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I use soundcloud just as you do Pete but for some reason its giving me are hard time.

I suppose Bandcamp can be used in a similar fashion these days to do the same thing.  I dont think Bandcamp embeds here, Ive never tried

Computers, Internet and Technology / Soundcloud and its alternatives
« on: October 07, 2015, 07:22:54 AM »
What is going on with soundcloud.......I can't  play anything, everywhere I go in it and whatever I try to do I get nowhere except to get me to sign up for "Go Pro".  This is what is really going on I feel. Because I have an account they are making it hard to navigate unless I upgrade.  I could be wrong. I dont use it that much to warrant a $55 yearly subscription.

Anyone else experience this and are there any alternatives in a similar format.

By the way I have know problem with money being made but something has change at soundcloud. Were they bought out recently?

I will try the app...thanks for the suggestion Pete.

Have to say the website seems impenetrable to me....everywhere I go Im just cut off or nothing happens and I am always ask to contribute. What does streams to my ears is rather mediocre. Seems rather sketchy to me. They need to be able to seduce a lot more.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Casting little kids in sick violent movies
« on: October 01, 2015, 05:19:24 AM »
Hi Mike....I definitely dont what to get personal so no need for judgement here.  The topic is the issue and its implications not those of us discussing them, so hope I did not come across that way.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Casting little kids in sick violent movies
« on: September 30, 2015, 08:41:25 PM »
For what it's worth, the process of filmmaking is very different compared to the finished product. The magic of post-production. Sorry if I'm stating the obvious, but it might help you understand why a parent would let their child work on such a film. What appears violent and gory is anything but while on set. In the case of the film you saw, they'd walk the child through the process numerous times. They would show how everything is fake, including the weapon in their hand (which would be made of hard foam). They would see where the fake blood comes from, and the crewmember who controls it. Doing all this takes away any brutality and realness, turning it sort of into a game instead.

I highly doubt the parents would let their child watch the finished film until they were older.

Out of curiosity, what was the name of the film?

Mike this is a helpful look behind the scenes but the tragedy is as I understand drone on for creating this thread....why are we even in this place that we would pretend that death is a game....a game for a child that has not even had much of a chance to experience the game of Life....Im using your word to illustrate a point, not going after you.  :)


Everything and Nothing / Re: Casting little kids in sick violent movies
« on: September 30, 2015, 07:54:10 PM »
Well playing devil's advocate, a lot of porn IS evil.   It's not just procreation, it's violent, misogynistic, garbage.  This is another topic altogether though and I'm not sure exactly how it fits with the topic I raised.

It has nothing to do with your topic per se other than to question and wonder how its ok to watch violent death and not sex.  Your post brought this to my mind.  I have heard people say that some extremely violent movies are entertaining yet extreme nudity within a movie is apparently disgusting. Im Simply illustrating a bigger point.  Its not just about kids though that is considerably more messed up.

As Mike explains that much is done to protect a child in such a movie one has to ask the question why....why do people watch, and its because people do watch that these movies continue to be made.  They make money.

Sorry for the side chain but you have brought up a very sensitive topic for me.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Casting little kids in sick violent movies
« on: September 30, 2015, 03:37:08 AM »
I try to stay away from all movies that are violent for violence sake.  Exceptions being historical & Si Fi movies.  Anything that involves children had better be in the class of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang"  still a favorite of mine.  Hollywood and the apparent censorship we have is ridiculous. How is it that we can watch the act of a child bludgeoning her mother to death with a sledgehammer as you describe it drone on but the act of procreation by consenting adults is porn and considered evil.   

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Taylor Deupree....2014 Studio Diary
« on: September 22, 2015, 09:14:35 AM »
Really interesting and beautiful music here.  A sound a day sort of thing using modular, found sounds etc....

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: September 17, 2015, 04:55:47 PM »

Experimental Avant Garde.....with the graphic notation created for the music...facinating :)

Thanks for posting the Forbes article Forrest....worth watching the Oates video as well.   Have to say the whole thing leaves me nauseous.

In the heyday of the record industry most music lovers had no clue or cared little about the consuming monster machine that was the industry, perhaps a model of capitalism at its finest, sorry, most effective though Im no economist.

Have to say I want no part of it, which of course is easy to do for me as I dwell, musically speaking, in the wonderful dreamy state within a genre that most people do not know exists.

Im all for artists caught within the machine to rebel and work to their best ability to make a living and do what they love.....but maybe Ive been drifting in my cloud too long because what I read seems far more insidious than what history has presented, and with a dangerously destructive method the majors are trying to dominate music streaming.

What concerns me is the damage that can be caused when the dictator/s of the past loose power and favor but not the money, they can come back with such a detrimental force in the desire to be what they once were.  With so much money earned in that past, sorry, stolen, how can they sign a surrender.

Perhaps....well perhaps nothing...I can say for sure that anyone here on this Forum and those that come to read what is said are of a perspective of forward think, passionate about, supportive of the musicians and identity of this type of music.

