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Everything and Nothing / Re: I didn't do that well in Economics...
« on: October 08, 2008, 04:25:27 PM »
The current episode of This American Life does a great job explaining the current credit problem.  An older episode explained the whole sub-prime mortgage crisis in a way that anyone could understand.  This new episode, called Another Frightening Show About the Economy does an equally impressive job explaining credit default swaps, the commercial paper market, etc.  Believe or not, it's very interesting.  Also very maddening & scary.

You can download the episode, for free, for a couple more days here...

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/Radio_Episode.aspx?episode=365


I tried to get all the reporters in our newsroom to listen to this because their lack of knowledge regarding economic issues is staggering.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 03, 2008, 05:04:16 PM »
I am ripping a bunch of older cd's & rediscovering music I haven't heard in awhile...

Casino Versus Japan - Go Hawaii
Robert Lippok - Falling Into KomŽit
A Small Good Thing - Slim Westerns
Arovane - Tides
Cyber Zen Sound Engine - Auslander
Tom Heasley - Where The Earth Meets The Sky
Pan American - the river made no sound

In the rush to keep up with all the new music that is constantly coming out, it's easy to forget about gems like these.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 27, 2008, 06:33:19 PM »
Disturbed Earth - Butterfly - I just started listening to this one.  I was intrigued by the fact that it's from a living room performance from 1977.  Good stuff so far.
Minus Pilots - Central Industries EP - an excellent netlabel release you can find here... http://www.monocromatica.com/netlabel/releases/tube010.htm
Sans Serif - Tones For LaMonte - still digging theses open, organic drones.
Jeff Pearce - Rainshadow Sky - also still digging this absolutely beautiful cd.  I'm sure it's not for everyone here, a bit too pretty for some.  But when I'm in the mood, this is perfect, beautiful music.
the caretaker - recollected memories from the museum of garden history - the caretaker's music always reminds me of some lost soundtrack to The Shining.

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Now Playing / ambient music video
« on: September 20, 2008, 01:28:36 PM »
I just posted a short little experiment in ambient video over at the Low Light Mixes blog.

http://lowlightmixes.blogspot.com/


I'll just quote directly from my blog..."Several years ago I made a short ambient video from shots of dust floating in a beam of sunlight in a dark room. I made the video black & white & slo mo, so that it looked at times like stars. It was very cool, most viewers had no idea they were looking at shots of dust.

Iíve always wanted to repeat that experiment and this is the result. I could have gone out shot tons of video and sorted through it looking for interesting shots. I could have planned out shoots & locations & themes. But that would require time & effort, so instead I kept it simple. It can be interesting, creatively, to limit your choices. Like an ambient musician limiting the sound source to only guitar or only using acoustic instruments.

As in the dust video, the source is one location, all shots of basically the same thing. I shot with my sonís camcorder in about an hour one afternoon. I then edited at at work using an Avid Newscutter editing system. The contrast, brightness & saturation have been changed on every clip and fx have been added in few cases. The finished product is interesting, to me anyway. Iím not sure how many other people will find it so.

It was fun to start with a limited number of clips, all of essentially the same thing & try to make something out of it. Although, I was actually trying to make nothing from something - take what would have been recognizable video & turn it into a psychedelic, ambient experiment, where the original source is obscured & unimportant.

The music is from two Infraction Records artists, Adam Pacione & Northern. I hope you find it interesting at some level."

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: September 19, 2008, 04:19:51 PM »
I'm about half way through Greg Bear's latest "City at the End of Time".  A difficult book so far.  Too many central characters & a confusing plot are making this a tough read.  But some of the ideas will keep me going to the end.  I hope the pay off is worth the struggle.

Next up...Anathem by Neal Stephenson.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: The creative drop-off
« on: September 11, 2008, 08:14:50 PM »
I remember seeing a similar post elsewhere called "the biggest wastes of rock 'n roll talent".  There were about ten big names on the list, the ones I can remember are...Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney.  Hard to disagree with any of those.

