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Everything and Nothing / Re: Constructive criticism
« on: January 10, 2010, 01:26:19 PM »
I think constructive criticism is essential whether from friends, listeners or reviewers etc and is best (if most difficultly) read or heard neutrally.

An important part of giving feedback that is not just personal opinion, is understanding where the style of music comes from generally and anything the musician is trying to achieve in the particular track/album.

One of my albums got a negative review in E-ditions, but the poor reviewer had only a blank disc to go from - nothing letting them know what was coming. In the circumstances seeing it written that the music gave them a headache did not look very good, but it was understandable given it was never meant to be 'relaxing' and had created some unusual feelings/experiences in other listeners. It was in a way a confirmation that it had worked, but hurting heads was not the intention either..... :o

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Solitaire - Elmar Schulte
« on: January 09, 2010, 07:12:20 AM »
Yes, would be great to hear from you and know what you are up to.

Good luck for the launch and beyond. 8)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Yet another filmed version of Dune
« on: January 06, 2010, 03:37:17 PM »
Ah .... Macroscope .... not heard anyone mention that is many decades. I loved it.

I re-read it very recently. Thoroughly enjoyed it. It was quite strong on stereotypes, but then exploring that issue was a major part of the plot as the 'sleeping' characters had to create 'personalities' through which to live in the world.

For me the shift/return to making music has deeply affected what I listen to in terms of time and finance - I used to listen to music intensely to de-stress from a very hectic and time consuming job, now I make music - partly for the same reason, but mainly as an expression of what I feel. Buying equipment has taken a large chunk of finance that was previously spent on CDs and creating music takes up a large chunk of time.

I think there is a hhhuuugggeee amount of music out there in this and every genre - more than I could possibly listen to and still have a life involving anything else. I think many of the comments made by Mike a very accurate - and hats off to him, Lena and all others involved in music labels for the energy they put in to maintain the labels and music scene - on top of their own creations and other parts of their lives.

All groups go through phases of energy and lethargy, whether general interest in ambient or the interaction of that community itself.

Very nice review. 8)

Everything and Nothing / Re: good old vinyl... yet another article...
« on: January 06, 2010, 01:30:36 AM »
The digital stuff alllows a lot of freedom and on basic systems a sound quality not easily matched by vinyl in my experience.

But the nostalgia effect is very strong - visiting a friend who still has vinyl copies of Bodylove Vol 2 etc is a dreamlike journey into my past.

I also was a very careful vinyl owner - always bought new high quality inner sleeves and the outer plastic cover protectors and NEVER had all the opening lined up (the number of times I would pick up a friends LP only to see it roll out of the covers and across the floor astounded me >:()

I think the act of caring for the LP almost as much as having passion for the music on it created a very different interaction that CD/CDr struggles to match and downloads can't even play at.

I would love to hear good vinyul on a good high end Hi-Fi, but I've not got any friends who have that sort of equipment (I used to get Hi-Fi magazines and found the small ads that said things like "Naim system for sale - unwanted birthday present" created too much envy and stress to make perusing enjoyable!!! ;D)

Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Hypnos At Discogs
« on: January 06, 2010, 01:14:23 AM »
It's not a dirty, rotten, smelly New Age label....

It's a proud, happy New New Age label  ;D ;D ;D

Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Hypnos In Vital Weekly
« on: January 06, 2010, 01:12:16 AM »
Each to their own taste in music and could have been worse, he could have slagged the music off, which I have seen in reviews and dislike intensely - I have reviewed in the past and prefer to say nothing if I did not like or enjoy the music I was sent.

It is after all just a personal opinion.

Everything and Nothing / Re: What Are You Eating Today?
« on: January 05, 2010, 02:18:07 PM »
I do almost all the cooking at home, Glenys was able to burn water when I met her (not too far off the truth!!) but over time she has shown an amazing skill at timing when it comes to big meals such as christmas dinner when family come. Saying that, she managed to burn the stuffing this year - can still smell it as a light scent tone when returning home.

