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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.

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?

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!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: British dronemeisters
« on: December 12, 2007, 03:46:52 PM »
I forgot where I got that CD, but I do remember trading a handful of Hypnos CDs to someone here on the Forum for a batch of odds and ends including that Coleclough/BC/Potter disc.

Hey Joe, want to buy it back for $300?  ;) 
(Just kidding)

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: December 12, 2007, 03:39:10 PM »
I've known "historical bio only" readers before.  Though I enjoy non-fiction from time to time, to me the inability to enjoy fiction is sort of like color-blindness -- when I hear about it, I feel like saying "You poor soul!" and yet the color-blind person always shrugs and says "That's just how things have always looked to me."  They don't know what the fuss is all about.

I'm nearly always reading something fiction and some thing non-fiction, but the difference between them is immense.  I've enjoyed plenty of non-fiction books but very rarely have I felt enraptured and overwhelmed by the beauty of something non-fiction.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: British dronemeisters
« on: December 12, 2007, 03:34:48 PM »
That's a great CD, and one I just listened to this weekend, but fairly tough to find now.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: British dronemeisters
« on: December 12, 2007, 03:20:29 PM »
I've been wondering about Andrew Liles. I suppose it's only a matter of time before I dip my toes in those waters, too.

I would call Andrew Liles more of an odd sonic experimentalist, than a "dronemeister."  I'd say he's more downstream from Nurse With Wound and Hafler Trio, than following on from Eno and the like.

Gradually getting this pulled-together into a full-fledged CD release announcement.

CD release announcement from Hypnos Recordings
Title: Sounds of a Universe Overheard (various artists compilation)
Hypnos Recordings (hyp2752)

2007. Long-time Hypnos listeners may recall that we released a couple of compilations in the early years, The Other
and Weightless, Effortless, which included exclusive tracks by some of the great artists of this music scene...
Vidna Obmana, Steve Roach, Jeff Pearce, A Produce, Saul Stokes, James Johnson, Ma Ja Le, Rod Modell, Loren Nerell,
Jeff Greinke, Ron Boots, Robert Scott Thompson, Richard Bone, and many others. Both those compilations were very
well-received by critics, DJs, and all kinds of listeners. So you could ask, and many have, why hasn't Hypnos released
any more compilations recently? Maybe because they're a lot of work, much more work than a regular CD by a single
artist, and time is always a constraining factor when running a small label by yourself. Do you do one compilation
album, or do you spend that time putting together two or three regular CDs? Well now, Hypnos is no longer a one-man
operation, so more time is available, and that has allowed us to take on the task of putting together these compilations.

These two new compilations, released one after the other, cover all sorts of territory in terms of sound, from more
musical and soundtrack-like sounds, to darker ambient, to pure sonic experimentation. The first compilation is
Sounds of a Universe Overheard, a collection of ten tracks available only on this CD, created by a cross-section of
ambient, experimental and soundscape artists from around the world. Included in this diverse group are more
established recording artists who will be known to most listeners to these genres, as well as new, emerging names.


Jonathan Block, better known as Synthetic Block, has released electronic music on such labels as Hypnos/Binary and Gears of Sand.

M. Peck, based in Tennessee, has recently released two collaborative CDs with Mark Mahoney, but his Glacial on Gears of Sand is a great solo debut.

Freq. Magnet is an alter-ego of one half of ambient/experimental duo Austere, working entirely with treated electric guitar, who has two solo full-length CDs, Etoiles du Couvrecle and Principium Somniferum.

Kirk Watson appeared previously on a compilation, Passing Strange, on the short-lived Broad Vista label.

dreamSTATE, a duo from Toronto, Canada, have released several CDs and have been active in collaboration with other artists, and on compilations on such labels as Umbra, The Foundry, Dark Duck, and Atmoworks.

Seren Ffordd is a sound artists working in Wales, who has released several CDs on the Umbra & Penumbra labels, as well as a recent release on Hypnos Secret Sounds.

Dwight Ashley is a long-established ambient composer with several solo CDs as well as well-received collaborations with Tim Story.

Justin Vanderberg is a relatively new name, but his debut CD In Waking Moments on the Hypnos Secret Sounds label has been well-received, and marks him as a name to watch.

Igneous Flame is a British ambient/soundscape artist who has come on very strong in just the last few years, with his self-released albums gaining positive notices.

Tau Ceti is an Italian ambient minimalist, and frequent collaborator with his countryman Oophoi, on whose labels Umbra & Penumbra the majority of Tau Ceti's delicate works appear.

