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Everything and Nothing / Re: ~Happy Holidays~
« on: December 24, 2007, 05:12:03 PM »
Hey everybody,
L and I are about to start off on a buncha family obligations, and I wanted to give everybody one last


and Merry Christmas wish, before we go.

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: Viridian Sun
« on: December 23, 2007, 07:14:47 PM »
Our first sessions went very well.  We recorded 6 improvisations, about 2 hours of total music, of which I'd say a much higher percentage is album-worthy than the success rate from our sessions for earlier albums.  We'll record again next Saturday, and if those sessions are half as productive, then I'm sure we'll have a really great album worth of material, plus some extras.

Dave brought an array of pedal-based effects, two volume pedals and various delays, reverbs and modulation effects, and some new Boss delay/looper unit.  He brought a single, gold-colored electric guitar and lay it on the ground, and sat down behind it and played the guitar with mallets and drumsticks, like a percussion instrument.  Occasionally he'd play more conventionally with his fingers, as well.

I played electric guitar on three tracks and bass guitar on three tracks, mostly in an atmospheric or drone-based style, somewhere along the lines of The Pulse Meditations.

The resulting tracks ended up less electronic or synthetic sounding, and definitely had more of a "guitar ambient" sound than our previous work, though the whole "abstract improvisation" approach remains the same.  I look forward to more studio work next week, and definitely look forward to sharing this work with those who are interested.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: How do you record?
« on: December 23, 2007, 07:05:53 PM »
Last night, for our Viridian Sun sessions here in my studio, I used Live in a way I hadn't used it before.  I routed the inputs from my MOTU 828 into Live and basically used Live to set up effects paths, and passed the output through another interface and into my Masterlink, where we just recorded a live, stereo mix.  We were going to record 4 or 6 tracks live in Live, but some glitches were happening with that setup, so rather than troubleshoot it, we just passed the audio through Live as a multi-track effects processor, and out the other side.

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: Viridian Sun
« on: December 21, 2007, 05:54:21 PM »
Just a little update.... the first new Viridian Sun recording sessions in several years will happen tomorrow, and I'm definitely looking forward to them.  I hope to get a few things recorded, maybe the beginnings of a new album, before the holiday.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: December 21, 2007, 05:41:03 PM »
Just finished season 3 of The Sopranos (my 2nd viewing, Lena's 1st).  Absolutely great show, certainly one of my all-time top 10 TV series.

Nearing the end of season 3 of Battlestar Galactica, likewise great, maybe the best sci-fi TV show of all time (I don't count X-Files or The Prisoner as sci-fi, though some do), though certainly the best one currently on the air

Earlier this week, watched Stardust and enjoyed it very much.  It's sort of a mash-up of classic fables, with fallen stars personified, witches, pirates, parents looking for their long-lost children, people turned into animals, animals turned into people, etc.  But despite being a jigsaw of these familiar fairy tale and fable elements, it's well-told, visually rich, humorous and involving.  So I'd recommend it if this sort of thing seems at all like something you might like.  Cynics and grumps, stay away.

Tonight, it will be Ma Vie En Rose, not the Edith Piaf thing (which is "La Vie" rather than "Ma Vie"), but the "little boy who wants to be a little girl" thing.

Hypnos Label Releases / CD release: Nverxion - A Look Within
« on: December 21, 2007, 03:22:53 PM »
Artist: Nverxion
Title: A Look Within

Label: Hypnos Secret Sounds
hss14, limited cdr edition of 300

2007.   Nverxion (pronounced like "Inversion")  is the name under which David Brancato records his
ambient & experimental electronic works.  Brancato, based in Orlando, Florida, is also an artist and
photographer, and is relatively new to electronic music.  Reference points for Nverxion's sound
would be Numina, Steve Roach, Robert Rich, Jonn Serrie and Jeff Pearce (all of whom the artist
acknowledges as influences).
Of his debut CD, Nverxion says, "A Look Within   began about two years ago as a series of experimental
improvisations. In the beginning I was just  concerned with learning my way through the process of
creating and recording the sound... As I progressed, the foundations of more advanced compositions
began to form, and soon I noticed a common feeling running through each of the pieces. Building on
this concept, I developed what is now a complete body of work."
We at Hypnos particularly enjoy discovering young, emerging artists who need help getting exposed.
If the endorsement of Hypnos isn't enough on its own, these audio clips below should help convince
even skeptical ambient music listeners that Nverxion is doing something distinctive and fresh. So
many new ambient artists rely too much on slow, flat drones, and it's great to hear material that
evolves, with sharp sound design, and an engaging progression to the album as a whole.  It's true,
we said the same thing just a few months ago when we introduced Hypnos listeners to Justin
Vanderberg, but we'll say it again: this is a composer and recording artist many people will be talking
about after he has a few albums to his credit, and he has started out strong.
TRACK LISTING(with mp3 sample clips):
Emergence (05:17)
In This Place I Wander (18:59)
From Where I Stand (06:49)
Fortune of the Sky (18:32)
In This Place I Rest (24:20)
This limited CDR release, on the Hypnos Secret Sounds imprint, is available for purchase for $11.99:

