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Everything and Nothing / Re: What are your plans and goals in 2008?
« on: January 14, 2008, 05:51:44 PM »
I started this topic, and intended to post some of my own plans and goals, but never got around to it.  So then, an incomplete list, with both Hypnos stuff and personal stuff.  During 2008 I hope to:

> release at least one new Hypnos (or HSS or Binary or other related) project per month
> release more new projects total in 2008 than any prior year
> finish the Binary compilation
> finish the Echoes of Polyhymnia compilation (though Lena will be doing almost all the work)
> launch the Binary Explorer Series sub-label (limited edition version of Binary)
> take Binary in more of a minimal techno, IDM, modern electronica, glitch direction with several new releases
> release our first video DVD "Vapors and Magnetism" and plan several more
> expand the Hypnos store's list of offerings by at least double
> launch our new offshoot store by mid-year -- to be called SoundSwim
> start selling downloadable products including FLAC and MP3
> expand the distribution of Hypnos and associated labels into some new outlets
> record some new music with my wife
> read The Silmarillion finally
> go skiing at least a few more times than I did in 2007
> complete a "mountain century" (100 mile mountain bike trail race) or at least a half-century
> feel (and look) better and healthier than at any time since I was 25

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: January 14, 2008, 05:30:29 PM »
Not too long ago, finished a fun, odd little book called Geek Mafia, self-published by the author, Rick Dakan.  Dakan was one of the co-founders of the company that created City of Heroes (an MMORPG from a few years back) and the book seems to start out halfway retelling the story of how he started the company with his friend, got the business rolling, and then was fired by his former friends.  From there, the story goes off into fantasyland, with the protagonist taking revenge against his former partners, and falling in with a group of crazy hacker/geek underground con artists and taking part in all kinds of adventures.

If you're a geek, and you enjoy computer games, comic books, and messing around with computers, you'll love this.

I'd actually really recommend Geek Mafia and I believe the author has made the book available as a free, authorized PDF download..  There's this link to the book I'm talking about, and the recent sequel, here:

http://manybooks.net/series/144.html

I haven't read the sequel but probably will do so at some point.  I actually don't really love the idea of a PDF e-book, but I have a physical, paperback copy of the first book.

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I just replaced my audio interface (Mark of the Unicorn 828) with a new Presonus Firestudio last week, in time for the latest Viridian Sun sessions.  The new interface made things much more enjoyable, with no sudden disappearances.  It was just like the way things used to work, with the 828 and my previous versions of Mac OSX.  I believe the problem is with the MOTU drivers for Mac OSX but I'm not willing to a run a less than current version of OSX just to make my old MOTU driver happy.

Also the Firestudio comes with a pretty nifty monitoring/routing application, which makes for easy monitoring and virtual patching of signals.  Very slick overall.

The interface came with a version of Cubase LE which I thought I'd try out just for kicks, because sometimes Apple Logic Studio seems like massive overkill for the simple stuff I do.  But this version of Cubase (I didn't know until I'd already installed it) is not a "universal binary" version and does not support the newer Macs with Intel processors, only old Powermac chips.  It's unbelievably lame that these huge software companies can't support the most current hardware, given that audio recording is one of those areas where people need the best computer firepower and want to upgrade to new machines as soon as they're available.  Intel Mac Pros have been around for well over a year now, and still Steinberg doesn't support the Intel chips in any of their OSX software except the top version of Cubase.  Pffft! 

I'm back to thinking that Steinberg sucks just about as much as Digidesign.

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There was tremendous response to this over the weekend -- the 24 hours after I posted this coupon special were nearly a record in all of Hypnos history!

Just bumping this up in case anyone missed it before, and wants to take advantage of this deal.  Those of you who have purchased, thanks very much for your support.  All your money flowing into Hypnos coffers will help fund the many upcoming releases we have planned!

Thanks everyone!

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: January 14, 2008, 03:28:55 PM »
Not TOO long ago, I was persuaded to buy the DVD box set of Charlie's Angels, Season 1, by a former girlfriend.  That show, which seemed so compelling to a 12 year old boy (or whatever I was then), seemed unbelievably lame from the perspective of an older guy.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: January 14, 2008, 02:36:22 PM »
MASH is still good, and Perry Mason is great in a cheesy sort of way, but most of the TV shows I've enjoyed prior to adulthood are pretty much impossible to sit through, now.  Happy Days and Gilligan's Island, for example!

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: January 14, 2008, 01:24:15 PM »
We all have our "comfort TV" shows, I guess, at least those of us of the age that grew up sitting in front of the TV constantly.

For me, it's Perry Mason, Gilligan's Island, MASH, The Flintstones, maybe Happy Days.  Some of those shows don't stand up too well, these days.  I still love Perry Mason, though.  It's sort of the corny whodunnit show for people who aren't old enough to watch Murder She Wrote.   
;)

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Hypnos Label Releases / Re: Viridian Sun
« on: January 14, 2008, 12:45:55 PM »
Looks great. Will you post any samples up from the sessions before it's edited into the release? My curiosity has been kindled. ;)

I'm not sure.  I've thought about it, but having previously offered up samples of tracks that weren't to be released for some time, I wonder whether it doesn't make more sense to wait before offering a taste, until it's something somebody can buy if they like it.

Maybe this is part of a wider discussion about how/when to promote music.  An argument could be made that a few rough and unedited mp3 sample clips might create some "buzz" about the upcoming Viridian Sun album, which might build by the time the album is done, months from now.  An opposing argument could be made that if someone listens to the clips and likes them, their impulse to obtain the music might dissipate and it might have been better to wait.

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Now Playing / Re: Now Playing - music
« on: January 14, 2008, 12:16:06 PM »
I just noticed we don't have a now playing thread for music, what gives?  ???