I tend to cook from fresh and Glenys is quite picky in her food tastes - her favourite is 'stir fry' but generally using lots of tomatoes for the liquid base rather than a lot of oil. mix of spices, soya sauce and sometimes red wine added.

My favourite is either:
Oven baked trout - in foil with olive oil, butter, black pepper and fresh coriander. A squeeze of lemon juice and some soya sauce - whole cherry tomatoes and some slices of red/orange/yellow pepper added to the collection before closing the foil and cooking for twenty minutes.....just long enough for the meat to come off the bone and the bone to come off the meat in one piece.

Or Lots of closed cup mushrooms sauted in olive oil and butter till the juices come out. Add a range of tasty veg and cook in the juices - add pot of cream just before serving.......

Everything and Nothing / Re: What Are You Eating Today?
« on: January 05, 2010, 05:43:50 AM »
I think main new years day food in UK is a wide variety of 'nibbles' - different meats, salads, crisps, dips etc and to include things like salmon and cream cheese on biscuits....though in recent years Icelands has done a wide variety of nibble size party foods such as samosas, spring rolls, cakes etc.....

Of Course, in Scotland there is Haggis.

Today at work I had Pork cutlet, rost potato, stuffing, brussels, carrots and gravy.

Followed by a whole packet, jealously guarded, of blackcurrant flavour fruit pastilles.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now watching...
« on: January 03, 2010, 02:55:48 AM »
Saw Avatar last night - and made the Dances with Aliens comment to my friends too. It is spectacular and for the first time I felt I was actually watching the sort of alien landscape I vividly imagined when reading Sci-Fi novels in the 70's, including Brian Aldiss's Hothouse.

will be getting this on DVD as soon as it comes out

Everything and Nothing / Re: What Are You Eating Today?
« on: January 01, 2010, 03:24:53 PM »
Today I have been eating Ham, Brussel Sprouts, carrots, leek and onion gravy. plus a later dip into doritos and then chocolate.....

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now watching...
« on: December 30, 2009, 03:28:51 AM »
....I know the effects work because she became strangely attractive (she is "played" by Zoe Saldana who played Uhura in the latest ST so she's beautiful in her own right).

I know the feeling - I've always been interested in mythological animals and (embarrasing admission coming...) I found the female Centaurs in the Narnia films strangely impelling too....

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 30, 2009, 02:59:18 AM »
Pleasantly wading, nay, drowning through a batch of Hypnos releases

Messages from a subatomic world, echoes of polyhymnia included.....

Lustmord - dark places of the earth.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Great ambient collaboration...
« on: December 29, 2009, 07:47:09 AM »
Hi everyone, just seen a little misunderstanding here....

I submitted the track 'Wings, Then Hammers' to Jim to be part of the updated version of 'Tracks Across the Universe' he was working on. Jim was very enthusiastic about the track and accepted it, preferring it above the more drifting and ambient pieces I also sent him to consider..

Darren and I were emailing recently and I offered the track for anything that might be part of a dedication web page/cd/MP3 to Jim.

The track is not a collaberation, though I would have been honoured if it had been as he was very supportive in his appreciation of my music and the music of many,many others.

Sorry Darren, did not mean to give you the impression it had been a joint work :-[

Everything and Nothing / Re: Have a great holiday season, everybody
« on: December 24, 2009, 04:54:41 AM »
Merry Yule and Solstice everyone

Everything and Nothing / Re: We all get old
« on: December 23, 2009, 01:21:43 AM »
We certainly do.

Billy Connoly said it well - you expect the grey hairs on your head - but no one tells you about the grey in the groin! (not a direct quote) :o :o

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Synthesizer tattoos
« on: December 22, 2009, 08:29:01 AM »
I love Synths - but have one tattoo'd on me?

Ice Cream....

My Grandfather used to sing a song that went 'I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ice Cream'

so my word association is....


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