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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: AtmoWorks Update
« on: March 10, 2008, 11:40:59 AM »
I hate to say I passed on similar advice a couple weeks ago... wink wink nudge nudge Mr. Unis...


mr. rxm

With both my cd and dvd collections - I just couldn't keep them in their cases and not be tripping over them all the time - which I used to do.  I'd have them piled up in my studio (which is our 2nd bedroom or a 2 bedroom house - so I just don't have that much space!) - and yeah - the day that I kicked Steve Roach's Early Man "slab 'o slate" edition with my bare feet... holy cow.   :)

I have all of my dvd's loaded into various media holders (mostly these things called "pods" which are white round drums and work really well).  I keep all of them in a software app called DVD Profiler (if you really, really want to see the collection - I'll give you a link via pm...  why you'd want to... ha!  don't know. )

My cd's I also purged all the jewel cases (except for "special artwork" ones) - and those are all in cd drums.    I started various lists of tracking what I owned - but I always seemed to fail on that.    I do have a chunk of them up at discogs ( ) but that's probably less than a quarter of the whole collection.

I will take photos one of these days - but it's just not as exciting as Darren or Jim's walls of music.   

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: March 09, 2008, 05:50:51 AM »
Foiled again!!!  And I would have gotten away with it too if it hadn't been for those pesky Vnuk kids!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: March 07, 2008, 04:04:20 PM »
There's no rule that you need to be a techie geek to enjoy music!   :)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 07, 2008, 04:03:06 PM »
Mike's Pulse Meditations is really nice - I've enjoyed that on repeat a number of times as well.  :)

I tossed on Speedy J's Loudboxer and Killing Joke's Laugh, I Nearly Bought One compilation for the afternoon try to stay upbeat at work because everyone wanted to get out of there...  (ambient just wouldn't really cut it this afternoon... :)  )

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: AtmoWorks Update
« on: March 07, 2008, 01:05:56 PM »
John decided to drop   With AtmoWorks and his myspace page - he didn't feel there was any real reason for him to keep it. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: AtmoWorks Update
« on: March 07, 2008, 09:52:52 AM »
Yes - I have projects in the works!   I've begun working on some solo stuff - and am talking with a few different people about collobrations.   

I've been taking a 4 year break from recording... I have a lot of ideas piling up in my head.  I have a few nice things I've been playing on piano - not sure if I'll record those as is or if they'll evolve.  We'll see.  :)

At the moment I'm focused on getting the AtmoWorks website upgraded.   James, John, and Brian built a fantastic website - especially with their album catalog and shopping cart systems.   There are several things we're trying to add to the site that I'm working on... :)

John has a new e.p. on the way this month.   

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 07, 2008, 07:29:24 AM »
speedy j - a shocking hobby
autechre - lp5
medeski martin & wood - uninvisible

Other Ambient (and related) Music / AtmoWorks Update
« on: March 07, 2008, 07:04:57 AM »

Vir Unis posted this last night - reposting here.   

Greetings to all,

I find myself writing this in a mix of emotions, as I realize how complex our feelings can be when change is amongst us. AtmoWorks has now been in existence just a little over six years. AtmoWorks was created in late fall of 2001 by Vir Unis and James Johnson and with a huge amount of help from Brian McWilliams. Over the years we have expanded and have included several other artists to our small but growing collective. It's been an honor and privilege to facilitate the release of such great work by some very talented artists. AtmoWorks is dedicated to this very cause. We are designed to expedite the process in which an independent artist or group of artists can release music at will and without any third party agenda.  This is an honorable cause and this is our one and only goal.

This is an exciting process to be a part of. James and I built this from the ground up out of a combined will that resulted in a very transparent and rewarding friendship. It's this energy that carried us over the past six years. This is the part of the emotion in which I am proud and excited to continue. The other part is with sadness as James Johnson has decided to leave AtmoWorks and continue on a different rewarding path in his personal quest for artistic achievement. However, it is with this sadness that I also have a joy in seeing such a talented man and gifted artist follow his own muse.  A chapter of my life has been closed and a new chapter for myself and AtmoWorks begins..I have always, from day one, planned for AtmoWorks to be in existence as long as I live. It is such a part of my life, that as I watch it grow and sustain my works and others, that my will to empower it even more grows by the day.

