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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: liquid mind
« on: October 19, 2009, 07:05:56 PM »
Yes I agree too, having several of his CDs.  Perhaps it's deemed to be New Age.
I know that if I'm stressed or tense, I just need to put on a Liquid Mind CD for
calm and serenity to return.  The music is not dissimilar to Thom Brennan's style.

The Drobo is like a RAID too but more sophisticated.

All HDs fail.  People swear by or against different HD manufacturers.  Last year I did
an extensive survey of opinions for various suppliers and 750GB and 1TB drives, and
found conflicting opinions coloured by whether you're lucky or not with a given drive.
You may just have bought the Friday-afternoon lemon.  There are brands that have a
good reputation that still have problems, e.g. Seagate with bad firmware.  I think go
with one of the names, especially if there's some long-term warranty.  I went for the
full kit SATA 1TB, not OEM, as that has 5-years' warranty from Seagate, once I knew
the firmware had been fixed.  Several others were possible.   Note some models are
designed for video recorders, the green ones, rather than computers, trading speed
against power consumption.

Now that downloads are prevalent, people must take backups more seriously.  Storage
is relatively cheap now so there's little excuse there.  It's the time lost as well as the cost
of buying music again.  Photographs may not be recoverable.  I'm staggered how blase
people are with their data.   After losing some files while on holiday our bridge director
(a school teacher) said "I had a copy in a different folder." as if that was sufficient.
The concept of saving these files to an independent medium such as CD seemed quite
alien.  Some people can only learn the hard way.   I use rdiff-backup on Linux, but it is
available on Windows too, allowing you recover files at a given date, effectively storing
the increments.  I have a RAID-1 mirrored internal system using the 1Tb drives, backed-up
to a Drobo robot currently with about 2TB of storage.   If
one  drive fails, I've not lost my files.  I have one spare drive should any of the existing
fail, and a spare slot too.  The only disadvantage  is that the Drobo is connected via USB,
and needs manual dismounting/mounting before/after a reboot.  I also have earlier
backups on a older external drive in a different place giving further redundancy of
older data.

How can you use systems that mess around with your file structure or impose directory
naming?  This is one reason why I refuse to use Windows.  These preset directories have
crept into Linux, trying to make the transition easier for Windowers.  At least you can
delete these and organise your files in the way you think (although I'd like to remove the
Desktop icon from various places).

Yes indeedy.   Thinking about it I do have many from Groove.  It must be nearly 50.

It started with the excellent Hemisphere in the EM-ambient area.  Then Frank van Bogaert,
Wavestar/John Dyson (try Evolution) and Eric van der Heijden for melodic EM.  I must
get the latest by John Dyson---it had been a long wait since his previous release.  I didn't see
it on the Groove table in Derby. :(

Moving to Berlin school I have some by Dom F. Scab and John Lakveet's Building Sequential
, and the excellent Syndromeda. There are familiar names from Hypnos part of
the globe Craig Padilla, Paul EllisAlpha Wave Movement, and David Parsons
and Rudy Adrian from New Zealand.

Got the the Analog compilations in a sale, and as you might guess features a feast of analogue
EM by various artists.  Good retro EM.

I bought my first two by Create at Derby recently  In fact picking semi-randomly I selected the
two mentioned by drone on.  I like them both.  They have a mid-70s Tangerine Dream feel. 
More Mellotron please.  I'm planning  to buy others like From Earth to Mars, and wished I'd been
braver.  I did pick up a live VoLt CD too.  I was recommended Through the Rings but it
wasn't available.

Now I'm looking to try, Astrogator, Gert Emmens amongst others.

It's only recently I've begun exploring Groovemeister Ron Boots large discography.  I only
had a couple of his CDs before Derby.  Of those bought there Beyond the Boundaries of Twilight
has had regular plays along with Area MovementScreaming Whispers has only had one
play thus far.  Performing with live drums by Harold van der Heijden  and F D Project on
guitar they generated a lot of resonant energy.  It sounded better live than on CD.  In contrast I'd
like to try Too many secrets  that's more ambient and the early ambient single noted by Seren.

If you like electronic music, Groove offers a wide variety of excellent CDs.  The only thing I say
against Groove is its pricing.  Its cheaper for me to buy Groove from Hypnos including the
airmail costs. :o  Check out the weekly Dreamscape radio
Ron plays a good mix including ambient from the likes of Oophoi and Robert Rich.

Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Upcoming Hypnos releases?
« on: September 13, 2009, 03:03:04 PM »
Some of the digipacks can be far more attractive than the traditional CD case.
The products from say Ultimae and Manikin labels in Europe are two examples.

I've tried downloads, but found the creation of the CDr messy, trying to make
the print outs fit into the box, doing the cutting and getting the folds in the
right places.  Worse of all was the disc art.  Besides achieving the circular cuts,
the glues I have don't last and it would affect playing of the discs as labels
detach.  Then I had to rename long file names with spaces to something more
Unix friendly.  All in in took far longer than the saving, so I stopped, and waited to
the sales where you could buy the complete CDr and artwork at reasonable

I've had far higher breakage rate of the CD gripper with traditional jewel boxes
than digipack.  Broken cases are all too common.

Yes the edges if digipacks can get messed a little, especially for nerds like me who
keep the CDs in order so I can find them.  So there's lots of moving in and out of
racks that does scrap edges---some gaps in the racks are tighter than others---so
now I keep most in boxes or piles on bookcases.  One digipack's slot for its booklet
wasn't deep enough, so it keeps twisting leading to bends and creases, and
hence further damage, and jamming in the storage rack.   This is an exception.
I've not felt the need to protect them in plastic cases. 

Call me old fashioned, but often there's more than the music.  I like the whole
package that comes with a CD (even if the artwork and text is small compared
with the LP).  That tradition comes from the LP where we'd eagerly peruse the
art and photographs, and gobble any additional information.  There was a ritual
when you bought an new album.  The digipack is a bit like that, only smaller.

CDr's don't seem to last as long as CDs, not that I've encountered many glitches
and hangups, but percentagewise the CDr has caused more problems.

An important factor for we importing foreigners is the relative weights.  Will the
proposed new format be lighter?  That said even with the avoidance of postage,
I don't like downloads.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 12, 2009, 06:45:12 PM »
After attending the Derby Electronic Music Festival
I've been playing the twenty CDs bought there by the likes of Ron Boots, FD Project,  and
the recent releases by AD Music & Groove.  Of particular note is Shifting Sands by Ian Boddy and
David Wright.  There are melodic parts (some led by a Shadows-like guitar sound), but has its
ambient parts.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Natural wonder to see before you die
« on: October 01, 2008, 02:54:48 PM »
What natural wonder(s) would you like to see before you die?

I saw a TV programme recently about the northern lights which has prompted me to investigate the possibility of a trip to see those sometime.
On daytime TV in about August one presenter said he had last month gone within
the Arctic Circle in Norway and hoped to see the Northern lights but was disappointed.
Hint, don't go when it's 24-hour daylight.   Also wait until about solar maximum.
The Sun is showing little actiivity at present.   Sometimes displays come a long way
south, and I've seen a couple of incredible displays from the south of England.  The
frequency is about once every 10-20 years, so you might try the Canadian Prairies
as the magnetic pole lies in northern Canada.

To answer the question:

I still haven't seen a total solar eclipse.

An Earth-like planet around another star and the Earth from orbit.

Everything and Nothing / Re: RIP Richard Wright
« on: October 01, 2008, 02:38:31 PM »
Great performance! Is that Phil Manzanera in the band? It would make sense. Too bad Holland then went on and on about Gilmour and audience member Jeff Beck being the two greatest guitarists ever in the room. Guess Phil just held his tongue on that one!
Yes it is.   The same evening the repeat of Later aired was a Dave Gilmour
evening on BBC4 and they showed part of the Gdansk concert in which Rick Wright
and Phil Manzanera played, plus a repeat showing of the Which One's Pink?
documentary, and a behind-the-scenes documentary about the Gdansk concert.

Everything and Nothing / Re: RIP Richard Wright
« on: September 29, 2008, 07:17:40 PM »

Ummagumma, Meddle, and Dark Side of the Moon have been in heavy play here since yesterday. I was never a big fan of Wish You Were Here, or Animals(heresy!) but The Wall was a great return to form.

