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Any opinions on TANGE ?
« on: October 25, 2011, 05:36:49 AM »
Hi, I recently fell in love with the album "A Tub Full of Tange" released on Earth Mantra netlabel. It's a compilation of live performances by Tange on Stillstream radio. 11 hours of nice ambient music. I listen to it when I prepare my history lessons, it's so great if I need solace after a day full of stress.
It's become my favourite ambient album. But in fact, is this ambient or drone ? Or both ? ;)

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Re: Any opinions on TANGE ?
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2011, 05:52:23 AM »
I think Tange's stuff crosses boundaries. More recently he's released some tracks in the Complex Silence series, and a set of generative pieces (that are so nice and melodic it's amazing to me they are generative). I think he used a special program to convert field recordings to lovely ambient tracks.

I have lots of Tange at my netlabel, Treetrunk. I am a big fan, as well:

http://www.archive.org/download/http://www.archive.org/details/Complex_Silence_17
http://www.archive.org/download/http://www.archive.org/details/Generative_Themes
http://www.archive.org/download/http://www.archive.org/details/Eternal_Dreaming
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Re: Any opinions on TANGE ?
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2011, 06:20:33 AM »
Hey thanks Thomas, but I'm an eager Treetrunk anyway, so I have those releases.
The mentioned Tange stuff could also fit into your Constant series.

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« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2011, 06:21:36 AM »
Anyway, you people who don't know Tange should check his releases

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Re: Any opinions on TANGE ?
« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2011, 12:50:25 PM »
A Tange Constant would be very welcome.
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Re: Any opinions on TANGE ?
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2011, 04:08:42 AM »
Huge Tange fan here.  8)
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« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2016, 01:13:08 PM »
To bump this up: does anybody know if Tange is still active ? I've recently listened to his albums on Earth Mantra, especially the fantastic "A Tub Full of Tange". Unfortunately he hasn't released anything in the last 4 years. Does anyboday here know if Gordon is still active in Ambient music ?

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« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2016, 04:01:01 PM »
Unfortunately, as you said, he's been silent in the ambient world for years. I think he still plays in a band for live gigs, but it's not ambient.
I'll chat him up on FB and see what's happening.
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Re: Any opinions on TANGE ?
« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2016, 11:11:12 PM »
Thanks for the info. I also think that his show on Stillstream (Mysterious Semblance) doesn't exist anymore.

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Re: Any opinions on TANGE ?
« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2016, 07:56:32 AM »
He stopped doing the Stillstream show quite some time ago.  He was doing it from like midnight to 3 am (I'm sure I'm off an hour or two) - and that HAS to be hard to keep doing week in week out. 

Everyone needs a break now and then.

He's one of the nicest people... my wife loved how he said her name - so whenever we were listening he'd be sure to do a shoutout to Heidi.  :-)
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Re: Any opinions on TANGE ?
« Reply #10 on: June 10, 2016, 03:47:54 PM »
I heard back from Gord.

As we suspected, he hasn't created any ambient music since ending his radio show, stating he'd felt the Tange project had run out of steam. He's received requests from Mike Metlay at StillStream to return. Gord said he was considering it, but his health isn't very good and he's tired much of the time. So while he didn't say no, my impression from his message was that it would be unlikely he'd return to make new music, at least not for the foreseeable future.

That said, he's given us a lot of music over the years, freely available on various netlabels. The already-mentioned Tub Full of Tange is over 11 hours.  ;D
https://www.discogs.com/artist/821581-Tange
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« Reply #11 on: June 11, 2016, 12:35:18 PM »
Thanks Altus for this update. You are right, there's a lot of fantastic Tange music available. It could fill days :)
I only hope he might rerelease in FLAC some music that's only available in 96kbps-MP3s, for example some of his Stillstream performances released on the Ethereal Live netlabel.

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« Reply #12 on: June 12, 2016, 06:19:49 AM »
The 96kb/s files were rips from his StillStream show (since he did live stuff nearly every week for a number of years). Aside from the Tub, which have those select recordings at 256kb/s, I doubt you'll find anything better. I wonder if Gord still has all those original recordings?

You can get a FLAC version of his last live work here: https://archive.org/details/Tange_Live_04_21_12
I assume the version on Bandcamp is the same, but I've not compared it. Note that the majority of the music lives below the 5k range (so it sounds kinda lo-fi), though if you take a look at the music in a spectrum analyzer, you'll see there's no damage from lossy compression during the sequencer parts.
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