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Everything and Nothing / Re: hangman
« on: March 01, 2008, 06:52:57 AM »

Is the answer "rhythm"?

 ;D ;D absolutely.... ;D ;D

Everything and Nothing / Re: hangman
« on: February 29, 2008, 01:54:08 AM »
This is a good one to use

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I'm at work so not able to actually play it - but there are no vowels in it!

Have some guesses!

Everything and Nothing / Re: dave k
« on: February 10, 2008, 03:31:58 AM »
My thoughts are with you Jim.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: February 06, 2008, 01:02:58 PM »
I have a DVD I'd love to watch but can't....Managed to get a region 2 disc of Black Robe. But seller forgot to mention that it has been dubbed in and has subititles of nordic languages ??? so I can't understand what the hell is being said.....

Have it on Video and think the writing and filming are excellent...somehow more genuine than Dances with Wolves as everyone is grubby and the Native Americans have both positive and negative aspects of culture portrayed a bit more directly.

I like the whole culture clash aspect, with the main european character realising how similar they perhaps are in their dreams at the end

Thank for your suggestions.

I am a Korean living in France, I do not speak English very well, so sorry I dont understand things like “hedging devices”.
But I agree with what I understood and I fixed the text with "Quite possibly the best ambient artist of his generation". Thank.
As indicated on the blog (January 10th, 2008 by Asmo), I did not write this text. It is Asmorod, and he wanted to say that he did not know an European artist from this young age making such good ambient music. But I think it was most of all ironic because all labels that we know here  (german, italian, austrian, polish dark/ambient ,industrial ,darkfolk ones...) have tendencies to write on their flyer "new masterpiece of...", and often the music is terribly bad.

and at 18 he is 46 I am not...any other youngbloods out there creating like this?

Everything and Nothing / Re: Your first Recording ever?
« on: February 04, 2008, 12:25:11 PM »
1979 - using the 144 portastudio, Roland system 100 (the little one), a reel to reel for loops (with added switch for turning of the erase head) and a variety of effects.....

mixture of ambience, noise and with others - a whole range of stuff. None in existence as far as I know.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Chat feature in this Forum?
« on: February 03, 2008, 04:48:11 AM »
Not actually about chatting - not sure where to ask this.

Mike any chance of not having total logged in time showing - scares the hell out of me - could have been doing all sorts of things in that amount of time :o :o :o

Everything and Nothing / Re: What should a small record label do?
« on: January 31, 2008, 04:50:03 AM »
I agree with the idea of complaining.

another option is to make friends with a good hacker and get them to crash the site....see how they like an individual affecting their liveihood ;D ;D ;D

I sound pissy too, and I've not been had by such sites yet as far as i know!! :o

You wouldn't believe it & you'd never guess... :)

Even more intriguing. ;D

I love the 'Echoes of Polyhymnia' Cover.

Wow, thank you very much!

That's OK, it's a very nice cover, I'm tempted to ask what is it? but that would both be impolite and miss the point of just dreaming with the image - so don't tell me ;)

I love the 'Echoes of Polyhymnia' Cover.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: January 29, 2008, 11:48:12 AM »
Probably why not too many people are jumping at these 5 hour Oenyaw discs, huh?!?! :D

I think really long releases also have their role - such as the Somnium DVD......7 hours is great too.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: January 28, 2008, 11:25:24 AM »
Vidna, the 8 lp set sounds a beautiful collectors item. I just don't have a turntable to put it on which is a pity....

I have always thought the artwork for CD's is compromised by the jewel box in many ways (thought the addition of leaves in a clear back is nice) which is why I loved the Amplexus series and other attempts to get beyond the 12cm x 12cm limits. Some of the Hawkwind digipaks have really tried to recreate the open up sleeves of the early 70's. The Umbra label covers are also an attempt to explore that same artistic direction.

I will always remember when I first bought 'Irrlicht' and there was more than 20 minutes a side of music, I thought that was great and felt many artists (possible quality arguments not being ignored here) were not putting onto the records as much music as they might  for fnancial or lack of music reasons- I know the 74 minutes CD length proved a great resource for musicians (myself included), but like anything, just because it is there it does not have to be used and some of the Amplexus and Penumbra releases are examples of this too. I have a sense from some places that getting a CD with only 20 -25 minutes can leave people's expectations feeling shortchanged, an expectation that perhaps the 20 minute a side vinyl can avoid.

when buying my CD player 11 years ago I deliberately chose a single disc machine so that I had to pay attention to the music and keep an active interaction by choosing each disc in turn, rather than put on five 74 minute discs and use the music as wallpaper.

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: Seren Ffordd - Veils, Shadows
« on: January 21, 2008, 01:07:47 PM »
Thanks for the thumbs up guys ;D

glad you are enjoying the music and trying to work out what is what in the sound mix. Veils, Shadows was not intended to be non synth based when I started it, but once it got going I just loved exploring the other sound sources, seeing how much I could shift and twist it towards the final result without it becoming abrasive or washed out....

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: January 21, 2008, 01:02:56 PM »
New release on Umbra: The Quiet Labyrinth

Front cover.

Back cover.

Avaiable from

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: January 21, 2008, 12:58:15 PM »
Getting Veils, Shadows released on the HSS imprint was a high point for me in 2007. It took a little while to get it together and Mike and Lena were very supportive all the way along. There was a flurry of activity in 2007 with 'Sounds of a Universe', 'Vapours and Magnetism', as well as a couple of tracks submitted for other compilations in other places. There has been some other music created that might see the light of day some time when I get a website sorted - and another full length release on Oophoi's Umbra label.

So all is quiet at the moment, new equipment to get into and explore and a couple of projects bubbling away under the surface waiting for the time to ripen and appear.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Alio Die
« on: January 21, 2008, 05:45:55 AM »
Have to add my thumbs up for Suspended Feathers and Fissures.

Also love Echo Passage and Descendre Cinq Lacs Au Travers D'Une Voilé.

As 9dragons says - Having a nice pair of headphones seems to make all the music as if heard for the first time - good headphones are essential, allowing the difference between listening with speakers for the overall 'air' of a piece and the ability to get right into the subtlties of every sound. And it is worth spending extra to get good ones

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: January 18, 2008, 09:53:30 AM »
When I was into Vinyl, it was the bootlegs that I spent most money on - Paid £35 for a Throbbing Gristle bootleg in 1978(I think)....great quality and sound and very few made. Somehow even bootlegs were as difficult to make as fully pressed discs - so the rarity value was a real value, whereas with CDR anything can be made available very easily.....not sure if there is a point here, just reminiscing.....

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: January 17, 2008, 03:55:19 PM »
I didn't see that one, just the folded covers for ones like Roach's 'the dreamer descends' and Tuu's 'frozen lands'.

I got all of the series except the first two by Robert Rich and Vidna Obmana - sold out by the time I discovered the series.

The covers are simply stunning and a work of art in themselves.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: January 17, 2008, 03:34:46 PM »
I grew up with only vinyl and I too miss the covers.

Still unconvinced about the quality issue either way - I found listening to both sides of Vinyl Irrlicht easier then the digital versions - but I also hated, Hated, the pops, cracks and scratches.

But surely it's possible to release a CD with a vinyl size cover? something beyond the jewel case and digipak size, but even bigger than the amplexus 3" CD covers

As for releases - that would actually manifest one of my youthful dreams when I first got involved in recording, so for that I would see it as a sort of novelty with knobs on - but unable to play it as I have had no turntable since 1982....

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