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Title: Let's introduce ourselves -- new Hypnos Forum members especially
Post by: mgriffin on January 12, 2009, 05:37:57 PM
Since it's a brand spanking new year, 2009, why don't we have everybody post a quick "hello" and introduction.  Many of us have gotten to know each other over a fairly long period of time here on the Hypnos Forum and its various predecessor incarnations, but many people lurking or posting here may not know all the characters here.

Please try to keep this topic to personal introductions, and if everyone can behave and stay on topic, I'll "sticky" this topic so new visitors can benefit from it.

I'll go first, in a separate post.
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: mgriffin on January 12, 2009, 05:53:13 PM
I'm Mike Griffin, founder of Hypnos Recordings (the record label that is the whole point for the www.hypnos.com web site and thus this Hypnos Forum) in 1996 or so.  I'm also a recording artist on the label, with a handful of solo recordings, plus 2 collaborative releases with Dave Fulton, 1 with A Produce, 2 with David Tollefson (as Viridian Sun).

I live in Portland, Oregon, USA, in a house with a nifty view of a big, green hillside of trees.  I'm 43 years old.  I live with my fantastic wife Lena, who runs the Hypnos office and mail order operation while I am away slaving at my day job.

Hello and welcome!

OK, now your turn.
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: deepspace on January 12, 2009, 06:28:05 PM
I'm Mirko, and I'm going to New Zealand for a holiday in about 1 hr, so I'll try to be quick.

I live in Brisbane, Australia.  I write music, mostly ambient under the name Deepspace.  You may find many slightly, erm, argumentative yet ultimately overly-polite posts on this forum from me.  I am 36 years old and have a wonderful wife by the name of Kim Wilkins, who is a rather successful writer.  But I'm getting back at her this year, because Hypnos just released one of my albums.  So nyaah to her.  I also have a beautiful boy called Luka, who is 6 and a darling little feisty girl called Astrid, who is 2 and wears black gumboots with skulls on them. 


 


Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: APK on January 12, 2009, 06:33:45 PM
Hi, I'm Anthony Paul Kerby (APK) and I live in Ontario, Canada, but was born and raised in
southern England (and miss it). I'm married and have a wonderful daughter called Angela.

I run the DataObscura record label and have released quite a few albums under 3 names:
The Circular Ruins, Lammergeyer, and Nunc Stans.  Plus some collaborations.

Last real job was teaching philosophy. But now I spend most of my time playing keyboards,
messing with gear, listening to music, hanging out on the Hypnos board, thinking, cooking,
field-recording, drinking wine, and birdwatching/hiking when the weather is good. And I'm
older than Mike Griffin.
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: Scott M2 on January 12, 2009, 08:53:39 PM
Hi - Scott M2 is an abbreviation of Scott McGregor Moore. I'm also from Ontario - born here in Toronto and returned in the 80s.
I've been seriously into electronic music all my life and began to create ambient music in 95 and performing it live since 97.

In the last two years I've expanded my ambient obsessions into exploring ambient visuals: photography, films & installations.
This year is off to a good start with a small video installation running through January, my first DVD Single released this weekend
and a DVD Album very close to completion. This is exciting for me not just for the visuals, but the chance to release music
in surround sound. Space... another frontier.

I've also been curating THE AMBiENT PiNG live series here in Toronto since 2000 with Jamie Todd - my partner in dreamSTATE,
our main ambient project. Though I've been creating ambient for over a decade it always feels like I'm just getting started. Every pebble is a world.

My girl is Lynn Harrigan - a poet and teacher who has recently become a fiber artist - where she's found her deepest artistic obsession.
We were introduced by a mutual friend to see if dreamSTATE would be interested in creating soundscapes for her multimedia installation
in a historic gaol. Very soon we were a couple. We have several wordsoundart projects in development together.
A dog named Charlie completes our family.
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: Bill Binkelman on January 12, 2009, 09:19:23 PM
Bill Binkelman, 54, music reviewer of ambient/electronic/new age/etc. music since 1997. Currently reviewing for own site (the lethargic barely on life support Wind and Wire), website New Age Reporter, and just recently joined the staff of two hard copy magazines, New Age Retailer and Inspired Retailer as their new music columnist (finally, after 11 years, a paying gig!).

In real life, I'm the license certification officer for Hamline University's School of Education in St. Paul, MN. Have been partnered with Kathryn Heinze, a professor in the School of Education's Center for Second Language Teaching and Learning, since 1996. We are both divorced, no kids, unless you count our beloved lab-mix, Mamie, who we consider our daughter. Live in a small modest 1920s era house on the SE side of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Other interests besides music include NFL football (avid Green Bay Packer fan), cooking (my specialties are my seafood dishes), science fiction and fantasy film, home repair/restoration (when I have time), and single malt scotch (I'm probably the Forum's resident lush).

Got my love of music from my mother who slipped this earthly plane in 1990. Have a deserved repuation as a hot-headed curmudgeonly opinionated know-it-all....humph, it's a living. ;D I drink too much, don't get enough exercise, flirt shamelessly, have committed every cardinal sin known to man in my mind (as an ex-Catholic, I was educated to believe if you THOUGHT something, it was as bad as doing it), and, finally, I yearn desperately for a three-way with Anne Hathaway and Anna Pacquin and would sell my soul, provided I still have one, to make it happen.  :o
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: hdibrell on January 12, 2009, 10:18:35 PM
Harry Dibrell, 57, been fooling around with electronic music since about 1972. Have never released anything, because I seldom finish anything. I was raised all over the world, being from a military family and was heavily influenced by my early years in Japan ( late '50's to early '60's ). I currently live in San Antonio, Texas where the life style is slow and the Mexican food is great. I work for a veterinary lab testing company. I like ethnic foods and Shiner Bock beer and love to sit out in my backyard for hours at a time and barbecue and listen to the sounds that surround me.  Kathy, my wife of 26 years , somehow is able to tolerate me and put up with my bizarre tastes in music and everything else.  Go figure ??? . It can't be easy having to deal with a 57 year old adolescent.   P.S. I have a Texas terrier named Sparky who is only part mutt.
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: SunDummy on January 12, 2009, 10:38:34 PM
Forrest Houle, 42 (not to be confused with Forrest Fang).  I live in a log home out in the woods, in the foothills of the Selkirk Mountains in northeast Washington State.  Married 15 years, with two big crazy dogs to keep us company.  I've recorded and released some stuff as SunDummy (and a few other aliases as well); I'm currently just playing guitar for my own enjoyment.  I have a ton of recordings in my head, I just can't be bothered to actually take the time to bring them to fruition.   ;)  I started down the ambient path in college, when I bought Jeff Grienke's :Cities in Fog" LP on a whim.  I was enthralled, and have been interested in 'strange' music ever since.

I work at home, as the CFO of a medical recruiting company and the bookkeeper of a law firm.  It's pretty ideal, although I do find myself working much more, since my office is right here in the den.

I like free-heel skiing, road cycling, camping, hiking in the mountains, reading about physics, history and anthropology, and sitting on my front porch enjoying the silence.

Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: Brian Bieniowski on January 13, 2009, 06:20:27 AM
Hi, Brian Bieniowski, Sagittarius.  I'm thirty-two (joined the Forum when I was twenty-four), and a professional editor and semi-professional writer.  I'm currently managing editor of Asimov's Science Fiction.  I'm an avid fan of ambient music (duh), scuba diving, the swimming portion of triathlon, primitive photography (that is to say I suck at it), and I collect vintage paperbacks.  I wish I had a dog, but I have kept a pet tarantula instead for around eleven years.  I do not make any music.  :D

I've been married to my wife Bianca for five years (been together for about twelve), who works at Random House publishing.  We have a little house in suburban New Jersey, but dream about a day when we can both cork off from NYC rat racing and live on the West Coast, like the rest of the cool kids.

I run the Quiet Sounds Podcast (just got a nice nod on some public-radio related blog this weekend) and also the Aloof Proof unofficial information site for which there are links to both in my sig.

I keep a personal photo/writing/etc. blog at LiveJournal: http://asphalteden.livejournal.com
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: SiF on January 13, 2009, 08:12:34 AM
Hi. I am Martin Fuhs, recording under the alias "Seconds in Formaldehyde".
21 Years old, resident in Germany (near Erfurt). Also the head behind the
Waterscape Records Label which was started in 2007. Released 3 Full Length
Albums so far (fourth is finished and get a Vinyl treatment in March/April).

If i would have the possibility to take back some time, i would have probably
released zero albums till today. Most of my current albums are just based on
guitar droning ambient soundscapes. Many People told me that they are very
good and that people feel the emotion i have put into this music, but my fourth
album is a kind of restart for me and my music. Kind of leaning a bit away from
this Drone Stuff going into a different Direction. Still a bit drone but also mixed
with "Love Noise" (the kind of noise i do, cause its warm and comfortable) and
other Sounds.

I do have 2 Cats and i really adore them. Like to play football and from time
to time i do like some Video Games.

Guess thats all.
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: mgriffin on January 13, 2009, 09:46:11 AM
Great contributions so far, everyone.  I'd like to give an extra nudge to some of the newer Hypnos Forum members as well as the old-timers. 

I'm making this a "sticky" (so, for those of you who don't know, it will stay at the top of the topics list) at least for now.
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: einstein36 on January 13, 2009, 10:20:51 AM
Hi,

I am Darren Rogers a new age/ambient music composer. Having released, The Alternate Realms on Hypnos Secret Sounds records, wooo hooo!!.....
I am single, looking for Mrs. Right:).....working on other projects right now including doing online video game music.
I am a Computer IT tech support person during the day, but at night depending on how I feel or how work went, I play video games, compose music. Love to read a lot when I can.
Got some new ideas going for this year, some video projects and maybe even a new album...
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: modulator_esp on January 13, 2009, 10:27:02 AM
Hi, I'm Jez Creek, just turned 40. I live and work as a public servant in Nottingham in the UK.

I'm a relative newcomer to ambient/drone music, though I've been into synth music for as long as I can remember, and in the last few years discovered and got heavily into the 90's and onwards Berlin School stuff ,after years of being into prog/rock stuff, and one day decided I liked the ambient spacey interludes as much as the more sequencey bits.

I accidentally discovered I liked droney stuff when experimenting with lots of timestretch ;)

I like making/performing improvised electronic and ambient/drone stuff solo as Modulator ESP and with other people as Astrogator and Cerberus.

I like live ambient electronic music so much I took over organising the Awakenings live ambient/electronic events

Recently I'm starting to get into even more weird and experimental stuff too :)
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: Wayne Higgins on January 13, 2009, 11:23:51 AM
Wayne Higgins, 50.  Married Carol 13 years ago, she had a son David (11), I adopted him, he is getting married May 23.  Carol and I have a house on 5 acres in the woods in North Florida, her mother lives with us.  She is 83 and from Italy.  We have 3 dogs(Cleo[Chow], Won Li[Pug], and Ringo[?-BIG], 3 cats(Sparky, Sammy and Gatina) and 2 goats[Nigerian Dwarfs].  I work for a nice group of people in an environmental laboratory in Thomasville, GA where I daily perform the boring tasks which make up my occupation as an inorganic analytical chemist.  I graduated from Florida State University in 1991, degree in Food and Nutrition Science.

Music background:  played guitar very badly until I was 20.  I took a music theory class at FSU and it all made sense.  Learned about 300 songs in one sememster. (So much for school. First time there was in the late 70's, 3 years and never picked a major, so I dropped out for 8 years.)  Also, in my first stint at FSU, I took an electronic music class, which was a formal study of tape machines and Moog synthesizers, they had an enormous Moog 900 series, and a few reel-to-reels.  I moved to Texas to play with a band after I dropped out and nothing ever materialized. (What a suprise!)  When I returned to Tallahassee for school, I joined my first real band, Gothic Playground.  A very fun thrash punk band that occupied most of my time for two years, played numerous gigs and did an album independently on vinyl.  I played in a number of bands until a few years ago(always playing bass, BTW).  I got a sitar and took lessons for a year from a classical musician(sitar and tabla) from India.  I would have probably continued the schooling, but personal situations prevailed and I quit.  After a couple of years getting things back together, I decided not to continue but did decide to begin making music I wanted to make.

All of the music I make is using an electric guitar and a few effects, recorded on computer.  I started up the whole Oenyaw thing about three years ago.  There are 14 finished MP3 discs, approximately 80 hours of music.  It has been considerably unsuccessful and I am considering ditching the whole thing and starting over.  The idea of Oenyaw will remain, the music will not change, but the Oenyaw name will go away as will the legal and internet expenses.  It's become the monkey on my back, as well as a silly way of presenting myself.  Wayne Higgins solo performer needs to become Wayne Higgins.  There I said it!

If any one wishes to add or send me advise or solicit me for music, feel free to contact me.
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: petekelly on January 13, 2009, 01:25:26 PM
Pete Kelly, I record under the pseudonym 'Igneous Flame'

A few things about me:

I live a few miles away from the North York Moors in Blighty with my partner Denise and my hound
Maxa. I've left the 'real world' behind, in a sense.

I'm able to work on my music full-time at the moment. I work VERY slowly, I wish I could get more
material finished sometimes, but I just keep at it. I think tenacity is a much undervalued quality.

I try to create music that is unique (in as much as anything can be, realistically). I very much
believe in the value of ambient music - of what it can do for people. I'm not interested in what I
consider to be 'ambient muzak'.

I'm extremely opinionated and my opinions are quite extreme - I don't believe in what we're told
anymore.   

cheers
Pete
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: Bill Binkelman on January 13, 2009, 02:57:28 PM
Pete Kelly, I record under the pseudonym 'Igneous Flame'

(snip)

I'm extremely opinionated and my opinions are quite extreme - I don't believe in what we're told
anymore.   

cheers
Pete


Now HERE'S a man after my own heart!  ;D
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: jim brenholts on January 13, 2009, 04:00:49 PM
i am jim brenholts. i'm 52 (53 in march) and live in the pittsburgh area. i have two amazing grandsons and i am a huge fan of lots of electronic, ambient, most new age and some esoteric music. i have been reviewing music for about 10 or 11 years and i have been creating it for a little over 5 years - but i do not consider myself a musician.
in real life i am a drug and alcohol therapist/case manager. i evaluate addicted clients with no insurance or means of paying for treatment and refer for a level of care and help arrange funding.
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: Joe R on January 13, 2009, 05:24:45 PM
Hello, I'm Joe Rygwelski. I'm 49 (gasp!) years old, and have a wonderful wife named Carol (a dental hygienist), and two children. Sarah is 19, and is studying to be a nutritionist. Anthony is 8, and seems permanently attached to our wii. I work at a utility company in mid-Michigan, installing underground gas lines. 

I've always been obsessed with music, and discovered ambient music about 10 years ago. But I still love music from my youth- Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, The Clash, The Stones, The Stooges, Johnny Cash, Gang Of Four, Pink Floyd, etc. I love to do surrealistic paintings, though I rarely have the free time anymore... or perhaps I'm no longer disciplined enough to MAKE the time. So now I have a million strange paintings in my head just dying to bust out.

I am passionate about fishing and camping, canoeing, hiking, etc. Also passionate about good strong beers --pale ales and amber ales being my favorites.

I love watching sports, especially hockey and football. I watch as many Detroit Redwings games as I can, and I even watch the 0-16 Lions.

