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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 02, 2013, 08:21:14 PM »
Sonmi451 - Four Peaks & Ruis
I'm slowly in the process of trying to acquire everything I can by this artist. I agree with Forrest that the 3rd track of Four Peaks is a stand out track on the disc.

Ruis was released on the Slaapwel label--a label that specializes in handcrafted, limited editions that are designed to facilitate sleep and dreaming. Ruis is a single, 32-minute track that contains some nice drones, sprinkled with a variety of processed sounds that accent things nicely. As much as I enjoy listening to it, I have to confess that I don't find it good music for falling to sleep. The improvised parts vary too much in their volume and some of the drone work has borderline abrasive qualities.

Pixel - Mantle
I have a love-hate relationship with Raster-Noton. Some of their releases really grab my attention. Some of them just don't go anywhere that I find interesting. This new release by Pixel is really cool and I've been enjoying it quite a bit. It is very prototypical of the RN genre, but nothing feels gratuitous; everything is deliberate and well organized.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: April 02, 2013, 07:58:58 PM »
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
I finally got around to reading this. What an amazing story! I absolutely loved this book and feel somewhat ashamed for not having read it until 20 years after its original publication.

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
I'm not sure how I feel about this book. On the one hand, there are some big ideas here. For example, a significant portion of the story is concerned with the parallels between viruses, human cultures, language, and religion in man and machines. Stephenson explores brilliantly the ways in which principles we might use to understand language at one level of analysis (e.g., binary code in machines) might be relevant at another level of analysis (e.g., universal grammar in human languages). On the other hand, a large part of the narrative is simply cheesy and reminds me of the worst of Hollywood. I can't tell if this aspect of the narrative is supposed to be gimmicky or not. But it detracts from the quality of the whole, in my opinion.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Slightly ambient-related writing
« on: April 02, 2013, 07:00:03 PM »
Grats, Mike.

I enjoyed reading the story. I was quite taken by the description of Mészáros building loops, layering the sounds, and allowing(?) them to degenerate.  I don't know if it was intended, but there were some subtle parallels between that process and the way in which Mészáros manipulates or plays Lia.


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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: April 01, 2013, 05:34:49 PM »
Sorry, I missed this until just now, Harry.

I'd say At the Mountains of Madness might be my favorite Lovecraft overall, but it's on the longer side, so you might want to start with something shorter to see if his style and subject matter interest you. He's a pulp writer with a style that's sometimes overwrought, and hard for some people to read.

I think of Lovecraft as a writer like Philip K. Dick, who is more about the concepts than the execution. In other words, Dick and Lovecraft are top-notch "idea" writers but not such great prose craftsmen much of the time. Actually both were extremely smart, and capable of writing a nice sentence, but often wrote in a hurry for need of money.

Probably for this reason, many of the stories of  Lovecraft and Dick have been made into movies, and many of the people who consider themselves fans of these authors don't actually read them a lot! This includes some of the "Lovecraftian" authors I know. I'm as much a fan of films like From Beyond and The Reanimator as I am Lovecraft's stories (though I really adored the stories when I was younger). You can ask twenty people for Lovecraft story recommendations and get twenty different stories suggested.

The HP Lovecraft Film Festival and CthulhuCon you mentioned, where I'll be a guest in about a month, is a great example of this crossover appeal. Lovecraft was a prose writer, but this event is about movies, books, video games, board games, comics, art, t-shirts and all kinds of associated stuff.

Great points. What I like about Lovecraft is he pushes the boundaries of my imagination. Moreover, I find myself preoccupied by the images and ideas he writes about for days after reading some of his stories. The prose, however, isn't particularly noteworthy on its own.

I would describe myself as someone who was Late to Lovecraft. I only started reading some of his work in the last few years. Part of what I enjoy about reading it, however, is seeing the way in which his ideas have permeated popular culture. I used to be an avid World of Warcraft player, for example, and, in hindsight, I now have a better appreciation for some of the ideas that inspired the monsters, concepts, and architecture of that game.

 

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: March 31, 2013, 09:15:31 PM »
 I've only read a handful of his stories, but liked them a lot. "The Call of Cthulhu" and "Reanimator" stand out as highlights.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 30, 2013, 03:05:06 PM »

Here's my Bandcamp profile for anyone that's interested...
http://bandcamp.com/davidmichuda

I'd love to see any profiles for other Hypnos forum folks.


Here is mine.

http://bandcamp.com/rcfraley

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach - Future Flows
« on: March 25, 2013, 09:57:16 PM »
Nice. Thanks for the head's up!

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 19, 2013, 03:29:46 PM »
Purl - A quiet awakening
More in the spirit of "conventional" ambient (ethereal, evolving synth washes) compared to Deep Ground. Quite nice.

