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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.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 10, 2014, 03:43:33 PM »
Miguel Isaza  - Uji
Nice release from the Eilean label. Acoustic drones, field recordings, minimalism and mystery.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 07, 2014, 12:18:02 PM »
I enjoy many of the Celer releases, but, with so many albums, I'm afraid I'll never do more than scratch the surface.

Lisa Gerrard - Twilight Kingdom
Only available digitally (thanks for the head's up, Judd). This is frigging amazing. This album really highlights the vocals rather than trying to give equal part of the music, and the result is wonderful. As Judd noted in the other thread, it is quite somber and dark, but extraordinarily powerful and emotionally evocative. I don't think Lisa does all the vocals, but perhaps they are simply processed in a way that makes her voice less obvious; many of the vocal tracks seem slowed down, but maybe I'm simply underestimating the low end of Lisa's range. Great stuff!

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: September 05, 2014, 06:12:47 PM »
Just finished Far from Streets. Nice work, Mike! The story is about a couple, Dane and Carolyn, who inherit several acres of property in the wilderness of Oregon, far from civilization. Dane uses this as an opportunity to break free of what he construes as the constraints of modern living, and, over a period of time, builds a cabin on the property where he and Carolyn can escape to on weekends. There is a sense in which they are living off the land,  but, on Mondays, they return to their normal life--a life that Carolyn seems to value more than Dane. As the story progresses, however, the new life that Dane has forged becomes increasingly disjointed: it is unclear whether he and Carolyn are alone in the woods, they often feel they are trapped "inside" the wilderness like a bird inside a house, and time itself seems to move in unexpected ways. This is a solid story and a nice debut novella for M. Griffin.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Lisa Gerard's new one- Wow!
« on: September 05, 2014, 05:41:47 PM »
Nice! Thanks for the head's up. Sampling now; sounds lovely.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Any Genesis fans?
« on: September 05, 2014, 03:08:10 PM »


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 04, 2014, 02:11:55 PM »
Akamoi - Enki
Ambient microsound. Will appeal to Raster Noton fans.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bad Ambient
« on: September 04, 2014, 01:59:31 PM »
There are many albums I listen to once and go... ummm ... no - I'll be deleting that from the ipod... 

But I'm not sure that means it's bad - it just means I didn't like it at all. 

Well said.

Some of my favorite artists have released albums that just didn't resonate with me. The vidna obmana one Drone On referenced is one that comes to mind. I also didn't really enjoy some of the collaborations with Asmus Tietchens.

One of the nice things about the interwebs is that it makes it easy to listen to samples before buying. These days I rarely end up with something that I don't enjoy.

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