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  • Discovery- Road Map 2

    Well, I'm old (well, mid-40's!) - I discovered Ambient at college & Uni with my friends. So I've got a lot of Aphex Twin, Pete Namlook and Fax original CDs. Other favorites are of course, FSOL, Global Communication, Biosphere, to name but a few.
    My room-mate (and long-term friend) is Si Matthews (Tales of 10 Worlds, amongst others) - we've got some collab stuff going as well - out soon.

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    • My step-dad lent me a lot of his personal music collection when I was about 11 years old. Among his collection was Tortoise s/t, which I was absolutely captivated by. Tortoise quickly became one of my favorite bands in high school and I sought out music that had inspired or were similar to them which eventually led to Slint, Dirty Three, Philip Glass, Brian Eno, Robert Ashley, the more experimental side of Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock, etc. Around the time I was really getting into music, I met my now best friend at the beginning of our high school career. We shared music voraciously (and still do); through him I learned about bands like Mogwai, Sigur Ros, Godspeed, etc. due to his love of film and scores and the inclusion of those bands on various soundtracks. Another friend showed me Aphex Twin around junior year of high school, which gave me a totally different aspect of ambient and music in general. Nowadays I'm really sinking into stuff like Global Communication, Oval, Steve Roach, Susumu Yokota, Chihei Hatakeyama, etc.
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      • Originally posted by Scoobydoo555 View Post
        Well, I'm old (well, mid-40's!)
        That'll help to bring down the average age of the forum then...

        I may not post anything useful, but at least I do it often

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          • Wow.

            Well when I first started playing the guitar back in the 80s, I was strictly a metalhead. After a while I became interested in expanding my style but I really didn't have any clear direction.

            A friend of mine introduced me to his cousin who turned me on to hawkwinds space ritual album (one of the best albums of all time.) The psychedelic sounds really captured me.

            Soon thereafter he introduced me to tangerine dream rubycon. I was completely hooked on ambient music from there.

            I remember trying to track down any type of psychedelic or ambient music I could possibly find. But back in the 80s finding these things wasn't that easy. it's not like today where you can go on YouTube and find anything you could possibly want. I remember going to record conventions and picking up old vinyl copies of Klaus schulze, tangerine dream, and all sorts of things like that.


            Last edited by George Johnson; 02-19-2019, 02:55 AM.

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