Not liking Wish You Were Here seems strange given the long ambient drone for the
opening of Shine on You Crazy Diamond.  BTW I still have the Mono Lake postcard. 
As for not liking Animals  "Hey you, Antdude, ha ha charade you are". :)

Everything and Nothing / Re: RIP Richard Wright
« on: September 15, 2008, 01:29:21 PM »
I read this shocking news on the BBCi site this afternoon.  Very sad loss for prog rock.

It was good seeing Rick Wright perform Arnold Layne on the last Dave Gilmour
On an Islandtour, and the all too brief reformation of Pink Floyd for the Live 8
charity concert in Hyde Park, London.  Shame it couldn't have been a farewell tour.

My favorite Pink Floyd album, Meddle, is probably the one Floyd album on which Wright is most prominent.  I've always thought he was underrated as a creative force in that band.
One of the reasons I liked the Floyd were the keyboards and synths (not just
another guitar band).  I was recently drawn to play Meddle because of the Olympics
and the "to medal" solecism.  One of these days...

The time is gone
The song is over

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Maybe They Will Sing for Us Tomorrow
« on: September 15, 2008, 12:47:49 PM »
The CD came over the weekend, and I wasn't disappointed.

Thanks again for the recommendation.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Is Yanni really all that bad?
« on: September 15, 2008, 12:45:55 PM »
My sentiments mirror 9dragons.

I don't like the term New Age, because in brings in connotations of
new-age beliefs and mysticism, bundles the music with supermarket
yoga and lifestyle CDs.  As a result lots of quality music is overlooked,
tarred by the same brush.   Some of the criticisms are quite vitriolic such
as I recently found at [
As this genre of music is made by more mature composers, it's also
ridiculed in the yoof culture.   This type of music isn't represented in the
media.   Adults are expected to go from pop and indie to classical and
folk, at least on the BBC.

While I do have many, let's say adult contemporary or instrumental CDs,
I don't have any by Yanni or those by pianists popular in Windham
Hill.  I don't even care for Harold Budd.  Just because I don't like
this type of music, I'm not going to say it's romantic rubbish.

At one time I suppose was a snob regarding Jarre.  It grated that this
stuff was so popular compared with the pioneering and more sophisticated
Tangerine Dream.  To me it was behind the times.  So I never bought any
of his albums, except many years later a "Best Of" more for visitors who'd
like it.

Very funny caption Undershadow.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Maybe They Will Sing for Us Tomorrow
« on: September 07, 2008, 03:06:30 PM »
Thanks for the comparisons and recommendation chaps.

Kenotic was quite intense.  In the right mood, it's splendid, but at other times the reverb
and layered guitars is overwhelming.   Eluvium comes more to mind.  It seems as if
they're becoming more chilled.

Malcolm Currie

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Favorite ambient cover art?
« on: September 07, 2008, 02:52:47 PM »
I'd have to also count the Monique Froese cover for T. Dream's "Rubycon" as a favorite.
You might like the A Splash in the Cosmic Ocean artwork at
(first image in the second row).  did like the Virgin covers from that era, such as Aqua by Edgar Froese.

In the modern era I like those from the Oophoi's Umbra label, especially the Penumbra compilations. 
Being an astronomer and space-art fan I appreciate ones like Planetary Chronicles II by Jonn Serrie,
art by Joe Tucciarone (; Secret Observatory by Between Interval;
Equatorial Stars by Fripp & Eno; and  the minimalist The Place Where the Black Stars Hang by Lustmord.

Some of the most interesting covers were on the works of the much missed IXOHOXI.

The atmospheric photographic covers of Thom Brennan match the mood of the music.  However, Satori
is more abstract like the Penumbra covers reminescent of the Star Gate sequence in  2001: A Space
.  Talking of stargates First Breath by Catalin isn't ambient, but still a pretty cover.

Not least, we must mention the Hypnos JM Turneresque covers such as used for Jeff Pearce's To the
Shores of Heaven
and Bleed.

There are probably many more (including some of the Rich and Roach already mentioned).  I'd have
to go through several hundred to pick a shortlist, let alone a favourite, and would probably change on
another day as my mood changes.  The fact that the choice is so hard reflects well on the artistry within
the genre.

