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Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum Inactivity
« on: August 01, 2016, 02:07:30 PM »
We always seem to have an ebb and flow to the activity levels here, along with the more general, gradual slowing of all forums like this one. Of course as others have mentioned, the slower activity of the Hypnos label lately is probably a factor. Our mail order is churning along pretty well but I'd like to get another CD or two released soon, here.

Anyway, I think it's inevitable that this kind of thing will have some lulls and that's OK. I always tell people that if they want a discussion to happen, they should start one!

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Windows 10
« on: May 26, 2016, 11:36:29 AM »
So far, I've upgraded about 20 of the PCs here at work (less than half of the total) to Win 10 and I will try to upgrade the rest before the free upgrade offer expires in July.

It's pretty important to make sure you have the most current drivers for your hardware, and if you do, everything seems to run pretty well. I've even been surprised to find that some older PCs that barely ran Windows 8 seem to do a little better with Windows 10.

I haven't run into any programs that won't run in Win 10, but this is a business environment, so there's no media/audio software or gaming to consider.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: "Mythos and Music"
« on: May 25, 2016, 02:59:16 PM »
Thanks for your comments, Stargazer. Since I'm involved in both the ambient music scene and the weird/horror fiction scene, I've been very interested to see how many people are interested in both.

Everything and Nothing / Re: R.I.P. Jeff Kowal aka Terra Ambient
« on: April 28, 2016, 08:47:40 AM »
Jeff had been open on Facebook about his struggle with cancer, but this is still a terrible shock for everyone.

Over the many years I've been involved with this community, I've come across a few people who were a true class act, always genuine and kind in their interactions with everyone. Jeff was one of the good ones.

Everything and Nothing / R.I.P. Jeff Kowal aka Terra Ambient
« on: April 27, 2016, 01:58:40 PM »

I've just seen the terrible news that Jeff Kowal, who was a long-time visitor to this forum, and best known for his recordings as Terra Ambient, has passed away.

As for today, the landing page is a memorial to Jeff, though assume this link will point to something else if you find this later:

Many of us may have seen Jeff posting on Facebook about his difficult illness. I'm not sure what I can say. In addition to being a sensitive and gifted recording artist, Jeff was always intelligent and thoughtful in my interactions with him, and seemed to be well-liked and respected by everyone. He will be missed.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: April 22, 2016, 11:28:07 AM »
Oh, wow... thanks! I mean, thanks for buying a copy, and for the congratulations.

I had been wondering if I should mention the book here. Not push it, but let people know. This has been keeping me very busy for a while, and now it's starting to appear in the world. Pretty exciting!

Anyway, thanks again and I hope you'll find some enjoyment among the pages.

APK with the best suggestion of the week!

I don't think of any of this as "now we're even." .And what apology?  Nobody owes me an apology.  Again, can't a guy make a simple joke here?  Without people saying how dare you joke with a respected artist?   What do you mean "You're no saint"?  Now you're hurling insults and turning this personal?  I sense some latent hostility left over from 15 years ago, which you alluded to when you dredged up my old forum moniker "Orion32.". And you did that because I simply stated you hadn't read the posts carefully about the Planetary Unfolding CD topic.  Very sad.  I think you take yourself far too seriously and get pushed out of shape if anyone challenges you in the very slightest degree.  How about I just say you're an arrogant know it all who probably got picked on in school and beat up for being a little wussy smart ass?  You wanna get personal, you got it Forrest.  I've played nice with you here for awhile now and I THOUGHT the past was the past, but I see you haven't changed.  To the others who jumped on me like sharks over my joke, you're no better than Forrest.  Especially you Tomas Weiss.  Look how I defended you and stood in your corner when you and your label were being attacked on this forum.  And then you join the wolf pack and show your true colors.  Actually you are the master here of insulting people and inciting dischord.  Why are you even still on this forum?  Nobody likes you.  While I'm at it, Hypnos is a fucking joke now.  You put out one CD a year that nobody buys.  You spend all your time emailing everyone once a week to sell old CDs for $5 nobody wants.  And you cry you have no time to release new music?  Nobody here wants to say it .  Well I just did.  I hope the moderator has enough balls to leave this post for all to see, but he probably won't because he's a self righteous wussy like Fang.  Please just remove me, ban me the whole nine yards.  Don't waste your energy notifying me either.  They won't be read, only deleted.  So fuck off Forrest and the other assholes, they know who they are.  Hypnos sucks.  Please stop this charade of pretending to be an ambient label.  Good luck with your $5 sales and washed up label. Take me off all your lists and please ban me for life!  I won't fucking miss it one bit!!! 😝😝😂😱😎

