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Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum Suggestion (Gear Thread)
« on: January 24, 2008, 10:28:26 AM »
OK, I think that's all of 'em, but JKN and APK can feel free to move any others that I missed.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum Suggestion (Gear Thread)
« on: January 24, 2008, 10:24:20 AM »
OK, that new area has been created and I'm moving gear-related topics into it now.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Favorite ECM releases
« on: January 24, 2008, 09:43:13 AM »
I really love Power Spot and forgot to include it on my list even though I do own the CD... I too forgot it was on ECM.

Nebula | The Path of White Clouds 2008

Not to be a kill-joy, but there's been over a dozen bands named "Nebula" since the '60's but it's currently owned by the Sub Pop label signed band, who've sued a couple others, since trademarks must be defended, so you might want to pass on a name change, as if Sub Pop ever sees this CD, their legal dept. which takes up a whole floor now, will have to sue the band and Hypnos.  Really, it's just asking for a headache.

Plus, while we're sure the musick is great, we always wonder about bands who have the same name as a couple others - seems to lack originality which is necessary for art wethinks.  "Metallica" was original and ground-breaking. Sword, Swords, The Swords, Swords Project, Swords of <something>... smacks of laziness or lack of creativity, no?  No offense intended, but serious about Sub Pop suing, we know ppl who work  there and if they see this name used, the lawyers will come like attack dogs.  Just a head's up, yo.  We're sure no one will care but we know of two cases where Sub Pop sued and they have on-staff lawyers....

We're aware of the problem of potential confusion or conflict, when artists select names that are not unique.  This is something we're dealing with on more than one front, right now.

We can't exactly tell Nebula they can't be called "Nebula" since they already released two albums under that name, and it would be weird and confusing to release the Path of White Clouds album under some other name, like "Gigi and Mathias's Euro-Ambient All-Star Band."  We don't have a definite solution on this one right now, but in the case of one other such conflict, we're releasing the album by the artist "Sense" under the name "Sense (Robert Logan)" to avoid confusion with several other artists known as "Sense."

I feel strongly that people starting a recording project, or a record label, or a magazine or web site, or any other venture that requires the choosing of a name, need to choose carefully so as not to conflict with others using that exact name, or cause confusion with others similarly named.  In the age of Google and Wikipedia and Discogs, it's not too hard to check around.  Even Hypnos was originally named something different, back in 95-96 before we actually got around to releasing CDs, but the name was changed when a conflict was discovered.

Cool, I've got a copy sittin here for ya.

We'll get more for the Hypnos store too, whenever you're ready to sell it through other outlets.

The new disc sounds great, Evan.  I listened straight through last night while working on graphics in the studio.  Another good one!

Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum Suggestion (Gear Thread)
« on: January 24, 2008, 07:30:48 AM »
Are you talking about a sub-section, like within "Everything and Nothing" there would be an area for gear-related topics?  Or do you mean a whole, separate group or area, outside "Everything and Nothing."  I guess I prefer the first to the second but maybe "sub-sections" would be confusing, too.

Information about the Binary compilation, such as submission guidelines and limitations, will be posted in February, most likely.  You'll probably be able to find the information here, or on the Hypnos news page, or on the MySpace blogs for Hypnos and Binary.  We're not ready to start taking submissions yet, but thanks for your interest.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Rune Grammofon label
« on: January 23, 2008, 04:27:50 PM »
As for Deathprod, I have to admit to having always steered clear of them because of that name.  Is this a case of the name not really fitting the music?  I imagine some kind of post-Merzbow buzzsaw-meets-industrial-grinder earsplitter, with that name.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: January 23, 2008, 04:06:08 PM »
I imagine we all have certain genres (such as, for me, science fiction) or styles (such as, for me, very visually impressive films) that get us to be extra-lenient about forgiving plot shortcomings.  I can admit it!

Did your grandmother happen to be Confucius?

So it sounds like Jonathan has Gas, but it's the wrong kind of Gas.

I'm a little embarrassed for him, based on that.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: January 23, 2008, 01:45:42 PM »
Lots of recently-watched stuff I haven't posted here, which I'll recap briefly without the usual review-age.