I'm very cynical about politicians, and leadership in general, and earned the label of being disrespectful towards authority in grade school.  The Dylan line that goes "Don't Follow Leaders, and watch the parking meters" resonates very strongly with me. ;)


Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: judd stephens on January 13, 2009, 07:08:39 PM
Excuse me excuse me, old vet comin' through (not at all, really)....Hi I'm Judd Stephens.  Originally from Indiana, moved to South Carolina for the last 8 years, and now moving to Colorado in just a few days.  To the average person on the street I'm a regular ambient aficionado but in here, I'm pretty much a novice.  Basically I'm a modest fan with a modest collection of music, who enjoys ambient and finds the people who create it, interesting.  I'm a Massage Therapist, I also do Reiki and other similar therapeutic modalities... although I use some music in sessions, I knew about this music long before I decided to become a "therapist". 

While still in high school, around 1990 I stumbled across a couple radio shows on the public radio station WVXU from Cincinnati (Xavier University originally, then expanded).  Their local Sunday evening show "Soundscapes", followed by some national broadcast show called "Echoes" slowly became a ritual for me, as a 10th grader... yeah I was a little deprived   ;D I would record the shows on cassette and then make playlists of what I heard based on the DJ... naturally what followed was purchasing some of the music.  My 1st cassette tape if I remember right was the Hearts of Space Universe Sampler from '90.  I was getting pretty hooked by then. 

I like to practice Qigong (it's a Chinese form of exercise), play Ultimate Frisbee (though I'm 35 now and at a bit of a crossroads),  I'm still newly married of 8 months to my wife from Peru.  The 5 years of Spanish from public schooling has paid off   ;), but I've got a lot to learn about real Castillian, or Spanish.  Another fun thing to do is hike and take some photos, and the 2 years spent working in Yellowstone NP turned me on to that.   Here at the forum I enjoy reading most of the posts from people more knowledgeable, regardless of the topic, and will gladly submit what I know or toss in a joke and wonder about its reception.  I'm also a mean editor of my own posts then copy'n paste it to hide the fact that I edited it, but hey what do you care...
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: ffcal on January 13, 2009, 09:51:22 PM
Hello, I'm the other Forrest (not to confused with Forrest Houle).  I'm a couple of years older than Mike with 70s progressive rock collection to prove it.  My early interest in electronic music started with a class in college, which provided me with generous access to an Arp 2500, Arp 2600 and a Moog Mark V.  I was also interested in minimalism, having really taken to the works of Steve Reich, Philip Glass and Terry Riley.  In the late 80s and early 90s, my music took a little detour from EM when I studied the gu zheng (Chinese zither), started playing gagaku (Japanese court music) with a local group of Asian musicians on an oboe-like instrument called the hichiriki, and took a workshop on Balinese gamelan in the Bay Area.  I returned to EM in earnest in the late 90s when I discovered algorithmic music and, in particular, fractal music. My current music is probably still a mixture of these different influences.  In my other life, I am a Bay Area lawyer.

Forrest (Fang)
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: 9dragons on January 14, 2009, 01:13:12 AM
Joseph Uccello here, age 35, to be 36 in March. Was born in rural California, about 40 miles inland from Santa Cruz. Always felt restless, and always wandered. I've been living up here in the Northwest since late 2004, married for over 3 years to a wonderful woman from China. I was a fairly obsessive traveller for quite a while, propelling myself on these journeys mostly by a loaded touring bicycle (a Waterford, which I still own, though its daily journeys are now quite modest.) I've ridden across the US and extensively through the Alps and the Appenines in Europe. Most of my working life has been as a teacher of English as a Second Language. I've done this job in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East for years. After getting a BA in English Lit at San Francisco State University, I just kind of fell into this job by a natural process. It supported and encouraged the nomadic life, spending 9 months to a year in one place, then grabbing a contract in the next place that looked interesting, and blasting off. By the time I found myself living in China for the second time, I was getting a bit burnt out on this life, and of wandering. It might have been the smog and bleakness of Beijing that was getting to me, but I felt a sudden craving for trees, massive amounts of foliage, and fresh air. My brother was then living in Spokane, and I decided to escape there, then to Portland and now the wonderful Seattle. I think it is one of the most beautiful places I have seen, and experiencing it through the seasons is a something I cherish. As for the Hypnos Forum, I first discovered it while in Bejing that last time. It helped me to discover the world of ambient music that I was just getting to know and love deeply. At that time I also enjoyed and benefited greatly from the reviews written by some of the members of this Forum, and I am thankful for that. It was also excellent to be listening to Hypnos releases that had arrived from the distant land of Portland into the totally different environment of a huge city in northern China. I have fond memories of Ma Ja Le's Seed filling up my little apartment, giving me a great sense of peace and arrival. As for what I am doing now, I seem to have fallen deeply in with doing art and design.  I had been drawing steadily during the wandering years, when I could get together a table and pens, but eventually the urge to create art finally took over completely, urged on by various extraordinary occurences and realizations. I decided to move to the Northwest for a complete change, and have found a different kind of joy here, one of seeing the seasons come and go, of getting in to a sedate life rhythm that will allow me to focus on my art. I am constantly doing art and designing graphics, studying ancient art and gaining inspiration from that. I recently was honored by the use of my art on two separate releases of Alio Die, which is something I could not have imagined when I was sitting in distant lands, creating art to the soundtrack of his music. This is a great thing for me personally, and it has inspired me to get deeper into design for music. To this end I am working on various projects for inspiring musicians, and am trying to start up a label with a first release, for which the art is completely designed. The music is by my brother, who is an excellent standup bass player, and becoming a fascinating creator of jazz propelled textural constructions. I have lately begun freaking out in a good way about typography and letterpress printing, and have begun a program in the Publishing Arts, in order to bring my fascination with ink on paper to fuller fruition, and which may even allow me employment other than teaching English, which I am looking forward to. Not that I don't like teaching English, just got a bit burnt out on it. I do eventually hope to do it again, and perhaps even go back out into the world, but who knows...

And I am a huge fan of many espressos, which may explain the rambling nature of this post so late at night. But I am also very much a fan of mightily hopped up Northwest Beer, another of the things (besides espresso and dark ambient music) at which the northwest excels...

Back to the drawing table...
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: zzzone.net on January 14, 2009, 05:41:14 AM
Hey ya'll.  Jim Zachary here.

I'm a 52 year old ambient music nut and physician.  I moved to Austin, Texas a couple of years ago after Katrina destroyed my old hometown, New Orleans.  I had lived in N.O. for 26 years, but basically after K, N.O. was not the city I had signed up for.  My job, my home and my life suddenly became all hypothetical.  I decided to move to higher ground, literally and figuratively.  Austin is a great place to live.  It rocks...literally.  It's a nice mix of urban life and quirkiness.

I run the.zzzone which has been streaming ambient music on Live365 for 8 years now.  My website contains no advertising; therefore I do this as a way of spreading the gospel of ambient music and sharing my extensive collection of music with the world legally.  Some artists and labels give me deals or donate promos which I appreciate, of course.  I have music from every artist that has posted to this thread.

In my profession, I treat infectious diseases and HIV in folks who have no insurance.  I work for the City of Austin's community health clinics.  At my HIV clinic we treat about 2000 patients.  It is interesting to note that our patients get better care in many ways than I do from my own physician.  I am the medical director at the clinic.  We deal with quite a bit of addiction and substance dependence.

I live 5 minutes from the clinic.

I hope 2009 is a great year for everyone.

Jim
http://zzzone.net
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: Seren on January 14, 2009, 11:59:39 AM
I'm Andy, 47 years of age, and record as Seren Ffordd.

I'm married (second marriage) to Glenys. I've no children (having had a vasectomy at 21) but inherited 4 children and 4 grandchildren via both marriages.

I've always liked sound more than music - used to drive my dad nuts making wierd noises before i even discovered elctronic music via Hawkwind, and felt instantly at home. At school I always wanted to do film special effects or be a stuntman as a career, but careers advisor was as useful as a chocolate teapot....

Loved very early Klaus schulze, Tangerine Dream etc. Sequences can be fun, but i could not listen to them a lot. Got into more noisy bands such as Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire and Z'ev when he was throwing the metal around.

was in a band at the time, had a portastudio and Roland 100 synth (now whish I'd kept it...)and released stuff via the cassette scene of the late 70's. Nearly released a record on the Flux of Pink Indian label, but the thought of going into a recording studio to recreate our version of chaos did not appeal...

Spent 17 years not listening to or making music other than drumming (tapping is something else I've done since a nipper) in a south american folk band for two years and drumming for 'ceremonies'/workshops.....

In those 17 years i did a variety of jobs and widened my experience of life a bit.

Currently a social worker in hospital, attempting to get people back home with support or into a home if their level of need make that necessary. Stressful like all social work jobs, but not as scary as child protection which i've also done.

After the end of my first marriage I found my fingers itching to make music and four years ago saw a second hand digital portastudio in a shop and have gone from there.

I love twisting sounds, pulling them apart, turning them inside out etc. 2008 was a quiet year in the sense of album releases (ie none), mainly due to work pressures, but did have a number of tracks appear on compilations. Currently working on a couple of collaberations, another album for possible secret sounds release and another track for a compilation......

hoping to pull 2009 into a more musically constructive year altogether - even thinking of playing 'live' and getting equipment to do so............
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: phrozenlight on January 14, 2009, 01:43:14 PM
Well.....

I am Phrozenlight  ;D
better known as Bert Hulshoff.
I live in the Netherlands.
I am a big fan of space music, especially long floating tracks.
I create my own music which is based on the sounds of very early Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream. My tracks have mostly a playtime of ca 78 min  :P

Beside being a solo artist I form together with Eppie E Hulshof (not related) "Dutch Space Mission".

I am maybe one of the biggest lurker on the forum.
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: Bill Binkelman on January 14, 2009, 03:11:56 PM
Well.....

I am Phrozenlight  ;D
better known as Bert Hulshoff.
I live in the Netherlands.
I am a big fan of space music, especially long floating tracks.
I create my own music which is based on the sounds of very early Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream. My tracks have mostly a playtime of ca 78 min  :P

Beside being a solo artist I form together with Eppie E Hulshof (not related) "Dutch Space Mission".

I am maybe one of the biggest lurcher on the forum.

Better than being a lecher, which I can be labeled quite easily these days. :o
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: Hypnagogue on January 15, 2009, 10:01:58 AM
Funkiest thread ever.

John Shanahan, aka Hypnagogue. 46 years old, married for a second time, with two lovely kids (one from each go-round.) During the day I work as a copywriter for a clothing company. I'm now in my 11th year of making my living solely from the written word. I have written and published short fiction, award-winning trade-press articles for the jewelry manufacturing industry and newspaper columns. These days most of my writing goes toward the stage; I began writing plays in 2002, had my first production in 2003, and since then have had work appear in small theatre festivals all around the US and once (so far) in the UK. My work is included in anthologies from Smith & Kraus, a major theatrical publisher. There are excerpts, if you're interested, at johnshanahan.net.

I am addicted to hot sauces and interesting mustards and I know my way around a kitchen--which is a good thing because my wife doesn't. I like my quiet, and strive to make a bit of breathing space in every day.

Earliest e-music moment is hearing "Oxygene" playing on a record player in front of a Radio Shack. Hooked from there on. Dove into it in the 80s with Roach, Serrie, Stearns, Braheny, etc. Nowadays it's pretty much all I listen to. All that stuff with, you know, "lyrics" just seems cluttered. :-)

No musical talent to speak of other than noodling around a bit with some blues bass, well-intentioned harmonica assays, and poking at GarageBand when work gets boring.

Oh, and I run the Hypnagogue site, better know for excuses and hiatuses than actual reviews.
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: phrozenlight on January 16, 2009, 06:38:09 AM
...
I am maybe one of the biggest lurcher on the forum.

Better than being a lecher, which I can be labeled quite easily these days. :o

Ok Bill I have correct it  ;)

/lurking mode on again
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: Wayne Higgins on January 16, 2009, 07:25:24 AM
Phrozenlight:  you're ok in my book.  I just always thought you were from Transylvania.  Not kidding.  do I have you mixed up with someone else?
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: Dave Michuda on January 16, 2009, 06:55:25 PM
This thread has been a revelation for me...I am happy to see so many other "old folks" like myself here!  I'm 48.

I live in Wisconsin, just north of Milwaukee.  I somehow manage to raise two teenagers on my own and not mess them up too badly. We have a dog/pony named Jake.  I am a member of the liberal, elite media.  Actually I just edit video for the news on a local station.  I've been there for 14 years, picked a bunch of Emmy's & a Peabody along the way, but the industry is changing/dying so I'd be surprised if I'm still there in 5 years.

I am a long time Hypnos forum member & a looooong time ambient fan.  I remember buying Music for Airports when it first came out & still have the vinyl version of it.  I am not a musician so my only creative contribution to the ambient scene is my ambient mix blog, low light mixes (http://lowlightmixes.blogspot.com/).  I really enjoy making the mixes & hope that some of the artists get a bit of exposure through the downloads.

I hang out at some other online communities, Facebook, LastFM, etc., but the Hypnos forum is still my favorite oasis.
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: ffcal on January 16, 2009, 10:58:05 PM
I recently was honored by the use of my art on two separate releases of Alio Die, which is something I could not have imagined when I was sitting in distant lands, creating art to the soundtrack of his music.

Belated congratulations to you, Joseph.  Your artwork for Alio Die is quite intense and really outstanding.  The attention to detail almost reminds me a little bit of outsider artist Adolf Wolfli (though you're probably a lot saner than he was, of course).

Sounds like a fascinating life route you've taken.

Forrest
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: darkenedsoul on January 17, 2009, 11:10:52 AM
Well I'm Mike Soucy aka Darkened Soul (both login and artist name). I'm from Massachusetts, about 30 miles north out of boston off route 93 (1 mile from Salem, NH border). Been into ambient type stuff since the 80's when I got turned onto Tangerine Dream via the Thief movie.  I used to play synthesizer for Shroud of Bereavement (neoclassical doom/death metal) for 4 yrs. Been out of that for just over a year.

I am a senior software QA engineer for a startup testing their VTL appliance and working on some test automation as time permits in perl to run on windows (sql server, exchange), linux, etc.. I am very much into the underground extreme metal scene and am an avid extreme doom metal fan. I have 2 cats I adopted last year (both males) and they are a riot/handful some times! I like to cook, love italian, mexican, chinese, japanese (cook in front of you stuff). Used to be into off-roading 4x4 when I had my jeep out in california when I was in the navy (9 yrs, can't believe I've been out for over 20 yrs now, that makes me feel OLD!).

