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Everything and Nothing / Re: Hypnos Forum move
« on: January 04, 2008, 08:12:01 AM »
I guess it will be easier to figure out how things are going, once more people come across and log in and try to post.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Hypnos Forum move
« on: January 04, 2008, 07:36:27 AM »
I've made some changes to the avatar settings and permissions, and more of them are showing-up, now.  I'll keep working on it until everyone can either see their existing avatar, or at least upload a new one.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Hypnos Forum move
« on: January 03, 2008, 11:24:14 PM »
I was a bit worried earlier tonight, but all's well at this point.


I hope to wake up in the morning and check in here, and find that the usual visitors have had no problems logging in and posting.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Hypnos Forum move
« on: January 03, 2008, 11:20:44 PM »
OK, everything seems to be fixed, except user avatars which have disappeared again.  I think those may still be fixable, but for now I'm going to leave the "old" Forum closed and say we're officially open for business here on the "new" Hypnos Forum!

Thanks for your patience, everyone.  I'll keep working to fine tune everything, but feel free to post questions, problems, concerns and so on... post them right here in this topic.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Hypnos Forum move
« on: January 03, 2008, 09:00:00 PM »
I just disabled new member registration, but it will be enabled on the new Forum later tonight.  This was done so that I could move across all members now and then just worry about topics & posts later tonight when the move is completed.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Hypnos Forum move
« on: January 03, 2008, 03:43:32 PM »
Made this a "sticky" so it will be visible on top to everyone, until this move is behind us.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: January 03, 2008, 01:03:40 PM »

Second is current studio, though it has been relocated to a smaller room as we moved to a smaller house in a smaller street after taking this photo.

Ok, so what is the silver box on top of your rack? It looks like a TC Electronics box but I can't figure it out. Also, what make are your speakers?

That looks like a TC M3000 to me.

Everything and Nothing / Hypnos Forum move
« on: January 03, 2008, 12:02:22 PM »
Hypnos Forum move happening today (Thursday Jan 03, 2008)

The entire web site is in the process of being moved to a new server during the next few days.  The old server and new server will continue to operate simultaneously until next week, so there will be two Hypnos news pages, two Hypnos stores, two Hypnos CD releases pages, and so on.  We'll update both old and new in sync with each other during this transition, so it won't matter whether you visit one Hypnos store or the other -- in both cases, your order will be accepted and completed just fine.

One part of the Hypnos web site that cannot be run in tandem (two versions running at once until the transfer is complete) is this Forum.  Because there's a database that's updated every time someone posts a message or creates a new membership, or even updates their "signature" or their avatar, there is no way of keeping two Hypnos Forums in sync for several days without an unreasonable amount of non-stop work.  For that reason, later tonight, this Hypnos Forum, the one you're looking at right now, will be taken offline for maintenance, and the databases (including members, forum topics, posts, and everything) will be backed-up and moved over to the new Hypnos Forum which is already running in test mode, and has been checked-out by your trusty Forum Moderators, JKN and APK.

Soon after this Forum goes "down" into maintenence mode, that database backup & restore will be completed and the new Forum will be active and ready.  I will post an address on the Hypnos News page that points directly to the new Forum.  I will also post that link here, below, but please do not start visiting and posting to the NEW Forum before this Forum goes down into maintenence mode, otherwise any posts you make there will be wiped-out when this OLD Forum is backed-up and moved over.

The link to the new Hypnos Forum effective late 1/3/08 and onward will be

Eventually the internet domain will be converted over and you will be able to reach that Forum via the same address as this one, which is

Please use this space (in the NEW Forum, starting Friday 1/4/2008) to post troubleshooting requests, problems, or questions relating to the NEW Forum.

A reminder.... you may visit that link to the NEW Forum prior to this OLD Forum becoming unavailable if you're just curious, and feel free to poke around and look all you want... but don't make any changes or posts that you don't want to be wiped-out when I convert over!  Continue to post here until the move is complete.


Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: January 02, 2008, 04:05:43 PM »
Last night we watched the "Ultimate Edition" box-set of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, which included 5 versions of the film, of which I'd seen 3 before.  We watched the 2007 "ultimate" version, which I found to be not too different from the 1996 (or so) director's cut version.

This remains one of my all-time favorite films, and it stands the test of time wonderfully.  The BluRay disc version looks absolutely breathtaking, and I had literally never seen the film look so good, not even in the theater.  It's crystal clear, every image truly like candy for the eyes.  I'll enjoy looking through the supplemental materials and documentaries on disc 2, and I'm also curious about the "workprint" version on disc 5, which is the other edit I hadn't seen before.  There are so many wonderful things about this film: the atmosphere, the acting, the soundtrack, the script, the very concept, the special effects (matte paintings and miniatures and old-fashioned visual compositing, nothing digital). 

If I were a film critic giving out numeric or letter-grade reviews, I'd give this my highest possible rating.  If you've enjoyed this film before, this ultimate box-set release will be the last version you'll ever need or want to own.  I would gladly have purchased this if the price had been 5 times as much.  If you're just a casual fan of the film and you already have the director's cut DVD, that may be good enough for you, but I'm glad I upgraded.  I'll be selling off my director's cut DVD now.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: January 02, 2008, 02:49:20 PM »
Yep, Jesse is married, so I guess that's his wife's name.  He always talks about "my wife" but I don't remember him ever telling me her name before.  Or maybe he has more than one wife... or a wife and several mistresses?

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: January 02, 2008, 01:55:57 PM »
I've been enjoying this topic for a while now, so I have to ask... who the hell is "Deb?"

Played a little bit of Oblivion this weekend, first time I've played any video games in a while.  I didn't realize it had been 7 months since I'd last played this one, but the game saves had dates on them and the last save was from May 27.

