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Other Ambient (and related) Music / 1st Annual Relaxed Machinery Awards
« on: November 26, 2013, 09:11:57 AM »
Hello, Hypnos!  I know I know I know - I've been absent a while.  I will make every effort to stop back in and post a bit more.  The community over at Relaxed Machinery has decided to do an awards thing - celebrating music, photography, poetry, podcasts, reviewers, etc...  YOU are welcome to participate whether a member at rM or not - I'd love to see us get a wide range of people from all over the ambient landscape and not just rM.  I will be highlighting that I asked for input from Hypnos, Ambient Online, Electro-Music and other communities to try and get as wide of participation as possible.   

What I posted at rM is below.  Thank you very much!


The awards are now open for nominations through the end of this year.  You can nominate as many artists, albums, photos, poems, etc... as you want... but please only nominate the same artist for the same thing once.

This is fully inclusive to everyone in the world. If you love an artist who doesn't post here - nominate them! If you have a favorite photographer who doesn't post here - nominate them!  Maybe, just maybe, we'll encourage some new people to join in our wonderful creative community!  And, of course, if your favorites are "pro" or "amateur", "commercial" or "creative commons" or "free" - it doesn't matter. 

What matters is who YOU think deserves to win.

The form is here:

You do not have to fill in every field.   And once you "submit" the form at the bottom - there's a link to start it over again to nominate another person, album, etc...

Once the nominations are closed - I'll compile a short list from each category and everyone will vote in January for the winners!

The January voting will also include some open ended questions for you to share what moved you in 2013... whether an artist or an event or whatever.

So very sorry!  Geoff, who is the new owner of Earth Mantra, had one of those summers/falls/ years?  where work became ridiculously busy - so he decided to put the relaunch off until early 2014.  I'm helping with technical stuff, but Geoff is the owner and steering the new ship.  I had the same problem with Relaxed Machinery (which Geoff helps me with) - work has gotten crazy so some things are pushing out (although we're still releasing about every 6 weeks.)

It will be back!


I am listening to this album at this very moment... it is truly an excellent one! 

I listened to the full album this week twice and enjoyed it.  I'll give it another spin next week.  Excellent music and fits the Glacial Movements label perfectly.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Where is Tetsu Inoue?
« on: August 24, 2013, 05:00:15 AM »
Noah / Phonaut has been Tetsu's webmaster for years and years - and he posted this a year ago or so wondering the same thing.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bandcamp
« on: August 24, 2013, 04:50:39 AM »
I like bandcamp - it's shifted to becoming where I get most of my music from these days.  Relaxed Machinery encourages all of our artists to use it in addition to whatever other format they want to release through (CD Baby for digital distro, CDR, etc...).  Since rM is decentralized as a label - each artist "self releases... together" - it allows them another outlet to release though that people like - with mp3 or flac - and we have the central label site linking to all the options for our listeners to buy from.  Win-Win.


I don't know if I ever posted about it... but I lost my job in October last year - suddenly... and hired into a new place April 1 this year.  I was fortunate to only be out of work about 6 months.  It was a long 6 months and job hunting is hard work.  I was extremely lucky - frankly I say I won the job lottery as I always say I won the wife lottery... ;-)


Earth Mantra will start releasing again in 2013!
Darrell Burgan founded Earth Mantra and has created an amazing label with nearly 200 releases over the years. He's reached a point where wants to step back from the label and instead of letting it go silent... he's allowing us to continue on. Geoff Small (aka pne sinn) will be running the label with the help of Steve Brand and me - and I'm sure a little help from Joel (Crystal Dreams) who helps us now with the Relaxed Machinery website.  The same team behind Relaxed Machinery is now running Earth Mantra.

We do not plan to change Earth Mantra. 

It's an awesome netlabel releasing Creative Commons music and we fully support that.  Darrell leaves some very large shoes to follow - and we hope to honor his legacy with future releases on Earth Mantra.
This excites me so much - and it ties in with our community 3rd anniversary... as Darrell was the first person to decide this community was the right fit to be the official community for StillStream (which he owned at the time) and his Earth Mantra label.

