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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 16, 2016, 08:34:02 AM »

This has been in continuous play since I received it.....Awakening, the main track is magnificent that touches on quite a few aspects of ambient music. 

This music draws me in as if standing before a darkened portal I am beckoned to enter to explore the many possible mysteries within and at the same time reassures me like a guiding light that I will never be lost.  Amakening is a sonic labyrinth that holds you for a while until it is done and all the time you feel the uncertainty of possibly never getting out and yet there is no malice as the experience unfolds and you journey towards hope.

If this was not enough the dvd is another extraordinary experience!

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Obsidian
« on: January 16, 2016, 07:25:41 AM »
I agree Forrest.....let it sleep

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Obsidian
« on: January 15, 2016, 10:51:49 PM »
Excuse me gentleman, are we putting together some sort of witch hunt? I respect everyones perspective but really, diatonis is no stranger here and has been around this forum long before most of you. Go listen to the other release before you light the bonfire. 

This music is good and perhaps dark but because it is for sale for six dollars and sixty six cents the artist is a satanist.  Come on!

Listened to this on my Sennheiser HD800...sounds beautiful..... its very good. Post more!

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: David Bowie 1947 - 2016
« on: January 11, 2016, 05:26:25 PM »

Adieu et mercie

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CD Shipping costs.
« on: January 04, 2016, 07:38:28 AM »
I had not thought it through as much as you drone on.....the government aspect.  I know for a long while the post office has hurt due to emails, people rarely send written letters anymore but parcel post seems healthy and I believe its still cheaper than any other international options, DHL, UPS & Fedex, though I must say I have not check, need to do that.

Its a truly magical moment when I get a sale of my music, digital or physical and Im always touched when a purchase comes from Europe because I know the extra money involved in acquiring this music in physical format.

Cd's are far from dead but the current international shipping cost from the US are very detrimental to the compact discs already dwindling popularity.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / CD Shipping costs.
« on: January 03, 2016, 07:36:50 AM »
It seems to me shipping cds from the usa across the pond have become quite high, almost the cost of the actual cd being shipped. My own experience is about $10 +- to ship my cds to most of Europe which I actually charge $7 and absorb the loss in the hope to encourage cd sales.

I notice Databloem charges a flat rate of 5 Euros.

So what is the solution......? 

If artists and Labels go to the trouble and expense of producing physical media I would think we would want to do whatever to promote and not deter people by high shipping costs.....Is get a European distributer the answer? 

If you feel to please share your experiences.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 29, 2015, 05:46:08 AM »
Julio Di Benedetto- A Tide Pool of Memories.  Another gorgeous piece of Vidna Obmana-like (that's a good thing) organic mandalas of sound. 

Thanks for your words drone on......."organic mandalas of sound", what a beautiful description!

Thanks Richard & Chris for your comments.  I appreciate it.

Im excited to announce the reissue of my 2012 release "A Tide Pool of Memories" in pressed CD format.  The original release was a download only but there has been a good deal of interest in the possibility of a physical here it is.
The artwork has been polished up and expanded for the physical format.

Similar to the last release and in the spirit of the season I have priced the cd in and around the cost of a download until the new year.....

This is a link to the original 2012 release posted here on the Hypnos forum.....

Original download cover(updated)

Actual CD cover

Back cover


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Who is Sanjay Nadeem?
« on: December 13, 2015, 12:24:04 PM »
I don't know, guys, this is my final post on this topic.  I will end with this:

Tomas Weiss knew as a friend and  supported Klaus Wiese and his music.  So did Gigi (Oophoi) who sold lots of special KW music not available in shops or elsewhere online.  It's sad a lot of KW music has disappeared from availability now.  I think the accusation "making money from a dead man" is really cynical.  I see it more as a tribute in keeping the music alive.  Unless family members are really protesting selling CDs or there is a legal injunction, I don't see the harm in producing albums the fans will greatly enjoy.  How much money is being made?  Not a lot, I think.  It's all about the music, for me at least.  Sanjay or not, the music should live on.

