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Also "Sound of a Universe Overheard" - Cool...  Thanks!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: AtmoWorks Update
« on: March 10, 2008, 11:06:30 AM »
Hi Johns, Best wishes for AtmoWorks Mark II!

If it's not too late John, I'd recommend keeping the domain and just point it at your MySpace page or AtmoWorks. All the old links to you around the web will still be valid and later, if MySpace goes the way of you can just point it to your latest space on the web. Also, if you let it go now, some unscrupulous trader may buy it up hoping to resell it to you later for bigger bucks. These days you can maintain a domain name through a company like Namesecure (with redirect included) for only 7 or 8 bucks a year. Anyway - just had to pass on my sagely advice.  ;) 

Holy smokes Jim - What do you do when you need more space in the Ns for your new Numina CD?
Shift everything over?

Everything and Nothing / Re: What are your plans and goals in 2008?
« on: March 05, 2008, 09:13:13 AM »
That's great news Loren!  Now you can work on the other items on your list.  ;D

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: Announcement: James Johnson and Hypnos
« on: March 03, 2008, 06:04:47 PM »
That's great news!  I'm still big on CDs for listening to most of my music and will really appreciate some new releases from James on the silver discs.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient Sub-genres
« on: February 25, 2008, 08:16:49 PM »
Glambient = live performance where the ambient artist wears makeup, glitter, and colourful tights.

Isn't this where we came in?

Sorry, I'm not offering mine for free, but I thought I'd recommend the Novation Remote 25SL
as a very flexible controller. (I don't use the AutoMap feature so far, just program my own knobs, etc.)

Everything and Nothing / HD-DVD vs Blu-Ray war settled
« on: February 19, 2008, 05:55:34 AM »
It looks like Wal-Mart has settled the HD-DVD vs Blu-ray war. That's a lot of power.

"On February 14, 2008, rumors surfaced that Toshiba, the leading manufacturer of HD DVD players and one of its largest supporters, would soon abandon the HD DVD format due to changes in studio and retailer affiliations, including Wal-Mart's decision to phase out HD DVD by June 2008. The rumors strengthened on February 16 when NHK and Reuters also reported, from a source at Toshiba, that they had begun to prepare to cease production of HD DVD equipment, though they would still support existing products. On February 19, 2008, Toshiba made an official announcement to no longer develop, manufacture and market HD DVD players and recorders, ending the Blu-ray Disc versus HD DVD format war."

Everything and Nothing / Re: Anybody here...
« on: February 14, 2008, 03:17:48 PM »
Hi Chad,

I'm glad to hear you are drinking one of the Jades. Definitely let me know your thoughts/experience with that particular blend. I still think I'll be ordering the Verte Suisse 65 first...but all of his Jade absinthes get REALLY good reviews on the forums I've found.

Perhaps we should all start a Green Fairy compilation album and the rule is you have to compose while drinking absinthe (sober mixing and mastering obviously. lol)



All pieces composed with three glasses of absinthe and three instinces of AbSynth.      8)

Everything and Nothing / Re: dave k
« on: February 10, 2008, 09:26:56 PM »
I'm so sorry to hear about your friend Jim. It's really something that you can put your feelings directly into your art.
(It can take years before things come out in mine.)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Stars of the Lid-Live
« on: February 10, 2008, 03:17:43 PM »
I've ordered our Toronto tickets and we're ready to snooze...

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: February 05, 2008, 06:52:42 PM »
Went to the flea market in Tallahassee yesterday.  My wife got a very, very new looking, kept in plastic cover, copy of the soundtrack for "A Fistful of Dollars" for $2.  The second side is one 13 minute track of combined themes from the movie.

I think I'm going to get a turntable.

The hidden cost!

I love reading multiple reviews to learn about music I don't (and do) know.
Both Alan and Bill (on Wind and Wire) review the Tor Lundvall sampler from their own perspectives,
but Alan, as you might expect, wins the Wonky Touchstone Award:
plonking a piano in a cave and grooving with a reverb-unit*

* Pink Floyd - "Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Grooving With A Pict"

Everything and Nothing / Re: Your MySpace experiences ?
« on: January 30, 2008, 08:57:47 PM »
Lena - That's just awful, the crap that comes your way through your music page! (Other than Mike, of course.  ;) )

I don't know if MySpace has done much for dreamSTATE CD sales - used to be better
but it's another decent (or so I thought before hearing from the female side) interface point
with other people and musicians. I mainly get friend requests from other artists and I used to
try to visit everybody's page and if I liked their music, to make a little comment, but after a
while, so many requests began to come through that I didn't have spare listening time to address
them. After a month, they just get cut off your request list and I don't want to offend all the
nice people out there by having them think I'm shunning their requests, so I just go in every
few weeks and approve everybody who doesn't have too twisted a handle or photo. The
rest, I visit quickly to determine if they're nazis or whatever and approve/disapprove.

