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Hello Hypnosians.  I'm sorry I don't post here as often as I should, but I do pop in and catch up on posts from others.  Wanted to make a note of some of the goings on with what is happening in Numinaworld.  If you haven't yet, please "like" the Numina FaceBook page.  It's where you will find the most up to date information.

https://www.facebook.com/Numinamusic

The following is the latest news post from today (12/10/13):

Numina News:

1. Numinamusic.com has a new website layout and store front! Now, you can choose to digitally download most titles and all hard copy purchases include an instant download! Check it out here: http://www.numinamusic.com/store/

2. Attention Access Virus TI users! I have been working on a patch bank for the Virus TI synthesizer. The patch bank will consist of (a minimum of) 100 patches, all designed from the ground up, the majority consisting of deep evolving organic and spacey ambient sounds. I'm a little more than half way done with the patch bank at this point. I hope to wrap this up in the next few weeks. Planned to be available as a downloadable product from my web store and eBay.

3. The Deception of Reality is now available for sale through CD Baby: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/numina4

4. Hypnos Recordings has been working on a new digital download store! Their in-house beta-testing is complete and Hypnos is now looking for public testing and feedback. Help Hypnos get the digital store up and running smoothly! Read more about it here: http://hypnos.com/wordpress/2013/12/10/beta-testing-our-download-store/

5. Work on new Numina music has been slow going as far as actual song production. The whole experience of pouring out my inner thoughts and feelings into music form is never easy for me let alone the actual recording, programming, sound design, mixing, mastering is and always has been a very challenging and personal process. I have a lot of fires burning from different angles, a lot of sound design and atmospheres unlike anything I've created before are emerging. Now, it's mostly a matter of digging deep into the assembly of the new release. Hopefully in the first quarter of 2014. Stay tuned.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sean Washburn - Wave mantra
« on: September 30, 2013, 09:49:48 PM »
Sean -Thanks for sharing the story about those instruments you discovered. And yes, Rhino is Chuck's store. I haven't had a chance to meet him in spite of going to both Rhino and Analogue Haven (as it was called at the time). I have to admit it was a nice surprise to see my album "Shift to the Ghost" displayed at AH and a Numina section at Rhino! I found a bunch of Ian Boddy and Alio Die discs too, IIRC.

I enjoy LA myself. Where are you living now?

Jesse

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Numina
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More like crashing meteor.

Why do you think so?   :)  Your music is very deep, mature and strong.

Thank you Poaalpina  :)

Judd - thanks for reminding me about that Brenholts review. RIP Brenholts!


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"Rising"? More like crashing meteor. ;). Thanks though, your post put a much needed smile on my face. :)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: My coworker stopped talking to me
« on: September 18, 2013, 10:00:47 AM »
Only one co-worker? This happens to me all the time once people found out I'm not into sports (I literally know hardly anything about sports other than it makes people really rich for just being tough), and/or I am an electronic musician who produces esoteric introspective music and/or I'd rather spend time with my wife and dog than go out to Happy Hour and brownnose people. Consider yourself lucky it's only one person. But, yeah, ignore it unless your working relationship is crucial to you getting your work done and advancing in your position.  8)

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I plan on picking this CD up when I go to the show at the vortex dome. Looking forward to seeing many close friends as much as the show itself. Who else is going? Ambient superstars Loren Nerell, Steve Lazur, Kelly David, and Brian Parnham will be there. Who else?

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sean Washburn - Wave mantra
« on: September 18, 2013, 09:41:17 AM »
Indeed a great album. I picked my copy up a few years ago at Rhino in Pamoma (L.A.) fantastic work Mr. Washburn.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
« on: April 12, 2013, 07:51:18 AM »
Very sad news indeed.  He will be missed. 

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I guess I'm old fashioned.  I don't like electronic billing at all.  Only one account of mine is electronically billed and that's because it offered a discount to do so. Anyway, that's good to hear that the store will remain open so folks can mail stuff out on their day off.  I wonder if they could pick up their mail at the same time!?  :o

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Another blow to customers - USPS looking to cancel saturday delivery (again).  This time it looks more likely.  I do hope this doesn't mean they close down their physical sorting / store locations so I can mail stuff out on saturdays.

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/u-s-world/us-postal-service-will-stop-delivering-mail-on-saturdays-to-cut-costs

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-post-office-ends-saturday-mail-20130206,0,493329.story


As a reminder.  This is all thanks to certain members of congress.  Read the real story about USPS's problems:

http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/local/courier_times_news/opinion/oped/the-post-office-heist/article_500db877-d8cf-5390-baf0-ae32dfb311a4.html

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Seeing more and more stories of small businesses(not just music sellers) affected by this price hike. This will have a chilling effect on all mail-order; Those customers deciding not to buy an item because of the necessarily higher shipping costs and those sellers who will either eat the losses or just decide not to ship overseas anymore. Bad for business all around.

For artists and music sellers, it seems like this increases the pressure to move to pure digital downloads, driving one more nail into the coffin for physical CDs. The Law of Unintended Consequences in action again.

