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Now Playing / Re: Heavy music: turn it up to eleven!
« on: August 19, 2013, 06:48:55 PM »
Metal was the first kind of music that really spoke to me as a young lad.

I'm a big fan of Ministry, Nadja, Fear Factory, Opeth, Metallica, Strapping Young Lad....

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Logic 10
« on: August 19, 2013, 01:33:49 PM »
Has anyone taken the plunge yet?

My new iMac finally arrived, and I had planned to run Logic 9 for reasons of stability and 32bit AU support, but apple took it off the app store 2 days before my iMac arrived... leaving me hooped.

A quick googling of "Logic 10 + bugs" brings up forum post after forum post of people raging at crashes, bugs, etc.....  but it's the internet after all, is it really that bad?

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I lost half of the past weekend trying to beat Jamestown:

http://www.finalformgames.com/jamestown/

So close to beating the final level.....


Playing through Dirt 3 right now, and anxiously awaiting Grand Turismo 6...

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Digipack vs Jewel Cases
« on: August 15, 2013, 01:17:14 PM »
I'm curious to know what people prefer when buying physical CD's these days.

I know the prevailing attitude is that Digipacks are superior, friendlier to the environment, and makes the artwork look nicer (no weird reflection from the case), but I've found the even though my CD's rarely leave the shelf (they're all ripped to my computer anyways) after 10 years or so some of them look like hell, wrecked corners etc...

At least with a jewel case when it gets scratched, busted, set on fire, whatever, you can just replace the case and it looks like new again.

I'm curious to know what collectors prefer, especially as I release albums in the future, I'd rather produce them in packaging that people want.

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Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Next stage in our summer sale.
« on: August 15, 2013, 11:58:26 AM »
I had to resist a little, I just had to buy a new iMac......

You have a not-so-giant order....  ;D

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Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Next stage in our summer sale.
« on: August 14, 2013, 09:42:49 PM »
Must....resist....

Nope, giant order incoming....

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Loren Nerell news
« on: August 14, 2013, 09:41:43 PM »
Great news! Can't wait!

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I would say that the best place for an ambient musician to live is anywhere with a relatively low cost of living, so that you could take on work that isn't overly demanding.  Then you'll have time and money to actually spend on making music.  The ambient community is for the most part, internet based now.

Having said that, I'm a hypocrite, as I have a demanding job and housing costs where I live are quite high.... but if I could work 25 hours a week and still have a roof over my head I'd gladly live in Winnipeg or something....


If you're in a large metropolis you can actually build a small ambient community if you have the willpower and staying power to make it happen.

I also think this is an excellent statement.  If something you want isn't happening, make it happen.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bandcamp
« on: July 29, 2013, 12:24:14 PM »
One thing I do appreciate about Steve Roach is that he keeps his CD's in print (for the most part).  But he also offers them digitally, so no matter what you prefer, you can get his music in your desired format.  However, I do realize that for most of us, who sell 50-300 CD's per release, it isn't really feasible.  I've been thinking about it lately and I'll continue to have a physical CD provided for each release I do, but probably only a single print run, once it sells out I'll likely leave it as a digital release only, unless I hit the jackpot and hundreds of people clamor for a reprint.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bandcamp
« on: July 12, 2013, 06:38:40 PM »
I was an early adopter back when Bandcamp got started.  I love it, they know how to treat artists, and buying music through bandcamp is dead easy.  I also like the way they handle physical sales, as I have to box it up and mail it myself, not depend on cdbaby or a different distribution platform.  This makes the artist and listeners feel more connected, and I like that.

I'm just listening to Gramophone Transmissions on Bandcamp right now and really digging it.  My cup of tea.  Proves that rapid gratification can be good.

Thanks!

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bandcamp
« on: July 12, 2013, 12:10:28 PM »
I was an early adopter back when Bandcamp got started.  I love it, they know how to treat artists, and buying music through bandcamp is dead easy.  I also like the way they handle physical sales, as I have to box it up and mail it myself, not depend on cdbaby or a different distribution platform.  This makes the artist and listeners feel more connected, and I like that.

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PS3 or any PC game that isn't too demanding of a video card. I'm into a lot of things, although my preference is to steer away from scrollers or anything that requires twitch-style reflexes.

I was a WoW addict from 2006 - 2009. So I'm thinking that Skyrim might be worth exploring. But I'm also intrigued by The Secret World. Has anyone given that a shot? http://store.steampowered.com/app/215280/


If you like RPG-ish games I would recommend the Mass Effect Trilogy if you haven't played it.  Both Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas are very immersive, and Mass Effect in particular has a brilliant story arc over 3 games. Neither of them require a bunch of twitch reflexes either.  Both of those series are better on PC than PS3.

Quantum Conundrum was super fun, it's on Steam.

Sly Cooper Thieves in Time on PS3 was much better than I expected, it's not very challenging, but it has a lot of heart.

The Ratchet and Clank games for PS3 are really fun, and quite hilarious.

Batman Arkham Asylum is probably the best superhero game ever created, at least that I've played.

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Anyone played anything lately that they'd recommend? My wife and kids are traveling at the moment, which suddenly leaves me with some free time on my hands. I'm tempted to splurge on Bioshock Infinite or Skyrim.

Depends what you're into and what systems you own.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 21, 2013, 03:35:36 PM »


Opeth - Ghost Reveries


Me too today, incidentally...

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 10, 2013, 08:46:34 PM »
I listened to this back when it first came out, but I sort of rediscovered it today, I forgot how brilliant it is:

Mew - And the Glass Handed Kites



Dreamy, nightmare pop music, absolutely amazing!


Video Game Soundtrack, but don't let that deter you, it's great, a mix of pop, old west country, and trip hop.

Bastion - Original Soundtrack



http://supergiantgames.bandcamp.com/album/bastion-original-soundtrack

The game was great as well.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
« on: April 12, 2013, 10:01:37 AM »
Wow, I'm shocked...

I don't know what to say, I didn't realize he was sick.  This is very sad news.  I will listen to Athlit today is his honor.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 21, 2013, 02:07:14 PM »
I "listened" to this today....



and by "listened" I mean I whipped out my guitar and tried to play along after not playing these songs for 10-ish years and trying to remember what part comes next....

I should really get back to the stack of ambient CD's piling up on my kitchen table that I bought months ago and then didn't listen to...

IMHO it is their best ever album, raw and powerful, nothing else they've done has ever come close to it.


I actually think 'Load' is their best work... not a popular opinion I know.
I'd rank this a close #2 tho... :)

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 19, 2013, 07:35:03 PM »
I "listened" to this today....



and by "listened" I mean I whipped out my guitar and tried to play along after not playing these songs for 10-ish years and trying to remember what part comes next....

I should really get back to the stack of ambient CD's piling up on my kitchen table that I bought months ago and then didn't listen to...

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Final Cut.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Eighteen bucks for a download?
« on: February 12, 2013, 06:27:21 PM »
Who is it?

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