In retaining the energy of friendship and transparent new business model that James and I have established, I have tapped two individuals who also share many of the same qualities. These are two individuals that I have known since I was a teenager and have shared countless days, years, and months working together on a variety of artistic projects and adventures that friends share. They are like family to me. Please welcome to AtmoWorks John Koch-Northrup and Matt McDonough. Biographies and extended information on both will be forthcoming on, as there is too much to say about these outstanding individuals in this letter. I will say that they bring an extraordinary amount of talent and creative energy to AtmoWorks and I'm honored that they have chosen to work with me in this every evolving labor of love.

In the spirit of this evolution, we are in a state of upgrading to include several new features as well as refine some aspects of our site that have worked well for the past six years. One of them being is the return of AtmoWorks live radio, AtmoStreams, which includes artists from around the world streaming live music from their studios. In the past, we've had such notable musicians as Vidna Obmana, Saul Stokes, DreamState, and the Elf Machine performing live on AtmoStreams. Also planning on a series of talks and conversations with various artists, both in music and other mediums to be streamed either live or taped. This is truly exciting..

New music is coming! Different types of music is coming as well.  AtmoWorks, in essence is a label that has been designed to work with ambient and electronic music. While retaining that essence, we are also in the process of expanding the definition of ambient, as it should, and including all sorts of new and eclectic music that may or may not fit the traditional definition of "ambient'. We'll let you decide on that one. It is you, after all, that we seek to connect with the artists. The artist/listener relationship is a timeless and sacred connection that is our honor to preserve.

Yours truly,

Vir Unis
February 2008

Obviously, I'm very excited!  It's been a whirlwind of a month since I decided to accept John's offer to help him run AtmoWorks along with Matt.   We sincerely wish James all the best (see his announcement here: ) - I'm sad to see him step out of running AtmoWorks, and of course, excited for the opportunity to step in.   


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 06, 2008, 03:08:03 PM »
'The line between plagiarism and intertextuality/recontextualiztion has become blurred anyway, as notions of authorship and originality have been problematized.'

Alan, could you explain your point a bit more lucidly ?. I'm curious as to what you mean by this statement.
How has the the issue become 'problematized' ?  - is it a problem ? 

Transcontextuations !

Holy cow that's a mouthful, Alan.   But oddly enough - I think I know what you're saying and agree with you.

Everything and Nothing / Re: libraries, collections, & listening rooms
« on: March 06, 2008, 01:31:51 PM »
I tend to mainly listen in my car and at my desk at work on either a Sony boombox or headphones.   At home if I'm doing serious listening (whatever that means...) it's on my Mackie's or my Polk surround system in the living room.   

Everything and Nothing / Re: libraries, collections, & listening rooms
« on: March 06, 2008, 12:56:24 PM »

This is a fantastic topic.   Sadly - my collection is scattered - I keep most of it at work in cd drums, cases, or cdr spindles... :)   My vinyl is stored in the basement and my cassettes are stored in boxes somewhere in the basement.    I've lost count - it's large compared to many people and small in comparison to a lot of people on the forum.   I'll hazzard a guess of a couple thousand titles.


Everything and Nothing / Re: What are your plans and goals in 2008?
« on: March 05, 2008, 05:22:44 AM »
Fantastic news on the job.   You can't beat full benefits with a stick. :)

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: Announcement: James Johnson and Hypnos
« on: March 04, 2008, 02:49:09 PM »
James - congratulations on your partnership with Hypnos!   Always love your work - looking forward to the new stuff when you get time between the sound design work. 


Everything and Nothing / Re: TV: Lost
« on: March 04, 2008, 10:47:49 AM »
Aaron was #5 by Heidi and my count...  Ben was already on the island and not an Oceanic 815 survivor. 

Oh - whoops - Aaron may not count as he was born on the island.

It says all six will be revealed by the 7th episode.

Everything and Nothing / Re: TV: Lost
« on: March 04, 2008, 08:40:04 AM »
They'll be doing 5 more episodes this season (see lostpedia for more info).   Condensing down the last 8 planned into a 5 episode arc.  They'll split the remaining planned episodes into the last couple of seasons since they have an order for a specific amount of episodes.

