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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Amir Baghiri/Nimh "Entities" ltd. cdr
« on: January 20, 2012, 01:19:28 AM »
Anyone have this and care to comment? 

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Computers, Internet and Technology / MP3 vs. FLAC
« on: January 17, 2012, 11:30:24 AM »
Relunctantly I've started downloading music out of necessity (for albums unavailable on CD) and for economic reasons (can't really afford to keep up with the volume of music I enjoy @ $20 a pop in many cases by the time you pay for CD plus shipping and other fees).  My question:

Is there a huge difference between MP3 files and "lossless" FLAC files?  So far I've only downloaded MP3 tracks off iTunes and they sound fine to me.  Is the MP3/FLAC difference noticeable, or just to people with super sensitive audiophile ears? 

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Computers, Internet and Technology / iTunes incomplete downloads problem
« on: January 17, 2012, 12:59:14 AM »
Just started using iTunes.  About half the albums I've downloaded so far had incomplete tracks.  I have to report this to support and they reset for me to download again, which still hasn't always been successful.  Any idea what could cause this??? Thanks.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Yagya Rhythm of Snow
« on: January 12, 2012, 01:35:57 PM »
Why hasn't this been repressed or reissued yet?  Prices on Discogs are outrageous!

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Shoegazers heaven: new band Tamaryn
« on: January 01, 2012, 10:15:01 AM »
I highly recommend Tamaryn's "The Waves" (2010, Mexican Summer) to all fans of the "shoegazer" genre.  This band is comprised of a female vocalist/lyricist and a guitarist/multi-instrumentalist, although there are more people when they play live (similar to the amazing Curve from the 90's).  They manage to wear their influences on their sleeve (Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, Curve, Mazzy Star) while still sounding unique.  "The Waves" is one of the strongest debut albums I've heard in awhile!!

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I am super stoked about this film, as "Alien" (1979) is in my Top 3 all-time faves.  I guess there a lot of fansites out there posting supposed storylines about the film, some of which have been confirmed fake by 20th Century Fox, but some of these sound really interesting nonetheless.  Considering it's Ridley's first sci-fi project in 30 years my hopes are really high, as he said he'd only revisit the genre if the story was really good.  I also read H.R. Giger's involved again, which is a really good thing IMO.  The lead actors in this are all excellent, too (Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender).   

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Marketplace / FS: New Max Corbacho, + Fax label rarity
« on: December 04, 2011, 10:17:05 PM »
Hello, I'm selling the following collectable/limited editions on Discogs if anyone is interested (just do a search for these albums), for very reasonable prices:

Max Corbacho/Bruno Sanfilippo-Bioma CD (ltd.200 hand-numbered copies)
Atom Heart-Live at Sel i/s/c CD (early 90's Fax release)

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Walking Dead TV series
« on: December 02, 2011, 01:32:10 PM »
I rented season 1 DVD of "Walking Dead," an AMC channel series about zombies (NOTLD plot: dead start coming back to life walking the earth, etc.).  Really impressed.  I've seen my fair share of zombie flicks and really I think this is the best in the genre I've seen since the original Night of the Living Dead.  The zombies are truly scary and horrifying, excellent acting, pacing, and direction.  Makes Romero's last couple zombie attempts look very amateurish by comparison.  One of the producers on Walking Dead is Gale Anne Hurd, from the Alien franchise. 

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Just watched Terrance Malick's visually stunning film "Tree of Life".  Klaus Wiese music was noted in the credits, I believe from "Neptun" album.  It was used during a 10 minute sequence showing the creation.  This movie was very ambient, in a visual sense.  Too bad more directors don't use this music in films.

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I just saw this amazing independent movie on DVD last night, about a serial killer.  Really creepy and well done film.  The music was some really beautiful but creepy dark ambient and reminded me very much of "The Shining," with haunting drones and eerie female vocals accentuated with tons of reverb.  The music was similar to some of Voice of Eye's work or Asianova.  I didn't recognize the people involved in the music as shown in the credits.  Anyone know anything about the music if you saw this film?  Thanks. 