For me, one the biggest disappointments has been Robert Fripp.  Some of his frippertronics recordings are occasionally interesting but not essential.  King Crimson hasn't done anything really good since the first eighties trilogy.

I agree on the David Byrne drop off but not on Eno drop off.  I pretty much like everything he's done.  Obviously some more than others and none of it quite reaches the heights of his early ambient work.  But his last vocal record I like very much, right up there with Green World & Before & After Science.

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Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Low Light Mixes
« on: September 07, 2008, 03:32:13 PM »
This is a mix from our annual trip to the Wisconsin northwoods. As the title suggests it's a mix for star gazing.

As I have mentioned in other Hypnos posts, we sit out at the end of the pier and watch for shooting stars and satellites with these mixes as the soundtrack.

I limited myself to fairly new music, stuff I have been listening to a lot lately. I knew I wanted to include new music from Area C - Sea of Rains. It was commissioned by the NASA RI Space Grant Consortium and the Museum of Natural History in Providence, RI as an original score for their "Mission Moon: past, present, future" exhibit at the Museum of Natural History. It has some Nasa recordings mixed in with the music so it was a natural for this mix.

After that, the other tracks are just tunes that flow well together.

Download :
sea of stars

t r a c k l i s t :

    * 00:00 bvdub - You'll miss me when I'm gone
    * 06:19 Area C - Mare Imbrium
    * 11:30 Kyle Bobby Dunn - Furthest From It
    * 18:10 Emmanuel Errante - Radio Hopes
    * 23:40 Parks - Trains
    * 29:50 Kode - Movements #6
    * 35:30 Shirk - Itchytime
    * 38:55 Deaf Center - Close
    * 40:55 The Caretaker - Lacuna Amnesia
    * 44:05 Area C - Sea of Clouds
    * 51:15 Kabana - dubru
    * 56:15 Shirk - Riesal
    * 00:09 Le Chat Blanc Orchestra - She Left This Morning

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 07, 2008, 12:50:56 PM »
trygve seim - sangam [ecm 2004]

area c - sea of rains [2008] - from their website..."an original score for Nasa's "Mission Moon: past, present, future" exhibit at the Museum of Natural History. SEA of RAINS is the resulting 55-minute soundscape, inspired by the names, colors, history and otherworldliness of this still-strange fixture in our sky."

Great Axescapes - an Archaeology of Drone-gaze Tone-haze Guitar-wranglings - I've listened to the first three volumes so far and they are spectacular!  Can't say enough about how good these comps are.  Great job by Alan(Undershadow) on each mix.  I am very jealous, I wish I'd done them.

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Alan,

Thanks for the new mix.  I'm downloading now & listening to the stream as I mop the kitchen floor.  This will be my soundtrack for cleaning today. 

I also just noticed the other mixes, "Great Axescapes: an Archaeology of Drone-gaze Tone-haze Guitar-wranglings", which look fantastic as well.  Those are alos in the download cue.

Thanks

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Jeff Pearce CD: Rainshadow Sky
« on: September 05, 2008, 04:28:35 PM »
I am listening to this for the first time as I type this.  So far...abso-freakin-lutley beautiful!

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Jeff Pearce CD: Rainshadow Sky
« on: September 01, 2008, 08:06:43 PM »
Bill,

Thanks for the heads up.  I just ordered a copy from Amazon.

Thanks

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Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Low Light Mixes
« on: August 26, 2008, 08:07:25 PM »

Fresh from a vacation in Wisconsin's northwoods, comes the latest Low Light mix, clouds in my coffee.

I made this one for sitting around the cabin & drinking plenty of coffee on cool, misty mornings.  Because it's a morning mix it is a bit lighter, more airy than the stargazing mix that will be posted here soon.