The talk of billions of $ involved in this, that or the other is just disgusting.  The talk of a "quiet revolutions"....a quiet revolutions is one that brings maximum change with the least amount of casualties.....physical, mental and emotional.

I think Ive said enough for now  ::)


Everything and Nothing / Re: ...a few thoughts on communities
« on: September 15, 2015, 07:24:56 PM »
However it goes down John dont stop what your doing over at ello ambient...I check in regularly and that last big post on music labels was phenomenal. I discovered a great deal that I did not know about.....Im enjoying the exhibition!

Everything and Nothing / Re: ...a few thoughts on communities
« on: September 12, 2015, 06:10:56 PM »
I have had some altercations in the recent past here that is disturbing to me because things escalated into taking off the boxing gloves so to speak....healthy in the real world when you all go down to the pub after to nurse the wounds and laugh, but in the net there is often no resolution.  Im in serval minds about this....and please Im spelling it out so dont take offense because as usual its not so simple.

The moderators are not being effective enough to intervene and if necessary ban individuals....difficult to do until there is a reaction.

Forum members engage with passion and express themselves into trouble....easily done and often makes things worse.

Forum Guests witness the silly shenanigans and slip away not wanting to be part of it.

Democracy or Dictatorship.....well the question could be how many potential contributors do we risk alienating because of incendiary trollers not dealt with swiftly.

When the few reign havoc over the many for nothing other then to disrupt for no purpose it should be dealt with swiftly if for nothing more than to maintain a safe haven for expression and to encourage others to participate.

Often I have seen things get out of hand long before there is intervention / action.....I know it seems Im calling the moderators to task here but where is the line drawn for a healthy community and one that is plagued to the benefit of no one.

It seems Im suggesting some sort of, perhaps this place should have a natural ebb and flow....I known it is easy to say these things than to actually be faced with having to decide what is the best course of just speaking out loud.

Love & Peace!


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 11, 2015, 05:56:36 PM »
Nuno Canavarro - Plux Quba.....This has been on constant spin since I got the cd.  Its a bit of a time stretch because theres so much of the current acoustic / electronic experimental vibe in it you would think it was recorded recently and not in 1988.

Hi Holeg....Space of Variables is very beautiful and engaging.  Would be really good to hear the music with the visual elements when they happen.

Thanks for sharing it here.

Thanks was a very memorable experience indeed!

Everything and Nothing / Re: ...a few thoughts on communities
« on: September 10, 2015, 05:06:15 AM »
John, the energy you put into ello ambient is clearly the driving force and what makes it interesting....I have been there for maybe six months and its content without you would be nothing special.  Of course its growing and it is still finding its wings so good things to come, yet the sense of a community is lacking and I think that has to do with the format.  Lets see.

I was involved in the rM community for its last year and that really work for me because the level of content and intelligent discussion was very engaging....naturally your driving force behind it John was ever present and inspiring.  I miss it.

The Hypnos forum is a harder entity to try to figure out....I love being here and the core group of regular contributors,  ambient music fans, musicians, op ed advice pieces :o seem to me to become this larger "thing" that cant be quantified and the forum tends to expand then dissipate and then expand again over time.....sometimes just when it appears on its deathbed of extended silence something happens that will spark the forum back to life.  The success of this forum is really in the hands of its members and the content we contribute.....I feel the Hypnos forum and Relaxed Machinery work because they are/were communities and people will invest time and energy in such a thing because it  can be seen to flourishes and each member benefits from the interaction of another, support, advice, constructive criticism etc... This is not so for ello, there is no sense of real community for me,  at least not yet.   

I had heard of this sad event....we saw lots of girls on the Camino and mostly they travelled in groups, either friends from their own countries or became travel companions. This time of year there were a lot of younger pilgrims because colleges and universities were closed for the summer.  Everyone on the Camino had each others back, however there were times we saw no one for miles, so it can be isolated.


With my one week / 50 miles intense "wilderness" experience I could teach some 101 survival techniques for the Portland walk.  :D

Actually wasn't that movie "Wild" based on a pacific hike from Bahia to Washington state.

Hi Pete....yes we needed to be flexible at least with plans even if our bodies were not.  The iPhone 6 is quite a camera....honestly I like  the way it renders better than my big camera thats several thousand $ more expensive. Obviously the image will not take being enlarge much, perhaps up to 8x10. Its got such a film quality to it.  Its quiet brilliant!.

Yes Harry, many do break up the walk and come back each year and do  some more to make it a little easier.  I am very proud of Susan at 61 years old she did really well and would have done more if she could. Fortunately she had no problems surfing once we got to Portugal.

One thing, Europeans have it easier financially if you live say in Germany, it could cost a couple hundred euros ($250) to get to the start of the Camino...from the USA you have to add another zero to that figure per person, perhaps less but you get the idea.

I cant believe how affordable and good the food in general is in Europe. The quality is so much better than what we have available here in the US, but thats another discussion.

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