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Did you order these new Vortex titles?  I did the combo pack for $30.  No mp3 up so I'm buying on sheer faith.  I passed on the $130 book of images from vortex concert.  Both CDs and book for $160.  If you live outside the US it'll cost $60-$70 just to ship it.  So that's $220.  Holy shiiiiiit....

I hate to say it, but isn't this just a little too "too"??  (I mean the book part).  I don't know if pretentious is the word.  Seems a bit excessive.  Limited to 100 copies.  Well ok but who's going to pay that? 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Whatever happened to....?
« on: November 15, 2015, 09:38:16 PM »
Ben Fleury-Steiner
Chad Hoefler
David Tollefson
Patrick O'Hearn
Thom Brennan (I ask this every few years. Sigh...)
Stephen Parsick (disappeared from the forum and music making apparently)
(Has anyone heard yet from?) Tetsu Inoue

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Harold Budd website!
« on: November 11, 2015, 11:23:03 PM »
Yes, you read that right.  15 years after the retirement announcement, His Royal Budd, definitely one of the gods of the ambient realm, is going online soon with his own site.  Can't wait to see this. 

Everything and Nothing / Casting little kids in sick violent movies
« on: September 30, 2015, 12:19:27 AM »
I cannot believe this trend of putting small children in movies I would never even let them watch if they were my kids.  Saw a horror film recently with a cute little six year old girl.  They had her enact a murder in which she bludgeons her mother to death with a sledgehammer when the mother is in bed sleeping.  Tonight I saw "Cop Car" with Kevin Bacon, which has gotten glowing reviews.  Am I the only one who thought it sick to cast two little boys who play with loaded guns like they're squirt guns??  I'm outraged at the parents of these actors, the film makers, and the studios that release such films.   :(

Just saw a member comment.  No details.  Groove Unlimited has the CD album for sale.  So you don't have to drop $50 or more for a copy.  Please advise anyone if you have details about this reissue. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Redshift new album
« on: September 17, 2015, 08:58:35 PM »
For those who love their Berlin School sequencer music, arguably the finest proponent is Redshift from UK.  Straight from the horse's mouth (Mark Shreeve), new studio album "Life to Come" release is imminent.  Really looking forward to this as the last studio album was "Turning Towards Us" from way back in god, 2009? Something like that. 

Everything and Nothing / Excuses Used by Ebay and Discogs Sellers
« on: September 01, 2015, 08:29:19 AM »
I don't know if anyone here buys music using eBay and Discogs.  My latest couple experiences prompt me to create this post.  When I sell music on Discogs, I follow the selling procedure by updating the buyer, e.g. when I've received their payment, when I've shipped their item, etc.  I always ship as soon as I get payment, and I let buyer know what's going.  This is common courtesy and also Discogs "rules" for proper selling on the site.  Last two times I was the buyer, the seller invoiced me immediately, which I paid immediately, then let 3 or 4 days go by without communication.  When I asked for an update, I got (BOTH sales) "So sorry, I've been ill in the hospital"!!  I can't count how many times I've heard this, both eBay and Discogs.  The most current one, they apparently have the flu, but of course didn't bother to advise of the delay.  They had invoiced me immediately as well, plus overcharged me for shipping compared to their seller requirements.  I don't understand how these people get 100% feedback ratings.   With all the hospital time they're logging, it's hard to see how they're selling anything at all...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Michael Mantra RIP
« on: August 24, 2015, 04:07:18 PM »
Don't remember seeing mention here, but Michael Mantra passed away last year.  His ambient music was released on Silent, Silentes, Hypnos, and perhaps others I'm not aware of.

Everything and Nothing / People proof CD jewel cases
« on: August 05, 2015, 09:36:24 AM »
What's up with some of these jewel cases where it's near impossible to remove or replace the CD from/to the tray, because of the design of the spindle/ring part of the tray?  You can't push on the center to release the disc, so you have to pull up, and often you have to bend the hell out of the disc just to dislodge it.  I just want to go through my collection and round up all these type of cases and smash them to bits with a hammer.  Thanks for listening to my rant.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Why no Zoviet France reissues???
« on: July 23, 2015, 01:00:00 AM »
Seems the demand is quite high for these long out of print Zoviet France CD's you see on eBay or Discogs for crazy $$.  I'm sure the zf members could make some nice coin from reissues, plus the fans would be super happy.  Just wondering why this hasn't happened yet.  I'm sure I could get a reply from Robin Storey about it, he's always answered my emails.  But maybe someone here knows a possible answer before I do so, so I don't ask a question that's already been answered.  I do remember one zf reissue that came out on Soleilmoon years ago, but the title escapes me.  The first edition was released in a wooden box.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Steve Roach Etheric Imprints
« on: July 08, 2015, 09:16:45 AM »
There's a 9 min preview of this album on Projekt Bandcamp.  You can really hear the Harold Budd influence here.  Very gloomy track with piano bathed in reverb plus thick droney Steve ambience.  I would describe this as Lovely Thunder (Budd's 1986 album) meets Magnificent Void.  Nice to hear some piano, seems like Dreamtime Return was the last one to use it (or was it Desert Solitaire?)

