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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Is Yanni really all that bad?
« on: September 14, 2008, 02:28:45 PM »
I don't agree with trashing him with insults, but light-hearted teasing, in my mind is not wrong.  Some people actually like David Hasselhoff's music.  Why argue with them?  They're already beyond help ;)

And don't worry.  I already know Yanni doesn't threaten the Roach's or the Rich's ;D

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Is Yanni really all that bad?
« on: September 14, 2008, 11:26:03 AM »

I think the albums on Private Music were not too bad, and I'm sure most of the people laughing hardest at Yanni have never heard Optimistique, for example.

I'm assuming you mean that they'd step back a little in their condemnation, lot laugh even harder ;) 

Without making any comments, I invite anyone to take the Optimystique challange themselves.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Is Yanni really all that bad?
« on: September 12, 2008, 08:51:58 PM »
I checked that link.

"The human voice is the most expressive instrument known to man... it can evoke an enormous amount of emotion."

Precisely why Yanni doesn't sing!  ;D

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Is Yanni really all that bad?
« on: September 12, 2008, 06:24:59 PM »
I've taken a few pot-shots at Yanni in my time...

It's just fun to poke at a New Age artist who's kind of a heart-throb with a big mustache who puts himself on almost every album cover.  It comes off as a little pretentious, that's all.  If I may use a rap similarity,  M.Griffin and Oophoi are like N.W.A. to Yanni's MC Hammer  :P  Or better yet if I saw Yanni, John Tesh and Gandalf run into Roach, Alio Die, and Lustmord in a dark alley, well you know who my money's on... - you know they're all tough and dark and Yanni's a romantic and sensitive.  It's just a ridiculous thing to tease this guy, and admittedly a guilty pleasure.  I'm sure he's not that bad as an artist.  There's no hate coming from me at least, just irresponsible silliness.  No Yanni joke should be taken too seriously. 

Everything and Nothing / Re: Cover songs....
« on: September 12, 2008, 05:54:59 PM »
I have this old Projekt compilation cd From Across This Gray Land 3 and in it is a hilarious cover from some Goth group called Thanatos.  There's a slow druid-beat laid down,  and in comes this really deep voice that sounds a little like Lurch or Dracula, and he starts to sing in in the slowest motion possible " ... OOOHHH THAAAT'S THE WAY..... UH, HUH, UH HUH.... I LIIIKKEEE IT,  UH HUH, UH HUH..."  ;D It's pretty funny, the "uh-huh's" are very deliberate and un-emotional.

Everything and Nothing / Re: The creative drop-off
« on: September 11, 2008, 04:14:48 PM »
Will Ferrell

He's in danger right now of falling off completely, I hate to say.  He should lay low, play some hilarious cameos like in Wedding Crashers, and accept some ensemble casted stuff.  If he's going to be the main attraction, then he needs a  to take a chance in a different direction from recent movies.

Everything and Nothing / Re: The creative drop-off
« on: September 11, 2008, 03:35:20 PM »
As for David Byrne, wow!  He sure became irrelevant after leaving Talking Heads. That's a perfect example of what I'm talking about -- going from a very high level to frustrating waste of talent.

Have you guys listened to his self-titled one, right after the album "Uh-Oh"?  Uh-Oh wasn't that bad for a solo-debut, but the music and songwriting on the follow-up are superb.  Songs from that album that I really liked were Buck Naked and You and Eye. Unfortunately there aren't youtube clips of either song to prove it.  I don't know, he's in prime form on that album- as good as Talking Heads and highly recommended.   I also had the next album Feelings, and there were some good tunes, but it was a little darker and sadder overall.  After that, I can't say.  All his albums have good reviews over at Amazon, but Undershadow's link of Eno and Byrne's stuff sounds too bizarre for me, maybe except one song. 

Here's a couple videos from his "Uh-Oh" album- this brings back the college memories, right 'chere.  Proof positive he didn't lose his zany charm...

she's mad


fuzzy freaky (live version of a song from Feelings- nice solo guitar)

Everything and Nothing / Re: The creative drop-off
« on: September 11, 2008, 02:46:58 PM »
I completely forgot about Munich, and didn't know he did Catch Me if you Can- that was pretty good.  Minority Report was good, I agree, so I didn't go as far back as 2002, and I even liked what I saw of A.I. as strange as it was.   Interesting that his recently good movies  have been based on real events but his sci-fi action movies ('Worlds and Indy) were kind of duds.

Everything and Nothing / Re: The creative drop-off
« on: September 11, 2008, 10:41:37 AM »
I interpret a creative drop-off to mean someone who's quality of work drops substantially, and in that light, James Cameron didn't really drop off creatively.  He just dropped off the map.  You're right, the jury's still out.  Can't remember the reason why right now, maybe it was just being burnt-out with filmmaking.  If so, at least he had the wisdom to stop while he was ahead.  Surely a disappointment from a fan perspective, no doubt.  Speaking of big-time sci-fi directors, I think Steven Spielberg's taken a little dip recently with some of his efforts, like the latest Indy movie and War of the Worlds.  If he makes another disappointing movie I'd call it a drop-off.

George Lucas- from about 1997-2005.  I don't even have to mention what ahem, trilogy.

These heavy metal acts who instead of try to remain heavy, go lighter.  Sometimes the result is such a watered down identity crisis.  Who are they appealing to, the pop crowd?   Metallica and Korn (don't snicker) are some examples.  

Steven Seagal-  from big budget action hero to b-movie, stunt-double boredom.  

