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Everything and Nothing / Re: Childless couples
« on: February 01, 2009, 05:19:15 PM »
My wife and I decided that because of our professional lives, it would be irresponsible of us to bring into existence our own children.  Instead, we have decided to be the best uncle and aunt that we can be.  I must confess that this has been easy.  We have three nephews and a niece (they are young:  5 years and younger), and I am absolutely charmed by their sense of wonder and curiosity, and I am also endlessly amused by how generally uninhibited they are.

Life is good!

Everything and Nothing / Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
« on: January 21, 2009, 01:36:02 PM »
Hi all,

My name is Chad Hoefler, and I have been an ambient music enthusiast for as long as I can remember.  I have two releases of my own work: one on the Hypnos label and another on the Lotuspike label.  A new CD has been in the works for an embarrassingly long time, and progress on it came to a screeching halt about a year ago due to the demands of my professional life.  I sincerely hope to finish this project soon, and I have been saying that for too long.

I'm a 34 year old assistant professor of biology at a small university in the suburbs of Philadelphia, and I cannot express how excited I will be once spring semester is over (end of April). 

I am also a big fan of the community here! :)

I voted in Oreland, PA (small suburb just north of Philly) at 10:30am and had to wait approximately 2 minutes.  Very smooth, and I feel great!

Everything and Nothing / Re: If you could recommend one book
« on: November 03, 2008, 01:08:40 PM »
In the nonfiction category, it would, no doubt, be Carl Sagan's, "The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark".

I miss Carl.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Moving to Philly area
« on: July 03, 2008, 05:44:03 AM »
Thanks all!

I have made a few trips to the area over the last several months and am very impressed (especially with Center City).  The peripheral suburban areas are very nice too (can't get over how densely wooded many of them are), and I just bought my first lawn mower (a cordless electric)! 

Everything and Nothing / Re: Moving to Philly area
« on: July 02, 2008, 06:15:02 PM »
I sincerely look forward to that, Jim! 

Everything and Nothing / Moving to Philly area
« on: July 02, 2008, 05:51:42 PM »
Greetings friends,

My participation at the forum here has been sporadic over the last couple years due to a very hectic professional career (as a post doctoral fellow in the Zoology Dept. at Miami University).  But I simply wanted to mention that my wife and I will be moving to the Philly area next month (we recently bought a house in a suburb ca. 10 miles north of the city).  I accepted a faculty position at a university in the area (last March) and can't adequately describe the excitement that stems from the fact that this area is a major hub for ambient/electronic musicians.  I hope to boost my activity in the near future (a new CD has been "almost finished" for over a year--expect an interesting announcement soon) and look forward to meeting many of you in person at concerts, etc.



Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: June 27, 2008, 11:20:23 AM »
The Real Dirt on Farmer John:  Documentary released in '06 covering the fascinating life of unorthodox farmer John Peterson who through organic gardening practices and a verve for artistic expression reconnects with the community.  Very highly recommended.  (And available from Netflix).

Everything and Nothing / Re: Does this happen to anyone else?
« on: June 27, 2008, 08:12:00 AM »
And only if it's "clean".  (No profane ambient music under the roofs of Wal-Mart).   ;D

Everything and Nothing / Re: the concept of "the album"
« on: June 27, 2008, 08:09:46 AM »

Ambient music is especially geared towards "album listening".   


Hate to be a wet blanket, but I was very disappointed with this film.  I thought that Lucas/Spielberg could have done much more with less (too many easily-solved puzzles and truly unbelievable stunts--even for an Indiana Jones film), and the acting was wooden in many parts.

But I liked the premise of the story and the setting, and I applaud the effort that went into it.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 07, 2008, 05:42:01 PM »
Wendy Carlos- Sonic Seasonings
Tuu and Nick Parkin- Terma
Robert Rich- Some of his unreleased tracks/experiments
Dave Gahan- Hourglass

Hi Jim,

I experienced the same phenomenon:  muffled radio signals (NPR in my case) coming through my left monitor (and I have the TR-8s too).  After I moved to Ohio 3 years ago, it hasn't occurred.  I'm about to move to the Philadelphia area in a month or so, so we'll see what happens this time.

Lotuspike is simply in a period of hibernation.  I can assure you that they have some interesting announcements to make in the near future.  As far as Jeff goes, he still seems to be chipping away at his new CD, Wanderlust, and he posted a track that materialized from its recording sessions on his myspace site.

Everything and Nothing / Charles Manson enjoys Hearts of Space
« on: March 27, 2008, 01:28:49 PM »
Warning: Strange Post

My curiosity regarding the community of listeners that enjoys the genres of music aired on programs like Hearts of Space or Echoes, etc. has only grown over the years, yet I have to admit that I was caught off guard to learn that Charles Manson proclaims to enjoy Hearts of Space in this old Tom Snyder interview (at the 6:46 mark).  Just a weird youtube discovery that I had to share.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Anybody here...
« on: February 15, 2008, 07:26:21 AM »
I think that my friend said that he had to spend ca. $50 for the shipping fees (from the UK) that were associated with the import of his Jade.

I should have made it clear that I did not have a hangover per se (haven't had one of those since the undergraduate days).  I just didn't sleep well because my mind felt like it was untethered (i.e., I just felt "awake").

My bottle of Lucid should arrive later today, so I may try a little over the weekend (and I know that the quality is not quite as good as the Jade varieties, but it does have many favorable reviews).



Everything and Nothing / Re: Anybody here...
« on: February 14, 2008, 06:01:37 PM »
Great point!  I do have absynth in my studio and that is truly an asset.   :)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Anybody here...
« on: February 14, 2008, 12:13:19 PM »
Hi Jim,

The Jade PF 1901 was my first absinthe, so I am unable to make comparisons.  The bottle belongs to a friend who is more of a collector of interesting spirits than a drinker.  Anyway, after a recent discussion he offered to share some of it with me and my wife.  In short, I was surprisingly impressed (the aroma and flavor were fantastic and complex, and I really enjoyed watching the formation of the nicely opaque louche).  I had three small glasses (probably should have stuck to one or two :-[) over several hours and used sugar with the first glass but not the latter two.  I was amazed that I could taste no alcohol whatsoever, which tends to have a modulating effect on the rate of drinking for those, like me, who only drink alcohol occasionally (and usually only a glass of beer or wine in my case).  I can imagine that this is why the "green fairy" has the potential to catch up with people quite quickly.  I, too, felt that my mental concentration was enhanced in a unique way, although I don't know if I would experience something similar if I was drinking a high quality tequila or cognac, etc., since I stay away from the hard stuff (save last night).  On the downside, I did not sleep very well last night, and although I can't say for sure that the absinthe was responsible, I'm guessing that it played a role.

So I do recommend the 1901 for those who are curious about absinthe and have an opportunity to try it, though I understand that it is quite expensive to import.  (Also, I think that it would be a hindrance in the studio).

Everything and Nothing / Re: Anybody here...
« on: February 13, 2008, 03:36:25 PM »
Hi Jim,

I'm glad that your Lucid experience was a good one.  (I recently ordered a bottle from NY).

As I am writing, I must confess that I have had a very nicely prepared glass of Jade PF 1901.  Wow!  A truly enjoyable experience (and that might be the understatement of the year).  That combined with listening to Dweller at the Thresholds's "Ouroborus" CD is about as close to the pinnicle of human enjoyment as one can experience.

Thanks for starting this thread!

Everything and Nothing / Re: Anybody here...
« on: February 11, 2008, 09:55:31 AM »
So what are your thoughts on Lucid, Jim?  (Are you still recovering? ;))

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