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Bill Binkelman

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PDFs of Wind and Wire, the magazine
« on: January 30, 2015, 05:12:13 PM »
Hello folks,

I apologize for being mostly absent for a long time now. I have been dealing with medical issues (as has Kathryn) for more than a year now and that has taken me away from a lot of music things. Anyway, hope you are all well. I ran this by Mike yesterday and he approved my posting this news.

I have begun posting issues of Wind and Wire, the music magazine that I published from 1997-1999, in PDF format, on the Wind and Wire blog. These are not downloads (they are stored as a Google file so when you click, you view them) so it should be 100 percent virus-safe.

Old timers in this forum, this is your chance to relive the good old days! I admit feeling quite nostalgic when I viewed the scans myself. Currently, issue 1 and 2 are up and available. Those who never got the chance to see the magazine may want to take a look. Every issue featured reviews, interviews, some op-ed articles, my opinionated editorials  ;) and other stuff too. Mike was an early advertiser, and for that I have always been very grateful and appreciative. NOTE: Wind and Wire covered several genres of music, not just ambient, but there was always something of interest to ambient fans, I made sure of that, e.g. Issue 1 had interviews with Jon Jenkins and Howard Givens of Spotted Peccary and Jeff Pearce. Issue 2 put the spotlight on Tim Story, Meg Bowles, and Liquid Mind (Chuck Wild).

I will be uploading more issues up as I get them scanned and I will announce the uploads on both the Wind and Wire Facebook page and my personal Facebook page.

Here is a link to the blog (which also features new reviews by me, although since it is one of 3 reviewing gigs I currently have, I don't always have time to write for it). I hope you enjoy looking back at how it all began for yours truly (and several other reviewers...in later issues, Phil Derby came on board and reviewed a lot of ambient and EM).
http://windandwire.blogspot.com/

Thanks to Mike for allowing me to do this.

Cheers to you all.

Bill
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Re: PDFs of Wind and Wire, the magazine
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2015, 12:08:18 AM »
Yes, great old memories awake, Bill!!! Printed copies of Wind and Wire magazine belong to the most treasured items in my ambient collection!!! Thank you and all the best, my friend!!!

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Re: PDFs of Wind and Wire, the magazine
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2015, 04:15:18 AM »
Great read Bill,

Interesting to see those names who are still going now and how much has changed in the meantime as well. The interview with a 29 year old Jeff Pearce !

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Re: PDFs of Wind and Wire, the magazine
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2015, 12:17:11 AM »
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!
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Re: PDFs of Wind and Wire, the magazine
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2015, 05:46:27 PM »
Really cool, Bill. I wasn't a subscriber, but it is fun to read some of this stuff in the present. Thanks for taking the time to make these available.

BTW, I'm really enjoying your discussion on the ambient listserv. You should consider posting your favorites list here (and some of the issues you're struggling with in crafting it) and see if it generates any discussion.

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Re: PDFs of Wind and Wire, the magazine
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2015, 11:37:15 AM »
I'm so glad to see Bill doing this. I have such fond memories of those years!
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Re: PDFs of Wind and Wire, the magazine
« Reply #6 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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Re: PDFs of Wind and Wire, the magazine
« Reply #7 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.").
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Re: PDFs of Wind and Wire, the magazine
« Reply #8 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!
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Re: PDFs of Wind and Wire, the magazine
« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2015, 10:02:16 PM »
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.").

Wow, THANKS!
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« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2015, 06:31:09 PM »
I had a ball flipping through issue #2!   It's like this cool time capsule - thank you for posting these!

Thanks...glad you are enjoying it, John. I just put issue 5 up online. 7 more to go.
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« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2015, 06:33:16 PM »
Yes, great old memories awake, Bill!!! Printed copies of Wind and Wire magazine belong to the most treasured items in my ambient collection!!! Thank you and all the best, my friend!!!

Richard

Thanks, Richard! You were an ardent supporter of the magazine way back when I have fond memories of getting emails from you at that time! Thanks for holding onto the paper copies - that's pretty cool.
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« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2015, 06:35:49 PM »
Really cool, Bill. I wasn't a subscriber, but it is fun to read some of this stuff in the present. Thanks for taking the time to make these available.

BTW, I'm really enjoying your discussion on the ambient listserv. You should consider posting your favorites list here (and some of the issues you're struggling with in crafting it) and see if it generates any discussion.

Thanks, Chris. It is fun to look back at where the scene was back then (and see the names that have more or less disappeared and those that have prospered.

Thanks also for the kind words re: ambient@hyperreal. If I posted my list here, I would be subject to a lot of (good natured) ribbing, trust me...don't forget, I am someone who thinks new age and ambient crossover a lot more than most folks do. Jon Mark has two of the slots in my top 20, for an example.
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Re: PDFs of Wind and Wire, the magazine
« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2015, 09:18:47 PM »
I would be subject to a lot of (good natured) ribbing, trust me...don't forget, I am someone who thinks new age and ambient crossover a lot more than most folks do.

Haha. I wouldn't necessarily disagree with you.  ;)