Eureka - been enjoying season 1 of this fun, relatively lightweight Sci-Fi Channel series.  I've seen it described as "X-Files meets Northern Exposure" and I'd say that's about right.

District B13 - a French-made near-future action/suspense flick that felt a lot like the "Past Tense" episodes of Star Trek Deep Space 9.  I'd thought this was going to be more futuristic and post-apocalyptic, which it really wasn't.  Pretty good, though.  The parkour-influenced chase & fight scenes were pretty cool.

Sunshine - an overlooked sci-fi "avoid the end of the world" adventure/exploration tale from last year.  Visually really impressive, with a quiet and thoughtful tone for the most part, overall I thought this was really good.  It had some implausible bits, like "why is the whole crew of this important mission in their twenties?" and also "if this is so dangerous/urgent, why couldn't the mission be done by computer controlled equipment?" but I was willing to overlook that stuff.  I enjoyed this quite a bit and would recommend this.

Thanks for posting this.  I've been curious to hear these for some time, and certainly didn't want to pay "collector's prices" for them.

Plus, I've been looking to try out a cool new hair style, and it seems Wolfgang's got one going on, there!

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: January 23, 2008, 11:54:25 AM »
Hello drone on.  Thanks for your note here about Seren Ffordd.

I agree that this artist's music is very much worth watching, and you should see him appear on the Hypnos label again in the future, not just Veils, Shadows but also the recent compilation Sounds of a Universe Overheard, and also he will be contributing a "soundtrack" piece to the upcoming video DVD Vapors and Magnetism.

Beyond that, we have been in discussions even this week about a new Hypnos Secret Sounds release later this year, and beyond that, I would be receptive to further releases but we'll have to discuss it.  The one release that's currently under discussion actually has to be a CDR release due to the rather unusual nature of the concept, but I won't be the one to spill the beans about that here.

And we just received copies of The Quiet Labyrinth from Umbra to sell on the Hypnos store, as well.

Phil, thanks for all your work on the webzine.  It's much appreciated always!

And thanks specifically for the review of Lena's CD-single, too.

Hypnos Label Releases / CD release: Jonathan Block - The Anatomy of Waves
« on: January 22, 2008, 04:26:09 PM »
Hypnos is very pleased to announce a new release by Jonathan Block on our Hypnos Secret Sounds imprint.  Jonathan has previously worked with Hypnos, when his album Sonic Approach (under his alter-ego Synthetic Block) was released on our Binary sub-label.  Also his track 'The Language of Rocks' heads off the most recent Hypnos compilation Sounds of a Universe Overheard.

The new album, The Anatomy of Waves, is a series of four long tracks featuring improvisations using an electronic "wind instrument" device, an Akai EWI4000s wind synthesizer.

We'll have much more information here soon, but here's  the CD cover, and a track listing with audio clips:

Track listing with MP3 clips:
Diffract -
Diffuse -
Dissolve -
Disperse -

Thanks to Jonathan for bringing this work to us.  We look forward to sharing these with everyone else. 

If you've seen Jonathan's occasional posts elsewhere here in the Forum about his electronic wind instrument experiments, these pieces derive from the same explorations.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: January 22, 2008, 10:51:05 AM »
Anybody (especially Brian) know anything about Altered Carbon and the rest of that series by Richard Morgan?  It sounds interesting to me, and while it's filed in "science fiction" it sounds almost like a suspense/thriller story with sci-fi elements.

Right now I'm about halfway through another go at Lord of the Rings and enjoying it enormously, more than ever. This is my first time reading the books since seeing the movies.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: January 22, 2008, 10:48:22 AM »
My new exploration of the magical world of vinyl will have to wait a while.  The turntable I swiped from my uncle is in a worse state of repair than it looked like.  Needs a new needle at least and I'll probably just replace the cartridge entirely since it's a piece of crap. 

I got out a few Duran Duran 12" singles, some old Toy Dolls albums (so much fun, such cool album covers), Arcadia's So Red the Rose (man, what a great album), a few others.  Somehow my small remaining record collection now seems to include my brother's old Spyro Gyra and David Sanborn albums.  Not sure what I'm gonna do with those.

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