Ok so let me start one.  ;D

Here's my current listening list:

Brain records History of German Rock 1972-1976
Craig Leon - Nommos
Inoyama Land - Danzindan-Pojidon
Harald Grosskopf - Synthesist
Steve Roach - Traveler

I picked up an old receiver that I can plug my turntable into (my newer suround system doesn't support record players) so I've been on a bit of a vinyl bing lately.  All of the above are LPs, not a single CD in the mix. I don't think I've listened to this much vinyl in one sitting in 15 years. :D

I moved this post of Loren's over from the  "Everything and Nothing" area into this section specifically devoted to "now playing" lists.  I'll 'PM' Loren about this move in case he never checks out the Forum's main screen!


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Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: January 14, 2008, 12:08:46 PM »

We just finished the very last episode of Twin Peaks ... fine ending! Was great to see it all again. Yeah, it gets lost for a while (pointless sub-plots) somewhere after the middle, but picks up speed again after.

Agreed about Twin Peaks.  Season 1 is fantastic, and Season 2 gets lost for a while in the middle, but starts strong and finishes very strong.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: January 14, 2008, 11:49:19 AM »
When I first read your message, I thought you were saying you got a 3-DVD "Emanuelle" box-set.  And I was going to say, "Wait a minute, there must be at least 10 Emanuelle movies."  Ah, Skinemax!

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: January 14, 2008, 11:32:23 AM »
Just posted more recent (and color) studio "action shots" in the Viridian Sun topic, in the Hypnos Artists & CDs section of this Forum.

http://www.hypnos.com/smf/index.php?topic=73.0

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: January 14, 2008, 11:26:31 AM »
Note to readers of the Hypnos Forum: 

Despite viewing Murder She Wrote and Matlock regularly, JKN is in fact NOT in his seventies.  Just clarifying.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: jeff dunham
« on: January 14, 2008, 11:19:50 AM »
Uh oh... "Achmed the Dead Terrorist" sparked a huge controversy on the old Hypnos Forum, with much name-calling and anger!  I'm stayin' out of here for a while!

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: January 14, 2008, 11:12:38 AM »
I seem to be the only one watching anything lately, but that's OK.

Friday night:

Klimt -- sort of a bio-pic dramatization of the last days (and through memories, a selection of events in the life) of the Austrian painter Gustav Klimt.  This DVD was just released by Netflix, and I believe it's on Netflix's new in-house video label.  Lena and I both have a weakness for films about painters (Frida, Pollock, the first third of New York Stories, Basquiat, for example) and Klimt may be Lena's favorite painter, so we really looked forward to this one.  It starred John Malkovich as Klimt, and as the story began with Klimt on his death bed, much of the story is told in the form of semi-hallucinated and occasionally somewhat nonsensical remembrances. It's actually more coherent and comprehensible than that makes it sound, but it's important to point out that this is not a simple retelling of the events of the painter's life, but more like a reflection back on earlier events from a troubled and distorted later perspective.  Of all the "life of an artist" films I've ever seen, this one spends the least time on the act of art-making.  There is just one brief glimpse of Klimt putting brush to canvas, and more often Malkovich is lounging around in his studio with a handful of nude figure models.  One wonders whether Klimt's primary motivation for being a painter was that it made for a good excuse to be surrounded by lots of young, nude female bodies.  Also, Egon Schiele has a prominent spot in the film, as a young friend of Klimt's.

Overall I would give this film a high rating, and it's something I would watch again, though I feel a bit disappointed by the shortage of art-related content.

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Hypnos Label Releases / Re: Viridian Sun
« on: January 13, 2008, 12:13:35 PM »
Last night was the final (third) session for the upcoming Viridian Sun album.  This time we concentrated on more sustained, blissful drones, rather than strange, complex overlapping loops.  It was almost all two guitars.  Here are a few pictures:







We have at least 6 hours of very good material, certainly a better success rate than any of our previous efforts, in terms of producing lots of great-sounding and interesting music fit for release.  We'll be editing this down to the best stuff, and possibly also setting aside a couple of pieces for release elsewhere, like on outside label compilations or that sort of thing.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Cookie problem with new site
« on: January 13, 2008, 11:51:53 AM »
Bill (and anyone else having this problem), I just changed a server configuration setting that might have been causing the problem.  Though the main link to this Forum (and its correct address now) is www.hypnos.com/smf the Forum itself was reporting its address as 208.131.140.64/smf which was probably causing a problem with the domain under which your cookie was being stored, not matching the domain of the Forum itself.  Should be fixed now, though you may still have to log in manually once before the settings will be properly saved in the cookie file.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Cookie problem with new site
« on: January 13, 2008, 11:12:41 AM »
Hi Bill

Try something and let me know the results.

Visit both of these two links, closing and re-opening your web browser between each visit, and let me know which one(s) ask you to log-in:

http://208.131.140.64/smf/

http://www.hypnos.com/smf/



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Now that the whole Hypnos web site, including the Hypnos Forum and the Online Store have been successfully moved, we're going to have a special sale just to celebrate.

We're offering a couple of special coupon codes, valid at the Hypnos store between now and the end of next week (Jan 18, 2008). Use one of these codes to get 10% off any order, or 15% off any order of $100 or more. Only 1 coupon per order, so using both codes won't get you 25% off a big order. Those codes are:

CODE = 10NEWSTORE
(10% off any order, no limit, expires 01/19/2008)

CODE = 15NEWSTORE100
(15% off any order over $100, no limit, expires 01/19/2008)

Here's a direct link to the Hypnos Online Store:
http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc

Thanks for all your support through our first decade, and our recent server move, from Hypnos Recordings!

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Best of 2007
« on: January 11, 2008, 02:06:29 PM »
Wow, you must type faster than me!

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