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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 09, 2014, 03:06:35 PM »
A Winged Victory for the Sullen - Atomos
I've been waiting all year for this O'Halloran/Wiltzie CD to come out. If you're a fan of "modern classical"--especially the variety that is often associated with Nils Frahm and others--this will be a treat. It is similar in structure to the first AWVFTS release--melancholy strings, with incredible swells and powerful melodies. This particular release features a bit more electronics and some experimental flourishes, which spice things up in some cool ways. The production on this is top notch; everything sounds so clear and crisp. 

Sample here:

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: October 09, 2014, 02:54:12 PM »
Gillian Flynn - Gone Girl
This is an excellent novel. I'll try not to give too much away, but the story begins with Nick Dunne discovering that his house has been ransacked and that his wife is missing. As the days pass by, it becomes more apparent to the investigative team that Nick may have been involved in his wife's disappearance. Chapters that explain the events from Nick's point of view are interwoven with entry's from his wife's diary in the months leading up to the disappearance. The story is outstanding, but Flynn deserves some real kudos for the super clever way in which the story is told.

A film based on the novel was released earlier this week or last. My wife and I are going to see it tomorrow (she recommended the book to me) and I'm eager to see where the two converge and diverge.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 08, 2014, 07:30:53 PM »
Nice, Dave. I'm going to have to hunt some of this stuff down and give it a listen.

DUSKER_ -- the new HTDC is beautiful. Nice tip!

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Twin Peaks revisited
« on: October 07, 2014, 07:07:51 PM »
I'm really excited about this. It could turn out to be, well, bad. But I'm going to hope for the best.

We used to have Twin Peaks parties in 90/91, complete with pie, coffee, and donuts. Happy memories.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 06, 2014, 06:04:39 PM »
Robert Scott Thompson/James Johnson- Forgotten Places.  Serene, melancholy music.  Gorgeous and very Harold Budd like. 

That's a beautiful album.

Non-ambient playing:

Sea Oleena - Shallow
New release from Charlotte Loseth. Ethereal music with a nice mix of piano, reverb'd guitars, and strings. Beautiful and haunting female vocals.
Buy/Sample: or

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 03, 2014, 05:57:01 PM »
Zen Lu & Grzegorz Bojanek - Live in Shenzhen
Minimal and simple, with a nice use of reverb. Some of the acoustic sounds trail off for miles.

Christopher Sisk - 8​.​extended
Part of a generative music series. This is lovely and has been my bedtime listening for the week.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Echospace Detroit CD's
« on: October 02, 2014, 04:42:34 PM »
Ear/Rational often carries ...txt releases. I'm not sure if there are any other US distributors that do so reliably, however.

The small print orders do seem a bit counterproductive. I wonder if some of the labels lack the capital to do large print runs and/or are investing the money in equipment and gear rather than in funding future releases.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 02, 2014, 01:32:16 PM »
Yeah, and $45 is on the low end too for some of the deluxe editions.

I've never felt inspired to buy one of the TRS deluxe editions. Fortunately, many of the recent releases have an affordable "standard" edition too, released as digipak (nice), creative envelopes with inserts (neat), and sometimes card sleeves (meh).

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 01, 2014, 03:34:48 PM »
Porya Hatami - Arrivals and Departures
New release on Time Released Sound. This represents more of Porya's softer, synth work as opposed to the more acoustic, glitchy soundscapes that he's better known for. Great stuff: It is easy to get lost in this; the sounds feel like sonic clouds, making it easy to imagine yourself floating through the sky.


Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: October 01, 2014, 03:31:02 PM »
Just finished Lock In, by John Scalzi. I listened to the audio version, which was narrated by Wil Wheaton (who is awesome, btw). The story is set in the near future: The world is recovering from the spread of a virus that has killed millions of people and left others as "lock ins"--individuals who are conscious, but have no volitional control of their bodies. After the initial containment, the government and industry develop ways for lock ins to interact in the word via remote-controlled robots or to interact in virtual communities. That is the context around which Scalzi develops a clever murder mystery. This is an excellent story--it is suspenseful, the characters are interesting, there are a few twists, and the the way the science fiction is worked out is at exactly the right depth (i.e., one step ahead of the reader and in ways that open up the possibilities in creative ways).   

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 28, 2014, 04:54:27 PM »
Now playing:

Robert Rich and Alio Die - Fissures
One of my favorites from the 90s. Mysterious, spacious, and ritualistic.

Everything and Nothing / Re: What is the Hypnos Forum to you ?
« on: September 28, 2014, 04:51:03 PM »
I like using the forums to get new leads for music I might enjoy. I've been around off and on, sometimes merely lurking, for what must be close to 12 years now.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: September 24, 2014, 02:48:30 PM »
Good points. I must confess, however, that I loved the Hollywood/Fincher version of the first book. I had seen the Swedish version first, so it is hard to not feel disposed toward that one, but the Fincher version gave the story an artistic touch that, in hindsight, was missing the original film. The gray colors, the vast, cold landscapes, and the Renzor ambiance were just plain excellent. There are many ways to muck up an adaptation, and I think Fincher did a great job.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 23, 2014, 05:37:52 PM »
Nikosf. - Collecting the Moments
Was released on vinyl earlier this year, but the digital version just came out. Awesome ambient with beats, in the Dewtone and Yayga spirit. Lovely stuff.


Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: September 23, 2014, 05:35:39 PM »

Just finished "The Martian" a fun read about an astronaut that get left behind on Mars & has to try and survive on his own until a possible rescue.  The book gets very technical about things like trying to grow crops, making water, scrubbing CO2, power consumption, etc.  All the tech talk makes it feel very real, very suspenseful.  The timeframe is the near future so all the engineering & tech is current.

The main character is and engineer & a botanist and those skills come in handy as he tears apart equipment, creates new tools, seals & re-seals habitats, rovers & tents.  You really root for him throughout the ordeal.

I just finished this, Dave. It was a good read. A bit too much tech stuff, but a nice story overall. MacGyver in deep space!

Also just finished the Dragon Tattoo series recently. The first book was the best in this trio. After that point, there are too many characters, too many nonsense sidelines, and not enough editing.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 19, 2014, 07:50:31 PM »
This Mortal Coil - Filigree and Shadow
Still incredible, even (almost) 30 years later. The jewel in the 4AD crown.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Robots and Donuts - the art of Eric Joyner
« on: September 19, 2014, 03:43:38 PM »
Robots AND donuts?!?! What a great idea!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 17, 2014, 06:04:19 PM »
Abandoned Communities - Abandoned Communities
Dark ambient soundscapes from Lee Anthony Norris and Pietro Bonanno. I thought I had read somewhere that this would be released on Databloem, but that was almost a year ago and nothing has emerged. So, for now, digital only.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 13, 2014, 07:19:08 AM »
eternell - Kalimba Ambience

Something I discovered earlier this evening. Great stuff.

This is a nice find! I poked around a bit and discovered that this is a side project of Ludvig Cimbrelius (aka Purl). There are a lot of great releases hosted on his bandcamp site. I'm enjoying the Surr - Asparna at the moment.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: On Inspiration - Chuck Close quote
« on: September 12, 2014, 04:33:45 PM »
I liked the quote. I do a lot of writing in my profession. It is easy to fall into a rut and blame it on writer's block, a lack of inspiration, etc. But, the truth of the matter is that there is no better cure for such a state than simply writing and seeing where the words take you. I imagine this is the case in music and art as well.

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