlands plus Treasure
New Order- Power Corruption Lies and Low Life.
Locally,ie around Montreal and Toronto-Rational Youth and The Spoons (great new remix of Nova Heart out now)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Dead Can Dance 2012
« on: August 20, 2012, 10:55:44 AM »
I will be going this Friday.will watch from FOH position,from what I have seen on YouTube,the setup is the same as last time.
Set list is a balance,plenty of new mixed in with a few old.
My third time seeing them.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 10, 2012, 12:22:51 AM »
Yagya,newest one- yes the vocals are nothing new,reminds me totally of Luomo project by V.Delay. But underneath that is the amazing Yagya beats and the instrumentals are worth getting.
Enjoying the long samples on the Unfathomless label. True field recordings with a bit of rumble.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 07, 2012, 11:09:10 PM »
Saw Squarepusher a few weeks ago.Great live show,not my type of music.
I looked up the Unfathomless label based on Jim02,Field recordings. Any recommendations from this label?
Some great purchases from members here.Durutti Column ( ordered )  and I just got Deepchord presents Echospace Silent World,excellent. Luimin reduced is always on rotation.
Somnium- Always playing that..Got all versions. The IPhone app is great as it can go on forever.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 09, 2012, 08:03:58 PM »
Midge Ure toured with Thin Lizzy,before that he was with Rich Kids ( including Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols) and was even offered before John Lydon role of lead singer in the Sex Pistols. Then of course went on to join  Visage and Ultravox and was involved with Live Aid.Then fell off the map after 1985.
Back again with a new Ultravox record and tour.
Arjen Schat,got his name from Gertma,on Bandcamp,great drone,clearly influenced by Grassow .
Bandcamp is quite good for downloads. Most of the artists are obscure but I like the idea of been able to chose any format,including ALAC or FLAC at no extra charge.

Now Playing / Re: Too much music?
« on: June 29, 2012, 09:01:15 PM »
This is a great subject.
There is too much out there so it requires some editing,wether that be because of finances,looking for the highest quality download and not finding it,not enough time to search out and listen,etc...
I let the artists in a way do the editing for me. How? Because after X album release ( I believe it to be 3 maybe 4) there is generally nothing new to offer. I am a big fan of Ultravox as a recent example. Rage in Eden from 1981 is my ALL time fav album. So you would think after their 4 th album,I would keep going.No,the music got boring. They just released a new one after 30 years apart,I did not get it,same old.
I read Santana just released his 36 th album,come on.Same goes for Roach,Alio Die,and more.And I really like the last two.
I used to buy in the day all FAX,got about 100, there was a label that you got something different.
Or a certain artist that does challenge you,such as David Sylvian or a label like Hyperdub.
As there is too much,I also only go to certain forums,like Hypnos,or read certain mags or online review sites or go to certain labels,like Kranky. I edit myself.
I still listen for new material every day somehow but my collecting has gone way down.

Someone has it on this forum,asked already. Review unknown. From samples,seems a bit more glitchy and erratic than his last one,which was just superb.

I saw it tonight. The first 2 minutes are great,then it is all downhill.Story,plot,characters all horrible.
Some cool shots,sets,music was just OK.
There were several scenes where the audience outright laughed,not a good sign.A few even left.
Ridley embarrassed himself with this one.
Still,it got me out of the heat.

Yes,this topic comes up often.
I will always look to a pressed CD over a CDR or even a download. I do consider FLAC or WAV downloads as I do not have any attachment to the artwork. I want the best sonics.
I had a bad run with CDRs years ago,lost all the music,and have never bought another one since.
It is too bad as I am sure I missed out on some amazing music but I have yet to get over being sold a lemon,even if it was not on purpose.
It plays a considerable role in my purchase. I jumped on the new Hypnos release,URBS,as it seems to be great music and it came on a pressed CD.For me,if he music is lovely,I will pay what it is worth,$8.99,12.99,14.99,18.99.But I expect for that to get an attractive package,with samples on an informative website,well shipped and if there is an issue,someone who will respond. Like Hypnos.
For me in fact,a piece of music that I will listen to a hundred times,that takes me away into another world or dream state,is in it's way priceless. At current prices,it is actually a real bargain.
But for the CD I buy that I listen to 4 times and goes on the shelf,that is worth nearly nothing.

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: RELEASE: Bruno Sanfilippo - Urbs
« on: May 24, 2012, 08:42:34 PM »
Ordering.Silence in Shadows is in my top 10 ambient ever so if anything like that,great.

I admit I go to the theatre less and less,not so much because of the pricing,although expensive,nor the phones nor the popcorn ( never touch it)
I go as it is an escape from the home,my office,the world.I want it dark,large screen,an audio experience. I have a 42 inch LCD,Blue Ray,Netflix,not the same in any way. Sorry,watching a David Lynch film on my iPad does not cut it.
My question on this thread is why  ,what I assume are mostly middle aged men on this forum,going to see films marketing towards teenage boys? Such as Green Lantern and Transformers ( was that not based on toys made for 5-9 year olds? )Take this with a bit of irony.
PS-Prometheus,I am there !

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 03, 2012, 09:32:08 PM »
Chromatics-Kill for love-just amazing late night listening,same people who wrote part of the music for the film Drive,a bit like M83?Neil Young cover.
Brannan Lane/Ashera-Sextant-4 long very slow a bit aquatic sounds,what happened to these guys?
After drone on mentioned the Namlook Urban IV, went for it and it is good. First Namlook I have gotten in about 10 years.

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