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JKN - thanks for the Cinchel recommendation! Just bought 'A House Once Lived That Never Was' and I'll probably pick up more of his stuff before the night is through. This is very well done not-always-guitar-based drone/ambient music. Looks like at least two of his albums have some sort of physical option (printed magazine, cassette) if you're into objects as well as sounds. Thanks again - very much appreciated.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ohio Events
« on: May 10, 2011, 08:03:44 PM »
Hi TWK,

I live in North Olmsted on the West side. I don't know of any ambient-friendly venues in town. My favorite place to see shows is the Beachland, but they tend to like things loud there. Or at least singer-songwritery.

I can't even put together the small list of ambient shows that you've attended... this area seems to not be big on ambient, or the scene is completely underground. I suspect the former.

Let me know when you or your band play out and I'll do my best to make the show.

Good luck!
Mark

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Mike, I think a Hypnos podcast is an excellent idea, and I'm enjoying the first in the series as I type. I think that shameless self-promotion of the Hypnos label is completely acceptable in this context. Including interviews is a great idea.

Since you have a large catalog of music to choose from, I'd be interested in hearing podcasts segments dedicated to the music of certain artists combined with your stories/analyses of the recordings. I imagine you have a headful of stories to go accompany many of the Hypnos albums, and it would be great to hear what you have to say.

I think a bit of news at the beginning of the show would be a good idea - just give us a brief on what's going on, what's coming soon, what's currently in the works. I think you do this quite successfully in these forums, but that doesn't mean you couldn't include it in the podcast as well.

Also, some kind of 'new artist spotlight' would be cool. It wouldn't have to be new Hypnos artists, just any new artist that you felt compelled to share with us.

Finally, involve us listeners some how. Read out some emails, read some of the more interesting/controversial postings to this forum, allow us to send you audio recordings of album reviews, or audio clips with comments. In other words, bring the discussion to the podcast.

Again, I'm digging the first episode. I like your descriptions of the music, both musically and historically. Thanks for making this podcast and asking for our feedback. I'm looking forward to future episodes.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 20, 2009, 08:15:48 PM »
Saul Stokes - Villa Galaxia
Highly regarded in this forum, and for good reason. This album represents next steps for ambient/electronic music, while somehow paying homage to 70s-era electronic music as well. To say it sounds happy is going too far, but it has a positive vibe. If you don't already have this album, you need it!

Lemongrass - Ambient Land EP
Very good, non-boring drone-y 5-song EP. The fact that this album is an EP shows Lemongrass' restraint; I'm certain he could have stretched it out to a full-length album, but he didn't, and that demonstrates the tastefulness that you'll feel/hear throughout this EP.

Loscil - Strathcona Variations EP
Loscil can do no wrong as far as I'm concerned. This 3-song EP is nearly 20 minutes long, but every time I finish it I think "Is it over already?" Again, restraint in regard to duration as well as arrangement makes for great ambient listening, and this EP doesn't disappoint.

R. Carlos Nakai - Canyon Trilogy
Meditative, beautiful, echo-y flute. It took me some time to get over my embarrassment for liking this - I heard it in too many 'nature' stores to take it seriously - but I'm ready to admit now that this album has become a desert island selection for me. If you're scoffing now, reconsider the album - you might like it.

Forrest Fang - Phantoms
Just got this one, and I'm listening to it now for the first time. This album is also highly recommended in this forum, and I'm enjoying it so far. Great ambient, interesting instrumentation. I think I'll be spending a lot of time with this one.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Best of the Internet, Round 2
« on: January 04, 2008, 06:10:37 PM »
I'll admit the same then; LOLCats has been a guilty pleasure of mine for awhile...

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Just listened to the Untitled Improv... nicely done! 

Indeed, the Untitled Improv is very nicely done, indeed!

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Hi guys. Eavesdropping on your conversation... just checked out Lahto and I'm downloading his music now after previewing his MySpace tracks. Thanks for the recommendation - this is good stuff. I'm happy that he's giving it away, but he could definitely sell it!

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Puremagnetik
« on: December 29, 2007, 08:01:23 AM »
Too many sounds = paralyzing for me. I don't like having so many options! This is something that my musician friends don't typically understand, but I like a limited palette. Too many options and I spend too much time exploring and not enough time playing or recording. Sometimes I think this comes from being a lazy, plug-in-and-play guitar player. Other times it feels like a built in Oblique Strategy.

All this said, I think I will subscribe to Puremagnetik. I'm looking for some tabla and sitar, generally any kind of traditional Indian instrument plug-ins that I can use with Ableton. Do you happen to know of any other than SwarShala (they're out of my price range right now)?

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 29, 2007, 07:55:08 AM »
- Somnia Podcast 002. Subscribe to the Somnia podcast if you haven't done so already. Check out Evan's posts re: this podcast in the Non-Hypnos Artists section of the forum).

- Tord Gustavsen Trio - Being There. Airy jazz, as recommended by this forum's Joe R (thanks again!)

- Djam Karet - Suspension and Displacement. Trying to get into this album, but not succeeding...