Projekt has reissued the first Solitaire album. Altered States, digitally.  Highly recommend this one from the early 90s.  Also there's a new Numina CD on Spotted Peccary, a collaboration with Zero Ohms.  Surprised this was never mentioned here, unless I missed it...

Everything and Nothing / April Fools Day ignored and denied???
« on: April 01, 2015, 11:06:29 PM »
Today I pranked a woman at work who I'm friends with both in and outside the office.  The joke was I put a mini post it under her mouse.  It covers the sensor and the pointer on the computer screen won't work as a result.  I wrote April Fools on the note and my name.  I did this last year to two coworkers and they thought it was funny.  I didn't hear from the woman all day and finally went to see her.  I asked if she got my joke and she said no.  The post it had also been taped securely so it wouldn't fall off.  I picked up her mouse and it wasn't there.  She acted like she knew nothing about it.  It could only be removed if someone turned it over and pulled off the tape.

Does this sound "normal" where someone would not acknowledge a little prank and when questioned, totally deny it?  I cannot think of any reason, especially since we are friends.

Hypnos News and Announcements / Forum use
« on: January 30, 2015, 02:00:30 PM »
How come the two people who visit the Hypnos Forum the most never, or rarely, contribute or make comments?

Do people here only post when they are at work?

Enquiring Minds want to know....

A female coworker and I had been getting more personal and friendly recently after 6 years of simply cordial greeting and sporadic smalltalk.  Recently she asked me to help her lose weight because she noticed I had really slimmed down.  I was flattered and really wanted to share my knowledge and what worked for me.  I suggested meeting at Starbucks after work for privacy and curbing nosy coworkers.  I had copies of some great material to give her and planned to help her write out a program she could use to start losing weight.  She said sure, thanks for being willing to help me...but she said she was too busy that week and could we do it the next week.  I emailed asking if she worked the following Friday as it would be a good day for me. 

I never got a reply and she acts like it never happened.  (She did receive and read the email.). No mention of it.  Really pissed me off because I had already invested time in this, gave her a protein drink and a few helpful tips. I think it's really rude not to respond at all and suddenly drop it.  My theory is she thought I had romantic ulterior motives, especially since her female coworker buddies are very catty and gossipy and maybe they gave her this idea.  Or she got cold feet attempting to diet. Who knows.  But it's made it weird for me because I feel she ignored me and was inconsiderate.  So I've been avoiding her and keeping conversations to a minimum.   How would you handle this?

Everything and Nothing / Amazon sucks!!(?) + tons of Midwest Photos
« on: December 28, 2014, 01:53:57 AM »
Is it just me or is Amazon a crap source to buy music?  Got a gift card for Xmas and I decided what to order.  3 of them (CDs) weren't even listed and they were all available in my local record stores.  A box set import that could be had for $30 new on eBay was $45!  Add to that the disorganized, confusing descriptions and often totally wrong information. 

Everything and Nothing / My Mom, age 72, has a boyfriend! Ugh.....
« on: December 14, 2014, 09:33:26 AM »
So my Dad passed five years ago.  At age 72, this year, my mother began dating a guy and appears to be madly in love.  I am extremely uncomfortable and weirded out by this.  Namely, seeing her with somebody else.  I want to be happy for her, but my feelings are conflicted.  She is spending Xmas eve with him and his extended family, the first time in 46 years we won't be together.  Christmas day, our usual guests can't make it, so it will be me, mom and her boyfriend.  Now I'm getting really uncomfortable....

Anyone here experienced a similar situation where you were a middle age adult and this occurred?  I'm looking for advice/opinions on how you reacted and processed this turn of events. 

Thanks for any feedback on this.

Everything and Nothing / Did you ever like KISS?
« on: December 11, 2014, 12:28:56 PM »
As a child-fan in the 70's, and now a balding middle aged adult, there has been a fascination with this group.  Were they "just entertainers" with no musical talent, or something more?  I have been revisiting the classic period (1973 to 1979) and feel these guys really rocked with the best of them and had quite a number of great rock songs.  I guess after slagging them off for years in my adult life, I'm surprised to find they were actually pretty damn good!  Any/all opinions on KISS wanted.

With all the price reductions, is the plan to not offer new releases from other labels?  Just curious as ordering direct from Europe can be really expensive. 

Marketplace / bvdub White Clouds Drift 2Cd on echospace for sale (rare HTF)
« on: November 13, 2014, 02:12:35 PM »
Bvdub White Clouds 2CD for sale, out of print on Echospace.  $20.  Lowest price you will find on this.  PM me if interested.

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