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I was in the "crowd" last night--all 9 of us on Jason's feed--and it was an hour well-spent. I didn't have a real problem with the quality of the feed. It was what it was. I think anyone expecting glorious symphonic sound from a video stream was setting their sights a little high.  ;)

But Jason delivered a solid hour of far-ranging, guitar-based ambient. Everything melded smoothly from the first lush, dark atmospheres through a tribal-infused jam and back into a soothing, contemplative mode. It was my first experience with his music and now I need to actively hunt up more. I hope other artists will look into this idea, using Ustream to invite us into their space.

Speaking of dungeon crawls, I've now lost several hours playing "Monster's Den" at Party-based, great graphics, and fairly addictive.

And free, which is my favorite flavor.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: December 31, 2007, 10:39:03 AM »
Thanks to that big analog rig in Scott's post, I think that if ever I got around to recording anything, I would have to do so under the moniker "Squelch Threshold."

If no one minds, I'd like to add my own kudos on this one:

A strong sense of narrative drama underlies every track on Parallel Worlds’ superb new CD, Obsessive Surrealism. Lushly dark, beat-driven and meticulously constructed, Surrealism makes great use of frontman Bakis Sirros’ adoration for and mastery of analogue systems. Classic-feel electronic twiddle and sequencer runs blend smoothly with breathy synth pad textures as Sirros leads the listener through his shadowy musical explorations. “Beneath Fear” opens the disc with a gentle piano riff playing in the middle of an ever-darkening atmosphere. Electro-critters chirp in the undergrowth and a phantom chorus sings like a hymnal. “Different Pathways” drips with something both sinister and urgent, a feel that carries into the potent, if short, “Empty Human Cells.” The pace slows for “Increasing Complexity,” where glitch-and-blip notes arc and bounce over a simple melody. Two short pieces follow (“Interlude” being the better of the two), providing something of a aural palate cleanser before Sirros hits his stride with the 10-minute “Reflective,” where a sequenced bass line stalks like a masked killer on a rain-slicked street. Sirros cites the soundtracks of John Carpenter movies as an influence, and the cinematic tint to Surrealism is obvious—as I have said too many times before, these pieces are bits of background music in search of their scenes. And it’s never more obvious than in “Reflective.” “Mindmists” grabs hold of the listener with heavy-handed piano chords over weeping strings before spreading out to a lighter, more melodic feel. “Pale Yellow Sky” offers more glitch-beat goodness (again tinged with the ominous). “Distracted” is an oddly danceable bit of funk, with its twangy analogue bassline and body-moving backbeat. The disc ends with “Crying Spells,” accented with slightly too bombastic percussion. Other reviewers have noted appreciatively that Sirros keeps his tracks fairly short. I concur. It allows each piece to be a scene unto itself, an enjoyable-if-melancholy story told wholly and never overdone. Overall, Obsessive Surrealism is an enjoyable blend of old and new, melody and melancholy, and dark and light--and it’s worth many a listen.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: December 27, 2007, 01:57:37 PM »
red hot sexpot

Which, not surprisingly, is the title of her next CD.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: December 27, 2007, 07:56:42 AM »
I'm kinda cheap, to be honest. I blanche at spending more than 12 bucks for a bottle of wine, a dinner out that costs more then 80 bucks better be spectacular, and I go to matinees or second run movies whenever possible.

I knew I had a long-lost brother out there somewhere!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Time to fire up the gift card
« on: December 27, 2007, 07:33:36 AM »
So far I've picked up OYC's "Euphoria...", a couple of Roach's Lost Pieces series (Texture Maps and Places Beyond, having all the rest), and Dwight Ashley's "Watermelon Sugar", with Chris' "Garden" on the list as soon as I activate one of the other gift cards I ended up with. (Apparently the boss forgot to do so!) Also through the miracle of iTunes I hunted down the Steve Kindler & Teja Bell CD "Dolphin Smiles" from 1987. Not ambient, but a very nice smooth jazz/New Age blend--Kindler's violin is like silk on water.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Time to fire up the gift card
« on: December 23, 2007, 07:38:33 AM »
Thanks to the boss I've got a lovely iTunes gift card burning a hole in a briefcase. But you know, I'm sort of lazy and killing time looking for good ambient/electronic stuff over there just doesn't appeal to me.

So tell me, Forumites, what three CDs you think I should go get over at iTunes. (And yes, feel free to include your own music!!)