John, Geoff, and Steve.

Thanks, Richard!

I don't think Steve is going to do runs of cdr's for these releases. I know he's pondering what to do in 2013 in regards to how he releases his albums.  (We all are!)

Wow, I go away for awhile on the forum and a big thread like this hits.

as a listener:
CD's - used to love them
CDR's - used to love them
Downloads - my preferred listening now

Limited Editions - I thought it was cool in the 80's with my Depeche Mode limited 12" releases... but haven't really cared since unless it's a close friend releasing it.

as a label owner
CD's - totally support any artist on rM that wants to press a CD
CDR's - same as CD
Downloads - all of our releases are downloadable

Limited Editions - unless an artist has a really good idea / reason - I doubt we'll do any.  I have heard rumblings of some special packaging type releases, which of course, I support.  I do think they should still be available in a non-limited form.

That's cool Steve.

He makes me feel like an old man... ;-)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Director Tony Scott Suicide
« on: October 09, 2012, 11:10:03 AM »
Conspiracy theories just crack me up... 

It just baffles me how so many people believe so many bizarre and crazy things...   now I should say - I haven't seen anything on Tony Scott and theories so I don't know if there are any...    I'm just making a general stereotyping generalization that in general the vast majority of conspiracy theories are wacky...  ;-)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Director Tony Scott Suicide
« on: October 09, 2012, 09:49:04 AM »
that's it.

i declare flame war!


I have that Sakamoto tape on vinyl and quite a bit of Killing Joke.  I have a lot of cassette's still though I did purge out a lot of really bad ones before the move.

Cassette is a love / hate thing...  it allowed 4-tracks which allowed me to rent a 4-track and beg and borrow 4-tracks from friends and from the music store I work at and to allow me to record almost everything until I started using a computer in about 1996...  and I hate cassettes because they don't last long - they get eaten - I don't miss road sphaghetti - they wobble, etc..   Then again that lavely tape compression / saturation...  ooooooh.   Yeah .    Ok - Love / Hate.  ;-)

drone on - glad you liked the interview thing...   Blake (Broken Harbour) had the idea that maybe all the artists on the label should interview each other.   We'll be doing it on future releases. 

Everything and Nothing / Re: Director Tony Scott Suicide
« on: October 09, 2012, 05:26:37 AM »
Hahahahahahahh!  I blame Loren of course.

Not sure if this is the current video game thread or not...  came up in search... 

Sooooooo,...  I finally hooked up my ps3 after moving to the new house 4 months ago (not high on the priority list).  However...  getting Dead or Alive 5 and Soul Calibur 5 kind of kicked up my love for silly fighting games. 

Having a ball playing - and eyeying my unplayed copy of Skyrim - though I just don't have time for that one right now - I think I'll stick to games that only last a few minutes at a time!   

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: The Ambient Century
« on: October 08, 2012, 11:57:47 AM »
Dan Sicko's book is Techno Rebels ... it just hit me.

There's a website for an author... Scaruffi?  I think he's from Italy...  there are a ton of entries about ambient artists in there.  Mostly review / opinion pieces.   Some I agree with some I think is so far off base it's hilarious.  Then again perceptions on music - well everyone has different thoughts...  tomayto tomahto.

Also there is Artemi Pugachov's Enclyclopedia of Electronic Music which is more of a brief mention of a ton of artists and what type of sound they primarily do - and a discog if possible.   I remember talking to him on a forum now and then - seemed like a nice knowledgeable sort.

I never did see any of Jim Brenholts Tracks Across the Universe (Tatu).     Jim was the ultimate cheerleader.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: The Ambient Century
« on: October 08, 2012, 10:30:29 AM »
Are there any good books on ambient?   I've never read Prendergrasts or any others for that matter.

For techno - I highly recommend Dan Sicko's book.   Which... I forget the title of... but I think it's called Techno something.  Techno specifically from a Detroit point of view with a few bits on Chicago House - New York, Berlin, etc...  It's mostly the Detroit thing though.

Wait, wasn't this about ambient?

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