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Other Ambient (and related) Music / AtmoWorks Releases
« on: January 10, 2008, 08:11:28 AM »

John and James have released some fine stuff recently on their AtmoWorks label - well worth checking into.   They also have some releases from new artists out or coming soon.   Check the "news" section on their site.

John and James had posted about their new projects in the old forum before the crash - I thought I'd try to get those discussions going again.   I'm a long time friend and fan of their music.  :)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Best of 2007
« on: January 10, 2008, 08:06:30 AM »
I forgot to mention the fine Parallel Worlds release in my earlier post.  I've added it. 


Everything and Nothing / Re: New flatscreen TV recommendations?
« on: January 10, 2008, 07:48:08 AM »

Note - I'm moving this post from jdh from the 'best of 2007' thread - I think it was meant to be here... :)


    Re: Best of 2007
Reply #21 on: Yesterday at 09:50:10 PM Quote Modify Remove Split Topic 

I just bought a Samsung  40 inch LCD LNT4053XX at 1200,I also looked at a Sony 40 inch but it was a bit more.I had a Toshiba LCD  before and gave it  to charity.Before Prima LCD,big mistake.All I can say is go for the largest you can afford,if you are thinking 32,go for 42.Also,stay away from all the cheapo brands,like Prima,Visionquest,etc,all the in house Best Buy bands.There are only 3  LCD panel makers as far as I know,Samsung,Sharp and Panasonic,the rest like Sony are made for them.Only consider 1080 P if you are getting HD content,otherwise the image will be worse,not better.The price dif between P and I is not that great.

Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: January 10, 2008, 06:52:34 AM »
I think in our forum the karma is probably ok to leave turned off.   I gave out several positive comments to people that posted nifty things.    Although, it is kind of easy to post something "cool" and then wonder why no one recognized it - or why you suddenly ended up with a negative point.   The karma might ruffle more feathers than it's really worth.

The positive side of the karma is over time ( a few weeks isn't really enough ) - the points will sort of even out and the people with a lot of points are the ones that contribute the most (not necessarily the ones with the most posts).   Those points are then potentially helpful to someone new exploring the forum - knowing who contributes the most etc...   Then again - this is a very small community - it doesn't take long to recognize the people that post the really nice reviews of releases or the ones that answer questions about gear and techniques and such.  And then frankly -there are a few of us that only visit from time to time and post minimally - but their posts are always good to read... anyway...

Of course - I'm applying retroactive negative karma to Joe R for that crack about only the admins/mods getting positive karma...  :P     All kidding aside - I think that's sort of a natural fallout from Mike and Lena (and to a lesser extent me and APK...) running the forum and helping people a lot - sometimes behind the scenes.   

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 09, 2008, 01:55:45 PM »
squarepusher - hard normal daddy frenetic drum programming over jazzy chords and jammin' bass playin'.

black rebel motorcycle club - take them on on your own taking the torch from love & rockets and jesus & mary chain on this one and their earlier self titled album - some really great tunes, a few not so great.  they get a bit religious now and then.   i bought a more recent album of theirs and they'd totally shifted into raw country/bluesish/folk stuff.   interesting and definitely the same band, but definitely a shift in gears.   

two lone swordsmen - tiny reminders a little warp goodness...

david sylvian - everything and nothing -been awhile since i pulled out this 2 disc comp of his work.   there's very little sylvian that I don't like... :)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Best of 2007
« on: January 09, 2008, 01:51:09 PM »
I really never have a list - I tend to buy stuff that's been out for awhile so am not really all that current.   :)

I did pick up four great releases from Mike and Lena here at Hypnos that I completely enjoyed.   APK's first two releases on his Blue Oasis label are absolutely superb and highly recommended.   And I always enjoy new Vir Unis stuff - he released a couple of solo albums last year that are well worth downloading.    I enjoyed Numina's Symbiotic Spaces - I don't think it's at the top of my list as it's more of a collective peek at his growth as an artist over several years, but it's good and there are several true gems in the mix.  I really liked Parallel Worlds - Obsessive Surrealism.

Everything and Nothing / Re: What are your plans and goals in 2008?
« on: January 09, 2008, 01:46:37 PM »
I didn't realize you were a playwright!   Either I just haven't been paying attention or you've been shy.  :)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear for sale @ Hypnos HQ, 2008
« on: January 08, 2008, 05:53:34 PM »
Looking forward to the FX goodies you might be selling... :)

Everything and Nothing / Re: What are your plans and goals in 2008?
« on: January 08, 2008, 01:58:46 PM »
Yes - I love this topic - I'm the culprit for the 2006 and 2007 versions of this thread... :)  really glad you fired up a new one!

