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The Ambient Orchestra Project

Started this discussion. Last reply by eyes cast down Oct 11, 2013. 9 Replies

Re-posting here from my blog...Paul’s post about rM Community collaborative…Continue

Tags: singers, instruments, orchestra, collaboration

Very Cool Instruments

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jesse Harrison Apr 25, 2011. 16 Replies

This is the Pikasso Guitar, made for…Continue

Tags: luthier, pikasso, guitar, manzer, metheny

Generative Systems

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Harris Sep 15, 2011. 24 Replies

James Johnson mentioned using generative systems on some of his albums, and being a newbie I was intrigued to look into them. It's basically a system which you program to structure and control (with…Continue

Butterfly Effects - James Johnson Recycled - Status Update

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Johnson Mar 21, 2011. 23 Replies

Here's who is involved so far:Artwork (for first volume): Scott M2Project Manager (handling audio files, etc.): Geoff (apne sinn)Info Manager: Greg (eyes cast down)Artists: Aairria, Beed and Fascia,…Continue


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eyes cast down commented on John K-N's blog post Question: Does reading inspire your music?
"LOL Richard - The Glass Bead Game is by Hermann Hesse. Definitely a interesting piece of work, for a Nobel winner. :) Stupid critics. Literate musicians rock. Especially for writing interesting lyrics. Witness Sting and Neil Peart, two of the…"
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eyes cast down commented on Scott Lawlor's blog post l is for...#AToZChallenge
"No way! Liz Story's a huge favorite of mine. Wedding Rain is one of my all-time favorite piano tunes, along with Unaccountable Effect (title track of her second Windham Hill LP, with Mark Isham on synth). She's playing in Chicago Sep. 5...…"

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eyes cast down commented on John K-N's blog post Question: Does reading inspire your music?
"The title Like a Riven Cloud is taken from the Bhagavad-gita - our "life manual"... The title Memory Palace (upcoming album w/Chris Russell) had a literary source which I'm not proud of, but what a great concept... There's a…"

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"Meh. Been offline 2 wks. Day job blew up in my face, looking for new. Kalman Cat passed on 3 nights ago. More, incl. memorial blog, soon."

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"Can't wait to hear this, Chris. And a typical SB cover, very cool!"
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"Awesome, Scott! What's the deadline for getting the voiceover to you?"
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"Hugely honored to be included in Shine Like the Stars, a tribute comp for young Taylor Scout Smith. Don't miss it!"
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eyes cast down commented on M. Peck's blog post Shine Like The Stars Compilation Now Available
"Well done, Michael! And thanks for including me - it's a real honor. Congrats to all involved!"
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"LOL! I am SOOOOOOO jealous I didn't think of this.... ample punishment. REPENT! :)"
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eyes cast down commented on Scott Lawlor's blog post need help coming up with a title for a track
"Terrific work, Scott! This strongly evoked images of a ultra-deep-water exploration drone. At the deepest part of the Mariana Trench, the water pressure is over 1,000 atmospheres (an atmosphere = the air pressure at sea level). So I'm…"
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John K-N commented on eyes cast down's blog post Recent Spins
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Tell us about yourself!
Ambient-atmospheric composer & musician based in Chicago IL. Using guitars, synths, percussion, singing bowls, samples & loops, voices & more, in pursuit of ... something infinite. Releasing on my own Kalindi Music label, among others (he said hopefully). Collaborations done (or in progress) with Chris Russell, Disturbed Earth and Peter James, with remixes of James Johnson and Northcape also under my belt.
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Favorite Musicians & Albums:
Steve Roach: Artifacts, Mystic Chords, Streams & Currents, Light Fantastic, New Life Dreaming, Dreamtime Return, Structures from Silence, Dream Circle, Atmospheric Conditions, On This Planet, World's Edge; Roach/vidnaObmana: Well of Souls, Ascension of Shadows, InnerZone; Robert Rich: Inner Landscapes, Humidity; vidnaObmana: Ending Mirage, River of Appearance; Jeff Pearce: To the Shores of Heaven; David Hykes: Harmonic Meetings; Jack or Jive: Kismet, Kenka, Kakugo, Absurdity, The Earth

