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Everything and Nothing / Re: Nobody Cares about your Photography!
« on: August 05, 2016, 07:36:01 AM »
I enjoyed that video. A little bit. He's making some good points, but not connecting them in a way that I find useful.

1. No one cares.  He's right. No one cares about your photographs. No one cares about your music. No one cares about your writing. No one cares about your art.

Granted, some artists are capable of attracting a sizable fan base. But, even in those cases, I think a lot of followers are just bandwagon fans. Very few people will be able to connect in a deep emotional way to anything you produce.

Once an artist fully appreciates that, I think it can be a source of liberty rather than a source of despair.

2. Do work that is meaningful.

Sure. I think everyone strives to do that. The problem is that he is suggesting this as a means to make people care about your work. I think that is a mistake.

I have an Ayn Rand way of thinking about art: The most important critic is yourself, and an artist must always be accountable to that critic.

If you're trying to make a living off your art, of course, then you have to appease others. And that is where the gray lines emerge.

But, outside of commerce, the goal should never be to create art that others will care about. It should always be about creating art that you care about. And one of the joys in life is finding those connections--meeting people who resonate with your art--whether it is visual, aural, or writing--in the way that you do. But that is a bonus; it isn't the endgame.

Any updates on Ashera (Anthony Asher Wright)? I pulled We Gaia off the shelf tonight for the first time in a while and was reminded of how much talent this guy had. Such a lovely recording.

And if anyone has a copy of Cobalt 144 that they'd like to sell, let me know. I seem to be missing that disc. . .

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 02, 2016, 06:43:09 PM »
Eternell - Portals
Drifting and floating wisps of sound from Purl. This is fantastic; I wish it were on CD. There are two versions of this with slightly different mixes. I've linked the most recent below.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sigur Ros - Route 1
« on: July 28, 2016, 01:29:08 PM »
I skipped around a bit to briefly sample it. There is some really cool stuff in there! (The first few minutes were annoying to my daughter though.) Thanks for the head's up!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 28, 2016, 01:28:14 PM »
I really like that release, Julio. I ended up buying the digital on Bandcamp. 

So is US Amazon selling a different product than what Boomkat was selling? I almost ordered from Boomkat months ago because the pics looked great. I think I'd flip out if I received a CDr on demand in cheap packaging.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum Inactivity
« on: July 23, 2016, 08:19:08 AM »
As others have noted, I think the label inactivity is a big source of the problem. There isn't much happening at Hypnos per se, and, as a result, there is nothing driving new people to the forums.

But another issue that is easy to overlook is that there are numerous places for people to chat and learn about ambient music these days. The forums were a good mechanism for internet communities in the "old" days, but I think Facebook and similar outlets changed that. Ambient is alive and well, but people have multiple channels to communicate, learn, and exchange ideas. For example, I get most of my listening leads from Bandcamp these days--simply following people with similar interests and checking out the things they are buying. And I assume artists have less incentive to interact with the community on forums when they can update their Facebook pages with studio pics, new releases, and have immediate interactions with people who are seeking out their music in the first place.

I like the group here. But I do wish it was more active. People seem to fade away as they get busy with their lives. And, perhaps because it is an easy forum for exchanging ideas, people also tend to piss each other off and become reluctant to come back. Some people seem quick to offend, and others seem quick to take offense.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 23, 2016, 08:05:49 AM »
murkok - Pangea
Short ambient pieces with acoustic samples. Nice and serene with some drifty atmospherics.

Aestrata - Submental Vol. 3
Drones upon drones.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 13, 2016, 06:46:55 AM »
Ishq - Space Simulator
I bought the digital version of this. The physical version is a box with a set of Polaroid photos and 6 mini-CDrs. The 6 tracks are designed to capture the sci-fi and space-inspired elements of Ishq's work. In some ways, this release feels more pure than some of the recent experimental albums released on Virtual. Each soundscape is a 20-minute drone, with subtle shifts and layers. It is peaceful and hypnotic. Great stuff.

Experiments in Silence - Encrypted Transmissions
New self-released CD. The EiS release on ...txt in 2014 was one of my favorites of the year. This new one is outstanding too, but is much more sequenced than the previous release. I think it would fit well in the Carpe Sonum catalog and is likely to appeal to many Fax fans. Great use of space, bass, and atmosphere.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 03, 2016, 09:35:14 AM »
Nacht Plank - Knowledge
Twenty-minute out-take track. Really cool: It is a looped recording of a child talking about something--I'm not exactly sure what, but it involves cookies--with Alien-like synths and effects layered on top. Haunting and mysterious.