Once and for all - I'm buying a new soundcard and recording again.    Recording again has been my plan for about 4 years now (if you could still see the old threads, you'd laugh...)...   This is the year!   

Heidi and I have already talked about getting a new soundcard since my Aardvark is tied to Win98 - and I don't feel like trying to get it to work in XP.   I might still use the old computer for a drum machine - we'll see.   I have a goal of writing a few songs this year and maybe, just maybe, getting a release ready to send out as a demo.

We've already moved a large chair out of my studio and half of my bass amp is in next to my synths for the first time in 5 years (the other half of the amp is at my mother-in-laws - we had a great jam session on New Years Eve... :)  it's coming home soon...).   I'm toying with getting a new effects box as a present to myself, and Heidi thinks I should buy a decent guitar.   I'm definitely getting the sound card - we'll see about the rest. 

Beyond music my goal is to continue getting healthier and losing weight.   It was quite the weird year for my health last year.   I think I'm on the right track now with regular exercise, eating right, vitamins, and regular doctor visits.   

My wife and I have these sort of running resolutions to be...

* physically fit
* financially fit
* mentally fit

I've been working on those three for about 5 months now and things are looking a little better in the world.

Heidi and I plan to hike more - that's the biggie for us.  I'm not an outdoor person, never have been.  We went hiking once last fall and I loved it.   We also bought bikes and I can't wait for the weather to clear up a bit to get out and ride!   I'm riding indoors this winter to hopefully have the muscles built up to actually be able to go a decent distance next year.   

Everything and Nothing / Re: yikes - first tornado warning of the year
« on: January 08, 2008, 09:29:42 AM »

There've been a lot worse storms - but it's very rare for them to be this early.   March / April through June / July is normal tornado season for us.   Last year we had them in late August which was really weird.

Basically - I've decided that the weather is becoming weirder and weirder and I'm not surprised anymore.    We almost don't have four seasons anymore - spring and fall are almost non-existent - and it used to be a clear four seasons type of place here.   Heck - the last two days were more spring-like than we'll probably see in April...  Last winter we had a ton of problems with being too warm too early - trees, flowers, grass - all started to green up and bloom - and then winter came back...  Oh well.    Looking at recorded history for weather - we've seen this sort of thing before - it's cyclical.    It's just that the cycles stretch longer than my lifetime so it all seems totally "new"... ha.    I've been around long enough to remember the blizzards of '78/'79 - and then the warm up in the 80's and 90's - and then getting hit with blizzards a couple of times the last 10 years or so... but still - in general - our winters are a lot warmer than they used to be.

Back to last night... The big cold front pushing down from the northwest into our really unseasonably warm warm front is what caused the big storms.   

I knew when I was driving home and I could see lightening hitting in all directions around me very frequently... that it was going to be a weird one.   

We're totally fine.  The only thing that struck me was just how ridiculously early it is for tornado problems!   Fortunately - they've gotten so good at predicting these storms.   

Our rain might turn back to snow tonight - we'll see.   

I don't buy new gear all that often, but when I do I always do a big jam session just like you're describing... sometimes I really wish I would hit record during those because I typically don't...

Your Wavestation jam is definitely fun and enjoyable - nothing like that initial rush of discovering new sounds and instruments...

Everything and Nothing / Re: What's HOT and what's NOT
« on: January 08, 2008, 07:36:09 AM »
Nice discussion...

I find Saul Stokes amazingly musical and melodic - definitely a great song writer and sound tech, etc...  he's said on numerous occassions he doesn't have great playing chops.   But in his case - his writing completely overwhelms any lack of virtousity with an instrument.  (And frankly, I think he's being modest...  or he's got the "feel" to carry him through. ).   He's a case where his released music was always melodic, and always totally synthetic - but it has a warm glow of life to it.   One of those people that sculpts his sounds the way someone playing a piano or guitar can.