TRACK LISTING, with MP3 sample clips:
Jonathan Block "The Language of Rocks"
M. Peck "Somna"
Freq. Magnet "Nitrous"
Kirk Watson "Scarecrow"
dreamSTATE "Ghost Nebula"
Seren Ffordd " Strange Attractor"
Dwight Ashley " Behold the Trampled Wheat"
Justin Vanderberg "Infection"
Igneous Flame "Pandora"
Tau Ceti "Float"

Hypnos Online Store listing (sale price $12.99)

Everything and Nothing / Re: blade runner final cut
« on: December 11, 2007, 05:45:33 PM »
Speaking of all the different soundtrack versions out there (as discussed above), the article on Wikipedia does a pretty good job of straightening out the assorted variations.

Everything and Nothing / Re: TV: Lost
« on: December 11, 2007, 04:44:51 PM »
Most of my favorite TV shows of the last decade originated on HBO, but those shows aren't the same thing at all as fantasy entertainment like Lost or Heroes.  And I disagree that the ending of shows like Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Deadwood, or Rome had much at all to do with competition from more mainstream network shows.  HBO has its own problems, and several times they've canceled shows in their prime due to escalating budgets, or the show creator deciding to do something else entirely and abandoning a successful show.

If you want to complain about shows competing with HBO and stealing viewers, you shouldn't worry about totally different shows like Lost and Heroes, but what about the shows inspired by HBO's "you can't do that on broadcast television" successes, like Weeds, L Word, Queer as Folk, and Dexter?

Everything and Nothing / Re: blade runner final cut
« on: December 11, 2007, 04:31:24 PM »
I pre-ordered the 5-disc BluRay version of this... can't wait!  One of my favorite films of all time.

Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: December 11, 2007, 03:21:09 PM »
Right, when this happens, there will actually be two servers on the internet with the full setup for and during the transition, some people will see the old one and some people will see the new one, and then gradually all the DNS records will be updated and everyone will see the new one.  Only at that point will the old one be shut down, but doing it this way, there is little risk that the site will be totally unavailable for any period of time, and we won't lose any orders. 

I might need to shut down the Forum at some set time, and move it all the way over to the new server, and disable the old one, so we don't have a time when there are two separate Forums receiving separate posts, no longer in sync. But with the Hypnos store and the rest of the web site, it won't actually hurt anything if there are two separate version for a few hours.  We'll just make sure that all orders placed at both sites, are recorded and processed.

Everything and Nothing / Re: TV: Lost
« on: December 11, 2007, 02:54:45 PM »
Lost and Heroes and CSI aren't supposed to have depth.  They're just supposed to be entertaining, not literary or serious.  Two of them are basically comic books, and the third one is entirely formula-driven, but I don't think that means they're "bad."  The creators of those shows certainly aren't trying to compete with The Wire or Six Feet Under or Sopranos.

Everything and Nothing / Re: TV: Lost
« on: December 11, 2007, 02:05:31 PM »
This show is incredibly wonderful at its best, and still pretty compelling even when it gets slow (like during much of season 2).  Season 3 had some great stuff and I can't wait to see what comes next. 

With a show like this, I almost wish I hadn't discovered it until it was over, so I could watch the whole thing in a giant hurry, on DVD.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Twin Peaks fans should have a look
« on: December 11, 2007, 01:07:13 PM »
I think he was in a Star Trek Deep Space Nine that I saw not too long ago, too.

Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: December 11, 2007, 11:48:48 AM »
Regarding web hosting... I've received a handful of PMs and emails recommending various web hosts, and I appreciate the suggestions, but the Hypnos site (including main site, forum, and online store) has specific needs (enormous storage space, very large mySQL databases, Miva Merchant license, up to date installlations of PHP and mySQL and Ruby on Rails, SSL support, good webmail options, and an excellent reputation for supporting business hosting) which can't be met by 99% of web hosts. 

It looks like we'll be going with and I should be making this switch in the next 7-10 days, though it should be transparent to users.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Twin Peaks fans should have a look
« on: December 11, 2007, 11:42:59 AM »
Richard Beymer, the actor who played Benjamin Horne (Audrey's dad, the guy who owned the Great Northern Hotel), posted a photo gallery of some pictures he took behind the scenes while shooting Twin Peaks.  To some degree this is meant as a tie-in to a recent book he wrote, but I think it's an amazing and strange glimpse behind the scenes of one of my favorite pop-culture-slash-art exercises ever.


Oh, and I didn't upgrade to version 7.  I don't usually take each upgrade that's offered by software vendors.  I understand they want to do regular upgrades every year or so, to keep the cash rolling in, but I rarely feel that every single version upgrade is worth the price.  I think I upgraded Live from version 1 to version 4 to version 6, and I'll wait to see what future versions have in store, before I buy another upgrade.

I don't know why you'd want to render out directly to mp3.  Even if you want to post a compressed version of your track somewhere, wouldn't you want to keep an archive of an uncompressed version?  If so, then render to wav or aif and then convert that (just takes a few seconds) to mp3, in a separate application.

Hmm, I was kind of hoping this would happen (e/i continuing in some form).

Any official plans to continue e/i at least as an outlet for these Audio Verite type updates?  If so, where should promo CDs be sent?  Still to Darren?

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