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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: RIP Pete Namlook
« on: October 10, 2014, 09:34:48 AM »
I forgot to mention that Dave at Ear/Rational has a reasonable selection of the Namlook DTS albums for sale at reasonable prices:

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Seaboard Piano
« on: October 09, 2014, 06:19:59 PM »
Decades ago after an electronic music history lecture in Ottawa, I had the chance to play an Electronic Sackbut (by Hugh LeCaine) for a few minutes. Maybe it's because I play guitar but I had often found my hands rocking side to side for (imaginary) vibrato on piano keys. The (monophonic) Sackbut had keys that moved side-to-side bending pitch and up and down for volume and it was just the most natural keyboard instrument I'd laid hands on. Making vibrato at whatever speed and pitch bends was simply intuitive and a joy. Nothing afterwards has had that feel, but the Seaboard looks like it has a very similar approach. Space and cost will be large barriers for me to buy one, but I'd love to try one out some day.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: RIP Pete Namlook
« on: October 09, 2014, 05:40:47 PM »
Great to hear you have your surround active Loren. Being immersed in sound is treasure to me.

The 30ish Namlook albums I have are kind of a blur to me to recommend faves to you because I choose them somewhat randomly from their section. Last January I tried playing them in chrono-order daily with breakfast (my prime surround-sound time) while reading and the experience just left me hungry for the works. There's some sameness but they're in areas I enjoy and treat as ambient/chill while I'm reading so a 25 minute slowly evolving groove is a plus, not a minus.

The only one I know I did not enjoy was "Virtual Vices VI". The "Urban Meditation" series isn't for everyone (industrial ambient?) but you might want to try one. I recall enjoying the last (26 minute) track on "Music for Urban Meditation III (Namlook XXII) quite a bit though it's completely different from the rest of the album.

This morning I was enjoying Pearl (Namlook XXIII) so I'd recommend it. I have "Labyrinth 2 and 5" with Montana and am fond of them. The (long) series with Move D is very enjoyable if you you're cool with chilled techno grooves and voice clips. I often pull out Move D / Namlook XVII or XVIII as Lynn and I dig the feel. "Outland V" (PW 51) Pete Namlook & Bill Laswell has a much darker tone, in case that's of interest to you.

These days, unless you're up for some internet scouring, these DTS discs are getting harder to find, so you may just have to investigate what's available at a reasonable price. (Checking various Amazons (.com .ca .uk .de and 3rd party vendors) plus Discogs can turn up several options). Look for a Red DTS box in the lower left of the front cover to find the surround albums.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: RIP Pete Namlook
« on: October 07, 2014, 09:15:47 PM »
As I'm sure I've revealed before, I'm very keen on surround music.

Pete's last 30 or so albums were released as CD + DTS-surround sets and
I'm very fond of them. There's 8 albums I'm missing and I'm hoping that
some of you on the forum might be interested in selling me the DTS disc
in one or two of these albums while retaining the CD and packaging.
(Sell me the whole thing if you like.) Here's what I'm missing:

PK 08/173 - Air V - Jeux Dangereux
PK 08/182 - Dark Side of the Moog XI
PK 08/194 - Namlook XXIV - Pearl III
PK 08/196 - Move D/Namlook XXII - Stranger II

PW 50 - 2350 Broadway - 2350 Broadway 4
PW 52 - Namlook/Montana - Labyrinth (1)
PW 55 - Namlook/Montana - Labyrinth 3
PW 56 - Namlook/Montana - Labyrinth 4

My fingers are crossed. Thanks.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Twin Peaks revisited
« on: October 07, 2014, 08:53:54 PM »
The Lynch-directed episodes were always the coolest... and he's directing all of the new episodes.  8)

Brownouts can also be destructive. I use a UPS for my computer related gear and another for my synths/mixers/FX/etc...

Currently use CyberPower 1000VA but there's lots of choices out there.

Jamie has a somewhat portable UPS that he'll bring to our dreamSTATE shows in locations with suspect power.

May your Furman RIP.

