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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: fretless bass thoughts / advice
« on: November 28, 2009, 04:10:58 PM »
All of my basses are 4-stringers. My main bass is an Ibanez "Musician" from the 80s. I have a USA Fender Jazz that needs some work, a Tacoma manufactured acoustic bass guitar and my beloved first bass which I call my "hippie" bass. It is a 60s Guild Starfire II like Jack Cassidy and Phil Lesh used to play (Hey, I was born in California!). A previous owner mangled a bridge repair so it had to be replaced pretty much killing any vintage value. I would like to de-fret it someday and as it only has the little dot inlays, I don't think that I would have the rattling string problems that a de-fretted Fender might have. I have only used flatwounds on it and have loved it's warm and woody semi-hollow body tone. I did own a Guild solid body fretless at one time but sold it get a better amp.
I have enjoyed many 5 and 6 string players work as well as Anthony Jackson's 8 string contributions, but my favorite recorded bass moments have always been played by people using 4 stringers.
Peace, Kirk

Everything and Nothing / Re: What's the verdict on Thanksgiving?
« on: November 26, 2009, 09:54:39 PM »
OK, now I'm depressed. Maybe I SHOULD buy the last couple of Greinke releases  ;).
Seriously, I know what you mean ambient789. I no longer have grandparents, parents or even aunts and uncles. At the age of 54 I have become the 3rd eldest member in the entire clan. On a brighter note, when I remarried I gained my wife's parents (in their mid and late 80s) and her children. Thanksgivings and especially Christmas holidays have taken on a new feel. Her family is quite close and it is heartwarming to see the interactions between the kids and their grandparents.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Greinke's "Virga"
« on: November 26, 2009, 09:34:18 PM »
Thanks everybody for your observations and informative comments. I did visit ole' Amazon (thanks) and give the samples a try and I agree with what is being said. Over the last few releases Greinke has leaned toward a more direct compositional style than his previous solo work. I agree as was mentioned earlier, that it started on the "Wide View" CD and has continued to evolve up through "Vigra". The comparisons to the works of Danna and Story are apropos. I enjoyed "Wide View" as it featured a bit more "blurred" palette of sounds as well as the soundtrack collection. While I didn't always care for the the instrumentation used, I understood that the selections were created for various film projects and worked for me in that context. However, I doubt that I would have purchased a "Volume 2" of his work in this area. To me, both "Winter Light" and "Vigra" sound like further soundtrack compositions, well arranged and executed but not my cup of tea. I have always liked "echoed/reverbed piano" but the fake choral voices, new age sounding ethnic instruments and dubious trumpet emulations just don't get it for me. I own plenty of this kind of music and have even done some on my own. That said, I can appreciate Greinke's compositional skills and respect his more direct approach. The pieces are emotive from what I can tell from the short samples.
I have not heard the new Kevin Keller but I own a few of his previous releases and have seen him perform in concert with a cellist, electric bass player and a drummer. He played grand piano and employed some pre-recorded sequenced parts. I quite enjoyed the show. Keller is a gifted pianist to be sure. Perhaps if I were to hear Greinke perform these same pieces in concert with live musicians I would enjoy them much more. Again, thanks for taking the time to comment!
Peace, Kirk

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Greinke's "Virga"
« on: November 26, 2009, 05:14:29 PM »
I would like to know how "Virga" sounds compared to his last couple of releases, specifically "Winter Light". I enjoyed his "Soundtracks" release and absolutely love earlier releases like the ones mentioned here but I could not get into "Winter Light" at all. It sounded too much like a demo of presets on some new workstation or something. Nothing "trippy", let alone unique, to be found on that one in my opinion. Anybody else with a description of "Virga" in this context?

Everything and Nothing / Re: What's the verdict on Thanksgiving?
« on: November 25, 2009, 07:28:39 PM »
I was born in California and up until 6 years ago celebrated Thanksgiving there. In my youth I remember many of them as being an enjoyable day with family and friends, however as a young adult with girlfriends and jobs and divorces the innocence was lost. I experienced the dysfunctional family stress and the ugly retail side of this holiday as well as Christmas. To this day I find the whole holiday thing pretty repulsive as far as the shop until you drop mentality.
I am in British Columbia, Canada now and have spent 6 slightly more traditional although not perfectly storybook Thanksgiving and Christmas days with my wife, 2 stepchildren and her folks and our friends. Here there is also the capitalistic madness that plagues North America in general but we don't get too sucked into it. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the 2nd Tuesday of October in most of Canada and as far as I know, is based on the gratitude for a successful harvest and similar First Nations traditions much like the United States. I never was a football fan and am not about to adopt hockey or any other sport as a religion so that aspect has never been or will be part of my holiday ritual.
Happy Thanksgiving to my American family and friends. I am blessed to have you in my life and am truly grateful!
Peace, Kirk

