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Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Grace Jones remix
« on: September 04, 2008, 05:05:30 AM »
Very cool version - it evoked the vibe of a heavier Massive Attack track.

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: Villa Galaxia - Saul Stokes. Some Impressions.
« on: September 01, 2008, 11:46:12 AM »
Air piano!  Gotta say, that's a new one.     

Everything and Nothing / Re: Most disappointing movie from book?
« on: August 31, 2008, 08:24:55 AM »
Re - The Shining

I found the hedge animals increasing activity to be the scariest part of the book
(perhaps because I was reading that part on Halloween night)
but they were replaced with the hedge maze - which was a BIG disappointment for me.
Again, if I hadn't read the book first...

If the film was made today, I suspect some CGI hedge critters would be no big deal to conjure up.

I sure loved those segments with the kid tooling around the hotel on his trike.
That's the power of a movie adding something to a book.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Most disappointing movie from book?
« on: August 28, 2008, 05:04:24 AM »

But Dune isn't that bad. I've never read the books though so I can't compare them.

I would rather have seen the movie before reading the book - but that goes for so many book/movies.
The title and the cover kept me away from reading the book for many years, as I'm not fond of
"trudging across the desert/tundra" books, but when I finally picked it up, it kicked right in to mind-games
and political intrigues and I was drawn right in. The movie seemed like such a comic book afterwards.
Definitely give the first book a try and see how you like it.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Most disappointing movie from book?
« on: August 27, 2008, 07:24:52 AM »
Re- DUNE: Many, many years ago I read that Jodorowsky was planning to have
3 different bands create music for the 3 main planets:
Pink Floyd, Soft Machine and Tangerine Dream.

Coming in late Sept. is the new "DAVID GILMOUR - Live in Gdańsk" double CD (plus DVD(s)).
There'll be a lot of overlap with his (excellent) "Live at the Royal Albert Hall" DVD
but he remains my favourite guitarist and I expect some good workouts from the last show of his tour.
(Plus there's a orchestra!)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Most disappointing movie from book?
« on: August 25, 2008, 08:13:54 PM »

Thanks Jeff!  I've been meaning to upload a summer piece
to balance the vibes out and this is a good reminder.

Hey - Is your avatar-photo from your performance when you
journeyed to play at the PiNG with Embrasing the Glass a few years ago???
That was a sweet set!

Everything and Nothing / Re: MP3 player - flash-based? Any good?
« on: August 18, 2008, 07:15:12 PM »
Yea - If you want the really high gigs, you currently need to go with a hard drive model.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Hawkwind
« on: August 15, 2008, 06:49:15 AM »
Ambient-related-bonus points... Captain Lockheed and the Starfighters by Robert Calvert has some tracks with Brian Eno.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Electric Gongs
« on: August 11, 2008, 08:34:05 PM »
Very interesting - but will they rival electric cowbells?

Alan!!!!!!!!!!!!      :D

When I finally get a good control surface for my computer - I think I'll start falling in love with it as an instrument.

I very much like my Novation SL 25 :)

It's nice to not always have to look at the computer screen especially when performing.

I'm also very happy my Novation SL 25 controller.

I don't use the AutoMap features - just program a set of controllers myself
for each main software instrument I use - which is tedious but far
more intuitive once it's all arranged to your own layout and preferences.

It's also a good MIDI controller (with 2 MIDI outs) for playing and controlling
hardware synths (or samplers) though I would have personally chosen wheels over the joystick.

Pre-show stress is bad enough without wrestling with the gear
and trying to find alternate solutions. I'm glad to hear that you
made it happen and the only casualty was the recording. More
incentive to do it again - although I have a theory that the very
best performances happen when the recorders aren't working.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambiloop
« on: July 06, 2008, 03:10:04 PM »
The looper's Delight site and their e-mail list
is a darn good place to get any looper questions answered.

In that case, it perfectly encapsulates your vision!   8)

Hi Jim - I like that white on the "visited links"
but it was actually the blue "unvisited links"
that I found awkward against the brown.
I just have to visit all your pages though
to turn them all white!  ;)

Hi Jim - I just took the quickest of looks and I was getting
blue links on the brown background which didn't make for a pleasant contrast.
I'd suggest trying another colour for your links (and "visited" links).

My two cents...

Everything and Nothing / Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIKE!
« on: June 11, 2008, 01:34:06 PM »
Happy Birthday Mike.    (No old man jokes from the likes of me.)

(I liked the red theme in the photos Lena.)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Interspecies Music
« on: June 09, 2008, 08:48:37 PM »
Interesting, though probably more so for the humans, unless whales start developing a taste for Coltrane or Hendrix.  What, no credit given to Paul Winter or Paul Horn (who  were probably the first ones to do something like this in the early 70s)?


Here's some quotes from "Can We Play Live Music with Whales?" by David Rothenberg


"Who has played music to killer whales? Paul Winter, for all the great photos of him and his soprano sax standing in rafts playing pure tones out to leaping orcas, says he just tried it once, thirty years ago, blowing the sax into a big metal tube that stuck into the water. He heard the whales, the whales heard him. "At one point it seemed like they were responding," he says, but this live interaction never made it onto his records the way the sax/wolf duets did."


"When a whale named Haida lost his mate, he sat despondent in the pool as if she too wanted to die, refusing to eat anything for a month. (Paul) Spong invited jazz flutist Paul Horn, known for his solo recordings inside the Great Pyramid and in the Taj Mahal, to offer some gentle music to cheer up the bereaved whale. For a week he played mournful elegies for the whale's lost love, but Haida showed no interest. One of the trainers urged Horn to try a more positive approach.

"I get the feeling you are playing rather sad music," she said, "reinforcing Haida's unhappiness. Maybe you should try providing some positive energy to bring him out of his depression."

Horn leaned over the water and talked to Haida eye to eye: "Look, I've been coming here for three days now and you have totally ignored me. I get no response from you, and I'm getting bugged."[ii]

The whale said nothing. Horn continued. "We know you've suffered a great loss, and we sympathize with you. But thousands of people come to see you, they respect and admire you, but you're letting yourself down. Not only that, you are letting yourself down and you're letting life down. Life is a very precious thing, Haida, so get your act together and snap out of it. I'll come back one more time. If you don't respond tomorrow, then I won't come back again."

The next day Paul Horn was back at the pool, playing the same mournful music he always played. But right away Haida moved his head, the first movement he'd made in weeks. Horn walked around the pool, playing his flute with conviction, just like he'd famously done walking around the Taj Mahal. For the rest of that week the whale followed the flutist, and after five days, Paul put his flute down and dangled a herring over the water. Haida hesitated a moment, but then decided to scarf it down. It was the first food he had taken in a month, and the first time a whale was known to have been brought out of depression through music therapy."

There's much more on this in the piece at the above link.

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