DOWNLOAD :
clouds in my coffee

T R A C K L I S T :
    * 00:00 Barsarin Quartet - nachtblind
    * 03:50 Jacaszek - rytm to niesmiertelnosc
    * 08:30 Jonathan Hughes - monoline
    * 11:41 Shirk - stupid dick
    * 12:50 Segue - a glass darkly
    * 16:20 Max Ritcher - found song for P
    * 18:20 Yellow 6 - kulterhuset
    * 26:25 Goldmund - clement danes
    * 30:20 Milieu - mirage
    * 32:05 bvdub - different place different time
    * 38:40 Planivaar - adrift
    * 43:30 Barsarin Quartet - geschichten von interesse
    * 48:05 Marconi Union - buildings without people
    * 51:31 Koda - the tension was beautiful
    * 55:18 Library Tapes - fragment V

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 25, 2008, 09:05:08 PM »
Trespassers William - Different Stars - dreamy, melancholy tunes that I love for some reason.
David Byrne & Brian Eno - Everything That Happens Will Happen Today - I love the first single, Strange Overtones, but am unsure about the rest of the album.  I believe it'll grow on me.
Manual - Lost Days, Open Skies And Streaming Tides - a nice collection of unreleased, b-side & compilation tracks.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Most disappointing movie from book?
« on: August 25, 2008, 08:52:48 PM »
Maybe not the MOST disappointing film from a book, but the recent "Jumper" was pretty bad. 

I loved the book and really cared about the main character.  But in the movie I didn't care about anyone.  No sympathetic characters at all.  Hayden Christensen was typically awful.  The whole idea about "jumper hunters" might have worked for a sequel after establishing characters that we give a shit about.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 09, 2008, 08:10:36 PM »
Alan,

Than ks for the heads up on the OffTheSky.  I have most of Jason's stuff so I am always up for more.  Thanks.

NP - Segue - A Glass Darkly [resting bell 2008]

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Hypnos Label Releases / Re: CD release: Sans Serif - Tones for LaMonte
« on: August 06, 2008, 05:31:06 AM »
This is a wonderful cd.  Every drone-loving Hypnos listener should give it a shot.  The drones here are not too dark or dissonant but aren't candy coated bliss either.  They have a very organic feel to them, which is what I love in minimal/drone pieces.  The textures evolve & shift in subtle ways, definitely not a "hold down one key on the synth" type of drone.  Excellent music that will continue to reveal itself with repeated listens.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 05, 2008, 09:18:27 PM »
David Tagg - Waist Deep Seas Of Milk
cowboy junkies - trinity revisited
Whitley - The Submarine

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Watchmen trailer now online
« on: August 05, 2008, 09:13:45 PM »
This trailer totally kicked-ass on the big screen before Dark Knight.  The Spirit trailer looked great as well.  So did the new Terminator.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: August 05, 2008, 09:10:49 PM »
Recent reads...

Axis by Robert Charles Wilson - the sequel to Spin.  Good, but not as good as Spin(which I loved).
Reflex by Steven Gould - the sequel to Jumper.  Like Axis, this was good but not nearly as good as Jumper(which I loved).
Brass Man by Neal Asher - another quality book from Asher that takes place in his Polity universe.  There are now a ton of books that take place in that universe, looks like I've got a lot of reading to do.
Scardown by Elizabeth Bear - another sequel, the first was Hammered, the next is Worldwired.  I've read several books by Elizabeth Bear & these are fairly straight forward sci-fi, with good characters & a good story.  Undertow by Bear was nomintated for a few awards last year and is a worthwhile read.

I'm just starting Darwinia by Robert Charles Wilson and am finally getting around to reading Watchmen.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 04, 2008, 07:03:50 PM »
Allan,

Thanks for the link to the mixes, some good stuff there.

NP - David Byrne & Brian Eno - Strange Overtones - the first song from their upcoming album.  A nice track, maybe too nice?  Definitely not Bush of Ghosts territory.  Just a pretty straight forward pop tune.

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