Ancient Future Times

December 2010 Issue:
Welcome to the Ancient Future Times/Future Ancient Record
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In This Issue of the Ancient Future Times:

Major Ancient Future Web Site Update
Sale to Celebrate Store Catalog Upgrade plus Skype Lessons to Celebrate Education Section Upgrade!

KPFA Crafts Fair Concert
December 12, 2 pm, Concourse, San Francisco, CA

In This Issue of the Future Ancient Record:

An Ancient Future from Now In a Parallel Universe...Paleontologists Discover the Future Ancient Record
•A Message from Evolved Beings from the Future

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The Ancient Future Times

World Music Newsletter of the Band Ancient Future

Major Ancient Future Web Site Update

Ancient Future Store Screenshot

Sale to Celebrate Store Catalog Upgrade plus Skype Lessons to Celebrate Education Section Upgrade!

The Ancient Future Web site is undergoing a very major update. Ancient-Future.Com was designed in the early 1990's and built in a word processor on an Atari ST! Ancient-Future.Com was one of the first sites optimized for dial up connections to present world music in an interesting manner, so it garnered a lot of awards in the early days of the Internet.

The site is being redesigned to take advantage of the latest web developments, including improved graphics, CSS, and a new navigation system with a cave wall theme. The Education and Catalog sections of the site have already been updated. There are six more major sections of the site with over 100 pages left to complete. This is a very major project requiring hundreds and hundreds of hours of painstaking work, so please excuse the cave dust while the Ancient Future is being upgraded.

To celebrate the completion of the Catalog section of the site, we are having a major sale through December 31 with free shipping in the USA, sale prices on new CD releases and books, and reduced prices on select items throughout the store! CDs especially make excellent gifts. Putting a CD on a stereo system makes listening to music a beautiful ritual, something that is getting lost in the Internet culture. The holidays are a great time to bring back the concept of deep listening to music!

We've also added some new features to the Education section. There are new online lessons and articles on world rhythms, melody, and instruments. In addition, Skype lessons are available for all of the subjects covered! So if you have ever wanted to study privately with the leader of Ancient Future, but don't live in the San Francisco Bay Area, now is your chance.


KPFA Crafts Fair Concert

Photo of Mariah Parker and Matthew Montfort

Sunday, December 12, 2010, 2 pm, Ancient Future Duet featuring Matthew Montfort (scalloped fretboard guitar) and Mariah Parker (santur), KPFA Crafts Fair, Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 8th Street at Brannan, San Francisco, CA 94103-4901. Admission: $10 general, $8 for folks over 65 years old or disabled, under 17 free. 100% of the profit from this event goes to KPFA.


The Future Ancient Record

Newsletter from a Parallel Universe A.F.A.R.

The Story of A.F.A.R.

Fossilized A.F.A.R. CD

An Ancient Future from Now In a Parallel Universe...Paleontologists Discover the Future Ancient Record

An ancient future from now in a parallel universe, paleontologists discover a disc, mysteriously labeled "AFAR," completely intact inside a fossilized jellyfish species that evolved to make use of plastic floating in the ocean as cartilage. Eventually they discover that the disc contains code for reproducing music using a primitive digital technology. For encoded on the disc is music from A.F.A.R., the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings by the world fusion music group Ancient Future.

Video from a Parallel Universe AFAR
This video from the future ancient was mysteriously transported through the Ancient Future time portal.

A Message from Evolved Beings from the Future

Kent Jones of the Rachel Maddow Show thinks he's in a Geico commercial when he finds himself in a time portal connecting parallel universes while visiting Ancient-Future.Com. But it turns out he is there to cover the story of the Archive of Future Ancient Recordings by the world music group Ancient Future...

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