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Messages - Ben Fleury-Steiner

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Infraction, Some Great Music
« on: January 31, 2008, 01:47:52 PM »
just now spinning beautumn's white coffee--unfortunately, it's out of print for the uninitiated, but what a gem of an ambient / soft noise disc...the contrasts of warming drones and textural noises are really first rate and induce maximum listening...I'm not biased or anything  ;) but Infraction's catalog is quite stunning without a clunker to be heard...Jason is curator par excellence...

just added the finale from the live show...and some cool animations done by my friend Paul McLean of Art for Humans..

alas, some feedback !

I've been chomping at the bit to get some friends' reactions  :)  This is some very different stuff - much more melodic than anything I've ever been involved in before - but am enjoying it wholeheartedly....

love the reference to early Pink Floyd and Cluster !

My new project - we're a quintet - 3 guitar players, bass, piano/violin - new live sounds among other here:

please listen and comments always appreciated  ;D

Everything and Nothing / Re: What are your plans and goals in 2008?
« on: January 09, 2008, 12:29:20 PM »
eat more Pho! 

Everything and Nothing / Re: Best of 2007
« on: January 09, 2008, 10:06:48 AM »
Great to see the following GOS's releases recognized thus far:

Moljebka Pvlse - Driftsond  (GOS) CD-R
Jonathan Block & The Circular Ruins - Shadows on Water (GOS) CD-R
Matt Borghi & Ben Fleury-Steiner - What the Night Leaves Behind (GOS) CD-R

I'll post my more complete list later, but I actually do have a single favorite ambient record of 2007:


Wow, was this one worth the LOOONNNNNGGGG wait.  Just a tremendous piece of minimal beauty and subtlety--rare that I listen to something as continuously as Steve's disc--press repeat and new discoveries emerge on each listen--not to mention a state of deep relaxation (which is always a bonus)...

Everything and Nothing / Re: What's HOT and what's NOT
« on: January 08, 2008, 12:26:58 PM »
Nice discussion...

I find Saul Stokes amazingly musical and melodic - definitely a great song writer and sound tech, etc... 

The things about Saul that I love is his split musical personality - his cds contain these incredibly well composed and highly refined tracks while his live perfomances are total improvisational intensity...I honestly would get bored if Saul played tracks as they appeared on his cds; his improvisations are just too damned good.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Best of 2007
« on: January 07, 2008, 11:12:18 AM »
Might as well be the first...

2007 Faves:

Matt Borghi & Ben Fluery-Steiner | What Night Leaves Behind

hey - I appreciate the nod...Even if Alan L thought I borrowed too much sound from the "already-been-done tone bank"  ;) I was quite pleased with the results of this work...Matt deserves most the credit... WTNLB is in many ways a continuation of his dark, melodic work heard on Phantom Light of sorts only dipped in droney feedback and strange murky shadows I created by mixing the whole thing through various guitar pedals and Vst's..the last track "eyes of night" was my composition - a return to some new softsynths and guitar drone work...thanks again!  ben

Everything and Nothing / Re: What's HOT and what's NOT
« on: January 06, 2008, 08:13:01 AM »
Considering what I'm hearing (i.e., 12K's recent output, Spekk, Carpark, Kranky, Craig Bethell's recent and quite wonderful "atmospheric pop" record, A Day Full of you, A Night Tired of Me, just released by Infraction etc.) I think generally that's pretty accurate, Mike, especially in the last couple of years...

I think the most exciting thing is ambient/atmospheric musicians collaborating with musicians in other genres...I'm having a blast with my current project Broken Connection - it's me on electric guitar and various noise makers and the Philly based post-rock/psychedelic/ambient trio Northern Valentine (guitar, piano, violin, drums, and bass)...Its opened up a whole new world of possibilities for me (I've learned a lot, especially in terms of listening) and has made me much more excited about getting out of the studio and onto the stage/long jamming with other carbon based life forms ;) 

Here's some first results from the Broken Connection project - these "tracks" were culled from six jams that combined for 30 hours of music recorded live in Northern Valentine's studio on Pro Tools:

Everything and Nothing / Re: Best Friend
« on: December 28, 2007, 07:53:48 AM »
My best friend killed himself yesterday evening. He had been having marital problems, and had recently begun divorce proceedings. He leaves behind his wife and 2 children.

