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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.

Does anyone else know anything at all about this situation?  I encourage other Hypnos Forum members to chime in with any information they have, either way.

I was away from home for the past several days and didn't see this until now.

Ekstasis, you need to offer some proof if you're suggesting that another forum member is doing something illegal. It's not enough to make a serious accusation and assume that it stands on its own.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Home Music Server
« on: September 29, 2015, 04:48:34 PM »
Like others, I'm just using an enormous iTunes library assembled over many years.

I still listen to lots of CDs, but it's very convenient to have my big, organized library and many playlists available all over the house.

Everything and Nothing / R.I.P. Susumu Yokota
« on: July 14, 2015, 11:17:00 AM »
According to this article, Japanese ambient composer Susumu Yokota has passed away, aged 54.

I loved his album Sakura, though I admit I hadn't checked out his most recent works. What a terrible loss! Do others around here know his work?

We welcome you to contribute constructively to the Hypnos Forum, not JUST post advertisements. Otherwise, it's just spam, which is not only unwelcome, but also ineffective promotion.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: May 19, 2015, 11:38:02 AM »
Great post, Julio. I love reading this kind of stuff.

I've been considering for a while that I have several pairs of very good headphones, but no great ones. Maybe instead of multiple $200-400 headphones I should try something really high-end. We shall see...

I need to go give Ello another look.

I just read an article, not about Ning in particular, but where one of Ning's founders admitted that it had basically failed and was going to disappear.

Good luck with the new Ello ambient community!

I can honestly say that I have issued far more warnings to people I feel friendly about, and edited/deleted far more messages written by those people, than forum members I have disliked.

Just because you're only aware of the warnings you have received yourself does not mean other people have not received warnings, including people who might surprise you.

The difference is that if I feel somebody is a good contributor to the forum, and a reasonable person, I have found almost 100% of the time they understand the warning or the edit/deletion of their post, and they have tried to improve and play by the rules. I think this is simply about being a "good citizen" and trying to respect the rest of the group, and realizing that we all make a mistake sometimes.

When a person is constantly arguing that they are being persecuted, or treated unfairly, or repeatedly fighting against the moderators or implying we're being unfair, that indicates to me a person who does not care about respecting a community and is entirely about their own interests and preferences.

A community is larger than any single member, and any single member who thinks the entire community should change to fit their preferences is certain to end up disappointed.


Another thing...

I think some people assume that the level of contention and negativity they themselves are comfortable with are the "correct" levels of contention and negativity, even when they are in a public place and the great majority of other people in that place disagree about what level of contention and negativity are optimal.

When you're in your own home, you get to decide all the rules. Should the lights be on or off? Should music be playing? TV on or off? What should the temperature be?

In a public place, each individual can't decide all the rules because the environment is shared. So what might be suitable for one person, what they might think is "obviously best," might not be what others want.

Is this unfair, or an example of some people being given favorite status? Or is it maybe an example of a public place being fine-tuned to fit, as closely as possible, the preferences of a wide range of people? If your preferences are outside the norm (for example, if you favor a style of discussion that is more confrontational) you might be happier if you accepted that fact, rather than assuming everyone else is always being unfair to you.

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