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(I'll answer that myself: your packages are over 100grams. If you use a Uline bubble envelope instead of the Uline cardboard you can probably get it beneath 100.)

Just a quick follow up - I sent the second wave of CD's out yesterday, and the cardboard mailers with a single digipack come out to 108 grams!  8 bloody grams over the limit!  A few I sent to europe were nearly 10 bucks!  Once I run out of these mailers I'm going to have to figure something lighter out.

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I have switched to these, http://rivieramultimedia.co.uk/PBSCProduct.asp?ItmID=9264531.
If anyone gets a cd from me then feedback on the packaging, how it stood up, etc, is most welcome, then if they are no good then alternative packaging will be sought. As a very small independent artist we rely on feedback for everything, it will help us to provide a better service.

My copy came looking great.

I'd love to hear similar feedback, there's quite a few Hypnos Forum'ers that should be getting CD's from me in the mail next week.

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Blake : why does it cost you $5 to the USA ... are you shipping rocks with it ??  ;)
Costs me $2.50 here in Ontario.

(I'll answer that myself: your packages are over 100grams. If you use a Uline bubble envelope instead of the Uline cardboard you can probably get it beneath 100.)

Alberta 'advantage'? We overpay for everything where I live.

I should clarify, it varies wildly.  I've had some come out under 2 bucks, and some over 7 or 8 bucks.  I think it partly depends on what city, zip code, etc...  I've kept track and it averages out to 5-ish dollars.

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I've noticed this too, and I think it's a reaction to the ever increasing cost of shipping.
I've never had a compaint about a busted shipment, but lately I switched to shipping in these:
http://www.uline.ca/BL_1455/Self-Seal-CD-Mailers?keywords=CD Mailers

Because of the increased cost of the mailers, plus the fact that it costs more to actually ship the CD's, I did have to increase my shipping fees slightly. I still lose money on shipping in most cases, it generally costs me $5 to ship a single cd to the US, and $7-$10 to ship to the UK and most of europe.  I've always wondered if I'm the only one losing money on shipping.  If I charged the true cost of shipment it would appear that I'm ripping customers off.

As a side note, my shipments from Hypnos, Amazon, Headphone Dust and Steve Roach are always well packaged.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 31, 2012, 02:56:26 PM »
Strom Noir - Standing out Against the Sea

-Excellent drone work.

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I dressed up as broken harbour today.

The similarity is uncanny

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Digipack's have arrived and will be shipping this week, many thanks goes out to all those who pre-ordered, the response has been way, way bigger than I'd been expecting.

Best. Fans. Ever....

Great interview, I really like knowing the story behind the music.

Thanks Seren, that was a fun thing to do, glad you enjoyed reading it.


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I haven't had alot of time for games in the last year, but I played Fallout New Vegas over the summer, and I'm wrapping up Binary Domain on PC.  It didn't do well critically, but it's fun.  Cheesy dialogue and bad acting and all....

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 09, 2012, 06:11:59 PM »
Robert Rich & Steve Roach - Soma

I somehow missed this album and boy am I glad I've heard it now!

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Youngster....

you guys are hilarious....

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Ooh ooh, me first! (in line for the cd)

Thanks!  So far the response has been really great, even better than 'Gramophone Transmissions'!
CD-R is available for pre-order, you'll get an immediate download of the album to listen to while you wait for it to appear in the mail.

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My latest album, 'The Geometry of Shadows', is now available.



Originally the music was composed under the title 'Ansible' in 2009, but was shelved when I took a break from music.  Then last year after I released Gramophone Transmissions, I dusted off the material and reworked it over 9 months into this release.  It's quite a left turn from my previous work, but still sounds somewhat familiar in a way, with plenty of variety in terms of mood.  Currently it is available as a digital download on Bandcamp and CD Baby.  There will be a limited Digipack/CDR release coming November 2nd as well, limited to 100 copies, more info on that later.

http://brokenharbour.bandcamp.com/album/the-geometry-of-shadows

[cloudset]http://soundcloud.com/brokenharbour/sets/the-geometry-of-shadows/[/cloudset]

Music by Blake Gibson
Mastered by Peter James
Artwork by Kati Astraeir
Design by Steve Brand

A big shoutout to Relaxed Machinery for making this release possible!

I was recently interviewed by Relaxed Machinery, I talk about the inspiration behind the album, the creative process, gear, etc... It's fascinating...
http://relaxedmachinery.com/interview-blake-gibson-on-the-geometry-of-shadows/

Thanks for listening...  ;)

Questions or comments are always welcome!

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Why thank you sir!

Feel free to put it on your Best of 2012 list, I won't tell anyone...  :P

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Treefingers by Radiohead?

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 30, 2012, 05:39:53 AM »
^ oooh good choice.  I just had that in heavy rotation in my car a few weeks back.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient Quiet music for all ages
« on: August 25, 2012, 11:33:08 AM »
I agree Pete, well sort of...

I'm a fairly young guy to be writing this stuff at 30.  I got turned on to ambient music about 5 years ago.  I think ambient often appeals to those who find the pace of life to be a little too speedy and chaotic.  Depending on ones experiences and situation, you can reach this point young like myself, or 60, or anywhere in between.  By the time I was 25 I was already feeling like life was slipping by just a little too quickly, and the pace of everything just too intense.  Ambient filled a need in my life in that it forced me to sit down, relax, and just open up my mind to the music, and not think of the previous day and it's happenings.

I think most people in the western world reach that point at some time in their life, it just depends when.

When I look at the cross section on my own Last.FM page, it's all over the map, from 17 year olds to geriatrics.  :o

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Wow does that sound amazing or what?

I'll have to put this on my list...

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Now Playing / Re: Too much music?
« on: June 20, 2012, 09:09:05 PM »
I feel you, for many years I was buying about 15-20 albums a month, which stopped abruptly a few months ago, now I only purchase something I really want.  I guess saving for a house means less money for music!  ::)

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I saw it last night, I liked it....sort of.

It felt like 2 movies smooshed together, the first half is all very 2001: ASO-ish with big grand cinematography and huge, gorgeous shots and sets.  Then halfway through it becomes a pretty standard squishy monster flick.

I felt that while it had some nice ideas and cool design, it squandered a ton of potential.

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