Fairly easy to get along with, rude, crude and socially unacceptable, a general all-around nice guy. I've have fun doing music, learning guitar (need to spend a lot more time practicing....), meeting folks in the forum(s) I am on, et. al. Also avid Guild Wars player, anyone playing it can contact me as Madness Kometh (or Pain Kometh) ;-)

Mike
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: soma611 on January 17, 2009, 12:55:20 PM
Bill Beck, ancient, lurking these days, but I did do a better job of posting here back in the Stone Age.  Non-musician, but capturer of ambient music in the field (Fostex recorder, a pair of omnis, lots of late night stuff, then dawn transitions), amateur quality nature field recordings, truthfully.  Heard STARS END by accident in the 80s, through a dream, woke up hooked.  A volunteer for the Gatherings concert series, and for XPN answering phones at 3am (when all the weirdos call) during "fundrives."  Been in the newspaper publishing business all my life (currently at an entertainment weekly at the Jersey Shore; small crew, doing a little of this and that, including editing, photography, managing distribution, surviving the economic climes). Just about every spare moment is spent wandering a huge tract of wilderness in the center of the most densely populated state in the nation; New Jersey's pinelands (infinite sameness).   I often carry a camera.  Still think Saul Stokes is a genius.  Jim Cole, magic.  David Parsons, king.  Bring back Jeff Pearce. Avid reader of difficult word arrangements.  Currently gorging upon Pynchon's Against the Day, next Bolano's 2666  ... eh, I'm getting dull.  This is why I lurk.
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: phrozenlight on January 19, 2009, 05:19:43 AM
Phrozenlight:  you're ok in my book.  I just always thought you were from Transylvania.  Not kidding.  do I have you mixed up with someone else?

well I do not know ;)
I am not related to the Count Dracul  :D

but maybe because

http://www.heathenharvest.com/article.php?story=20080928074548985 (http://www.heathenharvest.com/article.php?story=20080928074548985)

I have no connection with this
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: jkn on January 19, 2009, 11:46:25 AM
I've been meaning to post to this thread and haven't carved out any time yet.   

I've been on the forum since a couple days after Mike first set it up and while my user name has "gobal moderator" on it - I don't really have to moderate much anymore since Mike's gotten most of the spam logins blocked.  I've been fortunate to meet a number of very good friends here.

Let's see... what to babble out (those who know me, know I can ramble on with the best of them... ;-)   

My grandma started teaching me piano when I was 5.   She was a wonderful person - and was the church organist at the same church in our little town of 1,000 people for 60 years.    That 60 is not a typo.   She played so many people's weddings and funerals that literally generations of families showed up at her funeral talking about how great she was.  She touched so many people.   

Anyway...  I started learning piano and after awhile grandma turned me over to someone else who turned me over to someone else who turned me over to someone else.    I had talent - piano felt natural to me - reading music didn't.  :-)    I was happier just making 'noise' on the piano.   So I went through a lot of teachers - started lessons - stopped lessons - started again - etc...  I picked up trumpet in 5th grade and became a certified "band geek" by high school.   I wrote my piano solos for contests in high school - I played trumpet in jazz band...  I started borrowing the "bass synth" they had from Radio Shack (essentially a copy of a Moog Rogue more or less).   

Back to grandma (and grandpa)...  they financed my first synth purchase when I was 14 or 15... a Siel DK600.   Which we kept a running tab on exactly how much I owed them as I paid humorously low amounts of money every week from mowing lawns and then from playing gigs.   I joined my first bar band when I was 15 years old - and started playing out immediately.   Everyone else in the band was 10 to 15 years older than me.   How lucky am I for having parents that let me do that?   (It helped that I got good grades...).

Let's fast forward a bit...

By 1992 I was totally burned out from playing in bands for 7 years.    I stopped working my part time job at a music store (which I bought most of my gear from on account and later got my wonderful piano from them) and got my first "real" job.   I married the love of my life.  And my mom died from cancer.   All in all - 1992 was a roller coaster ride of highs and lows.   I put all my gear away until 1996 and mostly stopped buying music at all let alone play it (aside from piano... I never really stop playing that...).    In 1996 I started "discovering" music again - wonderful electronic stuff.   I joined a band with my cousin (which imploded in 1998 - my official retirement from bar bands...) - and started tinkering with my solo music again and with recording on a pc instead of 4-track recorder.

A little after that I started jamming with John (Vir Unis) again - as he'd moved back to town.  John and I have been friends since I was 15.   His wonderful ambient career started to take off - I did a live show with him in 2001 - and helped him (and Green House after that) with their websites.   I started releasing my own music through connections I made at mp3.com - as "Interstitial" - which to me meant "the space between" - the space between different genres of music, the space between so many things...  it fit what I was thinking at the time.   I've since decided to start writing under the name "Relaxed Machinery".

Fast forward a bit further and last year I agreed to co-own AtmoWorks with John and another friend from high school days... Matt McDonough.   I love doing this - it brings me amazing happiness (and the occassional massive frustration!  Ha.)

I've been taking a long break since 2004 from recording (started with another long protracted death in the family which is what started my 1992-1996 musical hiatus...) I guess my way of dealing with death is to stop recording and just play piano. 

Anyway - I'm now 38.  I've been married for 16 wonderful years.   I've worked at my current job for 10 years as an IT Analyst - I do a bit of programming, project managing, etc...  my primary thing in IT has always been taking data and making it useful to people.   My wife and I have had three amazing dogs over the years, however, they've all passed away at this point and we're just not ready to get another.   We've lived in the same house the entire time we've been married (and she had it before I started dating her.)   

I guess that's about it!

John



Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: jkn on January 19, 2009, 11:52:39 AM
Oh - forgot a tidbit maybe worth mentioning, or maybe not...

When I was 19 I was taking piano lessons from two amazing teachers - and both polar opposites of the other.    I learned so much it's scary.   I was also playing piano in the college jazz band (a change for me since I'd played trumpet in jazz band through high school.).    So 18 / 19 was a crazy time for me and playing piano - I got amazingly 'good'.   However, my wrists gave out.   They just weren't up to it.   I've had trouble with my wrists ever since - and my career in front of computers has made my wrist problems even more entertaining over the years...   :-) 

One of my favorite piano moments is doing a piano recital with my teacher who had to be like 85 or 90 and couldn't really remember things anymore (she'd teach me the same things over and over - but once you got her going again... wow) - anyway we were playing some amazing piano piece for 2 piano's.    Something Russian or at Eastern European (I'd love to remember what it really was - I never saw the title page - she just copied the music for me).    Anyway - first page turn... I literally missed and threw all 18 or 20 pages into the front row of the audience.   

It was an incredibly complex piece - fast and subtle - 'dualing pianos' I guess...  and I lose all the music on the first page turn.  Amazing.   Thankfully - I had it completely memorized and didn't miss a beat except for the initial smile at losing my 'safety net'.

The other humor was most of her students at this recital were little kids... and here I was probably 19 at the time...     



Oh - here's another tidbit most people wouldn't know about me... I taught piano for 6 years before I "retired".   



Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: spectral67 on January 19, 2009, 01:07:48 PM
Hello i`m Pete and i listen to and love electronic music/ambient,reggae/dub and anything inspiring,beautiful,intense and strange and well just good music in general.I love films mainly David Lynch,alejandro jodorowsky,darren aronofsky,john carpenter,horror,foreign and anything decent.I`m pretty open minded and spiritual and emotional rather than intellectual,i love playing percussion and electric guitar and anything i can get my hands on and make sounds and noises with.I`m no musician i`m too lazy and undisciplined to learn but i have passion and enthusiasm and a bit of imagination,so i let that guide me.
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: Chad Hoefler on January 21, 2009, 01:36:02 PM
Hi all,

My name is Chad Hoefler, and I have been an ambient music enthusiast for as long as I can remember.  I have two releases of my own work: one on the Hypnos label and another on the Lotuspike label.  A new CD has been in the works for an embarrassingly long time, and progress on it came to a screeching halt about a year ago due to the demands of my professional life.  I sincerely hope to finish this project soon, and I have been saying that for too long.

I'm a 34 year old assistant professor of biology at a small university in the suburbs of Philadelphia, and I cannot express how excited I will be once spring semester is over (end of April). 

I am also a big fan of the community here! :)
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: Mark Mushet on January 21, 2009, 06:11:53 PM
Mark Mushet. 45. Vancouver, BC.

Photographer and publisher of the Canadian west coast's answer to the New Yorker (National Post) OK. We'll take that (www.vancouverreview.com)! Anyway, we firmly believe a magazine should be more than a polished turd designed solely to further material consumption and self-indulgence.

I do editorial, arts and corporate photography (www.markmushetphotography.com) and often exhibit portraits of favourite musicians. I've done about 20 CD covers (including for Hypnos, Kranky and Infraction artists) and am currently working on a large portrait commission for the Vancouver Museum.

My introduction to true ambient music (not including eary 1970's exposure to Pink Floyd!) came with Eno's ambient series. Plateaux of Mirror (with Harold Budd) and On Land were early faves and remain touchstone works for me in the genre. I saw Eno's touring video installation in 1982 featuring the music that ended up on On Land and on the Mistaken Memories video. Since then my tastes in the genre have been skewed to the European side with Thomas Koner, Biosphere, Cluster et al being favourites.
 
I think Mike does a fantastic job with Hypnos and he's released some of the best ambient works out there. In particular I'm thinking of Robert Rich's Somnium and Humidity releases as well as work by A. Produce and his collab with Mike in the form of Altara. The forum is a wonderful thing for people to compare notes and meet up. Thanks again Mike!
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: mgriffin on January 21, 2009, 06:24:10 PM
Thanks for the kind words, Mark, and also thanks to you and everyone else who has taken part in this topic.  I hope we'll see more and more people introduce themselves. 

 
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: Altus on January 21, 2009, 08:42:45 PM
Greetings from Mike Carss (aka Altus) from Ottawa, Canada.  31 years old.

I've always felt I could express myself better with music than words, hence why I'm usually lurking around not saying much.  But this is a fun thread so I decided to come out my hidey-hole and say hi.

My actual job is in the film and television industry, working with many companies as a consultant, and supporting them in terms of mastering and duplication of their work.  I was planning on starting a film company with another producer, but given our economy, that'll have to wait.

Music has always been a big part of my life, and my need to create music seems to be ever-growing as the years go on.  It's been over 15 years since I started, and I'm finally at a point where I'm completely happy with my work.  So that probably has something to do with my release schedule.  ;)

I'm quite new to your forum (a couple of years), but it's a pleasure knowing all of you.
Here's to hoping 2009 is productive to all of you, no matter how to express yourself.
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: 9dragons on January 22, 2009, 04:38:15 PM
I recently was honored by the use of my art on two separate releases of Alio Die, which is something I could not have imagined when I was sitting in distant lands, creating art to the soundtrack of his music.

Belated congratulations to you, Joseph.  Your artwork for Alio Die is quite intense and really outstanding.  The attention to detail almost reminds me a little bit of outsider artist Adolf Wolfli (though you're probably a lot saner than he was, of course).

Sounds like a fascinating life route you've taken.

Forrest

Much appreciated Forrest, I am glad you like the covers! It is funny, but my art (thankfully not my personality) has been compared to Wolfli's before, in the text for the last gallery show I did a few years back. I didn't know who he was, but upon seeing his art, was fascinated by the rawness and inner-realism of it. I have to say though that I have a love/hate relationship with what has come to be called Outsider Art today. Seems that the point is kind of being lost, with the term being just another label with predictable and expected outcomes. I think I could identify myself as an Outsider in my ideas and methods of work, being self taught, and uninterested in illusionism (realism). I started out being very much interested in the more 'underground' traditions of Europe, like 17th century alchemical engravings, and then became deeply influenced by Chinese ink painting and Japanese woodblock prints. I think the overriding interest is in the patterns of nature and the visual, totemic ideas of the ancients of all cultures.
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: caul on January 28, 2009, 09:33:06 AM
Hello!

My name is Brett Smith, I'm 42 years old and release music under the name Caul. I have been doing so since '94, I think. I've been married for 6 years now, no kids. I started out with music by playing drums, when I was 12. I started making music when I was around 18, when my brother bought a Teac 4 track. Much lower tech than I use now! Currently I use a imac, with Logic Pro, various softsynths and an Ensoniq EPS Classic for my controller. It still boots!

2007 & 2008 slowed my music down quite a bit, both my parents passed away in 2007 and 2008 I was out of town quite a bit, cleaning out my mother's house so we can sell it. Finally, I'm feeling more like making some music!

This message board reminds me quite a bit of another one I'm a member of- the PriusChat board. A wide variety of people, yet everyone seems to get along well. A nice change of pace from what you see on the news everyday.
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: Bill Binkelman on January 28, 2009, 01:49:08 PM
Hello!

My name is Brett Smith, I'm 42 years old and release music under the name Caul. I have been doing so since '94, I think. I've been married for 6 years now, no kids. I started out with music by playing drums, when I was 12. I started making music when I was around 18, when my brother bought a Teac 4 track. Much lower tech than I use now! Currently I use a imac, with Logic Pro, various softsynths and an Ensoniq EPS Classic for my controller. It still boots!

2007 & 2008 slowed my music down quite a bit, both my parents passed away in 2007 and 2008 I was out of town quite a bit, cleaning out my mother's house so we can sell it. Finally, I'm feeling more like making some music!

This message board reminds me quite a bit of another one I'm a member of- the PriusChat board. A wide variety of people, yet everyone seems to get along well. A nice change of pace from what you see on the news everyday.

So sorry about your folks, Brett. I lost my mom and dad in back-to-back years as well. Hope that the passage of time eases the pain a bit. Glad you are returning to music, too. And welcome to the Forum, of course. :)
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: caul on January 28, 2009, 04:40:20 PM

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So sorry about your folks, Brett. I lost my mom and dad in back-to-back years as well. Hope that the passage of time eases the pain a bit. Glad you are returning to music, too. And welcome to the Forum, of course. :)


Thanks! Yep, it's getting easier. At some point, you have to try to get back to your own life and the things you enjoy. Glad to be here!
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: Numina on January 28, 2009, 06:52:55 PM
Hello.  Many of you already know about me, I'm Jesse S., AKA Numina, an artist on the world reknowned Hypnos label.

I'm married to my wife, Kirsten, for 5 years now.  By day I'm a civil engineer and my wife is a 3rd & 4th grade teacher.  I'm 38 y.o. (in March) and have no kids.

We live in suburban Denver, Colorado (where all the houses look the same) and enjoy it here, mostly, except we long for the vast views of the coastal western US.

My wife and mine's favorite vacation spot (so far) is Pismo Beach, CA and we stay at an incredibly affordable motel called the Kon Tiki Inn.  Not very glamorous for those of you who are blessed with the money and time to travel, but we like it nonetheless.  We are going to Paris at the end of March which will be my first time in Europe - a free trip!

I see Mr. Brett Smith has posted here - it's nice to see you here Brett!  Some of you may recall our collaboration, "Inside the Hollow Realm". 

I like inclement weather, science fiction, real science, and reality TV.  Guilty pleasures include reality TV shows like COPS, Dog the Bounty Hunter (which is on right now), America's Dumbest Criminals, and old Start Trek, Twilight Zone and Three's Company... and music like Duran Duran and Brittany Spears (OK, kidding about Brittney).  Foodwise, I like Indian, very saucy pizza, good coffee, and cheesecake ice cream.

I'm an aries, but not much of a leader as the the sign is supposed to be indicative of.  I'm sort of a loner, but outgoing at the same time.  Cheerful yet pessimistic... I feel like I'm entering information for a dating service...

I don't like war, being in pain, Rush Limbaugh, being broke, republicanism, mean people, working overtime, the corporate lifestyle, fake people, being hungover, riots, overly sporty people (i.e. jocks or cheerleaders), tooth aches, split pea soup, country music, guns, or religious leaders who gay bash yet have homosexual affairs (see ted Haggard).

I'm pretty much an open book, for the most part, so ask questions if you want more juicy details on me... although I'm sure that Judd Stephens could spill all sort of beans on me since he and his lovely wife have been living with us for the past week!  I keep telling him to post something to this Forum to convince people I'm not crazy... he hasn't yet... perhaps not a good sign.   :o  As for my opinion on Judd, he is a very nice fellow with a gentle soul and it's been nice to meet him.  As of yesterday he and his wife have found a place to live here in the Denver area.