Will Ackerman, Tori Amos, Darren Aronofsky, Peter Brook, Robert Bruce, Orson Scott Card, Arthur C. Clarke, Camille Claudel, Leonardo da Vinci, Robertson Davies, Dead Can Dance, Claude Debussy, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Brian Eno, Robert Fripp, early Genesis, Lisa Gerrard, Andy Goldsworthy, Michael Haneke, Michael Hedges, Gustav Holst, Victor Hugo, David Hykes & the Harmonic Choir, Henrik Ibsen, Witi Ihimaera, Eugène Ionesco, Jack or Jive, Yasunari Kawabata, Michael Manring, Loreena McKennitt, Yukio Mishima, Claude Monet, Modest Mussorgsky, Christopher Nolan, Carl Orff, Arvo Pärt, Harry Partch, Jeff Pearce, Neil Peart, Sergei Prokofiev, Sergei Rachmaninov, John Renbourn, Robert Rich, Steve Roach, Erik Rohmer, Sequentia, Peter Shaffer, William Shakespeare, Sam Shepard, Eric Tingstad & Nancy Rumbel, J.R.R. Tolkien, Jan Vermeer, vidnaObmana, Frank Lloyd Wright, Banana Yoshimoto, Franco Zeffirelli

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Recent Spins

Posted on March 13, 2014 at 8:46pm 8 Comments

What's been playing lately?

Update: 3/13/14

Winding down a wonderful six-month outside-of-ambient listening tour with the Sibelius symphonies, as my ears eagerly await the new 3-CD Structures From Silence.

Joe Jackson, Symphony No. 1. Yes, Virginia, Joe’s…


The Long Tail - Hope For Niche Artists

Posted on February 14, 2014 at 11:38pm 1 Comment

I just found (only 10 years after its initial presentation) this very interesting theory about the dynamics of online economics. The Long Tail model, as developed by Chris Anderson of Wired Magazine, is encouraging news for us niche artists, who can't reasonably expect to be bestsellers in any mainstream market.

In a nutshell, the theory points out that online retailers don't have the physical limitations of…


Online Performance Venues

Posted on February 2, 2014 at 1:30pm 12 Comments

Nothing can replace the electrical charge generated by playing with a live audience in the same room... but online virtual performance is a growing phenomenon, and I've found one that looks particularly promising, because the artist can be paid by the listeners:

You can set up just about anywhere. You stream through your laptop's webcam and onboard microphone (or external feed(s) for either or both). You can even set…


Birthday Sale!

Posted on January 7, 2014 at 2:55pm 2 Comments

For a limited time only, as they say...

Downloads of The Separate Ones are now available at 1/2-price to midnight UTC on 1/10. Use discount code "birthday". I hope you enjoy the music!

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At 12:46pm on February 28, 2014,
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Robert Davies

Thank You! All is well here...

At 1:46pm on February 18, 2014,
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Thank you, Greg : )

At 7:54pm on January 11, 2014,
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Steve Roberts

A belated Happy Birthday Greg ! Looking forward to hearing some more music this year !

At 2:19pm on January 10, 2014,
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Happy birthday, Greg !!! May you have a beautiful new year : )

At 10:04am on January 10, 2014,
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Richard Gürtler

All the best and Happy Birthday, Greg!!! Cheers!!!

At 10:01am on November 26, 2013,
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John K-N

today's pause box is dedicated to you.

At 1:31am on November 19, 2013,
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Robby Baby Dark Poet of Amour

I saw your name in passing when I was cruising through the site just now, and I laughed at myself a bit, as when I came to this site I didn`t know anything about ambient and I didn`t realize that eyes cast down was a play on the shoegaze genre...gosh, I was such a newbie! LOL I Hope you are well

At 10:46am on October 3, 2013, J.M. Von Kotterhausen said…

Thank you! I look forward to posting and seeing what ppl think.

Yes, Richard is awesome! I've been honored to get to work with him and know him more - I really respect his work.

At 8:38pm on September 24, 2013,
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M. Peck

Thank you Sir!

At 8:44am on August 22, 2013, Pilar House said…

Of all forms of art, the one that moves me actually the most, is music.  At a first level of pure listening, from the Promo Sampler and The Separate Ones,  has generated in me concrete emotions…Coming from a classical music background listening to your abstracts was like navigating in a swirling emotional pool of a voyage filled both with certainties and uncertainties –a sort of a journey into the unknown that requires by its very nature the abandonment of what is familiar.  Like all journeys the way ahead is new and so is for me in listening to your compositions.  Yet, these, like a journey, are also marked with touch stones of our sense of self, our values, our dreams.  In this, the feeling is that of not having the power to control the forces which shape our life but that of trying to maintain a balance which allows us to draw momentum and strength from them.  In my second listening of the excerpts from The Separate Ones, I abandoned myself further and felt strongly how vulnerable every life is, how uncertain its duration! Death, separation, loss –in which ever form it takes embed deep in us a knowledge of our limits and can transform our life…There is beauty in all of this, also in a tear, a pearl of salt stemming from the most unexpected circumstances and from the harmony of a musical composition to me unknown until today…Thank you for these concrete emotions, Greg! BJ Pilar


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