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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.

Hi Chris....We still are asking ourselves if the knee issue had not occurred how far would we go, all the way, half way. Our friends that we started with have just finished.  It really is an immense amount of walking.  Makes me wonder how people manage to do the Appalachian Trail, 2000 plus miles.

Photographic side note......I took 2 cameras, a 35mm full frame camera and a point and shoot, both digital.  I dropped the 35mm in its case the first day and damaged the shutter, that left the point and shoot that Im not fond of...I remembered a British landscape photographer, Julian Calverley who did a book using his iPhone camera Most of the photographs in the blog are made with my iPhone 6.  I love the way the camera in the phone renders its images. 

I have been thinking about modular synthesis and the beginning of electronic music. In my search, of course I had to come across this man.

There is 3 hours of footage here and it is some of the most insightful, fascinating and historically interesting discussion of music I seen in a very long time.  The second and longest video is of the greatest electronic sound sculptors is talking to a gathering of very young people at the red bull academy....!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Camel Audio stopped business
« on: September 02, 2015, 04:49:34 AM »
That does make Logic X very enticing but like Loren Im working with Logic Pro 9 primarily because an OSX upgrade from Mountain Lion 10.8.5 to Yosemite (logic X will not run on OSX 10.8 as I understand it) could be disastrous to my Adobe CS4 Illustrator & Indesign. Photoshop CC is fine as Im renting it so to speak.

Hi Loren & Richard.....many do walk the Camino in stages because they don't have a month or more time to give to it in one shot or due to injury.  I mentioned this to Susan and she lets just rent a car  :o ;D.  The last 100 kilometers is were many many people start from and they are still able to get the official stamp of recognition in Santiago.  Apparently the "way" becomes very crowded in that final stretch. 

It was a great adventure indeed.....Life changing!


Hi everyone....we have been back a week.  I have blog of the whole experience with photos and commentary you can read here:

I won't go into details here as I do so in the blog but we did not get far due to injury and did end up going surfing  :)  Be sure to click the photos for enlarged viewing.


Harry I do hope that you can be on the camino one day....perhaps next year with your brother as you say.

Bueno Camino!

Thank you Dave....the excitement builds and whats somewhat disconcerting and yet refreshing is that we do not have flights back home.  I have to be back to work the first week of september but I dont know the place of departure....only at the end wherever that maybe will I know.

No Buttys Pete but Pan con Tomate ;).....a little raw garlic and tomato rubbed into fresh crusty bread with thin sliced of Jamon Serrano, like proscuitto.

That sounds like a dead posh sarnie to me !

A blog would be a cool idea, I enjoyed reading Robert Rich's tour blogs he did.

Nah Pete, peasant food with a fancy name ;D  A Chip Butty would be just right after a long days walk but Id need a pint of bitter not a jug of Vino Tinto to go with it.

As the opportunity arises I will post here, Snaps off my phone with some commentary and more detail when we get to major towns with net cafes etc....if you see any ocean pictures you will know it did not work out and we have gone to Portugal to surf  ::)

Hi Forrest...the thought of field recording most definitely occurred to me but there is always the issue of weight, the backpack should be at about 10% of ones body weight.  The cameras a must!  Possibly some pictures for album covers. Hey if theres room and weight is not an issue Im going to seriously consider it.


Thanks so much for the link Scott.  I was just at Oliver Schroer's website listening to his Camino album streamed from his labels website while reading his Camino journals..Wow, I dont want to read or listen too much until I get back.

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