I just burned the frozen pizza I had in the oven while I typed this up... will be very a crispy dinner for myself.

Jesse
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: hdibrell on January 28, 2009, 10:03:33 PM
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don't like war, being in pain, Rush Limbaugh, being broke, republicanism, mean people, working overtime, the corporate lifestyle, fake people, being hungover, riots, overly sporty people (i.e. jocks or cheerleaders), tooth aches, split pea soup, country music, guns, or religious leaders who gay bash yet have homosexual affairs (see ted Haggard).
WHAT!!! What kind of weirdo are you? You don't like split pea soup? Now I am disallusioned. See if I listen to any more of your music.  ;)     Harry
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: Numina on January 29, 2009, 08:24:19 AM
 ;D
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: jblock on January 29, 2009, 12:45:38 PM
I'm Jonathan Block. I play mainly a wind synth and bass currently (as well as a bit of clarinet), but still dabble in synths. I have recorded in the past under the name Synthetic Block but use my given name these days. I have CDs on Hypnos Secret Sounds and Binary, as well as Gears of Sand and the late lamented Mindspore. Since the summer I've been playing bass and singing in a power trio that does mostly more obscure classic rock as well as originals, which has been a nice change of pace. With the wind synth I use delays to create long looping lines that evolve and layer slowly.

My day job is as the senior director for a research and advisory company for sales and marketing executives. A good job but a bit of travel lately; I'll be in Portland and Seattle next week. I also have a wife and two daughters (16 and 10).
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: stuyvesant on January 30, 2009, 01:59:31 PM
Greetings fellow ambient music lovers! A good friend of mine told me about this forum and it looks pretty cool.
I am a 46 year old independent management consultant living in SW PA. I travel extensively and ambient music is the main constant in my travel kit. I must have my daily fill of Steve Roach, Liquid Mind and Ma Ja Le - and many others.
I am divorced and have no children.
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: mgriffin on January 30, 2009, 02:01:06 PM
Greetings fellow ambient music lovers! A good friend of mine told me about this forum and it looks pretty cool.
I am a 46 year old independent management consultant living in SW PA. I travel extensively and ambient music is the main constant in my travel kit. I must have my daily fill of Steve Roach, Liquid Mind and Ma Ja Le - and many others.
I am divorced and have no children.

Hi, Stuyvesant. Welcome to the Hypnos Forum, and thanks for introducing yourself.  Hope to see you around!
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: jim brenholts on January 30, 2009, 04:07:46 PM
welcome, stuyvesant. good to have you abpard.
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: Bebbo on January 31, 2009, 09:10:49 AM
Ay Up (as they say where I originally come from),

Dene Bebbington, an occasional reader of this forum. Some of you may know me as a reviewer for a few years with Wind & Wire, Ambient Visions, and my own (now dormant) site Melliflua. Apart from music my main interests are reading (mostly but not exclusively Sci-Fi and Travel) and article writing - I've had a few articles published over the years, mainly in specialist magazines.

Edited to add: as most people are mentioning their age, I'm 42 but feel older (don't do enough exercise, and eat too much chocolate though I'm not overweight).

I now live in Wiltshire (England) with my wife Joy who I married last year after being together for about 6 years. We don't have any kids, though Joy has a dog (a daft Jack Russell) at her parents who live nearby. In recent years I've become a bit obsessed by holidays and probably spend too much time pouring over brochures and checking out reviews and forums on tripadvisor.

For a living I work for a mobile telco managing software development. It pays well but half the time I can't stand the place!

In short:

Love: my wife, holidays, beautiful scenery, music, books, words, hot women, shiraz, quality tv, peaceful surroundings

Hate: George Bush, Gordon Brown, self absorbed and inconsiderate people, winter, vacuous tv, cities, ignorance, work, football
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: MarkM on February 01, 2009, 06:36:01 PM
I'm Mark Mahoney.  I am originally from Massachusetts, but now I live in northeast Tennessee.  I'm in my late 50s and switched careers last year; I went from being a videographer to an 8th grade language arts teacher.

I became interested in ambient music in the late 1960s after a music instructor in high school gave me an Edgar Varese LP.  From that moment on I wanted to become an electronic musician, but in the late 60s audio equipment was extremely expensive.  About 7 years ago I decided it was time to turn my teenage aspiration into reality.  With my friend Michael Peck I have played several concerts and festivals including The Gathering in Philly as well as four Electro-Music.com festivals.  Michael and I have also played live on Chuck van Zyl's "Stars End" radio show three times. Last year I started doing solo performances beginning with Jim Comb's City Skies festival in Atlanta.  I have also performed live several times on Stillstream.com.  I prefer composing and performing live than working on studio projects.

Musically I am not drawn to the long form drone tracks. I like odd melodic themes with evolving variations, and I like tribal as well as glitchy rhythms. When I perform live my set is a continuous work made up of several compositions sewn together with transitions.  I use hardware (analogue and digital) as well as softsynths when I perform.

I like living in NE Tennessee.  My wife and I enjoy the laid back lifestyle, however, politically we feel like alien beings.  This area is extremely conservative.  People still drive around in their trucks and SUVs proudly displaying their Bush/Cheney bumper stickers. Musically, this area loves bluegrass and metal.  However, when Michael and I have promoted some ambient shows we have attracted 50 to 60 people who pay to listen.

I am inspired by many different types of music and art.  Coltrane is the Holy Grail.  I also love many of Steve Roach's projects as well as Robert Rich's.  Abstract artists such as Pollack and Tanguy inspire me musically as well.

Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: dwight on February 03, 2009, 11:03:41 AM
Dwight Ashley here and alive at age 49. I live in northwest Ohio near the Maumee river. I am an American mutt (composed of English, Scottish, Welsh, Greek and German). Ich kann deutsches wenig sprechen. Charles Ives, Ornette Coleman, John Adams, Steve Reich and Holy Toy get repeated listens at my house. Bourbon is the preferred adult beverage unless I am with Russians. In that case it's all about seeing if they can out-drink the American. I like oriental shorthair', in other words I like like cats. And like John Shanahan, I am addicted to hot sauce. Eggplant and broccoli is right out!
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Formally trained on cello and piano back in the day, I have been writing music for my ears since 1976. I started releasing solo projects in 2004. Before that I mostly hid under a rock with the exception of 2 collaborations I did with Tim Story in 1991 on Multimood and again in 1997 with Lektronic Soundscapes. In all probability I will go back under that rock after I am finished with the 2 projects I have committed to work on this year (and finish 2 more solo projects I am in the middle of). 

(As Bill Binkelman said) In real life, I have run a small media company for over 20 years. In addition I have a micro label call Nepenthe Music. Of interest there would be the forthcoming Cluster release (a studio recording), titled Qua and Human Being: Live at the Zodiak - Berlin 1968, which will be out very soon.

Bill Beck and I have the lurking thing here in common, as I visit here once a week.
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: richardgurtler on February 05, 2009, 05:05:49 PM
Dear friends,

my name is Richard Gurtler and I am saying hello to you from Bratislava in Slovak Republic, Europe!!! I am quite new to this forum (member since August 2008), but nevertheless I would like to introduce myself. I am turning in four days 43 years and I am absolutely fascinated by ambient music. I have been listening to the electronic music since 1983, but during these early years I was into other genres, like electro-industrial, ebm... Since 1992 to 1995 I was also one of the publishers and reviewers of English written electrozine called Crewzine and until 1998 I was running also a small mail-order catalogue with related music. The turning point came around 1995 when I have discovered through Fathom/HoS and Projekt labels names like Steve Roach, Robert Rich, Michael Stearns and Vidna Obmana. My search was finally over!!!

In my real life, I live since 1996 with my lovely girlfriend Simona together with her son Daniel (21 years old) and her daughter Veronika (17 years old). We know each other since our high school years. During the season (from March till December) I work as service technician for irrigation lawn sprinkler systems. During the winter time I have part-time job in one of Bratislava's theatres (Studio L&S) where I work as podium technician (building the scenes...) plus some occasional work with scanning lights. Simona works as a teacher (2nd grade in elementary school). We enjoy sporting activities (especially inline and ice skating), watching sports, hiking, taking photographs of nature, good food and good beer (Belgian Leffe Brune is our top fave...). We live in Bratislava, the capital city of Slovak Republic in Central Europe, which used to be a part of former CzechoSlovakia (split up in 1993).

Back to ambient music. Unfortunately, during the years 1999-2007 I was totally out of music. My family, smaller kids (very serious collecting of hockey cards with my son Daniel), my work, some sporting activities (active inline speedskating for four seasons), very expensive US dollar here in Slovakia at the end of the 90's, broken CD player and discman... all this took me out of music completely. No ambient music at all... It took me almost 10 years to return and re-explore magnificent sonic worlds of ambient music. I was back again in the good old days and stronger than ever. So I am now a great fan of this music, big collector of CDs and I am again in contact with many really nice people within this musical genre, including some of you from this Hypnos forum. Hello to Mike & Lena of Hypnos, Bill Binkelman, Jeff Pearce..., it's my great pleasure to be in contact with all of you!!!

When mentioning Mike & Lena, I also want to express my big thanks to both of you for doing great job with Hypnos and all related projects and activities. Thank you for putting together this community and please keep on going!!!

Okay my friends, all the best, have a wonderful time and enjoy the music!!!


With friendly greetings, Richard


Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: hdibrell on February 05, 2009, 09:56:14 PM
Hi Richard, It's great to have you here!  I'll have to see if I can find some Leffe Brune to try. Strictly in the name of science, of course.  ;)       Harry     
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: Gurdonark on February 08, 2009, 12:48:00 AM
I'm Robert Nunnally. I live with my wife in Allen, Texas USA, which is about 25 miles north of Dallas. I've been a fan of Hypnos music for many years now. I've enjoyed how many interesting conversations take place here at Hypnos Forum.

I co-own a Creative Commons netlabel called http://www.negativesoundinstitute.com (http://www.negativesoundinstitute.com), in which most of the music "fellow travels" with ambient music, without often being traditional ambient. I also make music under the name Gurdonark, and can be found not only on NSI but also on various other netlabels and compilations here and there. My most recent EP, "Seven Virtues", was posted CC BY at jamendo.com. I often remix things at http://www.ccmixter.org.

I work as a commercial litigation attorney, which I enjoy. My hobbies include reading, hiking, chess, and a bit of fairly novice birding.

My weblog is gurdonark.livejournal.com.

I twitter as gurdonark, and enjoy following ambient music folks.  I also am gurdonark at last.fm, and enjoy loading up ambient pieces (as well as other things) on the little last.fm player and scrobbler.

I am a big believer in Creative Commons licenses, netlabel culture, parlor ambience, and compassion.

My main analog instrument? The mountain dulcimer.
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: michael sandler on February 08, 2009, 07:19:42 AM
Edited to add: as most people are mentioning their age, I'm 42 but feel older (don't do enough exercise, and eat too much chocolate though I'm not overweight).

Please do tell how you manage that.  ;)

Mike S
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: michael sandler on February 11, 2009, 06:40:19 PM
Mike Sandler here, from the Raleigh NC exurbs. Like a lot of people, I first heard ambient/space music by stumbling across Star's End. This was back in the days when they had rotating hosts. It was also before most people had a computer, so when I moved from that area I lost touch with that whole scene. I started making ambient music about 10 years ago, using, as the years spun on, guitar, synth, Buzz, voice, household sounds, and mangled samples.

I live with my wife and several four-footed beasts. Likes, current or former, include death metal, poetry, community theater, drumming, cold weather (although 20 years in the South has softened me a little), open spaces, and motor sports.
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: uhurit on February 14, 2009, 06:05:15 PM
Hello, everyone

 I am a huge ambient music fan, and my love for electronic music began many years ago when I discovered Berlin techno and rave. Next stop was chicago house. Then I discovered the likes of Zoviet France and Autechre. Later I got hooked on ethno-ambient, and Rapoon/Robin Storey became my obsession. As I grew older, I mellowed out a lot, and my ambient  musical tastes (d)evolved into drone music and indian ragas. On the other hand, when I need some adrenaline rush, I still love german industrial bands like Rammstein. I am a seriously foolish audiophile, and have a ton of money invested in fancy amps/speakers/wires/Cd-players. I love fast cars, and still drive only a stickshift.
 I happen to move around a lot, as I am a transitional protestant minister ;D, and currently live in Wisconsin.
 
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: Bill Binkelman on February 14, 2009, 07:35:27 PM
Hello, everyone

 I am a huge ambient music fan, and my love for electronic music began many years ago when I discovered Berlin techno and rave. Next stop was chicago house. Then I discovered the likes of Zoviet France and Autechre. Later I got hooked on ethno-ambient, and Rapoon/Robin Storey became my obsession. As I grew older, I mellowed out a lot, and my ambient  musical tastes (d)evolved into drone music and indian ragas. On the other hand, when I need some adrenaline rush, I still love german industrial bands like Rammstein. I am a seriously foolish audiophile, and have a ton of money invested in fancy amps/speakers/wires/Cd-players. I love fast cars, and still drive only a stickshift.
 I happen to move around a lot, as I am a transitional protestant minister ;D, and currently live in Wisconsin.
 

Where in Wisconsin do you live? (It's my home state).
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: Sighthound on February 16, 2009, 10:57:25 AM
Frank Sylvis and I live in the western suburbs of Philly (Bryn Mawr, Radnor, Villanova area).  Spent 10 years in New England (North Andover, Nashua, Methuen, Salem area).  My wife still works from home for a company based out of Salem, CoreMedical Group, placing traveling nurses and allied health professional.  I work for a local health system as a finance manager here in Bryn Mawr.  Been in love with ambient/electronic music for ever, originally starting with Pink Floyd, Wendy Carlos and TD.  I have about 750 pieces of vinyl in my basement including such labels as Audion, Secret Music and the IC label.  My family hates ambient and my wife accuses me of playing it just to drive them out of the family room where my 5.1 is set up.  ;)  Been buying Hypnos stuff and related CD’s since about 1997.  I have over 1,000 disks of bought and self made ambiet/tribal/drone/space/soundscape stuff now.  Bought my 1st Steve Roach vinyl in 1984 (Structures from Silence) and my kids were born in Nashua to the sounds of the Quiet Music tapes.  (Didn’t stick with them though).  Like to read and listen to the likes of Oophoi, Robert Rich, Hypnos, Spotted Peccary, Project, Roach, Brennan, Numina, and a lot of the new guys putting stuff out on net labels like Earth Mantra.  Been to several Gatherings, and even took my wife to one (huge mistake).  Intersperse my ambient with ECM jazz and ECM classical just to keep a semblance of peace (along with a local Classic Rock station).  Very amateur photographer, using a digital Nikon SLR, with a nice collection of Amish work.  (Spend my weekends traveling around Lancaster County.)  I like to lurk here and read the interactions between all of the ambient musicians, although not a musician myself, I enjoy the repartee.  As I write, I am listening to the new Mystahr offering from Earth Mantra.
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: mgriffin on February 16, 2009, 12:04:17 PM
It's been great to see all the posts by the lurkers and mostly-lurkers in this topic.  Keep 'em coming!
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: Ein Sophistry on February 22, 2009, 03:56:06 AM
Blake here; 26, kickin' it in SoCal.  Got into ambient music at around age 15, when a friend recommended Steve Roach to me.  When I next visited a cd shop, I browsed the (surprisingly considerable) collection of Steve Roach albums and chose "The Magnificent Void" for my inaugural voyage.

