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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.

I've just been listening to The Ruins' Their Subtle Pupose at work this morning
and it's been helping me through Friday...  :)   Maybe I can pick up Falling Into The Sky
at the next PiNG and have my mind liberated from its own self-impression too!

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: January 18, 2008, 10:09:41 AM »
Like many people, Lynn and I have the bad habit of piling CDs and DVDs onto the turntable
because it's a handy flat surface - and then it takes concerted effort (a round of CD filing)
to spin the next LP, reducing the odds that vinyl will be the next choice for tunage.   :(

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bill Evans
« on: January 18, 2008, 07:45:51 AM »
Just in case it's not 100% obvious, I thought I'd point out that all the music on
Sunday at the Village Vanguard and Waltz for Debby is contained within
The Complete Bill Evans Trio at the Village Vanguard Recordings plus a few
other swings at some of the songs.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: January 17, 2008, 06:41:33 PM »
I'd ask anyone who wants to vote for "vinyl really does sound better, you CD guys don't know what you're talking about," to speak up.

I am not one of those guys. I've kept my large vinyl collection to dip into now and then
for albums I don't have on CD or to enjoy the covers of ones I do - BUT
the pops and crackles outweigh any small sound quality difference for me.
Sometimes the CDs sound distinctly better too. Obvious examples are long-sided discs
like Costello's Get Happy which reveal all the great bass playing on CD.
When I set up a Technics 1200 that was given to me last year, Lynn was excited
to put on Layla but I was really disappointed with the sound. I have an SACD-surround
version now that blows it away. Maybe just a bad vinyl pressing? They certainly exist.
And Ambient!  Music for Airports with pops and crackles cannot compare to the CD experience.
Alright - I'll stop now.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Album Cover Wallpaper
« on: January 17, 2008, 10:16:46 AM »

I wish I could wire the entire wall with switches of sort that would be tied into some computer so that all I had to do was touch an album cover & that one would play. 

Then you could just throw a tennis ball or something at the wall to choose albums from your couch.
Accuracy would be rewarded by not getting the Ramones instead of Avalon - and viseversa.   ;D

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Audio Interfaces / Soundcards
« on: January 16, 2008, 03:28:40 PM »
Jamie and I use the ProSonus Firebox for our laptop rigs and are very happy with them.
I particularly like the very hot output on the headphone out and have sometimes used it
at sans-laptop shows just as a headphone amp for a loud stage environment.

Sound on Sound review:

Listening to the Wereju tracks now.
I think your description "drifting melancholia of an abandoned planet"
captures your sound perfectly.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bill Evans
« on: January 14, 2008, 08:49:41 PM »
The current triple CD release of The Complete Bill Evans Trio at the Village Vanguard Recordings is a real beauty.
I particularly enjoy the robust sound of Scott LaFaro's bass. There's quite a bit of audience noise (glasses clanking,
low conversation and such) but you start to ignore it, like in a real club - which it was.

I was turned onto the the Vanguard recordings after reading Jade Visions, a haunting poem by Aidan Baker.
(Yes, besides being an uber-prolific recording artist & multi-instrumentalist, Aidan's also a published writer and poet
and hanging's too good for him.) The poem takes place in the mind of Scott LaFaro, who died in a car crash only
10 days after the Vanguard album(s) were recorded, and he's musing on which take they'll use of his piece,
Jade Visons, when his car strikes a tree. Aidan explained that to hear both versions, I needed to find the
Complete Recordings and fortunately it was remastered and re-released not too long afterward. (The previous
edition was hard to find and quite expensive.)

Explorations is a fine album by the same trio but the edition I have (a 20bit remaster) has a weak bass sound.

I asked Lynn for her pick for a Bill Evans Trio CD and she chooses You Must Believe In Spring - a CD with a later trio
and released after Evans' death. She enjoys the romantic vibe. Evans is her favourite pianist after Keith Jarrett.

Everything and Nothing / Re: What are your plans and goals in 2008?
« on: January 14, 2008, 06:54:47 PM »
That's a hellava lot of things to accomplish this year Mike.
I think the most challenging will be to complete The Silmarillion!  :o

Due, I suppose, to the holiday mail overload and the grand bog which is Canada Customs,
I haven't received my copies yet. However, after spending some holiday time listening
to the SoaUO mp3s, I came to the same conclusion about the sequencing. It seems to
begin with some unexpected sonic curves before launching into deeper space material
and then concluding with a lovely ambient drift. Very nice! I'll keep watching the post for the real thing.  :)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Hypnos Forum move
« on: January 06, 2008, 01:32:49 PM »
Mike - When you get back to tweaking the forum you may want to add a nicely obvious top-level link to the main Hypnos site.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Hypnos Forum move
« on: January 04, 2008, 03:05:01 PM »

I hadn't realized the Lena is a giantess cello player!!!

GIANTESS??? Excuse me, but I am quite svelte... ;)

Just very strong then. Playing the cello under your chin must be quite the show stopper!

Everything and Nothing / Re: Hypnos Forum move
« on: January 04, 2008, 02:20:30 PM »
Hello! I'm here, (& so is my avatar. Man, that crazy chick follows me EVERYWHERE)... ;D

Note: Lena looks nothing like the picture in her avatar, which is from before I met her.  She has long hair now!

I hadn't realized the Lena is a giantess cello player!!!

Everything and Nothing / Re: Hypnos Forum move
« on: January 04, 2008, 11:43:51 AM »
Login was painless and this is my test post.   one, two, three...

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