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Everything and Nothing / Re: I didn't do that well in Economics...
« on: September 21, 2008, 09:15:29 AM »
I also think that memories are very short - an example is fuel price. a little while back on the radio news someone was discussing the fuel prices and commented on the differential between petrol and diesel in the UK - along the lines of it's always been like that. However I remembered that as the prices approached 1 a litre here the fear of breaking that barrier was so high that the differential dropped to just 1p, then opened up again once both stepped over the 1 mark....And I notice that the prices are not coming down at the pumps as fast as they went up when the oil went up.....

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Everything and Nothing / Re: But what does the family think?
« on: September 21, 2008, 09:09:22 AM »
Glenys enjoys most of what I create (mainly food!!) and appreciates my passion in making the music. My family (Mum and 2 sisters) again appreciate my interests, but have never asked any questions beyond - how's it going?

Glenys once said to her family (on an odd occasion when her mother, two sisters, both daughters and both grandaughters were visiting) that I had just had a CD released....after the 20 seconds of silence before any sound started and then low deep drones unfolding one asked, Is this music? to which Glenys said Yes, wait.....and in about two more minutes all their eyes unfocussed and they were well gone, drifting off into their own imaginations. Took about 15 minutes to make sure they were all 'straight' enough to drive home - one of the best reponses I've ever had from people not used to listening to such sounds.

Friends too enjoy listening, but never initiate conversation about it....I can only discuss the finer points and subtleties of ambient/experimental music on forums like this....

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: TUU
« on: September 21, 2008, 08:54:52 AM »
My personal TUU favourite is 'The Frozen Lands' 3" Cd release on the Amplexus series - Very ambient, dark deep space sounds.

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Robert Rich - Atlas Dei

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Everything and Nothing / Re: I didn't do that well in Economics...
« on: September 19, 2008, 01:27:23 AM »
On radio 4 news this morning - a spokes person for the banks was defending the fact that the head of HBOS, being merged with LloydsTSB will be getting a multi million pound share deal - for a failing bank......

She then blamed all the current economic woes on the American Sub Prime market. It was one of those moments where you really want the programme presenter to have a good memory and ask some more probing questions, such as "What about the other financial practices such as 'shorts'" (currently banned on the UK stock exchange temporarily) and "what motivated the UK banks to get involved in the sub p[rime markets?".

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Where would you rather live?
« on: September 18, 2008, 12:59:51 PM »
It seems to be a universal dream, almost, to live different places at different times of the year.

As much as I love Portland it would be so wonderful if we could spend a few months each winter somewhere with different weather.  Not that Portland winters are terrible, just that in an ideal world, I'd love to escape the gray and rain that takes over between October and March, especially the worst part in the middle of those months.

I sometimes think that if everyone were wealthy and retired, then humanity would take a massive shift toward the equator during the colder times of the year, and migrate back at springtime like a bunch of birds.

I think the early people's of all continents did just that

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Everything and Nothing / Re: I didn't do that well in Economics...
« on: September 18, 2008, 12:57:34 PM »
The banks are finding it hars to borrow from each other as they are ptting their own interest rates up for inter-bank lending.

If all the banks are lending each other the money they do business with i.e a bank borrows from another bank to give me my mortgage - who actually has the money in reality?

If the central banks can inject billions at such short notice - is it real money or have they borrowed it from another bank too?


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Everything and Nothing / Re: I didn't do that well in Economics...
« on: September 18, 2008, 12:48:38 AM »
Also that the banks have been allowed to get into the intricate and bankerspace (bank version of cyberspace as an alternate reality to real space) areas of derivatives and futures etc - where the banks play fast with gambling on what things may or may not be worth at some point in the future. Includes borrowing shares, selling them at a certain cost, buying them back when at a lower value and pocketing the difference.

The financial system appears to have been shored up by ever inventive ways of making profits - if these people put the same energy into providing services or inventing things that benefited people the world would be a very much better place.

As usual though, some banks and bankers will be making profits out of the losses and misery of others.


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Everything and Nothing / Re: Where would you rather live?
« on: September 16, 2008, 12:52:54 PM »
Portmeiron (or is it Port Meiron?) is where The Prisoner was filmed, isn't it?

Not sure of the spellig, but the Prisoner was filmed there.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Where would you rather live?
« on: September 16, 2008, 10:50:13 AM »
Btw, is where you live anywhere near Filendre? We stayed there for a long weekend a few years back when I wanted to show the missus around the Gower.


Not far, about 5 miles I think.

There are some beautiful places up around north wales too....


Been to North Wales many times, and you're right, some good places there too. My favourite place up there is Portmeirion.

