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Everything and Nothing / Re: The holiday food you're waiting for
« on: December 19, 2007, 02:33:22 PM »
What is that stuff, Sundummy?  Ingredient analysis, please.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: The holiday food you're waiting for
« on: December 19, 2007, 11:02:27 AM »
The one thing I always anticipate the most is this crab dip that my mom makes.  It's mostly crab meat, but with some kind of creamy base which I believe to be mushroom soup, and chopped up onions and celery.

This is one thing I really hated to miss, during those years when I was a vegetarian.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: The holiday food you're waiting for
« on: December 19, 2007, 10:16:27 AM »
Both meals sound good to me, Bill.  I'm not gonna say anything about Hypnogogue's "balls and dogs" which sounds like a bad hot lunch experiment from my grade school cafeteria... oh, wait, I said I wasn't gonna say anything!

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Re-launching of Wind and Wire
« on: December 18, 2007, 05:12:31 PM »
Bill, you did mention that you'd been reconsidering what to do with Wind and Wire, possibly reworking it or reconceptualizing it.

I for one am really glad to hear you'll be continuing it in some way.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ron Boots
« on: December 18, 2007, 03:27:15 PM »
When I solicited a track from Ron Boots for the Hypnos compilation, The Other World, I suggested to him "Maybe something like your Amplexus disc," because I wanted him to do something a little more atmospheric, and tone down the overt Berlin School stuff.   

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Everything and Nothing / Re: The Hobbit and Peter Jackson
« on: December 18, 2007, 01:01:25 PM »
Well I'm going to drink mead and have second breakfast in celebration of this news!

Don't eat too much for second breakfast... you need to save some room for elevenses.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: The Hobbit and Peter Jackson
« on: December 18, 2007, 11:59:57 AM »
In the second article, they refer to the fact that Peter Jackson wanted to plan 2 films, one of The Hobbit itself, and the second as sort of bridge between The Hobbit and LOTR.  There's definitely a lot of stuff they could tell in between, and for that matter, there's endless potential for LOTR related films (Silmarillian, Children of Hurin, all sorts of "extended universe" stuff, etc.) if the Tolkien estate is inclined to let them happen.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: The Hobbit and Peter Jackson
« on: December 18, 2007, 11:48:01 AM »
More info from Aintitcoolnews.com

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/35108

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 18, 2007, 10:40:23 AM »
Most recently:



A Produce - Land of 1000 Trances

Yes, there's a special edition version of this one now, but I pulled out this old copy of the original issue to check out the packaging (an interesting letterpress folder on heavy paper board) and ended up listening to it.  Still one of my favorite A Produce recordings, it has a dark, spooky and sort of tribal feel.  Includes contributions from Chas Smith, who was recently discussed here on the Forum in a case of mistaken identity... "Chas Smith R.I.P." some of you may remember.




A Produce - Reflect Like a Mirror, Respond Like an Echo

A more recent A Produce solo album, in fact, now that I think about it, this is the latest A Produce album of new recordings other than Smile on the Void (which was on Hypnos).  This one is even more polished than 1000 Trances and includes some of the best piano work Ruben Garcia has ever done, as well as contributions from Pierre Lambow, Scott Fraser, and more Chas Smith.  The album opens with a short edited version of "A Smooth Surface," the full-length of which was released on its own EP and which was my own introduction to A Produce's music.


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Everything and Nothing / The Hobbit and Peter Jackson
« on: December 18, 2007, 09:57:54 AM »
This makes me happy and it should make you happy too, unless you are a terrible person who didn't love the Lord of the Rings films. 

It looked like it wasn't going to happen...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071218/ap_en_ot/film_the_hobbit

Peter Jackson to produce `The Hobbit'

Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema have reached agreement to make J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit," a planned prequel to the blockbuster trilogy "The Lord of the Rings."

Jackson, who directed the "Rings" trilogy, will serve as executive producer for "The Hobbit." A director for the prequel films has yet to be named.

Relations between Jackson and New Line had soured after "Rings," despite a collective worldwide box office gross of nearly $3 billion an enormous success. The two sides nevertheless were able to reconcile, with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM) splitting "The Hobbit" 50/50, spokemen for both studios said Tuesday.

"I'm very pleased that we've been able to put our differences behind us, so that we may begin a new chapter with our old friends at New Line," Jackson said in a statement. "We are delighted to continue our journey through Middle Earth."

Two "Hobbit" films are scheduled to be shot simultaneously, similar to how the three "Lord of the Rings" films were made. Production is set to begin in 2009 with a released planned for 2010, with the sequel scheduled for a 2011 release.

New Line Cinema is owned by Time Warner. Sony and Comcast are among the owners of MGM.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sexy Ambient
« on: December 17, 2007, 04:00:20 PM »
I think it's only appropriate to label ambient "sexy" if it's been composed while nude.  Enjoy all of my releases now.

On a serious but sexy note... I played live back in June with a friend of mine's project under the moniker Transcendent Device (I was doing the minimal, dark-ambient soundscapes, my friend was playing large tribal drums and chanting)... After our set, I stuck around the club quite awhile to watch some other acts (Boyd Rice with Z'ev = really bad noise music) and later in the evening some girl grabs me and starts playing tonsil hockey with me.  I tried to push her away but I couldn't... she had her arms around my head!  Needless to say, I got a really bad head cold a few days later. I don't think it was worth it.  Apparently I am one hot ambient dude... but don't even know it.