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Listening now, almost done in fact, and likely to start it over again when it's finished. Great music again, Evan, thank you!!

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Time to fire up the gift card
« on: December 26, 2007, 02:48:37 PM »
Tord Gustavsen Trio- Being There; Slow, spacious, reflective jazz. Just beautiful...

I got some iTunes Store gift cards as well... thanks for the Tord Gustavsen Trio recommendation Joe! I hadn't heard of them before reading this thread. I love the 'Being There' album and I think you nailed it in three words: slow, spacious, beautiful. Thanks again!

I still have some credit at the store... any more recommendations anyone?

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkened Soul
« on: December 22, 2007, 03:53:45 PM »
Hi Mike,

I just downloaded 'Dreamscapes' - thanks for making your music available for free download. I admit, I'm not generally a fan of dark ambient, but your music avoids whatever it is that I don't like about it. Maybe 'Dreamscapes' will help me define what I don't like about the subgenre by showing me what's good about it. I'm only a few tracks in right now, but I like it.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Ambient/Minimal/Drone Podcast
« on: December 22, 2007, 03:34:20 PM »
Just subscribed, downloading the first show now. Looking forward to this - I'm a fan of Kiln and the various Lusine guises; everything else on the setlist is unknown to me, so I'm hoping to be introduced to some great new music.

Thanks for setting up the podcast, Evan!

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Puremagnetik
« on: December 22, 2007, 03:22:27 PM »
I'm thinking about buying Technosphere and maybe some of the 8-bit sounds as well. Still very much trying to figure Live out - there is so much functionality there that I feel that I'm probably jumping the gun by buying additional sounds. I'm just scratching the surface with plug-ins, just getting started, and I have a lot to learn about digital recording in general. I've been playing for a long time, but just recently got the itch to record again - first time since the early 90s - and, of course, everything is different now.

Yeah, the band days are most likely over for me too. I find that I have less of a desire to play structured band-type tunes nowadays. Working at home, alone, suits me best anyway, I think.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 20, 2007, 07:53:30 PM »
Burial - Untrue. The kids call it 'dubstep'; whatever it is, it's great electronic music. Maybe to beat-based for some here, but a great new electronic album. I can't stop listening to this album lately.




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I just bought Ableton Live, it's the first DAW I've spent money on and the first one that I've felt I understand. I've been playing for a long time but only recently decided to get into digital recording. Ableton Live has made the move to digital very easy. I'm only just starting to get familiar with the feature set, so I can't comment there, but the built in help and the ease of use are far beyond Live's competitors in my opinion. Cubase and Pro Tools made me feel that DAWs were a club that I didn't belong to; Live has welcomed me in and is giving me a tour...

I got a great deal on the software as well. I installed Live Lite 6 from a friend's trial disc, upgraded to the full version of Live 6 for $269 directly from the Ableton web site, and, at least as of a week ago, the full version of Live 7 is included as well.

Nice! Did you get Session Drums as well as EIC 2 with it? I would assume yes. I haven't really dug too deeply under the hood but the application is amazing with things you can do with it. Mind boggling at times. I am glad my buddy has been using this for awhile as I pick his brain regularly when I haven't used Live much. Getting back into the trenches of it so more lesson viewing and all to go through and check out the new instruments and drum samples.


I got the 'Download' rather than the 'Boxed' version and Session Drums and EIC 2 were not included. It still came with a number of sounds, however, and the cost savings was worth it, I think, as I can now spend money on exactly the plug-ins I want rather than those that Ableton thinks are essential for me.

Lesson viewing... the Ableton user's favorite past time...

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Puremagnetik
« on: December 19, 2007, 08:34:13 PM »
I'm considering subscribing, and perhaps purchasing some of the older packs as well. I just bought Ableton Live 7, and I'm exploring the stock sounds, but there are gaps and Puremagnetik looks like the best candidate to fill them. I downloaded their free Neon Stereo effects (http://puremagnetik.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=87&Itemid=42) and have been playing with those as well.

Which micropacks have you used?

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I just bought Ableton Live, it's the first DAW I've spent money on and the first one that I've felt I understand. I've been playing for a long time but only recently decided to get into digital recording. Ableton Live has made the move to digital very easy. I'm only just starting to get familiar with the feature set, so I can't comment there, but the built in help and the ease of use are far beyond Live's competitors in my opinion. Cubase and Pro Tools made me feel that DAWs were a club that I didn't belong to; Live has welcomed me in and is giving me a tour...

I got a great deal on the software as well. I installed Live Lite 6 from a friend's trial disc, upgraded to the full version of Live 6 for $269 directly from the Ableton web site, and, at least as of a week ago, the full version of Live 7 is included as well.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Best Friend
« on: December 16, 2007, 08:55:02 AM »
Our condolences, Joe. We might not be an obvious bunch to turn to, but you have a whole forum here to support you if you need us. You, your family, and your friends are in our thoughts and/or prayers.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 16, 2007, 08:47:39 AM »
Saul Stokes's Fields is in regular rotation for me, and I have trouble saying why I like it as well. It's a great album.

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