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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 22, 2008, 08:49:23 PM »
Takahiro Kido-Fleursy Music (Plop) This is a very enchanting album of melodic, soundtrack-like instrumental pieces that some might label as "new age" (pianos, guitars, violins, synths) but there is a coolness factor, perhaps in the sound processing, that sucks you in.  This is on the same label as Rod Modell's "Incense and Black Light," but is nothing like it.  But so far I really like the two Plop releases: any other recommendations for this label?  PS: Plop's sister label is called "Fizz Fizz." (just kidding). 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Grassow on Nextera?
« on: September 22, 2008, 08:34:55 PM »
Thanx for the info., however I thought that Wintersilence was bloody awful!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: kenji siratori
« on: September 22, 2008, 06:10:11 PM »
I have "Callous Cell" released on Oophoi's Umbra label, and it is excellent surreal (and not too dark) ambient.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / R.I.P. Pink Floyd's Richard Wright
« on: September 22, 2008, 04:47:00 PM »
Just heard about this today.  He was 65, passed away 9/15 from cancer.  A true space rock icon, and I'm sure inspired many an ambient musician.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / New Grassow on Nextera?
« on: September 22, 2008, 04:30:00 PM »
Anyone have "Inner Path," a new Nextera release by Mathias Grassow and another (unknown to me) artist?  I notice Soleilmoon has it but Ye Olde Hypnos store does not.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: TUU
« on: September 21, 2008, 10:24:59 AM »
As great as TUU were, I suspect they didn't sell too many records and perhaps keeping it going was not financially in their best interest.  The tribal ambient craze hit its peak in the mid-90's.  People like Jorge Reyes aren't churning out the tribal ambient either, in fact he went on to score film soundtracks, more lucrative by a mile.  I would be surprised if TUU produced something new.  All we can do is hope. :-)

Harold Budd/Clive Wright "Song for Lost Blossoms" (Darla Records). Released Oct. 7, cannot wait!! (sound samples on Amazon, check it out).

What are you talking about? He is a musical genius!  :P

Everything and Nothing / Re: Cover songs....
« on: September 13, 2008, 05:32:15 PM »
"Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats, slowed down death-ambient version.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Is Yanni really all that bad?
« on: September 13, 2008, 04:51:05 PM »
Yanni fulfills a certain need of music consumers, especially the ones with no taste.  Having said that, I have to admit I have seen Live at the Acropolis and enjoyed it, he put on a good show and is not without talent.  It is pleasant music, and at least it is positive in a world where there is so much garbage music being churned out that has no redeeming social value whatsoever and glorifies sex and violence.  Perhaps it is his squeaky clean image that annoys some. 

Everything and Nothing / Re: The creative drop-off
« on: September 13, 2008, 09:55:56 AM »
David Sylvian--gee I've run out of ideas so I'm gonna put my wife on my album.  When he got mixed up with his spiritual "guru" he got even more pretentious.  The glitchy, experimental computer-dominated music he has been doing has got to go...

The Cure
Brian Eno
Peter Gabriel
Ridley Scott
Pete Namlook

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Is Yanni really all that bad?
« on: September 13, 2008, 09:27:23 AM »
C'mon Mike, I think it's time you can admit you and Yanni have been working on a secret project for the last ten years (it is now being tweaked and will be ready to go to the CD plant in another ten): "FABRICATIONS 2: BEYOND THE REALM OF THE MUSTACHE"

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 09, 2008, 11:33:56 PM »
I SECOND THAT VOTE for "Iz" by Gel-Sol!! I was gonna start a thread on this disc.  The above description was perfect, so if you like Fax/Emit/Ultimae labels, you would probably love this disc as I do!!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 09, 2008, 11:26:57 PM »
The Durutti Column-"Treatise on the Steppenwolf" Excellent disc, one of the most ambient DC albums I've heard, typical gorgeous guitars, etc.

Amir Baghiri-"Cages" His first (official) album, and still one of his best.  On the No-CD label.

