An old friend of mine, Rafael Anton Irisarri, has been organizing a festival for the past three years called Substrata that focuses on ambient and experimental music. It happens in Seattle, Washington and though I have not yet been able to attend, I would like to. Check out his work with Substrata and consider going or contibuting to help make it happen. This is the only festival of it's type in the United States that brings forerunners of the ambient genre to our shores and is a not-for-profit, grass roots effort with no corporate sponsors. And Rafi aims to keep it that way. You should also check out Rafael Anton Irisarri's solo work, his project The Sight Below, and his work as one half of Orcas, his band with Thomas Meluch(aka Benoit Pioulard).