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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Stick Men 2014 tour
« on: January 13, 2014, 02:02:48 PM »
Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, and Markus Reuter (whoaaaa!!) Playing together in San Francisco on January 23.  Must check this out.  This is a rare chance to see these masters in person.  Years ago when I went to see Karn, Torn and Bozzio as Polytown it was an amazing experience.  This looks to be the same.

Apparently this just came out about 10 days ago.  Available from Gterma (label) or Databloem.  Leans toward the "dark ambient" side. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Where is Thom Brennan?
« on: November 04, 2013, 05:42:45 PM »
No new album since Stories from the Forest, which was at least several years ago.......

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Best of 2013
« on: November 02, 2013, 11:39:43 PM »
Not anticipating much more in the way of last minute releases, I offer my favorite albums of 2013:

Ken Camden- Space Mirror (Kranky)
Steve Moore- Light Echoes (Cuneiform) Technically a 2012 release, but I didn't discover it until recently.
Bvdub/Loscil- Erebus (Glacial Movements)
ASC- Time Heals All (Silent Season)
Adam Michalak- Returning to Essence (Silent Season)
Segue- Pacifica (Silent Season)
Closing the Eternity- Superstring Paradigma (Infinite Fog)
Enh- Body of Blue (Gterma)
Hakobune- If it were to Fade (Gterma)
Ashtoreths Gate (Gterma)
Alexander Saykov- Mistral (Gterma)
Autumn of Communion 3 (txt)
Oophoi- I Hear the Woods Whispering (Practising Nature)
Oophoi- I Hear the Wind Singing (Practising Nature)
Steve Roach- Live Transmission (Projekt)
Aglaia- Centurion (Hic Sunt Leones)
Richard Formby- Sine (Preserved Sound)
Solar Fields- Origin #02 (Ultimae)

Because I should not have to count down myself to find a track title.  One of my biggest peeves related to music.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Closing the Eternity
« on: September 21, 2013, 09:48:24 AM »
I don't know much about this Russian artist, but my growing collection of his work is really impressing me.  I just got "Nearby Being" with Ad Lux Tenebrae.   Their previous release Skywards the Infinity will cost around $65 if I order it.  Is this worth it?  I cannot find any sound samples.  The label is Infinite Fog Productions, the 2cd was limited to under 100 copies...

Everything and Nothing / My coworker stopped talking to me
« on: September 07, 2013, 02:28:20 AM »
Hey all,

Have you ever experienced a coworker who suddenly stops talking to you or stops being friendly, for no apparent reason?  This woman used to go out of her way to say hello and now ignores me while speaking to everyone else.  She will walk by my workgroup and greet the others yet act like I'm not there.  A couple weeks ago I asked her about it and she said she had been "depressed" lately.  Yet she was still cheerful with everyone else.  Despite assuring me there was nothing wrong, she continues to ignore me.  Any ideas?  I googled this and the usual answers are that she heard some gossip about me, or is jealous for some reason, or was offended by something I did or said.  How would you deal with this situation? 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / New Lycia
« on: August 20, 2013, 03:33:26 PM »
Their first in 13 years called Quiet Moments, ltd to 1000 copies.  Really looking forward to this one!!!

I watched this tonight on YouTube, and while I found some of the information very interesting, the guy came off as an arrogant wanker.  He kept saying so and so is "the greatest ambient musician since Eno" (he said this about Biosphere!! Come on, really???) and such and such is "the greatest ____ in the history of this planet."  He spent the first hour talking about classical music and early synthesizers, which was a bit much.  The most interesting part was the end where audience members got to ask questions.  The first person asked why Klaus Schulze was merely mentioned once.  He said he didn't have time.  Well why the hell did you waste an hour on Debussy and Satie and early dinosaur electronic instruments like the trautonium and theremin???  But the BEST question was by Mr. Loren Nerell, who so eloquently nailed Mr. Prendergast with his glaring omission of the Southern California (and Northern as well) ambient giants like STEVE ROACH, ROBERT RICH, MICHAEL STEARNS, both in his "comprehensive" book and in the lecture.  He said he "wasn't familiar with all ambient artists."  WHAT?? He mentioned a San Francisco DJ named DJ Shadow, and called Geir Jenssen the greatest ambient musician since Eno, but had never heard of Roach and Rich???  He talked about the Grateful Dead and Jimi Hendrix and wasted 10-15 minutes playing their music, yet couldn't even mention the above.  What an IDIOT!  God, I'm glad I didn't attend that lecture, I would've had a fit.  No Tangerine Dream???  At least he paid tribute to Pete Namlook, but the glaring omissions were just unforgiveable.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Where is Tetsu Inoue?
« on: August 02, 2013, 10:17:47 PM »
Listening to some classic Fax albums tonight, I decided to do some research to find out the latest.  All I found was a blog by Phonaut asking the same thing, about a year ago.  He was concerned he's either dead or just being a recluse, as all his emails went unanswered and cards/letters never got a reply.  He was running tetsus website the last several years.  The man is a ghost.  Anyone know anything???

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Remastering
« on: July 28, 2013, 01:55:16 AM »
Have you ever bought a remaster that had no discernible improvement over the original recording?  I've bought recently a rock album where the original could have used some significant bass and volume tweaking, and the remaster is totally useless.  This is a small independent label so I don't think they were just trying to extort more money out of the fans like the major labels are notorious for doing.   Any thoughts?