The Angling Loser - Arena of Apprehension
The long-awaited follow up to 2013's Author of Twilight. As with the previous, this release focuses on pastoral ambient landscapes. This is pretty good, but it has at least one weak track (trk 2) that detracts from the whole. The guitar is less of a focus on this album than the previous one, which is too bad because the guitar tracks are what really define the unique sound for this project. The first track is brilliant and is worth a listen.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 19, 2016, 09:47:25 PM »
Forrest: Thanks for the tips.  I really enjoyed Fellirium - Mermaids. Two of the tracks in particular (Ghost in the Water and Dreaming Fish) are outstanding.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 18, 2016, 06:45:13 AM »
語り部 - Halos
Digital only and "name your prince" on Bandcamp. Beautiful glacial drones and textures from a Russian artist with whom I'm unfamiliar. I think this will appeal to a lot of listeners here.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 17, 2016, 12:09:10 PM »
I gave "Flooded" a listen and really enjoyed it. Great find!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 10, 2016, 09:04:27 PM »
Marsen Jules - Shadows in Time
Generative music, released in a standard static form on CD and with multiple unique, one-of-a-kind variants on USB and vinyl. The atmospherics are nice, but the listening gets a bit dull after a while. I wished the sounds evolved a bit more.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 27, 2016, 12:44:17 PM »
Steve Roach just uploaded a new long-form drift piece to Bandcamp, This Place to Be. I'm listening right now; it reminds me of some of the Immersion pieces.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 26, 2016, 06:48:10 AM »
I agree, cvac. This one and Memory Shell stand out for me; some of the other releases seem forgettable.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 20, 2016, 05:25:33 PM »
Well of Souls = two thumbs up

Forrest: What are your thoughts on the new Robert Rich album you mentioned? I've only been able to find short samples of it online and can't really gauge it well from those alone.

Recent plays:

Aes Dana, featuring Miktek - Far & Off
A compilation of EPs from Ultimae. Masterful hybrid of ambient and various electronic styles.

Lav - Awareness
Nice ambient pads with lots of breathing room and a few special quirks to keep things interesting.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: recording for beginners
« on: May 15, 2016, 10:48:37 AM »
Thanks for the info. Would something like this also be helpful for listening to music from a PC vs. exclusively recording?

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: recording for beginners
« on: May 15, 2016, 06:48:55 AM »
May I chime in with a noob question, Julio?  ;D

Can you say a bit more about the link between the mic or line-in and the computer? I've read that one wouldn't want to simply plug a device straight into the computer without what you called the "audio interface." What exactly is that? Is that akin to a nice sound card? Is it a separate piece of equipment? Is an "analog to digital converter" something that doesn't natively exist in most computers?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 15, 2016, 06:30:33 AM »
I miss done on's contributions; I'm eager to learn more about what he's listening to these days.

Some recent spins:

Steve Roach and Robert Logan - Second Nature
I absolutely adore this album; it has been on repeat around here on many occasions since its release. I noticed that Ekstasis thought the quality of the recording wasn't as good as it could have been. But I don't have the technical ears that he has to evaluate it in that way. What I really appreciate about this album is the mood or atmosphere. It is dark and mysterious and fills the room like an aural cloud. This will be a favorite for 2016.

Ishq - Nutopia and Uvanayatu
The two newest Hillier releases on Virtual World. In some respects, Nutopia distills the essence of the experimental blend of Hillier's Ishq soundscapes and his futuristic, sci-fi visions. There are some really nice tracks on here. The album doesn't really flow well, but that is part of what makes it interesting too: there is never a dull moment, and it works best with headphones. Uvanayatu is the latest in his efforts to create tribal otherworld soundscapes. This is a pretty remarkable album if you're into that style (it isn't the typical sound one might expect from Hillier). It takes some of the themes explored in Flowering Mountain Earth and, more recently, in his Omni vu Deity projects, and pushes them to the extreme. Lots of rhythm and rich, immersive layers of sound. Worth a spin, although I realize it won't be a keeper for most.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 07, 2016, 08:28:20 PM »
Klaus Wiese & Tomas Weiss - Adrift
Wonderful, deep drones.

Fictions and Poetics - Anatomy of Melancholy
New release from APK. I love the title track in particular.

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