This is the only sensible thing Ive read in this thread and the one that was shut down.......a great way to end drone on

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: December 12, 2015, 06:20:21 AM »
Ahoy! My preorder has just been "shipped" out.  8)

Yeah, mine just shipped as well..... :) 

Actually one of the few cds Ive purchased without ever having heard the music, but then as I really enjoy Forrest's music its an easy call to make.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Phobos - An October Evening
« on: December 07, 2015, 05:50:40 AM »
Ordered the discs last night.....looking forward to hearing & seeing.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Best DAW for Ambient Music 2015
« on: December 05, 2015, 02:51:50 PM »

The name Garage band give such bad vibes about a audio program they really need to change that :)

Anyway Reaper is probably a better choice...

I dont know....Garage Band or Reaper as in Grim....I'll take my chances with GB  ;D

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Best DAW for Ambient Music 2015
« on: December 05, 2015, 02:37:26 PM »

Loren Nerell just bought a Nektar and I have to say - I've been looking at Nektar's for a long time as well.  But I don't really use softsynths so ...  not high on my list.

I'm not a big softsynth user except for samplers. I bought the Nektar because of the direct integration with Logic. Since I sold off most of my keyboard synths (I still have quite a few rackmount ones) I thought it would be nice to have a controller with some knobs and stuff. Here's a video that shows how it works with the latest version of Logic 10.2:

That is one  8) controller.....I can see quite a few folks getting into logic just to have Alchemy and Nektar.  Im Still happy in Logic Pro 9 but the day will come.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: December 05, 2015, 08:39:12 AM »
Really love the artwork imagination is running around with excitement thinking about all the sonic scenarios you may have created  that this image reflects. 

So looking forward to hearing the music.

Hi drone on,

Yes it is but there has been a technical set back.  The original master was damaged so I contacted Taylor Deupree who engineered it and he was leaving for a tour of Japan so no time to rebuild the DDP files.  Lucky he still had the project achieved after almost 4 years.  So the forecasted november window is closed.

I will post once its in production but I dont imagine I will have it in my hands before January.

Thanks for your interest!

I can see the points that you are all making for it....still does sit right with me.....also I have already discounted my digital releases @$5 which is a good deal assuming you like the music.  Actually thats what I think a digital release should be in and around at.....charging close to the price of a physical cd for a download seems high to me but this is really another topic.

Have to say I rarely read the copy on websites of labels / artist I buy music from, not reviews, those I read, what people think of a release is much more important than the promoting tone that attempts to describe the music that one finds on websites.

Never notice what your saying about Steve Roach......probably because I have not read them. ::) First and only thing I do is click on the play demo icon.

It is a difficult thing to put words to ambient music and perhaps more so to the more abstract / space music categories like Roach's.  I tried to do so for my own music, a bad and unpleasant idea trying to put yourself into the third person.

With all the copies of music sent out to radio/reviewers/blogs etc some sort of copy usually accompanies the new release that attempts to help with "understanding" the music. IMHO it always falls way short and less said is better in a tone of sharing and not promoting.

Ultimately the music should stand on its own.


I have received a few emails of Artist & labels making their entire catalog of music available for download on Bandcamp at discounted prices and Im sort of turned off by the whole thing.  This is not how I buy music.  If I had wanted the said entire catalog I would already have it at the normal price because I really like all the music.  Why would I want a release that I did not like because its 30% less and I get another 100+ releases of music, some of which I may already have as well as a ton that Im not interested in.  Seems to me this is hoarding mentality.  Are there some gems I have missed.....for sure, but this is not how I want to find them.  I come here to the Hypnos forum to read the "Now Playing" thread which is the best place to discover such hidden gems.

Disclaimer: Respect to those that feel differently to me as this is a good way to support artists and labels, its just not an approach I would take.

Hey, I should check to see if this is some automatic Bandcamp scheme and my music is also available en mass.....better not be!

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