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Everything and Nothing / Re: Hypnos Forum move
« on: January 06, 2008, 01:55:35 PM »
Regarding THEMES, the "BacknBlack" theme (which was the one I always used prior to the move) has been re-installed and tested, and it's working fine.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Hypnos Forum move
« on: January 06, 2008, 01:37:40 PM »
Mike - When you get back to tweaking the forum you may want to add a nicely obvious top-level link to the main Hypnos site.

That's definitely one thing I'd like to implement.  I used that all the time on the old Forum, click on the "Hypnos" logo at the top of any page and you end up at the front page of www.hypnos.com -- I'll definitely work on that one.  Thanks, Scott.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Best of 2007
« on: January 06, 2008, 11:21:33 AM »
Cool, Brian, I'm downloading now.  You guys are keeping me busy with some good listening while I plug away with web site editing work all weekend! 

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Hypnos Forum move
« on: January 06, 2008, 11:10:51 AM »
Hi Rick-
You're right, there's no "wizard" for typing in URLs or named outside links here.  It's possible there's a plug-in module for some kind of enhancement to the posting process.  I won't be doing much in the way of hot-rodding or adding options on the Forum until things have quieted down here (behind the scenes I mean) with this hypnos.com domain move.  But I appreciate the feature request and it's something I'd like to add if I can find a pre-built module of some sort.
Thanks,
Mike

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 05, 2008, 11:53:56 AM »
Later last night:



krill.minima - Nautica (Native State Records)

Another case of confounded expectations from Native State Records (see mini-review of Kilowatts CD above).  Based on what I knew of Marsen Jules, and what else I'd heard of Native State, I expected this to be much more rhythm-oriented and with a brighter, more typically electronic tone.  This album is quite restrained ambient, definitely something that would appeal to most people on this Forum.  It's not really drone-oriented or too minimal, though, actually there's a bit of activity under the surface, and rhythmic components that are buried and subtle, more like low-key churning or cyclical sounds than "beats" in most places.  Everything is very restrained and "cool" but there are none of the typical ambient-minimalism cliches here.  Very pleasing material, and having heard this, I will definitely have to seek our more krill.minima and more Marsen Jules.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Best of 2007
« on: January 05, 2008, 11:34:00 AM »

I guess this is a good place to post a Best of 2007 mix.  It's not everything on my best of list, just cuts that worked well together.
Download it here...Best of 2007 Mix




Thanks for posting the Mix, Dave.  I'm listening now and  enjoying it quite a bit.  This is a great way to make new discoveries.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 05, 2008, 11:04:36 AM »
Happy New Year to you too, RDJ.

Lots of great listening lately around here.  Last night:



Kilowatts - Ground State (Native State Records)

Based on the description on the Native State web site I expected this to be edgier and glitchier, but I'd say overall it's very accessible and fun, even "catchy," nothing off-puttingly experimental here.  I'd call it well-crafted, lower-tempo techno with occasional glitch elements, and very prominent melodic/musical content.  In thinking of how to describe it, I keep wanting to use the word "fun."  Definitely will be getting regular play around here.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Hypnos Forum move
« on: January 04, 2008, 05:02:50 PM »
The Forum seems to be up & running just fine, other than the need for more themes which I'll address soon, so I'm going to "un-sticky" this topic and turn it back into a normal topic.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Hypnos Forum move
« on: January 04, 2008, 04:32:46 PM »
Here and with avatar too (though I accidently typed in 'avatart' - perhaps I should get a new picture to fit!!).

Mike, will we be able to choose from more skins, I liked the dark one on the earlier version, forget it's name?

Yes, I'll be putting new themes up soon, maybe this weekend.  I decided to remove all but the basic themes from the Forum, even though I had originally transferred them all across, because with all the database updates I was doing last night, every time I'd restore a bunch of settings, it would "break" all the themes except the default and display an error message on every page if you weren't using the default.  So I figured it would avoid problems if we all just lived with this light blue theme for a while.

I'm partial to a darker look myself.

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Everything and Nothing / What's HOT and what's NOT
« on: January 04, 2008, 12:38:31 PM »
You know those little mini-articles in Wired magazine, and I think Esquire and Details does them too somethings... hell, probably every magazine does them... where they talk about a few things that are HOT, or NOT?

I was just thinking about a few trends I've observed recently, starting right here in our little neighborhood of ambient music. 

HOT: ambient music with melody and structure
NOT: ambient drone music


Comments... I'm seeing a greater interest in ambient music made by people who come from a more traditional music background, or at least who include more traditional elements in their ambient work.

And one more:

HOT: ambient music with acoustic instruments, guitar, and voice
NOT: ambient music with synthesizers and samplers


Comments... Same thing, just a movement I'm seeing toward more people working with these more "organic" sound sources, and despite my own synths/samplers background, this is a trend I welcome.


Does anybody else have anything to add?  Any movements, shifts or trends that can be observed?  I suppose this should be opened up behind just music-related or ambient-music-related changes.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Hypnos Forum move
« on: January 04, 2008, 12:12:47 PM »
Hey, husband~

You get another Karma point for staying up half the night working on this, (while I was comfortably snoozing away)... :-*

Hey thanks!  I have double-digit karma points!   And I'm kinda tired from staying up half the night, so I'll gladly take your karma, thanks.


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Everything and Nothing / Re: Hypnos Forum move
« on: January 04, 2008, 12:08:18 PM »
Hello! I'm here, (& so is my avatar. Man, that crazy chick follows me EVERYWHERE)... ;D

Note: Lena looks nothing like the picture in her avatar, which is from before I met her.  She has long hair now!

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Hypnos Forum move
« on: January 04, 2008, 11:45:54 AM »
Well, maybe people saw the notification of the upcoming move and they decided to stay away for a few days until the dust settled.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Hypnos Forum move
« on: January 04, 2008, 10:19:05 AM »
I'm concerned that maybe a lot of people are having trouble logging-in for some reason.  I see lots of "guests" viewing the Forum at any given time, but not many logged-in members.

Maybe people are just browsing and waiting to see more traffic before they bother logging in. 

I won't be able to work on this much until later today, but if people are trying to log in and unable to do so, please email me at mg (at) hypnos.com

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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.

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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.

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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.

HUGE SIGH OF RELIEF...

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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