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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 21, 2011, 11:43:39 PM »
Listening to gamelan and persian. And Alio Die, one of the few who is still making really interesting new music.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 17, 2011, 12:58:09 AM »
Alio Die - Secret History of the Clouds
Northern - Drawn

Two album that flow like organic machines. Rolling so exquisitely, technological but embracing. A great late night of listening...

SAW II is also queued up in the stereo. An album whose glory never fades, and the memories of early listens are ingrained in the mind.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 11, 2011, 10:23:42 PM »
Sabbath albums 1-8 on repeat...

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Think I know what I'll be asking for for my birthday this month. Excellent release, Mike, thank you for your work. And since I've pretty much sworn off jewel case purchases, I am very pleased with the new format.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Your scariest ambient track
« on: March 02, 2011, 12:41:05 AM »
The Rich/Lustmord collab takes the cake for me.

Inade has some excellent creepiness as well.

One really weird, maybe not necessarily creepy (depends on your mood) album I have been getting deep into lately is Roach's Possible Planet. I love that one.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 02, 2011, 12:37:38 AM »
Listening to the Hobbit 10 dsic set read by Rob Inglis. Being told stories by such an excellent reader is like being a kid again...

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Sort Of Odd..
« on: March 02, 2011, 12:35:44 AM »
I visit the Hypnos forum about 100 times more than I check my facebook page. Much more relaxing and enjoyable here...

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 05, 2011, 07:03:19 PM »
Fancied listening to the track Steppenwolf and it's the only recording I have - some great lines from Bob Calvert....

I get cravings for that song on occasion. Calvert is excellent, unequalled in his lyrics. I have a disc of him just reading his poetry that puts me into a weird mood, quite enjoyable.

It's interesting because there can be great gems in one line and the next a real clunker....
What is the disc of poetry?

It's called centigrade 232, a booklet of poems and cd put out by voiceprint. Don't know if it's still in print, but only 500 were made...

I agree on the Calvert lyrics. I look at his poetry as being in a different realm, between psych-rock and literary, so I look at his lines in a weird way, comparing him more to the totality of rock lyrics and not as much to strictly written poets. He's kind of like Morrison in that way...but with the pulp sci-fi awareness that I love so dearly...

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: February 02, 2011, 11:21:42 PM »
I'm getting ready to finally get a new cd, the occasion being my birthday. Thinking of Steve Roach's recent albums. I am allowed three new albums, which will probably be the only ones I can buy for many months to come. Any suggestions?

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkest Ambient
« on: February 02, 2011, 11:20:10 PM »
Listening to Nanthan Youngblood - Asunder. A wonderful slab of dark ambient beauty that illustrates the points we are talking about. This one seems unsung, not sure how many others out there have it. Put out by Steve Roach's label.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 02, 2011, 11:18:03 PM »
Fancied listening to the track Steppenwolf and it's the only recording I have - some great lines from Bob Calvert....

I get cravings for that song on occasion. Calvert is excellent, unequalled in his lyrics. I have a disc of him just reading his poetry that puts me into a weird mood, quite enjoyable.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Top 10 Ambient/Space Music albums
« on: February 02, 2011, 11:15:20 PM »
Mystic Chords is at the top of the list for me.

Tempus Rei is another absolute favorite.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: January 21, 2011, 12:22:37 AM »
Thanks, I'll go for a listen.

On a side note, that Circadian Rhythms double cd started to look interesting, but the second disc sounds too rehashed, judging from the samples. I have a lot of patience for Roach, but there are certain albums that could be called annoyingly superfluous...

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 20, 2011, 01:57:03 AM »
Currently listening to the complete three unabridged box sets of Lord of the Rings read by Rob Inglis. This is absolutely a delight.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: January 20, 2011, 01:51:11 AM »
I've been looking at some of the more recent Roach releases lately. Haven't picked up any of his since 2009. Any recommendations if I had to choose only one?

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkest Ambient
« on: January 20, 2011, 01:46:55 AM »
I would consider Athlit as dark. But my associations with the word are somewhat positive. Darkness suggest to me immense distance, meditative isolation, safety, warmth, and even a kind of brightness, like stars on a very liquidly clear night. I very much dislike what might be considered the cliche version of dark - trying to be scary and dark. I like the kind of dark that embraces the mystery of existence, where dark is not personified in a limited form. There is a sense of wonder and discovery in dark ambient, Magnificent Void is a good example of this, as is Athlit.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 17, 2011, 02:21:54 AM »
Roach - Mystic Chords and Sacred Spaces part 2. Such an amazing set of music, all four discs...

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Top concept albums of all time
« on: January 17, 2011, 02:18:50 AM »
I would strongly second Hawkwind's Space Ritual. A sweeping concept with great art and poetry (Calvert and Moorcock) to add literary flair.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDs are Dead....Almost!
« on: January 17, 2011, 01:06:43 AM »
I'm enjoying this discussion and the different perspectives. I used to be completely against downloads, and the few experiences I had with them were uninspiring, and the feeling of detachment from the material made me lose interest quickly. But now, with some experience using an ipod, I am able to understand the counter point to this, and enjoy music detached from material. Though granted I do not and will not buy downloads, I am talking about burning cds into itunes (am listening to Robert Inglis' reading of Lord of the Rings right now).

But am I the only one who thinks itunes is a piece of crap? There are various reasons, but in general it just feels irritating and uncooperative to use. This further deters me from wanting to get downloads.

I've been listening to Roach's 4cd set Mystic Chords this evening, and the enjoyment of the digipaks and fine cover art adds to my experience of the music. I think for packaging these days we have to be very discerning and make something of quality, both graphically and in a tactile/material sense. It's not enough to throw a crappily designed and printed 4 panel piece of paper in a jewel case and call that packaging. I'd really rather see a download only release than that kind of thing. I like how labels like 12k and hypnos have simple and elegant packaging, with design consistency, that project elegance and commitment.

But what about designers and musicians teaming up to produce music accompanied by posters, books, or other specialty items? And then perhaps a download code could be included with the special materials, and those would be limited, and somewhat pricey due to the fine materials and effort put into them. But there could be a cheap option for the non collector to just purchase the download. That might work for everybody, and make the graphic design nerds happy! Curious to know what you guys think of this option...

I am planning a release with a musician that will be just a big, beautiful hand-sewn and printed book that will be built on the same theme and is inspired by the music. We are not sure whether to include a high quality (such as Taiyo Yuden) cdr and the conveyor of the musical information, or just have a special printed post card slotted into the back, that would contain the download code. When I look at the money outlay required for a run of 500 cds, it is somewhat frustrating. Another avenue to take would be for smaller companies to do very low run yet high quality cd pressings, though I don't know the pressing industry, and this may not be feasible.

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Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Hypnos 2011 outlook
« on: January 07, 2011, 06:34:51 PM »
It's good to see these releases upcoming. Your cover art is beautiful as usual. The Avatara cover is great. If I might venture a suggestion, the sun disk logo seems too large, and is competing in a distracting way with the eyeball in the center of the image. The older version seems more arresting in general as well. Just a thought...

I think the older version of Intangible is also more expressive of the title...

Can't resist the critique Mike, sorry, it's getting to be ingrained...

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