Whoa.

I was hooked, and have been collecting ever since.  I'm a fan of pretty much all ambient subgenres, save perhaps, for the Berlin school and some of the newer lo-fi droney stuff (there are good recordings, sure, but a lot of it just sounds to me rather cheap and carelessly - almost cynically - made).  Of late, I'm quite taken with the deep, spacey style of artists like Oophoi, Tau Ceti, and Seren Ffordd.

A year or so ago, I started tinkering around with some of my own ambient designs.  Unfortunately, the cost of decent equipment is rather prohibitive at the moment, so I only have FL Studio and a little mastering program called Goldwave to play around with.  Someday I hope to get the really cool toys.  I play drums and percussion as well, when time and neighbors permit.

As for the rest of my life: Not married, but partnered with an amazing woman (who, fortunately, shares many of my unusual musical tastes) for the past 2 1/2 years.  No pets currently, but we've talked about getting some hermit crabs soon.  I graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in physical anthropology and hope, in the fall, to start working in earnest toward a Ph.D. in the relatively new (and somewhat controversial) field of evolutionary psychology. 

I like philosophy (particularly phil. of mind and phil. of science), cheesy horror and sci-fi movies (been a Godzilla fan for as long as I can remember), good wine, good beer, good conversation.
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: MPECK on February 24, 2009, 06:29:46 PM
Michael Peck
Born 09/24/74 in Champaign, IL. Currently residing in Jonesborough, TN. with my wife and best friend Celeste and our three children Carly (13), Nolen (6), and William (2) and a porch cat named Sam. I had big fat black one named John Lee (after John Lee Hooker RIP) but he was a ramblin' man and hit the road a few years back. What's strange is I don't even like cats in general. But these two have character like none other.
I was raised with the sounds of Howlin' Wolf, Hound Dog Taylor and Elmore James echoing throughout the house from my Dad's old Technics record player. Joined the KISS Army in '77, made it through the glam and hair metal days of the late 80's, found grunge, then dove straight into death metal (teenage angst i suppose). I was taken by the complexity, speed and heaviness not so much the lyrical content.
Upon moving to TN. I of course found Bluegrass and Folk music to be my new calling. Dicked around with my friend Andy Harper learning the old standards and disecting Bela Fleck and Tony Furtado tunes.
So where does electronic/ambient/experimental music come in? Hold on, I'm getting there.
Around 1998 I got into digital music with Acid 2.0 and Soundforge. Started recording sounds with micro-cassette and then making loops and manipulating the sounds. I didn't know at the time there was a entire genre dedicated to this sort of thing.
So, I stumbled upon this guy Mike Griffin and his CD "Sudden Dark" and was hooked. My next purchase and still one of my faves was/is Rich/Roach "Soma." Just a year or so later after releasing a couple albums I hooked up with Mark Mahoney and together formed  Amaranth Signal, which later went onto release a couple well noted albums of traditional space-ambient music.
In 2007 I released my fourth solo album Glacial on Gears of Sand. 2008 was a great year for me. Playing the Gatherings with Mark, having a track on the Hypnos SOAUO compilation and winning the laptop battle at the electro-music.com festival were some of the highlights.
I've met some great people along the way (Robert Rich, John Serrie, Mike Griffin, Jonathan Block, Chuck and Art from MoIT, Orbital Decay and a slew of others). My most recent album DYSMHA is out now on Chaotic Underworld Records. I put the synths down and picked the guitar up to conure up some of my darkest work to date. I'm always collaborating and working on music. It's my passion and I'm driven to push the envelope. I've also met some great people on this board (Jason Sloan, Martin Fuhs, Bill Binkelman, Darren Bergstein etc.).
Sorry to be long winded. Other than my social security number, you now know about as much as anyone else.
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: Joe R on February 24, 2009, 07:53:59 PM
So what's your social security number? :)
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: Resonant Drift on April 11, 2009, 01:52:51 PM
Hi,

My name is Bill Olien.  I was born in Wisconsin but raised all over living in several states including Wisconsin, Arizona and New York.  I served in the Air Force for 7 years.  I currently live in Southern California (Murrieta is the name of the City).  I work as an administrator in the local school district.  A very busy and stressful job that leaves less time for music than I would like.  I am married with one son who is 10.

Music has always been a passion and I love all types.  Some of my favorite artists include artists such as U2, Van Morrison, Son Volt, Beatles, Steve Roach.  I have been a fan of electronic music since the early 80s but it has only been in the last couple years that I got serious about doing some of my own.  A few months ago I connected with another ambient artist and we are working on a CD together.
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: abasio on April 12, 2009, 09:04:21 AM
Hi I am Abasio
Joseph from England but now living in Japan.
I registered here a while back but was followed by a stalker & I didn't come back. I think it is gone now so I'd like to be more active.

Been getting more & more into ambient & love a lot of the artists talked about here. I have more varied tastes in music too though & review a fair bit. Visit me at http://abasioforum.myfreeforum.org/  ::)
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: Boris Lelong on May 20, 2009, 03:34:11 PM
Bonjour à tous,

I am Boris Lelong, 38, and I live in Saint Denis, France.

I work for Altamira, a sociocultural project focusing on music as a tool of social development. Basically, I record/publish music and organize cultural gatherings with various communities in Asia, Africa and in my hometown - but it's much more than that...
http://www.altamiraworld.net (http://www.altamiraworld.net)

I discovered electronic music in the mid-80s, with Vangelis and JM Jarre and then Klaus Schulze, and became deeply involved in the late 80s when I came across the works of Steve Roach (Dreamtime Return, Quiet Music, Desert Solitaire...) and Brian Eno (Apollo, Music For Airports, Thursday Afternoon...)

I had my first synthesizer at the age of 13 (that was 1984) and made my first ambient albums in 1990/91 (on cassettes for friends) but produced very little during the rest of the 90s. I have been composing again in the present decade, notably completing two (unreleased) albums of which I am quite proud. Besides electronics, I play all sorts of acoustic instruments from all over the world.
http://www.myspace.com/borislelong (http://www.myspace.com/borislelong)

I joined the Hypnos forum a few years ago but never really took the time to contribute (I am such a slow writer !), though I composed a mini-album as a "joining gift" and made it available to all ambient fans on the Hypnos forum (and elsewhere...)
For those who missed it, it's called Hypnostasis, and you can find it here as a free download :
http://www.borislelong.com/hypnostasis

Many thanks to the team who manages this forum, it's great to have a place like this ! I visit once in a while to check the news and debates, and it's a pleasure...



Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: doombient on June 04, 2009, 07:21:57 AM
Hi all,

even though I separately opened a brief thread to introduce myself a couple of days ago, I thought I should say hello to everybody around!

My name´s Stephen Parsick, aged 37 (well, almost, just six more weeks to go...), I was born in Moers/Germany. I got in touch with electronic music already at a very early age (most notably Wendy Carlos, Jean-Michel Jarre, and Kraftwerk). In May 1983 I started taking musical lessons for seven years, and in 1989 I released not only my first track ever on a compilation album but also my very first cassette tape. In 1998 I released my first official CD called "Traces of the Past" (which was reissued in a redux version in 2007) that was very strongly influenced by early Berlin School stuff (and performed on the original Mellotrons of Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream, for those who might find that important). My second official CD was released in 2005 (called "Hoellenengel") which was basically performed on the same instruments Vangelis had at his disposal when recording the Blade Runner score (which is the mood I tried to capture with this album). Between 2006 and 2008 I released a series of ambient music albums which were produced in small quantities of 25 copies each. I also focussed on creating a couple of albums which are available as download-albums only. I work as a semi-professional musician and a professional language trainer.

Some of you may also know me through my collaboration with Lambert Ringlage in 1993 which ultimately lead to the foundation of my own band ['ramp] in 1996. With ['ramp] I recorded five official albums plus a couple of limited-edition releases. At first, we were firmly rooted in the Berlin School Retro Movement of the 1970s (with musical mates like Radio Massacre International, FSP, or Redshift) while later albums saw us get deeper into ambient territories (particularly "ceasing to exist" which was recorded in collaboration with touch guitar player Markus Reuter). ['ramp] disbanded in 2008 as we felt that our musical and artistic goals were no longer compatible, and now ['ramp] is only me (and sometimes guests, if they feel so inclined).

I also collaborated with Cosmic Hoffmann (Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock, also known for his Mind over Matter albums on IC) on a couple of albums under the Cosmic Hoffmann moniker, most notably on the first three of them.

I of course do enjoy ambient music a lot (in fact, I make it myself just to find something to fall asleep to ;) ), and I would call people like Robert Rich, Brian Eno, Steve Roach or Michael Stearns my major influences in that area. I also like more abrasive sequencer-driven stuff (of the sort Mark Shreeve and I created, or Node, for that matter) but at the moment I´m more into more experimental electronic music. I enjoy toying around with exotic vintage synthesisers, and I have a soft spot for analogue studio hardware (anyone selling an API desk, or a Neve?).

Stephen
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: judd stephens on June 04, 2009, 09:03:54 AM
My second official CD was released in 2005 (called "Hoellenengel") which was basically performed on the same instruments Vangelis had at his disposal when recording the Blade Runner score (which is the mood I tried to capture with this album).

That's a really neat idea.  Where can one find this cd or download these days?
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: terraamb on June 16, 2009, 12:58:10 PM
well, it's not such a new year anymore, but in the spirit of continuity...

Im Jeff Kowal, I record under the auspices of TERRA AMBIENT. I am also the co-founder of Lotuspike Records http://www.lotuspike.com (http://www.lotuspike.com), with my partners Ben Cox and Daniel Pipitone, who occasionally pops up here in the forums. I have 3 releases out. The most recent, Wanderlust, was just released this month. I work with just about anything I can strum, bang, press or blow into. My work has been used for gallery installations, as well as for broadcast TV and independent film.For more information about me, you can check out my blog at http://www.terraambient.com (http://www.terraambient.com)
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: starwalker464 on June 20, 2009, 10:40:54 AM
Im Mike Valant, 45 in West Palm Beach, Florida, born in Indiana but been in Florida over 40 yrs.  I spent 5 years in US Air Force stationed in Germany last 3 years.  Currently studying to be an insurance adjuster which July i finish, after that im welcoming a brand new career and life.

Enjoy all strains of electronic music, currently im mostly into ambient, however i do like sequencer based music as well.  Favorite artists: Redshift, Spyra, RMI, KS, TD, Ian Boddy, Code Indigo and tons more.  Lately im into ambient, especially Steve Roach spacey stuff, Telomere, and Hypnos Chad Hoefler whoops guess hes Lotuspike now.

Thats a bit about me, i took a hiatus from this forum for awhile, why, i really dont know, just lost touch, but im back now.
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: ambient789 on October 24, 2009, 06:37:49 PM
Okay, since this thread has been silent for awhile, I'll put up a reply.

To catch up on things.....Just call me ambient789. My first name is shared by several others on this forum and I want to minimize possible confusion.

Been with ambient types for music for a very long time. I guess I was just made for this stuff. When I first heard it I knew that was what I really liked. I've never really liked popular types of music and I even haven't enjoyed that much classical or jazz.

Unfortunately, I'm on a break again from serious listening of music.  :-\

I work part time as an I.T. Technician for a small Midwest USA municipality.

I was sorry to hear about Jim.   :(   Some of his reviews were helpful to me.
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: Sunbreak Music on October 27, 2009, 05:44:11 PM
I guess I never really did this.   ;D

My name is Cass Anawaty, and I work as a mastering engineer, composer, producer, and whatever else pays bills.  Longtime fan of ambient works, heavily influenced by Patrick O'Hearn, Mark Isham, and a few others from the early Windham Hill days, but have yet to produce a full album's worth of my own ambient works.  Hoping to get to it this year, but have said that before.   ;)

I might know a few of you, and if not am sure we've got common friends.  I'm in the process of releasing a collaboration between myself and artist/producer Paul Russell that would probably fall into the world ambient category.....or at least a few of the tracks.  I'll let you know when it's available and sound clips are up.

Thanks for this place--I should have found you folks a long, long, time ago. 
Title: New Year ... soon again ;)
Post by: treibklang on October 28, 2009, 10:15:05 AM
My first posting to this forum, thought it to be a good idea to introduce myself.
Although I recently checked Hypnos home page, it needed a link on another forum to point me here. From what I read so far, this seems an interesting and nice place to be, from now on taking the advantage of being registered to memorize read posts ;)
My name is Stefan, long time interestee in (traditional) electronic music, ambient and similar styles. Also trying to compose music myself, if time allows. And since summer 2008, I produce a weekly podcast on electronic music named syndae each and every Friday at midnight.

Cheers,
Stefan
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: mgriffin on October 28, 2009, 10:20:16 AM
Hi Stefan and Cass.  Thanks for introducing yourselves, and welcome to the Hypnos Forum.  Feel free to start new topics and contribute in whatever way seems interesting to you.  We can always use some "new blood" here.

Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: cromag on October 28, 2009, 09:12:31 PM
Hello, treibklang!
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: MatthewJ on November 23, 2009, 07:25:05 AM
Hello. MatthewJ from London, UK. I used to post a little on the old forum. I have never been a musician or had a desire to make music myself, but am a keen listener of ambient music, in particular Mathias Grassow, Steve Roach and Harold Budd. I also enjoy a lot of 70’s disco and R&B such as The Temptations, The Trammps etc.

I started listening to more downtempo music in 1994, at the age of 15/6 when people like the Aphex Twin released albums such as SAW 2 and Jose Padilla released the original Café Del Mar Compilations.  Ten years on and I had long stopped listening to house and decided to collect ambient instead.
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: mgriffin on November 23, 2009, 09:19:53 AM
Welcome (back), MatthewJ!
Title: Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
Post by: Seren on November 23, 2009, 11:53:09 AM
Not long and we can start again! ;D ;D
Title: Re: Let's introduce ourselves -- new Hypnos Forum members especially
Post by: mgriffin on November 30, 2009, 05:48:31 PM
I've re-titled this one since it's nearly the end of the year (original topic title referred to "It's a new year, let's introduce ourselves")

Or maybe we should create a new "introduce ourselves" topic every year?
Title: Re: Let's introduce ourselves -- new Hypnos Forum members especially
Post by: Axs on December 23, 2009, 04:33:26 AM
Hello everybody !

I hereby introduce myself : my name is Alex, aka Axs, I'm an electronic music lover (and producer) especially in genres such as dub techno, ambient and drone. I've discovered the Hypnos label a bit more than a year ago thanks to the Michael Mantra and Rod Modell's "Sonic Continuum" release... And since then I pretty much buy every Hypnos record I stumble upon, and every time I'm amazed at the quality of the releases. Of course as many ambient fans I'm inspired by the works of Brian Eno, but also Mathias Grassow, Thomas Köner, Andrew Chalk and Michael Mantra. I registered here after reading the forums for a bit, as the community seems nice and constitued mainly of music lovers like me. And on the internet, that's something quite seldom found.