I am as well reading about this.  Video games, vinyl, other small things that people made a living selling but maybe aren't worth a lot.  For what it's worth, I had several things I needed to mail yesterday and one was a CD which I was sending domestically but I asked if they could quote me the cost to ship to the UK and yep, it's $12.75 for a single CD shipped to UK (it used to be $6.15). This was a standard jewel case CD, so I do think the Hypnos digipaks will come in at just under the 4-oz mark and that cost is around $9.50

 :'(

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Quote from: Numina
Shipping a 5-OZ CD package to Canada jumps up 238%

oz. before after

5 $3.60 $8.55

238%?  ???

Well, I should say 2.38 times the original (8.55 / 3.60 = 2.38). Or a 138% INCREASE, so [(1.38 * 3.60) + 3.60] I guess.

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APK, you've given me another reason to defect to Canada! Postal rates are reasonable!  ;)

This page has a shipping calculator based on the old and new rates and indicates slightly less rates than the USPS chart. At 5 ounces it's still 114% higher (or 2.14 times the current rate) to ship to Canada than it was yesterday. Great Britain comes out to $11.48 or an 88% increase.  I guess we will just have to see what the real numbers are after actually shipping an item.  I know that there is a LOT of confusion over the new prices, not even the USPS employees were clear on incremental increases with respect to weight were only they were referencing the chart I already posted (and is widely accepted as what is going to be).  Regardless, it's still right around 2x more expensive.  :'(

http://brittanysbest.com/2013/01/usps-shipping-calculator-for-2013/

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Here is a breakdown by country/region with regard to the USPS increase.  Shipping a 5-OZ CD package to Canada jumps up 238%, to the UK, Asia & Australia jumps up 208%.  With the new Hypnos format digipaks, you might be able to get the weight just at or under 4-oz with minimal packaging but that poses the risk of damage and then having to re-ship a replacement.  This just sucks-diddly-ucks.  USPS should modify the prices somewhat based on content value or something. Someone selling jewelry that weighs 5-oa but is worth $100 is a lot less impacted that someone who is selling an item that costs LESS than the shipping itself.

Here's the before & after prices:

Canada

oz. before after

3 $3.30 $7.35
4 $3.45 $7.35
5 $3.60 $8.55
6 $3.75 $8.55
7 $3.90 $8.55
8 $4.05 $8.55
12 $4.90 $9.15
16 $5.75 $10.55

England & Asia

oz. before after

3 $4.56 $9.45
4 $5.34 $9.45
5 $6.12 $12.75
6 $6.90 $12.75
7 $7.68 $12.75
8 $8.46 $12.15
12 $10.03 $14.90
16 $11.60 $16.75

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BTW, add to this the 9% that eBay and PP tack on (if selling via eBay) and that's an extra 50-60 cents on top of the increase. Doesn't PP also charge for currency conversion? I mean, it's just to the point it will all just price us out of existence.

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Drone On - this starts tomorrow (1/28/13).

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Well... My worst fears on this are confirmed. After a discussion with a USPS employee yesterday and referencing this spreadsheet that USPS was using in quoting their new pricing to me: https://www.usps.com/2013/shipping/fcpis-retail.xls

a single CD will jump up to $12.15 to $12.75 (and according to the gal I spoke with this includes shipping to Canada). This is basically double what it cost and 3-times what it cost to ship to Canada.

Pardon my language but this is bullshit. This will, in my opinion, single handedly kill The CD market.

A real shame.

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While there is no doubt a drop in postal service due to the digital age, this article sums up exactly the problem right now:

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/09/28/330524/postal-non-crisis-post-office-save-itself/?mobile=nc

"USPS was forced to prefund its future health care benefit payments to retirees for the next 75 years in an astonishing ten-year time span ó meaning that it had to put aside billions of dollars to pay for the health benefits of employees it hasnít even hired yet, something that no other government or private corporation is required to do."

Not to get political, but this request was a bit outrageous. It's likely that USPS' revenue would have continued to decline regardless but this was a huge blow to the USPS, just made the whole entity fall faster.

That said, I don't know how the USPS is suffering.  I get mail, I send mail, every time I'm at the post office there's a line and most days the little substation in my grocery store that I regularly use has boxes damn near up to the ceiling.  The volume of parcels I see is huge! I'm no expert on the whole system of mail service, but there sure does seem to be plenty of people mailing stuff.

I also agree with Drone On - digital files are not my thing. I've bought 3 digital albums ever and that was because they were only available that way.  Unless you're starved for space, I do not understand the lack of love for a real CD or LP.  I think there will always be demand for the physical product but, obviously, just not as much.  The record stores around here seem to still be doing pretty well... but the post office price hikes could absolutely devastate international commerce, if you ask me.

Edit: Well, in the very article I link to, Ralph Nader had this to say: "As consumer advocate Ralph Nader noted, if PAEA was never enacted, USPS would actually be facing a $1.5 billion surplus today."  So maybe USPS would have been in the black at this point.

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 ;D

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Last week I read that the USPS is raising rates on foreign orders as much as 60% - in other words, 1 CD to Australia costs about $6 now, and could go up to about $10.00.  Can anyone confirm this yet? How are other artists dealing with this?  Will people in Europe, Australia, etc. reconsider buying a CD if we have to pass this cost on to them?  I mean, $10 Shipping for 1 CD is really high. This concerns me.  For the past few years I'd say 70% of all my CD sales are to Europe & Australia.   :(    >:( 

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