This is an enjoyable game, a free-ranging fantasy role-playing game, but tough to get into unless you invest consistent and significant chunks of time.

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: Viridian Sun
« on: December 30, 2007, 07:24:35 PM »
Another all-day (actually, afternoon-evening) session yesterday, another 2+ hours worth of material recorded.  This material is raw and strange, and quite far from the synth-heavy sound of the first two Viridian Sun albums.  It's more visceral and organic-sounding than our earlier work, even a step beyond last week's recording.

This week Dave played an acoustic guitar (with an internal pick-up, not mic'ed) through the same batch of effects as last week.  I played guitar for only one track, and the rest of the time I was playing bass, and adding metal percussion and voice sounds (I wouldn't call them vocals) into a nearby microphone at the same time.  Again, everything was improvised and recorded live in the studio, no rehearsing and no overdubs (though some parts will be edited down before release).

We will probably do one more recording session, more brief than the first two, just to make absolutely sure we have enough material for an album and maybe a couple of extra tracks for compilations or whatever.  We're both very excited about these recordings and quite anxious to hear what people will say about them.  I may post a few photos of the second sessions soon.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: How do you record?
« on: December 30, 2007, 07:18:24 PM »
I've been very fond of my MOTU 828 interface since early 2000, when I used it to start work on The Most Distant Point Known with Dave Fulton.  It's been my primary audio interface since that time and I've used it with four different Apple computers, an iBook, a Powerbook, a G4 Powermac, and my new Mac Pro.  It has always worked flawlessly and simply, no problems, no glitches, nothing to complain about. 

In the past year, though, since I've upgraded to Mac OS X 10.4 (hate to think what would happen with 10.5), I've had increasing troubles with the interface getting "lost" and requiring multiple reboots before I can get the Mac Pro to "find" it again.  It still seems to work OK with my older computers, but the Mac Pro is my main recording workstation now, so I'm about to change my primary audio interface for the first time in quite a while.

I just ordered one of these:

It's the Presonus Firestudio.  Link here:

I considered several other options, and in fact almost bought a Focusrite Saffire Pro 26, and also considered an RME interface.  Once I receive this item next week and set it up, I'll post a mini-review or evaluation here.  I may also be selling my 828 here (though I wouldn't recommend it to anyone running the very newest Mac OS X version), depending on whether I just move it over to my G4, sitting 8 feet away.  I'll definitely be selling one of my M-Audio Firewire Audiophile interfaces, since I was just using that for midi and supplemental monitoring on the Mac Pro.  The new interface will replace both the 828 and the M-Audio device.

Another great Podcast, Evan.  Keep 'em coming.

I've just discovered Mico Nonet in the past week and think they're fantastic.  Several new discoveries in here for me, too, so I've really enjoyed this one.  I'm a giant Jon Hassell fan but hadn't heard this one before.

Thanks for your work, Evan.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: December 28, 2007, 02:36:15 PM »
There never would've been a "Cocteau Twins sound" without the e-bow.  And I seem to remember Fripp and Adrian Belew both using them early on, and Bill Nelson.

Everything and Nothing / Re: The Hobbit and Peter Jackson
« on: December 28, 2007, 12:31:44 PM »
Feedback Mike - The yellow text doesn't work against the default forum format background.

Thanks Scott, you're right!  I just switched it to bold so it should be legible no matter what theme people are using.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: December 28, 2007, 10:35:03 AM »
We just finished the last episode of season 3 of Battlestar Galactica last night, and WOW, what a great show.  It's amazingly heavy, serious and complex, especially for TV sci-fi.  I just can't wait until season 4 starts happening, and now we'll have to try to track down the various "web only" episodes somehow, and watch those in the mean time.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: December 27, 2007, 05:35:30 PM »
As for me, I'd have to be a "great looking guy" to win the heart of a red hot sexpot like Lena, wouldn't I?   ;)

It's nice to meet someone who isn't afraid to admit his wife is so attractive...seriously, Mike, I applaud you 8). So many men push the "jealousy" button so easily that one doesn't know if one can tell a guy that his wife is good looking without the guy kicking his ass.

Although, I have to say, you two seem way too well-adjusted to be ambient music artists! Where are your insecurities, foibles and idiosyncracies! ;D

Well, I was kidding a bit, and you're kidding a bit, but I'll say I agree with you that it's just crazy for a man who has an attractive wife or girlfriend (or for that matter, a woman who has an attractive husband or boyfriend) to be jealous and suspicious, or to get angry at other people for looking at their partner.  It's just completely irrational, and demonstrates the terrible insecurity of the jealous party.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: December 27, 2007, 05:28:45 PM »
I have a question about how some of you (you know who you are) who have lots of music gear, especially lots of synths and samples, cope with patching everything.  Do you:

1. Use multiple patchbays to keep everything plugged-in all the time (into patchbays, I mean) and only selectively patch the stuff into your mixer or audio interface?

2. Leave only the most-used stuff plugged straight into the mixer all the time, and when setting up a less-commonly-used piece, temporarily plug it in, maybe unplugging something else to make room?

3. Utilize LOTS of mixer inputs or audio interface inputs, to leave everything plugged into its own input, all the time?

I've done all of the above at various times, and probably am somewhere between #1 and #2 right now, not really fully committed to either approach.  I have 3 full-size patch bays but I'm using less than 1/3 of the patch inputs, and I have some synths plugged straight into my mixer and others not plugged into anything at all.  It seems like a lame approach, but in my own defense, I'm actually only getting active in the studio again fairly recently.

So, I'd like to get a bit more organized and structured approach but I'm actually not quite sure how I want to do it... leaning toward #1.

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