Best regards ;)
Alex.
Title: Re: Let's introduce ourselves -- new Hypnos Forum members especially
Post by: jkn on December 23, 2009, 06:49:27 AM
Welcome, Alex!   Glad to have you aboard the good ship Hypnos.
Title: Re: Let's introduce ourselves -- new Hypnos Forum members especially
Post by: mgriffin on December 23, 2009, 07:33:57 AM
Hi Alex/Axs -- welcome, and thanks for introducing yourself.
Title: Re: Let's introduce ourselves -- new Hypnos Forum members especially
Post by: Alan Imberg on December 26, 2009, 09:21:32 AM
Greetings:
My name is Alan Imberg. Been lurking on/off for a while. I felt compelled to post for the 1st time recently in the thread announcing Jim Brenholts passing.

I'm a guitarist. I've released a few things independently over the years.

I'm a lover of all sorts of music (so long as its not "cheesy") but particularly instrumental music from different cultures as well as abstract music ranging from Ambient (e.g. Roach, classic Eno) to noise/drone (e.g. Sunn o))), Main, Merzbow). 

I have admired the Hypnos labels for years. Kudos to you, Mr. Griffin, for maintaining a level of quality and integrity over the years.

Cheers,

Alan Imberg
Title: Re: Let's introduce ourselves -- new Hypnos Forum members especially
Post by: mgriffin on December 26, 2009, 12:43:16 PM
Thanks for your words about Hypnos, Alan, and also for taking the time to introduce yourself here.  Hope to see you around here regularly!
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Post by: taalem on January 14, 2010, 02:25:44 PM
time for me to introduce myself i guess! i registered a few weeks back when there was a discussion about some of my latest releases...

so my name is jean-marc, i'lm based in paris, france and i run a small label named taâlem devoted to 3"cdr's in the ambient world.

it's a pleasure to find a forum with ambient devotees  ;D
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Post by: APK on January 14, 2010, 05:19:33 PM
Hi Jean-Marc.
Welcome to THE forum.

Wish I was in Paris right now :)
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Post by: Bert/SonicImmersion.org on April 13, 2010, 05:11:19 AM
Hello,

My name is Bert Strolenberg;
some might already know me as I run my own EM-website www.sonicimmersion.org since October 2007; before that I made E-dition magazine & was reviewer for KLEM, a Dutch Em-fanzine...All together I've been around in EM about 35 years or so.

I hope to visit this forum regularly & when time allows; a day for me should be longer than 12 hours as I have soe much things I's like to do as well...
Cheers to you all!

Bert

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Post by: APK on April 13, 2010, 05:30:28 AM
Hello Bert.
Good to see you on this side of the ocean.

Anthony
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Post by: SequenceC on June 15, 2010, 03:21:47 AM
Hi everyone.

My name is Ben, I'm from London (UK) and have been reading this forum for sometime so thought I should join up. I know a few people on here from other forums (i.e. Tangerine Dream Forum, Modulator ESP Forum and Emportal).

I release music as Gliese 614 (solo) and also Llunstorcarnay, a collaboration with my friend Andy (Seren Ffordd).

http://www.hypnos.com/smf/index.php?topic=254.20

First got into electronic music at age seven, when I discovered JM Jarre (my mother bought some tapes, including Oxygene and Equinoxe). Years later, I discovered Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Ash Ra Tempel, etc. and from there discovered a lot of ambient artists too.

Ben
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Post by: Seren on June 15, 2010, 04:52:36 AM
Hi Ben,

Welcome to the forum - lots of interesting topics to peruse through....
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Post by: phobos on June 15, 2010, 05:16:35 AM
Welcome Ben :)
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Post by: SequenceC on June 15, 2010, 05:45:46 AM
thanks guys
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Post by: modulator_esp on June 15, 2010, 03:19:27 PM
Hi Ben :)
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Post by: pascal savy on June 24, 2010, 05:25:50 AM
Hi, my name is Pascal Savy. I am french but I have been living in London (UK) for nearly ten years. I started making electronic music in the late nineties with hardware sequencer and synthesisers, influenced by detroit techno. After a long break, I really got into ambient and drones music and then started experimenting in this field, influenced by labels like 12k, touch or imbalance computer music. I now produce everything in the box but incorporate many field recordings I have been capturing whenever possible. After spending 3 years shaping up my sound, I have released my first solo project under my own name on the Audiomoves label back in March 2010. I am now working on various collaborative projects, one being with a very interesting japanese sound/art label called Field Noise Records.

I have heard of Hypnos through forum member Bert Strolenberg (SonicImmersion.org) who reviewed my album a couple of months ago and who encouraged me to join in.

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Post by: Hypnagogue on June 24, 2010, 06:52:43 AM
Pascal--welcome to Hypnos! I've been listening to your "Silent Watcher" CD quite a bit lately for review. An excellent bit of work, absolutely worth diving deeply into!
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Post by: pascal savy on July 01, 2010, 07:52:34 AM
I really appreciate your comments. Thank you so much for taking the time to listen to it and considering it for review. I found out recently you used one of the tracks for your podcast. That's great! Thanks again for the kind words.
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Post by: Youngblood on July 21, 2010, 09:27:12 AM
Greetings,

My name is Nathan Youngblood, and I'm from Tucson,Az. I am a long time lover of ambient and world music. I enjoy creating sound that reflects the land and space around me, as well as imagined ones.  I look forward to meeting you at SoundQuest Fest!






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Post by: coleio on August 23, 2010, 06:52:36 AM
Hello, my name is Cole. I'm 21 and from Birmingham, England.

I'm currently studying Science at college with a view to going on to study Environmental Science at university.
I have a qualification in music, and spent most of my time there composing my own ambient music. I'm saving up for a small, home-recording studio and hope to be releasing music pretty soon.

I enjoy: Hiking, Photography, Music, Reading, Writing, Cycling and playing the odd video-game.

Cheers!
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Post by: APK on August 23, 2010, 07:56:24 AM
Welcome to the Forum, Cole.
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Post by: mgriffin on August 23, 2010, 01:14:36 PM
Hi Cole, and welcome.
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Post by: Seren on August 24, 2010, 08:50:34 AM
Hi Cole,

There's quite a bunch of people from the UK around if you dig about.....
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Post by: phobos on August 24, 2010, 02:53:14 PM
Welcome Cole :)
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Post by: dreamin4ever on September 12, 2010, 11:40:25 AM
Okay. . . .to begin with I've been on this forum since around March of 2008. Not many post. Just a few.
I started listening to Pink Floyd, ELP, Yes, etc., etc., before getting into the Dream (Tangerine Dream) back in 1978. My first album was Thief. A co-worker introduced me to Sorceror and I was blown away. Well, I thought so until I went out and bought TD's Ricochet, Rubycon and Phaedra. The next ten years I bought whatever TD albums I could find (new or used) along with Vangelis, Kitaro, Jean Michel Jarre, Michael Garrison, etc. But my main group would be and still is Tangerine Dream. Sometime before 1989 I discovered Kit Watkins Azure. And I was taken into another direction. Thats when I fell out of TD as they were going in a different direction. It wasnt until the 90's when Edgar added vocals to TD when I completely stopped listening to the Dream. One night out in the middle of Mojave desert in SoCal I was camping out after a nice soak in Deep creek Hot Springs I heard on the radio Hearts of Space. They were playing Robert Rich, Steve Roach, etc. That was my first time hearing Roach and Rich's music. I have all of Steve's albums and most of Roberts along with Vidna Obmana and other ambient artist I have collected in the last ten years plus. My first Roach concert was at a coffee shop in Santa Monica back in 1997. Since then I've been to see Steve every year that he's played here in SoCal or I would drive or fly to see him perform live. A MUST. I am hoping to make it to this years Soundquest Fest in Tucson. More recently I've been discovering Between Interval, Redshift and others. There are just so many styles of ambient/electospace music out there. But my one passion for group is still Tangerine Dream. The last 5 years I've gotten back into the Dream. Flying across the Pond 3 times in the last three years to see Edgar and company perform live in London, Berlin and back to London this year to see TD perform at the historic Royal Albert Hall. TD is not the Dream it once was. But they are still putting out some good and not so good music after 40 years. For those who still listen to Tangerine Dream I would recomd their latest live album Zeitgest live at the Royal Albert Hall 2010 3cd set. A must. If anyone out there has any recommendations of new or old ambient artist please let me know. Thank you.
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Post by: edentropy on October 10, 2010, 09:45:28 AM
Hello!

My name is David, I'm currently involved with the project Eddie Entropy, which is (after a number of digressions) an industrially-tinged dark ambient. 

I am 36 years old, live in Westminster, CA and manage a yoga studio for my day gig (pretty much a dream job). I am currently going through a divorce with my wife of 17 years.  It's strange being single after 20 years in a relationship (we started dating 3 years before marriage), haven't really had the nerve to actually enter the dating scene.

I've been involved in music since 17 and used to release cassettes under a wide variety of project names.  I've also been in a few bands over the years.  Currently I'm pretty obsessed with krautrock and Witch House music. I cycle through phases pretty regularly. 

I'm happy to be on here and really enjoy the pleasant community this forum fosters!
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Post by: mgriffin on October 12, 2010, 09:20:49 AM
Welcome to the forum, David.

Also I missed dreamin4ever's post, and though he's not new here, I wanted to say thanks for introducing yourself!
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Post by: dreamin4ever on October 24, 2010, 01:49:58 PM
Welcome to the forum, David.

Also I missed dreamin4ever's post, and though he's not new here, I wanted to say thanks for introducing yourself!

Thanks mgriffin. I dont post much here. Sorry. I do read alot and if I find something interesting I will post. This is an excellent site. One of the best I might add. I am a huge Tangerine Dream fan and I do post alot on their forum. I know its not the Dream it once was but. . . . Anyways, did you make it out to Tucson for the Soundquest Fest? I wanted to go soooo bad. I just could not call in sick to work for this. My first time in 16 years not seeing Steve perform live. Bummer.
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Post by: michinoku on December 31, 2010, 01:56:38 PM
hello, I'm new here.

my name is Adam and I was put on to this place by a friend who had been coming to this forum for album recommendations a while back.

I'm from Connecticut, US, and floundering post college right now, making ambient/electroacoustic music in my apartment as well as several other projects involving musical weirdness. At some point I might go back to school for a composition degree. We shall see though.



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Post by: APK on December 31, 2010, 06:22:50 PM
Welcome ... always good to hear a new voice.
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Post by: mgriffin on December 31, 2010, 06:44:07 PM
Hi Adam, thanks for stopping in here. Welcome!
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Post by: Bob Ohrum on April 24, 2011, 06:48:12 AM
Hello everyone ! I`m Bob from Buffalo NY
Great to be here !!!
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Post by: APK on April 24, 2011, 07:29:55 AM
Hi Bob. Good to see you over here ... as well as at RM.  :)
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Post by: Bob Ohrum on April 24, 2011, 07:36:10 AM
Hi Bob. Good to see you over here ... as well as at RM.  :)
Thank you !!  :)
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Post by: richardgurtler on April 24, 2011, 10:30:56 AM
Hi Bob, it's really nice to see you on Hypnos!!! I still have to explore your rM releases. All the best from Slovakia... :)

Richard
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Post by: hdibrell on April 24, 2011, 11:00:10 AM
Hi Bob. Good to see you over here ... as well as at RM.  :)
I agree! Good to see you here, Bob.
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Post by: Seren on April 24, 2011, 11:18:29 AM
Hi Bob, wlecome to the forum
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Post by: mgriffin on April 25, 2011, 06:12:01 AM
Hi Bob, good to see you around here!
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Post by: jkn on April 25, 2011, 07:05:23 AM
Hi, Bob!  I look forward to getting to you know! 

John

 ;D


EDIT:  Oh sheesh - that is such a bad typo / flipping of words ... I think I'll just leave it to poke fun at myself.   
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Post by: Bob Ohrum on April 26, 2011, 06:54:02 AM
Thank you for the welcome everyone !!
John you are the man !! :D
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Post by: Sievert on May 09, 2011, 11:34:36 PM
I am Kirill Platonkin, sometimes I write drone ambient music. And I found here a nice place to stay in and to learn something new from the ambient world.
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Post by: hdibrell on May 10, 2011, 01:25:05 PM
Hi Kirill,  Welcome to the forum!
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Post by: mgriffin on May 10, 2011, 01:48:05 PM
Hello, Sievert aka Kirill Platonkin. Thanks for checking out our little community.
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Post by: jkn on May 10, 2011, 02:34:04 PM
Welcome, Sievert!
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Post by: Sievert on May 11, 2011, 04:03:43 AM
Thank you, gentlemen!
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Post by: Taj Mikel on May 16, 2011, 08:04:37 PM
Hey everybody! Nice to meet you all, I'm new to the forum :D I'm a guitarist and recently I've been really getting into electronic music also. Looking forward to getting to know everyone! If theres anything youd like to know, just ask :)
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Post by: hdibrell on May 16, 2011, 09:11:22 PM
Hi Taj, Welcome to the forum! It's always good to have new people and insights here.
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Post by: Taj Mikel on May 17, 2011, 01:18:54 AM
Thank you, Sir!
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Post by: mgriffin on May 17, 2011, 08:22:51 AM
Hi Taj. Welcome to the Hypnos Forum, and thanks for introducing yourself.
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Post by: Taj Mikel on May 18, 2011, 02:58:13 AM
Absolutely, my pleasure. It's always a polite consideration to stop in and say hi to the community when you check it out for the first time I think :)
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Post by: Aairria on May 18, 2011, 11:04:45 PM
Hello everyone!

I'm Aairria, a polish (not only) ambient musician, founder of Rain netlabel, devoted cd cover designer, fan of longform music, the destroyer of worlds  ;D
It's nice to be here.
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Post by: hdibrell on May 21, 2011, 04:36:34 PM
It's good to have you here!  8)
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Post by: mgriffin on May 24, 2011, 08:41:07 AM
Destroyer of worlds?! Uh oh!
Seriously, welcome to the forum, Aairria.
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Post by: Julian Ray on May 28, 2011, 11:41:54 PM
Julian Ray from Canada.
Just joined Hypnos forum. Glad to meet you all here  :D
I love music composing (mostly Ambient, Space and New Age) and sound design.

Best,
JR
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Post by: hdibrell on May 29, 2011, 12:07:28 PM
Welcome, Julian!
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Post by: Julian Ray on May 30, 2011, 12:59:56 PM
Thank you, Harry!
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Post by: Scott M2 on May 30, 2011, 02:30:17 PM
Hello from Toronto Julian.   What city/town/neck of the woods are you living in?
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Post by: Bill Binkelman on May 30, 2011, 03:38:53 PM
Hi Julian,

I recognize your name from somewhere else...maybe a ning group? Anyway, welcome to a great forum, full of nice folks who actually want to discuss music....a wonder in this day and age, IMO.  ;)
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Post by: Julian Ray on May 30, 2011, 07:32:25 PM
Hi Scott,

I am from Toronto as well :)
Glad to meet you here.
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Post by: Julian Ray on May 30, 2011, 07:35:38 PM
Hi Bill,

Thank you for welcoming :)
Yes, A ning New Age group and I'm pretty sure we are friends on Facebook.

Glad to see you here as well.
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Post by: APK on May 31, 2011, 05:18:26 AM
Good to see a bunch of new people on the forum in the past few weeks.