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Klaus Wiese Zen Room Positive Zero CD
« on: September 20, 2011, 01:36:34 AM »
I am curious about listener reactions to this very limited edition recently offered for sale.  Any reviews or other info?  Thanks

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Whatever happened to Patrick O'Hearn?
« on: September 16, 2011, 03:12:05 PM »
 ???

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Everything and Nothing / "Big" NASA announcement?
« on: December 03, 2010, 02:38:37 AM »
I don't know how "big" the NASA announcement today is.  I was hoping for some long-overdue truth about structural artifacts found on various celestial bodies over the past 30 years or so, but it turns out to be some microbes that use arsenic to regenerate.  This is supposed to indicate life can form from not-so-usual compounds, and hence extraterrestrial life on hostile places in space is more likely.  Well, considering how NASA is a major participant in the biggest cover-up in history, these "scraps" they're throwing to the masses just seem like more insults to our intelligence.   

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Any VH fans here? I thought it was pretty lame Eddie, Alex and Dave did not even show up to their own R&R Hall of Fame induction a few years ago.  Poor Michael Anthony and Sammy Hagar, it must've been awkward at that awards show.  Then Eddie tours with his then teenage son on bass without inviting Mike (a "real", professional bass player who arguably helped define their sound).  Sorry but I would never pay $150 a ticket to see a little kid flop around on a bass.  I can't even figure out what the big "grudge" was about.  Apparently EVH was pissed MA and SH formed a new band (?)  EVH is a rock god but not much class from what I can tell... 

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I've been on a Pretenders kick the past few days (the classic stuff--first two albums/demos/live, plus checking out YouTube footage from '79-'82).  They were my favorite band for a couple years when I was around 13 and 14.  Seeing how smokin' hot Chrissie Hynde was back then got me thinking: do you think most/all the "boys" in female-led bands (ie. Pretenders, Blondie, Pat Benatar, etc.) end up "boinking" the singer at some point?  Especially with all the tours, staying in hotels, and playing sweaty rock gigs each night.  Seems like this would be inevitable, even with all the wives/girlfriends involved. But I could be wrong.  Any thoughts?

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Everything and Nothing / Sitting on the job leads to earlier death
« on: November 29, 2010, 02:36:02 AM »
This is what I keep reading (as I'm sitting down at my computer, ha!)  So does anyone have a job where stand-up work stations are an option?  I know the management where I work would never approve this, they are cheap bastards and could probably care less if I died early anyway!  (they can always hire someone younger and pay them less.  Do I sound bitter?)

I think if you sit on your ass too much you are more prone to things like heart disease, colon cancer, and lazy-itis. 

For those who have stand-up work stations, how do these work for you compared to the sit-down version?  Do you have the urge to just sit down and do nothing like most of the rest of us???

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / CELER I wanna see some opinions!
« on: November 23, 2010, 01:15:10 AM »
There's been a flurry of Celer releases this past year or two, but nobody's discussing them here.  Those aware of their history know of course about the death of Danielle Baquet-Long, half of the duo (the other half being husband Will Long).  Apparently there is quite a bit of material they recorded together that is coming out on various labels.  This year alone I've bought "Dying Star," limited to 500 on Dragon's Eye Recordings; "Pockets of Wheat" on Soundscaping; and "Salvaged Violets" on Infraction (2 CD's).  There are a couple others I don't have yet: "Generic City," a collaboration with Yui Onodera, and a release on the French label Basses Frequences. 

"Dying Star" is super quiet minimal Eno-type ambient (all synths).  Probably the least "experimental" release so far.  You really need the headphones for this one it's so quiet. 

"Pockets of Wheat" and "Salvaged Violets" are darker and more experimental oriented, and mastered with more volume--a "louder" type of quiet music.  "Violets" is a two-disc set, with the discs not having any track titles or numbering on each disc.  The floral patterns on the CD's are very similar so you don't know which is Disc 1 and Disc 2.  Talk about minimal!  I found this   
a bit weird but maybe because the droning soundscapes are so amorphous and non-specific that it doesn't really matter. 

