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Re. Unsettling Ambience + Paul Schutze + Ensoniq ASR-X
"... I think one of the challenges ambient music poses to newbie
listeners is "how to listen" to something that is not fitting into a
known format. I believe it's the same challenge classical, jazz and
folk music may pose to a typical top-40 trained ear."
I have to agree with that - I had an experience with a friend who was
over one night. I put on a piece I did that involved re-recording, at a
tape record speed, a piece on guitar on an answering-machine cassette in a
four-track, mixed through an octave divider, reverb, and Bob knows what
The result was a bit grainy and stomach-twisting when listened to, but he
to sleep to it when he stopped listening...
Then there's Robert Fripp's experiences at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the
South Bank here in London - not the hall itself, but the foyer! I was
and Robert described it pretty accurately in the liner notes to his
Suite (*****): some people sat on chairs roughly facing the guitar,
beer and espresso, talking, reading, sleeping, babies crying, along with
performers and public wandering into and out of the hall. (There was some
performance on there that the audience in chairs on the stage and the
performers dancing along the aisles..!)
So, we see what you mean..!
Is anybody here familiar with the work of Paul Schutze*? I have his double
"Apart" (AMBT6), released on the Virgin Ambient label like their
He's definitley using some form of looping there, but I can't honestly say
whether it's looping in the audio domain or loop-on-record mode on a
linked to a sampler. Does anybody have any more detail that can't be found
the web? I'm fast becoming a fan - "Apart" reminds me of the best bits of
"FFWD" (The Orb + Fripp), with echoes of Sylvian & Czukay, or a bit like
Torn at half-speed!
Lastly,, have any of you seen the Ensoniq ASR-X? Seens to be similar in
to teh Aki Remix16 mentioned here recently, but might be more "musical".
A/D! Or their DP/Pro, which does have "tap" buttons and a "Loop Recorder"
setting like the Lexicon MPX-1, but under three seconds memory in stereo
Reading you guys gives me an attack of GAS - that's Gear Avarice Syndrome
Brian Thomson, London UK
* yes, I know about the umlaut! Don't trust the character sets...
***** Five Stars. Stunning!
(oops! hit that loop fade switch!)