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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Alio Die on BC
« Last post by chris23 on February 09, 2015, 05:32:30 PM »
That makes sense.

I tend to buy things that I can listen to in full and know I'll like. (And I tend NOT to buy things I can't preview ahead of time.)

But I realize I might be in the minority. For every person like me, there are may be two or more who will chose not to buy at all if they can merely stream the release.
Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Alio Die on BC
« Last post by ffcal on February 09, 2015, 03:04:35 PM »
That makes sense to me, Pete.  I think if listeners understood that most small independent artists receive from little or no income from streaming, they would better understand why more artists have not fully embraced it.  Particularly in the ambient genre, touring hardly makes sense but for a select few, and major labels generally receive higher streaming royalties than small indie labels or individual artists.  Given the generational shift from physical CDs and paid digital downloads to streaming, it's vitally important for the genre's true fans to continue supporting their favorite artists and labels, so that these artists and labels do not just fade away.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Interstellar
« Last post by mgriffin on February 09, 2015, 02:57:11 PM »
The science consultants for Interstellar were the same ones who consulted on Contact.
Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Alio Die on BC
« Last post by petekelly on February 09, 2015, 12:20:04 PM »
It's because some artists don't like the idea of having the full album on BC to listen to as they believe that's what people will do - listen to it (without any limitations / streaming fees), not buy it.
Independent Music Reviews / Re: PDFs of Wind and Wire, the magazine
« Last post by jkn on February 09, 2015, 10:47:56 AM »
I had a ball flipping through issue #2!   It's like this cool time capsule - thank you for posting these!
Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Alio Die on BC
« Last post by drone on on February 09, 2015, 10:14:41 AM »
Projekt does this too.  Annoying. 
Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich - Filaments
« Last post by drone on on February 09, 2015, 10:12:52 AM »
Robert Rich lost his muse years ago.  There, I said it.  This new one is another overly digitized, cold affair that continues to be light years away from his visceral work of the 80s and 90s.  Seems to be no real passion anymore in the music, and every new release sounds like the last.  No thanks.  I'd rather hear numena or trances/drones on repeat than buy 10 more very mediocre releases. 
Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Interstellar
« Last post by Bill Binkelman on February 09, 2015, 09:46:40 AM »
Finally went to see this last night at our neighborhood second run theater (it's an excellent theater with tremendous sound quality and digital projection....not your typical 3 buck a show theater, trust me). Man, was I disappointed. Everything was a let down and the reviews I had read previously were mostly all spot on about what was wrong. IMO, it wasn't even that spectacular to look at (and the Riverview Theater has a HUGE screen...not IMAX sized but BIG). I kept waiting for some kind of WOW factor, but even going through the wormhole and the 2 planetscapes were underwhelming, e.g. the frozen cloud never get a sense that they are on frozen clouds above the planet surface, you just think they are on the ground already.

But it's the third act that just fell apart, IMO. I may be no astrophysicist but I'm not stupid and the time travel paradox at the end was one of the worst I have ever seen in a time travel movie. As soon as Cooper entered the black hole, I thought "Well, at least we're going to see something awe-inspiring." Nope...just some nonsensical I-don't-know-what-it-was. I could give you a better idea of what I couldn't buy, but not sure it's worth it. I thought Contact did a MUCH better job with some of the same ideas (e.g. wormhole traveling), although at least there the "ending" (i.e. when Jodie meets her "father" and it's revealed what the movie is about) made sense, from an SF standpoint. Interstellar, did not. Even the earth bound scenes that set the story in motion had me thinking "Really???" E.g. schools are teaching that the moon landing was staged to bring down the Soviet Union? Yeah, right.

As I walked out of the theater (at midnight) a woman who was alongside me said "No one stays for the credits when it's midnight." We both laughed and then I said to her, "Ya know, I don't get this movie at all...I saw 2001 in 1968 when I was 14 and and I understood that movie a lot more than I did this one."

I had such high expectations for this...damn. Oh well, it was still 100x better than Prometheus, IMO.  ;)
Independent Music Reviews / Re: PDFs of Wind and Wire, the magazine
« Last post by Bill Binkelman on February 08, 2015, 02:04:20 PM »
Awesome Bill, issue two has your review of Ma Ja Le's 1st release "Dreams In The Orchards Of Saturn" to this day it remains one of my favorite reviews I have ever received on one of my albums!

Thanks, Paul. That means a lot. I was just listening to Silence Speaks In Shadow a few days ago as I was compiling my top 20 "desert island" discs for the ambient@hyperreal listserv survey...and yes, once again, it made the cut. What a brilliant piece of work. Absolutely essential ambient and should be in everyone's collection (I actually own two copies "just in case.").
Independent Music Reviews / Re: PDFs of Wind and Wire, the magazine
« Last post by Bill Binkelman on February 08, 2015, 02:01:34 PM »
Thanks everyone for the kind words and encouragement. It is MUCH appreciated. Issues 3 and 4 are up online now as well...of particular note is my interview with the late Barry Craig, aka A Produce. I can't believe it's already been 3 years since his passing. Also check out my interview with Stephen Hill (I think it's in issue 3). It really opened my eyes to the "business" end of this genre of music (sadly). Also in this latest batch are an interview I did with Robert Rich and the first part of a 2-part interview that Stu Daniels did with Steve Roach.

It is weird to look back after all this time and see who has left the field (i.e. who is no longer making music) and who has persevered, even with regards to labels. Miramar was still going strong back then. And Narada still existed. And of course, HOS had no less than 4 sub labels going at once. So much has changed, yet the music itself remains vibrant and alive (even if the business paradigm form back then has collapsed).

Anyway, I still have issues 5-12 to post so with your kind permission, I will continue to let you know when new ones come online (3 and 4 just got put up yesterday on the Wind and Wire blog).
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