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Very exciting! .74  and Telluric Waves are excellent recordings and I've been craving something new from Lomax. ;-)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 03, 2013, 03:23:14 PM »
Wouter Veldhuis - Blue Forest
I saw this on Dave's list and, after listening to some samples, was intrigued enough to order it. It is fairly standard done-based ambient. What intrigued me about it (besides the lovely cover) was the claim that "all tracks are made out of captured and processed pre-heard, found sounds and field-recordings. No samples, synthesizers or electronic audio sources were used during the production process." I wouldn't have guessed that from listening to it. And, with that as context, I must say it is a really impressive recording.

Naoki Ishida & Ayato - PHAE
I don't know anything about the artists; as far as I can tell from a web search, these are the names of anime characters rather than the names of recording artists! The album is awesome, for what it is worth. It is very much in the spirit of the ambient/glitch/experimental hybrid that is characteristic of some of the more acoustic Japanese groups, like Minamo, Fourcolor, etc. Highly recommended.

Both of these releases come from the Organic Industries label. The packaging itself is noteworthy. Each disc is housed in a paper casing that frames a lovely, glossy photograph. Impressively, when the casing opens, the disc emerges in an orgami-like sheath. My daughter is impressed. ;-)

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: April 29, 2013, 07:07:58 PM »
The Human Stain is the first book of his that I've read. I enjoyed it and I might check out some of his other books sometime in the future.

On a different note: I just (re)read this utterly disturbing, but fascinating, story:

THE VOICE IN THE NIGHT by William Hope Hodgson

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 27, 2013, 01:19:02 PM »
Seaworthy - Sleep Paths
Simon Scott - Sillene
For Ingar Gustavsson - Johan G. Winther

I've been preoccupied lately by the Slaapwel label, after hearing Sonmi451's Ruis . These three titles are some of the few that are still in print and they are excellent. The Seaworthy release in particular is quite nice. 

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: April 27, 2013, 01:13:15 PM »
The Human Stain by Phillip Roth
Fiction. Coleman Silk, an eminent professor and dean at a small NE college, resigns after being accused of using racial slurs in the classroom.  The novel documents the way in which Coleman's life unravels after the incident. But the true heart of the story concerns what the reader learns about Coleman's past along the way. A well told novel with great character development.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 25, 2013, 08:38:19 PM »
Martin Fuhs - Grauton
Wonderful. A nice blend of modern classical, drone-based ambient, and experimental. I'm sorry I didn't discover this sooner.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 22, 2013, 05:35:23 AM »
Steve Roach - Soul Tones

As good as ever. Title track is marvelous. The exotic harmonies Steve Roach creates.... I could dwell inside them forever.

I've been listening to this a lot too (thanks, drone on). The last 10 minutes of the 2nd track (Resolved) are absolutely brilliant--some of my favorite of Roach's.

Thom Brennan - Mist
A classic. I will never tire of this.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: April 16, 2013, 08:49:39 PM »
Fight for your Long Day by Alex Kudera
A sad day in the life of an adjunct college professor. Although it is a work of fiction, Kudera does an excellent job at documenting the challenges faced by adjunct instructors in N. American universities.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 16, 2013, 06:48:47 PM »
sonmi451 - A Phosphorous Spot + Spectrum + Cloud Atlas
I've finally managed to grab the last bit of what is still in print for sonmi451. (I'm still missing Star Atlas and the collector in me is going nuts. If anyone has a copy they wish to offload, please send me a note.) These three CDs are great. There is a surprising amount of heterogeneity across the various discs. Cloud Atlas, for example, is wonderful nighttime music, but A Phosphorous Spot (having a bit more of a pulse) has been spinning in my car stereo for the past week.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 13, 2013, 04:06:41 PM »

wouter veldhuis - blue forest

Love the samples on Bandcamp. How did you come across this? I've never heard of this artist before.

Like Drone on, I've been listening to a lot of Oophoi today, and rediscovering the beauty of some of his older releases (e.g., Time Fragments Vols. 1 - 3) that I haven't spun in a while.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
« on: April 12, 2013, 04:31:26 PM »
Such sad news. I consider Oophoi to be one of the greats. I have a deep appreciation not only for his music, but for his willingness to be a champion for young or relatively unknown artists. /salute

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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...

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

Here is mine.

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!

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.

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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