Marsen Jules - The endless change of colour
I'm a big Marsen Jules fan, but this release isn't really grabbing my attention. It seems a bit monotonous and perhaps self-indulgent. I'll likely put it aside and return to it in a few weeks.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 16, 2013, 10:47:23 AM »
It is a great name. ;-)  (And the Cloud Atlas book is well worth the read. The story of Sonmi451 is a riveting piece of sci-fi. )

Thanks for the tips, Dave. I'll order the not-quite-as-handmade version of Four Peaks.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 15, 2013, 05:38:08 PM »
Sonmi451 - Probes & Prisms
Sonmi451 - Vladivostok


OMG. I just discovered this artist after (slowly) following up on leads from various "best of" lists, such as Dave's. I don't know how I missed Sonmi451, but I'm absolutely in love with these two disks.

Why, why, why are there two out of print discs on Time Released Sound?! I think God hates me.

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For folks who took an interest in Charcoal by Brambles last year, you might want to check this out:

http://www.iambrambles.com/pf/edition-one.html
http://brambles.bandcamp.com/album/pf-edition-one-half-gramme-holiday

Brambles is releasing a series of pieces (sound, text, visual) over the next year or so. The first edition was posted today--and it is a beautiful track: Half-Gramme Holiday.
 

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 09, 2013, 08:29:08 PM »
Rumforskning - Himmelhvćlv
The first two Rumforskning releases on DataObscura were some of my favorite albums from the 2000's. Somehow this Gears of Sand release slipped me by. It is solid, but hasn't quite grabbed me in the way that the other two albums did. I'm fond of it nonetheless.

Kiloton - Language Lost
A 2010 release by Mads Weitling (Rumforskning) of which I was not aware. Really interesting (and occasionally  noisy) soundscapes. The music is designed to compliment some visuals; the "soundtrack" can be freely downloaded via the artist's website at http://www.kiloton.dk/


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 05, 2013, 03:21:12 PM »
Between (Corey Fuller, Tomoyoshi Date, Simon Scott, Marcus Fischer, & Taylor Deupree) - Between
This is pretty good. The sounds and atmosphere are highly similar to that represented in Faint.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: March 05, 2013, 03:10:47 PM »
I think I'll check out Ender's Game next. I've heard so many good things about it over the years.

Just finished:

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
This is the kind of book that some people hate and others love. I'm one of the people who loves it, but not ravenously so. This novel is a celebration of human innovation, creativity, and intellect. But it also contains a critical and thoughtful analysis of the way in which society and its various institutions function to suppress human potential. This is my second read of the book and it was just as enjoyable the second time around. I do wish, however, that the "love story" part of the novel wasn't so god awful.

14 by Peter Clines
This was incredible. If you were a fan of Lost--and if you have an appreciation for some of the strangeness of HP Lovecraft--you will absolutely love this novel. This narrative is so well constructed that is is absolutely impossible to know where the story is going next and, better yet, there is no sense that the author is bs'ing his way around to pull it all together by the end. Suspenseful, imaginative, and unsettling. Highly recommended.


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 02, 2013, 09:12:29 AM »
Andy Stott - Luxury Problems
Creative slice n' dice job with vocal samples. 

My Bloody Valentine - m b v
This is excellent. I realize that there is an expectation that artists will grow or evolve in their sound over a couple of decades. But, in this case, I feel that I've been teleported back to the early 90's and I'm happy to be there. Their ability to capture what was special about their old sound without literally reproducing it is remarkable.

Near the Parenthesis - L'eixample
Warm electronic ambient with sophisticated melodic structures. Highly recommended.

 

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: DataObscura New Releases
« on: February 17, 2013, 09:54:43 AM »
I really like the artwork for Fantastic Journey. Is that a mashup you created based on various images?

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: February 13, 2013, 04:34:06 PM »
World War Z by Max Brooks (Audible Version; abridged)
This was pretty interesting. It is designed to be an oral history of the zombie invasion and how humanity confronted the invasion. The oral history twist gives things a nice twist. And what is particularly compelling is the way in which the author weaves in the political, economic, and social elements of the war--which is emphasized much more than action, horror, and suspense that is often used in "zombie apocalypse" style stories. The Audiobook version of this is particularly good due to the use of multiple voice actors in the telling of the stories.

The Shadow Scholar: How I Made a Living Helping College Kids Cheat by Dave Tomar
Nonfiction. The fascinating story of a student, Dave Tomar, who earned his living for over a decade by writing papers for college students. He makes many interesting observations about the sense of entitlement that many young people have, the ways in which many colleges have exploited Pell grants to increase revenues, and how each of these factors plays into the general problems facing the economy, the labor market, and America's stance toward education more generally. As a university professor, I found this an incredible read. I haven't fully digested it yet; I'll probably be pondering some of the issues for weeks to come--if not longer.



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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 07, 2013, 06:17:52 PM »
Krill.Minima - Sekundenschlaf
I'm really enjoying this release. Nice dub electronic ambient. 

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: My Bloody Valentine new CD 2013
« on: February 07, 2013, 06:15:54 PM »
All of your dreams may be coming true. Perhaps they'll also deliver mail for cheap on their US tour. ;-)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: My Bloody Valentine new CD 2013
« on: February 05, 2013, 07:30:23 PM »
I'm really looking forward to this. Based on the tracks the band posted to youtube, I think you're right: they haven't skipped a beat in over 20 years.

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