Malcolm Currie

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Maybe They Will Sing for Us Tomorrow
« on: September 04, 2008, 01:51:20 PM »
Has anyone heard the latest release by Hammock called Maybe They
Will Sing for Us Tomorrow
?  I gather it's more ambient than earlier CDs.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: R.I.P. Backroads Music
« on: August 13, 2008, 02:24:44 PM »
Malcolm, with the exchange rate the way it is, you an order your CDs from the USA for less than you'd pay for a couple of pints at the corner pub!

Since I don't drink alcohol, you know more than I do about the price of
beer in the UK.  :)  It may not be for much longer; the Pound is down 6%
against the Dollar in the last week or so. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: R.I.P. Backroads Music
« on: August 13, 2008, 01:02:17 PM »
When I found that I couldn't access the Backroads web site today, I came
here to search for the reason why.

Every time I visited the US in recent years, I came back with a big box of
CDs from Lloyd.  His export surcharge were high to buy in pairs to satisfy
postal custom limits, so I would compile a long list of CDs unavailable in
the UK.  Lloyd was always very helpful and knowledgeable.

In recent times, I've missed Lloyd's newsletter.  It introduced me to lots
of eclectic music, not just ambient and electronic.  Lloyd's enthusiasm
for the music shone through.  Today I was playing a couple of my
Backroads purchases, and wanted to see if there were any newer releases...

It's tough out there with inflation higher than wage increases, the credit
crunch, and people are cutting non-essential purchases.

It will be interesting to see what content will bring.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Astronomy Music
« on: May 14, 2008, 02:13:00 PM »
Is there any stargazers here? And if so is there any cd you may think of or enjoy playing while observing the heavens above? Or any recommendations?

Yes, but not much observing since coming back to the UK.  The skies were so much
darker on Mauna Kea. <sigh>

Many serious amateur astronomers prefer not to play music, as it can distract from
concentrating on the sky.   Also for meteor watchers like me, many use a sound-activated
recorder to note events.   If I were to play music it would be beatless ambient that sets
a mood theat helps me to stay awake, yet not diverting my attention from seeing faint
meteors through my telescope.  So it would be the likes of Oophoi, Steve Roach (but
not tribal), Exuviae, Robert Scott Thompson, Exuviae, Matthew Florianz,
Austere, Diatonis (could list many more).  The classic astronomy musician is Jonn Serrie.

Then there are the neighbours to consider.   For private listening the extra cables for
headphones can get tangled around telescopes and the like, and there are the extra
batteries and cassette/CD player to carry.  Of more concern was having sufficient battery
power for the red torch/flashlight.  I suppose in the iPod age, it wouldn't require much
extra kit to carry to the observing site.

There is also the ambient sound of the wildlife.  It's part of the experience of being
under the heavenly dome.

Now while observing at professional observatories I took along a diverse selection
of CDs, largely melodic, so that if there were a telescope operator they didn't have to
suffer music they hated.  Most of the time the electronics and computers do the
heavy work, so the music could be more upbeat to survive the wee hours.   Unlike
amateur observing there are breaks while the telescope is collecting the data,
whereas amateurs using their eyes, can't lose concentration else they'll miss

It's mostly from the 1970s.  I was too poor in the early 80s completing a thesis to
buy many albums, then came CDs.

Lots of prog rock like Genesis, Yes, the Floyd, Barclay James Harvest, Marillion,
The Enid, Alan Parsons Project, ELP, Renaissance, Camel, and offshoots. 
Gordon Giltrap, Steve Hillage.

Jazz-rock experimental such as Brand X.

Spacey instrumental stuff like David Bedford.  Mike Oldfield.

Electronic: Vangelis, early TD and those luscious glossy albums by
Edgar Froese Aqua and Epsilon in Malaysian Pale.  Still play those

Some female singers like Melanie, Janis Ian.

I do have some 1960s vinyl too, such as the Beatles, and some 45s including

It's shame for those LPs to be collecting dust.  There are turntables that let
you convert your analogue discs to digital form.  I've been contemplating
getting one to relive some classic albums.  Some can edit out the scratches
too.  While some of the above music has dated, a lot still sounds great and
reassuringly familiar.  It does surprise me how well I can recall music that I've
not heard in a decade or two.

If you have been, ...

Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: December 06, 2007, 05:21:27 PM »
Test message to say I like the blue.

Dare one ask what happened to the backups? ???

I'm running under Centos4 Firefox.  What's Firebox?

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