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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 05, 2014, 07:55:41 PM »
I can understand bringing back the vinyl record format, simply because so many people claim that vinyl has a fuller sound, with higher frequencies and lower lows. I'd love to hear feedback from forum members here who hold that view. But what I don't understand is... WHY DID THEY RESURRECT THE CASSETTE TAPE? In my opinion, it's a very flawed format that I was glad to see dead and buried. Does anyone else remember painstakingly rewinding, by hand, the cassette tapes that had been "eaten" by your cassette player? You seemingly had miles of tape to wind back in without tangling it up. Sometimes you were successful, but the tape never sounded quite the same because of the wrinkles that occurred during the rewinding. Grrrr... and back then I was a real stoner, and rewinding the tape was a real buzz-kill.

What's next? Re-introducing the 8-track tape?

Yeah, I feel the same way as you do about cassette tapes. I know of a few labels and musicians that have done this but I don't get it at all. I get the appeal of vinyl even though I don't have an old record player but cassette tapes should stay in the past.


As the title suggests, this was intended to be an aquatic themed longform piece. I've been testing it for months and I'm happy with it. It makes for excellent sleep/background music IMO.

I hope everyone here enjoys it.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 04, 2014, 09:08:41 PM »
Aidan Baker - Letters

If you can appreciate slightly noisy guitar ambience, this is an excellent album.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: RIP Pete Namlook
« on: May 04, 2014, 05:05:34 PM »
The first Shades Of Orion album is awesome. I also like Outland 2 and Psychonavigation but I haven't heard much else besides those three albums.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 04, 2014, 10:23:31 AM »
Amp - Heart And Soul Dissolves

Amp is actually one of my biggest influences and this is an excellent release. A lot of their work isn't even ambient though.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 23, 2014, 01:34:56 PM »
How does that live version of Sorcerer compare to the original?

Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: 2014 Hypnos release schedule?
« on: April 22, 2014, 08:53:24 PM »
Oh wow, I didn't know he was on APK's label before.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Buying Soundcloud 'plays'
« on: April 21, 2014, 07:48:51 PM »
As an aspiring ambient musician, I agree with the points made so far. I've found it hard to get constructive feedback. It's not that I don't appreciate the positive feedback but sometimes, I'd like something more than just "good track".

Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: 2014 Hypnos release schedule?
« on: April 21, 2014, 07:29:32 PM »
mgriffin, how did you discover him? Did you find him on Soundcloud?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Buying Soundcloud 'plays'
« on: April 20, 2014, 05:30:49 PM »
I think Soundcloud had a great idea with the way they implemented listener feedback but in practice, it does not encourage constructive feedback. Fans aren't usually going to give that kind of feedback anyway. They'll tell you which parts they like but otherwise, they're not usually going to tell you how to improve but then again, why should they?

Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: 2014 Hypnos release schedule?
« on: April 20, 2014, 11:54:31 AM »
I like the music you have on your Soundcloud. Is the new album going to sound like that?

Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: 2014 Hypnos release schedule?
« on: April 19, 2014, 07:17:04 PM »
Hi everyone!

Thanks for these kind words!
Very glad you like the image, it's even better when you'll see it full size (the other half is on the back cover),
anyway - like Mike already kindly mentioned I do photography but wish I had taken this myself, I did not have the opportunity to visit antarctica and do any ice diving yet...
When I was recording this album I did some research about ice diving and discovered some wonderful
imagery that turned out to be framegrabs from movies taken during ice diving expeditions in antarctica taken by a member of the expedition group. He asked me to remain uncredited and I respect that, it was a great gesture from these people allowing me to use this and 2 other images in the inside of the cover artwork.
When I first saw this image I knew it's the cover for my album, it was just perfect and sort of guided me through the rest of recording of the album,
I hope the music will also be a good reason to buy the CD! :-)

Tomasz / Subradial

Welcome to the forum!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: ASC's Studio
« on: April 19, 2014, 08:26:37 AM »
Wow, that's an amazing studio

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 19, 2014, 08:18:56 AM »
Forrest Fang- Animism

Got it on sale off of Bandcamp. Also bought Soundtrack For The Aquarium for cheap too. Might buy something else too.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Projekt sale
« on: April 18, 2014, 07:33:03 PM »
Awesome. I just bough Animism using that code on Bandcamp.


Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: 2014 Hypnos release schedule?
« on: April 18, 2014, 03:39:29 PM »
Yeah, that image is awesome.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: PARIS AMBIENT FESTIVAL
« on: April 09, 2014, 08:36:21 PM »
Welcome to the forum!

This sounds like it's going to be a great experience. I hope it turns out well.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: What is Youtube to you?
« on: April 03, 2014, 08:53:00 PM »
While I don't believe in piracy, I do often find myself listening to music on Youtube mainly out of convenience. I don't think Youtube is a huge threat. The damage was already done before Youtube came along.

I do believe that online piracy has hurt the business overall but I also feel like the music industry has completely failed to adapt. I feel a lot worse for the smaller labels like Projekt and their artists than I do for people like Don Henley and Eminem. I certainly don't feel sorry for the major record labels.

I think digital downloads need to be priced more reasonably. I think $10 is usually a bit too much for most albums. I've seen albums on Amazon MP3 and iTunes for $12 and that's just ridiculous. I could buy a used CD for much cheaper. I think the industry needs to provide value, especially in a day and age where consumers have so many options for entertainment. Why would anybody pay $18 for a CD when they can probably go to the movies or buy a video game for about the same price or less?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 21, 2014, 07:14:56 PM »
I love Memories Compiled 2. It's not his best music IMO but I still really like the sound that he had back then. I'm also a fan of Popol Vuh.

NP: Nux Vomica and Voice Of Eye- Invivo

This really should have been released a lot sooner. Took 15 years or so for it to see the light of day but it's a really impressive dark ambient album.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 15, 2014, 09:00:52 AM »
Morton Feldman- Rothko Chapel

A minimalist classic.

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