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Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum Inactivity
« on: August 01, 2016, 02:07:30 PM »
We always seem to have an ebb and flow to the activity levels here, along with the more general, gradual slowing of all forums like this one. Of course as others have mentioned, the slower activity of the Hypnos label lately is probably a factor. Our mail order is churning along pretty well but I'd like to get another CD or two released soon, here.


Anyway, I think it's inevitable that this kind of thing will have some lulls and that's OK. I always tell people that if they want a discussion to happen, they should start one!

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Windows 10
« on: May 26, 2016, 11:36:29 AM »
So far, I've upgraded about 20 of the PCs here at work (less than half of the total) to Win 10 and I will try to upgrade the rest before the free upgrade offer expires in July.


It's pretty important to make sure you have the most current drivers for your hardware, and if you do, everything seems to run pretty well. I've even been surprised to find that some older PCs that barely ran Windows 8 seem to do a little better with Windows 10.


I haven't run into any programs that won't run in Win 10, but this is a business environment, so there's no media/audio software or gaming to consider.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: "Mythos and Music"
« on: May 25, 2016, 02:59:16 PM »
Thanks for your comments, Stargazer. Since I'm involved in both the ambient music scene and the weird/horror fiction scene, I've been very interested to see how many people are interested in both.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: R.I.P. Jeff Kowal aka Terra Ambient
« on: April 28, 2016, 08:47:40 AM »
Jeff had been open on Facebook about his struggle with cancer, but this is still a terrible shock for everyone.


Over the many years I've been involved with this community, I've come across a few people who were a true class act, always genuine and kind in their interactions with everyone. Jeff was one of the good ones.

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Everything and Nothing / R.I.P. Jeff Kowal aka Terra Ambient
« on: April 27, 2016, 01:58:40 PM »

I've just seen the terrible news that Jeff Kowal, who was a long-time visitor to this forum, and best known for his recordings as Terra Ambient, has passed away.


As for today, the spottedpeccary.com landing page is a memorial to Jeff, though assume this link will point to something else if you find this later: http://spottedpeccary.com/

Many of us may have seen Jeff posting on Facebook about his difficult illness. I'm not sure what I can say. In addition to being a sensitive and gifted recording artist, Jeff was always intelligent and thoughtful in my interactions with him, and seemed to be well-liked and respected by everyone. He will be missed.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: April 22, 2016, 11:28:07 AM »
Oh, wow... thanks! I mean, thanks for buying a copy, and for the congratulations.


I had been wondering if I should mention the book here. Not push it, but let people know. This has been keeping me very busy for a while, and now it's starting to appear in the world. Pretty exciting!


Anyway, thanks again and I hope you'll find some enjoyment among the pages.

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APK with the best suggestion of the week!


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I don't think of any of this as "now we're even." .And what apology?  Nobody owes me an apology.  Again, can't a guy make a simple joke here?  Without people saying how dare you joke with a respected artist?   What do you mean "You're no saint"?  Now you're hurling insults and turning this personal?  I sense some latent hostility left over from 15 years ago, which you alluded to when you dredged up my old forum moniker "Orion32.". And you did that because I simply stated you hadn't read the posts carefully about the Planetary Unfolding CD topic.  Very sad.  I think you take yourself far too seriously and get pushed out of shape if anyone challenges you in the very slightest degree.  How about I just say you're an arrogant know it all who probably got picked on in school and beat up for being a little wussy smart ass?  You wanna get personal, you got it Forrest.  I've played nice with you here for awhile now and I THOUGHT the past was the past, but I see you haven't changed.  To the others who jumped on me like sharks over my joke, you're no better than Forrest.  Especially you Tomas Weiss.  Look how I defended you and stood in your corner when you and your label were being attacked on this forum.  And then you join the wolf pack and show your true colors.  Actually you are the master here of insulting people and inciting dischord.  Why are you even still on this forum?  Nobody likes you.  While I'm at it, Hypnos is a fucking joke now.  You put out one CD a year that nobody buys.  You spend all your time emailing everyone once a week to sell old CDs for $5 nobody wants.  And you cry you have no time to release new music?  Nobody here wants to say it .  Well I just did.  I hope the moderator has enough balls to leave this post for all to see, but he probably won't because he's a self righteous wussy like Fang.  Please just remove me, ban me the whole nine yards.  Don't waste your energy notifying me either.  They won't be read, only deleted.  So fuck off Forrest and the other assholes, they know who they are.  Hypnos sucks.  Please stop this charade of pretending to be an ambient label.  Good luck with your $5 sales and washed up label. Take me off all your lists and please ban me for life!  I won't fucking miss it one bit!!! 😝😝😂😱😎


Classy post. "Hypnos is a fucking joke now," and "Hypnos sucks. Please stop this charade of pretending to be an ambient label."


