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Everything and Nothing / Re: Most disappointing movie from book?
« on: August 31, 2008, 12:57:00 AM »
Re: Stephen King books to movies...

The Shining is a great book and great movie. I didn't understand the comment that Kubrick omitted the "feel" of the book.  I read the book first and it scared the shit out of me.  So did the movie.  The book was actually creepier, though, and there were a few things from the book I wish had been shown in the movie, but it was a pretty faithful adaptation I thought.  I always tell people they don't make scary movies anymore (especially since this film)..  What has happened to the horror genre? All you get nowaways is graphic violence...Anyways, The Shining is along with 2001: A Space Odyssey in my top five of all time, just a masterpiece of filmmaking IMHO.

Ditto for The Dead Zone, great book great movie.  Christopher Walken was perfect for that role! 

Absolutely right about George Winston's later music.  Geezer music for moms. My mom loves him, I took her to a GW concert long ago, lots of old people in wheelchairs, and one young guy kept "air pianoing" the whole concert. I wanted to slap him.

Hey, don't be cappin' on Windham Hill.  I like a lot of those early WH albums.  Should have said "too John Tesh or Yanni." ;-)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkest Ambient
« on: August 28, 2008, 09:34:13 PM »
Ditto Oophoi's "Celestial Geometries," in my book still reigning champ of deep dark space music...

The problem I have with VG is it leaves me cold.  Play the track "Downtown Inaka" from Zo Pilots REALLY loud.  That sends a shiver down my spine every time I hear it.  It drips emotion.  As for quirky, some people like that thing, which I don't generally, I like my space music deep and "serious", VG is "fun" music.  I don't like fun. ;-)

QUIRKY. Um,  yes, that's the word I'd use for this, but not in a good way, I'm afraid.  After a few listens I can hear very little in the way of the classics Stokes has created like Zo Pilots and Outfolding, which were experimental, psychoactive, and melodic all at once.  This was a huge disappointment for me, sorry to say, and I'll probably get hate mail, but what the heck, it just sounds like noodling to me.  Maybe that was the point, and that it's not supposed to sound like ZP or Outfolding. Looks like so far I'm in the minority here on this opinion, so go easy on me people.  Sorry don't mean to be a party pooper...

Steve Kilbey (The Church) solo album "Painkiller".  7 long years since his last one and it promises to deliver.  So did "Dabble" and it was okay but not what it could/should have been.   

2 amazing Atmoworks releases I just received from Hypnos HQ--Steve Brand "Soulspiral" and Igneous Flame/Achromus "Halo."  Brand's disc is some of the most cosmic music I have heard in my life, this is an essential album and at the top of my list for Best of 2008 to date.  I was totally transfixed from start to finish.  I cannot wait for his upcoming (September) Atmoworks release.  "Halo" is a sublime, deep space drone fest of cosmic proportions (again).  Definitely on my best of list this year. Hats off for the gorgeous cover art on both of these as well!!!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 24, 2008, 11:20:44 PM »
9 Dragons--are you referring to the ORIGINAL remastered (assuming you have this) Space Ritual, or this new one I just got which has about 13 minutes that were cut from the show, including a longer version of Brainstorming that is just sublime.  The bonus disc, however, is total crap, awful sound quality radio sessions that never should have seen the light of day, at least on a CD.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 23, 2008, 09:33:10 AM »
HAWKWIND-Space Ritual.  Besides headphones, another good way to listen to this is in your car cranked up to 10 as you're driving down the freeway going 80!! This album kicks some serious ass...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Rapoon "Library of the Dead"?
« on: August 22, 2008, 07:21:26 PM »
I like this a lot, upon my first listen today.  This is not weird, harsh, too experimental, or anything else I had feared, but quite melodic, warm, peaceful, and quite beautiful throughout, and one of the more truly ambient releases from Storey in quite some time.  So those who didn't like Rhiz, My Life as a Ghost, or other "beat heavy" discs, "Dead" should be more to your liking, and definitely harkens back to the classic early releases like Fallen Gods, Vernal Crossing, Kirghiz Light, etc.  Beautiful vocals, almost DCD/Cocteau Twins-ish in spots.  70 minutes! On a side note, don't know how RS does it, but every disc I've ordered from him has arrived (from UK to San Francisco) in about 3 days. Nice!

Just ordered my copy from Hypnos HQ and I want it Fed-exed!! BTW, on the storefront it is listed as a limited CDR at $11.99 instead of the actual $12.99 and I'm pretty sure this isn't a limited CDR. :-)

Now I'm confused--why is this a non-hypnos artists and labels topic?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: August 16, 2008, 05:58:32 PM »
I think the only way this would happen is if KS contacted SR, and I highly doubt he'd do it--KS is all orchestral/symphonic these days and he doesn't seem to use the old analog systems any longer but lots of digital synths.  SR has been exploring on recent albums like Proof Positive what KS did long ago (which is why I'm a bigger fan of Roach and less so of KS's output recently). I do think it would be interesting to see what would happen and it's not that I wouldn't want to see it happen, but Im not getting my hopes up!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: August 14, 2008, 03:47:16 AM »
This collaboration will never happen, trust me.  If KS was still doing Timewind/Body Love style music, perhaps, but the styles of these two are so far apart now it wouldn't make much sense.


No, I live in CA, so you better put your review here Darren!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Rapoon "Library of the Dead"?
« on: August 11, 2008, 12:19:57 AM »
I have not seen one comment or review.  My finger keeps going off/on the order button at his site, it's like a Russian roulette--you don't know what you'll get (weird unlistenable experiment or rapturous ambient headtrip)...Mr. Bergstein, your review please!

First impressions: I didn't find this companion to Sounds of a Universe Overheard noticeably darker, stranger, or less musical, but pretty similar actually.  Like Universe, the second half (tracks 6-10) seemed to "kick in" for me more than the first half, for whatever reason.  Not to say I didn't like the first five tracks, they are all good.  If I had to pick a favorite track, I'd go with Phaenon's "Quantum Silence," will have to investigate this artist further after this for sure.  Stephen Philips' "Down Deep" is another standout piece for me.  Oophoi's "Ice Light" is a perfect album closer and will not disappoint any Oophoi-fanatics.  Well done by all involved. Looking forward to the next comp. of all female artists!

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