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Bill Binkelman

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Zone Music Reporter awards celebration as a live event
« on: August 16, 2012, 08:54:47 PM »
The two men who run Zone Music Reporter, which used to be New Age Reporter, wanted me to mention that they are are trying to raise enough money so that next year's awards for albums of the year (in all the genres they cover, including ambient and electronic) will be presented at a live event in New Orleans, where Ben and Daryl live. While the majority of recordings that chart and/or are reviewed at ZMR are not ambient, they do annually award both a "best ambient" and "best electronic" award and the site's monthly chart of radio airplay does also feature ambient artists by virtue of DJs reporting who they are playing on their shows. Currently, the following artists in the ambient/electronic genre are on the top 100 airplay chart:

Craig Padilla - Heart of the Soul
Cyber Zen Sound Engine - Cooperation
John Lyell - Eternity
Steve Roach - Back to Life
Patrick O'Hearn - Transitions
Seren Ffordd & Oophoi - The Martian Chronicles
Steve Roach - Day Out of Time
Marconi Union - Different Colors
Amongst Myself - Ambient Landscape and Space
Bruno Sanfilippo - Urbs
Steve Roach and Dirk Serries - Low Volume Music
Gert Emmens - An Artist's Stroke
Erik Wollo - Silent Currents
and more

I realize that ZMR is more a new age and world beat site...there's no denying it...and I am not coming here with hat in hand as much as relaying a message from the two men at ZMR. I also know my reviewing of ambient has been more or less absent for a few years. But, all the same, if you want to read more about the event and feel like throwing Ben and Daryl a few bucks, here is a link to the Facebook even page about the proposed shindig. Right now, they are woefully short of the goal, but a bunch of folks, me included, have gone on the record that it would be better to scale back on the amount desired and have a more modest gathering ( I suggested beer and pizza) but still do it in person so that many artists who have only met in virtual space can gather together and celebrate the music's uniqueness. Granted, there is absolutely no love lost between the new age and ambient communities - I know that better than anyone. But nothing ventured nothing gained. If the event does happen, I will be there, baring an act of god.

Here is the Facebook link
https://www.facebook.com/events/417082435008594/

Since I am not an employee of ZMR, I only review for them, please don't consider this virtual pan-handling. I am merely conveying the message per the request of ZMR because neither of those two men is known by name by any of you, I imagine.

Thanks for your consideration. I appreciate it. And no witty retorts or snappy remarks to close - a first for me here, no doubt.
May the odds be ever in your favor.

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Re: Zone Music Reporter awards celebration as a live event
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2012, 09:33:08 AM »
I was really hoping for snappy remarks.  :-)

I think it's a neat idea and worth posting about...
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Re: Zone Music Reporter awards celebration as a live event
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2012, 12:15:10 PM »
"Granted, there is absolutely no love lost between the new age and ambient communities - I know that better than anyone. But nothing ventured nothing gained. If the event does happen, I will be there, baring an act of god. "

Well, nudity is always a good draw Bill but I'd like to propose a new age vs ambient cage match. I can see it now: The bell rings and each musician attentively listens as the reverberations cascade and fade, making mental notes to return later with their samplers, before rising slowly from their stools. An excited "Om" erupts from the crowd!

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Re: Zone Music Reporter awards celebration as a live event
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2012, 03:01:59 PM »
Well, I will be there, hopefully, which takes some guts on my part because the last time I was in New Orleans (which was also my first time) I got a nasty case of food poisoning. As to your specific point, I would gladly get in a cage match with some female new age musicians I know, if you know what I mean, and I think you do.  :o

(there's my snappy remark, John...happy?)  ;)
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Re: Zone Music Reporter awards celebration as a live event
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2012, 03:55:21 PM »
I am happy, Bill... yes I am.

I'm also happy someone picked up on Bill baring all.  ;-)
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Re: Zone Music Reporter awards celebration as a live event
« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2012, 05:43:59 PM »
sonuvabitch....I just realized I misspelled "barring." Well, ain't that a pisser!  ::)
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Re: Zone Music Reporter awards celebration as a live event
« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2012, 08:40:32 PM »
Indeed! Hence the nudity joke Bill. Bare (sic) in mind that people will now have vivid expectations about your dress-code for this event.  :o

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Re: Zone Music Reporter awards celebration as a live event
« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2012, 05:34:09 AM »
I didn't realize the Zone Awards was one of those "in the altogether" events...
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