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Messages - Jeff Sampson

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: New project
« on: September 29, 2012, 03:58:26 PM »
Well, it's interesting music...but I've never understood why a sound artist would make a mix of tracks, call it something general ("Fragments" in your case) and not give any indication as to which song is being heard when. How that invites customer interest escapes me.

Also, perhaps I misunderstand your statement about mp3 quality and "official" download sites, but as your tracks at CD Baby are only available as mp3...

Not trying to pick on you or single you out, as these are "issues" I've come across other wheres.

My college "years" didn't quite make it to 2, partly because I spent so much time listening to (and living vicariously through) The Doors, Cream, and The Mothers of Invention.

There is a page full of rock songs (mostly keys-strings-drums trio - mostly progressive garage) at

and a few non-ambient pieces - spoken word, experimental voice ("Negotiated") and a cappella ("Twilight Requiem") on my personal Soundcloud page

I'd be quite surprised if most of "us" didn't come from a non-ambient background, and it's nice to see some people are currently playing in more than one field.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: David Galas of Lycia
« on: September 29, 2012, 02:24:12 PM »
Lycia only touched my listening radar superficially - definitely not enough for an informed opinion. The only solo Galas I've heard is The Cataclysm, which I own and like. I hadn't considered there to be a Swans comparison, but I can understand that now. I do like the overall not-quite-trudging sludge to it.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 03, 2012, 04:22:23 PM »
For my taste one of the best songs ever.

Loved the original, but always thought the emotion in this rendition nailed the lyrics. Somewhat surprisingly, this is the first time I've seen the video.

I first became aware of Pura Sombar early this year. The first music I heard of theirs was the wonderful, single-track, EP Tongues Falling from an Open Sky – a drift on fragile harmonies through a hovering twilight. Not long after, I was gifted with copies of two physical releases of theirs.

Chromatic Winds was released in 2011 on CommA – although the website hasn’t been updated since well before this CD was released. Odd? Wait. The album packaging is gorgeous: a folded, die-cut sleeve (heavy paper? light cardboard?) with beautiful artwork on each panel. Enclosed with the CD are two more panels with very nice artwork on each side. It comes with an obi and the whole thing is enclosed in a sealable plastic bag. The only printed information is the group name and the album name. Neither of the artists use their real name anyway, so that really doesn’t matter. See? They all love a bit of mystique. But what’s most important here is the music.

The first track is a delightfully eerie, ominous collection of drawn-out sounds...

The rest of the review is here:

Independent Music Reviews / Re: It's like ...
« on: June 14, 2012, 10:46:19 PM »

This is a great follow-up to Rotations! I hadn't realized it was five calendar years since that came out. 'Bout time.  :)

Yeah - pretty nice. I like your method.

WOW!!! As of today, I'm saving my pennies.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New LOOPOOL video
« on: February 24, 2012, 09:02:04 PM »
Wow... quite "in your face". Is that the Vonnegut connection? I only have a passing familiarity with his work - I could easily be missing the obvious here.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Moving eye-candy
« on: February 24, 2012, 08:44:29 PM »
Landscapes II
Looks much better than it sounds.

The music isn't my normal cup o' tea, but it enhances the video quite well. Maybe it's the video that enhances the music? Maybe I'm just amazed and confused.

Time Lapse 1

Metropolis II
"the idea that cars run free... those days are over"  Yup.

NASA Space Station...
Well done!

Too cinematic for my current-recent-normal frame of mind - but if this is your first, I say continue on, it's a good start.

Marketplace / Re: vinyl 12" singles - tossing this out there...
« on: February 24, 2012, 07:43:26 PM »
If you do decide you want to sell any of them, I'd suggest Discogs. I've tried all (I think) of the marketing places out there and it's the only one that takes ONLY a fair share of the selling price (and only after it's sold), allows the seller to leave feedback about the buyer, and has a reasonably good vehicle for buyer-seller communication.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Under-rated Ambient
« on: February 24, 2012, 07:38:55 PM »
Thanks for the  Specta Ciera mention, JKN - a nice, new discovery for me.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: December 18, 2011, 10:30:57 PM »
I really like your remix of Abandoned Mines. Your approach makes reference to the original (a fine track on a superb album) while giving me more of the feeling of being in an abandoned mine. I'm glad it was included on the original release.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Novelty in Electronic Music
« on: December 18, 2011, 10:14:59 PM »
I'm not sorting out why electronic music would have to be dependent on technology, or why it should be more reliant on it than any other genre. That strikes me as saying it will stagnate if technology doesn't innovate. Why must that be? Isn't it more on the shoulders of the artists using "old" technology to find new ways of meaningful expression? If guitar/ horn/ drum/ piano players (etc.) had waited around for technical evolution in guitars, horns, drums and pianos (etc.) the world would have heard a meager percentage of the music that's been created over the past 20 centuries. Seems to me it isn't so much the quality of the tool as it is the quality of the user.

Re: Forrest's question about expecting more sonic novelty in electronic music - who is the "we"? Is there a study or some such along those lines? It's certainly possible that I'm in a minority, but I listen for creative novelty in electronic music just as much as I listen for it in other genres I like. I'm really curious what the evidence is.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Field Recording Livestream
« on: December 18, 2011, 09:30:36 PM »
This is, indeed, awesome. Actually, I'm starting with the Antarctica site and working my way backwards through the thread. Thanks, very much, Tomas and Tobias!

Indeed, it is a very good compilation.

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