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I just wanted to join in with the praise for this wonderful collection. Nice job Anthony! This generously populated disc flows seamlessly. As mentioned before, the Saul Stokes track is a winner and certainly has me looking forward to his upcoming release and Anthony's offerings as TCR and in collaboration with Off The Sky are wonderful as well. There isn't a misplaced track on this collection. The artists are all top-notch and names that I will look to for quality music making. It is to APK's credit as a label owner that he has presented such an amazing string of "new" talent to this genre. Recommended for an enjoyable sound journey.
Peace, Kirk

Everything and Nothing / Re: What are your plans and goals in 2008?
« on: March 20, 2008, 11:04:50 PM »
Best wishes to you, Forrest!
Peace, Kirk

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: March 15, 2008, 09:47:41 AM »
That's a clean and efficient looking operation there Gemini. Best wishes to you for much joy in creation.
What happened to Saul Stokes photos? I liked the gear and the artwork!
Thanks for posting the photos people.
Peace, Kirk

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: AtmoWorks Update
« on: March 07, 2008, 09:02:35 AM »
This sounds great John. Congratulations! As Mark said, you will add a lot to the label, hopefully this will include some new music of your own. Best wishes for much success and thanks for stepping up!
Peace, Kirk

Everything and Nothing / Re: What are your plans and goals in 2008?
« on: March 05, 2008, 09:08:26 AM »
That is wonderful news Loren! I have been out of work a few times in my life (including presently at age 53) and it is not pleasant on many levels. Hell, I need to lose some weight too, ha,ha! I wish you the best for the future, hopefully one that allows you to release further music.
Peace, Kirk

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: Announcement: James Johnson and Hypnos
« on: March 04, 2008, 04:18:16 PM »
Congratulations James and Hypnos! I was just enjoying some of your "Environment" series on my iPod during a walk in beautiful Mundy Park this morning. Your work throughout the years has always been excellent and I find your philosophies refreshing as well. It is good to hear that you are finding success with your sound design and that AtmoWorks will be in the fine hands of John. He has done wonderful things on that label as well. This seems like a winning situation for all involved. Cool!!!
Peace, Kirk

Everything and Nothing / Re: found sounds
« on: February 27, 2008, 12:09:55 PM »
I made a series of DAT recordings at a bee farm back in California. I did some wide stereo recordings with bees swooping back and forth between the two mics. It was a bit unnerving to be standing in the middle of the numerous wooden boxes containing the hives dressed only in jeans, a t-shirt and sandals (ah, California) with bees bouncing into me from time to time. They didn't seem bothered by my presence and I got used to it. After smoking the area the beekeeper, wearing a protective suit, opened the wooden box and placed the mics inside. This would normally launch the bees into a defensive rage but the smoke kept them reasonably calm. The close up recordings were hilarious as the bees would sometimes land on the mic and sound like they were giving me a piece of their mind. It reminded me of those old cartoons where a pissed off bee would be cursing in a buzzy language.
I seem to recall that Jerry Goldsmith used handheld eggbeaters or blenders as part of the soundtrack instrumentation for the original "Planet of the Apes". If I am not mistaken, they are heard when Moses, I mean Astronaut Heston enters a canyon with ape "scarecrows" mounted on either side to scare away the pesky humans. Of course, they didn't scare Chuck, even though he wasn't packing any heat!   

Now Playing / Re: "Classical" Music or Contemporary Composition Listeners?
« on: February 13, 2008, 08:40:46 AM »
Thank you for the kind words Dwight.

I used to listen to KXPR back in Sacramento. I particularly enjoyed a program called "The Record Shelf" hosted by Jim Svedja. He would compare a number of recordings of the same piece and play portions of those recordings. Very interesting and informative. Also there were composer overviews and interviews. I believe that you can find an internet stream of "The Record Shelf" through this link:

Matt, I enjoyed Schwarz's Hanson series as well. He made some fine recordings of other American composers that included David Diamond and the previously mentioned William Schuman. I discovered a lot of wonderful music through Schwarz's recordings.

Now Playing / Re: "Classical" Music or Contemporary Composition Listeners?
« on: February 12, 2008, 02:54:53 PM »
Matt, you have no idea how pathetically low-tech I am, ha,ha!!!

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 for over 20 years, during which I was both a jazz buyer and a classical buyer before I moved to management. I received many promos and purchased a lot of music at an employee discount over those many years. As a result I have a pretty large classical collection on CD (had tons of jazz on vinyl which wound up at Rick Ballard's store in Oakland when I moved to Canada).

I too enjoy the composers previously mentioned. Mahler sometimes arranged his orchestra with a special sort of "stereo field" in mind. He and Charles Ives among others had performers play offstage for sonic effect.

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 works of Olivier Messiaen, Lou Harrison, Henri Dutilleux and George Crumb might also appeal to ambient listeners. Berlin school lovers might check out the works of electro-classical composer, Morton Subotnik or the freaky studies for player piano by  Conlon Nancarrow. 

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.


Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum Suggestion (Gear Thread)
« on: January 25, 2008, 01:45:15 PM »
Hey Mike,
  Ah, Sacramento, my old hometown. I understand that it has been raining like crazy there and that the Tahoe area is receiving a lot of snow. Safe travels.
Peace, kirk

I received Sounds of a Universe Overheard the other day and also have to compliment Mike on the sequencing and mastering. The disc flows smoothly from beginning to end making for a wonderful sonic journey. A great job by Mike as well as the other artists on the compilation. I am grateful to be part of it.
Peace, Kirk

That's great Anthony. You have some fine music there and I hope that through continued exposure more people will discover it as well as the other artists' works that you offer on your label and associated labels. Nice work!!!
Peace, Kirk

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: AtmoWorks Releases
« on: January 12, 2008, 11:07:35 AM »
I have enjoyed everything that I have heard and/or purchased from Atmoworks. James Johnson and Vir Unis have produced impeccable music solo and together and have helped other artists to gain better exposure. The music of the artists that Pete mentioned sounds wonderful. I like that Atmoworks has offered a lot of the new releases as high quality downloads at an affordable price. And the little blurbs about download times under the releases are amusing!
Peace, Kirk 

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