I think the real key to why the writing has been so good this season is they had a definite end to the series now negotiated with ABC with a planned 16 episodes per season (and airing them in order instead of that horrid fiasco with season 2 and the trickle of new episodes...)

And yes - absolutely - this season has been very strong and the last episode with Desmond was brilliant.   Season three ended very strong and season four is topping it.  :)

How's the 6th person going to be???   

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Quantec
« on: March 03, 2008, 01:30:38 PM »
Quantec does some very nice stuff... I'll second the recommendation.  :)

Good luck at the show!

Everything and Nothing / Re: Favorite toys from when we were kids
« on: February 22, 2008, 10:56:31 AM »
what if you have several secret drawers?

Everything and Nothing / Re: Favorite toys from when we were kids
« on: February 22, 2008, 07:17:43 AM »
Risk...  we'd have all night games...  that game could take forever.   There's a great Eddie Izzard comment on risk about sitting on Australia and piling up the units - but anyone foolish enough to try and hold Asia... 

I was born in 1970 - just to place me fairly squarely in the late 70's / early 80's timeframe for toys...   I already mentioned the Star Wars toys - I still have the original 12 action figures in a case. They're well played with so not worth anything, but I kept them.    Also kept a bunch of hot wheels and matchbox cars (maybe 30 of them) - tossed the totally trashed ones.   I let nieces and nephews play with those.   

Baseball cards - that was a fad in our neighborhood for a couple of years -and while I've never been a real sports fan - I do have the "collector" gene (or is it a defect?) in me so I had quite a few from like 1983 or 1984.    My older sister's boyfriend donated all of his to me - so I have those.    I had planned to give these to one or more of my nephews/nieces - but none of them got into collecting baseball cards so they're still sitting in my basement.   

Started collecting stamps in like 2nd grade or so - and did it off and on for a few years...  yeah - that collection is in the basement somewhere too.   ha.   

I think the video game / computer age was very prevelant for me and my neighbors...  every year or so someone on the block got the "new" thing (or the 'new' thing that was a couple years old and price had come down... ha.)    We had the Pong home console...  later we got the Atari 2600 ( I think we were the 2nd on the block to get that - and everyone ended up with one eventually...).    I later got a Tandy Color Computer 2 - which besides being able to write fantastic basic code and work with all of 8 colors (or was it 16?) - it played some neat games...  I was addicted to Dungeons of Daggorath and just about any text adventure game.    A neighbor also got the Coco2 and got baseball - we wasted a lot of time playing that. 

Someone got an Intellevision - then my cousin got an Intellevision - always good when more than one person had it so game borrowing could happen...

Someone had a Vic 20 - and later a Commodore 64.   Someone ended up with the bigger Atari 5200 I think... it wasn't that neat and we were starting to move on from video games by that point.

Of course - nice weather was all about outdoor games...  even though I was an indoor sort of bookworm type / happy to pound away on the piano - I still loved to play football and stuff in the neighborhood.

kick the can / capture the flag ... I especially remember this fondly when I was a bit younger and there was that slightly older wave of kids in the neighborhood that soon grew out of kids games... we had like 14 people for those games at that time.   A couple years later it was down to 6 to 8 of us so still fun... but getting fewer.   

I also remember building trails in the woods for our bikes... and walking the creek all the way down from the Optimist Club to the highway which was a few miles and areas where the creek got deep.    Biggest memory from that was being scared to death as we decided to climb up the hill out of the creek to walk a cornfield home and as we're climbing I realized there was a hole and the sun was shining into a cave or mine opening (lots of mines in the area) - holy cow... I moved fast to get to 'safer' ground. 


A quick bit of 'context' I guess... I grew up in a ton of under a 1,000 people in central Illinois.    We lived on 10th street which was the last street in town... so while we lived in town - I could see fields and woods.    :)

Also - with the Atari and CoCo2... both of those presents were things where I learned a bit of negotiation early in life.  I really wanted the Atari - so I propsed that it be for both Christmas and my birthday (which is in August) - and what's really cool of my parents is they actually held me to that... I didn't get anything but a token gift on my birthday those years.  :)    (yeah yeah - it's goofy).     I really did have good parents... I'm amazed they let me play 4 o'clock bars when I was 15...   anyway... rambling over.


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