J.

That's no woman, baby... that's a MAN!

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sexy Ambient
« on: December 16, 2007, 11:32:46 PM »
All through the night?!  Good lord, I thought we were all old guys on this board!!!   ;)

On the other end of the spectrum, how about this:  http://www.obscurica.com/sloppy_seconds.html

(double entendre is accidental, I assure you...   ::))


Just spent a few mintes reading some of the track titles on that compilation.  Could this be the worst CD in the history of the world?  This seems to be a call to every terrible band that couldn't possibly get a track on any real compilation, let alone get any label to agree to release a full album of their music.  Holy crap, what a high concentration of stupidity and banality.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Best Friend
« on: December 16, 2007, 06:22:44 PM »
Joe, the most similar situation I've been through (though it wasn't my own close friend, but a close friend's close friend, if that makes sense), the family and friends were likewise left wondering "why?"  He too was going through some troubles, but nothing that seemed too much to handle.  His situation was far from hopeless, and he was in the middle of making various plans that seemed to indicate that he felt he had a future to work on.  Then, on a relatively ordinary day, not any kind of a crisis or blow-up, he took his own life.  It remained a terrible, confusing puzzle to those he left behind.  I don't mean to equate two different situations, just saying that at times, people are experiencing things inside, that are not obvious to others.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Best Friend
« on: December 16, 2007, 11:18:09 AM »
Joe, that's such sad news, and I'm very sorry for you, and his family.  Hang in there, Joe.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: avatars
« on: December 15, 2007, 04:52:20 PM »
I was going to suggest a few things... try linking to an off-site hosted image and see if that will display as your avatar... if so, then the problem is with uploading an avatar image into the Forum database.

Also as Anthony suggested try to make sure the image is not too large, and not an odd format (use JPG or GIF).

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Techno Music
« on: December 15, 2007, 09:03:10 AM »
Answering Judd's original post, and in a sense just repeating the other answers, the mainstream "techno" genre is sort of played out (though it still has far more followers than our little ambient niche), but there are plenty of offshoots that are thriving, like techno off in more minimal or glitch or dub kinda flavors.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ron Boots
« on: December 15, 2007, 08:59:22 AM »
Ron Boots is an artist I've always wanted to hear, but finding sound samples of his discs is really hard.  I'm intrigued after reading the reviews, and now Hypnos has some new issues of Tainted Bare Skin... would anyone recommend that?  The loud driving sequencer stuff kind of turns me off, but the descriptions say there are beats and techno influences, so it's hard to imagine, yet intriguing.  I enjoy the more moderate or even keeled sequencer music, maybe with occasional crescendos, so some of these described "energetic tracks", well I just don't know about (that's why some of the DiN descriptions usually I just pass on)  I've enjoyed TD's Phaedra, Dweller at the Threshold's Oouroburos... some dub too like Bluetech is cool.  So, who likes Ron Boots and why?  Or why not? 

Also, a quick question for Mike:  any chance of getting Rudy Adrian and Ron Boots "Across the Silver River" back in stock?  Maybe it's out of print...


We've got 'em, Judd:

http://www.hypnos.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=groove37

There are only 2 copies in stock but this one doesn't sell very fast any more.  We also have a ton of other Boots & Adrian (separate projects I mean)

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear for sale and loop libraries too...
« on: December 13, 2007, 05:35:03 PM »
OK Paul, no worries... I think I was remembering the DBX 160 or something, a double rack space thing with plenty of knobs.  I don't think I'd be interested in a single-slider compressor so don't bother getting a picture of it just for me, OK?  Thanks for the info, though.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear for sale and loop libraries too...
« on: December 13, 2007, 10:55:09 AM »
Hey Paul, the DBX 164, is it one rack space or two?  Do you have a picture of it?

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Hypnos Label Releases / Re: Viridian Sun
« on: December 12, 2007, 05:49:24 PM »
Hi Spore, good question.

In fact, Viridian Sun has not been entirely inactive since Perihelion.  We (VS is me and David Tollefson, for those who don't know) got together and recorded the material for a third studio album in about 2001-2002 or so.  The material just needed some editing and mastering, but because we were both so busy, it was never quite finished.  We both think there's some good stuff on there, and we had some fun with varying the instrumentation a bit (the first two albums had been just Dave playing guitar and me playing synthesizers, while this one involved a lot more switching around between guitar, bass and synth), but the third album just sort of ended up shelved.  Recently, digging through some audio archives when I revived my solo project Fabrications I found the digital files for that third album, and gave them enough of a listen to determine there is definitely a releasable album in there, in need of some editing and polish, but too good a thing, really, to just let it sit.

Furthermore, David and I have been talking about getting together again for some more recording sessions, and we've actually scheduled a couple of sessions at my studio the 22nd and 29th of this month.  So, we have hopes for these being the foundations of a completely new album, which we would like to release in the new year some time, and depending on reaction to that new album (of which not one note has been recorded yet, I should clarify) we may go ahead and release the long-list third album, which I'll begin editing in the mean time.

We both have fond feelings about our collaboration and we remain good friends, so it's sort of a mystery why we haven't recorded together more often since the first two albums.  My expectation is that we'll see at least three more Viridian Sun albums in the next few years (the recordings we're about the start, the long-lost third album, and a collection of rare compilation tracks and unreleased outtakes from the earlier sessions), and possibly a new Tollefson solo album.

Thanks for asking, Spore!

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