I lived in Barmouth and in the hills behind Barmouth for about 14 years...Never actually visited Port Meirion, mainly as I had pretty much free range of the local farmers lands and just loved walking out in all weathers - could see Cadear Idris from our cottage but again never actually walked it.

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New Age music does have a terrible reputation and not having explored much of it I am not able to make in depth comments, but I think that it, and many other genres get locked into their own boundaries and self definitions. Would it be ambient music if there was martial band rhythms or backing in songs? New age is often linked to fluffy, everything is peace sprituality, so by it's own definition it could not include death metal tracks......

Similarly I knew the british punk band 'Flux of Pink Indians' and they released a more experimental album that pretty much bombed becuase the loyal fans did not like it (and vociferously said so) and non punk listeners did not give it a try because of the punk label on the band. Flux returned to punk music because they felt getting the message out was more important than trying to follow different styles of music - interesting conundrum for a band....

I have heard a range of new age, from plinky plonky to very nice ambient sounds, similarly artists who get labelled as new age can make music that is well outside the genres stable boundaries.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Where would you rather live?
« on: September 15, 2008, 08:55:48 AM »
Btw, is where you live anywhere near Filendre? We stayed there for a long weekend a few years back when I wanted to show the missus around the Gower.


Not far, about 5 miles I think.

There are some beautiful places up around north wales too....

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkest Ambient
« on: September 15, 2008, 01:04:20 AM »
Speaking of Loki artists, I've just been spinning 'From a dark chasm below' by Herbst9, which is surely one of the classic dark ambient/ritual style albums. The recent collab with Z'ev is great, as well.

Does the Z'ev collaberation have a title?

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Where would you rather live?
« on: September 15, 2008, 12:45:59 AM »

Seren, I went to Uni in Swansea just over 20 years ago. Living on the Gower must be nice.


Bebbo, the Gower is nice, but I live on the valleys side of Swansea, which is a different sort of nice - not the sea and lowlands, but more hills and rivers - a short trip to the Sleeping Giant and Dan Yr Ogof Caves (not that I've been to the caves).

What did you study in swansea?

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Everything and Nothing / Re: The "free for all" section of this Forum
« on: September 12, 2008, 09:29:06 AM »

I was trying to resolve conflicts, and it wasn't working.  There were several people who were aware of the rules, and who went on saying whatever they felt like saying. 

At the time, I thought it was just better to do away with the problem area, than to delete a handful of member accounts.  The more time passes, the more I think this was the right solution.  I think the Hypnos Forum will end up stronger and better in the future with this solution, than if I had just gotten rid of a few people with rage control issues, and allowed the "free-for-all" to continue with a different cast of characters.

I suspect job description did not include diploma in counselling? As I said i wonder what it is about the internet that means things flare up and don't die down - what part of the human interaction dynamic is missing?

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Cover songs....
« on: September 12, 2008, 09:25:38 AM »
Of course not for release due to copyright etc....... ::) ::)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Cover songs....
« on: September 12, 2008, 09:24:12 AM »
hey mike, if there is enough interest here perhaps it could be the next Hypnos compilation????  :o ;D 8)

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Everything and Nothing / Cover songs....
« on: September 12, 2008, 06:52:40 AM »
Anyone got a song they want to do a cover version of, even for fun, from any field of music.

I've always wanted to do a version of Chris Isaak's 'Wicked Game' - no idea why, just intrigues me.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Dream Collaborations
« on: September 12, 2008, 06:49:04 AM »
whatabout genre bending collaberations (or possibly nightmares):

Steve Roach and Britney Spears. :o

Alio Die and Alvin the Chipmunk. :o :o

I've written to Girls Aloud to do an album together  :o :o :o

(Or a video  ;D :o :o :o :o)


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Everything and Nothing / Re: The creative drop-off
« on: September 12, 2008, 06:44:04 AM »
many years ago when i was a hawkwind fanatic I was at a gig and got speaking with an old guy who said - You'll love them for 5 years and then just keep going because of the 'old days' - I vehemently disagreed with him at the time, they would be my favourite band forever, but I send him my belated apologies as he was at least half right, 5 years was spot on but keep going I did not. Learning about all the infights between ex members only added to the disillusion.

I have tried to listening to stuff after 1981 but it just remains stuff for me and no amount of remembering the golden age of my youth has made any difference to that.

Peter Gabriel - I remember watching a documnetary where he was using the latest technology to create a whole album out of samples such as breaking glass, it was inventive and cutting edge- a big up in my respect and appreciation of his creativity. Unfortunately at the end of the documnetary he scrapped the plans and did the album with session musicians - instant deflation, so less than an hour of admiration!!!!!

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