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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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)

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?

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