  I am very excited that you have initiated a Hypnos Podcast. I enjoyed the music and the brief behind the scenes narrative (even with the 'verb  ;) ). I look forward to future installations and hope that you will employ many of the wonderful suggestions offered here (thanks folks!). As Jim might have put it, "Cool Mike, cool indeed."
Peace, Kirk

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDR prices too high
« on: November 20, 2009, 11:28:42 AM »
  If you own a copy of Lumen by Vir Unis you might check it.   :-\ I have had a few others go bad, both Matthew Harris' discs for instance, but most have held up. I will probably continue to buy CDR releases but high quality downloads are looking better all the time...Who said that???
Peace, Kirk

Everything and Nothing / Re: Skateboard contest need help!
« on: November 04, 2009, 09:07:50 PM »
Yes indeed Saul!  My vote was cast the other day. Great stuff!

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Hypnagogue Podcast
« on: November 03, 2009, 11:16:50 PM »
Yes, thank you John! I enjoy your Podcasts as well and am appreciative of all your efforts.
  It is nice to have your input on this forum once again. I find great beauty in your music.

Peace, Kirk

Thanks for sharing the links and photos guys. I sure wished that I could have been there. Those are some beautiful "analog" instruments that you have there Loren  ;)! hopefully some footage or audio will show up of when you employed them. Too cool!!!

Everything and Nothing / Re: Sad News
« on: October 20, 2009, 04:35:24 PM »
Thanks Mike!

Everything and Nothing / Re: Sad News
« on: October 18, 2009, 10:53:14 AM »
I'm shocked and saddened by the news of Jim's passing. I had the pleasure of meeting Jim nine years ago at Steve Roach's house after a show. He was a true supporter of the music and musicians and had offered me a few encouraging words about my music over the years. As Mike mentioned, it is wonderful that Jim was able to share his own music with the world and it is good to know that there is more to be heard in the not too distant future. My condolences to his family and friends. He loved you so.
Peace, Kirk

Everything and Nothing / Re: Sound Is Art
« on: October 04, 2009, 12:16:16 PM »
Thanks Lena!
  It's really worth checking out. 

Happy Anniversary Mr. B.!!!
(Suddenly I'm channeling the "Hazel" sitcom of yesteryear). Anyway, congratulations and keep up the good work!
Peace, Kirk

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 29, 2009, 09:08:30 AM »
 I have really enjoyed Greinke's music over the years. He has a new CD called "Virga" that will be released October 13th but I have to admit that after "Winter Light", which I found to be somewhat dreadful, I would have to hear samples and read positive feedback before purchasing. That said, Jeff has many a classic in his discography and "Cities in Fog" is definitely one of them.
Peace, Kirk

Everything and Nothing / Re: Get Well for Jim Brenholts
« on: September 24, 2009, 09:08:38 AM »
Best wishes for a complete and speedy recovery Jim!
Peace and Prayers from Canada, Kirk

"The Geek shall inherit the Earth".  ;D

Congratulations Lloyd!!!!
Best wishes for great success with your future endeavors!
Peace, Kirk

Everything and Nothing / Re: Tour de France - starts July 4
« on: July 10, 2009, 01:33:47 PM »
Nice Wayne! (cue "Born To Be Wild" track) ;D

Everything and Nothing / Re: It's celebrity R.I.P. week
« on: June 26, 2009, 08:42:33 AM »
 Thank you Lena. That needed to be said. It was sad to see MJ's life turn into such a fucked-up freak show after all the wonderful music and galvanizing entertainment he presented in his early career. Another victim of "the star making machinery behind the popular song..." the result being a sick person who contaminated innocent children. What a shame. It could have wound up so differently. I remember every youngster I knew was trying to figure out the moonwalk. Michael could have been a positive role model rather than as the bizarre predator he will sadly be remembered by most.
 That said, I must admit that I delight in imagining Mr. Lennon (no saint either) giving MJ a swift kick in the arse on the other side. That's my militant "musician done wrong" side talking!
Peace, Kirk

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