Genuine thanks,
The 'Gogue

Everything and Nothing / Re: The holiday food you're waiting for
« on: December 20, 2007, 08:24:39 AM »
I have here at my desk, boys and girls, the treats everyone in my office asks me about.

The habanero brownies.

Mm hmm. Habanero.

To one box of brownie mix, you add about 1/2 tbsp of El Yucateca Habanero Sauce* and about 1/4 tsp of cayenne.

There is also a pan of said brownies made with 1/2 tbsp of orange extract as well.

So, chocolate spice brownies and orange-chocolate spice brownies. They'll be gone less than an hour after I sete them out.

*The Hypnagogue has only made these brownies using this particular sauce and cannot vouch for any other sauce, nor is the Hypnagogue responsible for any foul-tasting brownies you may end up making if you don't hunt down the El Yucateca, which is really a great, killer sauce in the first place.

Everything and Nothing / Re: The holiday food you're waiting for
« on: December 19, 2007, 07:33:45 PM »
Both meals sound good to me, Bill.  I'm not gonna say anything about Hypnogogue's "balls and dogs" which sounds like a bad hot lunch experiment from my grade school cafeteria... oh, wait, I said I wasn't gonna say anything!

Now I'm going to have to overnight a batch to you. :-)

Everything and Nothing / The holiday food you're waiting for
« on: December 19, 2007, 09:35:22 AM »
This thread is brought on by the arrival in our office of these insanely good chocolate truffles one of our designers makes. They're downright sinful and positively addictive.

The holidays are the time of year when people roll out that "special" food. For my family, it's a thing we call "balls & dogs"--cut-up hot dogs, little meatballs and pineapple chunks in a sort of sweet-sour sauce. It sounds foul, but one taste and you're hooked. And I know that come Christmas Eve my sister will have a big crockpot full of it just waiting for us.

So....what's the holiday food you can't wait to get to?

(Now if you'll excuse me, there are truffles to be had...)

You know, the only problem with playing Ambient Synth Hero is the part where you have to stand around for 40 minutes waiting to press the next button.   :D

Everything and Nothing / Re: cheese
« on: December 13, 2007, 12:39:17 PM »
That basil-and-sage chevre looks REALLY good!

I take endive leafs, drizzle them with basil olive oil, crack some black pepper on them, and top them with goat cheese. Nice little appetizer, that.

Everything and Nothing / Re: cheese
« on: December 11, 2007, 08:40:28 PM »

And let me speak on behalf of goats everywhere when I say that I am deeply disturbed that a nice chevre isn't on the list.
i don't have toe cheese on the list, either!
the poll is a joke and not meant to be taken seriously under any circumstances!

The goats are still unhappy, Jim.

And if the goats ain't happy, ain't nobody happy.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: December 11, 2007, 10:50:08 AM »
I still enjoy a good round of Now/Traveler for SR's sequencer stuff. Maybe because it was my first exposure to his music--I'm still deeply in love with "Cloud Motion."

I may have mentioned before, but when my daughter was born, immersion: one was looping for the 24 hours of labor and for several more hours after she emerged. So SR was baby's first music, and she sometimes sleeps to it now, 20 months down the road.

"Early Man" is my go-to for deeper relaxation. Love it.

Everything and Nothing / Re: cheese
« on: December 11, 2007, 10:41:50 AM »
What, no Red Leicester, Tilsit, Caerphilly, Bel Paese, Red Windsor, Stilton, Emmental, Gruyère, Norwegian Jarlsberg, Liptauer, Lancashire, White Stilton, Danish Blue, Double Gloucester, Cheshire, Dorset Blue Vinney, Brie, Roquefort, Pont l'Evêque, Port Salut, Savoyard, Saint-Paulin, Carré de l'Est, Bresse-Bleu, Boursin, Camembert, Gouda, Edam, Caithness, Smoked Austrian, Sage Derby, Wensleydale, Greek Feta, Gorgonzola, Parmesan, Mozzarella, Pipo Crème, Danish Fynbo, Czech sheep's milk, "Venezuelan Beaver Cheese, Ilchester, or Limburger?

A little fermented curd will do the trick.....

Truly, I pray that I'm not the only one who got the reference...

And let me speak on behalf of goats everywhere when I say that I am deeply disturbed that a nice chevre isn't on the list.

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