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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 18, 2008, 04:48:27 AM »
Wow, I've been in the Hawkwind cockpit for days now:

Xenon Codex
Electric Tepee
Chronicle of the Black Sword

It never ends...and I love it...

Do you have a favourite Hawkwind period?

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Coookieeee
« on: June 17, 2008, 05:57:32 AM »
on my roland vs2480 there is an effect which plays with the bit depth of the sound and that makes it quite distorted - could be part of the effect?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 17, 2008, 05:51:18 AM »
David Darling - Cello and Darkwood.
Lustmord - Zoetrope.
Oophoi - Bardo
Awakenings 2008 Vols 1 & 1.5

Everything and Nothing / Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIKE!
« on: June 14, 2008, 07:40:23 AM »

What's a zimmer?

I'm planning to celebrate my birthday Wednesday through Sunday this year.

Aah - Zimmer frame - generic UK name for elderly walkers - though sun dummys pic would be a "Rolator" here due to the wheels..... 8)

I always try to stretch the celebrations a month each side of my birth date - not necessarily parties but just reflecting on how good it is to be alive. The UK's queen has two birthdays, something I have considered but not yet found a good reason to do ;D ;D

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: June 14, 2008, 07:26:53 AM »
Steve does such a wide range of music that there is something there for almost everyone. And I've not seen any of his albums universally slated by fans/nonfans, which perhaps says a lot for the general quality of the releases as most bands/artists seem to have periods generally considered 'golden'. But knowing how different people define TD or Hawkwind Golden Periods - even that could be argued.

I love some of Steve's stuff - and some does very little for me - sitting there until I either give it away or sell it. The ones I really like reach across some of the width of his releases rather than every cd in a particular shade or vein. It would be hard for me to argue for or against on a music point because of that.

It's my own personal taste that is either touched or not touched by an artist, and whether it's the music or an aspect of the presentation that pushes my buttons does not matter - it's still my personal taste. I'm not sure it's possible to take the music out of the context, though I admit I do like some music by 'awful' artists [madonna -frozen] but I like the music in spite of the context. I don't mind the shamanic aspects and inspiration to Steve's work and understand that as it underpins almost everything he does that it could put others off.

Everything and Nothing / Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIKE!
« on: June 12, 2008, 08:08:54 AM »
you're never too old to celebrate a birthday Mike.....

Seems you had a good one so belated birthday greetings to stretch it to another day.

I think you should hold outfor the zimmer with the alloy wheels!! :o ;D

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Hi from Deepspace
« on: June 08, 2008, 04:49:42 AM »
Welcome to the forum deepspace.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: GOT GEAR?
« on: June 05, 2008, 12:32:07 PM »
Well, it's $50-60 for just the software cartridge -- you have to already own a Nintendo DS!

aha, just showing my lack of games console savvy ;D

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: GOT GEAR?
« on: June 05, 2008, 11:08:58 AM »
Another cool small portable virtual synth system - 2 Korg MS-10s and a small drum machine
in a Nintendo DS. Odds are better that they won't hassle you about your Nintendo at the airport.

Wow, I want one of these.  A little googling tells me this will be released this summer, will cost $50-60, but will not support midi.  Pretty nifty though.  Imagine giving a concert with a DS or two on the table, along with a mixer, and a laptop for FX and other sound sources.

$50-$60 dollars sounds amazingly cheap. If it sounds good it could be a real bargain

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: May 14, 2008, 04:56:58 AM »

I kid you not the first time I put this one on I had a fearful reaction to it after about 20 minutes.  Had to turn the lights back on and put the headphones away for a while!  haha

That's what I meant about Irllicht by KS. There is a point about 5 minutes in with the wide 'sweep' bass notes that if I was even slightly stressed was unbearable and had to be taken off - if i was into it it was great, like a rollercoaster ride through a star

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: May 14, 2008, 01:28:40 AM »
Recently started Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy, one of my guilty pleasures I guess.  Sometimes Clancy can be a lot of fun to ready, and he does thrillers with high tech, military and special forces elements better than anyone.

