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Everything and Nothing / Re: Some thoughts on time and volume.
« Last post by stargazer on December 23, 2017, 02:10:54 PM »
Thank you both for your stories. Some snapshots of intense moments.

1. The day when I discovered the heron that lives by the river.
2. The tree infront of the window, a zoom to the raindrops on the branches.
3. A bridge where you only get a true insight when you cross in a train.
4. The tree showing its budds and the branches are covered with snow.
5. The tree under the winter sky, a rare moment of winterblue color.
6. I looked outside the window, so beautiful this moment.
Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Fretless Bass (for ambient)
« Last post by petekelly on December 23, 2017, 08:01:24 AM »
Thanks very much Julio,
Yes, it was that very Eno album that made me think about the bass / fretless in ambient.
Everything and Nothing / Re: Some thoughts on time and volume.
« Last post by Seren on December 23, 2017, 02:29:26 AM »
Julio, certainly a sad picture you paint of the experience, you do convey the sense of looking rather than seeing
I suppose if you know the place you could try going when least number of people are there.

I travelled to the Dine and Hopi reservations in the mid 90's. It was clear that despite having a month there was just too many places to visit and do them justice.
In the end we picked 4 places and stayed about a week in each.
In the Canyon de Chelly we spent 2 days with a young guide and because we had no cameras and were asking questions with respect he took us places people normally don't go - including his families Hogan and some of the sacred sites normally not accessible.
Experiences and memories to be treasured.

I find if I have a camera with me (I don't use a phone for this) I end up thinking about photographs - how to frame them, what sort of image am I questing? Which is good for artistry but distinct contrast to how I usually like to be when in nature....
Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Arturia Buchla Easel
« Last post by Scott M2 on December 22, 2017, 08:08:13 PM »
I look forward to your Eurorack withdrawl story Julio!

I don't know if I mentioned it here, but I bought a Nord Modular G2 last summer to try to divert me from getting into Euro. It's definitely a different experience from physical patching and knobbing but a reasonable compromise. I do confess to buying a few used Roland Aira Euro Effects modules last month though after learning how they can be reprogrammed inside like mini modulars.

Now back to the current topic... I have a Toronto friend lusting for an Easel, so let me know if any of you come to the selling point.
Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by chris23 on December 22, 2017, 07:45:45 AM »
April Larson - Hopeless Variations
Beautiful drone-based ambient from an artist previously unknown to me. Excellent abstract cover art too.
Everything and Nothing / Re: Some thoughts on time and volume.
« Last post by Julio Di Benedetto on December 21, 2017, 06:50:27 AM »
Interesting thoughts here.

Regarding the consumption of culture, I took a day trip into NYC a few months back....I was staying about 40 miles away in New Jersey.... to visit the Museum of Modern Art, my sanctuary when I live in the city 25 years ago.  Well for one the museum had gone through major architect changes that turned the people viewing the collection into cattle being herded through small galleries with no way near enough space to view the large scale abstract expressionist paintings and then you can't put 10 such paintings, think Rothko, Pollack, deKooning to name a few into one room that should have perhaps 4.  I recall strolling through the museum when I lived in the city and the galleries were spaced like that, large rooms with a few paintings.  It was not a good experience and not how art should seen.

Heres the point though,  certain "famous" paintings in the collection could have up to 20 people gathered around.....Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Night" was one in particular.
Out of those 20 people around 15 of them had their cell phones up to their faces either taking pictures or video.  It seemed  the experience of looking had been replace by the capture of not the experience itself but the object.  Perhaps because it is valued at close to 300 million dollars if it went to auction.  Some people would just snap with their phones and then walk away.

I found the whole thing a bit shocking to the point of disgust.....certainly my fond memories had been trashed, well not the memories but the hope of resisting them. To wonder again in a place of solace and protection form the everyday chaos of the city outside.
Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Fretless Bass (for ambient)
« Last post by Julio Di Benedetto on December 21, 2017, 06:00:41 AM »
Hi Pete,

Really loving your album, Sylvi. The textures the fretless gives the music is wonderful. So much more than just holding the bottom end down.  Lots to enjoy and learn, thanks!

Using black fret marks has made it more "challenging" as they are hard to see unless in a bright sunlight room.  Have to use my ears more. 

Good to know that Samick has a decent reputation.  Quite a few boutique bass luthiers are having their more affordable instruments made in Korea and from what I read other small manufacturers can only stay in business because of going overseas with the cost of production so high here in the US.  Korean quality seems to be up there with Japanese.

As I recall Eno used bass guitar on Ambient 4, On Land.  Heres a track that has become a part of me over the years. 

Heres a couple of interest videos of solo bass performances with an ambient sort of feel.

Talk about using different tunings on this one

Everything and Nothing / Re: Some thoughts on time and volume.
« Last post by stargazer on December 19, 2017, 01:09:15 PM »
Andy: Especially now in christmas time it is sheer "consume" madness. And no one has time left either. All want to take the same bus, all want to buy anything, all walk blindsided to their goals. Yet inbetween you can find the quietness, an old man who cant walk quickly, a woman who crosses others ways and stop them by her slow moving. Or friendly people who ask me for the right railway platform. Indeed these are cool moments in a hectic railway station in the big city.

David: I also would love to be immortal. Not for to have more time but to become timeless. On the other hand I love the thought that any moment may be our last and everything is more beautiful therefore.  ::)
Everything and Nothing / Re: Some thoughts on time and volume.
« Last post by phobos on December 19, 2017, 05:53:20 AM »
Only one thing you can be sure of regarding time, is that we, as mortals, will never have enough of it. :(
Other Ambient (and related) Music / Obsidian Volume 5 - The Mystic
« Last post by diatonis on December 18, 2017, 06:07:41 PM »

1. The Secret Doctrine
2. House Haunting
3. The Mystic
4. I am Silent
5. Peyote Spirit
6. Syncretism

Peyote Spirit:

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