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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: British dronemeisters
« on: December 09, 2007, 02:50:29 PM »
Just got the Paul Bradley - Cede mini-discs into the store. 

These (as well as the other Waterscape label release by label-founder Seconds in Formaldehyde) are out of print at the label and it appears these are the last remaining copies anywhere.

I'm not sure how long these will last... we do have 15 copies, which is nearly 1/3 of the full run, but if people can only find them on the Hypnos store, they might be snapped right up.

Link:

http://www.hypnos.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=ws02

and in case anyone is interested in the Seconds in Formaldehyde disc, though this dronemeister isn't British...

http://www.hypnos.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=ws01


I've been listening to Cede this afternoon, while I add a bunch of stuff to the Hypnos store and watch the snow outside the window, and I really do like Cede very much.  Bradley has a sound very much his own, which is something I can't say about the great majority of ambient & soundscape artists.  I'll definitely have to investigate him further, and in fact I do have a Twenty Hertz wholesale list here on my desktop, awaiting my more careful perusal.

It's been a nice afternoon's listening, with Paul Bradley, Aloof Proof, and the new Hypnos compilation (for which I'm creating mp3 clips now)

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 09, 2007, 02:40:40 PM »
Now playing:




Aloof Proof - Piano Text

One of the great, long-lost ambient classics I had never been fortunate enough to hear, until today. 

Just plain beautiful, simple, and inspiring.  Definitely looking forward to future Aloof Proof reissues... thank you, Infraction!  Not sure why you jumped from INFX024 to INFX030, but this album's worth 6 regular albums, so maybe that's why. 

We do have these for sale in the Hypnos store now too, in case anyone's interested, for $13.99:
http://www.hypnos.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=infx030


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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: British dronemeisters
« on: December 09, 2007, 10:44:06 AM »
Just got the Paul Bradley - Cede mini-discs into the store. 

These (as well as the other Waterscape label release by label-founder Seconds in Formaldehyde) are out of print at the label and it appears these are the last remaining copies anywhere.

I'm not sure how long these will last... we do have 15 copies, which is nearly 1/3 of the full run, but if people can only find them on the Hypnos store, they might be snapped right up.

Link:

http://www.hypnos.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=ws02

and in case anyone is interested in the Seconds in Formaldehyde disc, though this dronemeister isn't British...

http://www.hypnos.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=ws01

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Everything and Nothing / Re: cheese
« on: December 08, 2007, 10:39:06 PM »
I'm seriously tempted to give you -1 karma for including "American" in a list of anyone's favorite cheeses.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: December 08, 2007, 03:55:26 PM »
Mike, I think writers like Greg Bear and Greg Benford are extremely important because there are fewer and fewer real "hard" SF authors who really get their hands dirty with the scientific aspects of their books.  These two are certainly titans from that perspective.  Unfortunately (especially for those of us in the business who edit science fiction and not fantasy) it would seem the more rigorous kinds of SF are somewhat out of fashion in favor of other things.  I would highly recommend the recent books of Robert Charles Wilson and Robert Sawyer to you, if you're looking for cool concepts and interesting science (not to mention deft storytelling).

Thanks for the recommendations, Brian.  A quick browse at Amazon leads me to believe that I'd enjoy Rollback, Spin, and Axis, at least.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: December 08, 2007, 03:41:54 PM »
I've been all through that web site, and that's where all these themes come from except the top 3.

There are several,like Mesh, that I like in several aspects, but would like to use them as a basis for some modifications.  Many of the themes out there have all kinds of annoying ornamentation.  Even Mesh had some annoying graphics at the top that I wiped-out.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: December 08, 2007, 02:52:03 PM »
I miss having the main location jump links - ie:

[ Hypnos Forum ] > The Wide, Wide World > Everything and Nothing > This new SMF forum

at the bottom as well as at the top of each page. (I rarely used the drop-down menu option - although maybe it's time for change.)

Can they be duplicated down here without much extra work for you? 

I think that's just a design aspect of the template, and probably could be accomplished without too much work.  I'll try to work that in when I start tinkering with templates next week. 

Thanks for the suggestion.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Pet Sounds
« on: December 08, 2007, 02:49:12 PM »
A neat thread from the old forum. Today, we hoodwinked our kids, telling them we were going for a ride to see friends (which was true). We had to put our 16 year old Springer Spaniel, Valiant, down this past August (old age/failing health), and this morning, we picked up our brand new, 8 week old Springer puppy!

So far unnamed, we're letting our son & daughter think up a few on their own.




You got FIVE identical dogs?  Wow!

I think you should name them Simon, Nick, John, Roger and Andy.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 08, 2007, 02:47:07 PM »
Arovane - Lilies

I like the earlier Arovane that I've heard, but don't know this one yet.  Could you add any sort of comment or evaluation?

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 08, 2007, 02:01:02 PM »
After Momus, moved on to:

Robert Fripp - Radiophonics 1995 Soundscapes, Live in Argentina
I'm always fond of everything Fripp does, and I love the fact that although he's a very established and "mainstream" artist in many ways, his ambient work has a rough and naive quality to it, very improvisational and always interesting.  I may like A Blessing of Tears better than this one, but this is good too.  Oh, and I love these CD covers.

Just now, listening to an M. Peck demo and think it's great!

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Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: December 08, 2007, 01:51:43 PM »
The more I live with this "BacknBlack" theme, the more I consider making it (or some close variation) the default theme on this Forum.

How do people here feel, generally, about "light" themes versus "dark" ones?  Generally I like darker themes but the pre-designed ones tend to be cheesy and less functional than the default themes on forums like this, which always tend to be light and innocuous (light blue and white or gray).

