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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Favorite ECM releases
« on: January 22, 2008, 10:12:22 AM »
Ah, thanks for the reminder about Rune Grammofon, a label I've been meaning to investigate.  But maybe we should start another topic for that one. 

Welcome back to the Forum, Darren.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Favorite ECM releases
« on: January 21, 2008, 07:24:05 PM »

David Darling - Dark Wood
David Darling - Cello
David Torn - Cloud About Mercury
Keith Jarrett - The Köln Concert
Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians
Ketil Bjornstad - Water Stories
Ketil Bjornstad & David Darling - The River

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 21, 2008, 12:02:08 PM »
Jason Sloan seems to me to be on a bit of a roll lately.  But he was supposed to send me some CDs to sell on the Hypnos store and they never arrived yet.  Maybe building his mystique by keeping everything difficult-to-find?  ;)
Could send you a few of them when i release them.
As well as a few of the True Colour of Blood and the Taiga Remains.
Just if you want.

I can tell with every single heartbeat of myself, that all 3 are
breathtaking in every single sense. Especially the Taiga Remains
and the Jason Sloan.

Taiga Remains - Descend from Ivory Cliffs

Yes, we will want to sell all of these, so send me an email just before you're ready to release them and I'll place another wholesale order.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 20, 2008, 03:27:40 PM »
Jason Sloan seems to me to be on a bit of a roll lately.  But he was supposed to send me some CDs to sell on the Hypnos store and they never arrived yet.  Maybe building his mystique by keeping everything difficult-to-find?  ;)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Best of 2007
« on: January 20, 2008, 11:45:45 AM »
One of the worst offenders of the 'free' album giveaway is the person or persons running the 'deleted scenes, forgotten dreams' blog.  I know several of our releases are up there, and we didn't authorize it.  A review and a pic is fine, and even clips from the album are o.k., but this person is blatant about putting links to entire recordings up on this blog.   I've seen everything from boots to a 12k promo sampler, LP only and cassette releases up there.


Yeah, that site gives me a stomach-ache.  Definitely more of a "fill out your collection for free" vibe than any kind of promotional intent.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Alio Die
« on: January 20, 2008, 11:43:09 AM »
I love Suspended Feathers too, and it was one of my earliest ambient purchases, but my favorite thing by Alio Die is Fissures, his collaboration with Robert Rich.

Brian, welcome to the Forum  This new Install label looks quite interesting and promising.  Feel free to keep us posted here about all your releases.

This is the last day of the specials mentioned above, and I see no reason to take mercy upon poor Lena, whose eyes are strained and hands are weary from packaging up so many CDs for mailing... so feel free to get in an order under the wire of the coupon's expiration.

Thanks, everyone.  If you missed this promotion, I'm sure we'll have others in the future.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Alio Die
« on: January 18, 2008, 06:43:16 PM »
Glad you've been enjoying Mother Sunrise lately!

Alio Die is definitely one of those artists, like Oophoi as you mentioned, or Steve Roach, with whose work listeners tend to familiarize themselves slowly or gradually at first, and at some point "get it" and start to buy every CD in sight.

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: Seren Ffordd - Veils, Shadows
« on: January 18, 2008, 03:04:47 PM »
Glad you guys are enjoying it.  I'm a big supporter of this artist and we're discussing the possibility of future releases (in addition to his appearance on Sounds of the Universe Overheard already released, and Vapors and Magnetism upcoming).

If you proper English blokes (hey check that out, I said "blokes!") think we Murikans are speaking some kind of wrong-headed non-English, you should hear the way most-of-'em talk over in Philadelphia!  As William Shakespeare is to England, so is Chuck VanZyl to Phillytown.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: January 18, 2008, 09:30:06 AM »
I'm setting up a rather crappy Mitsubishi turntable grabbed up from my late great-uncle's home this weekend... nobody else wanted it.  So the quality is probably poor, but no poorer than the mostly worn quality of most of the vinyl I own.

I wonder whether the process of setting this up and listening here and there to my collection, will inspire me to buy new, expensive vinyl releases, or maybe upgrade to a better turntable, or if I'll just spin a few of my old Devo and Blancmange and Duran Duran 12" singles before letting the turntable start to gather dust.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bill Evans
« on: January 18, 2008, 07:31:06 AM »
Welcome back to the Forum, Mr. Pearce!

Anyways Mike, look at Ableton Live, comes in Windows or Mac flavor ;-) and at least two of us here are using it.

I know... take a look at the 2nd post in this topic, on page 1.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: January 17, 2008, 04:42:51 PM »
I'd ask anyone who wants to vote for "vinyl really does sound better, you CD guys don't know what you're talking about," to speak up.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: January 17, 2008, 04:41:53 PM »
Just looking at this Mico Nonet record over and over makes me wish I had something cool like this with my music on it!

Speaking of which, this group is seriously great.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: January 17, 2008, 04:03:59 PM »
This is the Amon disc I'm talking about.  Apparently the reason the CD was released in a 10" sleeve was that the same recording was also released on 10" vinyl and they just stuck the CD into the same sleeve.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: January 17, 2008, 03:38:52 PM »
Amplexus released a 10" square special package for one of their 3" CDs, I think it was Amon or Never Known, or one of his other aliases.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 17, 2008, 02:57:42 PM »
Just since lunch:

Mico Nonet - The Marmalade Balloon

A wonderful and charming mix of gentle, ambient chamber music, and modern electronic elements.  Real music by real musicians, really nice!

Everything and Nothing / Vinyl
« on: January 17, 2008, 02:30:08 PM »
This topic isn't about vinyl siding, or those yellow vinyl pants you wore to the club last Friday... I'm talking about vinyl records.

I know this has been discussed on here before, but I'm thinking about it again.  Partly because I'm about to set up a turntable on my home stereo for the first time in over 15 years, partly because I've had Hypnos artists talk to me about vinyl releases, partly because I just received a charming 7" transparent vinyl release from Mico Nonet in today's mail.

So I'm wondering where people stand on vinyl now?

I know there are some people around here who talk about playing certain albums that are vinyl-only, but my question for them is, if that album were available on CD, would you have bought the CD instead?

Some have discussed using their turntable to play old records that don't exist on CD, and my question for them is, if most of those LPs were easily obtained on CD would you prefer a CD to the records?  Or would you say the LPs are good enough and just continue to play those?  Or would you prefer the LPs, and think I'm crazy for asking the first two questions?

If you're a recording artist or other "music biz" person, what are your feelings about your own releases on vinyl?
1. don't care or don't want your music released on vinyl
2. kind of curious about it, might like to have a vinyl release at some point just for the novelty
3. think it's quite cool and really love the idea of a few vinyl objects in your discography
4. much prefer vinyl and wish the dumb music industry would make it easier to release everything on vinyl

Myself, as a music lover, I can remember how great it was to look at big 12" record covers and liner notes, and one thing I didn't like about CDs when I switched, was the smaller space for artwork.  But I've never been a believer in the superior sound of vinyl, and yes, I've listened to turntables on stereo systems that cost more than my car, and even though those systems mitigate most of the problems with the vinyl experience, they don't get rid of the noise floor and "wear and tear" issues that are deal-breakers for me with vinyl.  So I guess I'd chalk myself up as #2 on the above list.

I might be crazy, but it seems to me that even as digital downloads are gaining momentum, vinyl records are re-gaining momentum as well, as more than just a retro curiosity, or a way of getting a copy of Kings of the Wild Frontier for 25 cents, or as a tool for DJs.  Curious what others say about this.

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