As most of the requests are from other artists, it's always great to get the requests
from real people who actually list ambient artists in their music likes and best of all
when they have a dreamSTATE track playing on their page when I visit.  ;D

When I have time to listen, there's lots of good music out there. I remember (for example) being
really impressed with Boris Lelong the first time I heard his work. Plus, it's just kinda fun to
put longtime and new internet music pals in your friends list.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Chat feature in this Forum?
« on: January 30, 2008, 08:27:45 PM »
I'm not a "chatter" to start with but... would you need Java to participate?
I've sometimes felt like dropping into the StillStream chatroom during Kite Radio
but I've always got Java turned off. Is that an old-fashioned precaution now
or still a sensible safeguard?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Autechre - is it worth it?
« on: January 30, 2008, 08:11:58 PM »
I learned about Autechre from the days when was happening and
there was lots of talk about them and other loosely-related-to-topic but interesting artists.
Bought my first CD (maybe LP5) and got enthusiastically hooked on their current and
back catalogue. Then, about the time of Untilted or Confeld, I went to see them
play in Toronto with a friend who was also very enthusiastic and we were both
sorely disappointed. I began to realize before long during the set that the beats were
now predictable in that they were always unpredictable and that whatever the
heck it was in AE's music that connected with me was missing now. I've rarely
played their CDs since. I really must give the older/middle CDs a spin again for perhaps
a drunken reconnection (ala Alan) with that careening chatter and clatter that once
excited me. (I enjoyed their visual aesthetic too.)

A bit of a swim too!   :o

I was also impressed with Deep Frieze and had the pleasure of sharing a bill with Kevin last month.
He did a great job of delivering his shifting soundscapes with a laptop and controller (Beringer) rig.
He's also a really nice fellow - a very positive vibe.

If you're in range of Toronto, you may wish to catch this cool triple-bill:

Featuring Sleep Research Facility . Ortiz . Syzygia

@ the UNDERGROUND downstairs @ the DRAKE HOTEL
1150 Queen St. W @ Beaconsfield . W of Ossington . E of Dufferin
Tuesday January 29th . 9PM . PWYC (5$ suggested)

Please note the later start time of 9PM.

. SLEEP RESEARCH FACILITY . Sleep Research Facility explores notions of awareness and perception in the sub/unconcious listener.
Focusing primarily on sound bereft of rhythm based energies, SRF's goal is to provide listening environments wherein the music simply
adds texture to the silence. A kind of “play me quiet” sound suitable for listening to actively or passively depending on circumstances,
creating an aural experience which guides the mind through gentle misdirection rather than forcing its attention, allowing listeners to
drift in their own diversified thoughts.

. ORTIZ . Laurier Brown finds the crinkly, skittering nuggets in the white noise. His first Ortiz release The Crinkle and its Faces
was an exploration of glitchy layered noise­scapes, almost undetectable beats mingled with hiss and static. Dark dreams
for long winter nights put to tape, digitized, randomized, spliced, split up, spit out. His second release, Salvage, further digs into
the sonic subconscious, carving subterranean passages under ancient roots planted in the psycho­spiritual mulch. Hooves
draws from the ghosts left behind in the cracking pavement where the groves once grew, remembering great herds, drifting
past gulls flying out to sea.

. SYZYGIA . The project of Harrison Dahme, dealing with the ambient and atmospheric.

I hereby give permission for Gigi and Mathias and friends to rename their project Ghost Nebula
after the name of the dreamSTATE track on Sounds Of A Universe Overheard.
There - that's settled!    ;D

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 18, 2008, 04:45:06 PM »
Early evening

- Miles Davis: Porgy and Bess

Summertime could be the best tune ever.

I love Miles' music and his (and Gill Evans') Porgy and Bess is very highly regarded
but I find Miles' pitch to be regularly off on this recording. Does anybody else notice this?
It regularly puts me off when I listen to this one.

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