Harrison Ford- Why, after his mid 50's, must he still accept to be type-casted as the "vulnerable, reluctant action-hero"?  We've had Air Force One, Hollywood Homicide, now an Indiana Jones 4.  It's not that he's lost it in terms of chops, it's just his selection of roles hasn't really challenged him outside the box, like Regarding Henry, Presumed Innocent, and perhaps Witness did.  Pacino, Nicholson, Liam Neeson, DeNiro, these guys are getting older and take on different roles, and when they misstep, they usually correct it quickly.  Come on Harry...

Everything and Nothing / Re: The "free for all" section of this Forum
« on: September 11, 2008, 09:37:54 AM »
 Last thing you want is to have Hypnos associated with political nuttiness and racists.

- J.

On the other hand, the things are in the world, you might just sell a lot more music that way!  You could have Toby Keith and Kanye West links at the Hypnos Store, representing both sides...

Everything and Nothing / Re: The "free for all" section of this Forum
« on: September 10, 2008, 09:09:27 PM »
The Buddha said:  "People with opinions just go around bothering each other."  That about sums it up, right?

Everything and Nothing / Re: The "free for all" section of this Forum
« on: September 10, 2008, 08:52:06 PM »
Can't you ask the offending people to just stay out of the free-for-all section?  Closing it down, it feels sorta like when the teacher punishes the whole class for a couple bad apples...

Everything and Nothing / Re: Dream Collaborations
« on: September 10, 2008, 08:05:45 PM »
Right now I'm listening to M. Griffin and Dave Fulton's Most Distant Point Known, and it's a pretty darn good collab.  Also gotten a little into Fulton and Reaves' "The Range" and think it's fantastic so far.  Dave Fulton seems to be a good musician to collab. with.  Dweller At the Threshold is some of my favorite spacemusic- I play that during treatments often (massage therapy).  9 Dragons, your collab picks of the past are all great, those that I've heard I completely agree with.  I'd echo Strata, Serpent's Lair, and most recently Distance to Zero-  most powerful cd right there.  Joe R has told me I must get Vine Bark & Spore and that's sounding like a good idea right now.  Bill, that's a wonderful idea, Tim Story and Jeff Pearce.  High hopes would be heaped on something that promising.  Saul Stokes and Vir Unis' Thermal Transfer- Jeez, there's not much else good to say that hasn't already been said about it on this forum- I'll just add that it kicks ass. Oh, and without a doubt, Suspended Memories was one of my favorite ambient supergroups, by far.

Anyway Robert Rich and Forrest Fang should make a true, 50/50 collaboration.  Or you could add Loren Nerell to that ticket for a great Gamelan supergroup. 

Why not Steve Roach and Alio Die?  Seems like that shoulda happened by now. 

Since this is about dream collabs, I'd suggest David Parsons & Michael Stearns, except I doubt I'd have strong enough speakers to handle that output.. :D  Parsons doesn't seem to collab much at all, though.

There was a similar thread in the old forum, and I believe to have mentioned Oophoi and Jim Cole.  You don't need much backdrop for Jim Cole; in fact less is probably better, but if that backdrop is Oophoi it of course would be an engaging and interesting minimalist "less".

Everything and Nothing / Re: Most disappointing movie from book?
« on: August 31, 2008, 02:28:00 PM »
Really a short story, not a book, but my vote goes to Johnny Mneumonic I didn't see it mentioned yet, and it was a pretty lame version.

Wait I get it.  It could only be... Curtis McDonald is M. Griffin!  Someone quick, post a picture of Mike- it's a stunning resemblance.  Nice alias, Mike.  I never knew you had new age sensibilities. 

Everything and Nothing / Re: Watchmen trailer now online
« on: August 06, 2008, 08:07:01 AM »
So did the new Terminator.

Christian Bale as John Connor... excellent choice, even though he's starting to play a lot of sci-fi/fantasy characters.  I like the way they took the theme music from the 1st movie and industralize it a bit in this trailer:

Everything and Nothing / Re: for sale on eBay
« on: July 08, 2008, 08:03:20 PM »
I remember the ol' forumite "Caspian" once sold a bunch of cd's through the forum, and I picked up a couple of them.  Maybe you could list what you have and people can e-mail you with an offer there, Jim. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: klaus schulze
« on: July 03, 2008, 11:55:38 AM »
Unbelievable timing on this thread...

Klaus Schulze and Lisa Gerrard are about to release a double CD!  From the likes of it looks like it'll only be an import for now.  (North America release date- Aug. 12) It's called Farscape, but doesn't seem to have anything to do with the Sci-fi show of a few years back. 

Some excerpts on myspace:

Everything and Nothing / Re: the love guru
« on: June 30, 2008, 07:17:08 AM »
I believe you're referring to "Battlefield Earth".  It's understandable that you forgot the name   :P

Rifftrax (the guys from MST3K) made a riff for that movie, and I dowloaded it and cued it simultaneously so you get a bad movie-turned good through satire... It made the whole experience much more enjoyable!

Everything and Nothing / Re: the concept of "the album"
« on: June 26, 2008, 11:29:24 PM »
I like the random feature when I'm familiar with the cd's; I've already know it in its "linear album form", forwards and back, so it's cool to break it down into individual pieces of randomness.  Sometimes it's fun to have cd's with similar themes- sometimes not- just depends on what you want.   I like Echoes and Hearts of Space as they pretty much do a good job with the art of programming music. 

One drawback is you can't have cd's with continous flow tracks on random (like a lot of Robert Rich), unless you aren't bothered by the sudden cutoff of sound...

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