I guess he's getting older and crankier, though, or else he just doesn't know who to make into a plausible villain since the fall of the USSR, because  Rainbow Six treats environmentalists as being the most evil and inhuman bad-guys possible.  The basic thrust of the book is that some environmentalists decide that human beings are just too tough on the planet, and almost every one deserves to be wiped-out.  Environmentalism is treated as the most deranged, anti-business, anti-social kind of sociopathic craziness possible.  I'm not exactly a Greenpeace or Sierra Club member, but this still kind of bugs me.   

I was heavily involved in animal rights and other similar environmental based in the past - only just avoided a prison sentence so I can understand the direction that takes people to those sort of extreme feelings, was a little nihilistic myself for some time. The experiences of seeing people attacked by the more powerful vested interests and the police do nothing only helped. Also recently worked in child protection which was another side of the underbelly of human cruelty on defenceless children.

It's a delicate thing I think as it is often the caring side of someone that gets them invoilved in those sorts of activities and beliefs - and it is how that side of them gets affected by the experiences that seems to affect how cynical or dark they become. There was a time when i too thought the human race was a cancer on the Earth and sometimes I still wonder what the hell we are doing to each other and the planet - but I believe humanity has enormous, if not infinite potential for good and that there are more acts of love, nurturing and creativity than cruelty, hate and destruction.

Sad news indeed, I always enjoyed reading what he had to say.

My thoughts are with his family and friends.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: May 12, 2008, 12:54:17 AM »
The Magnificent Void was my first Steve Roach disc. I loved it then and still do. There are momentsa on it for me where the music creates an internal intensity that just builds and builds, similarly to parts of Irrlicht by Klaus Schulze.

For me, The Magnificent Void is one of the most successful attempts to portray nothingness with something - not an easy thing to do at the best of times

Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: May 08, 2008, 12:40:11 AM »
Future Shop here in TO had the 3 Millennium seasons on sale for $20 each
so I picked up the works. We're half way through the first season and are
finding it very compelling.

I really enjoyed Millenium series one. No obvious eye candy, no obvious jokes and no obvious neat solution at the end of each episode. Made it very different to X files, much more engrossing and 'disturbing'.

Credit where credit is due Mike, you both work bloody hard to make Hypnos a great place for fans and artists - it takes a lot of effort to maintain such a reputation nowadays

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 22, 2008, 11:53:32 PM »
Michael Moorcock and the Deep Fix - New World's Fair. Arrived yesterday and I've not heard this for over 20 years. played it through twice....

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 20, 2008, 11:32:59 AM »
Vidna Obmana - Crossing the Trail

Robert Carty - Microspirals

Matthias Grassow - Dissolution

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 14, 2008, 08:00:32 AM »
 :o :o I fancy doing a cover version of Chris Isaaks 'Wicked game' :o :o just not got round to it yet

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 13, 2008, 02:04:46 PM »
 ;D My wife was working in the other room and she asked for music that would not make her float off........but I have to admit the CDs are mine - sometimes I like to listen to well sung female voiced music, also Mary Black, Suzanne Vega, Laura Veirs, Clannad, even some Enya (the Celts), Madonna (Frozen)....

Hawkwind, Motorhead, Pink Fairies,Ted Nugent, Deep Purple, budgie, rainbow - even joy division comes from my youth listening - burnt some of the tracks indelibly into my brain...and sometimes I like a good jump around too in contraqst to the outer/inner space exploration.

I like what I like :o

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 13, 2008, 01:20:02 PM »
Been working at home a lot recently - been listening to this lot
Hossam Ramsey - Source of Fire
Motorhead - Motorhead.
Robert Rich - Bestiary
Roach and Metcalf - The Serpent's lair
TD - the seven Letters From Tibet
TD - Zeit
Roach - Atmospheric Conditions and disc 2 of World's Edge.
KS - Body Love 2
Vangelis - 1492
Gyorky Ligeti - Requiem
Dido - No Angel.
Norah Jones - Come Away With Me
Capercaillie - Capercaillie
Lena - Extended Gestures for Cello
Ted Nugent - The Ultimate Ted Nugent (cranked up the volume and air guitared to cat scratch fever and snakeskin cowboys... 

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