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Max/MSP
« on: December 21, 2007, 03:10:56 PM »
I'm still considering jumping into Reaktor someday, which is a completely different animal and so many others have created synths that I could just use it and only configure things when I really wanted to - although I opted to buy my analog modular instead of an upgraded pc and Reaktor a few years back.    Knobs and hardware just excite me too much.

I'd say Reaktor's sort of the opposite of Max/MSP, at least in terms of the shape of the learning curve.  You can do cool things with Reaktor within 5 minutes of installing it.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 21, 2007, 10:37:07 AM »
One concern, though, APK... with that design template, what are you going to do if you ever have to release a CD with more than 10 tracks?  There won't be room to list the titles on the back flap!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 20, 2007, 08:27:54 PM »
The Circular Ruins - Falling Into The Sky

In case some of those reading don't know (as there are some new people around here lately), The Circular Ruins is this Forum's own APK.  Just received this (along with the new Winterhouse release, also on APK's new Blue Oasis label).  The presentation of both CDs is top-notch, and I'm really enjoying these sounds.  I admit I've had a "thing" lately for brighter-sounding ambient music, with plenty of higher-frequency stuff going on and not just a bunch of deep drones... this definitely fits the bill.  It's very crisp and detailed sounding, very "present."  Still not done with my first listen yet, but I can already tell I'll recommend this one.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Max/MSP
« on: December 20, 2007, 11:18:29 AM »

Anyone using this?  Any comments would be appreciated (good bad indifferent).


I've investigated it, thought about it, mulled it over, but have had to be honest with myself and admit that I don't have the time to devote to figuring this out.  Max/MSP is not just an ordinary audio app or plugin, it's basically an entire programming language. 

Now, it doesn't really bother me to play around with learning a programming language, just for fun (I made a brief foray into learning Python not too long ago, and may take a run at Perl at some point), but what I figure with Max/MSP is that delving into it just a little, just for fun, will not make you enough of an expert to create any tools that are any better than the thousands of free audio/midi/DSP applications and plugins that are already out there.  And learning Max/MSP well enough to do anything truly worthwhile, is no small undertaking.

So, that's how I talked myself out of buying a copy, though I think Cycling74's "Pluggo" pack is definitely worth getting.

And.... re-reading my post, I guess I should clarify that I know Max/MSP is not exactly a programming language.  But it is a sound processing programming environment that's more like a programming language than any other metaphor I can think of.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Damn MySpace hackers!
« on: December 20, 2007, 11:03:41 AM »
You'd think 6 or 8 character passwords would be hard to guess, but especially when they're all lower-case letters, they're surprisingly easy to hack.  You can make your public site passwords literally millions of times harder to hack by including a variety of upper & lower case characters, numbers, and punctuation characters.

A password like "nighttrain" can be guessed fairly easily by these password-hacking programs with a couple of hours of random guessing attempts, but a password like "3-gN4u_V" might take (literally) more like 50 years of random guessing attempts.

I'm in the process of trying to make all my public passwords more complex, though it's a pain in the ass to remember them and keep them straight.

Everything and Nothing / Re: The holiday food you're waiting for
« on: December 19, 2007, 08:36:43 PM »
Speaking of things that SOUND absolutely disgusting... my oldest friend has a party dish he makes which is fairly common, actually.  It's a dip involving canned chili and velveeta pseudo-cheese, melted and stirred into a sloppy goo.  Sounds disgusting, yes, but if you try a taste you'll find yourself eating more and more and more until you have a bellyache and salt poisoning.

Great little blog post about Guitar Hero heroics.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.   

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.

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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