Circular Ruins-"Falling into the Sky" Perfect music for a melancholy day

Harold Budd-"Agua" Live from Lanzarote music festival '89, he plays live over pre-recorded tapes, nothing groundbreaking but a good overview of his work and flows nicely.

Rod Modell-"Incense and Black Light"
Tetsu Inoue-"Slow and Low"

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Favorite ambient cover art?
« on: September 07, 2008, 01:50:42 AM »
I agree about Russell Mills, and I'd add Gone to Earth to my list definitely.  It is true when some artwork gets shrunk down to fit a CD booklet it loses its punch: the colors are washed out, details faded, etc. 

Have to mention (again) the early 4AD/23 Envelope stuff, too. I think a lot of it shared the same aesthetic as some of those EG covers (i.e. atmospheric artwork).  BTW, I always considered "The Moon and the Melodies" to be an ambient album (even though it has vocals and drum programming) and I file it apart from my pop/rock collection.

Amplexus, too, with Stefano Gentile's photography, created some of the best ambient artwork to date, as did Oophoi's Umbra label...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Favorite ambient cover art?
« on: September 04, 2008, 12:29:30 AM »
Borrowing from the last topic by Infraction on ECM/Touch cover artwork: what are some of your favorite covers on ambient CD's?  A few that come readily to mind for me:
Steve Roach-Origins (by photographer William Lesch, amazing stuff)
Oophoi-Celestial Geometries (original Arya/Amplexus version)
Numina-Sanctuary of Dreams
Harold Budd/Cocteau Twins-The Moon and the Melodies
Harold Budd/Brian Eno-The Pearl
Alio Die/Saffron Wood-Corteggiando le Messi

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Touch me, touch me now
« on: September 04, 2008, 12:13:23 AM »
As much as I like to look at pretty pictures on cover art, often I find that the images just don't suit the music at all.  Music is so visual and also personal, in that people think of different imagery when hearing a piece of music.  The artist/photographer is juxtaposing his/her own visual ideas on something you might see quite differently, and sometimes I find the cover art "ruins" it in a sense and I wish I hadn't seen anything preconceived to associate with the music. 

Everything and Nothing / Re: Most disappointing movie from book?
« on: August 31, 2008, 12:47:43 PM »
I know King didn't care for the film, and I did think the book was "better" in terms of being more detailed, more psychologically in-depth, and even creepier than the movie.  That's the problem with books to films, the films are usually an adaptation and/or edited version of the book, so it's probably not fair to say which is "better".  As a stand alone film, if you saw it without having read the book (I read it back in 1982! before I saw the movie), it's still a great achievement in the horror genre, one of the few genuinely scary (IMO) movies made to date.  Kubrick's films in general (as I'm sure you'd agree, Mike) are pure genius regardless of the screenplay/story for his visual enigmatic quality which few have been able to hold a candle to. 

Everything and Nothing / Re: Most disappointing movie from book?
« on: August 31, 2008, 11:13:38 AM »
Wow, I don't get that one...Kubrick "downplayed the supernatural"???  I heartily disagree.  From the moment Nicholson gets the job, he states, "It's almost like I've been here before."  He was a former alcoholic, never drank during the movie (he sits at the bar and talks to ghosts but they removed all the alcohol from the bar before the family moved in for the winter).  That was one of the strengths of the movie, how they put this idea that Nicholson's character was mentally unstable to begin with (alcoholic and violent toward his family).  But all kinds of supernatural stuff was happening to the son (seeing dead people), and in the end the wife sees all the ghosts in the hotel and she isn't crazy or an alcoholic.  And don't forget the films final shot, the close-up of the old photo on the wall where you see Nicholson among all the other "dead" people, almost as if the hotel "claimed his soul" and made him a part of it.  Mike, you should watch it again, the remastered "Kubrick Collection" DVD is amazing with a documentary Kubrick's daughter did during filming of the movie.....

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: August 31, 2008, 01:18:36 AM »
BUTTMAN magazine, volume 12 no. 7.  Some very interesting articles... ;-)

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