Right now we're feeling pretty rotten. It seems like a horrible nightmare that'll pass, but of course it won't. It's so unreal...

If you can send your prayers and positive energy this way for him, his family, and his friends, it would be greatly appreciated.

I always hear people say that God will never give you a burden greater than you can bear, but maybe that's not true. It certainly wasn't for him.

best wishes to you, joe...take especially good care of yourself and family in these pain filled times...

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 27, 2007, 02:42:37 PM »
Spring Steel by Richard Crandell

Very addictive minimalist kalimba work that have been constantly playing yesterday and today....

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: GOS 33: RHIZOME BY YUI ONODERA
« on: December 26, 2007, 09:46:12 AM »
Listened to the excerpts and they really sound great.
I'm helpless when it comes down to calm piano tunes.
thats why i love the fennesz & sakamoto record so much.

Keep a Copy for me, Ben. By the beginning of 2008 i will
order a few CDs.

will do, martin!!!  hope all is well, b

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: GOS 33: RHIZOME BY YUI ONODERA
« on: December 24, 2007, 04:37:00 PM »
p.s. It's easy for cross-currents to fly by without mention:  I noticed mention in Somnia's podcast post (which is a fabulous podcast BTW) to Yui's fellow countrymen, Opitope , in another post.  Yui is coming from a quite similar place with field recordings juxtaposed with piano and other electro-acoustic instruments but takes a dronier, more textural approach.  I suspect most fans of Opitope will enjoy Rhizome quite a bit....

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: How do you record?
« on: December 23, 2007, 02:38:24 PM »
That 'tower' interface was the Focusrite "Saffire LE".
Its very good for the money.

BIG thanks, Tony.  That's the one I'm after. BTW, since everyone''s gushing about it, Tony, what do you think of Live? 

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / How do you record?
« on: December 23, 2007, 11:46:11 AM »
I know this was a topic in the previous board, but I really would benefit from some advice.  I'd like to purchase a cost-effective, portable set up for my PC.  I've recently switched to Ableton Live and really like it, so I'm talking interfaces.  If I recall APK mentioned a very affordable "small tower" of sorts with lots of connectors for mics and the like - that one that caught my interest especially...thanks again!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / GOS 33: RHIZOME BY YUI ONODERA
« on: December 20, 2007, 07:58:47 AM »
Yui Onodera has long been a central figure in the budding Japanese
enviro-ambient scene, as his works on his own Critical Path label
attest.  In the last several months, however, Yui's work has begun to
draw international acclaim with consistently sublime releases on
Germany's Drone Records, Seattle's and/OAR, Frances's Taalem, and the
Belgian Mystery Sea imprint.

Rhizome is an intricate atmospheric work of piano, guitar, field
recordings and computer processing.

A rhizome is a horizontal stem of a plant--the epicenter for roots
and stems.  Thus the title for Onodera's work could not be more
fitting.  Composed in 7 parts, the listener is drawn into its subtle
yet sprawling sonic tendrils.

Setting the listener's mind in moton, we are filled with visuals of
glowing, wind swept streets, shimmering sunlight giving way to
blue-black night, twinkling stars, and a wide-open dawn of lush
flourescent gardens.

Sound samples and ordering info available here:

Also available on iTunes among other quality digital download sites.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: British dronemeisters
« on: December 14, 2007, 03:38:16 PM »
Joe -- you might dig Liles's An Un World - ghostly ambiences abound, including weird disembodied voices and some nice minimal piano even- quite noisey but epic as well, I would say. But what does a rabid Nurse with wound fan such as I know  ;)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Compass by Con_Sense
« on: December 09, 2007, 07:08:07 AM »

This is our latest offering on the Gears of Sand label.  It has such an incredibly inviting sound.  Like Monoloake and it's addictive beats with the production values of the best, most spacious, well composed ambient records.  Don't miss it!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: December 09, 2007, 06:58:29 AM »
A month doesn't go by around here without a spin of Structures from Silence...truly timelss and sublime work...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sexy Ambient
« on: December 09, 2007, 06:51:28 AM »
The sexiest ambient track of all time is actually by a giant of modern jazz:   It's the sultry without being the slightest bit cheesy track 2, "Processional," on the album Extensions by  Dave Holland Quartet (ECM)

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