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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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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 03, 2008, 02:33:42 PM »
bvdub - dreams of red chambers - Thanks to Allan(Undershadow) for turning me on to bvdub in his wonderful ambient dub mix.
Segue - A Glass Darkly - new release from the netlabel Resting Bell.  Some very good stuff on that label.
goldmund - the malady of elegance - more excellent piano music from type records.

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Everything and Nothing / Album Covers Galore
« on: July 29, 2008, 06:07:45 AM »

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I've been listening to the mix & the Cismarine comp all day. 

Excellent stuff!  Thanks so much.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: What does this music do to you?
« on: July 27, 2008, 10:47:02 AM »
deepspace,  I know exactly what you mean.  I have music playing everywhere, almost all the time.  So much so that I'm now exploring ways of having one central music server play throughout my entire house.  Like you said, the music accompanies me through the day.  So a piece will have a different feel to it if I'm listening while going to sleep vs mowing the lawn vs stargazing vs taking the dog for a walk.

I remember listening to Yagya - Rhythm of Snow while walking & loving the way the sound & pacing of my footsteps on gravel worked with the subtle rhythm in the music.  Having music around me enhances what I'm doing.  The ambidubtechno mix the Allan posted in a thread in "Now Playing" will work well for walks but will also be great for floating in the lake with a beer(which I will be doing next month!).

Ambient music can make mundane tasks more bearable and make cool activities like stargazing even more special.  It can make me forget the real world or help me deal with whats going on in it.  It provides a soundtrack for reading the paper, folding laundry, cleaning the house, watching my son's baseball games, sitting on the deck with a frosty beverage, etc.

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