This "BacknBlack" theme seems to have all the functionality and legibility of the default theme, but it's more attractive and fits better with the main Hypnos site.  Speaking of which, one of my longer-term goals is to integrate the Forum into the main Hypnos site, so the main web site's navigation table on the left side (links to the news page, list of CDs and artists, and the Hypnos store, etc.) will appear on the left side of the Forum.  We'll see how difficult that is to accomplish.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: December 08, 2007, 11:06:07 AM »
I have a real craving to read some Lovecraft and Poe again.  I've also been thinking of revisiting "The Castle of Otranto," this weird gothic novel I read in high school.

More than any return to a certain genre, I seem to be thinking a lot about revisiting some of the literature of a certain time period in my life, I guess age 14 to 24.  For example, I've actually been thinking about looking into Stephen King again, something I really loved for a few years in my mid-late teens, and then after Different Seasons or whatever it's called, I stopped reading him entirely.

I think I'm about to try reading Stand on Zanzibar, by John Brunner.

And I bought a copy of Perdido Street Station but haven't read it yet.
 


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Everything and Nothing / Karlheinz Stockhausen has died
« on: December 08, 2007, 10:55:53 AM »
News reports say that Karlheinz Stockhausen died a couple of days ago.

Though I have a few Stockhausen CDs, I'll admit he was one of those difficult artists I always felt I should make a better effort to grasp, but never quite got around to loving or truly appreciating his work.  I remember him being name-dropped in some strange novel I read in college, and reading his name mentioned frequently in The Wire as an influence to various and sundry artists, and figuring this was somebody I needed to investigate.

Any thoughts on Stockhausen?  Did anybody get around to gaining some better appreciation of his work than I was able to do?


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 08, 2007, 10:50:37 AM »
This morning:

Momus - Ping Pong (a wacky and whimsical set of songs in an electronic-pop style, I'd say one part Nick Cave, one part Tom Waits, one part Pet Shop Boys)

Sample lyrics, from "His Majesty the Baby"

I hate his majesty the baby
His bowels and bladder uncontrolled
Sitting astride a throne of nappies
As though his shit were made of gold
As though a cherub on a fountain
He suckles breasts as big as mountains
Then pisses freely on the women
Who so lovingly surround him




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Everything and Nothing / Re: Creating: inspiration, roadblocks, resources
« on: December 07, 2007, 04:15:12 PM »
Hey Bill, when I've had something relatively short to write, but I've had trouble getting started (say, a short essay for a college class -- I wrote twenty million of those), I made a deal with myself that I was just going to write a certain amount (say, 200 words) with the intention that I wouldn't use any of it.  It would be "throwaway" text, written on my subject but not to be included. 

Often I'd use these words to write preamble or background type stuff, which would end up getting me rolling right into what I was trying to write. 

Other times, I'd make this deal with myself and start writing, only to find that what I was writing actually was the essay itself, and I'd agree to break my agreement with myself, and just go ahead and use it.

Whatever the case, it seems like that agreement with myself that I'd start writing words not intended to be used for the project/essay/review/whatever, would break the blockage and get things flowing.

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I love Ableton Live so much that I wish I could have its love child.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: December 07, 2007, 03:51:50 PM »
I'd add, furthering the subject of "college lit majors who are too cool to read sci-fi," that I recall it was "cool" for lit majors to read stuff like Philip K. Dick, Stanislav Lem, J.G. Ballard, and Anthony Burgess, while turning up our noses at Heinlein, Asimov and the like.

SF has gotten more acceptable for lit majors in some colleges, where it's taught alongside the "real" literature.  Interestingly enough, the older masters like Asimov still get passed over for more "respectable" names like PK Dick and Lem.  It's preposterous of course, but I guess it fits the typical college curriculum.  I enjoy Ballard and Lem and Delany and all the rest, but I'd never have become interested in SF if it were not for Asimov and Blish and many of the other old timers.  I find that most of those books are still compulsively readable ... not something I can say about many of the more experimental works by "acceptably hip" SF writers.

I should make sure it's clear that I'm sort of making fun of my college-age pretensions, not saying that only those "literary sci-fi" authors are worth reading.

Like you say, I'd be more likely to read Gregory Benford or Greg Bear than Phil Dick or Stanislav Lem these days.  I don't know if those first two are taken seriously at all in sci-fi circles... for all I know, they're the Danielle Steele and the Jackie Collins of the sci-fi world... but I find their work compelling in a "page-turner" way.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Creating: inspiration, roadblocks, resources
« on: December 07, 2007, 03:36:31 PM »
For me, it's very simple.  When I have some extra time, time enough to relax and let my mind drift, let ideas come to me and develop, then I'm creative.  I end up making things, whether it's music or art or whatever. 

When I'm short on time, I can't make myself be creative, even if I force it.

I've actually never been blocked creatively, except when I don't give myself time to relax and reflect and brainstorm. 

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Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: December 07, 2007, 03:33:31 PM »
Mike,

Is there any way I can make my avatar, which is actually an animated GIF, animate? I've seen people at other forums be able to do this. Not a big deal, but it'd be cool if I could. By the way, for those who don't know, that's Peter Stormare, who was in Fargo, among others. The picture is him "in character" as the pitchman for Volkswagen during one of his "oh snap" commercials. Hilarious stuff, IMO.

I recognized that guy, but I didn't know his name.  Those commercials are great... saw 'em on YouTube.

Umm, as for letting people use animated GIFs for avatars... I can see that your avatar file is PNG format, so I imagine if you upload the file to the Forum's database, it converts them to uniformly-sized PNG files.  It's possible that if you make your avatar a link to an off-site animated GIF file, it will leave the file format intact... not sure, but you can try it, if you have web hosting space to store the GIF on.

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I'm not playing anything at the moment, but just finished Halo 3, which was very enjoyable, but fairly brief.

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