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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Do you like Murcof?
« on: January 18, 2010, 09:24:16 PM »
I don't know much about Murcof, but recently acquired his "Cosmos" CD.  I like this quite a bit.  Some reviewers described it as futuristic classical music, and that sounds apt.  Parts of it reminded me of what some of the Ultimae artists are doing.

When a big name ambient artist produces or does the mastering for a relatively new artist/up and comer, do you think: a) it's an "endorsement" more or less of that new artist's creativity, and b) can the veteran's sonic trickery mask an otherwise sub-par recording?

Everything and Nothing / evilBay
« on: January 18, 2010, 03:24:24 PM »
It's official--eBay has now been taken over by Satan, whose evil powers have infected Paypal.  I been a Paypal/eBay user for 8 years, 100% feedback, flawless record, and they're gonna start imposing "payment holds" for 21 days on my account for items I sell on eBay.   >:(

Kiss-1979 Dynasty tour, Cow Palace San Francisco.  I was 11. How could you forget a show like this?
U2-1984 San Francisco Civic.  Before superduper stardom.
Rush-1985 Power Windows tour, Oakland Coliseum.  3 incredible musicians.
Echo and the Bunnymen/The Church-1985/86?, Oakland CA.
Peter Gabriel-1986 So tour, Oakland Coliseum.  Amazing performer.
Shriekback-1987 Big Night Music tour, One Step Beyond Santa Clara, CA-Probably the most fun I've ever had at a concert, I don't dance but I did that night.
Cocteau Twins-1990 Heaven or Las Vegas tour (once at Zellerbach, Berkeley, twice at Warfield San Francisco) Their live sound was totally mesmerizing.
Slowdive-1994 Slim's San Francisco.  Like one long orgasm.
Dead Can Dance 1993 Zellerbach, Berkeley.
Swans-1989/90? San Francisco.  My ears rang for a week.


I've met all these people but would've liked to hang out with:

Steve Kilbey (The Church)
Mark Burgess (The Chameleons)
Daniel Lanois
Robin Guthrie
Harold Budd (interviewed by phone, very cool dude)

Haven't met but would like to:

Peter Kuhlmann (Pete Namlook)
Brian Eno
Robin Storey

Everything and Nothing / Re: One Thousand Pulses home concert series
« on: January 18, 2010, 02:27:00 PM »
Shit! How'd you snag Spyra????  :o

Mathias Grassow
Alio Die
Steve Roach
Radio Massacre International

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New William Basinski
« on: January 18, 2010, 01:45:13 PM »

I got this from a store (Amoeba Music in San Francisco).  But you can also get it from his website, or other online retailers I'm sure. 

Now Playing / Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
« on: January 17, 2010, 07:18:33 PM »
This must be the tenth or fifteenth such list, but oh well, what the heck they're fun:

Budd/Eno-The Pearl
Steve Roach-Origins
Budd/Cocteau Twins-The Moon and the Melodies
David Sylvian/Holger Czukay-Flux and Mutability
David Sylvian-Gone to Earth
Robert Rich-Numena
Namlook/Mixmaster Morris-Dreamfish 2
Namlook/Inoue-Shades of Orion 2 and 3
Oophoi/Tau Ceti-Celestial Geometries
Syn-The Glass Bridge
Redshift-Wild 2
Solitaire-Ritual Ground
Carbon Based Lifeforms-World of Sleepers
Suso Saiz-Hypnotics
Rapoon-Fallen Gods
Alio Die-my own special brew compilation set
Mathias Grassow-Silent Lucidity

Other Ambient (and related) Music / New William Basinski
« on: January 17, 2010, 12:49:58 PM »
For some strange reason I had never acquired any Basinski until recently, specifically his new release "Vivian & Ondine."  One long infinite loop that is so gorgeous you don't mind its repetitive nature.  This piece reminds me greatly of Rapoon (maybe why I like it so much), or some of Celer's work.  Any recommendations for other Basinski releases? This is definitely an artist I'll be exploring further.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Markus Guentner
« on: January 17, 2010, 12:33:48 PM »
I recently found a used copy of "In Moll" on the Kompakt label.  I enjoyed it although it sounds to me like he was trying to copy the style of Wolfgang Voight/Gas.  If I'd heard this w/out knowing who it was I would have guessed it was Voight.  Any Guentner fans here? I'm wondering if his new Sending Orbs disc is worth getting...   

"Recorded March to October 2009 at Ivory Tower Studio, Berlin" (from liner notes)

I was also not too impressed with the Youtube clips.  In fact I delayed buying this for months because of it.  But the album blew me away once I finally got it.  The album is actually a studio recording and youtube clips were recorded live, I believe.  I agree he has released a lot of weak music (wouldn't call it "bad" though, maybe just uninspired or not up to his full potential), but so has Namlook, Schulze, Tangerine Dream...BK's good stuff is REALLY good, though. 

Very nice interview.  I always enjoy listening to him, he has a gift for describing and "getting inside" his music, which is often hard to put words to. 

This is an absolutely gorgeous album, his first in many years (about 8 or 9 I think).  Powerful, uplifting, cosmic Berlin-school sequencer space music.  Although it's often easy to immediately jump to a "best thing he's ever done" conclusion (I tend to be guilty of it myself sometimes), if this isn't his best, it's certainly up there with his finest.  A very welcome return by one of Germany's best post-Schulze sequencer musicians.     

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Microphonics
« on: January 14, 2010, 01:19:20 PM »
Hope you can make it to the west coast, too (San Francisco Bay Area to be exact).   :)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: ['ramp] -- debris
« on: January 11, 2010, 09:53:41 PM »
Believe the hype! It's great!  (Although I like Cambrium even more--see post) Congrats on the accolades, Stephen.

Received this in mail today along with Debris (thanks Stephen!) and just listened to both.  Electroambient Space named Debris best of 2009--it is very good but Cambrium really is fantastic and I prefer it over Debris.  It is more rhythmic than what I was expecting and is not far away from the ramp sound.  I guess from some reviews I expected a beatless, floaty (well, it IS floaty), Lustmord meets Robert Rich type of dronefest, which it isn't, although yes it has lots of glurpy organic soundscapes like those artists. HIGHLY recommend this one to all here!!

I would buy anything RMI releases without hearing first.  Actually maybe I was exagerrating a bit about sax being "all over".  It's not on every track and/or throughout entire tracks.  I just think it would've been better w/out it.  But this set is as strong (sans sax) as anything they've released.  If you're an RMI fan, I recommend it without hesitation.

You can get this now from the Cuneiform website.

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