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I think it's the other way round - Bryan Ferry IS Mike Griffin ;D ;D

OMG! Who's Brian Eno?      :o

Everything and Nothing / Re: Sad News
« on: October 18, 2009, 10:44:15 AM »
OMG! Despite his recent heart attack(s) this still comes as such a shock.
Jim has been a pillar of the ambient community as long as I can remember,
with his reviews, his outspoken passions, his music and OMG his humour!

Jim - You will be missed.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Next "Gen" Buddha Machine
« on: October 16, 2009, 10:30:19 AM »
BTW - There's no headphone/output jack. You'll have to drill and wire up your own.

Everything and Nothing / Re: up, up, and away... very scary!
« on: October 15, 2009, 12:25:09 PM »
Just saw some footage. Holy smoke!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Next "Gen" Buddha Machine
« on: October 15, 2009, 12:09:05 PM »
The new Buddha Machine will be industrialized.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now watching...
« on: October 14, 2009, 11:40:57 AM »
I believe that "most" Blue-ray players will up-convert DVD quality a bit too.
I'm looking at the OPPO BDP-83 Blu-ray - primarily because it also plays
both SACD and DVD-A surround-sound discs - keeping all my libraries alive.  8)

I came across your other "Rain 1" while reading another thread on the forum:

I'm preferring the "Rain 1" from this thread as it has less very-high-frequencies,
which are not to my personal taste. I'm listening on good headphones at the moment
and it took me a while to stop my brain from thinking something was clacking behind me to my left. ;)

Looking forward to absorbing some of "Harmonic Field" next.

I say we get M. Griffin, Numina, Loren Nerell, and Forrest Fang to do a 4-man ambient masterpiece album and faux reunion tour and then do an in-store... with hopefully bringing in fans with similar results!

I'm game, but instead of a bunch of middle aged guys in black t-shirts can we have a few women instead?  ;D

Darn! I'd been looking forward to attending.   :(

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach News
« on: October 04, 2009, 08:02:24 PM »
After my first listens, I'll name Immersion 4 as my current fave of the set.
Its foundation sounds are rich and satisfying to my ear and because of the
fairly stable nature of the piece, it should serve as a great sleep album for me.

Another thing I would really love to see is a greater respect for the notion of the album as a unified statement, a planned and edited document that is shaped and refined until it's as perfect as possible.  That is, instead of artist just going into the studio and hitting the "record" button, and then every few months when they've accumulated 70-74 minutes worth of material they enjoy, giving the album a title chosen at random from a list of cool-sounding words and releasing it.

Well said. I cherish well-executed albums with a unified sonic mood or a well-thought-out path or concept.

Everything and Nothing / Re: a few photos...
« on: September 30, 2009, 08:38:39 PM »
Grin... yeah - I switched my Facebook, flickr and AtmoWorks avatar's over to that already.

I've been my 7 or 8 year old Star Wars/Battlestar Galactica happy self here at Hypnos for quite a while now.

I saw your new avatar at AtmoWorks - Made me smile!   :)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: The ambient 'scene'
« on: September 30, 2009, 05:20:59 PM »
More hair from established artists!        I'm also thinking ambient haircasts are a missing element.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 29, 2009, 08:42:16 AM »
I've been listening to Jeff Greinke's Cities in Fog here at work
and enjoying Volume 2 in particular and especially the second half
which feels more oceanic. Had to play it twice.

Gosh darn... I sure love a happy ending.   :)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 27, 2009, 12:56:48 PM »
Roxy Music - Avalon
One of my all-time favorite pop/rock albums.  Just so evocative of a certain time and a certain feel, so sensitive, so compact.  I know cool music hipsters are supposed to dismiss the most popular albums by their favorite artists as being absolute crap, and it would probably be cooler for me to say "They were shit after Eno left" but the fact is, this album is just sublime.

Mike - If you have a surround sound system with an SACD player - the 5.1 mix of this album is one of the best ever!
Ferry's "Boys and Girls" album is also blessed with a wonderful 5.1 mix.

Well, here's a deep vein for this thread - an entire album of pieces for free download.

rik maclean, proprietor of ping things, invited us to create a release for the ping things label
in honour of THE AMBiENT PiNG’s 10th Anniversary (August 18th, 2009) and we assembled a
12-track album of soundscapes selected from 10 years of dreamSTATE performances at the PiNG.

a decade dreaming is now available as a free and legal download (240 kps mp3s) at
the ping things label blog and we hope you enjoy this journey through the past with us.
These aren't throwaway tracks but works that contain the deepest aspects of our sonic essence.

We're honoured to include contributions from many of the great artists we've played with
throughout these years: Alan Bloor (Pholde), Jim Field (spacenoiz), Eric Hopper (Sylken),
Wally Jericho, James Johnson, cheryl o and Steven Sauvé (karmafarm).

The prime details are included on the DIY "CD" cover and tray card but I've also been building
a bloglike page of Extended Liner Notes at:
for people who like to know what's behind the music.

Here's the download page at the ping things blog:

For people, like me, who prefer CDs, we’ll also make a Redbook CD version available
(in a standard jewel case) at a very low price in the very near future.
(Review copies will be sent out at that time.)

We hope you enjoy the scapes...

Everything and Nothing / Re: Get Well for Jim Brenholts
« on: September 24, 2009, 09:39:53 AM »
Damn!  Take it easy and take care Jim.  (Time to go vegan?) 

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: September 21, 2009, 08:28:40 PM »
Strong cover!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Guitars picking up noise from PC
« on: September 21, 2009, 10:03:50 AM »

I have to be quite near the PC when recording as I'm always playing about with plug-in settings etc...

Frustrated  :(

Can you move your CPU/Hard Drives farther away and keep your Monitor/Mouse/Keyboard
closer to your performance spot?

Then, you could try rotating the CPU for minimum interference.

Wow!  What a lineup and what a price! 

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