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Hypnos Label Releases / Re: CD release: Sans Serif - Tones for LaMonte
« on: September 05, 2008, 05:56:14 PM »
Avec and Mirko, thanks for your comments.  Happy to hear that you liked it!


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 05, 2008, 05:53:54 PM »
Matthew Sweet - Sunshine Lies (a new one, somewhat disappointing; the songs are there, but the voice sounds a bit ragged and tired)
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Playing the Piano 05 (DVD) (excellent DVD of a 2-hour solo piano performance from 2005)
Todd Rundgren - Todd (I always thought this was one of his best.  Some crazy stuff in there, but some great tunes, too, like "A Dream Goes On Forever")


Now I'm confused--why is this a non-hypnos artists and labels topic?

Because the fraudulent dude/lady/it in question appears to also be synonymous with Small Voices/A Silent Place, a non-Hypnos (ambient) label.


Mike's right, Jim.  What you're complaining about is just the way that eBay bidding works.

One other peculiar thing about this whole Silent Place switcheroo.  PayPal identifies the seller involved in my dispute as "PASQUALE LOMOLINO," while my email from eBay informing me that I won the auction identifies the seller as "Michele Attimonelli."  Sounds like another "Lisa Franklyne."  ;)

Looks like the seller is now calling herself/himself "ladyoscar76."  Isn't the web great?


In my case, the seller is definitely related to the label.  The Seller was identified as "vuoi_la_musica_la_musica_ti_daremo!", and after I won the eBay auction, the contact email provided for the seller was ""  That is the same email address given on the website for the "A Silent Place" label.  Also, the address provided in both the email telling me I had won the auction and at the website was the same:  70031 Andria, BA Italia.  Had I known I was dealing with the same vendor under a different eBay seller who nearly stiffed me earlier, I would not have bought from him a second time.  2 months later I still have not received the CD.  The timing and number of adverse comments for this seller leads me to believe he has set up his shop under another eBay seller name.  I think this guy is even lower than the last owner of Silent Records who completely stiffed me after I hand-delivered a box of 25 CDs to him.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 21, 2008, 10:22:44 AM »
Forgot to mention, I agree with the other Forrest, The Lucy Show's Undone is one great album.  Never understood why it was never reissued on CD.  I saw The Grapes of Wrath open for 10,000 Maniacs in the late 80s at the iBeam in SF--a great show.  I also was fortunate to see Lloyd Cole & his band at Wolfgang's (a Bill Graham venue that is long gone) during that first Rattlesnakes tour.


i'm not someone who will complaint or give negative feedback right away, but still i'm trying to show a bit more patience.. however if no result soon, i'll be forced to take action on this.


Be careful.  PayPal, unlike eBay, has only a 45-day window within which to initiate the dispute.  I almost blew the time period, thinking that I had 60 days under eBay's dispute procedure.

I brought this to the forum's attention because I thought it was a highly unusual way for an ambient label to subsidize its releases.  I won't be buying any more Small Voices/Silent Places releases, directly or through anyone else.


Some of you may remember that I had problems several months ago in getting a CD I had ordered on eBay from Small Voices.  The CD finally arrived 2 months after I ordered it, but only after I filed a dispute with PayPal.

Unfortunately, it appears that history has repeated itself.  This time I ordered an extremely limited Fabio Orsi CD from an Italian seller on eBay who only identified itself/himself as "vuoi_la_musica_la_musica_ti_daremo!"  Only after I purchased the CD was the seller identified as being from A Silent Place.  Almost two months have passed and, once again, I have forced to file another dispute with PayPal.  Here is a link to this seller eBay feedback:!&&ftab=FeedbackAsSeller&sspagename=VIP:feedback:2:us&iid=290243179992

It appears that most if not all of the negative comments came in the past month, and, not coincidentally, the seller's eBay store appears to have closed up shop.  I suspect that this seller has reopened another eBay store under a different name, so beware if you are purchasing ambient CDs from an unknown Italian seller.  This a unique form of fraud I have never seen before.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 20, 2008, 05:24:07 PM »
Besides the new Jason Sloan, I've been listening to:

Altus - Macro (very nice and varied collection of short ambient and quasi-orchestra pieces; reminded me in places of K. Leimer and Bill Nelson's short ambient instrumentals)
Pacific UV - Longplayer 2 (postrock in a Sigur Ros meets Slowdive vein)
VA- Great Axescapes -I've been listening to Pts. 2 and 5 of Alan's mixological drone opus.


Just got this the other day in CD format.  Very nice and spacey, reminiscent of his earlier releases like "Shoreline of An End," though, according to the liner notes, it was created using a generative system.


Everything and Nothing / Re: Ancient Gugin Music
« on: August 20, 2008, 05:11:57 PM »

I am sure I will continue playing the gu zheng; it's a special instrument and of course I have fond memories associated with it.  I actually have 2 of them, a large one with silk-wound strings and a smaller steel-stringed one that is more of a beginner's instrument.  Funny that you should mention the dan bau.  I have one of those, too; very tough to play--all harmonics!


