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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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"People are banned too easily?"


I think you'd have a hard time supporting that. This forum has been around for over 15 years and we've only banned a few people, ever, and those bans occurred after numerous warnings, and after the members continued to ignore the warnings and do the same things they had been warned not to do.

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I don't claim to have handled this perfectly, as far as deciding when to ban someone, when to warn them, when to delete or edit posts. I can only say we (meaning myself and the admins & moderators as a group) have tried to be fair and impartial.


I apologize for all the times this forum became an unpleasant place to visit because of disruptive behavior. We'll definitely work to minimize that as much as we can.

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After discussion among the moderators, I've decided to ban Horizon1982 from the Hypnos Forum.


There have been too many examples over too long a time of bad behavior, warnings being ignored, abuse and insults being posted then deleted.

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Yeah, I've had enough.


Warning after warning, constant personal attacks. The moderators spend 90% of our time dealing with just a few people.




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Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Hypnos releases for 2015 ?
« on: May 13, 2015, 08:45:55 AM »
Hi Wanterkeelt


We've talked about plans from time to time but there's nothing wrong asking for an update.


Simply put, I've been a bit slack about pushing forward with new CD projects, though there are several in the queue.


Up next will be the 2nd Seren Ffordd & Oophoi collaboration and our first release by Max Corbacho.


We'd also like to resume our Seren Ffordd reissue series on Hypnos Secret Sounds, though we'll be changing the nature of those editions a little bit.


There's also a new Seren Ffordd solo in the Hypnos pipeline, though I don't want to do too much stuff by a single artist without breaking things up a bit.


I'm also beginning to plan an album of my own, though I'm not sure if I expect this to come out late in 2015 or early in 2016.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: April 29, 2015, 09:01:38 AM »
That sounds great!


Just what I need, more books to add to my towering "to be read" pile.  ;)

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: "Mythos and Music"
« on: April 28, 2015, 11:45:02 AM »
Here's a post on my fiction-related blog at griffinwords.com recapping the "Mythos and Music" panel, along with photos and videos.

http://griffinwords.com/2015/04/28/mythos-and-music-panel-at-cthulhucon-2015/

Please note that I didn't try to mention "ambient favorites" (so I did not mention a great deal of ambient music that is very appealing, influential and important to me) but specifically music that evokes a "Lovecraftian" vibe.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: April 28, 2015, 09:20:22 AM »

I just started reading Vermilion by Molly Tanzer. It's very fun and engagingly strange... here's the way the main character is described by the publisher:


"Gunslinging, chain smoking, Stetson-wearing Taoist psychopomp, Elouise “Lou” Merriwether might not be a normal 19-year-old, but she’s too busy keeping San Francisco safe from ghosts, shades, and geung si to care much about that. It’s an important job, though most folks consider it downright spooky. Some have even accused Lou of being more comfortable with the dead than the living, and, well… they’re not wrong."




I'm seeing the book get a lot of great reviews everywhere from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal to NPR, and I keep thinking "this book needs to be a movie!" I'd really recommend it.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: April 28, 2015, 09:12:39 AM »
I just picked up a new one from Joe R. Lansdale, Prisoner 489, but I haven't read it yet.


I also have his earlier story collection, By Bizarre Hands, which was recommended to me by a bunch of Lansdale enthusiasts.


Others I see recommended a lot are The Bottoms (which won a bunch of mystery/suspense awards) and the "Hap & Leonard" series (about to become a movie) -- the first Hap and Leonard book is Savage Season.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: "Mythos and Music"
« on: April 27, 2015, 10:12:27 AM »
Thanks for the replies, everybody. I was in a hurry this past few days with out-of-town guests visiting for the convention, and of course the convention itself.


The "Mythos and Music" panel discussion ended up being lots of fun. We covered everything from Lustmord and Sleep Research and Endvra, to Metallica, Rudamentari Peni and Portal.




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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / "Mythos and Music"
« on: April 23, 2015, 11:19:44 AM »
This weekend Lena and I will be attending CthulhuCon here in Portland - a convention event sort of loosely focused on the work of H.P. Lovecraft, including movies and games inspired by Lovecraft's work, and other writers working in the same general area of cosmic horror.


One event I'll be part of is a panel discussion called "Mythos and Music" where we'll discuss various types of related music. It won't just be about ambient or dark ambient stuff, and will probably focus more on industrial and metal, as there are more examples of that kind of thing actually using words and names directly out of Lovecraft. The other panelists have all different kinds of varied music backgrounds and interests, and are probably even more knowledgeable than I am about songs and albums where recording artists have directly "quoted" from Lovecraft.


My opinion is that it's not terribly interesting if we talk only about artist or bands who make songs named after Lovecraft stories, and much more interesting if we discuss the wider sphere of influence, and that's where dark ambient comes in. Something like Lustmord "feels" a lot like Lovecraft's stories even though Lustmord isn't name-dropping Cthulhu or other details out of Lovecraft's mythos into his work.


I wondered if anybody had any suggestions about what might be covered in a discussion like this?

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: April 23, 2015, 11:13:31 AM »
I really loved Annihilation too, and also felt some similarities with Lost.


Looking forward to the next 2 books.

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Disc 2 (Trk 16)
"Las Siete Poderes Africanos"

AP: "The Seven African Powers."  What's that supposed to mean?  This is
another vintage track you and I did back in Frazier Park in '93.  You
even got to show off on a acoustic guitar program I had at the time,
playing parts that physically couldn't be played in the real world
unless they were overdubbed.  What do you think, has the piece held up?


RG: I saw this title on a candle I bought at the grocery store.  The
candles that show different saints!  I later pulled out the old piece,
remixed it, and matched it to the title.  Your rhythm had this Santana
quality to it that fit perfectly with the title.


AP:  So, what are your future plans at this point--future projects?  At one
point, you were going to use the Bone pieces for your next album, and
leading it off with "From the Bottom of the Sea."  Is that still a possibility?


RG: "From The Bottom OF the Sea" will be on my next CD.  I'm also
working on electro-Italian style pieces where I am using my Melodica.
Imagine Kraftwerk, Budd, and Piazzola.  Other styles will include Glass,
Klaus Shulze, Satie, Fripp & Eno, all done Garcia style of course!  I'm
not sure what's happening with Richard's pieces.  Maybe he'll release
it, maybe I will.






*** INTERVIEW ENDS ***

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Disc 2 (Trk 15)
"From the Bottom of the Sea"

AP: Very nice percussion track--do you recall how you treated it?  Sounds
very Enoesque, like that first track on "Hybrid" with Michael Brooks.
Great groove, but you can't really tell what it is--electronic, acoustic, or both. 
You switched to an organ sound that fades in an out
over the piece.  Do you like using organs much?  Any significance to
the title?  All these tracks were done when you were living in New
Mexico, right?


RG: Lots of treatments on this entire piece.  It's a dedication to my
Uncle Julio who wanted to come back as a dolphin.  It wasn't
really an organ sound but maybe a combination of synth and organ.  The
melody definitely had to be way out there, as Harold would say. 
"Ghost like Melodies" and any possible ocean sounds  I could  find
which I treated, reversed, and sometimes, more reverb on the reverb!

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