It's hard to pin down what makes Celer so enigmatic.  I find the music to be at once simple and complex.  A lot of it has this hovering, meandering quality with lots of spatial processing that is very subtle.  Like the best ambient, it's "background" music that demands attention nevertheless.  I'm not sure what Celer's influences were but Eno seems to be an obvious one; organic, ethereal, but not quite "space music."  Celer's releases are so subtle and "barely there" that I am never quite blown away by them, yet I continue to be fascinated enough to keep collecting their work.     

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / New Brian Eno
« on: November 06, 2010, 10:58:35 PM »
I'm finding "Small Craft on a Milk Sea" (Warp) to be a very mixed bag.  The first 3 tracks are very good ambient pieces, but things  start getting noisy and technoid-ish from track 4 through 10.  Somebody take that PC away from Brian, he's having too much fun cutting and pasting digital files.  This kind of stuff was never my cup of tea, just sounds like somebody trying to create weird annoying music.  Remember "Nerve Net" and some of those other early to mid 90's Eno albums?  Guess this is why it was released on Warp.  Then at Track 11 we get back into the ambient groove to finish out the last five tracks.  So what we have here is about 27 min. of good but somewhat cold/clinical digital ambient (but nowhere near the classic 80's stuff) and 27 min. of technoid masturbation produced at the "click of a mouse."  I wish they had released two e.p.'s instead: one for ambient, the second for the weird shit.  Would have saved me some bucks.  Guess I can always burn the good half onto a CDR.  Interesting that Eno is only credited with "computers," while the others (Jon Hopkins & Leo Abrahams) use some real instruments.  I guess I should stop whining as Eno doesn't release that much music anymore, so maybe should be lucky there's anything new at all?  Other opinions?

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Best Releases of 2010
« on: November 02, 2010, 07:59:23 PM »
I can't wait until the end of December to do this, so why not now?!  I like reading others' best of lists as I invariably discover stuff I missed that I should investigate.  Anyways, here are my ten best of 2010 (subject to editing in the next two months!):

(in no particular order)

1) Concert Silence (Infraction) This is a beautiful and haunting album with great use of sound manipulation.
 
2) Pjusk-Sval (12k) What's not to love about this awesome Biosphere-like duo?  Ultra ethereal Nordic soundscapes abound.

3) David Sylvian-Sleepwalkers (Samadhi Sound) Even though this is a comp. with some previously unreleased tracks, I found myself thoroughly enchanted, with a new-found appreciation for Sylvian's current phase of experimentalism. 

4) Taylor Deupree-Shoals (12k) I agree with some other reviewers that this disc is his best to date. 

5) Steve Roach/Mark Seelig-Nightbloom (Projekt) Roach makes the list again (surprise!)

6) Steve Tibbetts-Natural Causes (ECM) Aural magic.

7) Arc-Church (DiN) More Berlin School perfection from two masters of EM.

8) James McDougall-Dispossession of Periphery (Mystery Sea) Mysterious and essential drone zones.

9) Ben Fleury-Steiner-Keep a Weather Eye Open (Infraction)  Mesmerizing ghostly infractions.

10) Solo Andata (12k) Did this come out in 2010 or 2009? Who cares, it's awesome!

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Like me, you've probably met some famous musicians over the years of going to shows, record signings, or in-store appearances  Most I've met were of course at concert halls, backstage, outside venues, etc.  Anybody run into musicians in a place where you least expected to ever see them?

Over the weekend I was in a tiny record store in San Mateo, CA (SF Bay Area) when in walks Dave Murray (guitarist) of Iron Maiden!  I've been a huge Maiden fan for 30 years, and this was totally surreal.  Turns out he was visiting some family here.  Not having any IM discs in my car, I re-bought their "Powerslave" CD, which he graciously signed.  I acted like a teenage fanboy, gushing superlatives at this metal guitar god. 

So let's hear your brushes with greatness (in the unlikeliest of places)!     

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