Zhang Yan has only 2 CDs I'm aware of; one was released in Taiwan and the other in Hong Kong.  The first one features more solo performances and the second one is orchestral and features a chromatic "double zheng" that was built for her.  I don't know if they are still available.

Yes, I've considered the guqin.  Very cool sounding.  Thought it was a bit tough for me to me to tackle.  No frets--only dots on the fingerboard and a lot of glissandi.  I used to have an LP by David Liang Ming.


Yes, I play gu zheng on track 6 of 'Temple..'--an extended improv that Robert somehow coaxed into shape.  I met Robert at a Jorge Reyes concert in 1994; I was introduced to him by Stephen Hill of HOS.  As for your question about Robert's hand injury, I don't think it has completely healed, but he has made adjustments as to what he can play and has even built new flutes to accommodate his playing limitations.


Everything and Nothing / Re: Ancient Gugin Music
« on: August 15, 2008, 11:07:07 AM »
Do you know if some artist used Guzheng or Guqin out of chinese traditional music ? in ambient music pheraps ?

I studied gu zheng for several years with Zhang Yan (a master musician from Mainland China who performed for Nixon when he visited China) from the mid-80s to the early-90s.  Zheng is a prominent instrument on my "World Diary" and "Folklore" albums, and is even present on my earlier "Wolf At the Ruins" CD.  Yan was a very special teacher who died young in 1997.  I have not played the instrument much since Yan passed away, although I did play it on Robert Rich's "Temple of the Invisible" in 2003.


1.  Why should an undiscovered talent with $800 to their name and no health insurance, end up getting their music buried in history because Steve Roach needed a second house, a new car and some exotic vacation? 

Pissing on an established ambient artist is probably not the best way to bring attention to your new label.  Thought your response to Jim Brenholt's posting in another thread about not being able to download your label's music was a bit harsh, too.  Hard to escape the irony that you are making your arguments on the virtues of your "free" music on the forum of an established ambient label.  Maybe you should consider giving some of your sales royalties to Hypnos for enabling you to publicize your fledgling label.  Best of of luck with your new label, anyway.


Hypnos Label Releases / Re: CD release: Sans Serif - Tones for LaMonte
« on: August 13, 2008, 12:06:59 PM »
Can I ask you what source you used ? I mean: do you used synths or these drones come from acoustic (metallic objects) processing ? 

Hi Giorgio,

Most of the sources were acoustic in nature (e.g., violin, marxolin, wine glasses), though that was not by design.  The project was really an extension of my work on Foundry's "Bibimbap" project, where the participants tried to turn unused sounds and even partial pieces into something that sounded more interesting.

Hello also to Mirko.  Thanks for picking it up.  Hope that you enjoy it.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 11, 2008, 09:03:38 PM »
Randy Newman - Harps and Angels (a return to form like his 'Good Old Boys' period; am very jazzed that he will be performing in SF this fall)
Milieu & Quosp - Grassland Melodies (very nice split netrelease in an ambient vein that fell under my radar)


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Electric Gongs
« on: August 11, 2008, 08:59:14 PM »
Hey, that's very cool!  Wish I could see it.  Harry, if like those sounds, you should also check out the sound sculpture music of Robert Rutman and Harry Bertoia.


My view on this has evolving somewhat.  Although I agree with Anthony that there is the issue of dilution, my greater concern is that of quality control.  This issue has always been there, from the days of  It may be asking too much to expect an artist who may be too close to his or her own music to be an efficient editor/filter of the material that is to be released as well.  I think it is more respectful to the listener's time if less rather than more is released.  It's not just the wasted time in downloading a file, it's wasted time for the disappointed consumer listening, too.  I think that traditional labels still perform a valuable function not only as curators with a particular aesthetic/vision, but also as gatekeepers, so that only releases that meet a certain threshold get released.  Maybe a well-run netlabel such as Resting Bell or Monotonik can serve the same function, but there are only so many hours in the day to spend trawling for free music.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 06, 2008, 11:07:25 PM »
VA - Haruomi Hosono Strange Song Book (Tribute to Haruomi Hosono 2) (An interesting compilation of artists doing cover versions of Hosono's songs and a couple of instrumentals; Fennesz and Sakamoto cover a mid-80s instrumental tune; my favorite is a cover of Pleiocene with gamelan)
Brand X - Xcommunication (a early 90s fusion power trio release with John Goodsall and Percy Jones that isn't half bad, cheesy cover notwithstanding)


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Forum members on
« on: August 06, 2008, 10:55:20 PM »
My Gongland release is up there on emusic, but my Cuneiform releases (Folklore, Blind Messenger) are only on Itunes.  I may make some my older releases such as Wolf At the Ruins available digitally in the not-too-distant future.


Hypnos Label Releases / Re: CD release: Sans Serif - Tones for LaMonte
« on: August 06, 2008, 10:52:23 PM »
Dave and John - Many thanks for the feedback.  Glad you enjoyed it.


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