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I would also suggest reading Classical Music in America: A History of Its Rise and Fall by Joseph Horowitz.

A rather interesting commentary on institutionalized music and soloist. As well as a great historic review of why Orchestras are in their current state of decline.

Now Playing / Re: "Classical" Music or Contemporary Composition Listeners?
« on: February 24, 2008, 12:36:47 PM »
Paul Hindemith - Music for Cello & Piano
Weber on Cello/ Buck on Piano
Nice recording. Cheesy cover.

Telemann - Paris Quartets
Nice recording. One of those SACD hydrids

Now Playing / Re: "Classical" Music or Contemporary Composition Listeners?
« on: February 13, 2008, 07:15:57 AM »
Anybody have any other recommendations?

WGTE FM and WETA FM have good straight ahead classical feeds.

Now Playing / Re: "Classical" Music or Contemporary Composition Listeners?
« on: February 12, 2008, 04:25:19 PM »
I listen to a lot of classical music these days but nowhere near the amount that I used to. I worked for the late Tower Records in Sacramento...

....I fell in love with Paul Hindemith's music and had to collect everything by him that I could. The same thing happened to me with Czech composer, Bohuslav Martinu. Symphonies, concerto works, chamber or choral, I loved it all.

The Mercury Living Presence series are very cool. One of my favorites is the "Hanson Conducts Ives, (William) Schuman and Mennin". That performance of the middle movement of William Schuman's "New England Triptych" was a definite influence on my piece, "Scarecrow" on the "Sounds of a Universe Overheard" compilation.

Tower Records...What a great store! Really miss it!

Good call, I forgot Hindemith, brilliant material there.

"Hanson Conducts Ives", true fact that is an interesting recording!

And while I am at it, "Scarecrow", what great track!!

Now Playing / Re: "Classical" Music or Contemporary Composition Listeners?
« on: February 12, 2008, 02:07:18 PM »
...Anyway, these Mercury Living SACDs use three channels (left, right, center) and were originally recorded on three tracks. They also include a regular CD layer and are often quite inexpensive.

I own quite of few of these Mercury recordings as SACD Hybrids and they are quite enjoyable.

Now Playing / Re: "Classical" Music or Contemporary Composition Listeners?
« on: February 12, 2008, 01:22:50 PM »

I listen at times more to classical then contemporary music. There is so much to learn here... Odd as this may be and with minor exception I did not listen to contemporary/pop/ambient until the late nineties. And while I am confessing I never heard any Roach or Rich until 3 years ago.

Here is what is in heavy rotation:

Paul Hindemith
Charles Ives
Arnold Schoenberg
Telemann - all of his music for winds
and there are numerous Russian composer I listen too often.

and like you I like Rimsky-Korsakov, Arvo Part. I also like Brayers and Taverner.

Lately, I have been really enjoying a Glenn Gould recordings of Schoenberg on Sony (nice)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Roedelius, Story and Ashley News
« on: February 01, 2008, 12:21:15 PM »
Greetings. I thought I would pipe in here with a release announcement and concert info.

Around the same time Tim and Joachim were recording the foundation tracks for their new release Inlandish. We (Roedelius, Story and Ashley) recorded a cd worth of material that will be coming out in November. At the moment the working title is A.R.S. (I know, however, we thought that title was hard to resist.)

We will be debuting A.R.S. in the first half of our The Gatherings concert on the 15th of November. The second half will be comprised of Inlandish. There has been some talk of other concert dates around that time frame.

When I know more Iíll pipe back in.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 22, 2008, 11:16:28 AM »
Re: Currently listening, part 1

Sounds of a Universe Overhead - Enjoying this again on second listen

Weightless, Effortless - Haven't heard this in a while. Good Stuff!

Gregory Taylor - Amalgam:Aluminum/Hydrogen A very good live performance.

A collection of my material I contributed to on various projects in 2007

CD release announcement from Hypnos Recordings
Title: Sounds of a Universe Overheard (various artists compilation)
Hypnos Recordings (hyp2752)

I finally got the chance to listen to the entire disc over this past weekend.

Mike you did a great job sequencing this disc. Well made.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: December 26, 2007, 02:56:02 PM »
Not that I have any interest whatsoever  ::) in ever recording music, but just out of curiosity, if one wanted to record non-rhythmic ambient music (i.e. no drum programming machines needed), what would be the minimum one would need to spend to a) compose and play it b) record and mix it c) make high quality CD-Rs of it. Again, this is not meant as a veiled statement by me, since 1) I have no talent and, 2) I have no money. I'm just curious about the cost of all that gear. It LOOKS like a minimum set-up has to run well into the six that close? Do any of you have a limit on what you would spend on any one piece of gear?

Okay, do I want to admit this?
Sure. Here we go...(full disclosure).  Since 99-2007 I have put 63K into my project studio.
From 90-98 I shared a commercial studio with Tim Story and another guy. We put a lot $$ into that studio.
It's still around but it's hard to get in. It's always booked...

In the early 80's I lost a studio to a lighting strike.
The whole thing burnt to the ground. Ouch!!

As a qualification, the only thing I have sold out my purchases is an OB 12 (original), Roland D50 and a Moog Source.

...But man, I understand Dwight's statement. I think if I ever returned to printing a magazine in hard copy, Kathryn would change the locks and leave my all of my shit on the sidewalk with a terse note!  ;D

That's good one Bill. I can visualize that happing to me under the right circumstances.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: December 26, 2007, 12:42:44 PM »
...If I had obtained every item in my studio all at once, it might have been overwhelming, but since I've obtained maybe 3-5 new pieces per year, it's been pretty gradual.

This is quite true. If I had bought everything at once, I think my wife would have divorced me.
The last time I went through a major upgrade (multiple items) I was not a happy camper to be around.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: December 26, 2007, 11:02:08 AM »
In the spirit of gear talk, let's post some studio pics for oggling purposes, eh?  Yes, all of you, do it... do it... The Mysterium as of late 2007:

Okay, here's a shot circa 2002-ish. Things change a bit since then. I will post a new image soon. -d

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 09, 2007, 03:01:04 PM »
Inlandish - Lunz (Roedelius/Story)

The second release by these two. The first track is very similar to the material on the first incarnation. The remaining 11 tracks go further down the road of quirky beats and subtle noise.

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