Classy post. "Hypnos is a fucking joke now," and "Hypnos sucks. Please stop this charade of pretending to be an ambient label."

So, we release less music than we did before, and have offer occasional discount sales on our store to get people to buy overstocked CDs, and this is what we deserve?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Who is Sanjay Nadeem?
« on: December 14, 2015, 05:15:24 PM »
I have been busy since last night and haven't seen this until now.

Because people are becoming very heated, I have to lock this thread until I have a chance to read this more carefully, and the moderators and I have a chance to discuss this.

Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Hypnos releases for 2015 ?
« on: November 19, 2015, 09:43:50 AM »
Many of the Lovecraftians I know think I named Hypnos after Lovecraft's story.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Whatever happened to....?
« on: November 16, 2015, 11:07:40 AM »
I saw David Tollefson last week. He's always been more involved with indie rock projects than with ambient, though occasionally he gets interested in recording some ambient stuff, either by himself or with me.

I saw Ben Fleury-Steiner post something on Facebook last week so I know he's around.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Harold Budd website!
« on: November 12, 2015, 09:38:18 AM »
He seems to be having a bit of a comeback.

Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Hypnos releases for 2015 ?
« on: November 10, 2015, 05:59:12 PM »
Sorry for the slow reply. That's still the plan. I've been talking with Seren Ffordd about that one, and need to get back in touch with Max Corbacho.

No real problems are preventing these from moving forward other than the intrusion of "real life" into Hypnos time!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Taylor Deupree....2014 Studio Diary
« on: November 10, 2015, 12:31:56 PM »
Great photos, cool studio, good article.

Am I reading the interview incorrectly, or does Taylor still use Performer (not Digital Performer) as his primary recording software?

Ekstasis, I am trying to be fair here but you are using the word "proof" in the wrong way. You are giving reasons why you are suspicious, and your suspicions may be valid but they are not the same thing as proof. This doesn't mean you are wrong, but proof is different.

I am receiving threats behind the scenes over this topic, insisting that I remove it. I am going to shut it down but not delete it. If someone has something concrete to add, they can post it in a new topic.

That is, if someone has proof that Arc is releasing Klaus Wiese music without approval of his estate or rights-holder, or if Tomas has proof that such approval exists, or proof of the existence of this Sanjay person, either side can post that proof. Otherwise, this is just argument that will not have any end.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Who is Sanjay Nadeem?
« on: November 10, 2015, 10:13:56 AM »
Joking aside, does anybody have any information about Sanjay Nadeem? Has anyone talked to him or met him?

If so, that would quickly put to rest the argument that's going on in another topic about Klaus Wiese reissues on the Arc label.

mgriffin, Mathias sent you a private massege via Facebook. Please read it there.

I did read a message from Mathias and responded to it. While it shed some light on this situation it didn't fully resolve the question of what to do about this topic, and Mathias did not wish to have his statements used here in support of either side.

I'm not sure what to do with this topic.

I've heard from a few people who think Sanjay Nadeem is not a real person, but I have seen no proof.

On the one hand, if these releases are unauthorized, I feel that the community deserves to be warned. On the other hand, if there is no proof, the accusation cannot be allowed to stand.

It isn't enough to say "I don't think Sanjay Nadeem is real." Someone must be able to offer proof that whoever owns the rights to Klaus Wiese's work does not approve these releases. If they can't do that, we have to delete this topic, even if the whole Arc thing looks like it may be suspicious.

I found the statement where Mathias says he no longer works with Tomas or El Culto but nothing specific about Klaus Wiese.

drone on, can you post a link to that statement by Mathias Grassow? I'm not finding that on his web site.

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