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Assuming he did mention certain classical musicians as a starting point, I'd be surprised if nowhere was it mentioned about the influence that Eastern music must have had on a lot of the pioneering and current ambient artists...

Everything and Nothing / Insights from Daniel Lanois
« on: August 19, 2013, 08:55:29 PM »

Aside from a strange interview at times, there was some nice juicy bits  (no pun intended).  Pretty fascinating though, and when he broke out the steel guitar and synths toward the end, made me wish Lanois could create some more ambient or downtempo in the future.

Totally agree with you Julio, and to Forrest, I think he samples his own bowl playing for what that's worth, but yeah. 


The sounds from Brian Green, check him out!  Not your run- of -the- mill tibetan bowl stuff. 

Sounds mighty decent I must say.

maybe World War ZZZZZ for snooze?

Mike, congratulations on the changes- it sounds like a great way to evolve and keep Hypnos hip to the future ;)

I scanned to find this answer, forgive me if it's been covered:  How much do you plan on pricing the typical download, particularly Hypnos and Hypnos Secret Sounds downloads?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient cover tunes
« on: June 19, 2013, 08:14:14 PM »

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient cover tunes
« on: June 18, 2013, 07:21:44 PM »

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient cover tunes
« on: June 18, 2013, 07:14:33 PM »

There was also Dreams in Exile covering Vidna Obmana's River of Appearance.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sean Washburn - Wave mantra
« on: May 20, 2013, 06:30:06 PM »
This is a nice sounding album!  Takes me back to the days of Tuu or Ma Ja Le.  The same kind of sacred yet dark feel, without being derivative at all. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
« on: April 12, 2013, 08:18:13 PM »
I miss him already, such a great artist.

The other night about a week ago, I was falling asleep to Oophoi.  As sometimes I do, I'll put my hands on my chest and stomach and do a little energy work (reiki).  As I was drifting off in a hypnotic state, I went to a place I've often thought of lately while meditating, a house in the sacred valley of Peru with a patio.  In this particular night while listening to Oophoi I "returned" to this place, but for the first time it was night.

The patio was lit up quite brightly though by the enormous full moon in the sky.  This half asleep dream now shifts into me looking into the moon through a telescope, or at least seeing the moon from that perspective, big, with the full body occupying the entire picture of my viewing.  I'm observing all the details, marveling at the craters and features while oophoi's drones are gently dominating...

I then realize consciously that the name of this album is Mare Tranquillitatus, which is of course means Sea of Tranquility, on of the many so called seas on the Moon.  It was so weird how the effective imagery the artist conveyed mixed with my intuition or subconscious, and led to that "vision", but it was quite a little experience.  Having listened to only a handful of his music it's only right to cherish and find out as many as possible.  Thank you...

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 11, 2013, 07:59:13 PM »
Steve Roach- New Life Dreaming.  So this is the one where Steve did the Dreamtime Return era synths, and though it's not as memorable as that album, it's still skillful, pretty and kind of underrated, compared to his music of recent years.

That's fantastic, I've enjoyed so many of those albums of that label and appreciate it greatly.  Big fan of Arcticology especially and many of the artists there.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Music similar to Gas ?
« on: January 03, 2013, 03:14:51 PM »
I would go with the 90's ambient act known as Baked Beans.

Naturally they were a predecessor to Gas.  OH!  A zinger... ;D ;)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Music to bring you down to earth
« on: December 28, 2012, 05:36:20 PM »
most of James Johnson's music.  The Butterfly Chamber is a good one. 

Also he teamed up with Alio Die in "Cube 7" and it pretty much fits what you're looking for. 

Lately I downloaded Emanuel Errante's Humus download on Somnia label.  Though I haven't heard Herion's Out and About, maybe those 2 albums could work.

Not sure if it's your style but I would also go for something like Marconi Union or Erik Wollo, when his guitar playing meshes with ambient (like Emotional Landscapes).

Everything and Nothing / Re: Inspiring Story
« on: December 25, 2012, 09:55:01 PM »
Thanks for this! 

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Movie trailers worth a look
« on: December 12, 2012, 08:58:35 PM »

Not exactly a trailer, but part of an upcoming movie about a pretty remarkable event.   

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Overrated Ambient
« on: December 09, 2012, 10:02:00 AM »
Actually Forrest, I'm a pretty shy person myself.  Jesse was my first big celebrity so I don't know why I bombed so much the 2nd time with Mr. Rich .  I didn't really approach him conventionally like an obtrusive fan.   Jesse put me up to it...  ;D

Don't forget that you stayed at this celebrity's house for a couple weeks too!  ;D

I even got to tour the place where all the magic happens, the Mysterium too. 

Call me humble I guess, just didn't want to brag  ;D

Judd, I think it would be really cool if in "Paradise" Shaw and David find out the "real" aliens are the xenomorphs and that the Engineers were "robots", or genetic machines if you will, created by the xenomorphs, which will show how technology can get so streamlined with genetics and everything that it's hard to tell what is manufactured and what is a living being.  I don't know if this is one of the wacky ideas being tossed around, but I guess I really want the xenomorphs to be the real aliens because the Engineers looked like WWF wrestlers.   ;D

Are the xenomorphs really that intelligent?  I find it hard to imagine the prototypical Alien with his fangs and claws, looking through microscopes and holding delicate beakers!  They just don't seem like they have the patience if you will.  But it's pretty clear from Prometheus that the whole life generating and changing "goo" found in the vases became the xenomorphs (through the help of both human pregnancy and the engineer as the hosts), at least the one at the end of the movie.  Maybe if your scenario were true the original xenomorphs have far greater intelligence and are more evolved, wherein the aliens we are familiar with are just combinations of genetic breeding.  Not sure I'd be satisfied with that direction, but there is definitely the question of where the engineers came from and how exactly they were able to engineer anything (the best sci-fi explanation), if they decide to answer that at all.

Too bad that link went down, I watched it once more and thinking later, I may have caught a movie mistake:

Remember when Shaw stumbles into Weyland's room after the surgery?  There are numerous people surrounding him, including David and the "bodyguard" guy who ends up dying by the hands of the Engineer in the bridge.  I seem to remember a few extra people in that room- there were 2 very identical looking guys standing guard right at the door.  Is it me or were they completely unaccounted for later- happened to them?  Only people who died in the bridge of the Engineer ship were Weyland, the "bodyguard", the woman with the thick Scottish accent... anyone else?  It seemed some of Weyland's attendants were completely cut out and forgotten about- wouldn't they have come to the bridge of the Prometheus ship as it was taking off without Weyland (and about to go head-first into the other ship)?

Maybe they were in the rover waiting outside the big dome while all that was going down and never had time to make it back...

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