So, we release less music than we did before, and have offer occasional discount sales on our store to get people to buy overstocked CDs, and this is what we deserve?

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Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Hypnos releases for 2015 ?
« on: November 19, 2015, 09:43:50 AM »
Many of the Lovecraftians I know think I named Hypnos after Lovecraft's story.


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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Whatever happened to....?
« on: November 16, 2015, 11:07:40 AM »
I saw David Tollefson last week. He's always been more involved with indie rock projects than with ambient, though occasionally he gets interested in recording some ambient stuff, either by himself or with me.


I saw Ben Fleury-Steiner post something on Facebook last week so I know he's around.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Harold Budd website!
« on: November 12, 2015, 09:38:18 AM »
He seems to be having a bit of a comeback.

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Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Hypnos releases for 2015 ?
« on: November 10, 2015, 05:59:12 PM »
Sorry for the slow reply. That's still the plan. I've been talking with Seren Ffordd about that one, and need to get back in touch with Max Corbacho.


No real problems are preventing these from moving forward other than the intrusion of "real life" into Hypnos time!

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Taylor Deupree....2014 Studio Diary
« on: November 10, 2015, 12:31:56 PM »
Great photos, cool studio, good article.


Am I reading the interview incorrectly, or does Taylor still use Performer (not Digital Performer) as his primary recording software?

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Home Music Server
« on: September 29, 2015, 04:48:34 PM »
Like others, I'm just using an enormous iTunes library assembled over many years.


I still listen to lots of CDs, but it's very convenient to have my big, organized library and many playlists available all over the house.

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Everything and Nothing / R.I.P. Susumu Yokota
« on: July 14, 2015, 11:17:00 AM »
According to this article, Japanese ambient composer Susumu Yokota has passed away, aged 54.


http://www.factmag.com/2015/07/14/susuma-yokota-dies-ambient-musician/


I loved his album Sakura, though I admit I hadn't checked out his most recent works. What a terrible loss! Do others around here know his work?

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We welcome you to contribute constructively to the Hypnos Forum, not JUST post advertisements. Otherwise, it's just spam, which is not only unwelcome, but also ineffective promotion.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: May 19, 2015, 11:38:02 AM »
Great post, Julio. I love reading this kind of stuff.


I've been considering for a while that I have several pairs of very good headphones, but no great ones. Maybe instead of multiple $200-400 headphones I should try something really high-end. We shall see...

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I need to go give Ello another look.

I just read an article, not about Ning in particular, but where one of Ning's founders admitted that it had basically failed and was going to disappear.

Good luck with the new Ello ambient community!

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I can honestly say that I have issued far more warnings to people I feel friendly about, and edited/deleted far more messages written by those people, than forum members I have disliked.


Just because you're only aware of the warnings you have received yourself does not mean other people have not received warnings, including people who might surprise you.


The difference is that if I feel somebody is a good contributor to the forum, and a reasonable person, I have found almost 100% of the time they understand the warning or the edit/deletion of their post, and they have tried to improve and play by the rules. I think this is simply about being a "good citizen" and trying to respect the rest of the group, and realizing that we all make a mistake sometimes.


When a person is constantly arguing that they are being persecuted, or treated unfairly, or repeatedly fighting against the moderators or implying we're being unfair, that indicates to me a person who does not care about respecting a community and is entirely about their own interests and preferences.


A community is larger than any single member, and any single member who thinks the entire community should change to fit their preferences is certain to end up disappointed.

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Another thing...


I think some people assume that the level of contention and negativity they themselves are comfortable with are the "correct" levels of contention and negativity, even when they are in a public place and the great majority of other people in that place disagree about what level of contention and negativity are optimal.


When you're in your own home, you get to decide all the rules. Should the lights be on or off? Should music be playing? TV on or off? What should the temperature be?


In a public place, each individual can't decide all the rules because the environment is shared. So what might be suitable for one person, what they might think is "obviously best," might not be what others want.


Is this unfair, or an example of some people being given favorite status? Or is it maybe an example of a public place being fine-tuned to fit, as closely as possible, the preferences of a wide range of people? If your preferences are outside the norm (for example, if you favor a style of discussion that is more confrontational) you might be happier if you accepted that fact, rather than assuming everyone else is always being unfair to you.

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