Everything and Nothing / Re: What is the Hpynos Forum to you ?
« on: September 25, 2014, 10:51:52 PM »
This forum is a favouite online community for me. I enjoy the sharing and discussion of ambient and gear related topics though my contributions are usually just injections of bad humour.  ;D

Everything and Nothing / Re: Robots and Donuts - the art of Eric Joyner
« on: September 19, 2014, 08:38:23 PM »
Very neat!   I think there's a Robocop connection to be explored.  ;)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: On Inspiration - Chuck Close quote
« on: September 14, 2014, 07:05:15 PM »
That's beautiful gear but also a beautiful room. (off topic?)

OMG. Brilliant!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: On Inspiration - Chuck Close quote
« on: September 13, 2014, 12:29:25 PM »
Bicycles are cool and waaaay more ambient.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: On Inspiration - Chuck Close quote
« on: September 11, 2014, 04:33:30 PM »
I have a friend who, when he's not feeling inspired work on his music, works on his sound-design. (He works a lot with samples.)
Then when he's feeling it, he has new sounds to work with.

Of course, with ambient music the two are often the same thing.  :)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: USB albums
« on: August 21, 2014, 03:58:49 PM »

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Any Genesis fans?
« on: August 07, 2014, 09:02:13 PM »
As a surround sound aficionado (a nice word for nut) I was very pleased with the Gabriel Era box. Wonderfully remixed and mastered music to envelope you. The older albums like Trepass speak to me more now. I bought the Trick of the Tail remaster but it had a thinner and perhaps more compressed sound, which I have read is a problem with the non-Gabriel remasters.

I drifted away slowly after Gabriel left. My friend continued to buy their albums so I got to experience them and usually just found a song or two connecting with me on each one. I was fortunate to experience the Selling England and Lamb Lies tours which were brilliant and Collins was a killer drummer then. Saw at least 2 or 3 of the later tours with Bruford or Thompson as the main drummers too and they were very enjoyable concerts.

I would highly recommend the Gabriel Era box to anyone with a Genesis interest or love. There's an extra disc of quality early material too - also in surround sound and the extensive interviews with each member for each album are enlightening and enjoyable. (These are probaly the aforementioned YouTube interviews.) Lamb Lies also has the original concert slides synced to the music and some concert footage bits reasonably synced to the album versions.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Miss you Forrest!
« on: July 23, 2014, 10:44:02 AM »

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Pink Floyd in Fall
« on: July 21, 2014, 09:37:33 AM »
Well first of all, they did go back in the studio and add some vocals, for at least a couple of songs. From what I've heard, there's no Roger involvement though - David and Polly lyrics. Secondly, Ambient Monkeys, which I have heard, I agree was quite a disappointment and not particularly ambient. I remember the ambient sounds before the DB concerts and they definitely were more ambient noises than music. I'm guessing that the new album will focus more on musical bits and probably will be molded into some song structures too. Fingers are crossed. Low expectations, though, lead to pleasant surprises.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Was this an insult?
« on: July 17, 2014, 06:53:52 PM »
Let me be the first here to say "Don't date this woman!"     ;)

Yes, I'm making a joke, but obviously she really doesn't know you and you'll have to let her ignorance glance off you with all the good grace you can muster.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Miss you Forrest!
« on: July 14, 2014, 09:09:53 AM »
Forrest was a significant contributor to the collective wisdom of this forum.  :(

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Pink Floyd in Fall
« on: July 11, 2014, 12:53:21 PM »
I have the 2 disc set of Metallic Spheres and quite like it. Dave is my fave guitar player and I used to be fond of the Orb, so I find lots to enjoy here. It has that Orb sloppyness to it but I think Dave fits their style like Steve Hillage used to. BTW - It's the second disc of the special edition which is actually my preference.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ableton Live ?
« on: June 08, 2014, 09:36:38 AM »
Looks like you've already made your financial commitment to Live but I thought I'd throw in that many of my friends have moved from various DAWs to Reaper for their Audio/MIDI work.

I used to use Logic on PCs until Apple bought it and abandoned PCs. I'll probably be moving to Reaper too as Sony has stopped updating ACID (no 64bit for instance) and Vegas has become more and more inhospitable for VSTs (though there's workarounds). (I'd still continue to use Vegas for my audiovisual work as it's very strong there.)

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