Just to call out APK a bit ... his music has also always been melodic (at least all the stuff I've heard) - and I think people will really like his stuff now that "melody is hot" again... ( grin )

I love acoustic instruments (maybe I should say non-synths?), and I love synths.    (there wasn't really much more of a point to that statement - so I'll let it hang...  :)  )

I still love big soundworlds and drones.    (ok - not much point to that one either... :) )

Everything and Nothing / Re: yikes - first tornado warning of the year
« on: January 08, 2008, 05:18:08 AM »
Yeah - the front stretched all through Missourie, Illinois, and Wisconsin. 

We have water coming in our basement.. :(   2 more inches of rain today.   We also have water coming in our bathroom closet.   Yippee.  Not new things - but worse than "usual".

Everything and Nothing / Re: yikes - first tornado warning of the year
« on: January 07, 2008, 04:21:23 PM »
worst is past already... crazy.

Everything and Nothing / yikes - first tornado warning of the year
« on: January 07, 2008, 04:06:05 PM »
Wow - we're months early for a tornado warning (I guess jumping from 0 degrees 5 days ago to 66 today might be part of the problem?) - lightening is hitting hard - and it seems like it's right out the window.   I'm hiding in the basement waiting for Heidi to get home from work...  :(

Everything and Nothing / Re: New flatscreen TV recommendations?
« on: January 07, 2008, 02:56:33 PM »
I found this little "confused about HDTV?" primer from Best Buy / CNET helpful... the burn in rate has been greatly reduced - and as Mike mentioned - calibrating the tv is a must.

Actually - I'm not fully sold on the whole 1080p thing, we do like to buy "more than we need" when we make a major purchase like this (or go really really small if we know it's temporary - hate to be too wasteful).   Based on the HDTV primer - since we sit about 13 feet from our tv - they recommend the 46" (of course they're going to say bigger is better!) - I love our 27" - but once you flip it to widescreen - it's getting really small from 13 feet away... :)

I didn't check the CNET article on plasma vs. LCD today - but basically when I read it a few days ago... - one is better for side angle viewing than the other and the other can deal with glare a bit better.   The lifetime for both is about the same now.

We have a 20" LCD in our bedroom (Samsung) - and a Sharp 14" LCD in our kitchen.  Both are great.   The Sharp seems to be a bit better - but that might be due to a lot of factors...

Everything and Nothing / Re: New flatscreen TV recommendations?
« on: January 07, 2008, 01:47:13 PM »
The 46 - 48" 1080p ones that we've looked at are at or above $2,000.    We don't actually need 1080p at the moment - (we have a large collection of standard def dvd's - and love tv shows - ha) - but we're kind of figuring it makes sense to get the 'better' one now instead of buying something and then replacing it in a couple years.  Drives me mildly nuts to spend that much on a tv - but in a weird way - that's one of our big things to do at home is watch tv - so it makes somewhat sense to get something a little ridiculous... (ha.)

We've seen the Vizio's at Walmart.   I think we had a nifty whiteboard product from that company about 6 years ago at work... you put a couple of sensors on the whiteboard and everything you drew showed up perfectly in a doc on the pc... nifty thing, but no one really used it much.   

Everything and Nothing / New flatscreen TV recommendations?
« on: January 07, 2008, 12:33:52 PM »
We're thinking about switching to a new tv.   We currently have a 27" Sony trinitron... and are thinking of splurging with something a bit bigger (and a lot lighter!).

It has to be under 50" in physical width - so we're looking in the more or less 42" to 48" screen size.

Any recommendations on brand, type, etc...?    We kind of like the Sharp Aquos at the moment - though haven't looked in depth yet.

I'm assuming there will be some nice Super Bowl sales so it might be a good time to get it.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 07, 2008, 08:33:09 AM »
exuviae - settling density - a fine minimal ambient journey

tom heasley - where the earth meets the sky - always love this tuba soundworld... great stuff.

the jam - greatest hits - got in the mood...  the hits collections are fun seeing the swing in music style from the earliest albums to the last (it's almost as drastic as Japan's hilarious first album compared to their last...)

underworld - second toughest in the infants - even though this is so beat oriented - this album works great in the background. 

recoil - unsound methods - actually - I forget the title - that may not be right.  Anyway - from around 1997-ish - some really neat stuff, some not so.   I pretty much in general like Alan Wilder's stuff - always enjoyed his b-sides in Depeche Mode.   This album is fairly dark in sound and lyrics.

I'm terrible at Mario games.   :)   I've got the New Super Mario for the DS - and my hand got tired of playing it long before I got tired of playing.... but oh well!   Great game - just too hard for my hands... :)

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