Hi Julian. Going to be hot in Toronto today  8)
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Post by: Julian Ray on May 31, 2011, 06:39:01 AM
Hi Anthony,

Yes, I hope that after all this "chill & ambient" Spring at last we'll have a "rocking" Summer  ;)
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Post by: Scott M2 on May 31, 2011, 07:12:27 AM
Julian - If you're into ambient & sound-design you must come by the PiNG man.
You'll find a small community of like-minded artists and audience in downtown Toronto.
Say Hi when you come (I usually have a black bandana on) and we can chat and I'll introduce you to a few people.
If we've already talked - please forgive my unawesome memory.   :-[

Next Tuesday's show will be really something with artists I have extra-high respect for. (Hurdy-Gurdy with looping, etc...)

Details here: http://www.theambientping.com (http://www.theambientping.com)
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Post by: Julian Ray on May 31, 2011, 07:36:20 AM
Thanks Scott,

Thanks for inviting :)

It's good to know that such a community exists here in Toronto.
I'll be glad to come and meet you and others. I'll see if I can make it to next Tuesday.
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Post by: jkn on May 31, 2011, 07:43:20 AM
Aairria - Destroyer of Worlds... love it!   He's actually a great guy - and has some really great music released under various names.  I first ran across him on StillStream - Darrell was playing a track and it made me ask him what it was and where to get it.   

Julian - welcome!  Great to have a new member on the site!  This is a very good place to post and support each others music.
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Post by: Julian Ray on May 31, 2011, 12:06:44 PM
Thanks John!
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Post by: mgriffin on May 31, 2011, 12:34:16 PM
A hearty welcome to all the new folks.
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Post by: Julian Ray on May 31, 2011, 04:01:41 PM
Thanks Mike. I'm glad to join this forum :)
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Post by: Vajragio on June 24, 2011, 01:03:40 PM
Hello Hypnos forum!

I am Giovanni and i am a musician.
I started making ambient space music last year since i am a huge fan i figured why not? I actually play in a heavy metal band as lead guitarist to! I have music on sound cloud that you can check out in my sig.
i also have a face book page to!
http://soundcloud.com/koolaidolio (http://soundcloud.com/koolaidolio)
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Post by: headonist on June 24, 2011, 03:14:32 PM
Hi Giovanni, and welcome to the forum!
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Post by: mgriffin on June 24, 2011, 03:19:38 PM
Welcome, Vajragio/Giovanni. Thanks for visiting!
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Post by: Seren on June 25, 2011, 01:00:44 AM
welcome to the forum Vajragio
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Post by: Vajragio on June 28, 2011, 11:02:09 AM
Thanks guys! i am looking forward to this community!
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Post by: eric719 on July 07, 2011, 12:21:00 PM
I've posted a few times but haven't done a formal intro. I'm Eric Strang in eastern Washington state. I was introduced to electronic music by my uncle way back in 1981. He was listening to Jean Michel Jarre's "Les Chants Magnetiques" which had just come out. From there I went on to artists such as Tangerine Dream and Steve Roach. 30 years later there is still some awesome stuff being done. Thanks for having me and thanks to those of you that put the music out. 
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Post by: mgriffin on July 07, 2011, 01:14:11 PM
Hi Eric
Here's a formal welcome to the forum to go along with your formal intro. I happen to be visiting your neck of the woods at the moment. It's hot here!
Cheers,
Mike
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Post by: eric719 on July 07, 2011, 08:21:08 PM
Thanks Mike! It was rather warm here today. Good day to just stay inside and listen to music.
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Post by: hdibrell on July 07, 2011, 08:56:06 PM
Hi Eric! Good to see you here! It's hot here, too. Of course in south Texas it's always hot this time of year.  ::)
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Post by: Jeff Sampson on July 24, 2011, 09:38:21 PM
Hmmm.... I joined this forum three years ago (almost to the day) - obviously, I don't post much, and I must not read as much as I thought because I've only tonight come across this thread!

So: I'm a fair bit older than the majority here, for whatever that's worth. Born in a mid-Atlantic state (of mind) and spent the first couple of decades in various cities and towns in the Northeast U.S. Currently living in the southern half of Colorado's Front Range.

I've done more types of work than I care to remember - the longest episodes were nearly 20 years in retail record stores, and 15 as an IT guy. Now, all I do is create music and sell off my record collection (anyone looking for obscurities from the '70s and early '80s?).

Started my music "career" as the singer in rock bands (covers and original prog in the '70s, new wavey stuff in the '80s, prog in the '90s, and finished a two year stint in a progressive garage trio last summer). I've been serious about creating ambient/electronic/experimental atmospheres since the beginning of this century. Some of you are familiar with the music from Embracing the Glass (we now call ourselves Sampson-Carroll). I also work with Sara Ayers (we had an EP on Atmoworks for a bit - it's now downloadable from a few places, and we've some new music in the works. Honest!), collaborate with others whenever the opportunity arises, but mostly work on my own. I do play synthesizers, but my voice is my primary instrument - generally lyricless, often looped and layered. I like structured music a lot, and have no problems playing it, but I seem to be the most comfortable in an improvisational setting.

I love science fiction, loathe politics, am stunned by the callous disregard those with the "might" have for those without it. Plain food eater: no meat and easy on the spices. Split pea soup is wonderful. :)

Glad to be here. The conversations are genuine and thoughtful. The pointers to music I wouldn't otherwise be aware of are very much appreciated.
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Post by: mgriffin on July 25, 2011, 11:23:05 AM
Hi Jeff.

Thanks for posting the full introduction. It's always interesting to learn a little more about people who post on the forum.
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Post by: APK on July 25, 2011, 07:11:05 PM
Always good to see some new people interested in the forum this past month.
Greetings!
And Jeff, I especially like your "loathe politics", and your love of split pea soup. Can't go wrong there  :)
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Post by: ffcal on July 25, 2011, 09:16:36 PM
Hi Jeff,

Let me add a welcome, too.  I have that EP collab wth Sara Ayers that you mentioned; she sent it to me a few years back.  Nice to hear you working on some new material with her.

Forrest
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Post by: hdibrell on July 25, 2011, 09:23:11 PM
Yes! Split pea soup is good!  :D
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Post by: Jeff Sampson on August 03, 2011, 09:17:34 PM
Thanks for the greetings, guys.

Can you believe I - finally - discovered (tonight!) the Notify option? 

(I'm on the ball, I tell ya')   ::)
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Post by: terraamb01 on September 06, 2011, 08:20:24 AM
Hi, I'm a new old member. Jeff Kowal (Terra Ambient). I realized it's been so long since I was here that the forum updated without me. So I thought I better make a fresh account. I produce ambient/tribal/rhythmic music and other oddities. Glad to be back!
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Post by: mgriffin on September 06, 2011, 08:52:36 AM
Welcome, Jeff. Thanks for stopping by.
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Post by: einstein36 on September 06, 2011, 06:05:41 PM
Long time no see....Welcome back Jeff...
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Post by: Matthew Davenport on September 13, 2011, 10:54:21 PM
Hello all, i came across this forum via Ambientvisions.com and the link posted in the untimely death of A Produce. After reading the forum and thread about his death and seeing the amount of ambient music composers I like and admire and listen to reguarly (Numina, Jeff Pearce, Ma Ja Le, etc) here, i knew i had to join. I am an avid listener of Stephen Hills Hearts of Space and first heard those artists on his show and have admired them since. I am also a huge fan of several Spotted Peccary artists as well. I am studying broadcast communications at University of Toledo and hope to become a broadcast meteorologist one day and that signifies my username. Any other questions? Just let me know. Thanks

Matt
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Post by: phobos on September 14, 2011, 04:24:25 AM
Welcome to the forum  Matt :)
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Post by: mgriffin on September 14, 2011, 08:10:09 AM
Hi Matt

Thanks for introducing yourself, and welcome!
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Post by: jkn on September 14, 2011, 08:21:31 AM
Welcome to the forum, Matt.  Please make yourself at home.  There are a lot of good people here. 
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Post by: Jeff Sampson on September 14, 2011, 09:37:16 PM
Hullo, Matt! - welcome aboard.
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Post by: Bill Binkelman on September 22, 2011, 09:17:21 AM
Hi Matt. Welcome to the Forum. I've been a fan of the Peccaries since Howard Givens launched SP. I'm curious to know who your faves on the label are, if you care to chime in on the subject.
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Post by: nightlamp on February 29, 2012, 12:34:19 PM
Hi everyone, new member here.  I'm Jason, 36, a librarian from San Francisco.  I've been a fan of ambient, drone, space musics since I was in college.  I gravitate more towards the organic/tribal end of the ambient music spectrum, but it all has its time and place...  I also enjoy making improvised, mostly-ambient music (sorry, no recordings yet) with percussion, hammered dulcimer, a modest little modular synth and whatever other instruments or cool-sounding objects I can get my hands on.  Looking forward to checking out the forum discussions!
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Post by: mgriffin on February 29, 2012, 02:20:07 PM
Hi Jason

Welcome, and thanks for introducing yourself so we know a little bit about you.

I think you'll find this forum a friendly place. Sometimes it's quiet, other times things become a bit more energized. Feel free to start new topics, ask questions, and so on.

Mike
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Post by: Seren on March 01, 2012, 01:07:26 AM
Welcome to the forum and enjoy
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Post by: eyes cast down on May 25, 2012, 08:26:43 AM
New member blurb... I'm Greg M, aka eyes cast down. I'm based in Chicago now, after a lifetime in Canada (most of that in Toronto). My website is www.eyescastdown.com (http://www.eyescastdown.com), which has a bunch of streaming clips and directs to my WP blog (mostly music writing & reviews) and my Kalindi Music site (Publisher & Other projects). I'm also active in the Relaxed Machinery Ning community and will be releasing on that label (shout-out JKN!). Glad to be aboard here, along with many respected peers. It was JKN's flag on the CD v. CDR discussion that brought me in. (Works every time...)
Hypnos is one of the coolest labels around. I have spoken...
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Post by: mgriffin on May 25, 2012, 09:51:10 AM
Official welcome, Greg! And thanks for the kind words about Hypnos.
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Post by: hdibrell on May 25, 2012, 12:42:06 PM
Another official welcome. Good to have you here.
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Post by: btocher on June 04, 2012, 08:23:33 AM
Hi, everyone - I'm Baxter, from Edinburgh, Scotland. I'm married, and live with my wife and two cats in an old bungalow on the south side of the city. My main interests are music, films, writing, reading and social media.

I've been interested in ambient music and electronica for many years. I've only recently discovered the fantastic community that's involved in making and appreciating such music. Last week I launched a new music review site called EarTickles. Response so far has been great, with lots of very positive feedback.

I've also just joined the Netlabelism team as a reviewer, and my first contribution should be posted there shortly.

I hope to discover much more great music via the Forum.
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Post by: jkn on June 04, 2012, 08:28:23 AM
Welcome Greg, Welcome Baxter.

You both know me from elsewhere.  :-)

Glad to see you posting here also.
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Post by: btocher on June 04, 2012, 08:30:41 AM
You both know me from elsewhere.  :-)

Glad to see you posting here also.

Indeed we do! I only discovered this forum today. Now I have two nice communities to hang out in :)
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Post by: Seren on June 04, 2012, 08:40:05 AM
welcome Baxter, enjoy the interaction here 8)
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Post by: btocher on June 04, 2012, 08:41:53 AM
welcome Baxter, enjoy the interaction here 8)
Hello, and thank you :) *waves to Wales*
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Post by: Juta Takahashi on June 04, 2012, 07:57:27 PM
Oh, I've been missing this thread!
Please let me introduce myself again here.

Hello everyone,

First of all, I'm honored to be a member of this great forum. I'm an ambient musician from Sendai, Japan. I've released eight albums since 2007. Full previews of all released tracks are available on my official website (http://www.jutatakahashi.com/). Please stop by.

Though my small studio and its instruments were damaged by the earthquake, I've recently started the recording for a new album. I'm going to introduce it to you around this summer.

Sincerely,

Juta Takahashi (http://www.jutatakahashi.com/)
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Post by: mgriffin on June 05, 2012, 05:28:57 AM
Juta and Baxter, a sincere welcome to both of you!

Mike
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Post by: btocher on June 05, 2012, 05:37:15 AM
Juta and Baxter, a sincere welcome to both of you!

Many thanks, Mike!
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Post by: Juta Takahashi on June 05, 2012, 08:17:32 AM
Juta and Baxter, a sincere welcome to both of you!

Thanks for your welcome, Mike.
I'm honored.
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Post by: phobos on June 05, 2012, 03:05:18 PM
Welcome, Greg, Baxter and Juta  8)
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Post by: Juta Takahashi on June 05, 2012, 07:25:30 PM
Many thanks, David.
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Post by: btocher on June 06, 2012, 02:43:29 AM
Welcome, Greg, Baxter and Juta  8)

Thank you, Phobos. I'll be sure to check out your music!
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Post by: JeromeDisney on September 27, 2012, 02:41:53 AM
Hi there

I'm Jerome Disney, 50, currently living and working in Ireland but originally from Cape Town, South Africa. Played guitar with informal folk groups for many years. Gave it all up until about 8 years ago when I decided to have a stab at making some instrumental music. Ambient music only forms a small part of the works of which there are 4 in progress. Will be releasing a collection of tracks next year sometime. Probably won't sell much but that does not really matter as I like the creative aspect of composing. Have a variety of influences from folk to electronica and everything else inbetween as well. Main instrument is the guitar but I dabble with others as well. Started out as a drummer many moons ago. Looking forward to seeing who's who in the zoo.
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Post by: Seren on September 27, 2012, 04:43:11 AM
Welcome Jerome,

Living just across the water from you in Wales.
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Post by: JeromeDisney on September 27, 2012, 04:53:02 AM
Thx Seren - been to Wales a couple of times. The nicest part of England in my opinion. Do you have any material of your own that I can listen to? Just trying to get a feel of what everybody here likes.
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Post by: Scott M2 on September 27, 2012, 03:34:36 PM
Welcome Jerome,

Living just across the water from you in Canada.  ;)
Only a second away on the net.

Best of luck with your ambient side... and what the heck, the rest too.  :)

Cheers,
Scott M2
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Post by: APK on September 27, 2012, 05:41:55 PM
Greetings Jerome.
Always good to see a new face here.

Cheers.
Anthony

PS. Don't let anyone from Wales hear you say it's the best part of England  ;)
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Post by: JeromeDisney on September 27, 2012, 09:14:04 PM
Thx for the welcome guys. And yes, I always make that mistake about about Wales being a part of England!!
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Post by: Seren on September 28, 2012, 12:43:28 AM
I was wondering how to raise that issue of Wales/England. ;D
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Post by: jkn on October 08, 2012, 10:25:53 AM
Welcome, Jerome!  I live just across the water.... oh - we've been through that already.  :-) 

Welcome and the music around here while primarily ambient in nature - most people like a lot of kinds of music.   

John
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Post by: relaxedbetty on December 07, 2012, 06:40:53 PM
Hi, I've stumbled across this forum. I'm from New Zealand and I used to make a living as a Hypnotherapist in the UK...recession.. ah well. Anyway, when I was doing the hypnosis, I used some really smart ambient, hypnotic music that seemed to get people down into deep relaxation quickly. I'm a fan!