Marketplace / New batch of CD's for Sale Most $6
« on: July 21, 2013, 01:31:36 PM »
Buyer pays shipping.  PM me if interested:

Lovesliescrushing--Ghost colored halo (Projekt)
36--Shadow Play
36--Hypersona (sealed)
Harold Budd-- Jane 1-11 (Darla)
Robert Rich--Nest (Soundscape)
Yagya--Inescapable Decay of my Heart (Kilk)
Robin Guthrie--Fortune (Soleil apres minuit)
Robin Guthrie--Emeralds (Darla)
Parsick and Reuter--Lament (Gterma)
Steve Hauschildt--Sequitur (Kranky)
Thomas Koner--Novaya Zemlya (Touch)
Parallel Worlds and Dave Bessell--Morphogenic
Autumn of Communion 2 (Anodize/Periphery)
Bvdub--All is Forgiven (N5md)
Bvdub--a Careful Ecstasy (Darla)
Bvdub--Serenity (Darla)

All cds above $6 each.  More to be added...

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Should've called it "World War D"
« on: June 23, 2013, 09:11:57 PM »
D for DUMB.  I wasted several hours and $10.75 on Brad Pitts zombie movie.  Awful film, not scary or even suspenseful.  People in the theatre were laughing at the zombies and the stupid dialogue.  Save your money...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / New Oophoi discs
« on: June 16, 2013, 04:27:24 PM »
Just released on Databloem, two companion albums to "I Hear the Water Dreaming.". Haven't checked the soundclips yet.

Everything and Nothing / Flakiness and general wankery in CD sales
« on: May 31, 2013, 12:55:00 PM »
I much prefer physical CD's over downloads, but sometimes it seems the BS you have to go through with flaky or unprofessional sellers is not worth it.  In mid May I emailed a seller as I wanted to buy a new release they had listed.  After four days of no response, I write again.  I'm told they'll be ready at months end.  Fine.  A week later I receive a mailing list announcement of all the new releases, including the disc I want.  "Email to preorder" it says.  I do so.  I get a response--"when discs arrive next week ill let you know".  Never received followup that week.  Wouldn't it be so much EASIER to take my payment as a "pre-order" the way 99.9% of labels do, and just ship it out when product is available???  Though there's no obvious reason why, it seems this guy doesn't want to sell me any CD's. 

Had another issue with a seller who every time I order something I have to inquire why it has not arrived yet and they're always apologizing, making excuses, and sending me something extra free "for my troubles".  The date they say they sent it never matches the postmarked date. 

Downloads are starting to look more attractive...

Great recording, scorching performance!

I have noticed on some recent purchases the practice of printing inner booklet liner notes in German.  Two that come to mind are Mathias Grassow "Wisdom of Fate" on Swedish Gterma label and Klaus Schulze "Shadowlands" on SPV.  Any theories on why the text wouldn't be translated into English?

Marketplace / Great CD titles for sale only $7!!
« on: April 07, 2013, 05:52:24 PM »
All discs in excellent condition.  Buyer pays shipping.  If interested contact me at

Sylvian/Bang/Honore--Uncommon Deities
Sylvian/Torn/Budd--Marco Polo
Celer--Without Retrospect the Morning (Glacial Movements)
Pleq and Hakobune--Adrift (Nomadic Kids Republic)
Parallel Worlds/Dave Bessell--Morphogenic (DiN)
Dolphins into the Future--On Seafaring Isolation (Fonal)
Bill Nelson--Chance Encounters in the Garden of Lights 2cd
Shrine--Somnia (Cyclic Law)
Julien Demoulin and IA--The Bay (Basses Frequences)
Future Sound of London--From the Archives Vol. 7
Durutti Column--L.C.  2cd 2012 edition (Factory Benelux)
My Bloody Valentine--MBV
My bloody Valentine--Loveless 2cd reissue
My Bloody Valentine--1988 to 1991 e.p's 2cd
Chameleons--Strange Times 2cd UK version
Steve Roach--Soul Tones
Pop Ambient 2012 (Kompakt)
Pop Ambient 2013 (Kompakt)

Everything and Nothing / Toasted sandwich fee at Subway?!
« on: March 27, 2013, 01:04:53 PM »
The Subway by my office is charging 20 cents extra if your sub is toasted.  WTF??!  Never heard of anything so stupid in my life. :P

I just bought the Blade Runner Collector's Edition 4-DVD set (used for $10, yeah!!)  So this has the "Final" cut (think it was 1997), the 1992 "Director's Cut," and the 1982 US and Intl. "theatrical cuts." 

The theatrical release has the voice-over by Harrison Ford and the "happy" ending where Deckard and Rachael drive off into the sunset together.  Well I watched the final and the theatrical back to back and I think the voice-overs added an intimacy and some helpful explanations that to me make the theatrical the best version.  Harrison Ford hated the voiceovers and Ridley Scott preferred them left out.  Any opinions on this?

The other stuff on this box was pretty interesting, especially the feature about Phillip K. Dick.  I'm not much of a reader but it has me intrigued to seek out his books.  Plus the extras cover just about every technical aspect you could want. 

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