I operate a website called http://www.howtobehealthy.co.nz (http://www.howtobehealthy.co.nz) which has a really cool book that advertises on it. It's called Read Away Body Fat...Instant Weight Loss Hypnosis in a book. I bought it from Booklocker.com as an ebook: http://www.booklocker.com/books/4457.html (http://www.booklocker.com/books/4457.html) and I lost weight! The book took me about 3 hours to read but wow...what a transformation! I believe the author has done a CD but I can't find it.
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Post by: Dicaelus Dialatus on December 12, 2012, 05:09:28 PM
Hi everyone,

I found this forum searching on the internet something about "mixing ambient tracks" becaused I've been so wretched recently noticing how far are from sounding good my pieces.
Anyway I am Carlo Alberto (you can call me Caio) and I come from Torino (Italy), I am 21 and I hope we may have nice time together.
I make music, I listen to a lot of genres and I can say some of my favourite names, such as Coil, Black sun Productions, Prurient, Simon Balestrazzi, be maledetto now!, Haus Arafna and many others.

!:)
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Post by: hdibrell on December 12, 2012, 09:52:08 PM
Welcome, Caio.
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Post by: Jim Young on December 24, 2012, 12:43:07 PM
Hello,

My name is Jim Young. I'm 58 years old and live in the town of Ashland, Oregon. By day I'm a DBA and data warehouse specialist. By night and weekends, time permitting, I dabble in creating ambient/abstract music. I publish (if you can call it that) my works via my web site Ambient Alchemy (http://ambientalchemy.com), and through the Ambient Alchemy podcast, which is accessible through iTunes, FeedBurner or directly through the RSS feed (http://ambientalchemy.com/podcasts/aafeed.rss).

I've been a listener and appreciator of ambient music for many years. I think my first introduction to the genre was Tangerine Dream, later the works of Jonn Serrie , Michael Stearns, Ray Lynch. These days I listen to a steady diet of Steve Roach, Robert Rich, Erik Wollo and also enjoy the more dark edgy stuff like Sky Burial. I'm a huge fan of the Space Music podcast (http://www.spacemusic.nl), TC puts on a great show. I was a regular listener to HOS and Echos, until, sadly, our local NPR station dropped those programs in favor of pretty much endless jazz.

I stumbled across this forum while looking for an online community that was centered around ambient music and its composition. It looks like I've found the right place!
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Post by: Seren on December 27, 2012, 01:21:41 AM
Welcome Jim, it's a nice and interesting place to be. 8)
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Post by: phobos on December 27, 2012, 04:01:26 AM
Welcome Jim 8)
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Post by: hdibrell on December 27, 2012, 02:07:35 PM
I'd like to add my welcome, Jim. Looking forward to your input.
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Post by: mgriffin on December 27, 2012, 06:49:15 PM
Welcome, Jim. Ashland is beautiful!
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Post by: Gemini Ambience on December 31, 2013, 12:50:02 PM
Hi Everyone,

I am a returning member to this forum. Haven't really had much time to work on music the last few years due to being laid off in 2009 and attempting to find work in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Didn't work out, so now I'm back home in Pennsylvania.

Just wanted to say hello now that I'm back on the forum. Feel like I'm starting all over again with my music as well as my life. Still have the MacBook Pro running Ableton Live 8. My current favorite synth is Zebra 2 by u-he. This synth is a powerhouse and now that I have loads of time on my hands til I find a new job, I figure I might as well start composing again.

Any tips or advice for a newbie approaching ambient production is welcome. Unlike the trance I used to write, I have no idea how a basic DAW workflow template should look for ambient. Will be searching the forum threads for any good topics or tutorials I may have missed since leaving.

Have a Happy New Year everyone!

Jim / Gemini Ambience
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Post by: Seren on January 01, 2014, 06:49:53 AM
Welcome back Jim,

a tip - throw any preconceptions away and just create music you enjoy.
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Post by: mgriffin on January 01, 2014, 04:18:52 PM
Hi Jim - I agree with Seren. Don't start from a "workflow" - just start making sounds, and tweaking and adjusting, until you come up with something you like. I'm usually not able to articulate my workflow until after I'm finished.
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Post by: Gemini Ambience on January 02, 2014, 12:21:55 PM
But what about approaching your compositions. Do you start with loops or do you do long recording passes on each track?

I'm not sure how much of a pad should be automated by modulation within the synth itself, and how much is manually controlled during overdubs (like playing some chord progressions first, then go back and automate parameters with MIDI controls). All the songs I really like tend to be a nice balance of pure ambience and rhythmic tracks...regardless if there's an actual beat.

Since I'm still learning how to program Ableton better, I was just wondering if there were any native tools that worked well with ambient compositions. I found a very good article on generative music with Ableton. I'll try a test of that tutorial and see if it provides good results.

I do like the idea of throwing away all my trance-related preconceptions, it feels more adventurous that way...but I feel like a total newbie approaching ambient composition. :)

Happy New Year everyone!
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Post by: Seren on January 02, 2014, 01:35:08 PM
Hi Gemini,

Can I suggest you start a new thread in the members projects news and promotion board.

There are most probably threads somewhere in the history of the forum about what you are asking, but I'd hate to start digging to find them.

The questions you've written above would be a good first post and I'm sure many people would be willing to give advice...
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Post by: hpsounds on January 21, 2014, 08:11:10 PM
Hi everybody ! ;)

My name is Hédi and I'm a new member of this forum which I read since more than one year now. I'm in the electronic music field since more than 20 years now and plunged into ambient music genre at the same time while discovering Steve Roach early works at that time (and I'm still a big fan). I'm really happy to have joined this like-mind small community.

I'm very sensible to landscape, soundscape and nature. These main elements have deeply influenced my life, both personally and professionally. I've lived in France and moved to Iceland some years ago. I'm a photographer, architect, graphic/web designer and former university teacher.

(http://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/userpix/336_23168389256a3ffd800_1.jpg)

My musical interests and tools are textures, rhythms and environmental soundscapes. My setup gravitates around a laptop with Ableton Live, MaxForLive (custom made step sequencers (http://www.hpsounds.com/octane-step-sequencer/)), Max and few plug-ins (mainly reverbs and filters), an Eventide Eclipse, an eurorack modular synth, some sdiy synths (Shruthi), and a pocket field recorder device (Sony PCM-D50).

My music is between atmospheric and dark drones, environmental field recordings, abstract and/or melodic sequences. Here are some extracts of recent works:

Strange Tribe
[soundcloud]http://soundcloud.com/hpsounds/strange-tribe-v15-extract[/soundcloud]
http://soundcloud.com/hpsounds/strange-tribe-v15-extract (http://soundcloud.com/hpsounds/strange-tribe-v15-extract)

Light Wind
[soundcloud]http://soundcloud.com/hpsounds/light-wind-14-live[/soundcloud]
http://soundcloud.com/hpsounds/light-wind-14-live (http://soundcloud.com/hpsounds/light-wind-14-live)

White Horizon
[soundcloud]http://soundcloud.com/hpsounds-demos/white-horizon[/soundcloud]
http://soundcloud.com/hpsounds-demos/white-horizon (http://soundcloud.com/hpsounds-demos/white-horizon)
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Post by: mgriffin on January 21, 2014, 08:29:02 PM
Hello Hédi

Thanks for introducing yourself. I'd say "welcome to the forum" but it sounds like you've been around for a while, just not posting yet. Hope to see you around more.

I enjoyed your first Soundcloud clip. When I have a chance I'll check out more. Nice photo too!

Mike
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Post by: Seren on January 22, 2014, 05:28:05 AM
welcome Hedi
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Post by: APK on January 22, 2014, 06:38:33 AM
Welcome Hédi.
Enjoyed your music.

APK
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Post by: Scott M2 on April 25, 2014, 08:55:22 PM
Hi Jana, I enjoyed your drone and float. Unofficial welcome here!  ;D
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Post by: Analoguekid on May 07, 2014, 06:48:01 AM
 :) :)

Hello everyone, it seems that certain associations and my desire to hear and create Ambient music has finally got me to this place and happy to be here. My name is Martyn (51 years old) and I am from Staffordshire in the UK, I am a member of various other Electronic Music forums and am interested in EM music, both recorded and live via local concerts I also listen regularly to Electro-Music and stillstream radio shows. Looking through some of the members names I read a few that I know both in person and via other forums. I hope to be an active member here and contribute accordingly to members posts that I find interesting and will also post up some of my music from time to time :-) 
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Post by: Seren on May 08, 2014, 12:40:01 AM
Hi Martyn, welcome to the forum, I'm sure you'll find it an interesting place to be
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Post by: Analoguekid on May 08, 2014, 01:24:35 AM
Hi Martyn, welcome to the forum, I'm sure you'll find it an interesting place to be

Thanks Andy, I am sure I will find lots of good music to listen to and quite a few interesting threads on here :-) It seems a lot more tailored to Ambient and experimental EM on here which is good.
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Post by: phobos on May 08, 2014, 04:50:25 AM
Hi Martyn, and welcome to the forum. Lots of very interesting things to discover here. 8)
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Post by: Analoguekid on May 08, 2014, 05:26:15 AM
Hi Martyn, and welcome to the forum. Lots of very interesting things to discover here. 8)

Thanks David, good to be here :-)
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Post by: mgriffin on May 16, 2014, 08:22:33 AM
Hello Martyn-

Sorry I've been slow to welcome you here. Life this past week has been frantic! It's always nice to see new people joining up and contributing!

Mike
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Post by: Analoguekid on May 16, 2014, 09:38:28 AM
Hello Martyn-

Sorry I've been slow to welcome you here. Life this past week has been frantic! It's always nice to see new people joining up and contributing!

Mike

Thanks Mike :-)
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Post by: Matthew Florianz on May 18, 2014, 08:43:22 AM
Hi, thanks for having me (back)!

I have been a part-time lurker and many years ago posted a bit too. Then life got in the way of such things though I hope to be a but less absent now.

I earn a living as a sound designer for video games and not even close to a living dabbling in more ambient things, though loving it nonetheless. Wherever I can I try and cross pollinate between the two even if one is sightly more linear than the other.

In expressionist works I am most interested in emotive or instinctive area's where sound meets music and structure becomes organic. It is in the space where styles, techniques, harmonics and atmospheres contradict that something interesting happens.

Not for everyone I suppose but a great many artists, especially in ambient, do explore and succeed there.
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Post by: jkn on May 19, 2014, 05:33:00 AM
Great to see you Matthew! Always enjoyed your music!
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Post by: S1gnsOfL1fe on August 05, 2014, 01:33:24 PM
Hi everyone,

Just wanted to pop in and say hi to some old and new friends! Some of you may know me, my name is Chris Bryant also known as the ambient producer and podcast host S1gns Of L1fe. I am one half of the ambient duo "Ascendant." I also run the ambient producer's forum Ambient Online.

It's really great to be here. I see this whole internet ambient music community as one big ship and we're all aboard it in one capacity or another. My goal is to provide others with the same opportunity I've been given by so many generous and talented artists and ambient music fans out there.

Please feel free to check out my music or drop by our forum (http://www.ambientonline.org (http://www.ambientonline.org)) sometime and say hello.

Cheers and I'll see you all online!
-S1gns
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Post by: mgriffin on August 05, 2014, 04:54:47 PM
Welcome, Chris!
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Post by: S1gnsOfL1fe on August 05, 2014, 10:55:16 PM
Thank you Mike! Very happy to be here.

Cheers,
-S1gns
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Post by: jkn on August 07, 2014, 10:30:26 AM
Chris / S1gns is officially one of the "good eggs".  His interviews on his podcast are awesome.  He's done quite a few of them now featuring people from the Ambient Online site, Relaxed Machinery artists, Data Obscura artists...   cool stuff.
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Post by: Seren on August 10, 2014, 08:13:52 AM
Hi S1gns, welcome 8)
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Post by: phobos on August 11, 2014, 11:39:36 AM
Welcome to the forum S1gns 8)
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Post by: lansuminc on August 18, 2014, 06:34:22 AM
Hi guys been here for quite few days, just found intro thread today. So here i am to introduce myself. Lance, nice to meet you all.
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Post by: mgriffin on August 18, 2014, 10:12:49 AM
Hello, Lance. I hope you'll find everyone friendly here.
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Post by: Remco Helbers on March 07, 2016, 09:09:36 AM
Hi,
I want to introduce myself (again..after several years of absence...). Still very busy with my (ambient)music.
I released an ambient-album in 2001, but my ambientmusic took a backseat after 2001, when I started studying Indian Classical music. Anyways... I'm really listening a lot to ambient these days, and I'm a lurker on these forums so..I thought why not become a member again!

Remco
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Post by: ffcal on March 07, 2016, 10:51:49 AM
Hi,
I want to introduce myself (again..after several years of absence...). Still very busy with my (ambient)music.
I released an ambient-album in 2001, but my ambientmusic took a backseat after 2001, when I started studying Indian Classical music. Anyways... I'm really listening a lot to ambient these days, and I'm a lurker on these forums so..I thought why not become a member again!

Remco

Welcome, Remco.  I enjoyed your "On Some Road" release from many years ago.

Forrest
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Post by: Seren on March 07, 2016, 01:40:50 PM
welcome Remco - hopefully you enjoy the specific form of madness that is the Hypnos forum... 8)
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Post by: Remco Helbers on March 07, 2016, 03:07:44 PM
Thnx for welcome-words! Very curious about the current state of the ambient-scene. Still very much into ethno-ambient. Curious if there are any other fellowmusicians into this sub-genre.
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Post by: JonnyJ on August 05, 2016, 01:46:52 PM
Hello I'm Jon Johnson. I'm going through a new renaissance era of moving forward with music and art among many things. Looking forward to listening and reading about more of you all. Just thought I'd introduce myself.
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Post by: Seren on August 11, 2016, 12:44:07 AM
welcome and enjoy
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Post by: ffcal on August 11, 2016, 05:30:48 PM
Welcome to the forum, Jon.
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Post by: hdibrell on August 14, 2016, 04:00:52 PM
Welcome, Jon.
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Post by: phobos on August 15, 2016, 05:15:54 AM
Welcome here as well Jon ;)
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Post by: Scott M2 on December 19, 2016, 11:40:11 AM
Nice to get to know you better Ekstasis. I hope you achieve your dream of creating ambient music in your own boat some day.
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Post by: ryansummers on February 10, 2017, 12:57:52 PM
Hello, Ryan Summers here...

I found this forum through a search for lo-fi ambient music.  I found some good recommendations on here, so figured I'd join in. 

I've bounced around a lot, musically speaking, over the years.  I used to DJ trance-like music in the early 00's.  I've played keyboards and produced for a couple of bands, one of which I'm still active with.  Right now I'm finding myself more interested in producing ambient music for myself.  I've struggled with insomnia and found myself listening to a lot of ambient music that way.  After awhile I started getting ideas for pieces and had to start making some of my own...

Anyways, looking forward to making some connections on here and finding new music.
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Post by: Tardigrade on February 10, 2017, 04:57:29 PM
Welcome Ryan.

As you may have noticed, there isn't much traffic or banter here.  This forum currently embraces the virtues of Minimalism and inadvertent Zen Buddhism.  Don't let that prevent you from saying things. 

Since it appears you signed up partially on account of my Lo-Fi Ambient thread, I can only hope the owners of the site are prepared to compensate me with an industry standard referral fee.
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Post by: cvac on February 11, 2017, 03:38:46 PM
Welcome Ryan.
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Post by: Seren on February 16, 2017, 01:59:52 PM
welcome Ryan,
The forum does indeed pass through cycles of quiet and busyness - a bit like galaxies, some hot active stuff here, some empty space there....

But it is always a good place to be